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Biotechnology

Index of tables

  1. Biotechnology
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Rising stars

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Taylor Wessing LLP has a deep bench of life sciences and technology specialists with extensive experience in advising some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. It provides market-leading advice on complex global licensing and collaboration deals, contract disputes and venture capital financing. Through co-head of international life sciences and healthcare Tim Worden, who works closely with UK head of life sciences Malcolm Bates, the firm also provides regulatory advice to the leading names in the sector. Senior associates Tasmina Goraya and Talitha Shkopiak are recommended as rising stars in the sector.

Practice head(s):Malcolm Bates; Tim Worden

Other key lawyers:David Mardle; Adrian Rainey; Talitha Shkopiak; Tasmina Goraya; Georgia Powell; Colin McCall; Samantha Deacon

Testimonials

"Malcolm Bates and his team consistently demonstrate their expertise and experience in the biotechnology sector."

"Both Talitha Shkopiak and Malcolm Bates are very responsive and show great commercial understanding of the pharmaceutical industry."

Key Clients

TxCell S.A. / Sangamo Therapeutics

Oxford BioMedica plc

Artios Pharma Ltd.

Apotex

MiNA Therapeutics

Avacta plc

iRhythm

Forbion Capital Partners

Aimmune

Work highlights

  • We advised TxCell, a listed French cell therapy company, on an in-licence from the University of British Columbia under intellectual property rights relating to TxCell's lead cellular immunotherapy product for chronic rejection after organ transplantation.
  • Advised longstanding client Oxford BioMedica plc on an exclusive worldwide licence of its gene therapy treatment for Parkinson's Disease.
  • Advised Oxford BioMedica plc on a research collaboration and licence with Bioverativ Inc. for the development and manufacturing of lentiviral vectors to treat haemophilia.
  • We represented Apotex Inc on the sale of its European subsidiaries in Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Spain, to Aurobindo.
  • We have advised Plethora Solutions Limited on a second licence agreement (following the grant of rights in Europe and certain other countries in 2014) granting the rights to commercialise PSD502™, Plethora's approved novel anaesthetic drug.

Mills & Reeve LLP operates a full-service multi-disciplinary practice for life sciences companies. Its clients include global organisations as well as small and mid-sized biotech companies, universities and research institutes. Led by James Fry, the practice draws on the experience of IP consultant Alasdair Poore and corporate finance partner Zickie Lim, as well as lawyers in the firm's employment, pensions, immigration and litigation groups.

Practice head(s):James Fry

Other key lawyers:Alasdair Poore; Zickie Lim

Key Clients

ALK Abello

Autolus

Alere / Abbott / Axis Diagnostics

Diurnal Group

Sphere Fluidics

Calypso Biotech

ECO Animal Health

Kidney Research UK

IQ Capital Funs

Livingbridge

University of Exeter

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Atlantic Healthcare

British Association of Dermatologists

Francis Crick Institute

L. D. Collins & Co

MAP Biopharma

Aberystwyth University

Horizon Discovery

Work highlights

  • Advising this Danish global pharma group on UK product compliance issues generally, including e-commerce, privacy, advertising, branding and pharma/medical device regulation.
  • We have assisted this client generally on commercial and IP matters this year, and, in particular, on its suite of supply chain and market access agreements.
  • We advised this Cambridge based  life sciences business (formerly spun out of the University of Cambridge) on its £5m fundraising.
  • We assist the Alere Group, a global diagnostics corporation, on a range of commercial and HR matters.
  • Calypso is an early stage oncology therapeutic company and we have assisted on a range of CRO/pharmaceutical product development agreements and IP matters.

Biotechnology is a key industry sector across the national network of offices of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP and the key lawyers in Cambridge advise start-ups and established life sciences companies on corporate, IP, IT, property and finance matters. Among its clients are numerous biotechnology, medical device, diagnostics and pharmaceutical companies, as well as research institutes. The firm, which climbs the ranking this year, has a dedicated IP, IT and commercial lawyer in senior associate Rachel Bradley and an experienced employment partner in Hilary Aldred.

Practice head(s):Rachel Bradley

Other key lawyers:Hilary Aldred; Sarah Coates

Key Clients

Wren Therapeutics

Cytocell

Atopix Therapeutics

King’s Commercialisation Institute

Astex Therapeutics

Orca Pharmaceuticals

Abcam

Oppilan

Metrion

King’s Commercialisation Institute

Certis

Work highlights

  • We advised this client on an amendment to a clinical research agreement with a UK academic institution.
  • Acting for US-based Oppilan, a San Diego based drug discovery company on their various funding rounds and other UK corporate matters.
  • Acting for Wren on all of its UK legal advice, including commercial/IP matters, HR and employee options.
  • Negotiating a new lease for premises of Granta Park.
  • Represented a client in its Research and Option agreement with a large global pharmaceutical company.

