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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP, which is a specialist technology and digital media law firm, has a dedicated commercial technology practice that advises customers and suppliers on a full range of commercial contracting issues. Its work spans all areas that are core to business operations, such as the supply and procurement of goods and services, warehousing and parts supply, advertising and marketing, and distribution. The practice was bolstered by the hire of financial regulatory expert Jacob Ghanty from K&L Gates LLP in November 2017, strengthening its support to clients in the financial services sector; this is one industry which is experiencing rapid changes driven by new technologies. Ghanty works alongside Paul Hinton, who leads the commercial technology team and is also the financial services practice head. Another key individual is Chris Hill, who is knowledgeable about fintech-related contracts, such as those involving software, cloud and data licensing. Hill is also recommended for his mobile payments and open banking expertise. Beyond financial services, the firm's other areas of activity include retail, manufacturing and professional services. Andrew Joint is leading the advice to Phillip Morris International on various matters, including agreements related to the provision of consultancy services linked to the launch of its new e-cigarette products. In addition, Joint and others have been assisting SCRAM Systems with negotiating contracts with police forces and government departments over its transdermal alcohol monitoring equipment (which reads alcohol consumption via an ankle bracelet). Outsourcing practice head Paul O’Hare is leading the firm's push into transactions involving robotic process automation (RPA), and service integration and management (SIAM). Calum Murray and managing associate Rupam Davé are other names to note.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP specialises in handling domestic and cross-border M&A transactions for clients in the technology and digital sectors, including global companies, private equity funds and fast-growth businesses. Department head Charles Claisse advised private equity-backed Arrow Business Communications on the acquisitions of Pulse Business Energy and Worksmart Technology, and Andy Moseby acted for NYSE-listed scientific solutions company Agilent Technologies on its £40m acquisition of Cobalt Light Systems, a UK-based provider of strectroscopic instruments. The team also continues to act for online platforms such as home improvement marketplace HomeAdvisor, which it assisted with the acquisition of the MyBuilder home services platform, and advise on cybersecurity transactions and education, financial services, healthcare and advertising technology. Glafkos Tombolis, who focuses particularly on the healthtech and TMT sectors, and senior associates Deborah Angel and Adam Kuan are also noted.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP  provides a 'highly commercial and pragmatic service' to investors and investees within the technology space, which benefit from the firm's overarching expertise within the sector. Team head Charles Claisse regularly handles work for investors including McKesson Ventures, which he advised in its role as lead investor for a syndicate on a Series A investment in Unforgettable Trading, an online market place for dementia and memory loss-related products and services. Claisse also regularly handles venture debt work for Norgine Ventures including on its recent provision of financing of up to £4m to Collagen Solutions plc by way of secured private bonds with warrants. Andy Moseby has a strong track record advising investees in the digital advertising space and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'down-to-earth and pragmatic' Glafkos Tombolis.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP¬† is noted for its strength in the online and mobile gambling sector, where the team advises on rapidly developing areas such as fintech, artificial intelligence, in-app purchases and digital currencies, and the firm is praised by clients as being ‚Äėa very informative resource for all things related to online gambling‚Äô. Notable work included advising Gamblewise on its mobile app to help gamblers control the time they spend gambling, which involved advising on the terms and conditions for contracts with gamblers using the product, including collection and use of personal data and the commercial contracts with operators in whose facilities the product will operate. Another notable highlight is continuing to advise William Hill on its supply arrangement with Playtech. Susan Biddle¬†heads the practice and is praised for her ‚Äėexcellent communication skills and depth of knowledge‚Äô. Financial regulatory team head¬†Jacob Ghanty¬†¬†is also recommended.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 6

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP 'ticks all the boxes for technology sector clients' and is also active in the financial services, fintech and airline sectors; clients include Accenture, Buzzfeed, Japan Airlines and Western Digital. David Williams heads up the practice, which also counts Marian Bloodworth and Kathryn Dooks as key practitioners; clients praise Bloodworth as 'an outstanding lawyer with superb judgment and tactical acumen' and single out Dooks' 'responsiveness and industry knowledge'. Dooks recently assisted UK Broadband with the employment elements of its sale to Hutchison 3G.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 3

