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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Intellectual property

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

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Boyes Turner is notable for its cross-border capabilities, working with several US and European firms across both contentious and non-contentious work. A key feature of the practice is its brand guardianship programme, which provides clients with a comprehensive brand protection service and this is combined with its litigation expertise. Practice co-head Bill Gornall-King specialises in the commercial exploitation of intellectual property, while fellow co-head Mark Blunden is the key contact for cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):Bill Gornall King; Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:Chloe Fernandez; Georgia Shriane

Testimonials

'Boyes Turner offers a great balance between IP and corporate knowledge and skills.'

'Mark Blunden is really good at understanding broader commercial needs of clients and bringing focused IP expertise to bear within the bigger picture.'

'They are local to us and always make themselves available.'

'The team is very professional but also accessible and down to earth.'

Key Clients

Auto Trader plc

Guardian News & Media Ltd

Mortgage Gym Ltd

Romax Technology Ltd

censhare AG

Culligan International

Bullitt Group

Edge by Ascential Plc

Signal Media Ltd

Wayfair

Work highlights

  • Advises Auto Trader on the entirety of its trade mark portfolio, and recently advised on its brand refresh programme.
  • Handling Romax’s multi-national portfolio of 54 trade marks which involves liaison with worldwide trade mark registries and local agents.
  • Advising Bedrock  Healthcare Communications in relation to a third party objection to its trade mark application.
  • Advising Virtualstock on the entirety of its trade mark portfolio in the UK, EU and US, in particular, in relation to its flagship, cloud-based solution, The Edge.
  • Supported Censhare in complex negotiations for a major implementation with budget airline Jet2.com for publishing software.

Blake Morgan LLP fields a highly rated IP group, especially its trade mark protection team which includes senior associate Ben Evans who is also a trade mark attorney. The practice acts for clients in an array of sectors including the charity, public, retail and leisure areas, servicing clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters. In addition to brand protection, it advises on  copyright disputes and reputation management. The team is headed by Jill Bainbridge who handles contentious cases as well as trade mark prosecution work. Sheilah Mackie departed the team for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:Ben Evans

Testimonials

'The quality of their advice is on par with London firms and their fees are significantly lower.'

'They have a very pragmatic approach to tackling legal issues.'

'They are very friendly, professional and responsive.'

Key Clients

Kerry Group PLC

Charles Tyrwhitt

Trussell Trust

Wiggle

Feelunique

Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited

Nokia

Clarins

Transport for Wales

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Work highlights

  • Providing a full range of brand protection services to Be Wiser Insurance Services including trade mark prosecution and enforcement  in the UK and EU and at the EU Board of Appeal.
  • Advising Wiggle on global brand protection and enforcement, including managing global trade mark portfolios and advising on Canadian infringement issues.
  • Acted for GB Lacrosse in a trade mark dispute with a competing body and secured a favourable settlement.
  • Providing brand clearance, protection, and prosecution advice to publishing start-up Salad Pages.
  • Acting for Ace Hosting in a high-profile, online streaming case and negotiated a settlement favourable to the client.

DMH Stallard LLP's team is recognised for its cross-border work, both within and outside the EEA. The firm is a key point of call for clients in the travel industry, maintaining a strong relationship with the Alliance of British Travel Agents. TMT group head Tim Ashdown is the name to note in litigation matters, advising on both domestic and international disputes, while John Yates leads on commercial IP matters. Debbie Venn joined the practice from asb law LLP in June 2018, and the firm has also expanded at the associate level.

Practice head(s):Tim Ashdown

Other key lawyers:John Yates; Debbie Venn

Testimonials

'The team at DMH are personable and really understand the issues.'

'The team are very easy to discuss matters with via phone or email and provide clear and concise advice.'

'Sarah Cook is extremely likeable and knowledgeable, which makes it easy to recommend DMH for tough cases as well as every day cases.'

Key Clients

Alpargatas Group (owners of the “HAVAIANAS” flip-flop and clothing brand)

Motoring & Leisure Services t/a Boundless

Gusto Telecom Limited

NOZOMI

Pump Fashion

World of Select

Learning Enterprises Organisation

The Liquidators of Bender Social Network

Swandean Fresh Meats

Work highlights

  • Instructed by NOZOMI in relation to non-UK franchises and trade mark enforcement, via high court litigation.
  • Acting for five claimants against former employees and a corporate third party in a case concerning alleged unlawful conspiracy, database rights infringement, and confidentiality breaches.

EMW Law LLP is primarily known for its handling of patent litigation, although it is equally adept in the areas of trade marks, passing-off and registered design matters. Matthew Holman heads the firm's non-contentious practice, which specialises in the commercial exploitation of IP, while Mark Finn is the key contact for contentious matters. Felix Dodd is a key name to watch at the practice; he handles a range of disputes in the areas of trade marks, passing off, copyright and confidential information.

Practice head(s):Mark Finn; Matthew Holman

Other key lawyers:Felix Dodd

Testimonials

'The team has given practical advice and supported us throughout.'

'Matthew Holman has provided us straightforward advice.'

Key Clients

Ethypharm UK Ltd (part of the French Ethypharm pharmaceutical group)

Santander UK PLC

Atlas Elektronik GmbH (maritime defence contractor – part of the Thyssen Krupp group of companies)

Rightmove Group Limited

Vax Limited

Collingwood Lighting Limited

Beardow & Adams (Adhesives) Ltd

British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) (UK- wide certification body)

Walkers Chocolates Limited (chocolate manufacturer for, among others, Poundland Limited)

Kimm and Miller (UK) Limited (a UK manufacturer of gifts and food products)

John Adams Leisure Limited – Family games and toy manufacturer.

Inter MK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Atlas Elektronik on an appeal arising from a patent infringement and revocation action concerning a €160bn  defence contract for the UK and French navies for mine-hunting equipment.
  • Assists Inter MK on its brand protection work for MK Dons football club.
  • Assists Rightmove Group on all its brand protection work.
  • Acting for a fashion house client in a copyright infringement claim brought against them by a copyright licensing body.
  • Acting for a toy manufacturer client in a trade mark, passing off and copyright infringement claim brought against them by a major UK toy brand.

Particularly notable for its trade mark and passing-off work, Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors is a key name in the region. It undertakes all aspects of protection and enforcement of brands and also deals with anti-counterfeiting cases. Another key facet of the practice is its international presence; a large part of its work comes from clients based outside the UK. Steve Palmer heads the practice and specialises in contentious matters. Dawn Osborne departed the firm for McCarthy Denning.

Practice head(s):Steve Palmer

Other key lawyers:Charles Lawless

Testimonials

'The firm provide a personal service and is very approachable.'

Key Clients

Abercrombie & Fitch

BMW

Cath Kidston

Converse

Daniel Wellington

DCK Concessions Ltd

Envision Pharma Inc

Fossil Group Europe GmbH

(Licensed watch brands including Fossil, Armani & Diesel)

Gevers Legal (Benelux and Paris)

G-Star Raw C.V.

Ice Watch

Work highlights

  • Representing BMW in an ongoing matter involving an individual naming his company after his initials despite the trade mark being owned by the client.
  • Acting for a client where defendants attempted to import goods bearing names similar to the clients trade marks. The matter also involved the sale of the offending good on the defendants' website.
  • Handled a private criminal prosecution brought against a defendant found selling multiple goods bearing the client’s trade marks.
  • Acted for an IP-holder to prevent the importation of counterfeit products.
  • Issuing proceedings on behalf of Daniel Wellington against a defendant operating a website which sold counterfeits of the client’s watches.

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides clients with a full service in IP matters, and is particularly notable within the region for the range of its client roster. The firm is also distinguished by its life sciences and technology offerings, which include patent and know-how licencing work. Practice head Tom Lingard focuses primarily on contentious work, along with complex licencing, while other key names at the practice include Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O'Hare.

Practice head(s):Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Tillet; Elaine O'Hare

Testimonials

'Knowledgeable, responsive, and commercially-minded, it provides first-rate services across the board and more than competes with the IP teams of the big city firms.'

'I would not go anywhere else.'

'Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett are stand-out individuals. They both have the winning combination of being extremely capable as well as extremely approachable.'

'Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett know their stuff and provide sensible, pragmatic advice.'

'The team  is flexible, efficient and quick.'

Key Clients

Lonza Biologics plc

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited

Alternative Airlines Limited

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Crazy Aaron Enterprises Inc

Auromoney Ltd

T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd

Icam S.p.A

Passion Pictures Ltd

Bavaria N.V

Healthy Retail Ltd

Future Publishing Limited

Rocket UK Limited

PA Photos Limited T/A PA Images

FGX Europe Limited

Compassion in World Farming

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Mr Frederick Walker

Bunzl Catering Supplies

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Rieker Schuh AG

Stackhouse Poland Holdings Limited

James Purdey & Sons

Mr Bruce Steinberg

Slater and Gordon Group

Exclusive Networks Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Links of London

Asmodee Holding

Diebold Nixdorf Ltd

Vestey Holdings Limited

Asahi

Sonardyne International Limited

Rock Rail Holdings Limited

Cayman Islands Shipping Registry

Bunzl UK limited

Bright Publishing Limited

UCC Coffee UK Limited

Jefferies International Limited

Saunders Markets Limited

Volution Group Limited

Thursdays (UK) Limited, T/A TGI Fridays UK

Day Group Ltd

The Astrid Lindgren Company

The SR Group (UK) Limited

Bakkavor Group

McLaren Automotive Limited / McLaren Group Limited

Chris Eubank Jnr

Accord Healthcare Limited

Chas A Blatchford & Sons

Penhaligon’s Limited

Antonio Puig S.A.

