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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

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Kiera Dale - TLT

Rising stars

  1. 1

Burges Salmon LLP acts for major international brands and has a particularly strong list of US-based clients, including Starbucks, Victoria's Secret and the Discovery Channel. The ongoing expansion of its practice is evidenced by the fact that the firm was recently appointed to the IP panels of John Lewis/Waitrose and the BBC/BBC Studios. Practice head Jeremy Dickerson is experienced in both transactional and contentious issues; his expertise includes the protection and enforcement of IP rights, trade mark infringement and portfolio management. Helen Scott-Lawler has advised RAC and Fever-Tree on technology transfer and IP issues relating to sponsorship and advertising. Senior associate Emily Roberts specialises primarily in contentious IP and often supports Dickerson on infringement matters.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:Helen Scott-Lawler; Emily Roberts; Grazyna Poplawska


'Very strong'

'We know Jeremy doesn't mess around when it comes to IP matters'

'Team is very user friendly, practical and commercial. Also extremely responsive'

'Proactive team that is hard-working and efficient'

'Jeremy Dickerson displays both strength and depth. He is client and solution-focused and extremely accessible; his input is invaluable'

Key Clients


Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Discovery Communications, LLC

Starbucks Corporation

Yeo Valley

Waitrose/John Lewis

Virgin Group


FILA Luxembourg S.a.r.l

Work highlights

  • Providing brand protection and IP advice to the BBC, and acting as sole counsel for all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations.
  • Advising Discovery Communications on brand protection and working on international clearance and protection of trade marks for a recently acquired brand.
  • Providing UK and EU market advice to Starbucks as trade mark counsel, including the client's entire UK portfolio.
  • Managing Yeo Valley's global trade mark portfolio and advising on a range of IP matters, including structuring, protection and defence.
  • Advising John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners on celebrity endorsements and IP aspects of key commercial ventures with third parties such as BUPA.

Osborne Clarke, which is noted for its sector-focused offering, has an IP practice which is embedded in multiple teams across the firm. Its recent work has spanned industries such as digital business and technology, food and drink, transport and healthcare. Led by team head Clare Robinson, the group particularly excels in handling cross-border IP issues for household-name clients. Equally strong in advisory and contentious matters, it covers trade mark filings, commercial IP projects, copyright infringement and patent registration and enforcement. Tamara Quinn joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Practice head(s):Clare Robinson

Other key lawyers:Will Roberson; Douglas Peden; Becky Crawford; Tom Harding


'Clare Robinson is very well respected'

'Handle the big-ticket work'

'Osborne Clarke remain our preferred law firm; the lawyers have in-depth legal and regulatory knowledge of our products and understand the commercial interests of our business'

Key Clients

University of Bristol


Eurostar International Limited

Western Power Distribution



P&O Ferries Holdings Limited

Pernod Ricard

Work highlights

  • Advising the University of Bristol on the repercussions of alleged breaches of confidence by a member of the academic staff.
  • Acting on behalf of Fever-Tree in a cease and desist engagement against a competitor who was planning on launching an infringing advertising campaign.
  • Manage Eurostar's global trade mark portfolio, advising on brand protection, registration strategy and enforcement.
  • Advise Western Power Distribution on brand protection and related IP issues, spanning both contentious and non-contentious aspects.
  • Advising Danone on IP issues in relation to advertising campaigns, brand protection strategy, and the promotional use of branding for a new product launch.

Ashfords LLP has a highly reputed trade mark capability and its sizeable team manages the worldwide portfolios of clients such as Penhaligon's, Princess Yachts and Majestic Wine. The firm fields three chartered trade mark attorneys, and has increased the number of filings it handles year on year. Practice head Mark Lomas, who specialises in the commercial exploitation of IP rights on an international scale, focuses on the luxury retail goods and medical devices sectors. Team head Carl Steele works alongside Lomas in the retail goods sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Lomas

Other key lawyers:Carl Steele


'Very responsive and technically a very proficient team of lawyers'

'Always confident that they will provide the correct legal advice, which doesn't always happen with lawyers'

'Carl Steele really knows his stuff and is responsive'

'They are very responsive and always suggesting solutions and strategies'

'All the lawyers share their knowledge'

Key Clients


Velcro BVBA

The Roald Dahl Story Company


Majestic Wine

J W Anderson


Post Office

Princess Yachts

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Roald Dahl Story Company in IP enforcement procedures, most notably in respect of High Court proceedings against Oakwood Leisure Limited for alleged infringement.
  • Acting for Velcro BVBA in pursuit of various infringements, especially concerning online retailers.
  • Acting for BlackRock in respect of an EU trade mark dispute concerning the client's recognised ISHARES trade mark.
  • Successfully assisted the Post Office with registering a new trade mark, which came up against opposition from 'LINK' regarding alleged infringements.
  • Advising Swallowfield PLC on the purchase of IP rights from a foreign brand and subsequent transfer of the brand to the client's portfolio.

Foot Anstey acts for a wide range of household name clients, including Sky and Harper Collins, on contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm handles numerous disputes in the patent litigation arena. In addition, it assists clients with the management of IP portfolios. Practice head Paul Cox has particular experience of patent infringement claims, and he also assists clients with filing and prosecuting trade marks and designs all around the world, as well as conducting brand clearance searches. Neil Parkes has extensive expertise in contentious IP, anti-piracy and media litigation, and counts several high profile media providers as his clients. Rachel Warren specialises in contentious litigation up to the High Court.

Practice head(s):Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:Neil Parkes; Peter Singfield; Rachel Warren


'I would pick out Neil (Parkes) and Peter (Singfield) especially, they're experts in their field'.

'We've never heard a bad thing about Neil'.

'Their legacy client base is publishing and they're pretty unbeatable there'.

Key Clients


Trinity Mirror/Reach Plc

University of the West of England

Eden Project


Lypiatt Studio Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Lypiatt Studio's directors in a dispute over the ownership of copyright in the artworks of British sculptor Lynn Chadwick.
  • Primary adviser to Sky on content protection and anti-piracy matters.
  • Managing the international trade mark portfolio for Reach Plc (formerly Trinity Mirror Plc).
  • Act for the commercial trading entity of Royal Academy of Dance in proceedings in IPEC relating to design right infringement in a range of RAD-licensed dancewear.
  • Representing Spectrum Collections Limited in an unregistered design right infringement claim before the IPEC.

Specialist IP firm Humphreys & Co. predominantly handles contentious work, notably passing off, design and copyright work, and trade mark prosecution, with a substantial international element. Ruth Annand is a Lord Chancellor's Appointed Person to hear Trade Marks Registry appeals, and is a specialist in this area of law. Name partner Robert Humphreys leads the practice, and often works with Tristan Morse, whose capabilities span both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Robert Humphreys

Other key lawyers:Ruth Annand; Tristan Morse


'Tristan is a skilled lawyer'

Although Michelmores LLP's IP practice has a strong focus on the South West market, it is gaining increasing prominence nationally, with it being recognised for its capabilities in cross-border matters. Practice co-heads Tim Richards and David Thompson lead the contentious and non-contentious offerings respectively. Charles Courtenay, who recently joined from Latham & Watkins LLP, is dual-qualified to practise in the US and England and Wales. Working closely with colleagues in the tax and competition teams, the IP group manages copyright and design rights for large-scale projects, and also assists clients with identifying and protecting rights, trade marks and patents.

