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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: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Browne Jacobson LLP handles both contentious and non-contentious IP matters across many sectors for prominent clients, both international and domestic. Patent litigation expert Mark Daniels leads the strong team which comprises Cerryg Jones, Giles Parsons and the 'top class' Bonita Trimmer. Highlights include acting on multijurisdictional IP proceedings, and representing high-profile clients in copyright infringement disputes.

Practice head(s):Mark Daniels

Other key lawyers:Cerryg Jones

Testimonials

'The firm is right up there with the best, handling top briefs.'

'Declan Cushley is a first class litigator.'

'Mark Daniels is a good litigator with sound judgement who is not afraid to get into the detail.'

'Bonita Trimmer has excellent legal knowledge, and produces top class written work.'

'Associate Giles Parsons is very good at dealing with difficult opponents without losing his cool.'

Key Clients

Supra UK

Albumedix

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

London Electric Vehicle Company

Gamelink

KLK Forte Industry Inc (t/a Honey Punch)

GKN Aerospace Services Ltd

MACE Ltd

Goodyear Dunlop

Marston’s PLC

Borough of Telford & Wrekin

Croydon County Council

Work highlights

  • Acted for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club in its defence of copyright infringement proceedings.
  • Represented London Electric Vehicle Company in relation to a trade mark dispute involving the famous shape of  black taxis.
  • Acted for US-based gaming company Gamelink in a trademark infringement case involving a market competitor.
  • Handling GKN Aerospace Services Ltd's entire IP contracts legal function.
  • Advising Supra UK Limited on the licensing of its technology to a major US corporate for manufacturing.

Gowling WLG has in-depth experience across a number of sectors, hanlding high-profile complex cases for major clients, with a particular focus on the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors. Gordon Harris heads the practice, works across London and Birmingham, in tandem with Birmingham-based UK life sciences head Patrick Duxbury. Kate Swaine leads the UK trademarks, brands and designs team, while Luke Kempton is well known for his scientific expertise in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):Gordon Harris

Other key lawyers:Patrick Duxbury; Kate Swaine; John Coldham; Luke Kempton

Testimonials

'Gordon Harris is a very seasoned and competent patent lawyer, who is also a real team player.'

'John Coldham gives clear and concise advice with a no-nonsense approach. Highly recommended.'

Key Clients

GlaxoSmithKline

TQ Delta, LLC

Alpha Animation & Toys Limited

Hexatronic Group AB

Takeda

Azumi

Dyson

Weetabix

Kampa

Shopify

Work highlights

  • Acted for GSK on the UK arm of an international dispute concerning technology involving a declaration of non-infringement and invalidity along with an Arrow declaration.
  • Acted for TQ Delta in relation to its claim for patent infringement and a FRAND declaration/determination in the Patents Court in relation to two of its patents.
  • Acted for Alpha Animation & Toys Limited in relation to an allegation of infringement of the Spin Master EP patent.
  • Acting for Hexatronic, a global leader in fibre optic cable technology, in relation to a patent dispute.
  • Representing Takeda in a licensing dispute in which the company sought repayment of past royalties it had wrongly paid under a mistaken belief that the patents licenced were infringed.

DLA Piper UK LLP handles contentious and non-contentious trade mark, patent and other IP work for prominent clients across a variety of sectors including food and beverage and aerospace. The team, led by Richard Taylor,  has a 'broad spectrum of expertise', with Gareth Stokes offering expertise in IP-driven contracts and senior associate Satnam Sahota attracting praise for 'fantastic insight and support'.

Practice head(s):Richard Taylor; Gareth Stokes

Other key lawyers:Satnam Sahota

Testimonials

'Satnam Sahota is approachable and really engaging. He always provides fantastic insight and support. Hugely impressed.'

'DLA Piper has a broad spectrum of expertise.'

'The individuals are very customer focused, accessible and engaging.'

Key Clients

Premier League

Heineken

Spin Master (Bakugan)

Lufthansa

Domestic & General

Zurich Insurance

Kerakoll

UK Research & Innovation

National Grid

Arc Motorbikes

Work highlights

  • Advising Heineken on its UK trademark portfolio.
  • Represented Spin Master in its patent infringement litigation claims.
  • Advised Lufthansa on English law aspects of a major joint venture with Rolls-Royce.
  • Acted for Domestic & General on trademark infringement, passing off and fraud litigation.
  • Advised National Grid on IP aspects of a technology procurement.

Freeths LLP's growing IP team provides 'commercial and pragmatic' advice covering patents, trademarks and copyright infringement. Led by 'true subject matter expert' Simon Barker, the practice focuses primarily on soft IP matters. The team is particularly active in the retail sector and clients include a well-known global cosmetics brand and other high-profile international and high-street names.

Practice head(s):Simon Barker

Other key lawyers:Stuart Lester

Testimonials

'Very pragmatic and sensible.  Excellent technical skills.'

'Simon Barker provides a high quality service.'

'Commercial and pragmatic.'

'Simon Barker is a trusted adviser who is a true subject matter expert.'