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

M Science LLC

Condor Group Limited

Immersive Games Lab Ltd

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Prax Petroleum Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Icam on multiple disputes concerning the client's Vanini brand and related trade marks, as both claimant and defendant.
  • Provided Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club with a brand enforcement programme incorporating online monitoring and liaising with the Premier League’s anti-counterfeiting advisors.
  • Advising The Astrid Lindgren Company in relation to a key publishing agreement.
  • Advising a client on the IP aspects of its high-value purchase of another company, including advising in relation to the company’s websites and trade marks.
  • Advising a UK listed company in a dispute over unregistered design rights.

Clarke Willmott LLP is equally adept at advising clients ranging from SME's to large multinationals. The firm's dedicated IP team prosecutes and enforces trade marks and design rights, maintaining a large EU and UK filing practice. It also handles anti-counterfeiting work, as well as its work with franchisees and franchisors involving various IP rights. Practice head Daniel Berry spearheads the work in the South East and is noted for his management of trade mark and design portfolios, as well as his litigation work.

Practice head(s):Daniel Berry

Key Clients

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Organix Brands Limited

Medicom Healthcare Ltd

Evac+Chair International Ltd

Mozzo Coffee Limited

OneCom Limited

Revive-A-Phone Limited

Flexipads World Class Limited and Gekatex S.A.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc

Navson Limited

Work highlights

  • Managing ACCA’s trade mark portfolio, instructing agents around the world to file and oppose trade marks and bring infringement proceedings on ACCA’s behalf.
  • Acting as an in-house IP team for OneCom.
  • Acting for both group companies; Flexipads World Class and Gekatex, on trade mark issues
  • Advising Thermo Fisher Scientific in respect of UK and EU prosecution and infringement matters.
  • Handles all contentious IP matters in the UK for a global company.

Operating from its two Kent-based offices Cripps Pemberton Greenish undertakes all aspects of IP protection work, serving clients from a wide range of sectors. It has a noted track record assisting clients in the agricultural and soft fruits sectors which includes plant licencing and R&D matters. The team often operates in a support role as part of the firm's corporate practice, assisting with the integration of IP assets during acquisitions, and ensuring their protection in Joint Ventures. Pete Kenyon leads the group, and is particularly focused on the software and online sectors, while associate Phil Bilney is a name to note for the future.

Practice head(s):Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:Irfan Baluch; Phil Bilney

Testimonials

'Cripps always seemed to have someone in the wings ready to offer expertise.'

'I only wised the other side were as on the ball as Cripps.'

'Pete Kenyon  is very skilled and knowledgeable and transfers this knowledge to you with confidence and reassurance.'

'The team is very knowledgeable and helpful in all areas of their specialisms.'

Key Clients

Optomany

Electroneum

Park IT / MAG

The Conduit Holdco. Limited

RDT

Bedfont Scientific

Berry Gardens Growers

KM Media Group

Accor Hotels

Celerity Information Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Handled negotiations with a major UK airport group for the provision of hardware, software and support, working closely with the client to ensure their IP is suitably protected.
  • Carried out an IP audit for the Habicus Group.
  • Acting for the patent owner in litigation in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Regularly acting for this client, a brand management company, in the enforcement of its valuable portfolio of trade marks for household names in the food and drink sector.
  • Advised on the brand licence agreement between The Conduit Holdco and the trading entity which operates the Club for use of the brand THE CONDUIT in relation to the Club.

Boutique firm Maier Blackburn LLP predominantly provides services to media and publishing clients, and is best known for its significant expertise in copyright matters. The firm is also adept in handling IP licencing and contracts, as part of the non-contentious practice managed by co-founder Cathleen Blackburn, who also has significant experience in matters with a cross-border element. Fellow co-founder Steven Maier handles the contentious side of the firm's work, particularly in the areas of copyright, trade mark, and domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):Steve Maier; Cathleen Blackburn

Testimonials

'Steven Maier and Cathleen Blackburn are both very commercial and pragmatic lawyers. Their expertise in publishing matters is particularly strong.'

'I have worked with Steven on various contentious matters now and he has always delivered a good outcome for our business.'

'Steven Maier is smart, dogged and very commercial'

 

Key Clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Oxford University Press

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers

Watership Down Enterprises Limited

Dan Maier

Work highlights

  • Representing the Tolkien Estate in a claim against an Australian author who had published so-called fan fiction books in breach of the estate’s copyrights.
  • Representing a well known US skin care company in a claim for recovery of an internet domain name from a UK beauty salon.
  • Representing a TV writer and photographer in a successful claim against Private Eye for the unauthorised use of one of his photographs on the magazine’s front cover.
  • Advising a well-established photography collector on contract and copyright issues relating to loans of photographs of famous subjects to an exhibition.
  • Representing a well-known drinks manufacturer in a dispute with an author relating to commissioned corporate publications.

Osborne Clarke's national IP practice frequently collaborates with the firm's international offices to service clients in cross-border matters. The firm provides a wide range of IP services, including litigation, brand management, and patent work. Russell Bowyer departed the firm in October 2018, while senior associate Joanne Loveridge remains a key figure in the Reading office, and focuses on the protection and exploitation of IP rights.

Practice head(s):Arty Rajendra; Robert Guthrie

Other key lawyers:Joanne Loveridge

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's IP team has strong sector experience in life sciences and technology, handling a range of contentious and non-contentious cases for clients including patent and know-how licencing. The team is also noted for its work on software licencing and data protection where Joanne Vengadesan is the key contact. Practice head Chris Shelley is notable for his work with universities and their spin-out companies, while senior associate Holly Strube is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):Chris Shelley

Other key lawyers:Joanne Vengadesan; Gavin Stenton; Holly Strube; Victoria Wright

Key Clients

Walker Greenbank plc

Astro Lighting Holdings Limited

STG Aerospace

Oxford Gene Technology

Cytox

Lomare Technologies

Oxford VacMedix

Oxford Genetics

King’s College London

King’s Commercialisation Institute

Swansea University

Grey Wolf Therapeutics Limited

Richemont International (Alfred Dunhill, Vacheron Constantin, Mont Blanc)

Oxford University Press

Kandy Therapeutics

BreatheOx

Oxford Brain Diagnostics

BioMe Oxford

Conidia Bioscience Limited

Oxular

Sapienza

Thatcham Research

Gray Plant Mooty

Duane Morris

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Bharat Forge

Barfoots of Botley Ltd

Tata Advanced Systems

Fenn Night Vision Limited

Senseye Limited

First Law P.C.

Thames Valley Housing Association Ltd

RM Education Ltd

The Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution Ltd

CAB International

Norbar Torque Tools Ltd

Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd

All Saints Retail Ltd

Hudson Shoe Agencies Ltd

Needle & Thread Design Holdings Ltd

Tech London Advocates/Global Tech Advocates

Work highlights

  • Represented All Saints Retail in connection with a range of contentious trade mark, design right and copyright matters, frequently with an international dimension.
  • Instructed by Korean trade mark specialists regarding registration and enforcement of UK trade mark portfolios for K-Pop band BTS.
  • Advising STG Aerospace on infringement of intellectual property rights and the IP aspects of a range of commercial agreements.
  • Assisted several of this leading US law firm’s high-profile clients with UK trade mark registration and enforcement matters.
  • Represented the client in respect of all its contentious trade mark and associated matters, and its global trade mark filing and maintenance activities.

White & Black Limited is highlighted for its work with technology clients on the exploitation of their IP assets. The team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious cases and is frequently instructed by market-leading patent and trade mark attorneys. Experienced practitioner Phil Thompson heads a 'very commercially-minded' team while Victoria Wright is the key contact for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Phil Thompson

Other key lawyers:Victoria Wright; Nicholas Mitchell

Testimonials

'The team is dedicated to technology law and has a rich experience of working with private equity investors in tech companies and tech companies themselves.'

'Profound knowledge of the UK-specific TMT issues.'

'They have a great understanding of intellectual property and the importance of this to many companies' underlying value.'

Key Clients

Nikon Corporation

Ajinomoto Co.,Inc

Concha Y Toro UK Ltd

Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories BV

Moixa Energy

Barlow Robbins LLP practices across all areas of IP law, including patents, and is a key name in the Surrey market.  The firm also works on cross-border matters, particularly those involving the US, and acts for clients operating in a wide range of sectors. Of counsel Laurie Heizler leads the IP team, and is particularly experienced in licencing work as well as contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Laurie Heizler

Key Clients

Veriton Pharma Limited

Kallo Foods Limited

Volume Limited

Reconnaissance International Limited

Ci-Pod Limited

Vision Engineering Limited

Kyanmedia Limited

Digitop Limited

Pragmatic DLT

Brainstorm Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kallo Foods in all intellectual property matters with a particular focus on trade mark litigation.
  • Advising a digital marketing agency on intellectual property matters.
  • Represented Digitop Limited as complainant in a passing off and copyright infringement disputes.
  • Advised a client in connection with its international patent portfolio.
  • Assisting Brainstorm on all aspects of clearance with respect to a new toy which may have been sold in substantially the same form by a third party several years ago.

