Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

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.
Click here for more details

United Kingdom > South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings



Intellectual property

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Intellectual property clients in South West using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact


Burges Salmon LLP's full service intellectual property practice is headed by¬†Jeremy Dickerson, who is ‚Äėextremely responsive and user friendly‚Äô and ‚Äėa clear and pragmatic adviser‚Äô. Dickerson acts for¬†new client BBC on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations. Helen Scott-Lawler¬†who jointly heads the team with Dickerson, advised the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on a merger of existing research councils, which involved advising on the transfer of assets to the new entity. The practice also acts as sole UK trade mark counsel to Starbucks Corporation, advising on UK and EU trade mark infringement and clearance matters. Georgina Shaw¬†has ‚Äėgreat communication skills‚Äô and ‚Äėadds real value to the team‚Äô. Emily Roberts¬†focuses on contentious IP. Other key clients include Discovery Communications, John Lewis & Waitrose, Oxford University, Victoria‚Äôs Secret Stores and Virgin Enterprises.

Ashfords LLP¬†provides the full range of legal work related to trade marks, including clearance, filing, prosecution, registration, renewal and maintenance, licensing, assignments, commercial exploitation agreements, oppositions and infringement actions. It also provides patent attorney services, including drafting, filing and prosecution. Head of trade marks Carl Steele¬†(Exeter) led on advising The Roald Dahl Story Company in relation to High Court legal proceedings issued against Oakwood Leisure with regard to trade mark and copyright infringement. London-based Kaya Elkiner¬†advised HelloFresh UK in relation to drafting and registering patent rights around new innovations in their meal-kit business. Another highlight includes acting for Velcro against trade mark infringements. Head of team Mark Lomas¬†(Exeter) is ‚Äėa superstar among stars‚Äô, he focuses on commercial exploitation of IP rights including cross-border work in the technology and luxury retail goods sectors. Giles Lane¬†(Exeter) handles both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Tom Phipps¬†(Plymouth) deals with all IP work and specialises in copyright, media and entertainment, and franchising. Andrew Braithwaite¬†(Bristol) joined the team from Thrings LLP. Corinna Hiscox¬†(Bristol) joined as a senior trade mark attorney from Haseltine Lake LLP. The firm provides ‚Äėvery polished, professional services with the highest level of expertise‚Äô.

Foot Anstey¬†provides advice on trade mark and design portfolio management internationally. It advises on non-contentious matters including corporate transactions, drafting IP licences, franchise agreements and other IP focused documentation and provides advice on IP ownership. Other areas of expertise include IP litigation and enforcement. In a cross-border matter with China, Martin Cuell¬†advised Eden Project on brand ownership strategy and trade mark assignments and licenses. Peter Singfield¬†advised Charlie Bears on their international trade mark portfolio and IP infringement. Neil Parkes¬†is ‚Äėvery thorough, easy to deal with, and knowledgeable‚Äô, he advised Lucasfilm in relation to the leaking of plot and character information of the latest Star Wars films. Paul Cox¬†joined as head of IP in May 2017, he represented the sponsor of a premiership football in team in relation to a trade mark dispute over a logo used on team shirts. The firm is ‚Äėexcellent, responsive and commercially switched-on‚Äô. Clients include Trinity Mirror/Local World, University of the West of England, Sky, Royal Shakespeare Group and Cut4cloth.

Osborne Clarke advises on contentious and non-contentious IP work such as filing and prosecution work. It has a filing practice that is spread across the London and Bristol offices. The firm receives work through its international office network and is adept at handling multijurisdictional matters and representing clients in IP litigation matters. Clare Robinson heads the team and led on advising Kerry Ingredients (UK) in a successful claim against Bakkavor for misuse of confidential information in relation to its recipes and manufacturing process for edible infused oils. Tom Harding advised Microsoft on content acquisition and licensing deals for Xbox and MSN services. Will Robertson advised HHGL (formerly Homebase) on negotiations of licenses and IP use from various manufacturers in relation to advanced paint tinting technology. Douglas Peden specialises contentious trade mark and copyright issues. Claudia Glover focuses on IP litigation and global portfolio protection. Arty Rajendra and Mark Foreman joined the London office from Rouse IP Limited. Other clients include RS Components, Vodafone, Siemens, Eurostar International, Compagnie Gervais Danone, Western Power Distribution, Surf Telecoms and Simba Sleep.