Key Clients

Aldi Stores Limited

Bridges Business Space No2 LLP

Birlea Furniture Ltd

Creative Products Ltd

Tarmac

Travis Perkins plc

Eurocell Group plc

William Hill

Poundland

Work highlights

  • Acted in relation to a trade mark infringement of the EU word mark BIRLEA by a third party on a major international retailers' website.
  • Acted for Creative Products Limited in defence of an alleged design registration infringement brought by an international company.  
  • Advising in relation to pre-action correspondence intimating patent infringement, and requesting pre-action disclosure for an aerospace client.  
  • Managing and maintaining a substantial trade mark portfolio for a leading international bookmaker.
  • Advised on and drafted the necessary assignment documents in relation to a reorganisation of major cosmetic company's trade marks in over 50 territories around the world.

HGF Law's team of specialists is particularly active in the retail, manufacturing, engineering and consumer goods industries. Marie McMorrow stands out as an 'exceptional lawyer' and leads the team. The 'well organised and committed' practice has expertise in complex patent and trademark litigation, including a focus on the nuances associated with mechanical and physical technologies.

Practice head(s):Marie McMorrow

Testimonials

'HGF has a depth of knowledge and experience coupled with the ability to communicate with technical as well as non-technical people within the processes.' 

'A very good and broad understanding of the issues with mechanical and physical technologies, with a large understanding of the nuances associated with these patents.'

'The team is led by one of the most capable IP litigation lawyers in the West Midlands - well organised, energetic, very committed and experienced.'

Key Clients

IHC IQIP

D.O.R.C. International BV (Dutch Ophthalmic Research Centre)

Husky Injection Molding (Systems) Ltd

Oxford Safety Components Limited

Hunting Energy Services Limited

Antenova Limited

Airpress Developments Limited

Maher Engineering Limited

Sylmar Technology Limited

Rise Festival Limited

Kestrel Solutions Limited

Red Sensors Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic branding and patents advice to Aga Rangemaster Limited/AGA Rangemaster Group Limited as well as enforcement of the prestigious brand.
  • Acting as sole IP advisers for Holland and Barrett International Limited both national and internationally.
  • Pursuing patent infringement proceedings in respect of the revolutionary XHose for E.Mishan (a New York based global operator of 'As Seen On TV' consumer goods) against UK market leader hose producer, Hozelock Limited.
  • Advising Spirit AeroSystems on multi-party, complex R&D and new generation technology collaborations with Airbus Industries.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong presence in the retail, manufacturing and education sectors, supporting an impressive roster of clients - including a number of high-profile engineering and manufacturing companies - on cross-border transactions and litigation. The team is led by the 'outstanding' and 'exceptionally committed' Cerys Wyn Davies, while director Jo Alderson is highly regarded for her technical excellence in M&A and private equity transactions. Legal director Tom Nener joined from HGF Law in June 2019.

Practice head(s):Cerys Wyn Davies

Other key lawyers:Jo Alderson; Tom Nener

Testimonials

'Cerys Wyn Davies is the most outstanding person I have ever worked with on the legal side.' 

'Cerys Wyn Davies is exceptionally committed and a driving force under pressure. She combines deep IP knowledge with right on target hands-on support.'

Key Clients

The Robert Bosch Group

ZyXEL Communications

UK Limited

Safestyle plc HPAS

Limited (trading as

Safestyle UK)

RAC

Fujitsu

The London School of Economics

The Financial Times Group

Smith & Nephew PLC

Sage PLC

E.ON

Magnesium Elektron

Limited

ISS UK

Capita

Work highlights

  • Advised Bosch on and negotiated a key strategic collaboration with and investment in a fuel cell technology and engineering company.
  • Advising ZyXel on a two-patent litigation concerning technology used in wifi routers and networking equipment.
  • Acting for Safestyle in bringing a complex action involving passing off, trade mark infringement, misuse of confidential information, unlawful means conspiracy and malicious falsehood.
  • Acting for AB Inbev in relation to their acquisition of an online alcohol retailer with a particular focus on whisky.
  • Acting for Magnesium Elektron in a multi jurisdictional patent dispute relating to an improved process for making zirconium-cerium mixed oxide doped with rare earths, used in catalytic converters in vehicles.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has broad experience in contentious IP litigation and acts for a number of high-profile clients across a range of sectors including manufacturing, telecoms and retail. Nicholas Briggs, who leads the team, focuses on contentious patent litigation and has particular expertise in exploiting and enforcing patents. Mauro Paiano has significant experience in complex cross-border matters and advises on domain name disputes. Key clients include notable companies in the engineering and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Briggs

Other key lawyers:Mauro Paiano

Key Clients

Novomatic AG

Mzuri Limited

Whitworth Bros Limited

Marflow Engineering Limited

Branded Garden Products Limited and BVG Limited

RoadtoHealth Group

Poundland Limited

Fit Kitchen Limited

Kagool Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Marflow in a patent infringement claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, through which Marflow is seeking to enforce its patent against a competitor.
  • Representing Mzuri Limited in a complex patent infringement claim involving intervention in an existing opposition at the EPO.
  • Representing Austrian gaming technology company Novomatic AG in respect of the protection of a number of its brands in the UK.
  • Representing BVG Group in defending an interim injunction and related proceedings for trademark infringement and passing off, plus subsequent counterclaim.
  • Advising Poundland in connection with a complaint brought against it based on an alleged infringement of community unregistered design right in connection with baby rattles.