Practice head(s):Tim Richards; David Thompson

Other key lawyers:Tom Torkar; Charles Courtenay;

Key Clients

Landmark Information Group Limited / (Daily Mail and General Trust plc)

Haynes Publishing Group PLC

Indigo Park Services UK Limited / Indigo Park Solutions UK Limited

Exeter Rugby Group plc

Limitless Technology Limited

Ashton Bentley Collaboration Spaces Limited

Seasalt Limited

Jessops Europe Limited

Regional & City Airports Limited (part of the Rigby Group)

Numatic International Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing advice to Landmark Information Group Limited (Landmark) / Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT) in relation to new products, services, tenders and client agreements.
  • Assisting Numatic International Limited with an IP and brand protection strategy relating to the use of the client's intellectual property rights by third parties, including content infringement and counterfeit products.
  • Supporting Rittal's UK arm in relation to commercial contract and IP needs.
  • Advising Jessops Europe Limited on arrangements with Fujifilm, encompassing licensing and e-commerce issues.
  • Providing advice to Vista on commercial contracts and IP requirements, which recently has included negotiating licensing agreements with third party rights holders.

TLT's full-service IP practice undertakes both contentious and advisory roles for a sizeable number of clients nationally and internationally. It has seen rapid growth in its workload across a number of industries, including the food and beverages sector, where Jo Pritchard and Dan Read advise on portfolio management, contentious disputes and IP transactional work. The team also works with start-ups and upscale companies in devising IP protection measures and strengthening trade marks. James Touzel leads the practice.

Practice head(s):James Touzel

Other key lawyers:Jo Pritchard; Dan Read; Kiera Dale


'Jo Pritchard is well-recognised across the field'

'Jo Pritchard is a strong player for them'

'Very good client focus and excellent responses'

'Jo Pritchard is fantastic, she is very knowledgeable and works with the business to provide strategic advice to best protect our IP property and provides clear guidance on new registrations.'

'Kiera Dale has assisted with a range of matters and provides detailed and relevant advice.'

Key Clients


Matthew Clark Bibendum Limited

Merlin Entertainments

British Telecommunications PLC

Brabantia (UK) Limited

Tru-tension Limited

Muji Europe Holdings Limited

WHSmith plc


WDM Limited

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises a broad range of clients on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of IP assets, as well as portfolio management and trade mark filings. Andrew Allan-Jones advises on intellectual property disputes, licensing deals and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Andrew Allan-Jones 


'The team has an in-depth knowledge of the law, is creative in problem solving, responsive and has a high success rate'

'They demonstrate a high level of competence in soft-IP areas advising and representing some of the world's largest companies, and punch above their weight. They have the quality of a top London firm'

'We found the team at DAC Beachcroft fantastic to work with. We found ourselves in a very difficult situation with a trademark infringement case and they helped keep us calm and collected and we felt very assured in their hands. They were so professional and did a fantastic job of dealing with the claimant and making their case look very weak'

'Andrew Allan Jones has a heavyweight knowledge of case law and problem solving abilities'

'Kate Loxton is efficient and diligent'

'Campbell Dye and Andrew Allen-Jones are the stand-out IP litigators at this firm. They both have a deep knowledge of the legal subject matter and a firm grasp of the facts in each case'

'We dealt with Andrew Allan-Jones and Susanna Read and they were both great to deal with. They were both very professional, very easy to talk to and they went the extra mile to really get to know our business and properly understand the intricacies of the problems we were confronted with. I would strongly recommend them both to anyone looking for a trademark/copyright infringement lawyers'

Mewburn Ellis LLP handles IP issues Europe-wide for clients ranging from start-ups to international suppliers. Its team advises on contentious and non-contentious issues associated with trade marks and patents. The firm's Bristol office often works closely with the London and Munich offices on matters with a cross-border dimension. Sean Jauss is a name to note.

Practice head(s):Sean Jauss

Thrings LLP has an excellent reputation among clients based in the South West, including owner-managed businesses and large companies. It is also active in cross-border work, generating mandates from places as far afield as Canada and Australia. Led by Graeme Fearon, the team assists clients with applications, registrations, contracts and enforcement. The food and beverages, digital and media, and retail and leisure sectors are among the areas of strength for the group.

Practice head(s):Graeme Fearon

Other key lawyers:Brett Lambe; Nandeep Judge; Megan Jefferies

Key Clients

Lovehoney Group Limited

Kenro Limited

Dancerace plc

Taxi Studio Limited

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Multivac UK Limited

Essilor Limited

Anthony Best Dynamics Limited

Awareness Technologies, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Manage Lovehoney's global IP portfolio, including trade marks, registered designs and copyrights, and provide ongoing representation in contentious enforcement.
  • Advise Kenro Limited on trade mark registration and protection, in addition to handling cross-border trade mark infringement cases
  • Advising Taxi Studio Limited on content clearance and IP rights in respect to recent projects.
  • Handled sponsorship, corporate and commercial matters for Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, encompassing non-contentious IP issues.
  • Assisting Multivac with take-down action in respect to copyright, domain name and trade mark infringement.

Doug Locke leads the team at VWV, which has a particularly strong track record in the education sector. It acts for a large number of schools, and also counts more than 50 universities as clients. The scope of its work includes advising on international school licensing projects and cross-border school trade mark prosecutions, as well as assisting universities with the protection and commercialisation of IP. Elsewhere, the team provides trade mark advice to clients ranging in size from start-up companies to multinational corporations. It is a first port of call for many clients in the charities sector in Bristol. The firm also works with international agents on contentious trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):Doug Locke

Other key lawyers:Paula Williams; Ben Holt;

Key Clients

Rugby School

World Sailing


Wallace & Gromit's Children Foundation

Hunters Property Group

King's School, Canterbury

Western Global Holdings Limited

Marlborough College

Malvern College

The British Library

Work highlights

  • Advised Stonyhurst on cross-border licensing details pertaining to the establishment of Stonyhurst College, Malaysia
  • Handling a large-scale trade mark protection project for Western Global Holdings, including filing new trade marks internationally.
  • Advised World Sailing on trade mark protection and prosecuting infringement relating to the client's rebranding.
  • Assisting King's School, Canterbury with establishing licensee schools in China and protecting the client's trade mark in international territories.

BPE Solicitors LLP's credentials in the IP sphere are illustrated by the fact that it regularly generates referral work from international law firms. Also notable is that its trade mark work is often of a cross-border nature. Practice heads Iain Garfield and Riyaz Jariwalla specialise in advisory and contentious work respectively. Garfield assists clients with trade mark and design registrations, trade mark and patent licensing agreements, trade mark oppositions and cancellations, and the protection of IP brand rights. Jariwalla is experienced in IP disputes involving trade marks, patents, copyright infringements and confidentiality breaches.