The 'efficient' intellectual property team at Foot Anstey is led by national department head Paul Cox who splits his time between the firm's Southampton and Bristol offices. A key feature of the firm's south east practice is its anti-counterfeiting and brand protection work, as well as its litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:Rachel Warren; Chandni Jobanputra

Testimonials

'The team at Foot Anstey is practical, efficient and sharp.'

'They are able to handle, manage and advise a wide range of IP related matters.'

'When we instructed the firm, Paul's leadership was instrumental in the firm being able to handle client's matter so well.'

Key Clients

Sky

Trinity Mirror/Reach Plc

University of the West of England

Lypiatt Studio (studio of the late sculptor Lynn Chadwick)

Eden Project

Royal Academy of Dance

Spectrum Collections Limited

PA Group

Pay.UK

Flybe

Work highlights

  • Acted for TOMY UK in the identification of counterfeit products coming into the UK and the seizure of the goods through HM Customs & Excise.
  • Managing the trade mark portfolio of Pay.uk and dealing with infringement issues.
  • Representing Spectrum Collections client in an unregistered design right infringement claim before the IPEC.
  • A member of the Intellectual Property team is seconded to the retail client one day a week to assist with general intellectual property and brand protection issues including counterfeiting matters.
  • Acting for the commercial trading entity of the Royal Academy of Dance and a dancewear manufacturer, International Dance Supplies, in IPEC proceedings relating to design right infringement in a range of RAD-licensed dance wear.

Howes Percival LLP's south east practice focuses primarily on contentious work, with disputes specialist James Howarth heading up the regional team. The team is particularly experienced in the publishing and technology sectors, with an emphasis on technology manufacturers. Other key areas for the firm include software copyright and online issues as well as licensing.

Practice head(s):Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:James Howarth; Victoria Howe

Key Clients

Time Out Group plc

ATSI  Limited

Quarto Group Plc

AFL Hyperscale (subsidiary of Nikkei listed Fujikura)

Security Alliance Limited

Goldstein Music Publishing

Business Software Alliance

Work highlights

  • Representing a major online retailer in a dispute with a competitor.
  • Providing advice to a client on issues relating to copyright and trade marks, as well as providing litigation services in various ongoing actions.
  • Ongoing complex High Court litigation, including interim injunctive relief against various parties.
  • Defending copyright infringement proceedings in respect of a well-known game.
  • Advising in multiple related actions for breach of procurement regulations against the procuring body, misuse of confidential information and patent infringement against a rival services provider.

Knights plc acquired BrookStreet des Roches in April 2019, bringing the regional IP team into a national firm. The practice is highly experienced in the commercialisation and exploitation of IP rights, as well as its expertise in software issues. Hugh Tebay heads the practice, and is particularly strong in franchising as well as infringement cases. Healthcare specialist Gayle Curry advises on R&D collaborations and IP commercialisation. Senior Consultant Peter Moody departed the firm in January 2019 for Royds Withy King.

Practice head(s):Hugh Tebay

Other key lawyers:Gayle Curry

A key focus for Moorcrofts LLP is open source software and open hardware matters where the firm fields the region's premiere experts. As a result the firm has significant sector experience in the software industry, as well as scientific research entities. Practice head Andrew Katz is the key contact for open source and open hardware matters, alongside a more broad software licensing practice. The team has significantly expanded in the last year, with several recent additions at the associate level.

Practice head(s):Andrew Katz

Testimonials

'Moorcrofts are a very down to earth team where the lawyers are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and engage with their clients.'

'Andrew Katz really knows his onions, and understands his subject at a practical and legal technical level.'

'The firm has deep expertise in the field, and are committed, knowledgeable experts'

Key Clients

Apigee (subsidiary of Google)

Pentaho Corporation (subsidiary of Hitachi DataSystems)

Benevolent Al Limited

A business specialising in commodity datalicensing and analysis

Value Licensing

Pentangle Internet Limited

Ove Arup and Partners

CERN

Work highlights

  • Drafting the latest release of the CERN open hardware licence.
  • Acting for a blockchain technology start-up in relation to open source licensing advice.
  • Advised B2M on open source licensing, end-user and distributor licensing and GDPR compliance.
  • Advised an open source developer and services provider on its complex business and licensing structure and standard contracting arrangements with customers and resellers.
  • Advised a provider of advanced financial modelling technology on licensing technology from Anglia Ruskin University, and licensing the technology to customers.

Boutique firm Moore Law primarily serves digital, media, and sports clients and has strong links to Sussex and south coast-based technology companies. It works with new media clients, particularly those involved in the YouTube and digital video spaces. The firm's expertise covers licensing and IP-related commercial contracts as well as confidentiality and R&D issues. Practice head Tris Moore is highly experienced, and Scott Appleton is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Tris Moore

Other key lawyers:Scott Appleton

Key Clients

RocketRoute

P1vital

Lighting Design International

John Cullen Lighting

WKK Architects

Trading Post Coffee Roasters

Click Databases

Technogym UK

Waer Systems

Bigfoot Inc

Sidemen Clothing

Rebel FC

Work highlights

  • Advising Fibremark on confidentiality, intellectual property and commercial issues, including in relation to cotton suppliers and retailers in the UK, Europe, US and Asia.
  • Providing commercial and IP advice to Sidemen Clothing in relation to its expanding online retail offering.
  • Providing advice to Tilt on commercial agreements and intellectual property issues, including drafting master framework agreements.
  • Advising Advanced Materials on commercial and pan-EU R&D agreements.
  • Advising The Family Fizz in relation to IP issues, including the protection of its existing trade mark portfolio, along with  applications for EU trade marks and the filing of US and Australian trade marks via the Madrid Protocol.

Paris Smith LLP is recognised for its IP audit practice, as well as its track record advising on IP strategy work. In addition to its established client base, the department has recently been focusing its practice on the start-up market and is first choice for technology companies being spun off from academic institutions. Practice head Laura Trapnell specialises in EU trade mark and design rights law, as well as international trade mark registrations.

Practice head(s):Laura Trapnell

Other key lawyers:Crispin Dick

Testimonials

'Very knowledgable, helpful and efficient.'

'We have an excellent relationship with Laura Trapnell, who has a wealth of business-minded expertise in IP.'

'Laura's attention to detail and having our interests in mind, mean we always have great confidence in her ability.'

'Unlike other firms we have dealt with our experience of working with Paris Smith has been exceptional from start to finish.'

'The attitude of staff working in the firm has aligned perfectly with our own and their work has been exemplary.'

'The team offers pragmatic solutions that have regard to the commercial implications of each decision to be taken.'

 

Key Clients

Meachers Global Logistics Ltd

The Wetwheels Foundation

Hobbycraft Trading Limited

Jane Austen House Museum

Barfoots of Botley Ltd

Gist Ltd

Keltbray Ltd

Marwell Wildlife

Hildon Ltd

The Mayflower Theatre Trust

Aquavitrum Ltd

Absolute Yoga Ltd

Foresters Friendly Society

Focal Point Fires Plc

Coffin Mew LLP's south coast-based team provides a range of IP services, and has significant experience in advising internet-based businesses on their IP-related issues. The team offers a full-service trade mark protection practice as well expertise in areas such as patent licencing.  Mark O’Halloran heads the commercial team, all of whom have experience as in-house counsel, while litigation specialist Ian Dawes is a key figure handling contentious cases.

Practice head(s):Mark O’Halloran

Other key lawyers:Ian Dawes

Testimonials

'They are very business focused and place considerable emphasis on accurate up-front costings, making them easy to plan around.'

'Coffin Mew is a near complete one stop shop for legal services.'

'Mark O' Halloran is very business literate and focused, able to cut to the chase and get fast results'

Key Clients

Tokyo Electron Europe Limited

Aspects Beauty Company Limited

TRL Limited (Transport Research Laboratory)

MWR InfoSecurity Limited

World of Books

Pirean Limited

CASCO Europe Limited

E-Crunch Limited

Eden Perfumes Limited

Elstead Lighting Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Beanstalk in its licensing negotiations with Sky as a distributor and reseller of the Gamban solution.
  • Acted for Elstead Lighting in its acquisition of all the intellectual property assets of Best Price Lighting.
  • Acted for Sound On Limited in its negotiation to secure the European distribution rights to a range of clothing products of Billy Reid Inc.
  • Secured two significant trade mark registrations for Eden Perfumes, and the settlement of related opposition proceedings

Shoosmiths LLP's team acts for clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences, media, academia and research. National practice head Gary Assim splits his time between the firm's London and Milton Keynes offices, and specialises in anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports disputes. Consultant Laurence Kaye focuses on the publishing and digital media sectors, with a strong track record in copyright work, while fellow consultant John Hill specialises in patents and design right issues.