Mills & Reeve LLP's IP team has a strong focus on the automotive, technology, food and agribusiness sectors. The practice, led nationally by IP litigator Claire O’Brien, regularly advises on high-profile trade mark disputes for a number of manufacturing and education clients.

Practice head(s):Claire O’Brien; Mark Pearce

Key Clients

K&S Partners on behalf of The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)

Joint Council for Qualifications

Fionan McCaul- Intervenor in the Warner Lambert v Generics case (Supreme Court)

Fox International Limited/Spomb Fishing Limited

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Tekmar Energy Limited

The University of Nottingham

Nottingham Trent University

Birmingham City University

Work highlights

  • Acted on an application to register BASMATI BUS as a UK trade mark for restaurant services based on extended form passing off.
  • Acted for the Joint Council for Qualifications in a case concerning the sale of counterfeit examination certificates bearing the trade marks of the claimants.
  • Acted for the proprietor of two pharmacy businesses, in relation to his intervention in the Supreme Court hearings in Warner-Lambert v Generics.
  • Acted for Fox International Group Limited in patent infringement proceeding related to the sole product of the client which is the industry leading product in its class.
  • Instructed by The Institution of Engineering and Technology on various copyright infringement matters relating to the unauthorised copies of publications in which IET owns copyright.

The 'thorough and extremely capable' team at Shoosmiths LLP has particular expertise in the technology, life sciences and education sectors. Led by the 'level-headed' and 'well-rounded' Andrew Brennan, who specialises in handling complex contentious issues, often with an international element, the firm has a strong client base of universities, consumer goods providers and technology powerhouses. Legal director Lisa Page, who has a background in the pharmaceutical industry, leads the pharma and life sciences practice. The practice was boosted by the hire of Victoria Bentley from Pinsent Masons in early 2019. Legal director Nichola Jenkins has 'impressive knowledge', while associate Imogen Francis is 'very quick to understand complex situations'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Brennan

Other key lawyers:Victoria Bentley; Lisa Page; Nichola Jenkins; Imogen Francis

Testimonials

'The team is smart, thoughtful, thorough, eager to help, accessible, responsive, and extremely capable.'

'The firm is efficient and helpful.'

'Andy Brennan is very good in contentious situations and provides useful well-rounded advice - the kind of level-headed approach every legal team needs in litigation.'

'Nichola Jenkins has an impressive encyclopaedic contractual and data protection knowledge.'

'The team is very quick to understand complex issues and provide tailored advice. The associates have a keen eye for detail in picking apart opposition arguments and dissecting contracts and commercial agreements.'

'Andrew Brennan  is extremely personable and we have no hesitation about recommending him to clients.'

'Imogen Francis is quick to understand complex business structures and trading arrangements, and provides great advice anticipating future developments and changing client needs.'

'Imogen Francis is very knowledgeable and hands-on, and is always up to speed very quickly on fast-moving commercial situations.'

Key Clients

DynaEnergetics GmbH

DataLase (a SATO group company)

H&M

Yamazaki Mazak

Integral Power Train

Frog Bikes

Lundbeck Ltd

Krispy Kreme

EuroGarages

University of Nottingham

Shuttercraft Limited

Manchester Metropolitan University

KEF London Ltd

easyGroup

Volkswagen Group UK

Transport Systems Catapult

MidTECH Innovations (NHS Innovations West Midlands)

Work highlights

  • Advised DynaEnergetics in High Court patent infringement and revocation proceedings in the UK relating to a patent owned by a competitor.
  • Advising Datalase on a variety of IP agreements.
  • Advised Lundbeck on a wide range of IP matters.
  • Advising the University of Nottingham in relation to the drafting, negotiating and finalising its R&D contracts.
  • Assisted Manchester Metropolitan University with research and knowledge exchange contracts.

Wright Hassall LLP has a primary focus on the manufacturing and technology sectors, as well as a strong client base in the media and entertainment industry, handling litigation involving international publishing houses, digital creatives and gaming companies. Rhys Jarman, who leads the team, has resolved a large number of IP disputes in relation to research and development projects.

Practice head(s):Rhys Jarman

Testimonials

'The team explain complex areas of the law clearly and provide sound commercial advice, always outlining costs and risk as they lead you through the discussions. Their knowledge of changing areas of the law has been extremely helpful.'

'A delight to work with. The firm has a relaxed but highly professional attitude.'

Rhys Jarman and associate Luke Moulton have provided us with such clear advice. They are a pleasure to deal with and really care deeply about what they do on our behalf.'