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†specialises in providing IP-related advice in the pharmaceutical, technology and electronic sectors. Recent highlights include negotiating all of Royal Mail‚Äôs licensing deals for special stamp editions in 2017 and also providing advice on exploitation of its own IP, trade mark infringement, passing off, domain name infringement and brand protection issues. Another highlight includes advising Mitsubishi Motors in the UK in relation to contentious intellectual property issues and commercial advice. Andrew Allan-Jones¬† heads the team, he deals with a wide range of IP issues and is particularly adept at handling pharmaceutical-related patent litigation. Senior associate Kate Loxton¬† is a trade mark and copyright specialist, dealing mainly with disputes and licensing. The team is ‚Äėexcellent in all areas of IP ownership, non-disclosure agreements, legal contracts with customers and licenses for products‚Äô. Clients include Ultrahaptics, Equifax, IDE Group, Pure International and Kings Road Publishing.

Humphreys & Co.¬†advises clients on non-contentious and contentious matters such as trade marks, passing off, designs and copyright, and litigation. It acts for national and international clients in the key sectors of fashion, electronics, drinks, education and finance. Robert Humphreys¬†heads the department, he recently led on a case of trade mark infringement (including counterfeiting), passing off and invalidity proceedings against a former distributor of a well-known jewellery brand. Another highlight includes successfully defending claims of copyright infringement against a furniture and replica furniture manufacturer and retailer.‚ÄėAlways very professional‚Äô Tristan Morse¬†was promoted to partner, he focuses on contentious and non-contentious trade mark, design and copyright matters. Ruth Annand¬†is also recommended.

Mewburn Ellis LLP is adept at handling IP protection, commercialisation and disputes across the life sciences, pharmaceuticals, agricultural science, industrial chemistry, electronics and electrical engineering, mechanical and structural engineering sectors. Sean Jauss heads the team and focuses on protection, commercialisation, defence and enforcement of clients’ IP rights. Joseph Lenthall is a qualified UK and European patent attorney and a certified patent attorney litigato. Emma Gallacher deals with IP licensing and data protection. Recent highlights include advising Arix in a cross-border venture fund relating to LogicBio Therapeutics and Atox Biosciences, and advising Nerudia in IP-related matters after its sale to Fontem Ventures.

Michelmores LLP's¬†IP team advises on contentious and non-contentious work, focusing mainly on the food and drink, manufacturing, technology and retail sectors. Tim Richards¬†co-heads the team on the contentious side, he is adept at handling commercial disputes including cross-border trademark and passing off disputes. David Thompson¬†co-heads the team on the non-contentious side, he focuses on supply chain arrangements, distributorship agreements, agency agreements and manufacturing licenses. ‚ÄėResponsive and smart‚Äô Tom Torkar¬†heads the technology and innovation team and is adept at handling IT-related matters such as service contracts, e-commerce, software licensing, systems integration, data protection and information security. Recent highlights include advising Landmark Information Group on commercial contracts, client agreements, IP advice, and new products and services. The firm also advised Haynes Publishing Group on the acquisition of E3 Technical an online technical data business, this involved due diligence in relation to the acquired data and software and data supply licenses.

Stephens Scown LLP advises on trade mark registrations, portfolio management, licensing, franchising, infringements, clearance availability and knock out searches. It focuses mainly on the food and drink, retail, media, technology and innovation sectors. Ben Travers heads the team and focuses on non-contentious and contentious IP matters and international brand protection issues. Sanjay Raphael specialises in trade mark filings, infringements, objections and oppositions. Thomas Chartres-Moore deals with trade mark matters, registration, exploitation and infringements. Clients include Arden International, Seadog TV and Film Production, Pritchard Patent Products and Precision Dippings Manufacturing.

TLT advises on trade marks, brand protection, patents, copyright, IP-related technology matters and IP litigation. It acts for a variety of blue-chip clients and household name brands with a particular focus on leisure industry clients. Legal director Jo Pritchard recently led on acting for Conviviality a leading drinks distributor, in relation to its acquisition of Central Convenience, the team advised on all IP-related matters. James Touzel heads the team. Clients include Merlin Entertainments, British Telecommunications (BT), Brabantia (UK), WHSmith and Muji Europe Holdings.