Niche intellectual property firm Marks & Clerk Law has a large client base in the life sciences sector and although the majority of work is done through the London office, associate Simon Portman in Cambridge is a notable commercial contract lawyer for technology companies and acts for numerous clients in the bioscience industry.

Key Clients

Genentech

AstraZeneca

Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. Limited

Amgen

F. Hoffman-La Roche

Sun Pharma and Almirall, S.A.

Pfizer

Crescendo Biologics

AbbVie


Intellectual property

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Mills & Reeve LLP has a large roster of regional, national and international clients in the technology, life sciences, automotive, food and agriculture, education and sport sectors. Its work includes corporate support, IP protection and commercialisation, R&D and collaboration contracts, branding, technology transfer, licensing and contentious matters. The practice is led from Leeds but the firm's Cambridge office houses key lawyers in consultant and patent attorney Alasdair Poore, IP and life sciences partner James Fry and principal associate Nicola Hanglin who is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney and leads the firm’s trade mark filing and prosecution practice.

Practice head(s):Alasdair Poore; Kevin Calder

Other key lawyers:James Fry; Claire O’Brien; Richard Plaistowe; Nicola Hanglin

Testimonials

'An experienced team that have the breadth to cover all legal aspects of intellectual property challenges in the life science sector both in the UK and through their network of associates worldwide.'

'Alasdair Poore really gets into the detail, really tries to understand the issue, and is client friendly.'

'James Fry always gives pragmatic advice.'

Key Clients

Xaar PLC

Bernard Matthews Foods Limited

IELTS Australia Pty Limited, the British Council, and University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

Queen Mary University of London

AVEVA Group PLC

Department for Education

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman

Sagentia

University of Nottingham

Ninja Theory Limited

University of West London

Nottingham Trent University

Birmingham City University

K&S Partners

Sphere Fluidics

Calypso Biotech

Kidney Research UK

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Aberystwyth University

University of Exeter

MAP Biopharma

Health Data Research UK

Diurnal Group

King’s College London

Work highlights

  • We manage the IELTS international trade mark portfolio on behalf of the IELTS Partners which consists of approximately 80 trade mark applications and registrations in around 135 jurisdictions (including ARIPO, OAPI, International and EU trade mark registrations).
  • Mills & Reeve acted for the sellers in relation to the acquisition by Huws Gray of Ridgeons, a Cambridge-based timber and builders merchant trading throughout East Anglia, with several trading arms, such as PlumbStock and Anglia Tool Centre, a transaction which established the UK’s largest independent builders’ merchant;  IP, in particular the Ridgeons trade mark portfolio, was material to the transaction.
  • Calypso is an early stage oncology therapeutic company and we have assisted on a range of CRO/pharmaceutical product development agreements and IP matters.
  • Our IP team initially advised on a trade mark claim, and implemented a strategy to secure trade mark protection for the UK company in opposition to a US company’s trade mark registrations .
  • We manage all of AVEVA’s international trade mark portfolio, which covers in various jurisdictions, including the EU, the USA, Australia, India, China, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Russia.

Stobbs IP is a specialist IP boutique based in Cambridge that, with 64 fee earners, has by far the largest practice in the region. Among these are both solicitor and trade mark attorneys, all of whom are focused on brand management, which includes a growing caseload of contentious matters. The firm has a huge roster of clients that grew still further in 2018, and among its new clients are Liverpool FC, Raspberry Pi, Marks & Spencer, AB InBev, FIFA and Mars Wrigley. The breadth of the firm's service offering sees it compete with both specialist Trade Mark Attorney firms and large international IP law firms.

Practice head(s):Julius Stobbs; Chris Sleep

Other key lawyers:Bruce Alexander; Geoff Steward; Chris Hawkes

Key Clients

7-Eleven

ABInBev

AG Barr

ASOS

Balfour Beatty

Barclays

Beiersdorf

Boots

BullGuard

Brown Forman

Cambridge University

Cancer Research UK

Channel 4

Citco

Converse

DKNY

eMoov

Eton College

Faber & Faber

Facebook

Federal Mogul

Ford Models

Garrard & Company

Glencore

Grandmaster Flash

Grapeshot

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Iglo Foods

Inca Digital

Informa Plc

Instagram

Kiely Rowan Plc

LADBible

The Leys & St Faith’s Schools Foundation

McDonalds

MacMillan Publishers

Marshall Amplification

Meyer Bergman

Monster Inc

Mothercare

Nike

O2

Oculus

PepsiCo

PurpleBricks

Quintessentially Group

Sanrio

Snap Inc

SSAT

Stephen Webster

Ted Baker

Tesco Plc

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Wilmington Plc

Virgin Enterprises

Yahoo!