Key Clients

Baxi Heating UK Limited

Cad Cam Automotive Limited

SAIC Motor UK Technical Centre Limited

Dar Lighting Limited

Not Now Music Limited

Tumble Tots (UK) Limited

Al-Ko Kober Limited

Arden University Limited

Scholastic Limited

British Dressage

Work highlights

  • Acted for a provider of patented media technology in a dispute over the ownership and licensing rights to exploit a patented media technology around the world.
  • Advising an international publishing house on a dispute with a major competitor concerning breach of confidence, copyright infringement and database right infringement in the context of an ex-employee who provided a sales and marketing database to a major competitor.
  • Advised a major provider of enterprise resource planning software on a dispute over the unlicensed use of legacy software by one of our client’s customer and resulting copyright infringement.
  • Advised a manufacture of garden ornaments in respect of a number of different claims of copyright and/or design right infringement arising from the copying of a number of key products by competitors.
  • Advising a digital font foundry on a number of claims for copyright infringement, where various other parties who have made use of theclient’s font families in their promotional materials and branding, without first obtaining an appropriate licence from the client.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters across all aspects of IP, and much of the team's work is international or cross-border given the firm's increasing global footprint. Department head Rupert Bent, who joined in early 2018 from Walker Morris LLP, where he also led the IP practice, has substantive experience of high-profile litigation, with clients including a number of media and entertainment giants.

Practice head(s):Rupert Bent

Key Clients

National Grid PLC

University of Derby

Genting Casinos UK Limited

Tombola Limited

Halewood International Limited

Manchester International Festival

Work highlights

  • Significant contractual work relating to the research and development activities of National Grid.
  • Advised the University of Derby on a broad range of IP matters and transactions, both on a standalone basis and in the context of broader commercial work.
  • Providing IP advice to Tombola Limited in relation to a variety of transactional and branding matters, currently assisting in a domain name complaint.
  • Advising Halewood International Limited on a number of IP disputes including a passing-off allegation with a major multimedia company.
  • Provide IP advice to Manchester International Festival in relation to a variety of matters and issues relating to copyright.

VWV has a particular focus on the education and charities sectors, representing a number of universities and private schools. Practice head Frances Anderson has expertise in advising charities and not-for-profits in various IP matters, while the team's other work includes handling complex research and development agreements for higher education institutions and technology contracts for notable manufacturing companies.

Practice head(s):Frances Anderson

Key Clients

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Birmingham Royal Ballet

University of Bristol

The British Library

Buckinghamshire New University

CultureCentral

Malvern College

Rugby School

Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation (aka The Grand Appeal)

Work highlights

  • Advising a London University institution which offers medical training and research on the spin-out of infectious diseases research and testing services.
  • Providing continued advice to a national library institution with regard to its digitisation strategy and third party collaborations.
  • Advising a luxury watch manufacturer and retailer on intellectual property issues relating to UK advertising campaigns.
  • Advising a premium independent school on its licensing arrangements with an overseas investor to establish a number of international branded schools in China.
  • Representing a specialist London-based sports television producer and distribution company with regard to a dispute over the distribution of a film of an event involving a high profile sports personality.


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

Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Gowling WLG advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, a wide client base spanning a range of sectors including aerospace and housing. The Birmingham practice, which works as part of a single unit with the firm's London team, is led by commercial, IT and outsourcing head Sally Mewies, who has more than 20 years' experience in technology-related contracts. Director Richard Smith left for a new role as deputy head of UK legal at National Express.

Practice head(s):Sally Mewies

Key Clients

Mobile Broadband Networks Limited

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Virtus Data Centres

London Borough of Croydon

Infinis Energy Management Limited

CTIL

GlaxoSmithKline

Xoserve Limited

A S Watson

Sanctuary Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Bromford Housing, a social enterprise, on its procurement of a partner to provide Enterprise Solutions and Transformation Partner Services via a Competitive Dialogue process.
  • Advising Birmingham City Council on a range of negotiations with its joint venture partner Capita.
  • Advising Xoserve on the procurement of a strategic hosting solution for its core operating software, and a re-platforming of the business-critical application that underpins pricing information in the gas industry.
  • Lead advisors to a leading UK niversity on a key technology contract.
  • Advised the shareholders of GCI Managed Services Group, one of the UK's largest privately-owned ICT managed solutions providers, on the sale of a majority stake in the business to a private equity firm.

Shoosmiths LLP's practice, which comprises more than 20 lawyers, has a strong track record of non-contentious work, regularly acting on high-profile IT transactions for well-known corporates and handling complex business projects in the sector. Commercial group head David Jackson leads the experienced team, which includes TMT service line head Craig Armstrong  and the 'dedicated and knowledgeable' Joe Stephenson.

Practice head(s):David Jackson

Other key lawyers:Craig Armstrong; Joe Stephenson

Testimonials

'What makes Shoosmiths and their employees unique is that they are able to work extremely efficiently and effectively with complex business projects.'

'Joe Stephenson has a fantastic ability to quickly understanding business and commercial needs. He has unique skill of explaining complex legal topics in an understandable way, giving clear examples of the implications to consider in a business context.' 

'My experience with Joe Stephenson made everything simple, easy and efficient - essential when working to tight deadlines.'

'Very good value regional team, with many quality partners who were trained in magic and silver circle law firms.'

