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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.


  • Number of UK partners: 7
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 15
  • Breakdown of work %
  • Intellectual property: 40
  • Commercial contracts: 30
  • Corporate: 20
  • Employment: 10

  • Languages
  • English

Above material supplied by Waterfront Solicitors LLP.

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