VWV is renowned for its focus on the education sector and specialises in advising on international school licensing projects. Highlights include acting for Rugby School in advising on the opening of a new school in Thailand, this involved advising on structure and liaising with Chinese lawyers to ensure compliance with Chinese regulations. The team also acted for a large automotive company based in the Midlands to create a new suite of template merchandising licences including vehicles featuring interactive games, luxury goods, models, toys, consumer products and copyright licences in respect of technical data. Doug Locke heads the team and advises on a broad range of IP matters including protecting, licensing and enforcing and also advises universities on joint ventures, partnerships, and franchise agreements in multiple jurisdictions. Senior associate Paula Williams heads the trade marks team, she specialises in trade mark law protection, enforcement and exploitation, licensing and portfolio management. IP solicitors Mary Rendle and Daliah Haughton joined the Bristol team and senior associate Penny Bygrave joined the London office.

‚ÄėHelpful and competent‚Äô Thrings LLP¬†deals with the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues such as applications, registrations, licenses, franchises, distribution arrangements and enforcements. It focuses on the key sectors of digital, media, retail, leisure, food and beverages, aerospace and defence. Recent highlights include acting for Lovehoney in relation to its multijurisdictional IP portfolio and IP registration and enforcement. Another highlight includes advising Kenro on product development and protection of their trade mark registrations. A further highlight includes advising Vision3 on negotaitions for option agreements in relation to its 3D effects and virtual reality/augmented reality products. Graeme Fearon¬†heads the team supported by partner Megan Jefferies¬†.¬†Andy Braithwaite¬†joined Ashfords LLP. Other clients include Dancerace, Kinetik Medical Devices, Studio Nicholson, Taxi Studio and Multivac UK.

Willans LLP¬†advises on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters for clients in the satellite telecommunications, flight training, heating engineering and IT. sectors Highlights include acting for Turbo K and Midland Chemicals in a cross-border High Court case which involved passing off, invalidation of registered trade marks and contractual issues related to provision and breach of IP licence agreements. Paul Gordon¬† heads the team and specialises in patent, trade mark, design right, copyright infringement and passing off claims. He is ‚Äėextremely well-prepared‚Äô and ‚Äėable to analyse things from both a legal and a¬†commercial perspective‚Äô. Nick Southwell¬† is adept at handling disputes including web-based infringement claims for copyright. Theresa Grech¬†left the firm. Clients include Singapore Lift Company, Farquhar‚Äôs Vocabulary Flash Cards, Cheltenham Festivals, Preston Innovations and Twistar.

Battens Solicitors Limited¬†advises on licensing, drafting issues, terms and conditions, issues relating to e-commerce, copyright, patents, design rights and trademarks. Recent clients include celebrity sports-people, a music production company and a health drinks manufacturer. Brian Levine¬†and Peter Livingstone¬†head the team which offers ‚Äėimmediate responses, quick understanding, useful advice and good value for money‚Äô.

BPE Solicitors LLP Cheltenham provides advice on a broad range of IP matters including international IP protection for trade marks and designs, licensing, patents and also litigates for clients in contentious matters. Key client sectors include science and technology, medtech, public sector, and media and entertainment. Iain Garfield heads the team, he recently led on advising Valour Clothing in relation to successful opposition of a trade mark application for Valor International. Riyaz Jariwalla specialises in IP litigation and providing advice to to retail, and science and technology businesses. Clients include Fiddes Payne, Innovate UK, Norville Group, Outdoor & Cycle Concepts (Cotswold Outdoor) and Spectrum Medical.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys advises on brand protection, product development, IP sales, licensing, franchising, collaborations, joint ventures, IP portfolio monitoring, maintenance and management, enforcement and disputes. Adam Finch heads the team.

Laceys¬†advises on the drafting and negotiation of IP dispute settlement agreements, media contracts and specialist licensing agreements. It assists clients in protecting their IP in the UK and internationally with a particular focus on the retail and manufacturing sectors. Edwina Young¬†heads the team and has ‚Äėincredible knowledge and a drive to do things right‚Äô.

Murrell Associates¬†offers expertise in trade mark protection, exploitation and enforcement advice, design right registration, licensing, portfolio management, IP-related property advice and IP-related software advice. Highlights include advising Jigsaw XYZ in relation to its UK trade mark portfolio and copyright works including enforcing trade mark applications. Rebecca Anforth¬†heads the practice; she ‚Äėknows her stuff when it comes to IP and communicates in a simple way without legal jargon‚Äô. Clients include Anti-Matter Games, Worval Holdings, Futurebuild Events and Hub Box.