YouView

Work highlights

  • We continue to  work for Facebook and its key subsidiaries (Instagram, Oculus and Whatsapp) in relation to their UK and EU brand strategy and enforcement matters, receiving instructions directly from the US.
  • We were appointed to manage the global brand portfolio of Upfield  Europe BV following their acquisition of the Flora Foods Group business from Unilever.
  • Acting for a Defendant/ Counterclaimant in relation to a dispute over the use of the mark PIP & NUT on nut milk products by our client, where the other side assert rights in relation to the word PIP for juices and other related products.
  • We act for AG Barr in the management of their brand portfolio which includes a number of well known soft-drink brands including IRN BRU, RUBICON, ROCKSTAR and SNAPPLE, as well as strategic advice in relation to brand protection and enforcement.
  • We have been advising well-known motorcycle brand, in relation to enforcement strategy against counterfeiters and infringers in the UK.

Taylor Vinters has a deep bench of talent in its Cambridge and London offices, with key partners often working in both locations. The firm, which focuses largely on the life sciences and technology sectors, handles all aspects of IP from the registration and licensing of IP rights, through commercialisation and protection to litigation. Patrick Farrant leads a practice that acts for regional, national and international clients. In 2018, the practice extended its capabilities with the introduction of a patent filing and strategy practice. Louisa Dixon is the key partner for brand protection and trade mark matters, and Gareth Dickson takes the lead on contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Patrick Farrant

Other key lawyers:Louisa Dixon; Gareth Dickson; Chris Keen; Alison Oggelsby Smith; Jo Eales

Key Clients

World Trade Centers Association

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Adventure Forest Group Limited t/a Go Ape

Royal Society of Chemistry

The Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking

Four Reasons Legal, LLC

Meridian Audio Limited

Escape Fitness Limited

Microbiotica

Bactevo (now Nanna Therapeutics)

Congenica

IONTAS

Work highlights

  • Representing the World Trade Centers Association in relation to UK and EU trade mark matters.
  • Representing the Estate in its enforcement and protection of Professor Hawking's brand and image.
  • The firm was appointed by the US-based Bridgestone Americas, Inc. in 2016 to act on its behalf in respect of UK and EU trade mark clearance and registrations and portfolio maintenance matters.
  • Representing Meridian Audio Limited in relation to all trade mark matters around the world.
  • The firm has taken over representation of the entire RSC trade mark portfolio, including all legacy registrations.

The Cambridge office of Taylor Wessing LLP houses specialists in technology and life sciences, many of whom have in-house experience at leading pharmaceuticals companies. The transactional team led by Malcolm Bates and Tim Worden frequently handles complex global licensing and collaboration deals, as well as disputes. Its strong venture capital practice often advises on the IP aspects of venture capital financings, joint ventures, M&A deals and IPOs.

Practice head(s):Malcolm Bates; Tim Worden

Other key lawyers:Tasmina Goraya; Georgia Powell; Samantha Deacon;

Testimonials

"The team was always up-to-date on every aspect of our needs and never lost sight of unique details. As a result, their ability to take on new developments in any particular issue was remarkable."

"Malcolm Bates is not only possessed extensive knowledge of various IP intricacies inherent in our industry and unique to our company, he also possessed a creativity that enabled us to navigate nearly any situation we faced. This is not always a common trait with attorneys and highly valuable to any client."

Key Clients

TxCell S.A. / Sangamo Therapeutics

Oxford BioMedica plc

Ceres Power plc

Artios Pharma Ltd.