Practice head(s):Iain Garfield; Riyaz Jariwalla

Other key lawyers:Sarah Dent; Helen Martinelli

Key Clients

Mears Group plc

Lifemarque Limited

Timber Trade Federation

Pure Gym Limited

MandM Direct

The Motor Cycle Industry Association

OrthoD Group

Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman

McNees Wallace Nurick

AGD Systems

Fluid Transfer International

Open Data Institute

Outdoor & Cycle Concepts / Cotswold Outdoor

Textile Services Association

Innovate UK

CLEAN Linen Services

Sureserve Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Capreolus Distillery Ltd in respect of trade mark infringement and opposition proceedings, and subsequently advising client on trade mark clearance searches in readiness for rebranding
  • Protecting Lifemarque’s trade marks and branding in Indonesia
  • Assisting Change My Face with negotiating licenses for facial aging software technology.
  • Assisting Fiddes Payne with negotiating licence agreement to allow the client to manufacture and distribute Jamie Oliver-branded food products
  • Assisting Separation Techniques with negotiating technology licence agreements with a number of renowned global brands

Keystone Law assists businesses, which range from start-ups to large corporations, with copyright and database rights, trade mark registrations, patent licensing and dispute resolution. Jessica Bent, who is a recent arrival from Royds Withy King, advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues. Charlie White, who joined from Edwin Coe LLP, is experienced in IP-related commercial contracts and data protection.

Practice head(s):Jessica Bent

Other key lawyers:Charlie White

Key Clients

Adam Matthew Digital Limited

Mytton Williams Limited

Anthem Publishing Limited

Susan Flood

Neptune (Europe) Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising Adam Matthews Digital Limited on licensing contracts, including standard scanning agreements.
  • Advised boutique brand and design agency Mytton Williams Limited on IP issues relating to a book, including copyright and licenses.
  • Acted for renowned wildlife photographer Susan Flood on copyright infringement of her photos.

Stephens Scown LLP fields a specialist IP and IT team, whose expertise in the IP sphere includes brand protection, portfolio management, designs patents, infringements and licensing, among other matters. Practice head Ben Travers is particularly experienced in handling matters connected with the rural, renewables, food and drink, and holiday and residential parks sectors.

Practice head(s):Ben Travers

Other key lawyers:Tom Chartres-Moore; Jessica O’Riordan

Key Clients

Bluegrass Group Limited

Francis Clark LLP

Nexus Open System Limited

Crowdsourcer.IO Limited

Swankyapple Limited

Validatum (UK) Limited

Switch Systems Ltd

Inventive Print Solutions Ltd

Swan Retail Ltd

Precision Dipping’s Manufacturing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised client on website compliance and developed privacy policy and terms and conditions for website use.
  • Advised client in relation to software development and IT licensing arrangements.
  • Provide a range of advice to the client on website compliance and the IP elements of third party contracts.
  • Developing software service agreements.
  • Produced terms and conditions of service for the client, encompassing website development and branding.

Willans LLP strengthened its non-contentious IP offering by hiring consultant solicitor Kym Fletcher from a global sporting federation in 2018. Fletcher has 25 years of private practice and in-house experience, and is is particularly knowledgeable about the sports, media and technology markets. On the contentious side, team head Paul Gordon handles disputes involving trade mark, design right, copyright infringements and passing off claims. Gordon has acted for clients in a number of complex High Court and IPEC cases. Other notable practitioners are Nick Cox, senior associate Nick Southwell and solicitor Kathie Duthie.

Practice head(s):Paul Gordon

Other key lawyers:Kym Fletcher; Paul Cox; Nick Southwell

Key Clients

Intelligent Data Capture Limited

iM Med Limited

Poundstretcher Limited

Awesome Apps Limited

Ferryfast Produce Limited

Turbo K International Limited

Crown Crest (Leicester) Plc

Cheltenham Festivals

Preston Innovations Limited

JSP Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Turbo K International Limited & Midland Chemicals Limited in High Court litigation involving contractual and IP issues, including passing off, invalidation of trade marks and breach of license agreements.
  • Defending iM Med Limited in an alleged claim for alleged registered trade mark infringement.
  • Representing JSP Limited in a claim for infringement of unregistered design rights.
  • Representing Awesome Apps Limited as claimant in proceedings for passing off claims.

Battens Solicitors Limited's group heads are Brian Levine and Peter Livingstone, who lead on the firm's non-contentious and contentious IP work respectively. The firm combines a first-rate media and entertainment practice with extensive IP expertise to assist clients in the industry (primarily rights holders) with a full range of issues. The team's experience includes handling licensing deals for TV producers, contract arrangements for media production companies and negotiating publishing rights. Complex infringement matters are are an area of growth for the practice.

Practice head(s):Peter Livingstone; Brian Levine

The team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is primarily focused on the commercial IP space, advising clients on trade mark protection, patent and copyright design and licensing IP use. The team also handles contentious disputes, acting for clients in infringement disputes,  as well as reputation management and disputes relating to restrictive covenants. Robert Capper and Adam Finch are the key names to note.

Practice head(s):Adam Finch; Robert Capper

Laceys' IP team works in close conjunction with the firm's corporate and commercial teams to advise clients on trade mark registrations, copyright protection and the negotiation of distribution contracts for clients in the music and entertainment industries. In addition, the team has a strong track record in contentious disputes, notably pursuing infringement claims and defending clients in trade mark disputes. Brendan Herbert, who recently made partner, is the key name in the disputes space. Luke English mainly handles advisory matters.

Practice head(s):Sam Freeman

Other key lawyers:Luke English; Brendan Herbert;

Key Clients

Mr Lees Pure Food Ltd aka Mr Lees Noodles

Guvna B

Conker Spirit

Film Expo South

Bright Star Management

Boro Experiences

Work highlights

  • Represented Mr Lees Pure Foods Company Ltd (aka Mr Lees Noodles) in the protection of their international brand worldwide
  • Represented Conker Spirit Properties Limited in registration of trade marks and logo in the UK and EU
  • Represented Film Expo South in the protection of IP rights in relation to the event.
  • Advised Kris Mitra Bright Star Management on obtaining and protecting IP rights and negotiating IP contracts.
  • Assisted Boro Experiences Limited with drafting and negotiating IP contracts and trade marks for a new tourist event.