Royds Withy King  Bath provides trade mark portfolio management services including IP protection and exploitation, assessment of ownership and licensing. It advises on contentious issues including copyright and trade mark infringement, passing off and patent infringement advice. The firm has particular experience in advising companies in the media and technology sectors. Highlights included advising Adam Matthew Digital in relation to licensing-in agreements from source archives and universities, and customer licenses. Philip Banks-Welsh  is also recommended. Clients include Applicable, Arco England, Bath Rugby, Bruce Munro and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

Steer & Co advises on all aspects of IP such as trademarks, design rights patent and copyrights mainly in the technology and media, and creative digital sectors. Rebecca Steer heads the team and led on advising MATTA in negotiations with the Football Association (FA) for the provision of ongoing advertising campaigns, this involved advice on ownership of assets and licensing. Clients include Weirdy Rhymes, Moortec, Calling the Shots, XMOS and We Predict.

IT and telecoms

Index of tables

  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • James Touzel - TLT

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which IT and telecoms clients in South West using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact


Burges Salmon LLP handles commercial IT work, procurements, outsourcings, joint ventures, licensing, cybersecurity, encryption and data issues. Andrew Dunlop advised a supplier of premium carbonated drinks on its enterprise resource planning, cloud-based arrangements with ORACLE and contract-related issues. In another highlight the team advised a water utility company in relation to several IT projects including the purchase of a £200m cloud-based project management tool. Senior associate Lucy Pegler deals with IT, telecoms and GDPR issues with a particular focus on the transport and public sectors. David Varney specialises in working with tech vendors, the energy sector and financial services. Richard Binns is also recommended. Sarah Kenshall joined as legal director. Clients include Coca-Cola HBC, Babcock International, Thomson Reuters, Teradata, Cobham and AppDynamics.

Osborne Clarke¬†¬†provides ‚Äėpragmatic solutions‚Äô and is noted for its strength the digital business sector. Will Robertson¬†heads the team and has a particular focus on technology and privacy law; he advised Bunnings in relation to a variety of business-critical IT projects for its newly acquired company Homebase. Tom Harding¬†heads the interactive entertainment practice and advises Microsoft in relation to multi-jurisdictional content acquisition and licensing deals. Senior Associate Eleanor Locke¬†specialises in commercial contracts, software arrangements and IP issues. Charlie Wedin¬†focuses on litigation and acted for Dell in a dispute against Lebanese company Systems Equipment Telecommunications Service, which claims to have exclusive rights to sell Dell products in Lebanon. Mark Wesker¬†, Simon Spooner¬†and Peter Clough¬†are also recommended.

TLT¬†fields a team of 'expert business advisers' who specialise in transformational IT projects including, SaaS, systems integration and cloud-based solutions for national and international clients. Practice head¬†James Touzel¬†‚Äėleads from the front with a steady hand‚Äô; he specialises in large-scale transformational procurement and assists large companies on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics. Dan Read¬†focuses on IT procurement and outsourcing and is noted for his ‚Äėoutstanding pragmatic advice and ability to get the job done‚Äô. The team provides ‚Äėclear commercial advice in the areas of¬†IT¬†and¬†data protection‚Äô and HAS ‚Äėa practical approach that builds a framework to avoid future issues‚Äô. Clients include 5NINES, J Sainsbury‚Äôs, The Co-operative Group, Imperial Brands, Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), BT and WHSmith.

Ashfords LLP advises a range of clients on data protection, payment services technology, distributed ledger technology, software development, SaaS products, technology-related mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, start-up advice and advice around cryptocurrencies. It also advises on patent drafting, filing and prosecution internationally. Chris Dyson heads the team and focuses on technology investment and acquisition, he led on advising Internal Results in preparation for its sale to Madison Logic, this involved diligence, licensing and data protection issues. Chris Coughlan specialises in technology matters, software licensing and large technology infrastructure projects. He led on advising Creditcall with regards to payment solutions services, payment gateway services and Europay, MasterCard and Visa kernels. Garry Mackay deals with non-contentious IT services, Mark Lomas deals with IP law, IT transactions and technology law. Suzie Miles focuses on IT transformation, IT outsourcing and software licensing. Andy Braithwaite joined as partner from Thrings LLP . Clients include Xylem, eMoov, Pennon Group, Post Office, Touchstone Innovations and Altus.

