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Alison Berryman

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Waterfront Solicitors LLP

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Technology and Commercial Law


Alison heads up Waterfront’s Technology and Commercial Law team and specialises in drafting and negotiating a very broad variety of commercial contracts, particularly for SME clients in the technology, software, digital media and e-commerce sectors.  Alison works with clients of all sizes - from individual iPhone App developers, to medium sized businesses requiring software licences, to overseas national governments requiring advice on European Data Protection Legislation.  Alison has undertaken two secondments as part of Waterfront’s "Virtual In-House Lawyer" scheme.  The experience gained during these secondments, together with her work in-house prior to Waterfront, has led Alison to take a very pragmatic and commercial approach to most legal problems.  Many clients have commented on how useful this approach is in enabling them to make informed decisions quickly, so they can get back to the ‘real work’.


Prior to joining Waterfront as a trainee, Alison had accumulated nearly 4 years of contracts experience, first at Universal Music Publishing and later at Macrovision (now called Rovi, a NASDAQ listed, silicon valley technology company).  Alison qualified at Waterfront in 2006, was promoted to partner in December 2008 and became the Head of Technology and Commercial Law in 2015.


Tech London Advocate


Law Degree (LLB) from the University of North London, LPC (PGDip) from the University of Westminster

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

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.

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