Murrell Associates is seeing its profile grow at both a regional and national level in relation to IP matters. Its varied practice demonstrates strong capabilities covering trade mark protection and enforcement, design right registration and merchandise licensing, patent exploitation and international portfolio management, among other areas. Senior associate Rebecca Anforth, who leads the team, primarily advises local clients; recent work included advice on the expansion of trade mark portfolios, drafting licensing agreements and collaboration agreements.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Anforth

Other key lawyers:Hugh Murrell; Rachel Tremaine

Key Clients

Jigsaw XYZ Limited

Contract Sign Systems Limited

Celtic Sheepskin & Co Ltd

Worval Holdings Limited

Intermedia Brand Marketing Limited

Hub Box Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Jigsaw XYZ Limited on software assignments and licensing arrangements.
  • Represented Contract Sign Systems Limited in a copyright infringement claim.
  • Advising Celtic Sheepskin & Co Ltd. on protection of trade mark and drafting sales agreements with IP provisions.
  • Assisting Worval Holdings Limited with the development of its trade mark protection strategy.
  • Drafting and negotiating service and management agreements for Intermedia Brand Marketing Limited, encompassing warranties and non-infringement provisions.

Bath-based Royds Withy King is proficient in both advisory and contentious IP, with notable expertise in licensing contracts and dispute resolution. Philip Banks-Welsh is the name to note.

Practice head(s):Philip Banks-Welsh

Steer & Co advises clients on all aspects of the IP lifecycle; its work ranges from product inception and trade mark registration to drafting franchising contracts and dispute resolution. The practice has had a marked uptick in IP work from clients in the tech and digital sectors, advising on AI products and research and development licensing. Name partner Rebecca Steer is supported by senior associate Nic Ruesink-Brown, who is a recent arrival from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Steerr

Other key lawyers:Nic Ruesink-Brown


'Rebecca Steer applies a personal and practical approach, and is experienced in IP/tech matters.'

'The firm's technical understanding makes it unique as compared to others.'

'Rebecca Steer is thorough, patient, well-considered, and highly responsive and flexible across time zones.'

Key Clients

Calling the Shots

A Productions






We Predict

Great State


Work highlights

  • Represented Calling the Shots in securing the IP rights to a deceased, Bristol-based artist's work.
  • Advised A Productions on copyright infringement action, committed by an ex-employee.
  • Ongoing advice to Graphcore on commercial and IP-related activities to secure and protect its AI software.
  • Advising Orenko on the assignment of IP rights from a US inventor to a UK company for manufacturing.
  • Assisting Moortec with customer contracts and drafting license agreements for cross-business use.

IT and telecoms

Index of tables

  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Martin Cuell - Foot Anstey
    • Will Robertson - Osborne Clarke
    • James Touzel - TLT

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Daniel Read - TLT
    • Charlie Wedin - Osborne Clarke

Rising stars

  1. 1

Burges Salmon LLP's practice is going from strength to strength, with the firm undertaking a large volume of high-value, complex technology outsourcing transactions. It has also won a number of new clients, including The National Trust and Southern Water. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the transport, utilities and energy sectors. In addition to advising clients on IT projects, the group handles commercial IT work, procurement, outsourcing, joint ventures (for new product development) and corporate IT deals. Sarah Kenshall is a key figure in the team, which is led by Andrew Dunlop.

Practice head(s):Andrew Dunlop

Other key lawyers:Marcus Clayden; David Varney; Yunzhe Tsang


'Experienced IT team'

'Flexible approach'

'Involves the right skills at appropriate levels'

'Andrew Dunlop has a great view for key issues'

Key Clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water

The National Trust

St Modwen Properties PLC


Coca-Cola HBC

Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water

Exeter Friendly Society

Thomson Reuters

ALTRAN Technologies SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Welsh Water on complex IT outsourcing, incorporating the design and build of a new customer service centre and desktop platform.
  • Acted for St Modwen Properties Plc on its outsourcing of group payroll and associate HR functions.
  • Advised Bud Systems on its suite of template IT customer contracts and on the use of these templates in live negotiations with customers.

Foot Anstey acts for both customers and providers of technology solutions. It supports clients on major technology projects, large-scale procurement and the implementation/exploitation of new technologies. Key clients (which include regional and international companies) come from the energy, fintech, retail and transport sectors. An area of recent growth for the practice has been blockchain technology and cloud-based solutions. Team head Martin Cuell has experience of working with City firms on technology matters. Senior associate Alexandra Leonidou specialises in privacy and data protection, digital media and advertising contracts, and has led the growth of the firm's strategic data practice. In 2018, managing associate Annalisa Checchi joined from Constituency Management Group. Will Foulkes was hired from FIDAL.

Practice head(s):Martin Cuell

Other key lawyers:Annalisa Checchi; Alexandra Leonidou; Francesca Pole; Mark Searle; Will Foulkes

Key Clients

Sky UK Limited

Weston College

British Solar Renewables (BSR)

South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT)

TI Media

Flo Group Limited

Ultumus Limited

MooD International

BlueVenn Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Weston College with its application to become one of the government-backed Institutes of Technology.
  • Advising British Solar Renewableson services agreements for the support and maintenance of data collation
  • Supporting South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in relation to procurement process for a new electronic patient care record and monitor system.
  • Advising Flo Group Limited on business arrangements, namely a blockchain agreement for supply chain solutions and a systems integration solution using new technology.

Osborne Clarke's team in Bristol has an enviable market presence in the South West, as is evidenced by its work for clients based in the region. It also handles matters at national and international level. It provides the full spectrum of services to clients in the digital business space, including advice on complex IT contracts, adtech data protection, finance and corporate matters. It also assists clients with IT-focused litigation. Will Robertson leads the team, which is particularly strong in IT-related outsourcing and the procurement of innovative technologies. Beyond acting for clients from the technology and digital business sphere, the firm also generates work from entities active in the energy, financial services and retail arenas.

Practice head(s):Will Robertson

Other key lawyers:Mark Wesker; Tom Harding; Elliott Prentiss; Charlie Wedin

Key Clients




Dell Emerging Markets (EMEA) Limited

MyLife Digital

London & Country Mortgages

Cloud IQ

Dassault Systèmes

Western Power Distribution

Work highlights

  • Supporting Cloud IQ's development of new technologies, and negotiating contracts with third parties for service provisions.
  • Provide ongoing legal tech support to Homebase, including data centre negtotiations, software procurement and contracts.
  • Supported Western Power Distribution on a number of tech projects to improve service to customers.
  • Represented Airbus in the client's 'Wing of the Future' project, primarily negotiating multi-party contracts for development of technologies.
  • Advising CookPad on the commercial and IT aspects of the expansion of its global recipe sharing platform.

TLT works with national and international companies, and fast-growth businesses, on the development of technologies. Although the team is principally led from the Bristol office, clients also count on the expertise of practitioners in the firm's London, Manchester and Glasgow offices in relation to projects, outsourcing, software development, systems integration and business change programmes. The firm recently launched a new digital consultancy practice to provide regulatory advice to telecoms companies; this is led by recent hire Stuart Murray, who was previously director of regulatory affairs at BT. James Touzel, who is experienced in procurement and outsourcing, leads the team.

