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Taylor Wessing LLP's 'life science and drug discovery domain expertise is second-to-none in the UK; it has deep industry knowledge and response times are rapid'. The firm's domain expertise and focus on large venture capital transactions see it heavily involved in the biotechnology industry for clients based both in the innovation hub of Cambridge and overseas. Malcolm Bates and regulatory expert Tim Worden lead the transactional team and focus on complex global licensing, collaboration deals and contract disputes, as well as advising on IP and IT aspects of venture capital financings, joint ventures, M&A and IPOs. David Mardle, who is co-head of the firm's international corporate practice, also has extensive experience in equity funding transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors. The firm's client base includes leading names in the biotechnology sector such as French company TxCell and UK-based cell therapy company Oxford BioMedica. Bates recently advised pioneering RNA activation therapeutics company MiNA Therapeutics on a collaboration and licensing agreement with Boehringer Ingelheim for the development of new compounds to treat fibrotic liver diseases. He also handled commercial and IP agreements for Cambridge-based biotech Mission Therapeutics.

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan excellent level of service and response times are very fast‚Äė. One client remarks that the practice provides ‚Äėfirst-class, pragmatic and timely advice'. The firm handles¬†corporate and commercial transactions, patents and IP, privacy, regulation and compliance, HR, product liability, litigation, tax and real estate matters for biotechnology companies. It is highly regarded for research collaborations and licensing agreements across a range of therapeutic areas. New arrival James Fry, who joined from¬†Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†in late 2017, leads the multi-disciplinary life sciences practice and is praised for his ‚Äėexcellent sector knowledge'. He acted for speciality pharmaceuticals business Diurnal Group in setting up¬†its supply chain for the production of two drug candidates.¬†Finance specialist Zickie Lim, who handled a syndicated financing for¬†PredictImmune Limited, and capital markets expert Stephen Hamilton¬†are also recommended.¬†IP partner¬†Alasdair Poore, corporate partner¬†Anthony McGurk, disputes specialist¬†Graeme Menzies¬†and head of technology¬†Kevin Calder¬†also play central roles in the firm's work for biotechnology clients.

Marks & Clerk LLP is a niche intellectual property firm that has a significant client base in the biotechnology sector. The clients account for a substantial proportion of the workload of managing associate and corporate team head Simon Portman and solicitor Rayyan Mughal, who recently joined the firm from VSH Law. Portman's recent highlights include advising ReagentBio Limited on branding and trade mark filing for the provision of assays for academic, pharmaceutical and veterinary research. He also helped New England Biolabs (UK) interpret and implement regulatory standards for the storage, provision and supply of patented genetically modified organisms, which included advice on internal procedures and labelling requirements.

At Penningtons Manches LLP, biotechnology is a key industry sector across the firm's national network of offices and the key lawyers in Cambridge frequently advise start-ups and established companies in the sector on corporate and finance matters. Corporate partner Ross McNaughton plays a key part in the firm's life sciences team and last year he assisted a drug discovery company with drafting and negotiating a master services agreement for the provision of data room services by a US company, which involved complex issues around data protection. Senior associate Rachel Bradley in the IP, IT and commercial practice has more than 12 years' experience, which includes a stint as corporate counsel for a pharmaceutical company.

Intellectual property

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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†¬†in Cambridge has ‚Äėa team that is modest in size but works well with client and counsel, and is as good as any and better than most; it provides good, prompt and thorough advice‚Äė. The firm‚Äôs ‚Äėknowledge seems to be top-drawer, especially at the partner level', remarks one client. The firm has six IP partners in its national team, of which two are based in Cambridge.¬†Partner and solicitor advocate Adrian Toutoungi¬†is the key contact and his clients report ‚Äėexcellent service and knowledge of the law; he is¬†very responsive'. He recently assisted the¬†UK Intellectual Property Office with the enforcement of a judgment against a defendant in Sweden, following a high-profile victory at trial in proceedings for trade mark infringement and passing off.¬†Co-head of the firm‚Äôs global intellectual property practice Simon Crossley, who is also head of healthcare and life sciences, is also recommended for IP work. He recently advised a financial institution on market data licensing arrangements. The firm counts Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Holland & Barrett International Limited, China National Nuclear Corporation and Cell Therapy Catapult among its clients.