Foot Anstey¬†provides advice on transactional technology projects and licensing in the fintech, clean tech, retail, media and transport sectors. It has recently been providing advice in relation to blockchain technology, internet of things (IoT) platforms, data exploitation, GDPR compliance and cloud-based solutions. Martin Cuell¬†heads the firm's technology practice and recently advised Egress Software Technologies on cyber and data security, covering a broad range of technology matters across the US, Asia, Europe and Australia. Neil Parkes¬†advised Sky UK in relation to customers illegally streaming broadcasting content as part of a wider campaign to crack down on piracy. Jonathan Oddy¬†recently led on advising Trainline on in-app promotions and prize draws, contract negotiations on third party software tools and integration of cloud-based services across the business. Mark Rhys-Jones¬†specialises in technology and IT-related litigation. Alexandra Leonidou¬†focuses on data exploitation and GDPR, she gives ‚Äėpractical and insightful privacy advice in the tech arena‚Äô. Paul Cox¬†joined as head of IP in the Southampton office. Ed Bodey¬†and Jacob Scott¬†left the firm. Clients include Metron Technology, Aardman Animations, British Solar Renewables, BlueVenn, Flo Group and Zesty.

The ‚Äėexcellent, very professional and commercially sensible‚Äô team at¬†Michelmores LLP¬†provides IT and technology-related advice to national clients. Tom Torkar¬†leads the rebranded technology and innovation team, he is ‚Äėexperienced in his field and has excellent relationships with his peers‚Äô. He and associate Emily Timmins¬†advised Landmark Information Group with commercial contracts, IP advice, client agreements, and new products and services. Another highlight saw the firm advise the Mayor's Office For Policing And Crime in relation to the procurement of a national framework IT solution. A further highlight included advising St Austell Brewery Company in relation to the procurement of an enterprise resource planning solution to help streamline the business and increase efficiency. Richard Cobb¬†advised Haynes Publishing on the acquisition of an online technical data business, this involved carrying out due diligence into the data and software being acquired and transitional service agreements. Nathaniel Lane¬†is ‚Äėexceptional and always provides responses to questions in quick-time¬†and¬†real depth‚Äô. Sara Chisholm-Batten¬†and David Thompson¬†are also recommended.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†advises on IT managed services, outsourcing, fintech and general IT services to public and private sector clients. Alastair Mitton¬†heads the team and advises on licensing and large technology implementations focusing on financial services, insurance and communications sectors. He is ‚Äėvery easy to work with, conscientious¬†and¬†always keen to assist‚Äô. Gareth Jones¬†specialises in high-value projects and recently advised Post Office on a multimillion-pound procurement project in relation to the appointment of a systems integrator prime contractor. Georgie Morgan-Giles¬†is also recommended.

BPE Solicitors LLP advises on IT, technology and e-commerce law, commercial and contractual advice and IT regulatory advice. Recent highlights include acting for the Dotdigital Group corporate team advising on the acquisition of Compai Group. Another highlight includes advising New Gen (UK) on license agreements, usage restrictions, exclusivity and on-going support for commercial laundries based in the Middle East. A further highlight includes advising MandM Direct in relation to a new IT service agreement and cross-border data processing terms with US-based Proofpoint. Dianne Devlin joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Doris Woo joined from Browne Jacobson LLP. Matt Jackson left the firm.

At Pritchetts Law¬†Stephanie Pritchett¬†and Ben Wootton¬†are ‚Äėextremely professional, personable and diligent‚Äô. The firm specialises in data protection law in the technology sector and provides advices to businesses around GDPR. Recent highlights include advising SPCK Publishing on GDPR preparation, reviewing its website privacy policy and consent forms, and providing information on compliant marketing strategies. The practice also advised Taylor‚Äôd Bundles in relation to its supplier terms and updated business model to mitigate financial and reputational risks. Other clients include DFS Furniture, Lexis Nexis, Newcastle Building Society, Unison, JLA and University of Melbourne.