Apotex

MiNA Therapeutics

Avacta plc

iRhythm

Forbion Capital Partners

Aimmune

Work highlights

  • We advised TxCell, a listed French cell therapy company, on an in-licence from the University of British Columbia under intellectual property rights relating to TxCell's lead cellular immunotherapy product for chronic rejection after organ transplantation.
  • Advised longstanding client Oxford BioMedica plc on an exclusive worldwide licence of its gene therapy treatment for Parkinson's Disease.
  • Advised Oxford BioMedica plc on a research collaboration and licence with Bioverativ Inc. for the development and manufacturing of lentiviral vectors to treat haemophilia. Oxford BioMedica will receive a $5 million upfront payment from Bioverativ, as well as milestone payments potentially worth over $100 million and royalties on net sales of Bioverativ’s lentiviral vector haemophilia products.
  • We represented Apotex Inc on the sale of its European subsidiaries in Belgium, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Spain, to Aurobindo; the transaction involved advising on a range of IP-heavy commercial agreements, as well as trade mark licences.
  • Advised Ceres Power Holdings plc on an equity investment from Chinese power business, Weichai Power, together with a related joint venture in China and the licensing of the intellectual property for fuel cell technology.

'They understand our business, tailor their advice and weigh up the commercial risks', says a client of Birketts LLP, which provides 'a readily available, efficient service'. Legal director Nellie Jackson in Ipswich leads the practice and has nearly 20 years' experience in trade mark and brand protection matters. Senior associate Maria-Christina Peyman in Cambridge takes the lead on contentious IP matters and has particular expertise is in civil disputes at the IPEC and the High Court involving copyright, trade marks and passing off, as well as trade mark registry disputes and Company Name Tribunal applications.

Practice head(s):Nellie Jackson; Maria-Christina Peyman

Testimonials

"Nellie Jackson is a standout leader of the IP team at Birketts. She is responsive, commercial, helpful and knowledgeable, often going above and beyond."

"The team is very solutions-oriented. They understand the needs of business and work with us to help us reach our objectives."

"Nellie Jackson has been fantastic to deal with throughout. She is a strong and prompt communicator and is an excellent listener - she spends time understanding our situation and needs and provides advice tailored to that."

"Nelli Jackson is always pragmatic and positive."

"Nellie Jackson is commercial, pragmatic and a pleasure to deal with. I highly recommend her."

Key Clients

Greene King Plc

UKTV Media Ltd

Elektron Technology Plc

Caterham Cars Ltd

Servest Group Ltd

Orchard Toys Ltd

CPL Aromas Ltd

Inspectorate International Ltd

Muntons Plc

Tobar Group Trading Limited

Ipswich School

Escape Hunt IP Limited

Doidge Limited

Hayman Group Ltd

Perivan Limited

Monty’s Bakehouse UK Ltd

Sanctuary Personnel Limited

Jewers Doors Ltd

Monarch Water Ltd

Inskin Media Ltd

BlackLane GmbH

Arc Informatics

UltraSoc Technologies Ltd

Skalene Ltd

C4 Carbides Ltd

Ardex

Work highlights

  • Worldwide Trade Mark Portfolio Management, noting an allegation of trade mark infringement and passing off by way of an example matter.
  • UK and EU Trade Mark Portfolio Management, noting a UK trade mark opposition proceeding as an example matter.
  • Management of worldwide IP portfolio for the Hayman Group (including Hayman Distillers, Burlington Drinks and Haymankimia), noting a UK and EU trade mark opposition proceeding as an example matter.
  • Management of UK/EU trade mark portfolio and contentious IP matters, including design rights, noting an EU trade mark opposition by way of an example matter, and High Court proceedings brought by Rubik’s.
  • Representing Clayton Horsnell and its director in defending an infringement of trade marks and database rights claim brought by Distinctive Wholesale Limited.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Cambridge office is home to a substantial part of the firm's national IP practice, which comprises six partners. Simon Crossley is the key partner in Cambridge and he has more than 20 years' experience in areas such as open source software and open innovation, establishing licence models for app stores, and the use of technology in healthcare. Adrian Toutoungi has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property but has a particular focus on complex patent litigation.

Practice head(s):Simon Crossley

Other key lawyers:Adrian Toutoungi; Alexa Parry; Victoria Clissold; Sara Patel

Hewitsons acts for clients ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, including well-known brands and Cambridge colleges, in IP licensing, development contracts and contentious matters. Clients praise 'the breadth of IP knowledge from accessible partners at keen rates'. Practice head Andrew Priest handles IT, outsourcing, technology transfer and general commercial contracts, while key partner Mark Elmslie's work for national and international clients includes research and development arrangements and technology licensing contracts.

Practice head(s):Andrew Priest

Other key lawyers:Mark Elmslie; Bill Thatcher; Tania Saigol; Carole Mahoney

Testimonials

"In intellectual property matters the expertise available via the team is second to none."

"Mark Elmslie has a unique knowledge of the regulatory framework established by IPReg, the regulator for the IP profession. He is calm and measured in his advice."

