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    • Lucy Cook - Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

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Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has a strong track record of advice to financial services and public sector clients such as Citibank, Arriva, TSB Bank, AIG, Highways England and Atom Bank. The team is on the Crown Commercial Legal Services Framework panel and also acts for a range of healthcare-sector clients including foundation trusts and primary care trusts. Key figures in Newcastle include Andrew Scott, who attracts praise for his ‘firm yet pragmatic negotiations’ and for his expertise in outsourcing IT and telecoms procurement matters; and consultant Caroline Churchill who focuses on non-contentious issues, with particular expertise in cloud infrastructure and data security matters.

The ‘incredible’ team at Ward Hadaway provides ‘prompt, well-considered and focused advice’ that is ‘both thoughtful and practical’. Alex Shiel leads the group, which includes commercial practice head Colin Hewitt and the well-regarded Judy Baker, who is ‘unbelievably supportive’; ‘her enviable understanding of the practice area gives her the edge over the competition’. Recent highlights for Baker include advising Bannatyne on an agreement with Sky to provide Wi-Fi services to Bannatyne Hotels, and assisting ScS with a compliance review of its website and its House of Fraser microsite. Asda, Virgin Money and Northern Powergrid also feature in it client roster. Also recommended are Phil Tompkins, who is recommended for IT contract advice, Tim Toomey, who focuses on IT disputes, and commercial contracts specialist Dean Murray, who joined in early 2016 from Square One Law.

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP’s department is led by the ‘exceptional’ Antony Hall, who attracts praise for his ‘unmatched personal approach, transparency and hands-on experience that is unmatched’. Clients also single out associate Lucy Cook, who specialises in the Fintech sector and handles software development issues and licensing arrangements, among other matters. Cook recently advised Amplyfi on documentation relating to artificial intelligence software and Hall assisted LamasaTech with the supply of self-service computerised touchscreen terminals to Northumbria University; he also assisted Pebbletree with a software as a service (SaaS) contract relating to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software. Other clients include Sandbox Platform, Infinity International, LB Foster Rail Technologies, Innovit Europe and Samaro Technologies; the team was also appointed to the North East Space Incubation Programme’s panel; the programme, which is being delivered in partnership with the UK Space Agency, provides support to early-stage companies in the space sector, for which the firm will be advising on legal issues.

For some, Muckle LLP’s ‘highly professional yet personal’ team is ‘head and shoulders above the rest in terms of knowledge’, and clients view it as ‘a safe pair of hands’ for IT matters. Key figures include non-contentious specialist Alex Craig, litigator George Festing, and the ‘incredibly efficient’ Alan Grisedale. The team was joined in 2016 by associate Jill Dovey, who arrived from an in-house position and is noted for her data protection expertise. Highlights for Grisedale included advising England Athletics on the terms and conditions, privacy policy and website terms of use for the launch of its RunTogether brand, while Craig assisted Glowsoft’s shareholders with the IT aspects of its acquisition by Mandata. Atom Bank, EDMI Europe and Avid Technology Group are also clients.

Litigator Martin Soloman leads the practice at Hay & Kilner, which excels in handling software development and licensing issues. Other areas of expertise include website development and database design. Recent highlights include advising a software company on the licensing of software to a global software solutions provider and assisting a client with the development of software and its subsequent offering to an international system provider. The firm is also handling an increasing number of mandates on behalf of IT developers and providers. Lucy Gray is a key name.

Watson Burton LLP’s IT group sits within the firm’s corporate department and is led by Duncan Reid, who specialises in venture capital and private equity transactions in the technology space. Reid assisted Global Bridge with data protection issues and investments into the company by various angel investors. Newly promoted partner Paul Wigham recently advised Altitude Angel on a contract for the development of its airspace management data and services platform. Other areas of expertise include outsourcing litigation, data protection and it contracts. Northumbrian Water, Hiscox and Performance Horizon are also clients.


Intellectual property

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Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is now led by Patrick Cantrill, who splits his time between Leeds, Newcastle and London, following Mark Pearce’s departure to Mills & Reeve LLP. The group, which provides ‘practical, timely and effective advice’, handles a range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues, with notable experience in patent litigation. Key clients include Bellway and Atom Bank; Cantrill acts for the latter on all IP mandates, including obtaining trade mark protection in the UK and Europe, and handling patent issues. The team’s other recent highlights include advising Nova International on the management of its trade mark portfolio and acting for Northgate in multiple brand and copyright disputes. Middleborough Football Club, Sanderson Weatherall and Fox International are also clients. Will Sander joined Keystone Law.

DWF’s ‘incredibly receptive’ team acts for a number of high-profile brands including Greggs, Panasonic and Arriva. The group also has substantial expertise in the retail sector; ‘highly commercial’ practice head Ed Meikle, who also leads the firm’s retail group, advises clients such as Morrisons, Fenwick and Lidl. Other strong sectors for the team include the food, sport and consumer product industries; Jelly Belly Candy Company and Pernod Ricard all feature among its client roster. The department handles the full range of IP matters, including copycat packaging, trade mark infringement, reputation management and patent litigation. Meikle advised Newcastle United on IP, brand protection and brand management issues, and assisted Swizzels Matlow with the defence and protection of its portfolio of confectionary brands. Senior solicitor Alison Evans is singled out for her IP litigation expertise.