‚ÄėHighly experienced in relation to IT and technology‚Äô Roxburgh Milkins Limited¬†advises young technology start-ups and more established larger companies on emerging technology matters, innovative business models, support structures, and data protection and GDPR issues.¬†Ian Grimley¬†heads the team, which is ‚Äėfriendly and approachable‚Äô and has ‚Äėbig firm expertise presented with a boutique firm ethos and attitude‚Äô. Charles van der Lande¬†is adept at handling corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and LLPs. Recent highlights include acting for Blu Wireless in relation to customer licenses and licensing agreements, this involves cross-border work in India and Sweden. Clients include GL Assessment Group, Peak Ryzex, Invitation Digital, Folium Optics and VQ Communications.¬†Helen Naylor¬†joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.¬†Carl Spencer¬†left the firm.

Royds Withy King advises engineering, technology and IT businesses on IT contracts, software, hardware, outsourcing, data storage, procurement, data protection, security issues, cloud computing and SaaS contracts. Philip Banks-Welsh specialises in IP litigation and trade mark infringement. John North and James Worrall are also recommended. Recent highlights include advising TM Group (UK) in relation to online customer contracts, data protection issues and GDPR. Another highlight includes advising Applicable on the provision managed services and a bespoke consultancy service to a multinational IT equipment and services provider. Other clients include Adam Matthew Digital, Arco England, Bath Rugby, Chedburn Networks, Fidelius Financial Holdings and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

Thrings LLP¬†advises mid-size technology suppliers on contentious and non-contentious technology matters such as customer contract drafting, negotiations and disputes. It also advises users on IT procurement. Recent highlights include advising Truespeed Communications in relation to investment for its rural broadband network, this matter involved facility agreements, security documents, assistance with lender due diligence and compliance issues and is worth ¬£75m. Other clients include Cognito iQ, CybSafe, Bonsai Tiger, Altus, Teleperformance, Excalibur, Benefex and National Friendly. Kate Westbrook¬†heads the team and¬†has ‚Äėa great understanding of the IT and telecoms sector‚Äô. Brett Lambe¬†deals with technology-related commercial, M&A and investment work. Mary Chant¬†joined as partner in June 2017 from¬†Blake Morgan LLP. Andy Braithwaite¬† joined Ashfords LLP¬†in April 2017.

Clarke Willmott LLP¬†acts exclusively for landowners against major mast operators. It also provides advice on commercial and contractual IT issues, licensing, joint ventures, data protection, data security and GDPR. Recent highlights include acting for The Guinness Partnership in relation to temporary relocation of Telecoms equipment owned by Telefonica UK on their properties, this allowed urgent repairs to take place. Kary Withers¬†heads the team, she is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and experienced with excellent judgment‚Äô. Clients include Pinnacle Towers, The Berkeley Group, Mapeley Estates, Onecom Group, PETROC and Phoenix Housing Association.

Steer & Co acts on behalf of technology vendors and advises on brand protection, registering a first trademark, product design, tooling and manufacture. Client sectors include technology, media, creative and digital. Recent highlights include advising XMOS on licensing software issues and third party software integration in relation to a new voice activation software product range. Another highlight includes advising Moortec with IP licenses for on-chip monitoring and temperature sensors. A further highlight includes advising Graphcore, a spin-out of XMOS on licensing and IP agreements and also negotiating with suppliers for component parts. Rebecca Steer heads the team.

Stephens Scown LLP advises clients on licensing, commercial transactions, IT contracts, data protection and trading terms. Ben Travers heads the team, he focuses on SaaS agreements, outsourcing, software licensing, service level agreements, and terms and conditions. Recent instructions include acting for Greenride Sharing in relation to setting up a car sharing app, this involved creating IT contacts and terms of business. Another highlight involves working for Swanky Apply in relation to a software enhancement agreement for its online shopping platform. Other clients include Gydeline, Cornish Farm Dairy, Webformed. BPA Corporate Facilitation and Holiday Caravans.

Media and entertainment

Index of tables

  1. Media and entertainment
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Media and entertainment clients in South West using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact


Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides intellectual property advice to media clients; handles advertising and marketing matters; advice on broadcasting rights exploitation; and handles disputes. Jeremy Dickerson¬† heads the team and is ‚Äėa very good commercial and media lawyer‚Äô. Helen Scott-Lawler¬† focuses on IP development, licensing and structuring. Recent highlights include being appointed to advise the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on its IP portfolio. Other clients include Virgin Care, which it advises on campaign launch materials, and Discovery Communications, which it is advising on the launch of new UK TV channels, new programme names, merchandising and trade mark infringement issues.

