The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Osborne Clarke

Work 0118 925 2000
Fax 0118 925 2005
117882 READING

Sara Valentine

Work 0118 925 2122
Osborne Clarke


Please see full biography at

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Leading individuals

Sara Valentine - Osborne Clarke

Within: Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Osborne Clarke's team is known for its strength in digital business, small and mid-cap private equity and growth capital, while also possessing experience in energy, media, retail, and real estate and infrastructure, among other areas. Cross-border transactions expert Sara Valentine] heads the Thames Valley corporate practice and acted for the selling shareholders and management team on the sale of CRM and client accounting software provider Reapit to a new company backed by management and technology-focused business investment firm Accel-KKR. Valentine was supported on this deal by associate directors Caroline Drummond and Mike Freer, who are noted as rising stars. National head of corporate Greg Leyshon advised the management team and selling shareholders of the Leisure Pass Group on its £35m sale to Exponent Private Equity and Big Bus Tours, and private equity specialist Rob Wood advised all shareholders, including LDC and Octopus, on the sale of Clifford Thames Group to US trade buyer OEConnection. Other projects of note included India group co-head Jeff Chang handling Infosys’ £7.5m acquisition of Brilliant Basics and commercial lawyer Russell Bowyer advising Hyundai on the design and launch of its Click to Buy vehicle website.

[back to top]

South East: TMT

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

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

[back to top]

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments worldwide

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