At Mills & Reeve LLP 'the overall level of service is fantastic with rapid response times and well-communicated dates for deliverables; the firm goes above and beyond to ensure the appropriate advice is given'. The practice is known for 'providing practical advice and making complex issues understandable'. The firm acts for start-ups and spin-outs, small to mid-cap biotechnology and technology companies, and high-value brand businesses. Among its healthcare sector clients are Atlantic Healthcare, Virgin Care and Royal Marsden Hospital. Practice head Alasdair Poore is a leading light in the market. He manages the international trade mark portfolio of Queen Mary University of London, which includes filing and prosecution work. New arrival James Fry, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to lead the life sciences group, has extensive experience in IP, particularly in the areas of technology and brand transfer, product development, R&D agreements and IP strategy. Also recommended are principal associates Richard Plaistowe and Nicola Hanglin, who handle IP protection and enforcement.

Stobbs IP rates '10/10' for its high-end brand management work and clients remark that it is 'good in all areas of IP'. The niche IP firm was formed five years ago by Julius Stobbs, who has extensive experience in trade mark, registered design and copyright law, and its prime focus is on brand management. Stobbs, senior solicitor Chris Sleep and senior trade mark attorney Clare Sugden 'have good knowledge of the law and develop strong client relationships'. The firm climbs the ranking on the strength of its stellar client base, which includes Facebook, Converse, Boots, Barclays, Glencore, McDonald's, O2, PepsiCo, PurpleBricks and Grandmaster Flash. For Facebook and its subsidiaries, the firm advises on trade mark strategy and enforcement, which in 2017 included 80 UK and European Union trade mark opposition, cancellation and invalidity actions. For new client AG Barr, which owns soft drink brands such as Irn Bru and Snapple, the practice conducted a full audit of IP assets.

At Taylor Vinters 'value for money is strong, response times in litigation are good and the firm clearly compares with Silver or Magic Circle firm in terms of knowledge', according to one client. Patrick Farrant leads the 'thorough, responsive and clear' practice, which provides 'excellent service and good value, given that it is so partner-led'. Clients describe Farrant as 'very commercial and considered - he will always think about the practical implications of the drafting - and he is also solutions-oriented and personable'. The firm has a strong team of partners working between its Cambridge and London offices, including Gareth Dickson for contentious IP matters, Louisa Dixon  for brand protection and trade mark work, Chris Keen for expert advice to start-up and emerging technology businesses on IP matters. Senior counsel David Rainford is also highly regarded for biotechnology and IP work. Among the firm's many highlights was Dickson's work for a US-based international IP rights holder with over 300 licensees worldwide on trade mark disputes in Europe, including opposition proceedings, cancellation actions and a relative grounds refusal. Dixon acted for Bridgestone Americas in UK and EU trademark clearance, registration and portfolio maintenance matters. Go Ape, Atlas Genetics, Merz Pharma and the Earlham Institute are also among the firm's clients.

At Taylor Wessing LLP 'domain expertise is second to none in the UK, response times are rapid and the breadth of knowledge is vital for clients'. The firm is known for its focus on the life sciences and technology sectors, and its transactional team in Cambridge specialises in complex global licensing, collaboration deals and contract disputes. Its client base comprises leading names in IP-rich industries such as telecoms, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, medical devices, electronics, software, automotive, cleantech and energy. Malcolm Bates, who is a partner in the IP and IT group and head of the life sciences practice, and specialist IP and regulatory partner Tim Worden are the key contacts. Their clients include Oxford BioMedica, Ceres Power, Teva and Cambridge Nanotherm. Recent highlights for Bates include advising French biotechnology company TxCell on a strategic manufacturing agreement with Lentigen Technology that could lead to first-in-man clinical studies targeting the prevention of chronic rejection after organ transplantation.