Practice head(s):James Touzel

Other key lawyers:Daniel Read; Peter Jackson


'They've got a really good team - a great blend of talents for different deals and negotiations'

'Real experts in the team, particularly James Touzel and Dan Read in IT, and Dan Lloyd in telecoms'

'Their approach is really engaged, inquisitive right from the start, engaged with the whole project, interested in the wider business and determined to get good results'

'It's always seemed more like having an add-on to the in-house team rather than using a distant law firm who you have to keep bringing up to speed'

'James Touzel is responsive, supportive, and most importantly pragmatic'

'Dan Read is a completely safe pair of hands on any deal'

'They stand out from the competition by working as a team'

'It's like dealing with a top City firm'

Key Clients

ARRIS International Plc


J Sainsbury's Plc

The Co-operative Group

BGL Group

C & J Clark

Imperial Brands PLC

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime


Conviviality Plc

Close Brothers Limited

Elavon Financial Services DAC

learndirect Limited


Telegraph Media Group

JD Sports

Ashfords LLP handles a wide range of work both within and outside of the South West region. It has particular expertise in national projects, data protection, software development, payment services technology, and SaaS products and deployment to cloud-based infrastructure. It also assists fast-growing start-up businesses with strategic issues and legal due diligence, and has recently launched an online platform to support private clients with non-contentious legal advice. Team head Chris Dyson acts for clients such as regional businesses, national technology investors and global funds. Senior associate Suzie Miles specialises in IT transformation, outsourcing and software licensing.

Practice head(s):Chris Dyson

Other key lawyers:Andy Braithwaite; Gary Mackay; Rory Suggett; Suzie Miles


'Strength and depth, and an emphasis on client service'

'Andy Braithwaite is peerless, and manages expectations very well'

'Andy is savvy with his use of time, and uses it well for the client's benefit'

'I wouldn't want to deal with another firm'

'Charlotte Smith knows what she's doing'

'Chris Dyson gets the key matters quickly and understands what needs to be done to ensure progress is made'

Key Clients

Xylem Inc

CreditCall Limited

Holloway Friendly - The Original Holloway Friendly Society Limited

FireAngel Safety Technology Limited

Notion Capital

Altus Limited

Form3 (Back Office Technology Limited)

BGF Ventures

Post Office Limited

HelloFresh (Grocery Delivery E-Services UK Ltd)

Work highlights

  • Advised CreditCall Limited on payment solutions services, payment gateway services and licensing arrangements.
  • Advised Notion Capital Partners LLP, Eden Ventures Limited and BGF Ventures LP on the sale of cloud service company NewVoiceMedia to Vonage.
  • Negotiated and drafted commercial agreements on behalf of Back Office Technology Limited (Form3) for partnership with third parties to provide financial services IT infrastructure.

BPE Solicitors LLP advises on complex IT and technology projects for clients nationally, with work coming from those in the technology, security, cyber and IT sectors. The team works closely with the commercial practice to act for scientific and technological institutions (including fast-growing STEM companies) on commercial, contractual and IT regulatory matters. Iain Garfield is knowledgeable about IT, technology  and e-commerce law. Recent arrival Emma Hickson, who joined as a senior associate from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, is recommended for her IT outsourcing expertise.

Practice head(s):Iain Garfield

Other key lawyers:Dianne Devlin; Robert Bryan

Key Clients

Totally Plc

Lightwave RF Plc

Oliver Wight EAME LLP

M and M Direct Ltd

Agria Pet Insurance Ltd

Outdoor & Cycle Concepts Ltd

Cortex Ltd

Innovise Ltd

Datum RPO Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Totally Plc with negotiating a license and SaaS arrangement with Raintree Systems for a patient administration system.
  • Reviewing and negotiating a master services agreement between Agria Pet Insurance Limited and an IT services consultancy.
  • Assisted Oliver Wight EAME LLP with a review of a framework IT services agreement between the client and a management consultancy for technical development and support services.
  • Assisted MandM Direct with reviewing and negotiating a SaaS agreement between the client and payroll providers. In addition, reviewed IT security in relating to GDPR compliance.
  • Assisted Cortex with reviewing and negotiating a license and reseller agreement between the client and a global IT consultancy.

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises clients ranging from scale-ups to international listed companies on large technology projects, digital business, software development, data analytics, eCommerce and licensing. It has built up a particularly notable client base centred on the financial services and healthcare sectors, for whom the team handles business-critical IT issues of both a contentious and non-contentious nature. Team head Alan Pratt is experienced in advising on large-scale telecoms infrastructure projects and the IT elements of complex corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Alan Pratt

Other key lawyers:James Warburton; Sarah Hopton; Giles Taylor

Key Clients

Royal Mail Group


Coventry Building Society

Spire Healthcare

Pure International

Cushman & Wakefield

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Knight Frank


Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Work highlights

  • Assisted Coventry Building Society with a transformation programme to replace core server rooms with cloud infrastructure, and negotiated contracts for IT system infrastructural projects.
  • Supported Spire Healthcare on GDPR implementation.
  • Advising Ecclesiastical Insurance on IT outsourcing and core claims management system replacement.
  • Advising Pure International on GDPR compliance, and also on software developments relating to new product ranges.
  • Advising Ultrahaptics Limited on cross-border licensing deals.

Michelmores LLP has a well-established reputation in the South West technology arena, where it works with longstanding clients in major new projects. The firm has seen a notable increase in instructions from new and existing fintech clients, as well as gig economy and disruptive technology clients; many use cloud-based platforms and crowd-sourced expertise to service customers. It has advised a number of UK and international clients on data protection, including GDPR audits, documentation and general compliance. Tom Torkar heads up the group.

Practice head(s):Tom Torkar

Other key lawyers:Freya Lemon; David Thompson


'Good quality, responsive and pragmatic advice'

'Tom Torkar is technically great and very responsive'

'Tom Torkar is superb; his attention to detail and doggedness is first class.'

Key Clients

Met Office

Limitless Technology Limited

Landmark Information Group Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (Metropolitan Police Service)

Devon and Cornwall Police

Deko (Pay4Later)

Jessops Europe Limited

Linn Systems Ltd

TESM Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Limitless Technology Limited on the launch and global expansion of its customer service SaaS platform.
  • Advised Jessops Europe Limited on arrangements with Fujifilm for managed services, including eCommerce and licensing.
  • Advised Deko on its cloud-based platform, including third-party contract terms.
  • Assisting OATS Limited with multiple IT and data-driven service agreements, primarily in the oil and gas sector.
  • Advising Triodos Bank NV on the launch of its crowd-funding platform.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team has key capabilities in the financial services, retail and public services sectors; it is on a number of technology panels for clients in these areas. Its recent work included a number of high-profile procurement matters, as well as the negotiation of a high volume of telecoms licenses and authorisations. Alastair Mitton heads up the practice from the Bristol office, and is particularly renowned for large-scale technology implementation and outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:Gareth Jones; Laura Coombes


'Alastair Mitton is held in high regard, he really knows what he's doing'

'Womble Bond Dickinson are particularly good in this space and stand out from the competition'

Key Clients


Post Office Limited


TSB Bank

Quilter (previously Old Mutual Wealth)

Ministry of Justice

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society

Highways Agency


Transport System Catapult

Kingfisher plc/Kingfisher Information Technology Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Network Rail on a strategic procurement exercise for WiFi provision at rail stations nationwide.
  • Acted for the Post Office on the procurement of a prime contractor for systems integration and a further subcontractor for banking services.
  • Advising the Ministry of Justice on the Criminal Justice System Common Platform project, a collaborative initative between the MoJ and CPS to establish a platform and database for the administration of the criminal justice system.

