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Thrings LLP

THE PARAGON, COUNTERSLIP, BRISTOL, BS1 6BX, ENGLAND
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Work 0117 930 9500
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7895 BRISTOL
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www.thrings.com

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 4

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP undertakes mid-market M&A, equity investments, joint venture arrangements, restructuring and corporate governance compliance. The team's industry expertise spans the retail, technology, education, medical and food and beverages sectors. Elaine Meyrick has experience of leading on several high-profile investments and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Elaine Meyrick

Other key lawyers:Brett Lambe

Key Clients

Stonebridge Colleges

Learndirect Limited

London House Exchange t/a Property Partner

Truespeed Communications

Awareness Technologies

Platinum Motor Group

Anthony Best Dynamics

Visu Verum

Work highlights

  • Advised the client on its acquisition of the Learndirect group of companies.
  • The team acted as lead advisor on the acquisition of a property-based SV owned by Gama Properties, as part of a new strategic partnership between the client and Gama Properties.
Next Generation Partners

Elaine Meyrick - Thrings LLP

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Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Corporate and commercial: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP has a strong capability in corporate and M&A matters, working with both national and international clients in the firm's core sectors of engineering, manufacturing and financial services. Elsewhere, the firm has seen a substantial growth in work in the technology, healthcare, education and banking industries. John Davies  and Jonathan Payne co-head the corporate group. Commercial lawyer Kate Westbrook leads a team, which advises clients on the interplay between Brexit and investments, commercial relationships and M&A strategies.

Practice head(s):John Davies; Jonathan Payne; Kate Westbrook

Other key lawyers:Simon Hore

Key Clients

Yuasa Battery Europe Limited

CybSafe Ltd

Arkells Brewery Limited

MAN Truck & Bus UK Limited

MAN Truck & Bus AG

Wasdell Packaging Limited

Multivac UK Ltd

Intrinsic Financial Services

Procurri Limited

The Wishford Group (Independent Schools)

HSBC Bank

Santander Bank

Fermac Limited

Elcome

Torchlight Limited

World Fuel Services Limited

Metex Online Limited

Dynamatic Limited

Magdev Limited

Optimal Industrial Technologies

Bonsai Tiger

Excalibur Communications Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead adviser to the Wishford Group on its purchase of Westonbirt School, including the estate, grounds and leisure centre business.
  • Acted for Rockley Holdings Limited as the purchaser of the entire issued share capital of Ferman Traffic Services Limited.
  • Advised Arkells Brewery Limited on its acquisition of a hotel, restaurant and public house.
  • Advised Procurri Europe Limited on corporate restructuring and reorganisation following the purchase of EAF Supply Chain Holdings Limited.
  • Assisted Optimal Industrial Technologies Limited with the negotiation of commercial agreements to supply software and related services to major multinational pharmaceutical and consumer goods companies.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP fields a number of specialist dispute resolution teams, which are structured around the firm's core strengths in areas such as general commercial litigation, construction and engineering litigation, and agriculture litigation. Although the firm primarily acts for clients from the South West, it also national and international clients on cross-border disputes. Practice head Alastair Govier is particularly active in financial services and pensions litigation, as well as shareholder and partnership disputes.

Practice head(s):Alastair Govier

Other key lawyers:Russell Reeves; Mark Cullingford

Key Clients

National Friendly Society

Stonebridge Colleges (Publishing) Limited

Lovehoney

Learn Direct

Tavistock Financial Limited

Teleperformance

AirTanker Services Limited

Winscribe Inc.

CFH Docmail Limited

SLR Consulting Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in a Supreme Court appeal related to the enforcement of an international arbitration award.
  • Representing a farming family in a Court of Appeal trial related to a farming partnership.
  • Continuing to advise the director of a listed Plc in relation to shareholder rights and a dispute with the board of directors.
  • Acting for the client in the first-ever modern slavery civil case, with total claims valued at ca. £9m.
  • Defending multiple professional negligence claims arising out of advice relating to the investment of pension funds using self-invested personal pension products and unregulated overseas property investments.

