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Intellectual property

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Boyes Turner provides an ‘outstanding level of service’, with ‘great, practical advice on real problems that require quick, yet intelligent solutions’ and ‘really sharp business acumen’. Bill Gornall-King heads the department and specialises in advising clients on the commercial exploitation of their intellectual property, particular in the electronics and IT sector. Gornall-King is advising specialist software engineer Red Fox ID on the legal issues involved in its development of a new generation of software products and services for the transport sector. ‘Highly recommended’ Mark Blunden ‘is an outstanding attorney’, who ‘comes armed with multiple solutions to complex commercial issues’. Blunden and media and entertainment law expert Sarah Williamson  have been acting for Brandview on its content harvesting and monetisation when licensing its solutions to retail sector customers using the solutions for price, promotions and product analytics. Associate solicitor Helen Dobson joined the team in 2017 from Osborne Clarke.

The practice at ‘first-class’ national firm DMH Stallard LLP is headed by senior litigation partner Tim Ashdown, who possesses ‘thorough, in-depth understanding of his subject’ and ‘great strategic skills’. Ashdown divides his time between the firm’s London and Brighton offices and acts on all aspects of intellectual property, looking after many of the firm’s key IT clients, including Nozomi, Arcadia Group and Alpargatas. Ashdown has continued to support the Havaianas footwear brand – owned by Alpargatas – on multiple infringement and parallel importation cases, regularly securing injunctions and disclosure orders in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and the High Court. Other key figures for the team include Brighton-based IP disputes specialist Robert Ganpatsingh and Gatwick-based commercial partner John Yates, who leads on non-contentious IP matters for the office. Yates and Ganpatsingh both worked with corporate partner Jonathan Grant on the sale of Summersdale Publishers to Octopus Publishing Group, during which material copyright issues arose requiring the input of Yates and Ganpatsingh to resolve. Senior associate Sarah Cook is noted for her experience in a broad spectrum of IP matters and in domain name disputes, notably assisting Ashdown in the case of Xena Systems Limited v Cantideck and Conquip Industrial before the IPEC, acting for the claimant.

EMW Law LLP is renowned primarily for its work in contentious IP matters, particularly concerning patent, industrial design and trade mark infringement, with a growing non-contentious practice in the protection and exploitation of IP in the context of technology work, IP licence deals and other business models such as franchising and joint ventures. James Geary leads the practice with Mark Finn, who has over 30 years’ experience in IP litigation. Finn acted for Atlas Elektronik, supported by senior solicitor Felix Dodd, in relation to an appeal brought by Saab Seaeye against a first-instance decision of the High Court in a claim relating to an underwater mine clearance weapon system. Non-contentious IP specialist Matthew Holman regularly advises suppliers and purchasers of IT products and services on a range of matters, and is continuing to advise Rightmove on IT matters as well as licensing and brand protection work. Other clients of the team include Santander UK, Dallas Burston Ethitronix and Ethypharm UK.

Maier Blackburn LLP's team has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ in the publishing sector and counts Oxford University Press, Portland Press and Simon & Schuster as clients. Outside this space, Marvel Entertainment and the Cochrane Collaboration also feature on the roster. The ‘very efficient’ Steven Maier resolves disputes across all media and IP sectors, with clients including book, directory and periodical publishers, artists, agents and media organisations. Maier has continued as worldwide litigation counsel to the Tolkien Estate, recently successfully settling long-running litigation in California against Warner Bros and others concerning merchandising rights in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit in anticipation of a multi-season deal with Amazon. Noted for her ‘vast knowledge’ and ‘long memory’, Cathleen Blackburn handles the non-contentious side of the practice and is sought after for her international copyright expertise, specialising in all sectors of the publishing industry and regularly advising individuals and institutions involved in the arts and other areas of cultural activity.

Osborne Clarke handles a range of leading patent work in its core industry sectors, including technology and life sciences, financial services, and renewable energy and cleantech, working for major corporates including Tech Mahindra, Xerox, Virgin Media and the Redwood Group. The firm’s Reading office regularly co-ordinates with its Silicon Valley office, allowing it to effectively service strong US tech clients. Commercial practice head Russell Bowyer specialises in non-contentious work, with an IP caseload spanning trademarks, patents, copyrights and design rights. Bowyer and IP litigator Robert Guthrie advised longstanding client Hyundai on the IP aspects of a widely publicised advertising campaign for the Hyundai Santa Fe, which involved Patrick Bergel, the great-grandson of Ernest Shackleton, driving a slightly modified Santa Fe on a 5,800km journey across the Antarctic. Bowyer also co-ordinated with corporate partner Sara Valentine on the sale of Rush Hair to LDC, in particular advising on the IP issues raised in the renegotiation and novation of its template franchise agreement. Senior associate Joanne Loveridge focuses on technology exploitation and managing trade mark portfolios, and notably worked with Bowyer on the provision of an opinion to ActiveOps on its IP strategy, with a focus on potential threats and opportunities for exploitation.

‘Highly motivated and professional IP law firm’ Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors combines ‘a high level of expertise with very reasonable fees’, with an emphasis on trade marks, passing off, design and copyright issues. The firm is strong in the automotive, fashion and luxury goods sectors, with big-name clients including Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Senior partner and registered trademark attorney Steve Palmer is ‘very bright and excellent with clients, with strong commercial sense’. Palmer and Dawn Osborne, a specialist in internet law, represented BMW on a trade mark infringement and passing off case relating to the defendants’ use of BMW’s marks for their service. Solicitor Charles Lawless is ‘very thorough, with growing litigation expertise’, and notably supported Palmer and Osborne on Abercrombie & Fitch’s claim against the defendant over selling counterfeit products over the internet.

