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Waterfront Solicitors LLP

IT and telecoms Tier 4

As a 'commercial and pragmatic' boutique firm 'with deep technology, IT and telecoms expertise', Waterfront Solicitors LLP is well-positioned to assist a combination of SME clients and blue chip companies in the technology space with commercial, corporate, IP and employment advice. Practice head Alison Berryman and Jean-Marc Pettigrew are key names to note for drafting and negotiating commercial contracts for the supply and procurement of technology; the 'responsive and super efficient' Berryman also has data protection, consumer rights and e-commerce law expertise, while Pettigrew provides 'knowledge and specialist advice on IT, IP and online gaming matters'. Matthew Harris and Piers Strickland handle IP and IT litigation, while Matthew Cunningham specialises in corporate transactions.

Intellectual property Tier 6

'Excellent IP boutique' Waterfront Solicitors LLP 'punches well above its weight' in IP litigation. The group is instructed by its impressive client roster in a range of contentious matters spanning licensing disputes, passing off actions, and copyright, trade mark, design right and patent infringement disputes. Matthew Harris, who 'always give his all'' and attracts praise for 'doing a lot of the heavy lifting and analysis' in litigation, jointly heads the team with Piers Strickland.

Venture capital Tier 6

Boutique technology firm Waterfront Solicitors LLP is well-placed to provide a partner-led service to start-ups and entrepreneurs, as well as a growing roster of investors, 'particularly when the work is not standardised, and senior judgement is required, since they do not face the same pressures as the large tech firms to push such work down to very junior associates'. As well as receiving direct instructions from clients, the team also picks up a significant amount of referral work from other law firms. Matthew Cunningham  is 'very effective' and heads up the team that was bolstered in September 2018 by the arrival of Angus Young from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

The firm: Waterfront has established itself as a highly successful niche IP/IT law firm, specialising in intellectual property, commercial, corporate and employment law, with a strong track record in the tech sector.

The firm acts for a full spectrum of business clients, including, SMEs, multinational corporations and individual entrepreneurs.

Core practices are intellectual property, commercial/IT, corporate, and employment law.

Types of work undertaken:

Commercial/IT: the commercial team has an excellent reputation as advisers to the tech sector. It has a strong non-contentious IT practice, counting several hundred technology SMEs among its client base, alongside some much larger organisations who bolster their in-house legal capabilities with Waterfront’s specialist expertise. Drafting, negotiating and advising on technology commercial contracts makes up a large proportion of the team’s work. The team also has significant expertise in privacy and data protection (including GDPR) and consumer rights.

Intellectual property:  the intellectual property team’s experience covers the entire spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP work but is particularly regarded for its handling of IP litigation.  It helps clients, ranging from SMEs to multinational companies,  protect, manage, exploit, enforce and defend their intellectual property rights, including trade mark, patent, anti-counterfeiting, copyright and database rights, design rights, trade secrets and domain name law.

Corporate: the corporate team advises on a wide range of matters, including setting up a business, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions, but is best known for advising entrepreneurs and investors in relation to venture capital investments in early-stage technology companies. The team leverages strongly off the firm’s niche as a technology law specialist.

Employment: the employment team provides expert employment and HR advice to a wide range of businesses – from SMEs to multinational employers with thousands of employees, covering the life of the employment relationship.


Department Name Email Telephone
Intellectual property Matthew Harris
Intellectual property Piers Strickland
Commercial contracts Alison Berryman
Commercial contracts Jean-Marc Pettigrew
Corporate Matthew Cunningham
Corporate Angus Young
Employment Anthony Purvis
Photo Name Position Profile
 Matthew Akehurst  photo Matthew Akehurst
 Alison Berryman  photo Alison Berryman
 Matthew Cunningham  photo Matthew Cunningham
 Louisa Duffield-Harding  photo Louisa Duffield-Harding
 Graham Halliday  photo Graham Halliday
 Matthew Harris  photo Matthew Harris
 Matthew Hodson  photo Matthew Hodson
 Charlotte Lang  photo Charlotte Lang
 Lucy Marlow  photo Lucy Marlow
 Thalya Merican  photo Thalya Merican
 Jean-Marc Pettigrew  photo Jean-Marc Pettigrew
 Anthony Purvis  photo Anthony Purvis
 Piers Strickland  photo Piers Strickland
 Jessica Vautier  photo Jessica Vautier
 Angus Young  photo Angus Young
Number of UK partners : 7
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15