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Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial litigation: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Thrings LLP

Swindon-based Thrings LLP is highly regarded in financial services litigation, professional negligence claims, corporate disputes and contentious product liability. In the financial services space, the team predominantly acts for financial institutions and insurance companies; its work includes claims relating to mis-selling, FOS/FCA redress and defending policy-holder appeals from decisions of the Pensions Ombudsman. Elsewhere, the group handles various corporate disputes for start-ups, SMEs and multinational corporations, with particular expertise in core sectors of aerospace, manufacturing and IT. David Patterson, who leads the team, is experienced in disputes connected with the advanced engineering, aerospace and defence industries.

Practice head(s):David Patterson

Other key lawyers:Ramona Derbyshire;

Key Clients

Truespeed Communications Limited

Stanley Security Solutions Limited

Honda Finance Europe Plc

Positive Solutions (Financial Services) Limited

Yuasa Battery Europe Limited

MAN Truck & Bus UK Limited

MAN Truck & Bus AG

Wasdell Packaging Limited

Intrinsic Financial Services

Torchlight Limited

World Fuel Services Limited

Dynamatic Limited

Citipost Limited

Gerald Eve LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for the founding director and shareholder of a climbing centre in an unfair prejudice action.
  • Acting for a former director and shareholder of a construction business in a share rectification and shareholder dispute.
  • Defending claims for breach of supervision rules and alleged mis-selling of financial services products.
  • Defending a client in a contract claim over an allegedly defective product.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP undertakes all aspects of domestic and cross-border disputes for clients. Its team is knowledgeable about pre-action and protocol compliance, risk and credit control advice, as well as the issuing of claims and enforcement action. The group is increasingly sought out to act for financial service providers, particularly in relation to consumer, vehicle and asset recovery under regulated agreements. Practice head Ramona Derbyshire handles disputed debt matters, including those with cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):Ramona Derbyshire

Other key lawyers:Amanda Richardson

Key Clients

Citipost Group

Mannings Facilities Management Limited

Wilson Tool International (Europe) Limited

Utax (UK) Limited

Marks & Clerk LLP

Tavistock Financial Limited

SLR Consulting Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a barrister in the recovery of significant unpaid fees from an African state.
  • Instructed by Citipost Limited to recover unpaid invoices and defended counterclaims for breach of contract.
  • Acting for a client in debt recovery and enforcement of debt in an overseas jurisdiction.
  • Disputed claim against a national supermarket for non-payment of invoices for services provided.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Thrings LLP

The banking and finance team at Thrings LLP¬†has a particular specialism in the healthcare sector, in which it acts for lenders. Also in the lending space, the group has advised a number of international banks and lenders on cross-border matters. The ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô Mike Tomlin, who heads up the department, acts on a wide range of investment and secured lending facilities and arrangements.

Practice head(s):Mike Tomlin

Key Clients

Santander UK

Metro Bank

NatWest

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Retail Money Market (t/a RateSetter)

Handelsbanken

AIB Group (UK)

TrueSpeed Communications

Work highlights

  • Acted for Santander UK on the £4.1m restructuring of existing finance and security packages.
  • Acted for TrueSpeed Communications on the exercise of accordion facility rights.
  • Acting for National Westminster Bank Plc on an acquisition finance loan to an existing customer in the healthcare sector.
  • Acting for an overseas investor in relation to relocation debentures as part of immigration planning.
Leading individuals

Mike Tomlin - Thrings LLP

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP's varied client base includes shareholders, pension funds trustees and creditors/debtors. Its team also acts for insolvency practitioners and purchasers in the context of transactions for the sale or purchase of distressed businesses or their assets. Elsewhere, the group particularly stands out for its advice to directors on conduct-related issues, as well as the challenges raised by insolvency. Mark Cullingford is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):Mark Cullingford