With ‘all the firepower of a heavyweight London firm’, Stevens & Bolton LLP possesses an ‘excellent’ IP department who ‘know their stuff and are extremely efficient and pragmatic’. Practice head Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett are the key figures and are ‘first-class lawyers’ who are ‘a joy to work with’. Solicitor-advocate Lingard’s primary focus is on litigation but he also advises clients on complex IP licensing and transactional matters. Lingard is representing endurance event company Tough Mudder in a variety of brand and trademark enforcement matters, as well as in opposition proceedings in the UKIPO. Tillett heads the life sciences sector offering and has experience of contentious matters including pharmaceutical patent litigation, trade mark and passing off disputes, copyright and designs litigation, and actions involving breach of confidence and defamation. Tillett is advising CI Plus on a complex claim in the High Court against Impex-Sat for breach of licence terms and circumvention of technical devices applied to copyright works, among other claims. Senior associate Elaine O'Hare has a particular expertise in the fashion and retail sectors, with recent projects including advising a leading French fashion house on a comparative advertising dispute. Communications practice head Gary Parnell is noted for his advice on IP-related matters concerning software solutions.

Blake Morgan LLP has a wide-ranging industry specialism in IP work, in particular handling matters in the charities, education, professional regulation, and retail and leisure sectors, as well as the public sector. With ‘carefully thought-out advice’ and a ‘commercial approach’, practice head Jill Bainbridge is experienced in dealing with a wide range of trade mark matters and in particular cases involving cross-jurisdictional issues. Bainbridge defended multinational publisher Informa in proceedings brought against the client for copyright infringement relating to articles published online, co-ordinating with Mishcon de Reya LLP, which acted for Euromoney in an almost identical claim brought by the same claimant. Sheilah Mackie specialises in non-contentious matters including IP-rich corporate transactions and brand management, and also advises on IP exploitation in the education, charities and technology sectors. Senior associate and trade mark attorney Ben Evans continues to advise Be Wiser Insurance on brand protection, IP rights enforcement and its portfolio. Legal director Chris Williams specialises in all areas of contentious IP, with a particular focus on trade marks and technology.  Gayle Curry left the practice to join BrookStreet des Roches.

The ‘excellent, knowledgeable’ Cripps LLP provides ‘quick response times, good value for money and appropriately tailored practical advice’. Advertising, technology and media sector head Pete Kenyon and Irfan Baluch are the key figures; both are recommended for their ‘excellent responsiveness, good sector knowledge and straightforward advice’. Kenyon’s client base is focused in the software sector, and Kenyon himself has a particular focus on complex IP development and licensing structures, spending a considerable amount of time working with Optomany on a range of complex, high-value technology deals with IP licensing at their core. Baluch assists established businesses and start-ups with the development, acquisition, protection and exploitation of IP, with one notable matter seeing him working alongside ‘star’ corporate and commercial lawyer Victoria Symons to advise RDT on the strategic licensing issues relating to the Trice app, which effectively seeks to create a new mobile marketplace for RDT’s insurer clients. Other practice clients include Coregeo, Holiday Extras and the Alzheimer’s Society.

The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper builds a ‘long-lasting trust and successful cooperation’ with its clients, which include Jimmy Choo, Vaccitech and IKEA. The practice offers expert advice on patents, know-how, trade mark and copyright licensing, and copyright, database and design right protection. Oxford-based partner Chris Shelley jointly heads the practice with London-based Anna Frankum. Shelley is particularly renowned for his work in the life sciences, publishing and engineering sectors; in one recent highlight he advised new client Inkpath on various issues including data protection and the implications of the GDPR, negotiating contracts and drafting an evaluation agreement. Trade marks specialist Gavin Stenton provides strategic brand protection advice to brand owners in a wide variety of sectors including fashion, sport, drinks, publishing and professional services. Joanne Vengadesan, who splits her time between Basingstoke and Reading, is also highly regarded, as is associate Holly Strube. A notable personnel change saw Rachael Barber leave the practice to join Kemp Little LLP.

White & Black Limited's IP team is ‘very responsive’, with ‘deep knowledge of the relevant law, broad experience, commercial advice, and very accurate cost estimates’, with instructions of note received from Concha y Toro, Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories and Nikon. ‘Go-to-man’ Phil Thompson heads up the practice and is a longstanding adviser to some of the leading technology sector players with significant European and UK-based operations, with one project seeing him acting for a European corporate on the development of wireless communication technology products. Victoria Wright (‘client-focused and takes the time to ensure she understands the aim of her clients’) and ‘detail-focused lawyer’ Nicholas Mitchell are the key figures on the contentious side, who have between them recently advised on significant contentious IT matters in the travel, construction and marketing sectors. Nick Mathys left the practice in November 2017 to move to Lewis Townsend LLP.

‘Articulate, measured and sensible’ of counsel Laurie Heizler heads the 'strong' IP offering at Barlow Robbins LLP and is recommended for his ‘depth of knowledge and confidence’. Heizler has been advising Reconnaissance International in respect of alleged copyright infringement. Heizler has also been acting alongside senior associate and litigator Chris Darvill for client Kallo Foods in respect of proceedings before the High Court alleging infringement of registered trademarks and passing off. The firm acts for businesses, schools, charities and private individuals, including Veriton Pharma, Dykomed and Northstar Comic Productions. The firm also receives instructions from trade mark and patent attorneys such as Murgitroyd.

Clarke Willmott LLP gives a ‘very good, responsive service’; ‘their advice is always well thought out and in strong detail and they provide a London service at regional prices and represent very good value for money’. Daniel Berry (‘leaves no stone unturned; a strong strategic thinker’) became the head of the firm’s South IP team in March 2017 and is noted for his significant experience in managing trade mark and design portfolios, with key clients including Organix, Onecom and Medicom Healthcare. Berry has continued to assist the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants on its trade mark and domain name portfolios. Berry has also been managing Mozzo Coffee’s trade mark portfolio and disputes, notably concluding a settlement agreement with NestlĂ© in October 2017 for the use of Mozzo’s brand in several EU member states.

BrookStreet des Roches' team is experienced in commercial and contentious IP matters, with particular specialisms in franchising, software and app development and licensing transactions, and data security, management and licensing. Significant clients of the practice include Whittard, Toni & Guy and McDonald’s Restaurants. Practice head Hugh Tebay has ‘outstanding legal acumen’ and is ‘highly trusted and very well respected’. Tebay and senior associate Claire Jacques acted for Atomo Diagnostics on the licence of its intellectual property rights in its range of diagnostic kits for a number of diseases and illnesses to licensees based in Europe, India, South Korea, the US and the UAE. Health sector IP expert Gayle Curry joined the team from Blake Morgan LLP in August 2017. Senior consultant Peter Moody is also noted.