Practice head(s):Gary Assim

Other key lawyers:Laurie Kaye

IP boutique Sipara focuses on non-contentious IP advice, particularly brand management and the maintenance of trade mark portfolios. Co-founders Rebecca Kaye and Robert Furneaux head the practice, specialising in work for retail clients including design portfolio management. Kaye is also dual-qualified as a trade mark attorney. Trade mark and brand protection expert Nick Baker is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Kaye; Robert Furneaux

Other key lawyers:Nick Baker

Spratt Endicott's team acts for clients on stand-alone IP mandates, as well as supporting other teams in IP-related matters. It provides litigation services as well as commercial IP advice; David Whiting is the key contact for the former and team leader John Spratt fronts the latter, focusing on transactional IP and commercial contracts. Brand protection issues are a key focus for the firm -  both non-contentious work as well as passing-off disputes.

Practice head(s):John Spratt

Other key lawyers:David Whiting; Catherine O’Riordan

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a charitable body responsible for administering royalties, issuing licences and collecting licence fees from a defendant.
  • Advised the client on its UK dealership agreement and policy, under which it trades with all of its dealers in the UK, and continue to provide ad hoc advice on suspected infringements of its intellectual property.
  • Advised the client on a number of commercial contracts, in which it was important to consider the terms on which the intellectual property in digital content is licensed to customers and/or end users.
  • Defending a company, a DJ, and a musical event promoter in a passing off action.

Tees Incorporating Wortley Byers has retained its key IP practitioners in the wake of its merger, including leading partner Susan Dowman. Dowman has experience with trade marks, copyright, and design rights, with a particular focus on the commercialisation and licensing of IP. Functioning as part of the firm's broader corporate and commercial offering, which is led by Robert Whitaker, the team advises several technology sector clients, as well as established local companies in relation to their IP needs.

Practice head(s):Robert Whitaker; Susan Dowman

Key Clients

Majenta Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Majenta Solutions Limited in respect of its intellectual property and brand protection.

Warners Solicitors is principally active in the software sector, advising clients on both non-contentious matters and IP disputes. Key elements of the practice include its licensing and copyright expertise, as well as its work on trade mark infringements, passing off, and domain name disputes. Kevin Sullivan heads the practice, and is active across all areas of the firm's IP work, while Russell Brinkhurst is another key name on the non-contentious side.

Practice head(s):Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:Russell Brinkhurst

Key Clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Asset Mapping Limited

FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in respect of an evaluation and proof of concept of its software product for a bank.
  • Acting for an advertising agency in respect of the licensing of its asset management system used by a large vehicle manufacturer.
  • Acting for a well-known British musician in the worldwide prosecution of his new trade marks.
  • Acting for a company in respect of a software re-seller agreement.
  • Acting for a client in connection with the negotiation of a website development agreement.


IT and telecoms

Index of tables

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

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Boyes Turner is a key firm in the Thames Valley market, advising a range of clients from across the technology sectors. The team has a particularly strong track record with clients operating in the data, automotive, fintech, and Adtech industries, and is particularly strong on contract negotiations. Mark Blunden heads the practice, and focuses on the commercialisation of clients' technologies, while licensing agreements expert Bill Gornall-King is another key name at the practice. Sarah Williamson departed the firm for Ashfords LLP in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:Bill Gornall-King

Key Clients

Auto Trader Plc

Wayfair

Opentext

Romax Technology Ltd

Censhare AG

Information Resources Inc

Redstor

Mortgage Gym Ltd

VirtualStock

Accelya Group

Kyocera Document Solutions  (UK)

Guardian News & Media

Work highlights

  • Advising VirtualStock in connection with a new procurement platform for the NHS.
  • Advising Autotrader on complex ad tech arrangements to make advertising space available to collaborative automated agencies.
  • Advised Mortgage Gym on the development and launch of the first regulated mortgage robo-adviser platform.
  • Supporting Information Resources UK's in-house negotiation of a contract with a company for a new data insights product.
  • Advised the shareholders of BrandView Limited on the sale of Brandview to Ascential for £38m.

BDB Pitmans's team is headed by Philip Smith who is especially experienced in handling TMT-related disputes. It is also notable for its skills in relation to licensing, outsourcing and counts established tech companies and start ups among its clients.  Tim Clark has broad expertise in the IT sector acting for software vendors, distributors and systems integrators and has of late,  advised on a number of security breaches. Partner Philip Weaver and associate Marie Evrard focus on the corporate/commercial side, advising on areas such as outsourcing, licensing transactions, channel partner agreements and distribution agreements.

Practice head(s):Philip Smith

Other key lawyers:Tim Clark; Philip Weaver; Marie Evrard

Testimonials

'They have strength in depth, commerciality and responsiveness.'

'We had an excellent experience - they have a practical approach.'

Key Clients

KAI Computer Services Ltd

Sky plc (and numerous subsidiaries and group companies)

Sondrel Ltd (and group)

Westcoast Group

Toshiba TEC UK Imaging Systems Limited

Humax Electronics Co. Ltd

Noble Systems UK Ltd

Gamma Telecom plc (and group)

360Globalnet Ltd

Rollonfriday.com

Kymaner – Technologias Energeticas Ida

Vipera plc

Sol-Tec Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for KAI Computer Services, a financial and production management software specialist. Work has included a software licence and maintenance agreement with All3 Media Limited; a precedent licence for KAI’s Octopus PMI software and other software licences and maintenance agreements.
  • Acting for Sky in defence of a claim brought by TelNG Limited and (by way of Part 20 Claim against Sky) BT plc. The matter concerns Sky’s withholding of wholesale call charges relating to numbers operated by TelNG which Sky asserts constitute Artificially Inflated Traffic. (AIT).
  • Advised Sol-Tec Limited, a cloud services company, on two disputes. One related to the termination of a managed services agreement and the second was in respect of an email migration project for a local authority.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Vipera plc on its takeover by Sella Open Fintech Platform SPA. A matter valued at £24.3m.

DMH Stallard LLP provides both contentious and non-contentious services to its IT sector clients in addition to non-industry clients encountering IT issues. Key specialist areas of work include the negotiation of IT contracts, including SaaS and software development work, large-scale IT procurements, data protection, and outsourcing matters. Tim Ashdown and John Yates head the practice, specialising in disputes and commercial matters respectively. Debbie Venn is a recent arrival to the practice from asb law LLP.

Practice head(s):Tim Ashdown; John Yates

Other key lawyers:Debbie Venn

Testimonials

'Gives a nice small firm feel to a large and fully integrated practice.'

'The team is fully engaged and understanding of our business and associated business pressures.'

'Debbie Venn has a brilliant understanding of what we do and how we operate as a company.'

'They are extremely accessible and proactive.'

'Debbie Venn is bright, responsive and commercial in her outlook.'

'Debbie Venn is also the consummate diplomat in difficult negotiations and someone we have no hesitation in putting in front of difficult customers, suppliers or partner organisations.'

Key Clients

Change, Grow, Live

Hadean Super Computing

Acora

Ampito Group

Sitevisibility

NoCanon UK

YesMacro 4

15below

Lead Monitors

Cybercrime

Work highlights

  • Advising Hadean Supercomputing on the use of a new platform as a service and licence terms for software products.
  • Secured the continued provision of the former Lifeline Project IT services, following the client's acquisition of Lifeline project assets.
  • Providing advice to Ampito Group across many service lines,  including complex GDPR issues relating to the client’s DDOS solutions across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising Macro 4 on a variety of matters including contract negotiations and data protection.
  • Advising 15below on a variety of matters including SaaS agreements and data protection issues.

Data protection and IT transactions specialist Joanne Vengadesan heads the team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, which is known for its work with the firm's corporate team on technology transactions in combination with its  abilities on IT contracts and its cross-border capabilities. The highly regarded Vengadesan has a 'solid background in technology matters' and technology transfer specialist Nicola McConville is another key figure within the team.

Practice head(s):Joanne Vengadesan

Other key lawyers:Will Axtell; Nicola McConville

Testimonials

'The lawyers at Penningtons Manches are responsive, committed and very well focused.'

'I appreciate that the partners are personally available and directly handle the paperwork.'

'Joanne Vengadesan has a solid background in technology matters. She is smart and always responsive when needed, so teaming with her is always a pleasant experience.'

Key Clients

BluepointLondon

Senseye Limited

Alemba Limited

IRIS Software

Touchstone Innovations

Halma plc

Rezatec Limited

Royal Selangor

Support Revolution

Conidia Bioscience Limited

Work highlights

  • Provided international contract and documentation advice to a provider of innovative software maintenance solutions.
  • Acting for BluepointLondon during major negotiations relating to public vehicle charging points.
  • Advised Royal Selangor on a consumer-facing website, including distance selling rules for e-commerce and other website requirements, terms, and conditions.
  • Drafted an evaluation agreement for use of the Facesoft Platform and the privacy policy.
  • Primary legal advisor to Bluecity, including a landmark transaction with Gatwick Airport.

Shoosmiths LLP has a well-established track record in the IT market, particularly for its outsourcing and procurement expertise. The team has a strong sector focus in the automotive industry, acting for a wide range of well-known car manufacturers on procurement, outsourcing, and online retail issues.  Robin Webb is the key contact for automotive sector clients, while commercial contracts specialist Sebastian Price is another prominent figure within the team. Senior associate Andy Pratley is also recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):Sebastian Price; Robin Webb

Other key lawyers:Andy Pratley

Testimonials

'The team are exceptional at all levels.'

'They are personable and their knowledge of the industry is phenomenal.'

'They are quick to respond to queries, turn agreements around swiftly and provide practical and sensible advice.'

