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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP’s team advises on BPO and IT outsourcing for customers and suppliers, in addition to handling advertising and sponsorship, procurement and product supply chain issues. In 2015, ‘exceptional business partner’ Tania Williams and Susan Biddle joined from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP, respectively. Calum Murray and Paul O’Hare are other key individuals.

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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 provides a ‘consistently high level of service’, and is ‘good value for money’. It acted for Thomson Reuters on its purchase of Business Integrity, and advised Cluster Seven’s management team on the sale of their shares in the company to Azini 3. Practice head Charles Claisse and senior associate Deborah Angel are recommended.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 6

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP provides a ‘comprehensive and efficient’ service to technology and digital business investors and investees including Cluster Seven, Nativ and Primesight. The ‘calm and commercially mindedCharles Claisse advised Fintech company IOCS on its follow-on investment from Notion and debt investment from Luxembourg-based fund Boost.

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London: Human resources

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

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP’s ‘high-quality’ practice saw substantial growth in 2015 following the arrival of Marian Bloodworth (‘a jewel in the employment law crown’) from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. The team, which is led by ‘practical problem-solver’ David Williams, is strong in the technology sector, where clients include BuzzFeed, Spotify and AKQA, and has a growing presence in the financial services sector. The ‘very attentive’ Kathryn Dooks is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP provides ‘fantastic response times and advice that is immediately applicable to the relevant commercial context’. Nicola Fulford’s team has a breadth of expertise covering wearable tech, the data aspects of cloud computing, breaches and the application of new policies. Clients include Morgan Stanley, Reckitt Benckiser and Notonthehighstreet.com.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Kemp Little LLP

Calum Murray heads the commercial technology practice at Kemp Little LLP, which acts for a mixture of suppliers and customers on outsourcing transactions, and has particular expertise in Fintech. Andrew Joint advised Reckitt Benckiser on the £90m acquisition of services from Nielson and assisted Accenture with its agreements with numerous clients. Other key members include Paul Hinton, Paul O’Hare and Emma Wright, who joined from Bond Dickinson LLP in June 2016.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP’s client list includes Thomson Reuters, Wolseley and Wonga. Recent instructions include acting in trade mark and copyright infringement disputes, IP aspects of corporate acquisitions, and IP licensing transaction. Paul Garland is praised for his ‘pragmatic approach’.

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

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP is ‘an excellent firm’ that ‘continually impresses with its timely, professional, informed support’. Advertising and marketing clients include SET creative, which the firm advised on its partial sale to WPP, and digital marketing agency AKQA. The ‘very pragmaticCalum Murray acts for Ericsson on a range of matters, and acted alongside Paul Garland on IP and litigation matters for The Mill. The firm also provides employment advice to BuzzFeed and Spotify. Susan Biddle joined from Pinsent Masons LLP in November 2015.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Kemp Little LLP

Kemp Little LLP’s practice is led by IP specialist Rebecca Halford-Harrison and includes corporate lawyer Glafkos Tombolis. Clients include Neuralstem, Norgine and Reckitt Benckiser.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 3

Kemp Little LLP

Clients single out Kemp Little LLP as ‘excellent on tech matters’. The practice acts in TMT, employment, disputes and corporate matters for clients including Japan Airlines International Company, Travelscape and TripAdvisor. Calum Murray is ‘excellent’. Tania Williams joined in December 2015 from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Chris Hill was promoted to partner in May 2015.

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