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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.

Practice head(s):

Alison Berryman


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.

Key clients

Valtech Limited

Workable Technology Limited

BridgeHead Software Limited

RNA Analytics Ltd

ActiveViam Limited (formerly Quartet Financial Systems Inc.)

Realla Limited


Rapid Addition Ltd

Web Services Integration Limited (trading as Xceptor)

Anana Limited

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.

Practice head(s):

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.

Key clients

GAT Microencapsulation

The Financial Times

Integrated Supply Network LLC (“ISN”) and JS Products Limited

TRATON (previously formerly Volkswagen Truck & Bus AG)

MyOptique Group

The Union of European Football Associations

PMS International Group Plc

Banijay Rights Limited


PM Connect

Andover Norton International Limited

Workable Technology Limited

Vertical Leisure

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.

Practice head(s):

Matt Cunningham

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.’

Key clients

Workable Technology Limited


Plandek 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)

Realla Limited

Convibo Ltd (trading as Home Run)

Emoquo Limited

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 Associate. Matthew joined Waterfront in 2016 as a Trainee Solicitor, and qualified in…
 Alison Berryman  photo Alison Berryman Alison heads up Waterfront’s Technology and Commercial Law team and specialises in…
 Matthew Cunningham  photo Matthew Cunningham Matt is a partner and head of the corporate team at Waterfront.…
 Louisa Duffield-Harding  photo Louisa Duffield-Harding Senior Associate in the Technology & Commercial team with experience in a…
 Graham Halliday  photo Graham Halliday Senior Associate specialising in corporate law matters; practice covers a wide range…
 Matthew Harris  photo Matthew Harris Matthew is joint head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution. Matthew undertakes…
 Matthew Hodson  photo Matthew Hodson Associate I am an experienced litigator specialising in employment law. I advise…
 Charlotte Lang  photo Charlotte Lang Paralegal
 Lucy Marlow  photo Lucy Marlow Lucy specialises in intellectual property law and advises on all areas of…
 Thalya Merican  photo Thalya Merican Trainee Solicitor
 Jean-Marc Pettigrew  photo Jean-Marc Pettigrew Specialises in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, with a particular focus on…
 Anthony Purvis  photo Anthony Purvis Head of Employment.  I joined Waterfront Solicitors in March 2012 and specialise…
 Piers Strickland  photo Piers Strickland Piers is a partner and joint-head of the IP team at Waterfront.…
 Jessica Vautier  photo Jessica Vautier Associate – Data Protection
 Angus Young  photo Angus Young Partner
Number of UK partners : 7
Number of other UK fee-earners : 15