'The team identify the key risks in contracts and are able to articulate them to key stakeholders within the business.'

'Robin Webb and Andy Pratley are always calm in a crisis, they grasp issues extremely quickly and their response times are second to none.'

'Andy came on secondment to us for 4 months and he fitted in quickly with the team the businesses enjoy working with him.'

Key Clients

IMS-Evolve

Transport Systems Catapult

Datix Limited

Volkswagen Group UK Limited

Three Mobile

Honda Motor Europe

Nissan Motors

Travelodge

Close Brothers PLC

Peugeot Citroen

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Systems Catapult on a multi-car collision avoidance pilot system, involving advice on the deployment of sensor systems for autonomous vehicles.
  • Advised One Stop on the business critical procurement of a new point of sale system for its UK stores.
  • Advised Dacia UK on its move towards selling vehicles online.
  • Advised Volkswagen Group on several procurements including hosting services, digital marketing solutions, and customer experience management software, from a variety of sources.
  • Advised Nissan Japan on the purchase of a parts lookup software solution to be used by its global dealer network.

Stevens & Bolton LLP is home to one of the region's largest IT teams that serves clients from a wide range of sectors. The firm maintains strong links with the University of Surrey's technology incubator, giving it a notable presence in the start-up and emerging technologies sector. Beverley Whittaker heads the team and has significant expertise in IT contracts and senior associates Charles Maurice and Oliver Kidd are key team members.

Practice head(s):Beverley Whittaker

Other key lawyers:Charles Muarice; Oliver Kidd

Key Clients

SecurMed UK

The Capital Markets Company Limited

Zest Technology Limited

BMT Group Limited

Fortem Solutions Limited

Willmott Dixon Holdings Limited

Belron International Limited

Diebold Nixdorf Limited

Endian

Thursdays (UK) Limited, trading as TGI Fridays

Work highlights

  • Advised in connection with its multi-jurisdictional ‘hardware as a service’ deal with HP.
  • Advise SecurMed on its involvement with the establishment of a medicines verification IT system for the prescription and supply of medicines in the UK.
  • Advised Fortem Solutions in connection with a major IT procurement project, comprising the acquisition of several business critical services from a single provider.
  • Advising Belron International in connection with the procurement of various business-critical systems and applications, as well as ad-hoc innovation projects.
  • Advised an IT business on the large scale overseas outsourcing of the client's UK-based software development function.

White & Black Limited has particular experience in the areas of outsourcing and other commercial contracts, including cross-border agreements. It also has expertise in big data and data licensing initiatives, as well as its advice to global clients on compliance with UK and EU technology and telecoms regulations. Practice co-head Phil Thompson is a key team member, with a  track record in licensing work and fellow co-head and non -contentious specialist Matt Johnston is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Phil Thompson; Matt Johnston

Testimonials

'Matt Johnston he is a delight to work with, responds really swiftly, has a very approachable style and is undoubtedly a real expert in his field.'

'Matt Johnston is our go-to guy on IT/tech matters. He is very knowledgeable, commercially minded and pragmatic.'

'Phil Thompson has an excellent understanding of the key elements in a regulatory analysis.'

Key Clients

Genesys

Concha Y Toro

MatchesFashion

Virgin Active

Borderlinx

Mitchells & Butlers

Electricity North West

Universal Music Group International

Healthcode Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Mitchells & Butlers Leisure Retail on a long-term second-generation outsourcing arrangement.
  • Leading work for A-Plan in relation to its group-wide process automation project.
  • Handling Electricity North West's procurement process for several outsourced IT and telecoms services.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is notable for its expertise with clients in the financial services industries, acting on technology licensing and fintech-related matters. The firm handles commercial and contentious work including  large IT-related litigation as well as outsourcing and procurement work.

Practice head(s):Alastair Mitton

Testimonials

'Superb attention to detail and approachability.'

Key Clients

Historic England/English Heritage

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society

Quilter plc (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

Kingfisher plc/Kingfisher Information Technology Services (UK) Ltd

NHS Digital

Yell.com

G Forces Web Management Limited

Ministry of Justice

B&Q Plc

ScottishPower

Intrinsic Financial Services Limited

Vizion Network Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Quilter on a number of transitional service agreements to enable phased migration of IT services and infrastructure, following the separation of the group company into four separate parts.
  • Advising Scottish Power on a series of agreements relating to the development and implementation of IT systems supporting its smart metering programme.
  • Advising LV= on the re-platforming of an equity release business from an on-premises system to a cloud-based one.
  • Advised Intrinsic Financial Services on a major IT services outsourcing contract relating to a business-critical SaaS platform.
  • Negotiating bespoke terms with SAP for delivery of cloud-based software services, on behalf of Kingfisher Information Technology Services.

Birketts LLP's practice has established expertise acting for software providers in addition technology companies and assists on areas including  system integrations, web hosting and IT procurements and licensing matters. The team acts for clients in the public, private and charity sectors and also supports the corporate practice, handling the IT aspects of M&A instructions. Software and product licensing specialist Nigel Thompson  leads the group and is supported by senior associate, Andrea Curtis whose recent work includes IT contract negotiations.

Practice head(s):Nigel Thompson

Other key lawyers:Andrea Curtis

Key Clients

Commcise Software Limited

Kalibrate Technologies Limited

New Link Consulting Limited

VST Global Limited

Dochosting Data Management Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Commcise Software in negotiations to provide cloud-based commission management and share of wallet software solutions to both buy-side and sell-side investment managers and brokers.
  • Provides ongoing  assistance to Dochosting Data Management in connection with its  various contractual negotiations.
  • Advised New Link Consulting on its contracts with financial institutions including the provision of its services on a software as a service basis.
  • Following the overhaul of the client’s suite of customer contracts, the firm continues to assist Kalibrate Technology Group with the negotiation of its contractual arrangements with its key customers.
  • Provide assistance to in-house counsel of Blanco Technology Group on an as required basis.

Blake Morgan LLP is notable for its work with new and growing technology businesses on issues relating to domestic and international expansion, set-up and initial contracts, and brand clearance and protection. The firm also has a significant IT litigation capability, with team leader Susan Dryden having considerable experience in IT contract disputes. On the non-contentious side Alison Patten-Hall is a key name, specialising in outsourcing and procurement issues, acting for both providers and customers and Elisabeth Bell handles a range of IT projects and data protection matters from a commercial point of view. Former practice head Sheilah Mackie departed the firm for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):Susie Dryden

Other key lawyers:Alison Patten-Hall; Elisabeth Bell

Key Clients

Neural Technologies Limited

Enterprise Architecture Solutions Limited

HP Risk Management Limited

Cubic Corporation

IBM United Kingdom Ltd

Gresham Technologies plc

Juriba Limited

Taylor Made Computer Solutions

Flight Data Services Ltd

HTEC Ltd / Universe Group plc

Work highlights

  • Assisting Oxford Academic Health Science Network with the issues around development of a website portal.
  • Providing Artemis IT Solutions with a range of services to support the growing software development business.
  • Assisted the shareholders of a technology company with the company sale and merger.
  • Advised Gresham Technologies on a Luxembourg share acquisition for this AIM listed client.
  • Supporting GKBK on various IT projects related to its development of its IT capability as a new organisation in the set-up phase.

Clyde & Co LLP acts for a wide range of clients on technology matters and is distinguished by its sector specialisms in security, logistics, energy, and insurance, with particular emphasis on the latter. The firm has a focus on software procurement, including SaaS and cloud issues. Mark Williamson heads the practice and is noted for his e-commerce, IT, and data protection expertise.

Practice head(s):Mark Williamson

Coffin Mew LLP undertakes the full spectrum of IT matters for corporate, public and overseas clients. The firm has a strong cross-border practice, acting for clients on investments and projects from and into foreign jurisdictions. It also acts for challenger brands and those seeking to disrupt established markets. Mark O’Halloran heads the practice and handles work including outsourcing, e-commerce solutions, data sharing and licensing matters. Senior associate Rebecca West leads on GDPR advice in addition to assisting clients on issues associated with new software development and implementation.

Practice head(s):Mark O'Halloran

Other key lawyers:Rebecca West

Key Clients

Tokyo Electron Europe Limited

Aspects Beauty Company Limited

TRL Limited (Transport Research Laboratory)

MWR InfoSecurity Limited

World of Books

Pirean Limited

CASCO Europe Limited

E-Crunch Limited

Just Develop IT Ltd

Mind Tools Limited

Cripps Pemberton Greenish has key sector experience in the fintech and adtech spheres, representing a wide range of clients from those areas. Pete Kenyon heads the team, and is prominent in matters concerning the development and commercialisation of software and online businesses.  Another key name at the practice is Irfan Baluch, a former software developer who developed the firm's GDPR compliance framework, while SaaS expert Kathryn Rogers is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:Irfan Baluch; Kathryn Rogers

Testimonials

'Cripps is a forward thinking team that really puts itself at the heart of its clients businesses, and therefore can tailor its advice and recommendations accordingly.'

'Pete Kenyon is great at talking to our customers and getting them to see our viewpoint.'

'Irfan Baluch helps clients navigate complex issues in a logical and efficient way.'

