Firm Profile > Waterfront Solicitors LLP > London , London
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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.
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.
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.
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|Intellectual property||Piers Strickland|
|Commercial contracts||Alison Berryman|
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