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Shoosmiths LLP

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Richard Millington

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Shoosmiths LLP

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Partner, Commercial


Richard is a partner in our Technology, Media and Commercial team based in our Manchester office. He advises on joint ventures, supply/purchase, franchise, licensing, endorsement/sponsorship/image rights, outsourcing and IT deals and disputes and legal resourcing.

Prior to joining Shoosmiths Richard worked for 12 years as an in-house lawyer for US listed businesses operating in sportswear, entertainment, retail, technology and marketing. He was also a member of the legal committee of the World Federation for the Sporting Goods Industry. His experience includes negotiating cross border joint ventures, developing and executing litigation strategies in multiple jurisdictions, going through corporate acquisitions and disposals, working on outsourcing of support functions, international sales contracts and IT procurement, as well as being in the middle of some of the sporting world’s biggest deals.

As Legal Manager for the Nike Football Business Units, General Counsel for Umbro and then VP International Counsel for Iconix Brand Group Inc he managed legal teams and budgets on a global level and worked with lawyers from the top US firms through to small boutiques.

His experience of working at the front line in competitive global markets enables him to provide both in-house teams and businesses expert, results-orientated and responsive legal advice.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Shoosmiths LLP’s practice is going from strength to strength, with the firm recently securing mandates from clients such as Suzuki, Weetabix and Molson Coors. The firm undertakes a particularly significant amount of work for clients in areas such as retail, financial services and facilities management. Practice head David Jackson, who specialises in outsourcing matters, is notably active in the leisure and tourism sector, as well as telecommunications. Elsewhere, the group’s broader workload also includes advice on agency, distribution and franchising, among other areas. Robin Webb leads the firm’s relationships with automotive sector clients, such as Suzuki, Volkswagen Group and Mercedes Benz. Simon Edwards focuses on the retail and food and drink sectors. In 2016, the firm hired Richard Millington from Iconix (the brand owner of Umbro), strengthening the firm’s capabilities in sports-related matters. The firm also launched Resource Solutions, a legal resource established to provide additional commercial contracts support to in-house legal teams. Joseph Stephenson recently made partner.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Shoosmiths LLP advises on transactional matters spanning the retail, hospitality, leisure and biotechnology sectors. Department head Karen Procter’s highlights included advising Spar wholesaler and distributor James Hall & Co. on the purchase of North East Convenience Stores; assisting Dunkeld House Hotel LLP on its acquisition of Dunkeld House, a historic hotel in the Scottish Highlands; and acting for Chase Templeton on its purchase of Ultimate Health. Richard Millington, who is part of the technology, media and commercial team, advised Iconix Brand Group on a JV with Li Ning in relation to the Danskin sports brand. Arcis Biotechnology, Consilia Investments and Palatine Private Equity are also clients. Former co-head Kieran Toal joined Pinsent Masons LLP in April 2017.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

At Shoosmiths LLP the team has been busy advising on a number of key projects. One such highlight included its appointment as sole legal adviser to Whispering Smith Ltd to advise it on a regular basis on design rights, copyright and trade mark issues. The team is now advising the company on the expansion of its flagship business into South America. Richard Millington joined the team, which includes Laura Harper.

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