'Joe Stephenson is a dedicated, knowledgeable and practical partner with quick turnaround and excellent client support. He provides a good value alternative to larger international firms.'

Key Clients

Three Mobile

Hutchison Whampoa

Volkswagen Group

BNP Paribas Personal Finance

Odeon Cinemas

The White Company

CDW

RAC

Santander Consumer UK

Wilko

Work highlights

  • Advised Wilko on its rollout of GDPR compliant contractual terms to circa 50 of its largest (by spend) suppliers and also its framework IT services arrangements with a Tier 1 IT vendor, a leading IT solutions provider, to support Wilko's IT and broader business transformation process.
  • Advised a global provider of payment processing services in connection with its bid to undertake UK ATM switching and settlement services in connection with the LINK scheme.
  • Advised Audi UK on its flagship mobility services digital platform.
  • CDW is using its innovative Resource Solutions product to provide onsite and virtual support to the in-house legal team to help manage the large volume of customer transactions.
  • Advised Santander Consumer UK plc on its strategic IT partnership with a system integration company, which provides critical IT architecture services to the company

Technology Law Alliance is a well-regarded specialist technology outsourcing firm with an impressive client base which includes major UK and international entertainment giants, as well as outsourcing companies. Practice co-head Jagvinder Kang, 'an excellent practitioner' works in tandem with fellow co-head Stephen Ollerenshaw, who specialises in IT outsourcing and software matters.

Practice head(s):Jagvinder Kang; Stephen Ollerenshaw

Testimonials

'A specialist technology outsourcing firm with top quality lawyers.'

'Jagvinder Kang is an excellent practitioner. Highly skilled in all technical aspects of his craft, he is tenacious and will not bow to pressure when facing pressure from large corporate tactics.'

'They grasp the facts extremely quickly and focus on the most important factors for our business, with a long term view to avoid pitfalls in future years.'

'The firm's strength in areas such as IP, data regulations, licencing have all been invaluable to us when negotiating with some of the world's largest commercial sports organisations.'

'Jagvinder Kang has managed us through the changing data landscape with great skill, intelligence, care and sensitivity to our situation.'

Key Clients

Capgemini UK

Warner Bros

ODEON Cinemas

Weetabix

Draycir

Port@l Limited

Wesleyan

Webroot

Probrand Limited

Boditrax

Work highlights

  • Advised entertainment giant Warner Bros on its IT and technology law arrangements.
  • Advised Europe’s largest cinema operator, ODEON, on its TMT law arrangements
  • Advised the UK's number one breakfast cereal company, Weetabix, on its TMT law arrangements.
  • Carried out a significant number of projects for Capgemini UK Plc advising on contracts for outsourcing, IT contracts and management consulting services, along with TUPE advice relating to these projects.
  • Carried out a significant number of projects for Broadridge Financial Solutions, a US-based service provider to the financial sector, advising on contracts for contracts for IT and outsourcing services.

DLA Piper UK LLP's specialist team has leading market knowledge of IT contracting issues in the financial services sector. Led by 'highly skilled, down-to-earth and results driven' practice head Gareth Stokes, the firm's clients include those from the financial, insurance and life sciences sector. Recently promoted partner Phillip Kelly worked with Stokes on a dispute arising from a global sourcing contract, while Richard Taylor has a particular sector focus in technology, life sciences and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):Gareth Stokes

Other key lawyers:Phillip Kelly

Testimonials

'Leading market knowledge and experience of IT contracting issues in the financial services sector, from initial outsourcing through change/amendment to disputes and termination.'

'Gareth Stokes is excellent. Highly skilled, down-to-earth and results driven.  He works exceptionally well with both in-house lawyers and business stakeholders.'

'The team was amazing in understanding out business very quickly and giving very professional specialized advice.'

Key Clients

Allied Irish Banks

Crawford & Company

Dechra Pharmaceuticals

Dignity Funerals

FM Global

Madison Logic

Magic Leap

MS Amlin

Serco

Thomas International

Work highlights

  • Advising Thomas International on the restructuring of its distribution and resale operations in Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Advised Allied Irish Bank on the renegotiation and partial insourcing of its core infrastructure and mainframe services contracts with an information technology company.
  • Advising Crawford & Company Adjusters on cybersecurity services contracts with a broad array of leading forensic cybersecurity services providers.
  • Advising Magic Leap on various aspects of its European expansion and the set-up of sales and distribution arrangements.
  • Advising Dechra Pharmaceuticals on its GDPR compliance programme.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice is headed by Charlotte Walker-Osborn, who specialises in non-contentious technology and telecoms law. The firm works for clients across a wide range of sectors, advising on cloud agreements, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. Another name to note is partner Adam Fisher, who heads the technology and outsourcing practice.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Walker-Osborn

Other key lawyers:Adam Fisher

Key Clients

Ricoh Europe plc

John Lewis plc

Severn Trent plc

Toyota (GB) plc

ARM (globally)

CRH plc / Tarmac

Smiths Group plc

Page Group

Specsavers

Akamai

Kingfisher plc

Honda Motor Europe (EMEA)

AstraZeneca plc

Honda Finance plc

ITSO Limited and ITSO Transit Hub Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted ITSO in agreeing a series of interconnected deals to embed its UK-wide interoperable smart-ticketing solution onto mobile, including negotiating a deal with a leading wallet provider.
  • Acting for Ricoh Europe in relation to a number of its additive manufacturing (3D printing) deals from the UK and with international input – with deals for the UK, Western Europe and the US.
  • Acted for the John Lewis Partnership on multiple strategic and day-to-day technology contracts for its entire business.