"Andrew Priest is a really valuable addition to the firm's IP expertise, with deep industry understanding and a sharp legal mind."

Work highlights

  • We are acting for a soft drinks brand, active in a number of markets outside the UK, in a trade mark dispute involving multiple proceeding in the EU and UK trade mark registries and a UK passing off and trade mark dispute.
  • We are acting for a UK company in complex patent litigation involving a claim for infringement of a patent in the field of engineering, against our client and others by an EU company alleging patent infringement, the claim is complicated by the fact that proceedings have been brought against multiple parties involved in producing, selling and using the patented product .

Managing associate Simon Portman is the lead lawyer in Cambridge for Marks & Clerk Law, though partner Michael Moore spends time in both Cambridge and London. The firm is an IP boutique and advises on  the commercialisation of IP, strategy, risk limitation, due diligence, brand protection, portfolio management, commercial contracts and industry-specific regulatory issues. Among the clients of the Cambridge team are small start-ups, prestigious universities and large multinationals, as well as companies with a technology or life sciences focus. Commercial contract lawyer Rayyan Mughal is recommended as a rising star.

Practice head(s):Simon Portman

Other key lawyers:Michael Moore; Luke Hill; Rayyan Mughal

Key Clients

ReagentBio Ltd

Downing College

New England Biolabs (UK) Ltd

May Ball Co Ltd

Norwegian Airlines

Sophie Morgan

Visit Orlando

Kajima Limited

Virokine Limited

DAAL Noise Control Systems AS

Work highlights

  • Advising on branding and trade mark filing strategy for the provision of various types of assays for researchers in academic, pharmaceutical and veterinary research.
  • Representing singer/songwriter in all aspects of her music career, including sourcing and negotiating management agreements, major label record deal and $250,000 music publishing agreement.
  • Advising client with existing presence (in other technical fields) in the oil and gas sector on setting up a new commercialisation vehicle for new concept, acquiring the rights from a range of inventors, patent filing and branding strategy and subsequent product development and commercialisation strategy.
  • Advising the client on joint development agreements with a range of parties, ensuring the client owns or has access to IP generated in its field
  • Advice on patent filing strategy and drafting, negotiating and advising the client on agreements to evaluate and further develop its technology with motorcycle manufacturers in Europe and Japan, including advice on suitable KPIs and outline licence option terms.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP joins the ranking thanks to the growing workload of senior associate Rachel Bradley in the IP, IT and commercial practice. She has more than 13 years' experience in the publishing and life sciences sectors, and handles a range of non-contentious IP matters including trade mark, patent, know-how and copyright licences for the publishing industry, as well as software licences. Her clients range from small biotech and technology companies to large pharmaceutical companies, NHS Trusts, charities and academic institutions.

Practice head(s):Rachel Bradley

Testimonials

"The team at Penningtons Manches has lawyers who have worked in-house which means they have a great understanding our commercial concerns."

"They are able to respond to our queries efficiently and highlight any commercial and legal concerns appropriately."

"Rachel Bradley and the team have great understanding of our sector and the issues that we as an organisation face. With their experience in the sector and detailed knowledge of our business needs, the team are able to provide us with a tailored service for our company."

"They are able to meet with challenging deadlines, and are able to turn work around quickly should the need arise."

"Rachel Bradley has a detailed knowledge of the publishing sector. Having Rachel as a central point of contact means that the advice is always tailored to our organisation, given her  knowledge of our business."

"Queries are responded to promptly, and with a pragmatic approach."

Key Clients

Astex Pharmaceuticals

The Company of Biologists

Cytocell Limited and Oxford Gene Technology Limited

Dementia UK

Cambridge Commodities

Wren Therapeutics

Astrid Media

Grey Wolf Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Advised The Company of Biologists on a range of commercial agreements, including an agency agreement with a European publishing agent.
  • We drafted template trade mark licence agreements for the grant of trade mark licences by Cambridge Commodities to third party manufacturers of products to use Cambridge Commodities’ trade marks on their products.
  • Acted for Astrid Media on a licence agreement relating to European publishing rights.
  • Acting for the Charity relating to the drafting of a collaboration agreement with NHS Trusts for the provision of admiral nurses.
  • Represented a biotech company in its Research and Option agreement with a large global pharmaceutical company.