Paris Smith LLP is known primarily for its work in IP audit and strategy, trademarks, international licensing and franchising, and contentious IP, regularly receiving client referrals from local and national patent and trade mark attorneys such as Chapman IP, Deverill IP and Barker Brettell. Intellectual property department head Laura Trapnell is ‘quick to respond and always really helpful with fantastic customer service’. Emily Sadler is noted for her expertise in franchise agreements and disputes.  Clients of the practice include Hobbycraft Trading, Marwell Wildlife and The Mayflower Theatre Trust.

At Shoosmiths LLP, ‘very skilled’ trade mark specialist lawyer Gary Assim divides his time between the firm’s London and Milton Keynes offices. Assim’s expertise spans many sectors, including retail, automotive and technology, with recent experience including defending a global retailer against a claim for patent infringement and acting for an iconic footwear brand on the protection of its intellectual property. Anastasia Fowle heads the firm’s national data protection team, as well as being a member of the sports and automotive sector offerings. Fowle has been recently been working with VW Group on UK IP, branding, technology and digital media, commercial and data protection matters, and IP disputes. Consultant Laurence Kaye  maintains involvement with the practice.

Niche intellectual property practice Sipara is run by Rebecca Kaye and Robert Furneaux and was created to provide trade mark services to brand-led companies with an international outlook. Kaye has particular expertise in helping clients to source from overseas and develop new markets, while Furneaux is particularly strong for instructions in the publishing sector. The firm is particularly active in the retail sector, with prominent clients in this area including Topshop, Whittard and New Look. Clients from other sectors include Oxfam, Lloyds Pharmacy and the University of Oxford.

At asb law LLP, practice head Debbie Venn has ‘a wealth of knowledge’, and handles trade mark and image rights protection, among other matters, for Captive Minds. Partner Nicola Billen is highly regarded for disputes concerning IP infringements and domain names. Clients include Pets Corner, Macro 4 and In2action, and the team now advises new client Canon UK on a range of matters, including protecting IP rights for licensing software and hardware.

Brethertons LLP's IP practice is led by Brian Auld, who has niche expertise in advising clients on dealership and distributorship transactions and software agreements. Auld acted on a couple of significant matters for a healthcare sector client on the assignment of intellectual property as part of a company sale and on a trademark licence agreement. Auld is primarily assisted by commercial lawyer Leanne Lawrence and solicitor Ben Hancox.

The IP team at the ‘excellent, responsive and value for money’ Coffin Mew LLP is headed by Mark O\'Halloran, who ‘responds quickly, is extremely knowledgeable and can quickly cut to the chase of any matter’. O’Halloran’s client base spans household name food services businesses, agile management consultancies and specialist retail installations. Other key team members are contentious IP expert Ian Dawes and recommended senior associate Rebecca West. Recent highlights include leading a negotiation on behalf of E-Crunch over brand rights and an amicable settlement, and defending voice and video communications specialist DV02 against invalidity proceedings brought by O2 Worldwide.

Commercial contracts specialist Cathrine Ripley heads the IP offering at Field Seymour Parkes LLP, with the IP facets of her work primarily focusing on the licensing of patents and UK and EU trade mark work. The team has continued to handle the IP concerns arising out of corporate transactions, while experiencing an uptick in the number of instructions for advice on trademarks and strategic IP planning. South Africa-qualified attorney Susan Wells joined the team in August 2017, in preparation for her dual qualification in 2018.

Foot Anstey's IP practice provides ‘excellent knowledge and value for money’ and is noted in particular for its ‘good responsiveness and proactivity’. Paul Cox recently joined from Clarke Willmott LLP to head up the firm’s IP practice. Cox ‘is always responsive and is able to identify issues and solutions; his ability to give good and practical advice is appreciated’, with the retail, leisure, food and drink, and automotive industries some of his areas of strength. Highlights included Neil Parkes acting for Sky UK in its ongoing battle against illegal streaming of Sky Sports online and Peter Singfield providing ongoing support to Trinity Mirror regarding the management of its Local World portfolio of trade marks.

‘Highly rated for intellectual property’, Howes Percival LLP ‘has a broad range of knowledge and is able to run big and small cases efficiently and cost effectively’, with particular expertise in the publishing and manufacturing sectors, as well as being adept at handling disputes involving software or online features. ‘Excellent litigator’ James Howarth, based in Milton Keynes, ‘combines good legal knowledge with excellent commercial judgement’. Howarth has been representing manufacturing sector client Fibrefab in a complex trade mark dispute with a competitor, and on the advisory side has been acting for publishing sector client Lion Hudson on an option agreement for a film based on one of its titles. National department head Matthew Talbot is based in the firm’s Leicester office.

The 'excellent' Moorcrofts LLP ‘has provided consistently good service over many years’, with ‘a high level of service in an area which calls for a specialised skillset’. Managing partner and ‘very fine IT/IP lawyer’ Andrew Katz ‘is a genuine expert in open source legal matters, and also extremely capable on IT law and data protection’, with other areas of expertise including open hardware, cloud computing and compliance in data protection and software supply chains. Katz has been working closely with CERN on the latest release of its open hardware licence and has been advising Questionmark Computing on its cross-border data flows ahead of GDPR implementation. Technology and IP solicitor Tim Astley and associate solicitor Katie Osborne are noted as important team members.

Moore Law provides ‘excellent service with outstanding responses times, comprehensive industry knowledge and very good value for money’. ‘Outstanding commercial lawyer’ Tris Moore heads the commercial and IP offering at the firm and is noted for his expertise in the law relating to commercial clinical trials and related IP. Moore has been acting for RocketRoute on the commercial and IP aspects of a significant corporate transaction, and is advising pharmaceutical and clinical research company P1vital on its clinical trials for experimental medicine. Significant new client instructions have been received from WKK Architects, Trading Post Coffee Roasters and The Zeitgeist Agency.