Clarke Willmott LLP has an excellent reputation acting for landowners in disputes with telecoms operators; practice head Kary Withers has a first-rate reputation in this space. In addition, having played a significant role in the government's consultation on the new Electronics Communications Code (which came into force in 2017), the firm has handled litigation connected with the new legislation. Also notable is that the group works closely with the commercial practice to assist IT clients with contractual matters.

Practice head(s):Kary Withers

Other key lawyers:Beverley Pike; Aimee Davies;


'They are all extremely personable and build good working relationships with clients'

'Prompt and reliable in responding to queries, and always offer a helpful and friendly response'

'The individuals at the firm stand out because they take a genuine interest in their clients'

'Simon Day and Kary Withers are particularly reliable, especially when working to tight deadlines, which are always met'

Key Clients

The PG Group

Pinnacle Towers Limited

The Guinness Partnership


The Berkeley Group


Onecom Group Limited

Eris Media Solutions Limited

The Student Room Group Limited

LiveWest (part of ASW Framework)

Lewisham Homes Limited

Mapeley Estates

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for PG Lewins Limited in a dispute with a telecoms operator under the Electronic Communications Code.
  • The firm continues to advise the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants on variety of IT matters, including subscription agreements for cloud-based operations and GDPR matters.
  • Advising Onecom Group Limited on commercial and technology contracts; recently negotiated with a sporting venue for installation of Wi-Fi and prepared template terms for software applications for customer use.
  • Assisted The Student Room Group Limited with negotiating and drafting a SaaS Agreement with a supplier for the provisions of data collection and processing, as well as advising on GDPR compliance.

Royds Withy King advises engineering, technology and IT businesses on IT contracts, software, outsourcing, cloud computing and data protection. The firm also works with clients who install voice, data and mobile telecommunications systems. Philip Banks-Welsh is the key contact in Bath.

Practice head(s):Philip Banks-Welsh

Led by Swindon-based practice head Kate Westbrook, Thrings LLP's team focuses on acting for mid-sized and high-growth businesses. It handles commercial IT matters, licensing and data issues, large technology projects, outsourcing and procurement. Graeme Fearon in Bristol is experienced in the e-commerce and retail sector.

Practice head(s):Kate Westbrook

Other key lawyers:Graeme Fearon;

Key Clients

Optimal Industrial Technologies Limited

CybSafe Limited

TrueSpeed Communications



Metex Online Limited

Bonsai Tiger



Excalibur Communications Limited


Martin Lock Associates


People Risk Solutions


Anthony Best Dynamics


Folli Follie and Links of London

Awareness Technologies Inc.

Malcolm Hollis

National Deposit Friendly Society (National Friendly)


Proctor & Stevenson

Targett Business Technology

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in agreements to supply its software and related services to multinational companies in the pharmaceuticals and consumer goods sectors.
  • Negotiated and drafted SaaS agreements for the supply of the client's sales and marketing technology to the Financial Times.
  • Assisting the client on a range of commercial matters, including the roll-out and provision of new client-facing software.
  • Regularly representing the  client in preparation of template agreements, data protection arrangements and client negotiations.
  • Supporting the client on contractual matters for FinTech products and advising the IT consultancy business.

Keystone Law in Bristol advises an array of businesses, including start-ups and large companies, on IT contracts and data protection issues. The firm retains strong links with businesses in the local area, supporting new companies and SMEs on technology acquisitions and licensing requirements. Both practice head Jessica Bent and Charlie White are recent arrivals to the firm, joining from Royds Withy King and Edwin Coe LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Jessica Bent

Other key lawyers:Charlie White

Key Clients

Adam Matthew Digital Limited

Nevaya Limited

Ecotricity Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Adam Matthews Digital with drafting contracts for its new software platform, including SaaS agreements, and licenses for customer use.

Commercial law boutique Pritchetts Law undertakes the full range of TMT work, with a particular specialism in data protection. It advises clients in the public and private sectors, including UK-based corporations, international companies, local SMEs and charities. Stephanie Pritchett is the main contact in Bristol.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Pritchett

Other key lawyers:Ben Wootton; Al Goodwin

Key Clients


Northumbrian Water Limited

DFS Furniture Limited

Westfield Europe Limited

The University of Melbourne

PDP Companies Limited

Newcastle Building Society

Link Maker Systems Limited

NAMCO UK Limited

Launchpad Recruits Limited

Vitaccess Limited

Symmetry Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised UPP Group Limited on a GDPR compliance programme and related contract arrangements.
  • Advised the University of Melbourne on compliant marketing and assessed risks associated with GDPR compliance.
  • Updated Link Maker Systems Limited's privacy policy and standard contracts for GDPR, and refreshed specific client arrangements.

Roxburgh Milkins Limited generates work from start-ups and scale-ups, as well as established public and private companies. The firm often works alongside larger law firms and in-house legal teams on sizeable cross-border transactions. Ian Grimley, who heads up the commercial practice, advises both providers and users of technology and digital services. In addition to being knowledgeable about intellectual property, Grimley assists clients with the IT-related aspects of commercial contracts and data protection. Associate Carl Spencer rejoined the firm from Creditsafe.

Practice head(s):Ian Grimley

Other key lawyers:Charles van der Lande; Carl Spencer; Helen Naylor

Key Clients



Blu Wireless

MyLife Digital

Travel Assets Group

Invitation Digital Ltd



Peak Ryzex


VQ Communications

Daredevil (Duel)

Work highlights

  • Assisting TransFICC with various deals and agreements, including licensing agreements with new clients.
  • Drafting and negotiating new contractual arrangements for Perceiv, in addition to an enterprise license agreement with a partnership company.
  • Advice to Elektraglide on terms and conditions, licensing support for SaaS agreements and customer contracts.
  • Advising Daredevil on putting the necessary agreements in place with its customers and updated the terms and conditions in line with GDPR regulations.
  • Supported River Cottage with various licensing and sponsorship agreements.

Stephens Scown LLP's practice is deeply embedded within the digital innovation community in the South West, with its team acting for clients based in the region, and also maintaining contact with organisations such as Tech Exeter. It also advises clients located further afield. Although the firm has traditionally tended to act for IT development businesses, its roster of clients increasingly includes non-IT companies looking to develop IT capabilities for their businesses. As part of an ongoing trend, the team continues to see a significant increase in SaaS and MSA work, of which Exeter-based Ben Travers has vast experience.