Key Clients

Bibby Factors Bristol

Moorfields Advisory

Begbies Traynor

Kingston Smith

Leonard Curtis

Smith & Williamson

Deloitte UK

Mazars

Grant Thornton UK

PwC UK

Work highlights

  • Advising directors of a property management company on claims that employee benefit trusts established under professional guidance were voidable or established by directors in breach of duty.
  • Advising lenders on a proposed restructuring of an insolvent company.
  • Advised a director on prosecution matters, following the client's disqualification as a director.
  • Advised the management of a leisure centre operator on disputed stakeholder interests and restructuring.
  • Advised creditors of a company on disputed debt claims asserting personal liability of directors.

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP's employment team works closely with the corporate team to advise clients on reorganisations, restructures, outsourcing and TUPE issues arising from mergers and acquisitions. The firm acts for clients from a broad cross-section of sectors, including charities, education, IT and manufacturing. On the contentious side, employment tribunal work is on the increase, particularly in relation to whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Practice head Kerrie Hunt is knowledgeable about regulatory regimes concerning discrimination, parental leave, flexible working and working hours.

Practice head(s):Kerrie Hunt

Other key lawyers:Natalie Ward

Key Clients

AirTanker Services Limited

Brunel Capital Partners

Dycem Limited

ORX UK Limited

St John’s Foundation

Kohler Mira Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented multijurisdictional group of consulting companies in a complex and high value unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim brought by a former employee.
  • Represented a client in a constructive dismissal claim brought by a former employee.
  • Representing a respondent client in an alleged unfair dismissal and discrimination claim brought by a former employee and litigant in person.
  • Provide general employment advisory advice to a large secondary school client that had transitioned from local authority to academy status.

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP handles family disputes on land and real estates in the agricultural sector, and also assists with advise on real estate developments, land sales and purchases and labour disputes. The practice acts for tenants with regards to tenancy matters including the negotiation of tenancy agreements. Bristol-based Russell Reeves is the key litigation specialist in the team.

Practice head(s):Duncan Sigournay

Other key lawyers:Neil Barbour; Mark Charter

Key Clients

National Farmers Union (NFU)

The Badminton Estate

Country Land and Business Association (CLA)

EU Plants

Denhay Farms

Work highlights

  • Advising a litigation friend on an £11m farm partnership and inheritance dispute between a father and a son.
  • Advising a claimant on a £10m proprietary estoppel claim.
  • Acting for Houghton Catching Services Ltd as the defendant with regards to the first-ever High Court claim against a British company in relation to modern slavery.
  • Representing a breeder of pedigree Holstein dairy cows in a dispute with a genetics laboratory with respect to a mistaken in vitro fertilisation.
Leading individuals

Russell Reeves - Thrings LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP's practice handles disputes over the validity of wills, claims on behalf of beneficiaries who have been left out of an estate, assistance with the removal of executors and trustee applications, as well as advice on proprietary estoppel claims. The team is also experienced in negotiating settlements with the aim of preserving estate and trust assets belonging to the client.

Practice head(s):Emily Prout

Other key lawyers:Robert James; Ramona Derbyshire

Work highlights

  • Acted for a farmer in a successful £8m proprietary estoppel case in the High Court.
  • Defending multiple claims by an estranged daughter in respect to her mother’s estate.
  • Acting for a family following the suspected suicide of a family member to bring an application for presumed death.
  • Defending multiple claims against an estate and in respect to the deceased’s lifetime transactions.
  • Acting for a litigation friend of an underage heir in relation to multiple claims against a £2m estate.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP acts for landowning families and high-net-worth individuals on marriage-related farm asset planning and advises on financial settlements after divorce and relationship breakdown. The firm drafts and negotiates nuptial agreements and is also experienced in negotiating nuptial agreements. Another key area of expertise is the representation in cross-border family disputes, which involves children relocation disputes and cross-border divorce proceedings. Samantha Newton has expertise on the impact of divorce on assets owned by business owners.