Pinsent Masons LLP's practice has a strong focus on the manufacturing sector, working with both international and national clients in the technology and retail fields. Andrew Hornigold co-heads the practice while also handling major M&A work for key technology clients, working alongside Birmingham commercial head Clare Francis, who acts for both private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hornigold; Clare Francis

Key Clients

The Financial Times

Starship

Bosch

E.ON

Centrica Connected Home

Headlam

OFWAT

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire

Repton School

Kier Limited

Work highlights

  • Supported Focus on its software development contact with NFU Mutual driving product enhancement in the provider market.
  • Advising Headlam on its IT supply chain contracts to underpin its business trading.
  • Advising market disruptor, Starship Technology, on autonomous delivery robots for last mile delivery of retail and food goods.
  • Advising BOSCH on a collaboration with Ceres Power for fuel cell development for use in smart city power stations, factories and electric vehicles.
  • Supported Repton International Schools on the establishment of international kindergartens in Singapore and certain other countries within the Asia Pacific region under the Repton School name and brand.

Squire Patton Boggs' team 'goes the extra mile', providing advice on a range of IT matters to clients in the retail and technology sectors. The 'very engaging' and 'supportive' practice head Stuart James leads the team and has excellent experience in healthcare, retail and financial services. Another name to note is senior associate Sam Tibbetts, who has particular experience in the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):Stuart James

Testimonials

'Squire Patton Boogs has subject matter expertise in financial services, which they are able to combine with pragmatic advice for growing companies working with large institutions.'

'Diligent, ethical service, considerable attention to detail, they go the extra mile.'

'Stuart James has made a considerable contribution to our business and its growth. His commitment to our objectives has been greatly appreciated. An exceptional individual.'

'The team has been consistently reliable and value for money.'

'A hidden gem with a very broad experience base that brings a unique perspective to complex and seemingly intractable legal challenges.'

'Sleeves rolled-up demeanour combined with a stop-at-nothing attitude to task completion. 4am on a Sunday? No problem...'

'Stuart James is very engaging and supportive.'

Key Clients

Serco Group plc

GB Group plc

IDS Indata

Masabi

Centtrip Limited

Laudale

Piriform

eBrevia

Veolia Environmental Services (UK) plc

Avantia

Firedrake

Combined Nuclear Pension Plan Trustees

HCA Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading department store on the rollout of its digital transformation programme.
  • Advised Maplin Electronics in relation to various IT and commercial contracts relating to its online platform.
  • Advised IDS Indata on the negotiation of ongoing contacts with key customers as well as providing advice on data protection/security and a wide variety of other matters.
  • Advised Timken on the renegotiation of its multi-million dollar, multi-jurisdictional contract with SAP/Successfactors for the supply of a hosted HR IT solution used by Timken globally.
  • Advised Combined Nuclear Pension Plan Trustees on the drafting and negotiation of outsourcing contracts for the administration of the pension schemes for the nuclear industry, including provision of key IT systems.

Browne Jacobson LLP's team advises a mix of public sector and UK technology companies. Practice head Declan Cushley heads the team, which consists of 13 lawyers. Another name to note is Richard Nicholas, who works on large-scale technology and software projects and leads numerous cases for insurance companies. Other key clients include those from the insurance and data sector.

Practice head(s):Declan Cushley

Key Clients

Crown Prosecution Service

Manchester Underwriting Management

The National Trust

Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Limited

Metro Bank plc

Copley Scientific Limited

FMD IT Limited

Branston Limited

The Salvation Army Trustee Company

Red Box Recorders

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Trust on a diverse range of matters including CRM systems, EPOS systems across its estate, property management software, support and maintenance over its diverse portfolio and estate and GDPR compliance.
  • Advising Itelligence on its high value contracts with customers.
  • Advised the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the restructuring of its cloud and digital services across the whole of the council.
  • Advising Autonet Insurance Services on a system it wished to procure as a hub onto which certain insurers’ products could be loaded, which would be accessible to the market via brokers’ own policy administration systems and ultimately sold to end users.

Freeths LLP has an experienced team that advises high-profile commercial retail clients on outsourcing and data protection matters. Mark Neale, who has more than 15 years’ experience of advising on IT and data matters, heads up the team, while also working with clients on the development of new websites and representing them in negotiations for new services arrangements. He is assisted by Nicola Cooper and Matthew Johnson.