The ‘very good, responsive and obliging’ Spratt Endicott handles a broad range of IP considerations, advising clients on privacy policies, licence terms and the IP aspects of corporate transactions, among other matters. Chairman John Spratt leads the IP offering, with assistance from directors Hitendra Patel and David Whiting and associate Catherine O\'Riordan. Whiting is strong for contentious IP issues, bringing his experience of litigation and alternative dispute resolution to assist clients requiring the protection and exploitation of IP rights, while Patel and O’Riordan tend to handle the mainstream advisory IP issues.

Kevin Sullivan handles a range of intellectual property matters at Warners Solicitors, especially IP disputes, including those relating to copyright, designs, trademarks, passing off and misuse of confidential information. Recent highlights include acting for Technomed in respect of its successful claim for the infringement of its copyright and database right in its ECG software solution and acting for Mosaic Smart Data on the licensing of its MSX data analytics software product to JPMorgan Chase. Sullivan is supported in IP matters by solicitor Jonathan Booton.

With a 'brilliant service and response', Wortley Byers LLP ‘always lays out all the details clearly and concisely’ for IP instructions. The firm attracts clients from a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including pharmaceuticals and healthcare, hotels and leisure, insurance, and transport and logistics. Head of practice Sue Dowman ‘is very pragmatic and responsive, with a fair and unbiased viewpoint’. Dowman has supported APP Wholesale with the management of its trademark portfolio and advised ATP when it was faced with allegations of copyright infringement. Solicitors Baljeet Kaur and Elizabeth de Cruz support Dowman.

IT and telecoms

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  1. IT and telecoms
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The ‘responsive, professional and diligent’ Boyes Turner team possesses particular expertise in advising technology solutions providers such as Annodata, Kyocera, Bullitt and others on design and arrangements to incorporate third-party technologies into devices. The team also acts for data businesses, with complex performance auditing and data, payment transmissions, and online financial services matters among its diverse portfolio. Mark Blunden leads the commercial and technology practice and assisted Mortgage Gym with the launch of the UK’s first regulated mortgage ‘robo-adviser’ platform, constituting the first FSA-regulated mortgage platform of this type. Blunden and the ‘commercially minded’ Sarah Williamson have also continued to advise Virtualstock on the expansion of its “Edge” SaaS platform, which is set to revolutionise NHS procurement systems when it launches later this year. Bill Gornall-King advises clients on a varied range of matters across the automotive, aviation and engineering sectors, with key clients including censhare, Information Resources and the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group. Associate solicitor Helen Dobson joined the commercial and technology team in October 2017 from Osborne Clarke, bringing experience in co-ordinating international advice for digital business clients in relation to B2B and B2C arrangements.

'First-class' Pitmans LLP is recommended for its ‘sector knowledge, turnaround times, commercial rates, personable team and overall level of service’. Commercial litigator Phil Smith heads the firm’s IT and telecoms offering, advising big-name clients including Sky, Humax and Symantec. Tim Clark acts on contentious IT disputes, particularly those relating to cyber security and breaches thereof, and is currently advising Dutch YouTube services company Zoom.In on the UK aspects of a dispute with MNN. On the advisory side, Philip Weaver has been handling the renewal of licence and maintenance agreements for KAI Computer Services and giving legal guidance on GDPR compliance to the UK arm of an international business which manufactures electronics and hardware. ‘Highly personable’ legal adviser Marie Evrard has wide-ranging expertise in areas including data protection compliance, software and master service agreements, with one recommendation that ‘in such a "dry" subject it helps that Marie has a great sense of humour and is a great relationship builder’.

DMH Stallard LLP offers ‘excellent responsiveness, availability, technical expertise and commercial insight’, with ‘fees proportionate to the work undertaken’. Senior litigation partner Tim Ashdown heads the TMT practice, dividing his time between London and Brighton, and is particularly well known for his work in software copyright, large IT development projects and IT-related disputes. Ashdown is providing ongoing support to Ampito Group and SiteVisibility on a range of considerations. ‘Pragmatic, practical and intelligent’ John Yates advises on a wide array of non-contentious matters and is currently acting for Brighton i360 in relation to issues to do with the British Airways i360 tourist attraction.  Yates’ long-standing clients include Kelsey Publishing, Standard Brands and Open Fundraising. In 2017, the firm merged with Rawlison Butler.

Tech Mahindra, Virgin Media and Xerox are among the clients of Osborne Clarke's 'outstanding team'. Russell Bowyer heads up the technology practice in the firm’s Thames Valley office in Reading and advises sector clients including Hyundai, SMART Technologies and Vodafone on contracts, joint ventures, collaborations and outsourcings. Bowyer and Will Robertson handled DER Touristik’s cross-border acquisition of a brand reservation system from Atcore, and Bowyer also advised Hyundai on the design and launch of its Click to Buy vehicle web site. Corporate IT specialist Sara Valentine acted for the selling shareholders and the management team on the sale of CRM and client accounting software provider Reapit. Commercial litigator Peter Sheppard is the key figure for contentious IT matters, possessing experience in all aspects of technology litigation, and is the firm’s contact partner for the Redwood Group.

Shoosmiths LLP has a ‘strong in-depth team with high levels of skill and knowledge’. The team is co-headed by the ‘highly capable, very experienced and all round excellent’ Robin Webb out of the firm’s Milton Keynes office. Webb leads the firm’s specialist automotive sector team; he recently advised Volkswagen Group on its procurement of telephony and data network services for use across its trade parts specialist centres and was instructed by Nissan Motors to re-negotiate a digital marketing agreement for global website design and build, support and maintenance services. Fellow co-head Sebastian Price advises a large number of blue-chip organisations on a broad range of IT matters, with recent highlights of his including assisting IMS Evolve on a strategic partnership with a supermarket company and advising Licence Bureau on technological and data access considerations. Associate Andy Pratley (‘very adaptable, always delivers for the client’) specialises in IT matters for the automotive and financial services industry. Other names to note include Anastasia Fowle and publishing and digital media expert Laurence Kaye.