Foot Anstey¬†services high-profile clients in film and television, marketing and music. It provides advice on publishing law, regulation, copyright, trade marks, passing off, advertising, data protection, licensing and employment law. Richard Neary¬† is head of media and technology and advises on employment law in the media sector. Tony Jaffa¬† specialises in publishing matters. Neil Parkes¬† focuses on media litigation, content protection and contentious IP. Jennifer Agate¬†focuses on pre- and post-publication advice and contentious media law; she is ‚Äėa particular star‚Äô and ‚Äėhas a superb eye for detail and a strongly practical and sensible approach to clients‚Äô interests‚Äô. Martin Cuell¬† handles licensing transfers and exploitation of rights. Peter Singfield¬†deals with commercial disputes, and IP and brand protection issues. Alexandra Leonidou¬†specialises in privacy and data protection, advertising, digital media and technology.¬†Clients include Aardman Animations, Sky UK, The Independent and Evening Standard and Newsquest Media Group.

Osborne Clarke provides advice on TV broadcasting, internet only TV services, digital platforms, gaming, social media, interactive content, publishing, marketing and advertising, and EU and competition issues. It advises an array of multinational clients in the technology sector such as Square Enix, Facebook, Yahoo!, Virgin Media, Bose and Miniclip. Recent work highlights include acting for Expedia in relation to advertising services and marketing communications. It also assisted Gram Games with the opening of its London office and a range of commercial and regulatory issues. Another highlight includes advising Compagnie Gervais Danone with numerous IP issues in relation to its advertising campaigns for Actimel. Tom Harding¬†heads the team, he specialises in commercial transactions, regulatory issues and the production and exploitation of interactive entertainment products and services. Clare Robinson¬†specialises in IP litigation focusing on the technology and digital business sectors. The team provides ‚Äėa very good level of service, knowledge of online content and the regulatory landscape‚Äô.

Royds Withy King acts for media, publishing, leisure, technology and environmental businesses and organisations. Highlights include acting for media business Network N in relation to various contracts. The firm also advised Chedburn Networks on its online terms and conditions and policies. A further highlight includes advising Adam Matthew Digital on licensing-in agreements from source archives and universities. Philip Banks-Welsh focuses on IP litigation. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

Steer & Co advised E3 Media on providing digital service campaigns to their clients and also on drafting master service agreements (MSAs). It also provided Stuff Advertising with an MSA for an advertising campaign. Rebecca Steer heads the team and is experienced at creating and monetising IP and media related assets. Mailin Bala is also recommended.

Ashfords LLP advises clients on TV production contracts, publishing agreements, advertising and marketing advice, rights clearance, pre-publication advice, rights exploitation and contentious issues. The firm advised Ginsters on advertising, terms and conditions, data protection issues and brand licensing arrangements in relation to a promotional campaign. It also drafted and negotiated a location agreement for HelloFresh when the company appeared in the BBC TV show The Apprentice. Tom Phipps heads the team supported by London-based associate Hannah Batten . Other clients include Historic England and The Roald Dahl Story Company.

Battens Solicitors Limited advises producers and content creators. Recent highlights include advising producer Mallinson Sadler Productions on finance, production and broadcast of a prime-time documentary series. It also advised on the negotiation of a joint venture between a music producer and a major international music publisher. A further highlight includes advising a sports personality on branding rights internationally. Brian Levine heads the team, he is supported by Peter Livingstone who handles media and entertainment-related disputes.

Nash & Co provides legal advice to the television production industry including financing, production and exploitation of television content. Duncan White and Tim Jackman both joined the firm in January 2017 from Twofour Group which is part of ITV. Highlights include providing support to Label1 television who produce the television programme Hospital which aired on BBC. This involved advising on contempt, privacy and the correct police procedure under PACE due to the fact that the programme had been filming at St Mary’s Hospital when Khalid Masood was admitted to A & E after the Westminster terror attack. Clients include Twofour Group and Boom Cymru TV.

Thrings LLP advises on advertising regulation and compliance, content distribution, delivery platforms, digital design, finance, insurance, programme formats, registering and enforcing intellectual property rights, clearance and exploitation, licenses, and TV and film production. Graeme Fearon heads the team.


Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Sport clients in South West using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact


Burges Salmon LLP advises on regulations, rule drafting, constitutional and governance issues, integrity and anti-doping, and financial regulation. Clients include national and international federations, international teams and athletes. The firm is adept at handling disputes in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Helen Scott-Lawler led on advising a group of independent racecourses on a media rights deal with Arena Racing for the launch of a new TV channel. Another highlight includes advising Jeremy Noseda against a claim of equine doping brought by The British Horseracing Authority, after evidence was presented there was no suggestion of cheating and a much reduced fine was administered. Laura Claydon is adept at advising key stakeholders and regulatory bodies in the horse racing industry. Roger Bull deals with sports-related employment law. Jeremey Dickerson heads the team and specialises in anti-doping and integrity issues. James Pheasant left the firm. Clients include The Racecourse Association, Bristol City Football Club, Unicorn Products, Bristol Rovers Football Club and Virgin Sport.

Ashfords LLP is adept at handling commercial agreements, merchandising, endorsement agreements, sports-related tax, brand management and protection, regulation, governance, corporate transactions and disputes. Rory Mac Neice heads the team and specialises in bloodstock issues and regulation. Recent highlights include advising Exeter City Football Club on the development of new student accommodation and the development of new stadium facilities including two new stands, this involved successful defence of a judicial review brought by the local neighbourhood forum. Another highlight includes advising on the sale of Lovell Rugby to Sports Direct. Joanne Saye advises on contractual and leasing issues involving race horses. Andy Braithwaite specialises in advising sport governing bodies and sport property owners on event agreements, sponsorship, supplier arrangements and brand protection. Clients include The Professional Jockeys Association, The Racecourse Association, The British Show Horse Association, The British Harness Racing Club and Exeter City FC.

Clarke Willmott LLP¬†has ‚Äėfirst-class expertise‚Äô and ‚Äėexcellent service with response times that are second to none‚Äô. Highlights include acting for long term client Bristol Rugby, attending all player interviews conducted by the Rugby Football Union around allegations of match-fixing, the allegations were found to be baseless. ‚ÄėOutstanding‚Äô Kevin Jones¬†heads the team, he has ‚Äėcommercial strength‚Äô and specialises in employment law, representing several rugby, football and cricket clubs as well as leading sports men and women. Tim Copplestone¬†also focuses on sports-related employment law, he is ‚Äėquick to reply, diligent and extremely helpful‚Äô. The team provides a service that is ‚Äėexcellent, commercial and value for money‚Äô. Other clients include Somerset County Cricket Club and Wasserman Media Group.

Foot Anstey advises on commercial and regulatory aspects of sport-related law. Key client sectors include football, rugby, hourseracing and stadia projects. Jonathan Oddy heads the team and led on advising Bristol Sport with regards to its football and rugby club kit supply agreement, this involved IP issues, delivery milestones and service levels. Another highlight includes advising Cornwall Council on a £400m mixed-use development which includes the construction of a landmark new stadium. Mark Searle deals with commercial contract work including supply of goods and services, framework contracts, terms and conditions and sub-contracting arrangements. Neil Parkes focuses on media and sport litigation. Clients include Ashton Gate, Event Advantage Solutions, Football Safety Officers' Association, Henley Regatta, BlueVenn and Arena Racing Corporation.

Royds Withy King¬†advises clients on regulation, sports-related injuries and sports-related commercial disputes. It recently advised The Professional Jockeys Association on the implications of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Another highlight includes acting for horse trainer Hughie Morrison in relation to one of his horses testing positive for nandrolone. A nominal fine was imposed and the case led to a review of anti-doping rules and penalties by the British Horseracing Authority. Chris Kane¬†and Andrew Chalk¬†head the team, Chalk has ‚Äėexceptional judgement and is first class with clients‚Äô. ‚ÄėAggressive litigator‚Äô Richard Brooks¬†and¬†Philip Banks-Welsh¬†are also recommended.¬†Jessica Bent¬†joined¬†Keystone Law.

Interview with...

Law firm partners and practice heads explain how their firms are adapting to clients' changing needs

GC Diversity and Inclusion Report

In partnership with...

International comparative guides

Giving the in-house community greater insight to the law and regulations in different jurisdictions.

Select Practice Area

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to

Press Releases in the UK

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to