Practice head(s):Mark Neale

Key Clients

Aldi

Travis Perkins

NCR

Equifax

Jaguar Land Rover Retail Board

Carlsberg

Inchcape

William Hill

RGIS Inventory Specialists

Ingenie

Tarmac

Eurocell

Stone Computers

Luceco Plc

Funeral Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising Travis Perkins Group in respect of the separation of its IT arrangements in advance of its proposed sale of its plumbing and heating division.
  • Advising a major supermarket of its procurement of a new Wide Area Network (WAN) throughout its UK stores and offices.
  • Advising a retail company on its renegotiations with a payroll and HR systems provider.
  • Advised a retail company on the development of new technologies for implementation into its group websites, together with ongoing maintenance of its existing website technologies.

Irwin Mitchell provides 'sensible advice' to clients across a range of matters in the energy and technology fields. The team works on software arrangements for corporates while also acting for a number of high-profile manufacturing clients. The 'commercial, pragmatic and responsive' Sarah Riding heads the team in Birmingham, with her expertise in technology and has involvement in the manufacturing and automotive sectors. Another name to note is associate Charlotte Avery, who is 'extremely robust and capable'.

Practice head(s):Sarah Riding

Testimonials

'The team is easy to deal with, fair and transparent in relation to fees and extremely commercial in its approach.  I trust the team to deal directly with my business colleagues and know they will provide sensible advice.'

'Sarah Riding is commercial, pragmatic and responsive and a pleasure to deal with. Charlotte Avery is an extremely robust, capable and commercial lawyer for her level of qualification.'

Key Clients

National Grid plc

Xoserve Limited

The British Chamber of Commerce

Inspired Thinking Group (ITG) Limited

Blackcat Technology Solutions Ltd

MAM Software Ltd

Key Technologies Limited

Restore Scan Ltd

ATS Euromaster (part of Michelin group)

Jaywing plc

Driven International Ltd

Thyssenkrupp plc

Eurostar Global Electronics

BIT Consultancy

Bidvest Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advised National Grid plc on key technology arrangements and website issues over the last 12 months as well as leading on their technology stream on their panel focuses.
  • Represented Xoserve, the data provider to the UK gas industry, on a number of technology matters including a managed services agreement and application framework agreements.
  • Represented The British Chambers of Commerce on key commercial and technology matters including the software arrangements relating to a Brexit related customs declaration matter
  • Advised Inspired Thinking Group, a provider of game changing marketing technology, on several software licensing matters.
  • Advising software provider Blackcat Technology.

The 'very responsive' team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on all aspects of IT and data-related law. Key clients include universities - which the firm advise on breach of contract disputes, as well as manufacturing companies. Duncan James  and Edward Wright are both 'commercial and pragmatic' in their dealings with government-related matters. Andrew Hartshorn leads the team and has strong experience of IT-related matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hartshorn

Testimonials

'Very responsive and robust - the team shows a genuine interest in the business and has a commercial outlook on advice.'

'Duncan James and Edward Wright are both very commercial and pragmatic.'

Key Clients

4Net

Blue Chip

Cambridge Weight Plan

CBSO

Infoflex

Crossword Cyber Security

Dataflow

Energy and Utility Skills

HSO

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Intercity Technology

Market Harborough Building Society

NCO Europe

Network Telecom

Nexstor

Secure Retail

Summit Media

University of Nottingham

University of Warwick

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Nottingham on the negotiation of the contract for the implementation of their student management system.
  • Advised the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Advising HSO on a number of matters.
  • Representing Staffordshire University in a product liability and breach of contract claim in respect of the supply of defective IT equipment.
  • Provided advice to Somers Forge Limited in relation to potential proceedings for injective relief to require the supplier to deliver up access codes and passwords.

Wright Hassall LLP's team acts for numerous technology suppliers as well as domestic and regional tech companies. Lindsay Ellis leads the team and advises on a broad range of high-value and critical technology outsourcings for a number of software management companies. Other key names to note are Peter Maguire and Christine Jackson, who show 'exceptional pragmatism' in their advice to high-value projects, and give 'clear legal solutions' to any problems they encounter.

Practice head(s):Lindsay Ellis

Testimonials

'Peter Maguire and Christine Jackson show exceptional pragmatism in their advice - giving clear workable legal solutions to problems.'

Key Clients

EOS Electro Optical Systems Limited

Cloudview (UK) Limited

Associated Technology Pipeline Limited

Rooftop Housing Group Limited

Tenencia Limited

Extra Technology Limited

Drive System Design Limited

Swipe Studios Interactive Limited

Third Kind Games Limited

Q Associates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Cloudview (UK) on a number of commercial matters including reviewing agreements, undertaking reviews of open source software licenses and advising on a framework agreement.
  • Advising Associated Technology Pipeline Limited on a subcontract agreement between ATP and Bureau Veritas India (Private) Limited.
  • Advised Extra Technology Limited in connection with a new workload automation system for a retail company, including drafting, negotiating and revising the contract and detailed specifications for the services.
  • Advised Q Associates Limited in connection with both private and public sector supply contracts; in particular, in the defence, emergency and higher education sectors.