Stevens & Bolton LLP is recommended for ‘providing the same professional and high quality of service as the major international firms, for more reasonable fees and with some extra friendliness thrown in’. The insurance, food and drink, and pharmaceuticals industry sectors are important for the practice, as indeed is IT itself. Beverley Whittaker heads the firm’s commercial and IT team and has expertise in a broad range of IT work covering outsourced services. In the past year Whittaker and Gary Parnell completed two global deals for the provision of cloud intranet services by client BrightStarr. ‘Highly competent and responsive’ partner Beverley Flynn and senior associate Charles Maurice have been advising SecurMed on a complex matter relating to the establishment of a medicines verification system for the prescription and supply of medicines in the UK. Maurice and fellow senior associate Oliver Kidd are noted as up-and-coming stars in the practice.

At 'excellent' technology firm White & Black Limited, practice head Phil Thompson is noted for his ‘very broad knowledge and experience in the field of telecommunications and cloud computing’; he recently acted for Interactive PureCloud on the licence of its PureCloud technology solution to BUPA. Matt Johnson acts for large companies including the RAC, Universal Music and Electricity North West, and notably acted for Mitchells & Butlers on the tendering for its outsourcing work and entry into agreement with Fujitsu. Key work streams of the practice in recent times have included advising major UK and global companies on the contractual arrangements for the use of technology, advising clients on Big Data and licensing initiatives against the backdrop of the GDPR and regulatory changes, and advising technology clients on their commercial contracts. Nick Mathys departed to join Lewis Townsend LLP.

Following the merger of Bond Dickinson LLP with US firm Womble Carlyle, the newly combined Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  is strong in the financial services, insurance, retail and public sectors. The firm’s client roster includes New Look, TSB and the Post Office, and the firm is one of those included on the legal supplier panel to the government’s Crown Commercial Service. Practice head Julian Hamblin has been acting for Old Mutual Wealth on a project of contract due diligence and review arising out of a managed separation of the global business. Through its IT division (Kingfisher Information Technology Services UK), Kingfisher has instructed Hamblin on the negotiation of a significant contract relating to the procurement of an enterprise information management platform for use across its retail companies. Litigator Andrew Parsons is recommended for technology disputes and is defending the Post Office against claims brought by former and current sub-postmasters, who allege that the company wrongfully recovered debts or procured them based on unreliable information provided by its IT system, Horizon. Data protection and e-commerce expert Andrew Kimble is also recommended for matters such as outsourcing, data licensing and freedom of information. Managing associate Ben Gibson is recommended for providing a ‘measured and detailed service’.

The main contact at Birketts LLP is Nigel Thompson, who has particular expertise in software and product licensing. Thompson acts for a number of high-tech businesses, internet trading companies and software developers, primarily assisted by senior associate Andrea Curtis and solicitor Claire Hunt. Thompson has been assisting Commcise Software, a software development business specialising in the City finance sector, on the settlement of required documentation, assisting with the drafting and negotiation of its contractual suite, and dealing with data ownership and use issues. Other recent highlights include Thompson and Hunt advising Kalibrate Technologies on an overhaul of its standard licensing suite of contracts, while Curtis worked alongside corporate partner Rafael Ruiz to advise New Link Consulting on its contracts with various financial institutions.

Blake Morgan LLP provides a ‘very good overall service’, with ‘good quality lawyers and very good value for money, particularly in comparison to City firms’. Team head Sheilah Mackie has particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional software development and licensing, hardware procurement, and outsourcing projects for customer-side clients. Legal director Elisabeth Bell leads the technology group in the Thames Valley and its GDPR initiative, and has been advising Artemis IT Solutions on the negotiation of a long-term arrangement with one of its customers. In other work highlights, senior associate Ben Evans advised longstanding client Neural Technologies on the protection of its Optimus brand and Guy Constant handled Medical Imaging Partnership’s acquisition of the MRI business of Nuada Medical Specialist Imaging, with assistance from Bell and Rajiv Joshi. Susie Dryden is recommended for her ‘strong legal knowledge’ and for being ‘very responsive, practical and hands-on’.

With a ‘strong level of service’, Clyde & Co LLP is recommended for its ‘in-depth knowledge of commercial IT issues in the context of the UK insurance market’. The firm handles a wide range of major technology and data-driven transactional and contentious matters in its chosen specialist markets of aviation, security, logistics, energy and insurance, with recent new client instructions from Grant Thornton, Expedia and Inditex. ‘Extremely capable’ practice head Mark Williamson is assisting B&Q with its commercial contracts to ensure they are fit for purpose and compliant with the company’s internal policies. Williamson is noted for his strength in the insurance sector; in a recent highlight, he and associates Paul O'Donovan and Craig Lightfoot assisted Chubb with putting in place a new hosting arrangement with a new provider for one of its core policy administration systems. Other mandates for the practice included outsourcing, large-scale data analytics projects and complex licencing agreements.

The team at Cripps LLP has experienced an uptick in a number of practice areas, including fintech, ad tech, insurance tech and healthcare tech, as well as assisting clients with GDPR compliance. Commercial practice head Pete Kenyon also heads up the firm’s advertising, technology and media sector group, and has continued to advise Optomany on a range of complex, high-value technology deals, including a contract with a household payment services provider for the supply of the Optomany Payment Solution to the provider’s customers. Irfan Baluch has been assisting RDT with complex integration and support issues relating to the Trice app, creating a new mobile marketplace for RDT’s insurer clients. Other clients include TET, Diaku and Documents Plus. Recently promoted partner Kathryn Rogers is recommended as a figure of note.