Birketts LLP¬†‚Äėhas good knowledge of UK and international IP and trade mark law, and it consistently represents¬†good value for money versus London-based international specialist firms‚Äô. One client remarks that the firm is ‚Äėas capable of serving our needs as an SME with global exports and IP needs as any more expensive specialist firm'. ‚ÄėPrompt, thorough and to-the-point‚Äė senior associate Nellie Jackson¬†leads the practice and has ‚Äėgood all round knowledge and provides speedy turnaround'. One client remarks that she ‚Äėprovides very commercial and practical advice and understands the market'. She assists Greene King with the management of its trade mark portfolio, which includes¬†clearance searches, the registration of proposed brands, UK and worldwide trade mark filings, UK and EU trade mark opposition proceedings, infringement actions and allegations and ad hoc IP advice.¬†Experienced technology partner¬†Quentin Golder¬†also plays a key role in the practice.

At Hewitsons 'the level of service is exemplary, response time is excellent - especially if things are flagged as time-critical - and the level of understanding of our specialised business area is often astounding', according to one client. For a client base that includes SMEs, multinational companies and Cambridge colleges, the practice handles the international licensing of IP rights, contracts for the development of medical devices, and disputes including IP infringements on the internet. 'His depth of knowledge in the area of IP licensing is amazing and he has an uncanny knack of turning the complex into something extremely clear and straightforward', say clients of Bill Thatcher . The practice also calls upon litigator Mark Elmslie to handle contentious matters, which last year included a case for the British Institute of Interior Design concerning the use of its name. Head of technology Andrew Priest is also recommended.

Marks & Clerk LLP in Cambridge is part of a highly respected intellectual property firm and the practice interacts closely with the corporate team in London to serve a diverse client base in sectors such as technology and life sciences. Managing associate Simon Portman, who recently added experienced solicitor Rayyan Mughal from VSH Law to his team, counts IOMet Pharma, Lyra Electronics and Crown Packaging among his clients. He recently assisted ReagentBio Limited with drafting and negotiating contracts with customers, suppliers, agents and distributors for the supply of assays for research projects. He also supported New England Biolabs (UK) in interpreting and implementing regulatory standards for the storage and supply of genetically modified organisms.

The intellectual property practice at Greenwoods GRM handles a broad range of issues for the firm's clients in the media sector, particularly those involved in magazine and online publishing. The firm also has expertise in the technology sector, which generates IP work for lawyers in its Cambridge office. Head of corporate and commercial David Woods  leads the practice, drawing on his 20 years' of experience in IP contracts and corporate transactions involving IP-rich businesses. Litigators Adele Whaley and associate Jamie McConnell, who is a rising star in the market, are recommended for contentious IP matters. Whaley recently helped a company pursue a copyright infringement and passing off case, which resulted in a former employee removing material from a new website.

The team at Steeles Law¬†is¬†‚Äėexcellent, providing very good advice and dependable, personable service'. The firm has developed a niche practice acting for clients in the hi-tech engineering sector, particularly for companies involved in cycling, motorsport and the automotive industry. These include Robinsons Motor Group and Easy Clean Solutions. The ‚Äėvery approachable‚Äė Nigel Lubbock¬†and head of corporate and commercial Richard Bailey¬†are the key contacts, though clients also recommend corporate solicitor James Hopgood. Barrister Tom Bailey¬†moved to Ashtons Legal. The practice acted for a company that designed new technology for the 2016 Olympic Games and has since been working on a new and groundbreaking technology for a¬†high-profile sport.

IT and telecoms

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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP draws on an experienced team of corporate, IT and IP lawyers to handle complex projects for both national businesses, including financial institutions, and high-growth companies based in the technology hub of Cambridge. Transactional technology lawyer and practice head Simon Crossley is the key contact. He is global head of life sciences and a recognised expert in regulatory matters and IT commercialisation projects. His recent highlights included acting for National Grid in the development of its nationwide smart meter business. Partner Liz Fitzsimons is recommended for matters involving privacy and information laws, on which she frequently advises private and public sector clients. Her recent work includes handling data protection, GDPR, e-privacy and freedom matters. IP specialist Adrian Toutoungi also plays a key role in the practice.