The intellectual property practice at Greenwoods GRM is led by corporate partner David Woods and is best known for its in-depth knowledge of the media sector. It frequently advises magazine and online publishers on IP matters. The firm also has growing expertise in the technology sector. Litigation associate Jamie McConnell has a strong track record in contentious matters, which recently included successfully protecting the infringement of the trading name of ta large online sports supplement store, and defending a multimillion-pound design right infringement claim.

Practice head(s):David Woods

Other key lawyers:Jamie McConnell

Work highlights

  • Defending a multi-million-pound design right infringement claim in the marine industry.
  • Successfully enforced and prevented the further infringement of a UK based manufacturer’s CTM.

The business law practice at Steeles Law, led by corporate partner Richard Bailey, has a niche in acting for clients in the hi-tech engineering sector, particularly those involved in cycling, automotive and motorsport. Bailey also advises publishers on copyright and trade mark issues, and the firm is increasingly active in assisting clients in the creative industries with copyright matters, design rights, patents, trade marks and the law of confidentiality. Denise Traube and Rachel Sims are also building up the firm's profile in contentious IP matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Bailey

Other key lawyers:Rachel Sims; Denise Traube

Key Clients

Broadland Guarding Services Limited

Cox Powertrain

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Sustain on refuting the allegations of breaches of the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising and Direct & Promotional Marketing (CAP Code) and the misleading and comparative advertising Directive, as well as trade mark infringement and breach of copyright.
  • Rachel Sims acted for the design agency in two cases of infringement of copyright.
  • Defence of intellectual property rights against misuse by a competing manufacturer.
  • Breach of design for a large agriculture plant.
  • Intellectual property advice relating to contractual agreement of employees, agents and sub-contractors.


IT and telecoms

Index of tables

  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Chris Keen - Taylor Vinters

Rising stars

  1. 1

The information technology practice at Mills & Reeve LLP handles a busy workload that includes major IT projects for central government and healthcare providers, as well as handling a range of matters for established technology businesses, regulators and charities. Kevin Calder leads the firm-wide technology and life sciences sector group and frequently acts for government departments in major IT projects. He is also the first point of contact for clients such as Cambridge Mechatronics. Peter Wainman leads the health technology sector group and also acts as relationship partner for key technology company clients including Arm. Associate Sophie Burton-Jones leads the delivery of projects for clients such as Redgate Software.

Practice head(s):Kevin Calder; Peter Wainman

Other key lawyers:Sophie Burton-Jones

Key Clients

Arm

Department of Health

Redgate Software

General Dental Council

Cambridge Mechatronics

Financial Conduct Authority

Niche Health

Health and Social Care Northern Ireland

HM Land Registry

Feedback plc

Work highlights

  • Continues to act for Arm on key IT contracts, working closely with the in-house legal team and IT team; in 2018, as well as a large volume of ongoing contract support, our input has included working on the negotiations to implement a new consultancy services framework to provide global support to Arm.
  • The team has been advising this designer of mobile phone camera technology for many years, having previously negotiated some of the business’s key customer contracts including licences for patented technology for inclusion in the latest smart phones.
  • the firm were appointed in 2018 following a competitive tendering exercise to be the external legal advisers to HM Land Registry; our work has included advising on the contract for the development and implementation of an HR, procurement and finance system for use nationally.
  • Continue to advise this successful software business on a major project to redevelop its EULA and customer terms; key contracts with high profile customers; the acquisition of software businesses.
  • Advised the GDC on a procurement for an IT system relating to their move to new premises in Birmingham.

The Birketts LLP IT practice operates out of all four of the firm's offices and acts for clients both in East Anglia and further afield. It is part of the technology practice led from Cambridge by Quentin Golder, which acts for clients ranging from small owner-managed businesses through to large listed companies in the financial services, social media, security software and aerospace industries. Golder specialises in IT and IP matters for companies involved in the digital economy. Corporate partner Mark Gipson in Ipswich, senior associate Paul Palik in Norwich, who handles IT matters including SaaS and software licensing transactions, and Kitty Rosser are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Quentin Golder

Other key lawyers:Mark Gipson; Paul Palik; Kitty Rosser

Key Clients

BullGuard Ltd

Apolitical Ltd

PSI International Ltd

S16 Ltd

Blancco Technology Group plc

Kalibrate Technology Group plc

Farthest Gate Ltd

Ista Energy Ltd

Pie Mapping Ltd

Bose Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for BullGuard on all IT and commercial matters; recent work includes implementation of a white label VPN SaaS platform.
  • Acting on multiple contracts for the supply of metering and billing/data services.
  • Acting for Apolitical on all legal matters relating to the provision of their online platform.
  • Acting for the Company, and its UK Subsidiary, in relation to multiple contracts involving the provision of online assessment and examination services, both within the UK and abroad, primarily to the public sector, on a SaaS basis.
  • Acting for the Company in relation to negotiation and drafting of the terms relating to the development and implementation of digital interactive experiences for customers (involving both hardware and software) as part of the development of a flagship Regent Street store.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in Cambridge 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. He is a key member of the firm's national life sciences practice and an expert in regulatory matters and IT commercialisation projects.