The 'strong, responsive and proactive' Irwin Mitchell team combines ‘excellent overall service levels’ with ‘good IT industry knowledge and capability, including on GDPR and data protection’. The firm’s Gatwick office is the main centre of the firm’s national TMT practice, with key partners Stuart Padgham and Dan Hedley based in this office. Padgham and Hedley ‘are knowledgeable and provide timely, pragmatic advice, with high-quality technical skills, industry experience and expertise’; Hedley is noted in particular for his knowledge of banking law, contracts and FCA regulation. Highlights ranged from assisting LzLabs with a wide range of commercial contract and software licensing matters to advising Saga on the procurement and customisation of a replacement booking and reservation platform. Aurelia Butler-Ball was promoted to senior associate, with a practice focusing on new media and tech start-ups, especially those based in the Brighton area. Butler-Ball has also taken on responsibility for Kim Walker's client base, after Walker moved within the firm into an in-house role.

Moore Blatch LLP ‘provides good, commercially relevant advice to clients in a wide range of circumstances’. Practice co-head Dorothy Agnew possesses ‘exceptional understanding of both the legal and sector-specific commercial aspects in the technology sector’ and is ‘a pleasure to deal with’. Agnew advised IT services and solutions provider Blue Chip Data Systems on a number of agreements with its customers, including one with top insurance company SunLife, and advised online retailer Mobile Phones Direct on a number of major network dealer agreements with EE, Vodafone and O2. Fellow co-head John Warchus  is ‘always able to help out a client and provide clear, understandable advice’. Warchus has notably handled a range of projects for specialist healthcare company Proton Partners International, including the negotiation of a master services agreement for the supply of specialist hardware and software with Philips and a collaboration agreement with the University of Liverpool in relation to cancer treatment. Agnew and Warchus are assisted by associate solicitor Sarah Crookall and solicitor Jasnoop Cheema.

Penningtons Manches Cooper is strong for handling complex technology transactions, advising on hi-tech manufacturing agreements and acting for IT suppliers in support of their sales processes. One high-profile matter has seen Joanne Vengadesan assisting Bluepointlondon with its £100m ‘SmartCity’ project to upgrade the electric vehicle charging point infrastructure and install hundreds of new charging points to extend the network. Other highlights included advising Tectrade Computers on contracts with its customers and advising Tata Advanced Systems on a technology purchase agreement in relation to a high-tech manufacturing matter and licence agreements for a joint venture involving prototype technologies. London-based Anna Frankum and Oxford partner Chris Shelley  jointly lead the practice.

asb law LLP is highly recommended for travel and aviation-related technology work, advising clients such as The Travel Network Group, Secret Escapes and TravelLocal. Outside this sector, the firm acts for Ascom Wireless Solutions and Canon UK. Debbie Venn heads the team and has expertise in advising on collaboration and strategic alliance arrangements, agency and distribution contracts, and manufacturing agreements, among other items. Managing partner Andrew Clinton and Lyndsey Ratcliffe are other figures of note, with Nicola Billen also a key contact for the group.

An ‘excellent firm with a good breadth of capabilities across their IT and telecoms team’, Coffin Mew LLP has been heavily involved recently with advising clients operating consumer services platforms on how to accommodate changes under the Second Payment Services Directive. The team has also devised a structured audit process to help compliance with the GDPR. ‘Extremely knowledgeable’ practice head Mark O’Halloran advises clients on the full spectrum of non-contentious IT matters, from outsourcing, e-commerce solutions and data sharing to contracts, agreements and licensing matters. Senior associate Rebecca West joined the team from Ageas (UK) in January 2017, taking the lead on GDPR compliance initiatives.

Dentons possesses experience of technology-related issues in a wide range of industry sectors, in particular the retail, oil and gas, financial, media and automotive sectors. The bulk of the team’s instructions concerned GDPR compliance ahead of the regulation’s implementation in May 2018. Andrew Harris is managing partner of the Milton Keynes office and heads the practice with counsel Chris White. The practice has longstanding relationships with big-name clients including Sainsbury’s, Taylor Wimpey and Total Lindsey Oil Refinery. Associate Jonelle Afonso joined the team from Fox Williams LLP, while Nick Harrison re-joined the team as a senior associate after spending time in-house with Burtons Biscuits and Debenhams.

EMW Law LLP acts for customers and suppliers on large-scale IT outsourcing projects, data protection and GDPR compliance, complex technology licencing agreements, mobile app development, e-commerce and other concerns. Commercial team principals Matthew Holman and James Geary advised Rightmove on updates to its contract terms and various compliance issues, while Holman has been instructed on significant GDPR compliance initiatives by Milton Keynes Dons Football Club and Mirus IT Solutions, among others.

‘A firm which provides a high level of service to clients’, Moorcrofts LLP has ‘very good knowledge of software and IP law’ and provides ‘advice well targeted to client needs with good value for money’. Managing partner and ‘very fine IP/IT lawyer’ Andrew Katz heads up the offering and is recommended in particular for ‘his wealth of knowledge and expertise in open source legal matters’, while being ‘extremely capable on IT law and data protection’.  Highlights included supporting Apigee (a subsidiary of Google) on complex data protection issues in light of the upcoming GDPR implementation and assisting Veterinary Insights, a provider of data analytics services to the veterinary and animal health sectors, on a wide range of matters including data protection and licensing.

The 'excellent' Paris Smith LLP team is ‘responsive and able to provide options that are backed up by a solid opinion for a particular course of action’. The team is led by communications, media and technology expert Crispin Dick and intellectual property lawyer Laura Trapnell, who is ‘quick to respond, with fantastic customer service and is always really helpful’. Associate solicitor Emily Sadler specialises in commercial IT contracts, acting mainly for suppliers of IT products. The team’s work portfolio includes IT-related commercial transactions, system integration, development and procurement projects, IT separation issues in M&A transactions, and cloud computing and hosting. Clients include The Property Ombudsman, Aspin Management Systems and Lascar Electronics.

Barlow Robbins LLP is recommended for outsourcing, data protection, e-commerce, software, cloud computing and hosting matters. Of counsel Laurie Heizler is noted for his ‘depth of knowledge and confidence’ and being ‘articulate and measured’. Heizler has received instructions from OLM Systems in connection with complex agreements for specialist software outsourcing to local government and was instructed by Windsor Holdings, operator of the Foxhills hotel and the Farleigh Court golf resort, to advise on and amend agreements with providers of resort management software.