Practice head(s):Fiona Kellow; Matthew Kellow

Other key lawyers:Samantha Newton

Work highlights

  • Advising on cross-border financial negotiations after divorce
Rising stars

Samantha Newton - Thrings LLP

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP¬†acts for clients such as commercial developers, corporate occupiers, retail tenants and property investors, among others. The team advises on all aspects of residential development, corporate occupier and investment work, as well as secured lending. It also has a specialist health and care sector team, which is led by¬†Ben Tarrant. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Steve Schofield, who is noted for ‚Äėdealing with contracts commercially‚Äô, leads the wider Bristol-based commercial property group. Schofield has developed a niche in land development. Robert Barnes¬†advises institutional lenders on property and development finance. In May 2018, Colin Stratton¬†departed for¬†Osborne Clarke.

Practice head(s):Steve Schofield

Other key lawyers:Robert Barnes; Ben Tarrant; David Mears;

Testimonials

The team is particularly commercial in their outlook

Excellent service level and technical knowledge

Approachable, friendly and commercially sensitive

Competitive in terms of fees

Very good at explaining the complex legal process with the requisite clarity and straightforwardness

Steve Schofield provides a consistently exceptional level of service

 

Key Clients

DS Smith

Renrod Holdings

Newland Homes

FMG Support Group

AirTanker Services

Essilor

Property Partner

Teleperformance

Baylis Estates

Blue Cedar Homes

Learndirect

Create Real Estate

Burrington Estates

Airsprung Group

Tileflair

Work highlights

  • Assisted Renrod Holdings with the sale of two sites in Chippenham and Bath.
  • Handled the acquisition of a new office building at Bradley Business Park Huddersfield.
  • Advised on the acquisition of a new 20,086 sq ft office and a 22,000 sq ft decked car park for 172 vehicles in Oxfordshire.
  • Acted for Blue Cedar Homes on the acquisition of a major development site in Deddington.
  • Acted for Baylis Estates on the £750 000 acquisition of a site for development of industrial warehousing estate.

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Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire
Commercial property: M4 Corridor and Gloucestershire - ranked: tier 2

Thrings LLP

Warren Reid leads Thrings LLP's commercial property team, which has vast experience of managing property acquisitions and disposals, commercial agreements and strategic land transactions. Alex Pinhey acts for a highly diverse client base, which includes pension schemes and factories. Legal director Charlotte Barrett’s practice focuses on advising landlords and tenants on portfolio management issues. Alan Goulding specialises in strategic land development.

Practice head(s):Warren Reid 

Other key lawyers:Alex Pinhey; Charlotte Barrett; Alan Goulding 

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP advises a wide range of clients on both commercial and residential development projects. It acts for developer clients of all sizes, which also notably includes larger overseas clients, such as Chait Investment Corporation. Its team’s sector expertise spans healthcare, retail, leisure, transport and energy. Also notable is that it has had an increase in mandates in the infrastructure sector, particularly in relation to contentious matters. Practice head Steve McCombe has vast experience of construction and engineering disputes. In 2018, Eric Livingston departed the firm to become a legal director at BYLOR Joint Venture. In another development, Natalia Sokolov made partner.

Practice head(s):Steve McCombe

Other key lawyers:Michael Chilton; Natalia Sokolov

Key Clients

Fusion Students

Chait Investment Corporation

Bristol Water

AFL Telecommunications Europe

Anthony Best Dynamics

TrueSpeed Communications

National Westminster Bank

Foundation Property and Capital

Braintree Properties LLP

Baylis Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising Anthony Best Dynamics on the construction of a new high-value manufacturing facility.
  • Advising Chait Investment Corporation on the construction elements of the £10m refurbishment and redevelopment of a property in Islington, London, aiming at creating a high-quality office space.
  • Advising Chait Investment Corporation on the construction elements of the design and construction of a mixed-use scheme.
  • Advising Christian Grant Properties on the redevelopment of a former industrial property in Bristol into a luxury-apartments building.
  • Advising Baylis Estates on the documentation regarding the construction of a multi-tenant business park in Bristol.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP's team regularly acts for businesses and landowners on both non-contentious and contentious environmental matters. The scope of its knowledge includes environmental prosecutions, controlled waste offences, environmental permitting and contaminated land (including remediation notice appeals), among others. Practice head Alex Madden is recommended.