Practice head(s):Simon Crossley

Other key lawyers:Adrian Toutoungi

The IT practice at Hewitsons acts for suppliers to and purchasers of IT services across a broad range of IT businesses, advises on on EU Framework Programme contracts in IT fields, handles data protection compliance issues and data security breaches for IT and technology companies, and deals with matters of software development, licensing, distribution and support. It also has niche expertise in IT and business process outsourcing. Practice head Andrew Priest handles IT outsourcings and technology licensing deals in the public and private sector, and consultant Bill Thatcher has nearly 30 years' experience in IP and IT transactions.

Practice head(s):Andrew Priest

Other key lawyers:Bill Thatcher

Work highlights

  • The firmadvised on a complex software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreement with a very large and very well-known customer in the global drinks market.

Taylor Vinters has a strong technology focus and it acts for numerous high-growth and multinational technology companies based in the Cambridge area. Practice head Tom McGuire is highly regarded for his sector expertise and is the lead partner in the firm's Growth team, which specialises in taking technology companies from start-up to trade sale or IPO, particularly concentrating on protecting and exploiting intellectual property to create value. Partner Chris Keen also plays a key role in that practice.

Practice head(s):Tom McGuire

Other key lawyers:Chris Keen

Ashtons Legal joins the ranking due to partner James Tarling's growing workload for clients in the technology sector. Tarling has more than 20 years’ experience in data protection and information law, and he also acts for companies in the automotive and motorsport industries and for clients providing IT services in the public and private healthcare sectors. Among his clients are start-ups and high-profile established businesses providing new technologies such as machine learning and near-field communications.

Practice head(s):James Tarling

Key Clients

Cosworth Group

Ubisend

Thyngs

Medical Management Systems

Digital Fuel Marketing

Cambridge Building Society

GB Inspections

Bowmonk

Cambridge Satchel Company

Content Consultants

Sentronics

Work highlights

  • Advising Ubisend, a leading provider of AI powered chatbots and other AI technologies, on its key contracts, including machine learning and reseller agreements.
  • Advising Thyngs Ltd in relation to various equity investment transactions including an oversubscribed crowdfunding fundraising via Crowdcube.
  • Advising a leading provider of electronic healthcare management systems on drafting negotiating bespoke contracts with key customers; software licensing issues; data protection compliance.
  • Advising Digital Fuel Marketing, an international digital marketing agency, on its contracts for its affiliate marketing networks, data protection compliance, and master services agreement for digital marketing.

Corporate partner David Woods leads the IT and telecoms practice group at Greenwoods GRM in Cambridge, which grew its client base of technology companies and software houses in 2018 and continued to advise its many corporate clients on issues such as data privacy and software as a service (SaaS) delivery. Woods frequently provides advice on digital and online matters, as well as traditional software development and licensing arrangements. Litigation associate Jamie McConnell also handles a growing caseload of technology-related disputes.

Practice head(s):David Woods

Testimonials

"I think this team's strength is its adapability. This team was willing to jump into a fight and help me at very short notice."

"Jamie McConnell is a listener and a thinker. He can view problems from different perspectives and has the ability to 'forward think'. This helps him prepare for most situations."

Key Clients

Data Interchange Plc

Red Fish Systems Ltd

The Retail Data Partnership Limited


Media and entertainment

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Stobbs IP has an impressive roster of national and international clients, for which it handles brand management and IP matters. The firm has unrivalled expertise in the publishing sectors and frequently acts for some of the world’s largest publishers, as well as advising well-known artists in the film, television and music industries. Litigation principal Geoff Steward, senior solicitor Chris Sleep and solicitor Chris Hawkes are among the many lawyers with high-profile media and entertainment clients.

Other key lawyers:Geoff Steward; Chris Sleep; Chris Hawkes

Key Clients

Archant Limited

ASOS

Beiersdorf

Cambridge University Press

Channel 4

Dean Guitars

Faber & Faber

Fred Astaire (Estate of)

Genesh Productions LLC

Gene Simmons (of KISS)

Grandmaster Flash

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

Informa Plc

MacMillan Publishers

O2

PepsiCo

Sanrio (i.e. Hello Kitty, Mr Men)

Springer Nature

Studio Lambert

Wilmington Plc

Virgin Enterprises

Vortex, Inc

Yahoo!