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Beswicks Legal has a particular focus on football and boxing, advising players as well as clubs, agencies and gyms on transactions, contracts and dispute. Practice head Sean O'Toole is well-connected in the world of boxing, while Tim Bailey predominantly acts for football and cricket players and clubs. Gary Mellor has broad expertise in transactional work.

Practice head(s):Sean O’Toole

Other key lawyers:Gary Mellor; Tim Bailey; Gareth Wilkinson

Key Clients

Stoke City FC

Jay Rodriguez

Callum Smith

Port Vale FC

Steel City Boxing Gym

Esportif

Callum Johnson

Joe Gallagher

Joe Gallagher’s Boxing Academy

UCFB College of Football Business Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing world champion Callum Smith on all his boxing affairs, recently advising in relation to the scheduling of the contest against Nieky Holzken in Germany following delays and ensuring that the team had security over the selection of judges.
  • Advised the Premier League striker in relation to an allegation of racism on the field of play.
  • Advised on the establishment of the Joe Gallagher Boxing Academy.
  • Providing management services to boxers for boxing promoter Nisse Sauerland.
  • Acting for rugby agency Esportif in relation to matters arising from its business and clients, including the structuring of image rights and drafting of commercial sponsorship agreements.

Mills & Reeve LLP advises clients across a wide range of sporting disciplines, including gambling, football, golf and tennis, handling both contentious and non-contentious employment, corporate and regulatory matters. Team head - and former professional tennis player - Richard Santy is an employment specialist who also handles work relating to match-fixing. Phil Hutchinson, who was recently promoted to senior associate, has a particular focus on football litigation.

Practice head(s):Richard Santy

Other key lawyers:Phil Hutchinson

Key Clients

Rangers FC

Professional Footballers’ Association

Garry Monk (Manager of Birmingham City FC)

Omnisports Ltd (football agency)

Michael Anderson (Vice Chairman of Gillingham FC)

Gambling Commission

Wiggle

Birmingham City FC Community Trust

Luke Hawkes

Genting Casinos

In Touch Games

British Cycling

Work highlights

  • Advising the Gambling Commission on general employment matters, including several recent departures.
  • Representing former Lincoln City footballer Bradley Wood in proceedings filed by the FA relating to bets placed by the player personally, as well as by individuals linked to the player.
  • Advising Rangers Football Club in relation to a dispute with Sports Direct over a retail agreement for the supply of replica kit and merchandise.
  • Assisting England Golf with a number of HR matters, as well as on equality and GDPR issues.
  • Advising the British Cycling Federation on the status of self-employed contractors in order to determine whether they were self-employed, workers or employees.

With a strong track record in the football sector, Squire Patton Boggs advises on major M&A transactions, marketing, sponsorship, termination of contracts, disciplinary proceedings, intellectual property and real estate matters. David Hull, who relocated from London to Birmingham, is well known for having advised on a number of major football club takeovers, while Charlie Frost specialises in employment law. The team is also active in the motor racing sector.

Practice head(s):David Hull

Other key lawyers:Charlie Frost

Testimonials

'The firm has a good knowledge of the football industry and has a range of relationships with football's governing bodies'

'The team has a unique experience in professional sports, with very precise knowledge and business-oriented recommendations'

'Partners are very reactive and have a business-oriented approach. It is always a pleasure to work with them and their expertise is much appreciated'

Key Clients

Aston Villa

Wigan Athletic FC

Project 11

Sheffield Wednesday

Renault Sport Racing

Leicester City

West Bromwich Albion

Work highlights

  • Acting on the acquisition of Wigan Athletic and Wigan Athletic AFC by Hong Kong-based client International Entertainment Corporation.
  • Advised sports marketing agency Project 11 on agreements for digital advertising in relation to high profile Premier League and La Liga clubs.
  • Advising Renault Sport Racing on a range of merchandising, promotional and sponsorship contracts.

Wright Hassall LLP advises a range of sports clients in horse riding, football, gymnastics, polo and tennis. Richard Lane focuses on acting for national governing bodies such as British Dressage regarding member discipline, safeguarding and sporting regulation, while Kelly Tomkinson specialises in immigration law and sponsorship.

Practice head(s):Richard Lane

Other key lawyers:Kelly Tomkinson

Key Clients

British Showjumping

British Dressage

Archery GB

Premier Sports Holdings plc

Joint Measurement Board

Bowls Development Alliance

English Schools’ Football Association

Southam Rugby Union Football Club

Wasps RFC

Old Leamingtonians RFC

Work highlights

  • Advised Old Leamingtonians Rugby Football Club on an extensive suite of contract documentation regarding the leasing of a new training facility by Wasps RFC.
  • Advising British Dressage and British Showjumping on an independent review commissioned by UK Sport and Sport England into an alleged breakdown in the relationship between British Equestrian Federation, and British Dressage and British Showjumping.

Led by Adam Rasul in Stratford upon Avon, the sports team at Holborn Adams has particular expertise in contentious work as well as the negotiation of boxing contracts. On the contentious side, Rasul represents sports coaches and professional players in disciplinary proceedings, sports injury cases and criminal litigation. In other work, the team advises on sponsorship and endorsement contracts.

Practice head(s):Adam Rasul


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