Practice head(s):Ben Travers

Other key lawyers:Thomas Chartres-Moore; Kathryn Heath; Jowanna Conboye

Key Clients

Bluegrass Group Limited

Francis Clark LLP

Nexus Open System Limited

Crowdsourcer.IO Limited

Swankyapple Limited

Validatum (UK) Limited

Switch Systems Ltd

Inventive Print Solutions Ltd

Swan Retail Ltd

Precision Dipping’s Manufacturing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Bluegrass Group Limited on website compliance, privacy policy, cookie policy and terms and conditions of website use.
  • Advised Francis Clark LLP on software development and IT licensing arrangements.
  • Reviewed Nexus Open Systems' current managed services agreement and developed an improved agreement.
  • Advised Switch Systems Limited on a software development agreement in addition to assisting the client on development of a mobile app.
  • Assisted Swan Retail Limited with the development of terms and conditions of service and licensing terms.

Laceys advises clients in the Dorset area on licensing agreements, software arrangements and data privacy compliance. Luke English has previous experience of working as an in-house lawyer at Walt Disney, BBC and Sony Music. English works with Brendan Herbert.

Practice head(s):Sam Freeman

Other key lawyers:Luke English; Brendan Herbert

Key Clients

Mr Lees Pure Food Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Mr Lees Pure Food Limited in drafting and negotiating software development agreements with third parties.

Steer & Co primarily acts for clients in the emerging technologies arena, where it works with AI voice recognition providers, software services and data analytics providers. The team advises clients at all stages from early access through to product launch and services roll-out. Its wide-ranging expertise includes technology licensing, distribution, support, outsourcing and manufacturing. Name partner Rebecca Steer is the main contact.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Steer

Other key lawyers:Nic Ruesink-Brown


'Rebecca Steer has vast experience.'

'The team is easy to talk to and get things done. They are knowledgeable in the field.'

'Nic Ruesink-Brown is very thorough in dealing with supplier contracts. He keeps the suppliers honest with very well voiced arguments.'

Key Clients





We Predict

Great State


Work highlights

  • Assisted Graphcore with negotiating and drafting collaboration agreements between the client and overseas customers for AI products and software, in addition to drafting an Early Access Agreement.
  • Provide legal advice to Moortec on customer contracts and licensing agreements.

Media and entertainment

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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
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Next Generation Partners

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Burges Salmon LLP acts for clients from throughout the media and entertainment industry, including television broadcasting, music, publishing and social media. It also has a first-rate reputation in the advertising and marketing sphere. The team, which is led by Jeremy Dickerson, handles a notably high volume of work for media clients, particularly in relation to the protection and enforcement of IP rights. In the broadcasting space, the team advises major international media companies on TV show clearances, the exploitation of related merchandise and dispute resolution. Director Emily Roberts is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:Helen Scott-Lawler; Sarah Kenshall; Emily Roberts; Tim Deacon

Key Clients

BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation and BBC Studios Ltd)

Discovery Communications, LLC (Discovery Channel)

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Waitrose & John Lewis

Virgin Care

Work highlights

  • Provide brand protection and IP advice to the BBC, and act as sole counsel for all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations.
  • Advising Waitrose / John Lewis ion endorsements and partnerships with celebrities.
  • Assist Virgin Care with advertising and marketing issues in relation to campaign launches.

In addition to having an impressive publishing client base, Foot Anstey has a notable profile in the film and TV, marketing and music sectors. Neil Parkes  regularly acts for media companies in both the UK and US, and also works with international law firms. Tony Jaffa is knowledgeable about all areas of publishing law, which is complemented by his expertise in reputation management, regulation and copyright, among other areas. Richard Neary is the head of the media and technology sector team.

Practice head(s):Richard Neary

Other key lawyers:Tony Jaffa; Neil Parkes; Peter Singfield; Martin Cuell; Mark Millar; Alexandra Leonidou;

Key Clients

Sky UK Limited

HarperCollins UK

Reach PLC (formally Trinity Mirror)

The Independent and Evening Standard

Newsquest Media Group


The Mirror Online

Ministry of Sound Limited


Work highlights

  • The team is representing Reach Plc in a defamation claim in relation to a published article.
  • The team provides editorial and litigation legal support to The Independent and Evening Standard on an ongoing basis, including libel, privacy, contempt, regulation and copyright.
  • Ongoing legal support to Sky UK Limited in relation to content protection and TV anti-piracy matters.
  • Defended the publisher of the Oxford Mail in a defamation claim in relation to an allegedly false headline.

Osborne Clarke advises clients across the media and entertainment sector on complex issues such as content licensing, online platform launches, product liability, competition and dispute resolution. In the interactive entertainment sphere, the firm has had an increase in mandates from major international clients in connection with cutting-edge augmented reality and virtual reality technology. Elsewhere, the team's other strengths include broadcasting (particularly sports broadcasting) and digital content, and digital regulation. Practice head Tom Harding specialises in commercial transactions relating to the production and exploitation of entertainment products and services.

Practice head(s):Tom Harding

Other key lawyers:Clare Robinson; Charlie Wedin; Simon Jones; Elliott Prentiss; Hannah McCarthy;

Key Clients

Bandai Namco Entertainment


Facebook, Instagram

Gram Games

The Players’ Tribune




Work highlights

  • Advising Bandai Namco Entertainment on commercial, regulatory and IP matters in relation to marketing, product development and licensing.
  • Acted for Gram Games in its $250m sale to a gaming competitor.
  • Advising The Players' Tribune on IT and tech aspects of its digital content distribution channels.

Laceys has a first-rate reputation in the music industry, where it advises both artists and record labels on licensing, distribution and contract agreements. Sam Freeman in Bournemouth heads up the team, which includes Luke English. English previously worked as in-house counsel at Sony Music.

Practice head(s):Sam Freeman

Other key lawyers:Luke English

Key Clients

AJM Management

Guvna B

Kieran Gowan-Wade

Rebecca James

Bright Star Management

Mr Kimberley Rew

Be Known Music

Ben Bowerman

Work highlights

  • Drafted and negotiated music management agreements on behalf of AJM Management.
  • Acted for Rebecca James in negotiations of her record label contract.
  • Advised Be Known Music on protection of its IP rights and drafted record label and producer agreements.
  • Acted for Isaac Borquaye on negotiations for international music distribution of a new music album.

Ashfords LLP's media and entertainment practice works with a number of household name clients on matters concerning TV production contracts, advertising technology, rights exploitation and data protection. The firm also represents clients in disputes. In addition to acting for media sector clients in Bristol and the South West, the team also advises household name clients on projects outside of the region. Plymouth-based Tom Phipps brings his IP expertise to bear in the areas of copyright and franchising.

Practice head(s):Tom Phipps

Key Clients

Historic England

Institute of Physics Publishing

TRP Research Limited

Workbooks Online Limited

Guardian News and Media Limited


The Roald Dahl Story Company

Claire Warner


Historic England

Yeovil-based Battens Solicitors Limited is particularly strong in representing independent content creators in disputes with major international media companies. On the non-contentious side, the firm's work includes advice on trade mark protection and exploitation, the negotiation of joint venture agreements and assistance with the financing, production and broadcast of TV programmes. Brian Levine heads up the media and entertainment team, which includes Peter Livingstone.