Brethertons LLP's Brian Auld handles IP-related matters for companies from industries such as education, retail, healthtech and IT. Specialist areas of knowledge and expertise include identifying IP issues for software development and licensing projects, advising on technology developments, and the commercialisation of IT assets. Recent highlights have seen the practice advise on the terms and conditions of a licence agreement for the provision of software and assist with the acquisition of know-how, copyright material and software.

Cathrine Ripley heads the IT offering at Field Seymour Parkes LLP, which has spent a good deal of time assisting technology clients with GDPR compliance. Other areas of expertise for the team include advice on internet and cloud computing solutions, mobile technologies, website issues, IT sourcing and cyber security. Experienced South Africa-qualified lawyer Susan Wells joined the team in anticipation of her dual qualification.

Fintech expert Kevin Sullivan heads the Warners Solicitors IT offering, with software and other technology licensing and distribution agreements a major staple of his work. Some of Sullivan’s most notable recent projects include acting for Mosaic Smart Data in respect of the licensing of its MSX data analytics software product and representing Technomed in respect of its claim for the infringement of its copyright and database right in its ECG software solution. Other clients include Rambus and Columba Systems.

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Boyes Turner fields a high-calibre digital media team with specialist knowledge of advertising, digital media services and technology utilised by online publishers and advertisers. Key figure Sarah Williamson maintains a strong portfolio of clients, routinely supporting advertisers and publishers in complex technology-related projects, including agreements with providers such as Google and AppNexus for the licence of their advertising platforms. Williamson maintains her niche position as outsourced in-house counsel for Auto Trader and the Guardian, recently advising Auto Trader on a media-buying agreement and an agreement for the appointment of a creative services agency, and preparing agreements for the printing and distribution of the Guardian Weekly in New Zealand and Australia. Head of the commercial and technology practice Mark Blunden also acts for a number of multi-media sector clients, particularly on their technology-related projects. The team was strengthened in 2017 by the hire of Helen Dobson from Osborne Clarke, who has strong experience in the marketing and advertising sector.

The 'excellent' Cripps LLP team ‘understands the client’s business thoroughly’ and ‘is as good as any of the big London firms’. The firm acts for major advertising and marketing services agencies, rights owners and publishers, among others, with representative clients including Instinctif Partners, Hearts & Science and Samba Communications. Pete Kenyon heads the firm’s advertising, technology and media team in Kings Hill and specialises in working with media and creative agencies and online publishers, with recent projects of note including acting for social media marketing agency Influencer on an issue of shares to Caspar Lee and advising We Are Social on its commercial agreements. Tunbridge Wells-based Nigel Stanford specialises in M&A deals in the technology and media sectors, recently completing a joint venture arrangement for client DAC Group Europe with Spanish media agency Infinity Media Services. Kathryn Rogers, Irfan Baluch and Salim Somjee are other figures of note.

Irwin Mitchell's team provides ‘prompt responses, clear advice and great support’, while being ‘very accommodating for clients in this sector’. Stuart Padgham heads the team and is primarily assisted by recently promoted senior associate Aurelia Butler-Ball, who is ‘personable and engaging’ with ‘excellent client engagement’. Padgham and Butler-Ball have been advising YouTube personality Em Ford on agreements with a major agency and a global cosmetic brand and continue to represent longstanding clients Lady Leshurr and the Conan Doyle Estate on the protection of their respective brands. Other clients of note include London Championships Limited, Wimpy Restaurants and The Sports Sphere. Sarah Birkbeck handles contentious matters in the media, technology and retail sectors and has advised clients on a range of claims, including for copyright infringement and for alleged breaches of post-termination restrictions. Tom Barnard was recently promoted to senior associate; he focuses on the entertainment and sports sector and regularly advises individuals, agents, clubs and commercial entities with interests in the sector.

‘Good value for money’ Maier Blackburn LLP is noted for its ‘specialist knowledge of copyright issues and the publishing industry’. Name partner Cathleen Blackburn is known for her expertise in international copyright and in trade and academic publishing, and is recommended as being ‘extremely knowledgeable and sympathetic, prompt and helpful’. Fellow name partner and litigator Steven Maier has specialised in contentious publishing, media and entertainment law for a number of years, dealing with copyright, design right and trade mark infringement, passing off and related cases. Maier and Blackburn have both been involved in advising The Tolkien Estate in long-running litigation in California against Warner Bros and others concerning the extent of the grant of merchandising rights in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which settled in June 2017. Maier and Blackburn between them also recently worked on significant matters for Agatha Christie Limited, Watership Down Enterprises and The Society for Medieval Archaeology.

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises both on contentious matters (including copyright and trade mark infringement issues, defamation and contractual disputes) and advisory and licensing work. Solicitor advocate Tom Lingard heads the sector offering and is primarily involved with litigation matters; Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O'Hare are other key figures on the contentious side. Lingard and Tillett advised digital content marketing agency Mediablaze on its investment from iCrossing, while Lingard and O’Hare represented Future Publishing in a claim for declaratory relief, breach of contract, misrepresentation and trade mark revocation brought by Edge Interactive and Edge Games. On the advisory side, commercial partners Gary Parnell and Nicola Broadhurst are key figures; project highlights include Broadhurst and associate Tom Collins handling the drafting and negotiation of an endorsement and image rights licence between client T.M Lewin & Sons and BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker.

Jill Bainbridge heads the offering at Blake Morgan LLP  is noted for her ‘excellent client care’. Bainbridge handles a wide variety of defamation and reputation management matters; highlight matters include advising Quercus Capital Rentals in relation to defamatory statements and malicious falsehood on the part of a competitor, defending multinational publisher Informa against copyright infringement proceedings worth over £100m, and acting for Shard Financial Media in a professional negligence claim against Withers & Rogers. Senior associate Ben Evans advises on reputation management matters, particularly where such disputes involve the internet and social media. Clients include the University of Winchester, The Trussell Trust and Palladian Publications.

