Stobbs IP in Cambridge ‘operates differently to conventional lawyers, working collaboratively on creative solutions to problems, providing tailored advice and strategic input, which is highly valued‘. The firm advises a stellar roster of sports, entertainment and media clients, among them Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp, Harry Kane’s management company HK28 Ltd, and Pharrell Williams. Principal Julius Stobbs and team head Chris Sleep are key contacts for IP matters, particularly in relation to brand protection. The vastly experienced Geoff Steward, who advised UEFA on an international ambush marketing enforcement programme in relation to the delayed Euro 2020 and Women’s Euro 2022 tournaments, is a key adviser on IP disputes. Chris Hawkes is recommended for design rights and copyright matters.
Media, entertainment and sport in East Anglia
Other key lawyers:
Chris Sleep; Geoff Steward; Chris Hawkes
All England Netball Association
Automobil Lamborghini SPA
Automobile Club de l’Ouest
Beiersdorf (Nivea etc.)
Big Potato Ltd
Big Wave Brands
British Toy & Hobby Association
Brown Forman (Jack Daniels etc)
Cambridge University Press & Assessment
Cancer Research UK
Capri Sun GmbH
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Clear Score Technology Limited
Combe International (Vagisil)
Cumberland Corporate Services Limited (Tower Records)
District Financial Limited
Energizer Holdings Inc.
England and Wales Cricket Board
Faber & Faber
Fine and Country
Five Mile Films
Foo Fighters / Dave Grohl
Ford Motor Co.
Fred Astaire (estate of)
Garrard & Company (jewellers)
GLD Group (Umbro)
- Advising UEFA on international ambush marketing enforcement programme in relation to the delayed Euro 2020 and Women’s Euro 2022 tournaments.
- Advising Jagex in relation to a trade mark infringement and inducement to breach contract dispute, as part of the implementation of a global brand strategy to improve protection of its key brand assets and content.
- Advising HK28 Ltd on a broad range of commercial agreements, including in respect of image and television rights, and endorsement and sponsorship deals.
Fosters has a dedicated sports practice in its Norwich office, where former head of Legal at Norwich City Football Club Plc Jamie Arnall has utilised his in-house expertise to attract a diverse roster of clients. Arnall remains a key adviser to the football club, as well as to The Basketball League Limited, Nottingham Forest FC and NVA Sports & Entertainment Group. Associate Charlotte Darkins, who is a key member of the firm’s business and commercial practice, frequently advises sports clients on IP matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘We are fortunate to be able to call upon an extremely knowledgeable team at Fosters, who handle every interaction in detail and expediently. They regularly go over and above in terms of what could reasonably be expected both in terms of their advice/guidance but also in achieving any urgent timescales as necessary – often working outside of normal hours to do so. We receive incredible value for money via their ‘In house retainer’ service.’
‘We are fortunate to work closely with Jamie Arnall and Charlotte Darkins, who look after us amazingly well but the entire team at Fosters treat every interaction as though you are their most important client. We have worked with various legal advisors over the years but consider the team at Fosters as an integral part of our future ambitious plans.’
The Basketball League Limited
Nottingham Forest Football Club Limited
Norwich City Football Club Plc
NVA Sports & Entertainment Group Limited