Alex Shiel leads the six-partner IP team at Ward Hadaway, which sits within firm’s commercial group and advises technology start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs on a range of matters, with notable strength in trade mark issues. Shiel’s recent highlights include advising Tech City UK on trade mark registrations and sponsorship agreements, and assisting Energizer with the promotion of its Wilkinson Sword brand in conjunction with the Assassin’s Creed film. Other clients include Newcastle University and Oxford Leadership Academy; Shiel advised the latter on its international trade mark portfolio. Also recommended are litigators Tim Toomey, Robert Glassford and Peter Hornsey; Leeds-based trade mark attorney Bill Goodwin; and Judy Baker, who specialises in IT issues and data protection mandates and recently assisted Transcendit with an IP licence.

Niall Head-Rapson leads McDaniel & Co.’s niche IP practice, which advises clients on the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious IP issues, including patents, trade marks, and confidential information. Head-Rapson is highly recommended for his IP litigation experience and leads a team that is noted for its expertise in the furniture, fashion, jewellery, garden and greetings card industries. Recent highlights include advising J Barbour & Sons on a trade mark infringement claim against Amazon, acting for Mainetti in a patent infringement issue relating to its hangar products, and handling copyright infringement proceedings for Chiselwood regarding kitchen designs. Other clients include Spirit Fires, Green Board Games and Mathmos. Senior associate and registered trade mark attorney Kelly Hudson is a registered trade mark attorney.

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP’s ‘professional and personable team’ is led by Antony Hall, who is ‘thorough, detailed and a genuine sector expert’. Highlights for the team, which is which is ‘always extremely helpful and generous with its time’, included advising board game manufacturer Steamforged Games on a licence negotiation with Bandai Namco Entertainment to produce a board game based on the Dark Souls video game franchise, as well as general IP portfolio management issues. The team is also assisting CompareMyTravel with several trade mark registrations. Ovington Boats, Infinite Playgrounds and RTC North are also clients. Associate Lucy Cook is singled out for ‘going the extra mile for clients’ and ‘always taking the time to understand the client’s business’; her experience encompasses licensing matters and trade mark filings and prosecutions.

The ‘excellent, knowledgeable and proactive’ department at Muckle LLP attracts praise for its ‘good and positive attitude, great enthusiasm and commercial experience’. Practice head Alex Craig, who ‘is easy to talk to and takes a no-nonsense approach’, and George Festing specialise in non-contentious and contentious IP respectively. Festing also has noteworthy expertise in the media sector and is defending Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor in a claim relating to how US copyright law reversion rights apply to English music publishing agreements. In other highlights, Festing acted for The Explorer Group in multiple breach of copyright claims and Craig advised the shareholders of Glowsoft on the IP elements of its acquisition by Mandata. John Devine is recommended for sports-related matters.


Media and entertainment

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A top-tier firm in the North East’ for media and entertainment, Mincoffs Solicitors LLP attracts praise for its ‘straightforward and responsive’ approach and for its ‘expert advice, which is tailored to the client’s needs and is appropriate for the situation’. The ‘incredibly helpful’ Antony Hall leads the team and is rated for his ‘great depth of knowledge’. His recent highlights include advising Steamforged Games on a licence with Bandai Namco Entertainment to create a board game based on the Dark Souls video game franchise and assisting The TV Agency with various broadcasting contracts with ITV Media. Other key figures include John Nicholson, who regularly advises broadcasting companies and magazine publishers; Paul Hughes, who is recommended for transactional matters and IP issues; and associate Lucy Cook, who ‘has a great understanding of the area’. She and Hall recently assisted Now Film with multiple contractual documents. Other clients include Fighters Only, Shoofly Publishing and Get Film.


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A clear leader in the field’, Muckle LLP attracts praise for its ‘highly professional, efficient and effective service’ and ‘knowledge that is second-to-none’. The ‘incredibly experienced’ John Devine leads the group, which advises national governing bodies, clubs, managers and professional players across a wide range of sports including football, rugby and cricket. The team recently advised longstanding client The Football Association on the conception and launch of its Parklife project – a scheme aimed at providing all-purpose football facilities to communities around the UK. Other highlights included assisting the Caribbean Premier League on all legal issues relating to the international cricket competition and advising the Sport England Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme on its athlete funding and institution funding agreements. England Athletics, Chelsea FC Foundation and Durham County Cricket Club are also clients. Also recommended are the ‘excellent’ Tony McPhillips, who is recommended for professional player and manager contracts; associate solicitor Jess Swindells, who advises on sports grants and other banking issues; and senior associate John Kellett, who is a key name for real estate issues.


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