Kemp Little LLP

Technology and digital media specialist¬†Kemp Little LLP¬†has a strong data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice.¬†Nicola Fulford heads up the data protection and privacy practice, while tech and telecoms lawyer Emma Wright¬†leads on the cybersecurity side. The department acts for clients such as British Telecommunications plc, Trainline and¬†Dentsu Aegis Network and, in addition to assisting with compliance projects, is often instructed to advise on new and evolving technologies using data.¬†Counsel¬†Anita Bapat¬†‚ÄĒ who has expertise across the full range of UK and EU¬†data protection and privacy law¬†‚ÄĒ joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 1

Kemp Little LLP

With particularly deep experience in cryptocurrencies and open banking, particularly at the start-up end, Kemp Little LLP's 'commercial' department is 'excellent on all counts'. It has also been increasingly busy with payments and regtech work; clients say it has 'expert knowledge of payments regulations and how they apply to small, medium-sized and large technoloy companies'. The team handles the full range of fintech work, and adopts 'a well-reasoned, practical approach to complex legal issues'. The 'astute, extremely personable' Chris Hill is 'always available'; he and Andy Moseby  advise payments start-up Flux on commercial, corporate and regulatory matters, and along with data protection expert Nicola Fulford, both partners have been assisting Nesta and the 20 fintech companies participating in Nesta's 'Open Up Challenge' with commercial, regulatory, IP and corporate matters. Hill has also been handling Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency trading matters for numerous companies; licensing arrangements for Californian insurtech company Qlaimstech; and 'agile software' development agreements for foreign exchange trading platform SmartCharts. Other clients of the practice include Eigen Technologies, AxiomHQ, Worldpay, Monese and the New Zealand-based Xero. Payments expert and senior associate Sophie van Wingerden is 'a safe pair of hands' who 'knows UK and EU financial regulations inside-out'. The 'responsive' Jacob Ghanty joined from K&L Gates LLP in November 2017; he is especially strong in fintech matters pertaining to MiFID and funds.

Leading individuals

Chris Hill - Kemp Little LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sophie van Wingerden - Kemp Little LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Kemp Little LLP

The 'responsive, industry savvy, commercially focused' commercial technology practice at Kemp Little LLP is singled out for its 'sector expertise within team and good value for money'. The 'excellent' department is led by Paul Hinton and advises clients such as Google UK, EE and BT. It is also instructed by Accenture (UK) and Deloitte on agreements for the provision of new technologies including  robotic process automation and artificial intelligence. Emma Wright heads up the telecoms practice and led advice to Indo UK Institute of Health on telecoms, technology and data solutions for hospitals and medi-centres throughout India. With 'great market knowledge and commercial focus' Paul O’Hare is a key name for outsourcing transactions.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Kemp Little LLP

'Very strong' technology and intellectual property team at Kemp Little LLP attract praise for being 'very knowledgeable and responsive'. Paul Garland heads up the team and led a team which represented Pulse On in a patent court case against Garmin for infringement of its heart rate monitor design. The group is also instructed by Ferrari and continues to advise on the company's trade mark and design rights in the UK. Rebecca Halford-Harrison and Mark Lewis are names to note for IP disputes. The department's impressive client roster also includes Coca-Cola Enterprises, Thompson Reuters and Sony Corporation. Rachael Barber joined the team from Penningtons Manches LLP.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Kemp Little LLP

TMT-focused firm Kemp Little LLP regularly acts for clients across data, digital agency, digital broadcasting, music, digital publishing, gambling, gaming and social media matters. Clients include AKQA, Thomson Reuters, Turner Broadcasting, Spotify and the British Interactive Media Association. Team head Andy Moseby handles corporate matters and leads on digital media instructions and advised the management team of Forward 3D on the sale of the entire issued share capital in Forward 3D Group to the Stagwell Group. Head of IP and technology disputes Paul Garland advised Blippar on a global audit of its IP. Consultant Susan Biddle leads on gambling matters and continued to advise William Hill Online in relation to its supply arrangements Playtech Software. Senior associate Deborah Angel handles corporate work across the AdTech, marketing, communications and digital media sectors. Commercial technology partner Calum Murray advises on the contractual and regulatory aspects of digital media and IT development and acquisitions.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP is focused on the TMT sector, and it is regularly instructed by travel sector clients on commercial, technology, IP, employment and corporate mandates. It advises SITA on patent and trade mark matters. TripAdvisor, Trainline.com and Japan Airlines are clients. Team head Calum Murray advises on the contractual and regulatory aspects of digital services, content and underpinning technology development, acquisition and implementation. Emma Wright leads on telecoms, infrastructure and cybersecurity work and Kathryn Dooks has an aviation sector focus.

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