 

Key Clients

Optomany

Electroneum

Condeco

Accor Hotel Services UK Limited

Holiday Extras

RDT

Conduit Connect

Apex Networks

Berry Gardens

Park IT / MAG

Work highlights

  • Advised Conduit Connect on the issues relating to the launch of an online investment platform.
  • Assisted Apex Networks with the drafting of two agreements for the provision of its SaaS offering for roadside assistance job management.
  • Advised Berry Gardens on various agreements with a third party supplier to support the use of novel equipment in the clients packing line.
  • Advising Holiday Extras in relation to contracts with agents for the provision of white-labelled websites and API feeds to facilitate online bookings, as well as assisting the client's in-house team with the procurement of IT services to enhance its website and back end technology.
  • Advised Optomany in relation to the negotiation of high value contracts with banks acquiring the client's software.

Irwin Mitchell  provides clients with a range of commercial IT advice, and is particularly adept at handling business-critical procurements in highly regulated industries. Stuart Padgham heads the practice, and has a strong track record in the areas of high-value IT contracts. In addition to Padgham, the team is made up of individuals with substantial technical experience, including former IT professional Dan Hedley and software developer Chris Bridges.

Practice head(s):Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:Dan Hedley; Chris Bridges

Testimonials

'The team we are working with has shown very profound knowledge with  regard to software license agreements and all kinds of IT contracts.'

'They go the extra mile to ensure matters are completed on time and to budget.'

'The team that I have worked with have excellent knowledge and ask the right and difficult questions to the internal team and to the lawyers on the other side.'

'Dan Hedley has a wealth of knowledge and has excellent experience with the IT contracts that we are dealing with.'

'Dan Hedley is a fantastic lawyer, who understands the needs of the business.'

'They have shown an outstanding ability to manage complex customer, partner and supplier relationships, a strong business acumen and therefore good capability to stay pragmatic on legal matters while keeping an eye on what the business actually needs.'

'Stuart Padgham is excellent and always provides thoughtful and considered advice.'

'Chris Bridges has provided excellent support to our data protection team throughout the year.'

Key Clients

Nuffield Health

Saga Group

LzLabs GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised a major online and offline publisher on its agreements with various ad tech vendors.
  • Advised a global engineering consultancy on its software/tech IP strategy.
  • Advised a global law firm on tech matters concerning its various household name clients.
  • Advised a fintech startup on the procurement of its core technology platform.
  • Advised a software company in the mainframe migration space on deals with various financial institutions and multinational corporates.

Moorcrofts LLP has strong expertise in the field of data analytics, cloud computing and SaaS work. The practice provides commercial contracts advice to technology-sector companies, including software licensing services. Managing partner Andrew Katz leads the group and is distinguished by his work on free and open-source software issues and Tim Astley is another key partner who handles a range of technology transactions.

Practice head(s):Andrew Katz

Other key lawyers:Tim Astley

Testimonials

'The Moorcrofts team is very commercially aware and able to advise on best practice in the implementation of software agreements.'

'They are able to balance the need for appropriate protections with the realities of the commercial world.'

'They are an excellent mix of high profile partners and knowledgeable associates.'

Key Clients

Apigee (subsidiary of Google)

Pentaho Corporation (subsidiary of Hitachi DataSystems)

Benevolent Al Limited

A business specialising in commodity data licensing and analysis

Value Licensing

Pentangle Internet Limited

Questionmark Limited

Major UK Broadcaster

One of the world’s largest automotive companies

Spin out of a major Japanese technology company providing solutions into the power distribution sector

Backed internet-of-things hardware manufacturer

Moore Blatch LLP provides a wide range of commercial IT services, and is noted for its particular expertise in data analytics, often advising clients in relation to new and emerging technologies in the sector. The practice also advises on data protection, outsourcing and framework and re-seller agreements for technology providers. Department co-head Dorothy Agnew has a broad commercial IT practice and fellow co-head John Warchus is the president of pan-European technology law network, the IP and IT Law Group.

Practice head(s):John Warchus; Dorothy Agnew

Other key lawyers:Sarah Crookall; Jasnoop Cheema

Key Clients

Bytes Technology Group UK

Core Technology Systems (UK)

Best Invest (Brokers) and Tilney Bestinvest Group

Intellectual Property Online / Web TMS

Kyocera SGS Precision Tools Europe

NAK Consulting Services

Cluttons LLP

Datamatics Business Solutions

Box-It Data Management

Talisman Innovations

Work highlights

  • For Bytes Technology Group, updating customer agreements drafted in previous years to reflect changes introduced by the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018, as well as advising on using a sub-processor based in India to process customers' personal data, drafting data processor agreement sbased on the EC’s standard contractual clauses.
  • Ongoing advice to Core Technology Systems in relation to master services agreement and framework agreements.
  • Reviewed and amended Kyocera SGS Precision Tools’ new privacy notice and data protection policies initially drafted internally.
  • Drafting a master services agreement and service schedules for the provision of the client's services.
  • Drafted a reseller agreement for the resale of the Omnidox record management software application and platform.

Osborne Clarke's IT team acts for a wide range of clients, including telecoms operators and technology companies, but is particularly notable for its work with digital businesses. The national team collaborates with the firm's international offices, particularly in silicon valley. Key team members situated in Reading include disputes specialist Peter Sheppard and corporate expert Sara Valentine. Russell Bowyer departed the firm in October 2018.

Dentons' Thames Valley team focuses on non-contentious IT advice, for clients both within the software industry, and those outside seeking IT advice. The team has particular experience with retail sector clients, bolstered further by the addition of senior associate Nick Harrison, who rejoined from an in-house position to head the team. The team also has a strong record of procurement, contract, and outsourcing advice in the automotive, Oil and Gas, and media spheres.

Practice head(s):Nick Harrison

Key Clients

TOTAL (Total Lindsey Oil Refinery Limited)

The Sainsbury's Group

The John Lewis Partnership

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Saracens Limited

NHBC

Sita Information Networking Computing UK Limited

United Bank of Egypt

Mavens Limited

Polyco Healthline Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented United Bank of Egypt in its acquisition of a new banking trading platform.
  • Representing SITA with regard to its airport telecommunications and technology contracts.
  • Assisting TOTAL with all IT and business-to-business contracts and issues.
  • Provision of advice to Mavens on all IT contracts, IT and commercial issues, data protection and other commercial contract matters.
  • Drafting a new set of template supply agreements for TOTAL Computer Networks Limited and advising on a host of contracts for the supply of both hardware and software with major customers and clients.

Advising clients on the full range of IT contracts and agreements, EMW Law LLP's regional team operates primarily out of Milton Keynes. The firm also offers a substantial data protection practice, advising clients on compliance with the GDPR as well as other data issues. Matthew Holman heads the team and is known for his work with emerging technologies, in addition to his data protection and IT contract expertise.

Practice head(s):Matthew Holman

Testimonials

'There is no stuffy jargon used, the team just get the job done with clear simple to follow advice.'

'The team are good at sticking to deadlines and, despite being fairly junior, punch well above their weight.'

'We have experienced a far better service and standard from EMW than we have from a number of larger city practices.'

Key Clients

Rightmove plc

Santander UK plc

Suzuki GB plc

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts Ltd

Atheon Analytics Ltd

Centresoft Ltd

BFS Group Ltd t/a Bidfood

MHA MacIntyre Hudson LLP

Inter MK Ltd (MK Dons)

Banking Standards Board

Work highlights

  • GDPR compliance audit for Inter MK.
  • Provide ongoing support and advice to Suzuki in relation to IT contracts, data protection matters and GDPR-compliance.
  • Assisted Data Solver to put in place its standard terms and conditions for customers and partners, and drafted a ‘waterfall’ set of terms and conditions that could be used to licence its software to end users.
  • Updated Rightmove’s privacy policy for its main consumer-facing website and drafted a new privacy policy for RightmovePlus, a management and reporting tool for Rightmove members, along with other IT advice including GDPR.
  • Assisted CentreSoft on its launch of a new website, PS Gear, with partner Sony.

Paris Smith LLP is prominent in the regional SME and start-up market, advising a wide range of such clients on IT matters. Practice co-head Laura Trapnell is an adviser to the University of Southampton Science Park's Catalyst Programme, a factor that maintains the firm's base of start-up clients. The practice is most known for its outsourcing, procurement, and cloud computing work. Fellow co-head Crispin Dick handles software development and licensing as well as technology transfers and outsourcing.

Practice head(s):Crispin Dick; Laura Trapnell

Key Clients

Datwyler Cabling Solutions AG

British Friendly Society Ltd

The Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society Ltd

Beyond Encryption Ltd

Quotall Ltd

Gobel & Partners

Local First Community Interest Ltd

Millbrook Healthcare Ltd

Cobalt Telephone Technologies Ltd

University of Southampton Science Park Ltd

Pyxus International, Inc

The Entertainment Retailers' Association

Visitor Chat Ltd

Mercury 1 Ltd

Field Seymour Parkes LLP's expertise encompasses software development, resale deals, licensing, and cloud computing. Catherine Ripley heads the practice, focusing on commercial contract advice for clients at all levels of the market. The firm also offers a substantial data protection practice, and developed a GDPR audit service for clients alongside an external IT company, and continues to act for clients following implementation of the GDPR.

