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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Ed Wright

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Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Work Department

Commercial & IP




Ed works with clients from all sectors (including life sciences and technology, media and telecoms) on wide-ranging non-contentious commercial, contractual, IP, ICT, e-commerce, data protection, competition and public procurement law issues.

He advises on IP creation, ownership, protection and exploitation, including technology transfers, R&D collaborations and agency, distribution/reselling and franchising arrangements.

Ed has a keen interest in drafting/advising on IP licensing arrangements and, whenever possible, presents and writes on topical commercial and/or IP matters.Clients consider Ed to be very approachable, intelligent and commercial.



East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

Within: Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

The ‘excellent’ and ‘very experienced’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP regularly handles mid-market transactions, but also has a proven track record in assisting with high-value sales, acquisitions and reorganisations with values of up to £100m. Consequently, the group’s client base consists of a mix of entrepreneurs and family businesses as well as large domestic and international businesses whom the team also assists with commercial matters, especially in the life sciences, healthcare and pharmaceutical, and sports sectors. Finance providers and TMT players, mainly with a regional base, also make up a significant portion of the client roster. The Nottingham team consists of Duncan James, who heads the corporate practice,  and Ed Wright, who is in charge of the commercial team, as well as Roger Harcourt and legal director Richard Vernon, both corporate specialists. Highlights included acting for the Pensions Portal on an equity investment, involving a performance ratchet mechanism, and assisting the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust with various commercial matters, including  contractual arrangements with a third party for a programme roll-out in Northern Ireland. The client list also features Europcar and Santander.

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East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Active in both contentious and non-contentious work, Shakespeare Martineau LLP ’s ‘excellent’ department demonstrates strong sector expertise in the education, technology and telecoms sectors. The group’s spectrum of expertise ranges from the IT aspects of corporate transactions to licensing, outsourcing and escrow agreements. On the regulatory side, the team shows strength in data protection, procurement and freedom of information mandates. Ed Wright, whose specialisms include information and communications technology, heads the practice. Dispute resolution expert Martin Noble has particular experience in procurement-related litigation. In a recent major highlight, Wright led in advising CareRooms on contractual and commercial issues surrounding its online scheme offering private accommodation for patients following minor surgery. In other work, Wright guided Parcelhub on the terms of a strategic partnering template agreement, including a reseller agreement regarding the client’s software-predicated logistics system. Kagool joined Datalink Electronics, Skeleton Productions and Cognito iQ on the client list.

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Within: Sport

The ‘very efficient, responsive and supportive’ team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP impresses with an ‘excellent’ service level. The practice’s gamut of expertise includes corporate and commercial work, employment matters, private client instructions and dispute resolution mandates. The group has a clear focus on clients from the football and rugby sectors, with sports governing bodies as particularly frequent clients. A testament to the group’s strong commercial expertise, the duo leading the practice consists of Nottingham’s Ed Wright, who specialises in non-contentious intellectual property and IT law, and of Leicester’s Martin Noble, an expert in contentious intellectual property work. Wright led in assisting Milltek Sport with the creation of a selective distribution model to safeguard the reputation of the brand. Long-standing client Dame Kelly Holmes Trust instructed the team for a wide range of employment matters as well as for contractual arrangements with a third party regarding a programme roll-out in Northern Ireland. Sport England and  Ultra Sport Europe also feature on the client list.

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