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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: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Shoosmiths LLP's ‘responsive and experienced' is ‘extremely knowledgeable in brand management areas’. The practice is regularly called on to advise international clients in technology, automotive and retail sectors on clearance, trademark portfolio management and sponsorship agreements. The team also benefits in having several partners with specialist knowledge and industry experience; Gary Assim  in the retail sector, Carol Isherwood in music and copyright, Anastasia Fowle  is experienced in acting for automotive sector clients, and Richard Millington  in sports related matters. Assim is assisted by Rachel Nicholls and Eloise Di Pasqua  in managing the portfolio of The White Company, while Manchester-based Nicholls leads the trademark group and handles filings, oppositions, cancellations and portfolio management of clients in a variety of sectors including Game Retail, The Hamleys Group and Volkswagen UK. Laura Harper  and Imogen Francis  are experienced in assisting creative industry clients on a broad range of IP issues. UK and European Trade Mark Attorney Sonia Hill is recommended for clearance work, trade mark applications and prosecution. The practice is also a founding member of a Europe-wide anti-counterfeiting network which counts Nestle and CBS Showtime as clients.

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Shoosmiths LLP delivers ‘quick and pragmatic advice’ and stands out for its ‘positive, can-do attitude’, handling high-profile M&A deals in addition to private equity and capital markets mandates. Headline transactions included advising the shareholders of Xtrac Transmissions on the sale of the entire share capital of Xtrac Transmissions to a Newco funded by Inflexion Private Equity Partners; advising YFM Equity Partners on its £9m investment in 4net Technologies; and advising Decision Technologies on the acquisition of the online mobile phone comparison site from Adsar. ‘Clear and concise’ corporate team head Karen Procter advises in a ‘commercial manner and does not get bogged down in legal technicalities’. In 2017, the team was bolstered by the arrival of former CEO of AIM-listed company Bglobal Tim Jackson-Smith; and Andrew Millar from Brabners LLP. Senior associates Anna Kerrane , who joined in 2017 from Weightmans LLP, and Benjamin Dredge  are also recommended. Richard Millington heads the commercial team which advises on commercial contracts across the food, drink, retail, automotive, technology, digital, sport and financial services sectors.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Shoosmiths LLP's team is headed by Richard Millington , who joined in 2016 to set up the sports practice after 12 years as a senior in-house lawyer for companies including Nike and Iconix, the owner of the Umbro brand. The team has worked on matters such as advising Lendy Finance on its sponsorship of the Cowes Week sailing event and providing guidance to The Federation of Sports and Play (FSPA) throughout the UK's Brexit negotiations. It also advised a major international sporting analytics company on privacy concerns under the proposed new GDPR regime.

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