Practice head(s):Catherine Ripley

Testimonials

Volume Limited

OLM Systems Limited

Subshare Limited

SciChart Limited

PragmaticDLT Inc (Canada/Ukraine)

At Warners Solicitors, the IT team predominantly acts for software developer clients on commercial matters, with a particular focus on financial and asset management software. The firm advises clients on development agreements, licensing, and distribution, as well as pre-contract issues such as proof of concept. The practice is headed by Kevin Sullivan, who handles dispute resolution work for clients in addition to the team's corporate offering.

Practice head(s):Kevin Sullivan

Key Clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Asset Mapping Limited

FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mosaic Smart Data and the founder in respect of JP Morgan Chase’s Series A investment for a 15.4% stake in the company at a pre-money valuation of £11 Million.
  • Acting for a client in respect of an evaluation and proof of concept of its software product for a large bank.
  • Acting for an advertising agency in respect of the licensing of its asset management system used by a large vehicle manufacturer.
  • Advising on a data licence and distribution agreement
  • Acting for a client in respect of its agreement with a public organisation in Dubai.


Media and entertainment

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The team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish is a prominent force in the advertising and marketing sectors, advising high-profile sector clients on corporate and commercial matters. The firm also acts on the other side of the table, advising companies in their dealings with media agencies and PR consultancies. Commercial specialist Pete Kenyon heads the team along with Nigel Stanford, a corporate law expert with significant in-house experience in the advertising sector. IP and IT specialist Brian Miller joined the practice from Stone King LLP in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Pete Kenyon; Nigel Stanford

Key Clients

Local Planet International Limited

Keesing Media Group BV

DAC Group Europe Limited

Influencer Limited

We Are Social

Instinctif Partners

Remy Cointreau

Hermes CMK General Partner Limited

Sands Heritage

OMD

PHD

Goodstuff

Ptarmigan Media Limited

Chase & Co Advertising

Samba Communications

Wilmington Plc

Work highlights

  • Advise Local Planet International, in particular on the reorganisation of its share ownership structure and joint venture arrangements in 20 global markets.
  • Advising Keesing Media in relation to the ownership of its shares in Eye to Eye Puzzles Ltd.
  • Advised Influencer Limited on an issue of shares to YouTube personality Caspar Lee and have since acted on Influencer’s behalf in connection with a number of fundraising rounds and commercial documentation
  • Advised the owners of shopping centre, centre:mk, on contract terms with their PR/media consultancy for the management of digital presence and other off-line issues.
  • Advised We Are Social on a number of issues including the ongoing negotiation with a key customer

Irwin Mitchell acts for a wide range of clients across the media sector, specialising primarily in commercial contracts work, including branding and sponsorship deals, as well as the sale of media rights. The firm's client list includes large media estates and digital agencies, alongside a substantial base of private, high-profile individuals. Stuart Padgham heads the team, which includes senior associate and fellow commercial contracts specialist Aurelia Butler-Ball, and senior associate Thomas Barnard, who focuses on commercial litigation in the media sphere.

Practice head(s):Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:Aurelia Butler-Ball; Thomas Barnard

Testimonials

'The firm treats small customers like big ones'

'They really know their stuff'

'The Irwin Mitchell trademark team is outstanding and dedicated to providing a very high level of advice in a cost and time-effective manner.'

 

Key Clients

Lady Leshurr

Rose and Rosie

Conan Doyle Estate Limited

The Sports Sphere

Beth Tweddle

Alec Steele

Sleeper

VOSH Ltd

UK divers who rescued Thai boys from cave

Charnley Communications

Work highlights

  • Represented the seven UK divers who saved a youth football team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand in a major film deal with US financier.
  • Represented six of the UK divers who saved a youth football team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand in a TV rights deal.
  • Advise the Conan Doyle Estate on their exploitation of the Arthur Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes 'Seal of Approval' in various rights deals.
  • Advised media company Charnley Communications, which works with numerous high-profile influencers such as Joe Sugg and Casper Lee on their commercial contracts.
  • Represented major label grime artist Lady Leshurr in a number of high value brand deals including Footlocker and Skoda.

Focusing primarily on publishing sector clients, Maier Blackburn LLP is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious media work. 'Consummate professional' Cathleen Blackburn heads up the contentious side of the practice, and is particularly experienced in commercial contract and IP issues faced by publishing sector clients. Contentious specialist Steven Maier is active in both IP and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):Steven Maier; Cathleen Blackburn

Testimonials

'The quick personable approach by the practice is very much appreciated. Often complex legal issues are explained in straight forward layman's terms.'

'Cathleen Blackburn is responsive to requests, delivers timely legal advice and is calm and personable.'

'Cathleen Blackburn is able to put things in real terms rather than legal jargon'

Key Clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Oxford University Press

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers

Watership Down Enterprises Limited

Dan Maier

Work highlights

  • Representing the Tolkien Estate in a claim against an Australian author who had published so-called fan-fiction books in breach of the Estate’s copyrights.
  • Representing a well-known US skin-care company in a claim for recovery of an internet domain name from a UK beauty salon.
  • Representing TV writer and photographer Dan Maier in a successful claim against Private Eye for the unauthorised use of one of his photographs on the magazine’s front cover.
  • Advising a well-established Art collector on contract and copyright issues relating to loans of photographs of famous subjects to an exhibition at the Barbican in London.
  • Advising The Tolkien Estate in a claim against a professional photographer offering unauthorised copies of J R R Tolkien’s iconic illustrations.

Moore Law focuses heavily on the digital, media, and sport sectors, handling commercial and IP issues for clients operating in those spaces. A key aspect of the practice is work with new media clients, advising social media influencers, e-sports and YouTube personalities on commercial contracts, merchandising, and IP issues. Founding partner Tris Moore works with several media agencies, while head of digital Scott Appleton is a key contact for new media clients. Consultant solicitor Mike Townley arrived from an in-house position in 2018, and is notable for his work with sports sector clients on broadcasting rights.

Practice head(s):Tris Moore

Other key lawyers:Scott Appleton; Mike Townley

Key Clients

Sidemen Clothing

Rebel FC

Callum Airey (Calfreezy)

The Zeitgeist Agency

We Are Tilt

The Family Fizz / Optimum Media / Purpose & Passion

Live The Adventure

British Triathlon Federation

Fat Tape Productions

Work highlights

  • Retained as commercial and IP advisers to Family Fizz.
  • Advised British Triathlon on the licensing of broadcasting rights for the World Triathlon Series event held in Leeds to the BBC, and the production of the event footage with sports production company Sunset + Vine.
  • Advice to Tilt on Commercial Agreements and Intellectual Property Issues.
  • Advised Live The Adventure on data protection and contractual issues.
  • Drafting influencer contracts, as well as advising on data protection and commercial agreements for the Zeitgeist Agency

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides a full service to media sector clients, with strong offerings in both contentious and non-contentious work. The firm is notable for its work with publishing sector clients on IP matters, including litigation and advice on the licensing of IP rights. Tom Lingard heads the practice, and is a key contact for media-related litigation as a solicitor-advocate.

Practice head(s):Tom Lingard

Work highlights

  • Advising in relation to a key publishing agreement.
  • Acting for client in trade mark dispute.
  • Instructed to file a UDRP Domain Name complaint following fraudulent use of a confusing similar domain, and succeeded in getting the infringing domain name transferred to the client.
  • Advising client in relation to its new gaming sector group experience start-up concept.
  • Acting for a UK theatre in relation to a copyright infringement dispute concerning the UK tour of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Boyes Turner has a strong presence in the advertising and adtech sector, with particular emphasis on media monitoring and data harvesting. Another key sector for the firm is publishing, where it advises clients on commercial and intellectual property matters, including advertising , publishing, and distribution agreements. IP and cross-border work specialist Mark Blunden heads the team, and is notable for his media licensing expertise. Sarah Williamson departed the firm for Ashfords LLP in November 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Blunden

Key Clients

Auto Trader Plc

Guardian News & Media Limited

Panasonic

Wayfair

Signal Media Ltd

Workbooks Online Limited

MSP Gather Limited

Chartered Institute of Journalists

CenShare AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Auto Trader on a large number of agreements dealing with the buying and selling of ad inventory and agreements for analytics to help the optimisation of media inventory.
  • Drafting agreements for the printing and distribution of the Guardian Weekly in New Zealand and Australia, including data protection advice.
  • Supported Censhare in complex negotiations concerning a major publishing software implementation with budget airline Jet2.com.

  • Providing outsourced general counsel services to Brandview and advising on matters in the UK, USA, France, China and Australia.
  • Advising Auto Trader on a media buying agreement and an agreement for the appointment of an agency to provide creative services to Auto Trader

Blake Morgan LLP is most notable for its work on reputation management matters, often acting for clients in defamation cases. The firm also has key sector expertise in both the arts - advising on a range of disputes - and publishing, where it advises on ethics, libel, and defamation. Jill Bainbridge heads the team, while senior associate Ben Evans is particularly adept in reputation management work concerning the internet and social media.

Practice head(s):Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:Ben Evans

Testimonials

'The team is very pragmatic in terms of delivery of legal services'

'They provide cost effective services without compromising quality'

'They are very friendly, professional and responsive'

Key Clients

Kerry Group PLC

Charles Tyrwhitt

Trussell Trust

Wiggle

Feelunique

Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited

Nokia

Clarins

Transport for Wales

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Work highlights

  • Advising start-up publisher Salad Pages on branding
  • Acting for defendant Ace Hosting in high-profile streaming case, securing a settlement favourable to the client.
  • Advising leading insurer Be Wiser Insurance Services in relation to a range of brand and reputation management issues.