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†handles major IT projects for central government and is one of only 12 firms¬†to win a place on Tier 1 of the new Government Crown Commercial Services legal services framework. It recently acted for the Department of Health¬†and the NHS Business Services Authority on IT procurement as part of its Future Operating Model project.¬†Kevin Calder,¬†who ‚Äėalways provides high-quality advice and responds very promptly to requests', leads the firm-wide technology and life sciences group and is the key partner for government projects. He recently supported the Financial Conduct Authority in negotiating key supplier contracts, including an agreement with¬†Sopra Steria for market data processing. IT and data protection specialist¬†Peter Wainman¬†leads the health technology group. He led a team that included rising star¬†principal associate¬†Sophie Burton-Jones¬†to assist chip manufacturer Arm with key IT contracts, the implementation of¬†a new consultancy services framework,¬†and data protection. They also worked with Redgate Software on numerous issues including the redevelopment of its customer terms, the negotiation of¬†key contracts with high-profile customers, and¬†the acquisition of software businesses.

The strategic focus of Taylor Vinters on innovative and entrepreneurial clients sees it act for numerous high-growth and multinational technology companies based in the Cambridge area, among which are Netcracker, Earthport plc, Featurespace Limited, Rackspace and Digital Shadows. Practice head Tom McGuire is recognised as one of the leading IT lawyers in the region, and he works closely with senior associate and rising star Chris Keen in the growth team, who specialises in supporting start-up and emerging technology businesses in IT matters. Life sciences specialist David Rainford frequently handles technology-based transactions for clients such as Endomagnetics and Eagle Genomics. Gareth Dickson has emerged as leading light for international and online disputes relating to IT. For Featurespace, the practice handled a £16.5m fundraising as well as major commercial contracts with the likes of Worldpay, IATA and TSYS. It also assisted Rackspace with numerous high-value deals last year.

Birketts LLP acts for a broad range of UK and international clients, from start-ups to multinationals, in complex IT matters. Practice head and key lawyer Quentin Golder specialises in commercial and technology work, including venture capital and business angel financing, IP and IT development agreements, licensing arrangements, joint ventures, distribution and reseller arrangements. He assists internal security software supplier BullGuard Limited with all commercial and IT matters around the world, which includes software development and licensing agreements, reseller and agency agreements, and data protection advice. Golder calls on the skills of corporate partners Adrian Possener and Mark Gipson to advise on corporate structures, data protection, freedom of information and IT matters, as well as franchise, agency and distribution agreements. Senior associate and rising star Kitty Rosser advises on all aspects of data protection compliance including subject access requests, marketing strategies and the handling of data breaches. She also negotiates and drafts IT contracts.

The practice at Greenwoods GRM has a new shape since corporate partner Duncan Walker  joined Bircham Dyson Bell & Cambridge and Mark Williams  moved to Greene & Greene, but corporate partner David Woods is now in place in Cambridge to handle large transactions for clients in the technology sector. He acted for shareholders of NextG-Com Limited in its sale to an international IT company. Associate Victoria Robinson advises on the creation and exploitation of mobile apps, Huw Wallis handles commercial disputes relating to ICT contracts, and senior solicitor Jamie McConnell is recommended for disputes involving both IT contracts and intellectual property.  The firm counts Data Interchange, The Retail Data Partnership and Red Fish Systems among its clients.

Hewitsons 'has an uncanny knack of turning the complex into something extremely clear and straightforward', according to one client. The firm acts for both suppliers and purchasers of IT across a wide range of industry sectors and it counts Microsoft Corporation and a number of its subsidiaries among its clients. Its recent work includes advising on EU Framework Programme contracts in IT fields and handling data protection compliance matters. Head of technology Andrew Priest  has extensive experience in IT outsourcing, technology transfer and general commercial contracts. He recently handled an IT services agreement and a software licence agreement on behalf of a wireless internet service provider. Bill Thatcher has nearly 30 years' experience in non-contentious IT matters. One client remarked that in negotiations with a US corporate he was 'able to enable closure on deals which otherwise seemed impossible'. European Molecular Biology Laboratory and The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation are among the practice's clients.