Niche digital, media and technology-focused firm Moore Law acts for a considerable number of digital media agencies, influencers and businesses. Principal solicitor and founder Tris Moore heads the practice and is noted for his expertise in developing areas of IT and telecoms, including agile software development, digital media and YouTube. Moore has assisted YouTube personality Calfreezy with a number of significant agreements related to his commercial activities, including endorsements in the UK and elsewhere. Other areas of expertise include social media content management, royalty agreements, and copyright protection and exploitation.

Howes Percival LLP regularly acts for clients across the creative industries, including television production companies, music distributors, fashion houses, theatres, advertisers and publishers, with particular strength in copyright, defamation and privacy dispute matters. James Howarth has extensive experience of copyright and passing off disputes, with a specialism in the publishing and digital sectors, while associate Jenna Bruce possesses longstanding experience in the media sector, having previously worked in-house at ITV. Recent highlights include advising DOLCE Music on various music licensing matters and artist engagements and assisting GC Biosciences with obtaining an injunctive order requiring Virgin Media to disclose the IP address used by the creator of a blog site which infringed copyright and defamed the claimants.


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Field Seymour Parkes LLP handles the full spectrum of sports law matters, from corporate and regulatory advice to real estate, licensing and employment. In addition to acting for a number of regional cricket, golf and athletics clubs, the firm has been developing a strong relationship with Get Berkshire Active, the Sport England authority based in Berkshire, which has opened the practice up to assisting a number of amateur sports clubs and associations on issues including their corporate status and the tax implications of their choice of structure. Other highlights included acting for Foremost Golf on reviewing the agreements underpinning a loyalty card scheme for professionals nationwide, and assisting Marlow Rowing Club with plans to expand its operations commercially without compromising its charitable status. Ian Wood-Smith leads the practice, which includes Jeremy Parkes. Bettina Phillis left the practice in January 2018 for an in-house role at Oxford University Press.

Irwin Mitchell acts for international and national governing bodies, sports clubs, funders, agents, operators of leisure facilities and individual sports personalities on the full spectrum of sports law matters, with an emphasis on regulatory and governance advice. In 2017, practice head Hannah Clipston acted for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science on a review of the appeals policy through the Sport and Recreation Alliance Legal Panel, which then evolved into conducting a full review of all the association's policies. In another key mandate, employment partner Simon Fenton is acting for former British Olympian Jess Varnish following her removal from the British Cycling Olympic programme. Other key figures include Michael Taylor, who provides tax advice to sports personalities, and commercial contracts expert Stuart Padgham.

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP has established a firm following among regional cricket, football and rugby clubs, in addition to acting for sporting charities such as Active Sussex, and a number of high-profile sports personalities. Recent highlights include acting for Hellingly Regby Football Club on its company incorporation, and acting for the Ansty Village Centre Steering Committee on the merger of the activities of the cricket club, football club and other entities and their respective assets and charitable activities into a new charitable incorporated organisation, as well as assisting with the construction of a new sports and social centre and the demolition of the existing centre. Firm chairman and sports department head Bruce Hayter has an extensive track record working with grass roots sports teams and clubs. Also recommended are Richard Cripps, who focuses on sports-related corporate transactions, and Alan Zeal, who regularly acts for amateur rugby clubs on governance issues.

Moore Law has established a firm following among sports clients for its expertise in commercial contracts matters, in addition to its ability to advise on the intersection between digital, media and sports. The practice recently acted for Lewes FC, a community-owned and not-for-profit football club, on an initiative in support of gender pay equality, which involved negotiating and drafting the structure, form and content of an overarching umbrella agreement to govern commercial relationships with prospective new sponsors. Other clients include advising longstanding client Technogym UK, for which it handles its sponsorship and endorsement agreements. Tristram Moore has an extensive track record acting for sports personalities, clubs, organisations, rights holders and retailers.

Rainer Hughes has a particular focus on acting for Premiership footballers and other sports personalities, and also acts for West Ham Ladies Football Club. Its areas of expertise cover sponsorship, licensing, merchandising, sports image rights,  broadcasting and new media rights, in addition to sports-related disputes and regulatory matters. Recent highlights include assisting Ramanus Navardauskas, a professional cyclist for Team Bahrain Merida, with drafting, settling and negotiating a commercial agreement related to a business investment, and acting for England cricketer Ravi Bopara on a variety of sports contracts and sponsorship agreements. Sanjay Panesar heads the team.

Stevens & Bolton LLP's full-service sports law practice has been particularly active in commercial and IP matters throughout 2017 - recent highlights include assisting Tyrell's Potato Crisps with drafting the sponsorship agreement connected to is sponsorship of the Tyrrell's Premier 15s league, the UK's premier women's rugby competition in the UK . It also handles contentious matters, and recently acted for personal trainer and online fitness blogger, Ross Dickerson, in a dispute arising from a commercial book publication agreement. Other clients include Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Tough Mudder Incoporated. Charles Maurice and Tom Lingard are the key figures. Tom Collins is also recommended.

Verisona Law 'punches above its weight' when it comes to sports matters, with clients rating the practice for its 'excellent service and extremely helpful industry knowledge'. It is singled out for its expertise in footballing matters, and acts for clubs, players and other other individuals on governance and regulatory matters, as well as employment and real estate issues. Key clients include Portsmouth Community Football Club, for which it continued to advise on the sale of the club, which completed in August 2017, as well as advising on the extension of the club's occupation of its training ground. The practice also acts as advisers to the Hampshire Professional Golfers Association, and assisted professional golfer Scott Gregory with drafting an agreement with Octagon, a sports and entertainment agency in sports marketing, sponsorship and athlete and talent representation, to represent him. Michael Dyer heads the team and is noted for combining 'experience and knowledge with a sensible, practical approach'. The 'excellent' Sue Ball is also recommended.

Country sports are the primary focus for Warners Solicitors' sports law practice, which acts for a number of country sports organisations and sporting estates on issues relating to game shooting, hunting, competitive and recreational riding and fishing. Clients include the Masters of Foxhounds Association, the governing body for hunts in the UK, and the Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles, for which it handles constitutional affairs, disciplinary proceedings against hunt officials, and employment matters relating to hunt staff. Michael McNally, Tim Ryan and Russell Brinkhurst are the key figures.

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