Firm Profile > Waterfront Solicitors LLP > London, England
Waterfront Solicitors LLP Offices
14 WELLER STREET
Waterfront Solicitors LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
‘Waterfront Solicitors stands out for its practical and to-the-point advice. It is familiar with what small to medium technology companies need, which is speed and business acumen, and it delivers.‘
‘The team at Waterfront Solicitors is exceptional from start to finish.‘
‘The response times are immediate and the understanding and advice is considered, focused and professional.‘
‘The group is practical and provides realistic advice, in particular for licencing contract negotiations.‘
‘Piers Stickland is commercially minded, an excellent strategist and calm under pressure.’
‘Associate Lucy Marlow is focused, intelligent and thorough with superb IP related knowledge and experience.’
‘As well as as being very knowledgeable, Alison Berryman is friendly, focused and available, even if the task at hand is a comparatively small one.‘
‘Matthew Harris is our ‘go to’ Information technology resolution specialist. He is exceptionally professional with the matching knowledge of the industry to ensure you have the best team on your side.‘
‘Jean-Marc Pettigrew’s ability to deal with complex contractual situations and discuss them in plain English is excellent.‘
Workable Technology Limited
BridgeHead Software Limited
RNA Analytics Ltd
ActiveViam Limited (formerly Quartet Financial Systems Inc.)
Rapid Addition Ltd
Web Services Integration Limited (trading as Xceptor)
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.
Matthew Harris; Piers Strickland
‘Waterfront Solicitors is a niche IP firm, which provides an outstanding service at a cost that very few London firms can match.‘
‘Waterfront Solicitors is exceptionally good at the detail but also big picture strategy.‘
‘It is not a big firm but handles all cases as well as any bigger firm would.‘
‘A small firm, where the partners come from first-rate firms.‘
‘Piers Strickland is a first-class litigator, with good instincts for the arguments which appeal and strong client management skills.‘
‘Matthew Harris is a tough opponent.‘
The Financial Times
Integrated Supply Network LLC (“ISN”) and JS Products Limited
TRATON (previously formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG)
The Union of European Football Associations
PMS International Group Plc
Banijay Rights Limited
Andover Norton International Limited
Workable Technology Limited
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.
Other key lawyers:
Angus Young; Graham Halliday; Okachi Kejeh; Matthew Akehurst
‘I use this firm primarily to represent emerging companies (startups and scale-ups) although I am aware that they have a strong practice representing investors. I find them particularly useful where the work is not standardised, and senior judgment is required, since they don’t face the same pressures as the large tech firms to push such work down to very junior associates.
‘Both Matt Cunningham and Angus Young are effective, and attentive, corporate lawyers, and I routinely refer companies to them. Alison Berryman is similarly excellent on the commercial side.’
‘Great care on a professional and personal level to ensure that all points are thoroughly understood and addressed.’
‘Beyond the excellent services, Waterfront showed a real interest in the company and even attended on their own initiative one of the events that as a company/startup we participated.’
Workable Technology Limited
Exseed Health Limited
Marathon Venture Capital Fund
Metavallon Venture Capital Fund
Find Invest Grow Limited / FIG Equity
New Model Venture Capital
Welcome Travel Technologies Holdings Limited (Welcome Pickups)
Convibo Ltd (trading as Home Run)
Waterfront Solicitors LLP > Firm Profile
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.
|Intellectual property||Matthew Harris|
|Intellectual property||Piers Strickland|
|Commercial contracts||Alison Berryman|
|Commercial contracts||Jean-Marc Pettigrew|
|Matthew Akehurst||Associate. Matthew joined Waterfront in 2016 as a Trainee Solicitor, and qualified in…||View Profile|
|Alison Berryman||Alison heads up Waterfront’s Technology and Commercial Law team and specialises in…||View Profile|
|Matthew Cunningham||Matt is a partner and head of the corporate team at Waterfront.…||View Profile|
|Louisa Duffield-Harding||Senior Associate in the Technology & Commercial team with experience in a…||View Profile|
|Graham Halliday||Senior Associate specialising in corporate law matters; practice covers a wide range…||View Profile|
|Matthew Harris||Matthew is joint head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution. Matthew undertakes…||View Profile|
|Matthew Hodson||Associate I am an experienced litigator specialising in employment law. I advise…||View Profile|
|Charlotte Lang||Paralegal||View Profile|
|Lucy Marlow||Lucy specialises in intellectual property law and advises on all areas of…||View Profile|
|Thalya Merican||Trainee Solicitor||View Profile|
|Jean-Marc Pettigrew||Specialises in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, with a particular focus on…||View Profile|
|Anthony Purvis||Head of Employment. I joined Waterfront Solicitors in March 2012 and specialise…||View Profile|
|Piers Strickland||Piers is a partner and joint-head of the IP team at Waterfront.…||View Profile|
|Jessica Vautier||Associate – Data Protection||View Profile|
|Angus Young||Partner||View Profile|