Media and entertainment

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The corporate and commercial practice at Greenwoods GRM in Peterborough has many clients in the media industry, for which it handles acquisitions and disposals. It also excels in the licensing and exploitation of media assets, advice to e-commerce and digital businesses, and data protection matters. The firm also handles defamation issues and provides pre-publication advice. Corporate partners Alastair Gunn and David Woods, who has niche expertise in e-commerce, are the key contacts. The firm’s association with Australian  firm Kemp Strang, which sent Douglas Linnette to the firm's Cambridge office, sees it advise UK media clients on their activities in the Australian market. Associate Adele Whaley is also recommended for contentious matters. Highlights for the practice included assisting a magazine publisher with a multimillion-pound equity fund raising transaction.

Stobbs IP is a niche IP firm that focuses principally on brand management. Formed five years ago by highly experienced trade mark lawyer Julius Stobbs, the firm has rapidly grown in size and now has 55 fee earners. Positioned as a centre of excellence for advice on brands, the firm has a stellar client base in sectors such as publishing, internet services and television, as well as acting for a large number of celebrity entertainers. Its clients include publishing house Archant Limited, Channel 4, Cambridge University Press, Faber & Faber, Yahoo!, Grandmaster Flash and the estate of Fred Astaire. Senior solicitor Chris Sleep leads the practice, in which consultant Bruce Alexander plays a key role. The firm's work for US hip hop artist Grandmaster Flash involves management of his global trade mark portfolio, negotiating and drafting performance agreements, and handling enforcement actions against unauthorised use of his trade marks.


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Mills & Reeve LLP has an accomplished sports regulatory practice, which is led from Manchester but calls on expertise in the Cambridge and Norwich offices. The firm handles image rights, tax and private client matters for for high-profile sports personalities and teams, particularly in football. It also provides in-depth knowledge of technology and intellectual property issues. Greg Gibson in Norwich, who handles commercial and IP matters, and tax adviser Chris Belcher in Cambridge are the key contacts. Principal associate Richard Plaistowe is a key adviser on IP matters. Cambridge-based associate Edward Hadcock  is a member of the regulatory, public law and dispute resolution teams, and he gives 'consistently clear advice' on matters such as GDPR. He provides specialist commercial support for athletes and sports organisations, including advice on image rights and representation. He was part of a cross-office team that helped Liverpool and England footballer James Milner establish a sports agency focusing on young, up-and-coming golfers.

The sports practice at Leathes Prior has a national presence through its Full Contact online portal, which provides a range of services for sports clubs, regulatory bodies and sporting professionals. Among the highlights from last year was the transfer of non-league football player Cohen Bramall from Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club Hednesford Town to Arsenal. Employment partner Dan Chapman leads the practice and he is an active FA Registered Intermediary who deals with professional players and football clubs in contract negotiations and transfers. He is also one of the few solicitors who regularly represents clients sports tribunals. He has also appeared before the Motor Sports Council National Court, and has frequently acted for motor racing teams at all levels of the sport (including Formula 1, F2, GP3 and F3), as well as for racing drivers. Former head of motorsport Barry Mears left the firm to become head of the MBP Driver Academy at Mark Blundell Partners.

Steeles Law has strong relationships with clients in the motor industry, which leads to high-quality instructions relating to motorsport. The practice led by corporate partner Nigel Lubbock is also seeing a growing number of instructions from clients in sports such as rowing and cycling, which include the negotiation of contracts, branding and sponsorship agreements. He recently acted for a manufacturer of parts for Formula 1 and World Rally teams on the distribution of its products. He also acts for a World Rally racing driver in the negotiation of driving contracts and sponsorship deals. Employment law specialist Oliver Brabbins regularly advises high-profile individuals in motorsport and cycling on contracts and engagements. Head of corporate Richard Bailey handles instructions from clients involved in competitive sailing and water-related sports, which include the development of new technologies for these sports. Barrister Tom Bailey moved to Ashtons Legal.

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