Practice head(s):Brian Levine

Other key lawyers:Peter Livingstone; Marie Smale

Key Clients

Mallinson Sadler Productions


Work highlights

  • Advised Mallinson Sadler Productions on matters relating to the financing, production and broadcast of a TV documentary series.

Thrings LLP, whose practice is led by Graeme Fearon, handles commercial matters for media businesses such as start-ups and international companies. Areas of expertise for the team include negotiating satellite broadcast agreements for sporting events, the financing and commercialisation of TV shows and the drafting of publishing agreements.

Practice head(s):Graeme Fearon

Royds Withy King advises clients on ownership of rights, confidentiality agreements, royalties, licensing and publishing agreements, among other matters. Philip Banks-Welsh is the key contact.

Name partner Rebecca Steer leads the practice at Steer & Co, which acts for film, media and broadcasting clients. It also generates mandates from alternative content platforms and so-called 'disrupters' in the production industry.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Steer


'Very specialist expert advisers - they really bring industry as well as legal advice to the table.'

'Steer & Co offer us a specific legal skillset. Their knowledge specific to our industry means we can get a more focused service and advice. They operate at a size that keeps them personable and relatable, whilst delivering a totally professional service.'

'Rebecca Steer is an absolute expert in this sector and you feel like you are getting such a wide array of experience so she is able to give great commercial perspective as well as legal advice.'

'Rebecca Steer's knowledge of our sector and specifically of the IP issues within it mean she is best placed to offer us targeted help and guidance. She is also able to call in strategic assistance where a particular problem becomes even more granular. Rebecca is a great communicator and helps to give clear and focused advice.'


Horse racing and regulatory work are notable strengths at Ashfords LLP, whose practice is led by Rory Mac Neice (who was a former jockey himself). In addition, the teams acts for clients in relation to other sports, such as football and golf. Its varied expertise includes commercial agreements, sport-related taxation disputes, brand management and corporate transactions. Andy Braithwaite has a wealth of experience advising sporting governing bodies and sport property owners on contractual agreements for events and sponsorship, among other matters.

Practice head(s):Rory Mac Neice

Other key lawyers:Andy Braithwaite; Stephen Moore; Graham Cridland; Andrew Rothwell; Joanne Saye

Key Clients

The Professional Golfers’ Association

Exeter City Football Club

The Professional Jockeys Association Limited

London Borough of Brent

The Racecourse Association Limited

The British Show Horse Association Limited

The British Harness Racing Club Limited

Ascot Racecourse Limited

Sam Twiston-Davies

Paul Nicholls - Champion racehorse trainer

Hayley Turner - leading female jockey

Jamie Moore

Silvestre De Sousa - Champion jockey

Work highlights

  • Acted for National Hunt jockey Sam Twiston-Davies in a successful appeal against the decision of the Cheltenham stewards to fine him for not parading the well-known horse Politologue before the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
  • Represented professional jockey Robert Winston in a successful appeal against a finding of careless riding at a major race meeting.
  • Advise the PGA in relation to various matters arising under internal regulations, as well as its Benevolent Fund.
  • Acted for London Borough of Brent to enable Tottenham Hospur to remain at Wembley Stadium for a further season.
  • Advising Exeter City Football Club on property matters relating to a lease and envisaged construction of stadium improvements.

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong profile in football, motorsport and horse racing. Its team has an excellent track record of completing commercial deals and handling disputes in all three areas. The broader workload encompasses advice to clients governance issues, anti-doping and financial regulation. Cricket and rugby are other areas where the group has been active recently. Jeremy Dickerson, who heads up the firm's IP and sports team, is highly experienced in sponsorship, merchandising, advertising and contentious sporting matters. Recently promoted senior associate Chris Davies is a name to note.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson;

Other key lawyers:Roger Bull; Helen Scott-Lawler; Chris Davies

Key Clients

The Racecourse Association

Bristol City Football Club

Unicorn Products Limited

Gunn & Moore

Racecourse Technical Services Limited

Britbet Racing LLP

Artemis Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Racecourse Technical Services Limited on its appointment by Arena Racing Company to provide coverage and integrity services at all ARC horse racing fixtures in 2019.
  • Advised Artemis Technologies Limited on a variety of arrangements and deals to establish its operations and develop, monetise and exploit its technology in sailing.
  • Assisted The Racecourse Association on the establishment of the Racing Authority, a tripartite structure responsible for levy distribution from April 2019.

Clarke Willmott LLP's national sports sector team excels in representing professional athletes - particularly football and rugby players - in employment-related matters. It also advises coaches and professional sports organisations, among other clients. The team's work often comprises cross-border elements, with strong links with clients in the US being particularly notable. Kevin Jones is the group head.

Practice head(s):Kevin Jones

Other key lawyers:Tim Copplestone; Sarah Driscoll

Key Clients

Bristol Bears Rugby

Bristol Flyers Basketball

Bristol Sport

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Somerset County Cricket Club

Wasserman Media Group

The Rugby Players’ Association


Decathlon UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Gloucestershire County Cricket Club on termination of their business development manager, in addition to offering legal advice on the constitution and diversity promotion.
  • Provide employment and HR advice to Wasserman Media Group on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide The Rugby Players' Association with frequent legal advice and support on players' issues, ranging from advice on disciplinary matters to insurance disputes.
  • Assisted Bristol Bears Rugby Club in the purchase of a new training ground.
  • Represented Somerset County Cricket Club in the termination of Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft's employment contract.

Foot Anstey's group is experienced in advising sportspeople, employers and governing bodies; the scope of the work covers commercial contracts, regulatory issues, technology, data protection and employment matters. Areas of expertise include football, rugby, sailing and cycling. Sports betting is a notable area of growth for the practice; the team acts for several betting companies and governing bodies. Jonathan Oddy leads the team from the Bristol office.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Oddy

Other key lawyers:Mark Searle; Neil Parkes

Key Clients

Bristol Sport (incorporates Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby Club)

Ashton Gate Limited

Event Advantage Solutions Limited

Football Safety Officers' Association

Henley Regatta


Arena Racing Corporation

Exeter City FC

Bath Racecourse

Stadium For Cornwall and Threemilestone Project

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bristol Sport with reviewing and negotiating proposed kit supply agreements for football and rugby match day kits.
  • Advising Cornwall Council on a £400m mixed-use development scheme to create, among other things, a new sports stadium  in Cornwall.
  • Advising Bristol Sport on renegotiation of agreements with an electronic ticketing provider.

Royds Withy King is primarily active in the horse racing industry, where it acts for jockeys, owners and trainers. James McNeile and Sharon MacDonald, who are both based in Bath, provide legal advice on regulations, transactions and negligence claims.

Practice head(s):James McNeile; Sharon MacDonald

Other key lawyers:Richard White

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