YouView

Work highlights

  • We manage the global trade mark portfolio for Grandmaster Flash – the US hip hop recording artist and DJ, widely considered to be on the pioneers of hip hop.
  • We act for LADBible in all aspects of the management of its trade mark portfolio, and brand enforcement online.
  • Advisory and support work in relation to onboarding of the UBM IP portfolio following Informa’s recent acquisition of the UBM group.
  • As a result of Geoff Steward joining Stobbs at the end of last year, we are now acting for DC Thomson, the publishers of The Beano and Dandy comics, for whom Geoff has acted for over twenty years.
  • Since the takeover of the portfolio we have been instrumental in licensing negotiations with Marshall’s key licensee who manufactured Marshall headphones and speakers.

Corporate partner Alastair Gunn at Greenwoods GRM runs a media practice group that advises clients on corporate, employment, immigration and regulatory matters. Employment specialist Joanna Scally and managing partner Robert Dillarstone play key roles in the practice. The firm frequently acts for magazine and newspaper publishers, as well as employees of large media outlets.

Practice head(s):Alasdair Gunn

Other key lawyers:Joanne Scally; Robert Dillarstone


Sport

The national sports team at Mills & Reeve LLP is led from Manchester and London but the Cambridge and Norwich offices house significant expertise in regulatory matters, image rights, tax and private client matters. The firm acts for high-profile sports personalities and teams, particularly in football, and gained new clients in 2018 in cycling, golf, rugby league, tennis and mountaineering. Tax partner Chris Belcher commercial and IP partner Greg Gibson and IP principal associate Richard Plaistowe are the key contacts.

Other key lawyers:Chris Belcher; Richard Plaistowe; Greg Gibson; Edward Hadcock

Key Clients

The Rangers Football Limited

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

The Professional Footballers’ Association

Laffer Abogados

James Milner

League Football Education

Great Manchester Sports Partnership

OmniSports Limited

Super League

Manchester County FA

Preston North End FC

Pro Legal Agency

White Rose Sports Ventures

Entertainment Today

British Cycling

Work highlights

  • We carried out a detailed review of the operational activities and governance of the MTT group to ensure current compliance with relevant aspects of charity law and best practice.
  • We advised the Club’s new owners on the exit of former CEO, Jez George.
  • We provide on-going advice to HTFC regarding image rights deal with certain players; this includes acting for HTFC in negotiations with the players’ legal representatives, agents and/or accountants.
  • Advising CUFC in relation to the proposed redevelopment of its current stadium to include a new larger stadium with new homes to help build a new community in this part of Cambridge.
  • We were instructed jointly by the International Hockey Federation, in Lausanne, Switzerland and the World Grand Masters Association to facilitate the merger of two worldwide hockey competitions into one new body, World Masters Hockey.

Niche intellectual property boutique Stobbs IP joins the ranking this year thanks to its impressive roster of clients in the sports sector, for which it handles IP and brand management matters. Litigation principal Geoff Steward counts a number of Formula One teams among his clients. Founder Julius Stobbs, senior solicitor Chris Sleep and solicitor Richard Ferguson are among many who handled recent matters for high-profile clients including UEFA.

Other key lawyers:Geoff Steward; Julius Stobbs; Richard Ferguson

Key Clients

UEFA

FIFA

Liverpool FC

Tottenham Hotspur FC

England & Wales Cricket Board

World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association

World Snooker Federation

SRO Motorsports Group

Ringside Boxing

Work highlights

  • Stobbs was selected to assist UEFA in the acquisition of domain names for the EURO2020 football competition.
  • Brand protection and trade mark litigation.
  • Brand strategy and management.
  • Advising the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association in relation to the establishment of its newly created division World Snooker Federation (WSF), established to bring together amateur and professional snooker within one organisation as part of a formal bid for snooker to be recognised as a sport within the Olympic and Paralympic programme.
  • Acting on behalf of the SRO motorsports group, the FIA backed motorsport organisation involved in the promotion, support, and organisation of the various national and international auto racing series around the world.

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. Dan Chapman is one of the region's few dedicated sports lawyers and his disputes work has seen him act for leading names in football and motorsport. He is one of the few solicitors nationwide who is an active FA Registered Intermediary.

Practice head(s):Dan Chapman


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