Practice head(s):Alex Madden

Testimonials

'A solid team'

Key Clients

PB Gelatins UK

Alford Technologies

Crown Waste Management

WZ Packaging

Hills Waste Solutions

Laverstoke Park Farm

Wight Farm Energy

Denhay Farms

EU Plants

Work highlights

  • Acted for WZ Packaging in relation to an alleged environmental permitting regulations offence at its site in Telford.
  • Acted for a client in relation to a flood remediation notice issued by the Environment Agency.

  • Acted for Titchfield Festival Theatre in relation to an alleged failure to comply with a noise abatement notice at the Great Barn.
  • Representinga large logistics and warehousing company in a prosecution brought by the Environment Agency, regarding discharge offences related to the loss of hydraulic oil from a forklift.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP¬†has seen a growth in mandates from landowners and residential developers. Its planning department represents clients in challenges at the High Court (including statutory appeals and judicial reviews) and appeals against enforcement measures. Non-contentious work covers residential and mixed-use development schemes, planning and infrastructure agreements, and due diligence, among other matters. Practice head Alex Madden¬†has developed a reputation as ‚Äėan expert in rural planning‚Äô. The wider group is also active in the waste, quarries and renewables sectors. Cross-border planning work is a common feature of the practice, which is owed to the firm's strong presence in Wales.

Practice head(s):Alex Madden

Key Clients

Santander

DS Smith

Greene King Developments

Newland Homes

Cotswold Homes

Burrington Estates

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

NatWest

Pasteur Retail Park

Halsall Construction

Work highlights

  • Representing a third-party objector and other local residents in a challenge at the High Court
  • Acted on behalf of John Williams in relation to successfully quashing an enforcement notice regarding a barn on grounds of invalidity.
  • Successfully advised a theatre on a potential prosecution for breach of a noise abatement notice.
  • Provided advice to Matterley Estate on securing planning permission for an expanded music festival in a national park.
  • Acted on behalf of FJ Wallis Trust on a successful application to remove an agricultural occupancy condition.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP's property litigation team represents corporate occupiers and institutional landlords in commercial landlord and tenant disputes. Other areas of focus for the group include handling contentious property-related matters for retailers in the luxury retail sector, rural land disputes and property portfolio management. Warren Reid in Bristol, and Swindon-based Gemma Featonby and Michael Tatters, are recommended.

Practice head(s):Warren Reid; Gemma Featonby; Michael Tatters

Key Clients

MAN Truck & Bus UK

Airsprung Group

Scottish Equitable

BAM Nuttall

Coty

MatchesFashion.com

Tileflair

St John's Foundation Est. 1174

Malcolm Hollis

Countrywide Estate Agents

World Fuel Services

Arkell's Brewery

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a landlord, who opposed a national supermarket chain’s court application for a new tenancy on grounds concerning redevelopment.
  • Advising an FTSE 250 company on contested lease renewal proceedings.
  • Represented a high-net worth individual via their private pension scheme in a complex commercial lease renewal involving a large national retailer.
  • Represented a private property trust on a complex leasehold enfranchisement matter.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Thrings LLP

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

Elcome

Altus

Metex Online Limited

Bonsai Tiger

Benefex

Essilor

Excalibur Communications Limited

Winscribe

Martin Lock Associates

Elecosoft

People Risk Solutions

Teleperformance

Anthony Best Dynamics

Lovehoney

Folli Follie and Links of London

Awareness Technologies Inc.

Malcolm Hollis

National Deposit Friendly Society (National Friendly)

Procentia

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.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Thrings LLP

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.
Rising stars

Brett Lambe - Thrings LLP

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

Thrings LLP

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

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