With particular experience in reputation and privacy management, as well as IP, Howes Percival LLP's media team acts for both private clients and media-sector companies. The team primarily acts on contentious matters, including High Court and injunctive relief proceedings, with a particular focus on trade marks, copyright and passing-off on the IP side. James Howarth is the key figure within the firm's Milton Keynes office, and has substantial experience handling work for publishing sector clients. In non-contentious IP work, associate Jenna Bruce is a name to note given her in-house experience in the media industry.

Practice head(s):Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:James Howarth; Jenna Bruce

Testimonials

'Howes Percival is a well-rounded practice with expertise in this field'

'James Howarth and his assistant Victoria Howe are a formidable team.'

 

Key Clients

Time Out

Quarto Group plc

Lion Hudson

Goldstein Music Publishing

Sounds Like Publishing Limited

DOLCE Music Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising this leading Christian trade publisher on various publishing matters, both contentious and non-contentious.
  • Representing this household name in High Court action for copyright infringement.
  • Advising this leading non-fiction trade publisher on various matters.
  • Representing lottery winner in privacy proceedings against publisher and counter claim in libel.
  • Representing this client in proceedings concerning passing off, trade mark infringement and breach of undertakings.


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Irwin Mitchell's cross-practice team advises sport sector clients that include private individuals, companies, associations and governing bodies and the firm's private client team assists prominent sports figures and managers. Its comprehensive offering ranges from disputes and medical negligence to contracts, IP and wealth planning. Outside of the realm of professional sports the firm also acts for clients in the leisure facilities industry.  Dispute resolution specialist Hannah Clipston heads the team, while Michael Taylor is a key contact for tax, trusts and estates matters.

Practice head(s):Hannah Clipston; Tom Barnard; Michael Taylor

Testimonials

'Michael Taylor has excellent attention to detail and client care.'

'The team is specialised, knowledgeable, and accessible.'

Key Clients

Nuffield Health

Greenwich Leisure Limited

English Table Tennis

British Association of Sport & Exercise

British Athletics Commission

Sheffield City Trust

7 Hills Leisure Trust

International Netball Federation

Giles Long MBE

Jess Varnish

Julia Regis (founder of Cyrille Regis Legacy trust)

Work highlights

  • Represented a national governing body in a disciplinary matter and subsequent overhaul of its policies and procedures.
  • Represented a sports agency in a dispute with a departing employee and former client.
  • Acting for a former England Womens rugby player challenging a decision of the RFU to “capture” her for England.
  • Acting for sports personalities in a dispute with the trustees of various pension funds.
  • Advising Julia Regis on the creation of the Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust and associated endorsements and licensing to protect Cyrille’s name and likeness.

The sports law team at Moore Law has recently been boosted by the arrival of consultant solicitor Mike Townley from an in-house position with the International Paralympic Committee, with Townley now heading up the firm's sports offering. The firm acts for several sports associations and governing bodies, along with management agencies. The firm also works with clients at the intersection of sports and media. involving areas such as E-sports.

Practice head(s):Mike Townley

Other key lawyers:Tris Moore

Key Clients

British Triathlon Federation

British Bobsleigh & Skelton Association

Welsh Triathlon Association

National Sporting Club

Insignia Sport International

Technogym UK

Rebel FC/Callum Airey (Calfreezy)

Lewes FC/Equality FC

Work highlights

  • The firm provides a ‘general counsel’ retained service to the British Triathlon Federation.
  • The firm is retained by the British Bobsleigh and Skelton Association.
  • Advised on the GB Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball men’s and women’s teams hosting contract with the City of Uraysul (Tokyo).
  • The firm is retained by the Welsh Triathlon.
  • Supporting Insignia and its players with contract issues, disputes, image rights and sponsorship agreements on an ongoing and ad hoc basis.

Advising on commercial and IP matters, the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP act for a wide range of sports clients, including high-profile sports clubs, agencies, and events organisers. Charles Maurice is the key contact for sports clients seeking commercial advice, and acts for some of the firm's most high-profile clients. On the IP side, Tom Lingard takes the lead, and has strong experience in litigation as a solicitor-advocate.

Practice head(s):Charles Maurice; Tom Lingard

Key Clients

Feinberg Hansen LLP (on behalf of consortium of US investors)

Jenahura Limited

Jenahura Players Limited

Brighton and Hove Albion FC

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Intelligent Health

Tough Mudder Incorporated

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jenahura in connection with its golf player management business, advising in connection with all aspects of its arrangements with tournament professional golfers, from player representation deals to sponsorship contracts.
  • Advised Tyrrell Promotions on licensing the design and plans for the manufacture of new reproductions of the P34 racing car.
  • Advising Premier League football team, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, on trade mark and brand protection matters, having launched a formal brand protection and anti-counterfeiting programme.
  • Acting for Jenahura Players (separate to Jenahura), in connection with its establishment of the UK's first tournament professional golfer academy.
  • Representing international endurance event company Tough Mudder in a variety of brand and trade mark enforcement matters, both in the UK and abroad.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP advises its sports sector clients on areas including corporate, commercial, real estate, and employment. The team is overseen by founding partner Ian Wood-Smith who has significant experience in the sport sector, following 21 years of service as a director of Reading Football Club. Wood-Smith is noted for his expertise in transactions and other corporate matters.

Practice head(s):Ian Wood-Smith

A prominent, Essex-based sports law practice, Rainer Hughes handles a wide range of matters for sports organisations and individuals alike. The firm is particularly notable for its reputation management work, obtaining injunctions to protect sports personalities, as well as providing licensing, sponsorship, and media advice.

Practice head(s):Sanjay Panesar

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP is well-known for its sports law work, particularly in Sussex - acting for a range of grassroots clubs, charities, and governing bodies within the county. The firm is particularly notable for its work with a large number of local rugby clubs on various commercial, HR, and property matters. Department head Bruce Hayter has significant commercial experience and is particularly focused on grassroots sports.

Practice head(s):Bruce Hayter

Testimonials

'Everyone at Rix and Kay is knowledgeable and takes time to understand my needs but what makes them stand out is their friendly approach, manner and ability to explain everything comprehensively.'

'Bruce Haytor is friendly, knowledgeable and has been a great help, offering support where needed.'

 

Key Clients

The Russell Martin Foundation

Active Sussex

Sussex Football Association

Seaford RFC

Canterbury RFC

Hellingly RFC

Brighton and Hove Sea Serpents

Crawley RFC

Ansty Cricket Club

Sussex RFU

Work highlights

  • Providing day to day employment law advice for Active Sussex, assisting with a reorganisation following a change to the charity’s funding structure, and providing detailed advice in connection with DBS checks and updates to the charity’s safeguarding policy.
  • Instructed to prepare contracts of employment for Canterbury RFC’s coaches, who had not, to that point, been subject to any form of written contract of employment.
  • Providing governance advice and training to Sussex RFU
  • Instructed to assist Hellingly RFC with incorporating a CIC with special provisions within the articles of association allowing for it to move to a community amateur sports club in due course.
  • Retained by The Russell Martin Foundation in relation to employment matters, property matters and commercial contracts and agreements; recently prepared a sponsorship agreement for the company

The Sports Law practice at Verisona Law handles business law matters for sports sector companies including employment, finance and property matters. With particular expertise in the football and golf sectors, the firm is a prominent name in the Hampshire market. Practice head Michael Dyer specialises in corporate and transactional work, while Sue Ball is the key contact for employment issues.

Practice head(s):Michael Dyer

Other key lawyers:Sue Ball

Testimonials

'I have always received excellent service.'

'Sue Ball is a pleasure to work with, very helpful and communicative, and has great attention to detail.'

'We have built very good relationships with the Verisona team, and uniquely they have a very good local understanding of how  clubs work with the city stakeholders and local council.'

'Mike Dyer is very responsive to all of our needs and requirements and if we require an area of expertise not within his remit then he connects us with a member of his team that can assist.'

Key Clients

Portsmouth Community Football Club

Scott Gregory (professional golfer)

Hampshire PGA

Warners Solicitors' unique offering relates to country sports; it serves as the South-East panel firm for the Hunting Office and provides civil, regulatory, and criminal law advice to its country sports clients. Practice head Michael McNally specialises in civil litigation and employment issues, and is particularly notable for his work on animal liability cases, while Tim Ryan specialises in criminal and regulatory matters relating to country sports, farming, wildlife, animal welfare and firearms licensing.

Practice head(s):Michael McNally

Other key lawyers:Tim Ryan

Key Clients

Masters of Foxhounds Association

Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles

All hunts within South East (under the Hunting Office legal expenses policy)

J M Osborne & Co Limited

William Powell Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Masters of Foxhounds Associationon governance issues.
  • Advising Sports Agency J M Osborne & Co on regulatory and employment issues.
  • Advising Association of Masters of Harriers and Beagles on governance issues.
  • Successfully defended a Hunt Master against claims made by a hunt saboteur.
  • Successfully defended the owner of a large grouse moor against prosecution brought by the RSPB.


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