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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP advises clients across a range of sectors, but has notable expertise in technology, IP and life sciences. The firm is particularly known for handling matters related to competition, regulatory issues, privacy and data protection. Matthew Warren leads the team and is experienced in large, complex commercial transactions. His team advised Ferroglobe on long-term strategic arrangements related to its acquisition of two manganese plants from multinational natural resource giant Glencore.

Practice head(s):Matthew Warren

Key Clients

Johnson & Johnson

Diageo

Guardian News & Media

AstraZeneca

De Beers

Honda

Genomics England

Mundipharma

Fundamental VR

Aston Martin

Ferroglobe

Cray Inc

Zoho

Work highlights

  • Advised Genomics England on a commercial collaboration with IQVIA, under which IQVIA will develop its platform to accommodate genomic data.
  • Acting as legal adviser for all of the commercial contract work for Waters’ European business, which is handled through its subsidiary, Micromass.
  • Supporting De Beers UK and its newly formed subsidiary Lightbox Jewelry Ltd with a number of commercial agreements relating to the launch by De Beers of a new lab-grown synthetic diamond jewellery business under the brand Lightbox Jewelry.

  • Providing ongoing general commercial support to the Intercontinental Hotels Group (comprising well-known brand names such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and InterContinental).
  • Assisted GSK with the change in its distribution model in respect of its entire product portfolio in the UK.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP‚Äô ‚Äėquick and efficient‚Äô team is recognised by clients and peers alike as a market leader in advising on the junction between competition law and intellectual property law. A stable stream of instructions comes from¬† pharmaceutical-sector clients, which the group advises on complex issues arising during investigations by the authorities; this includes assisting clients with restructuring their business as a result of the CMA‚Äôs investigations into the pharmaceutical sector, initiated back in 2017. Demonstrating the team's ability to adjust well to market trends, the group is also handling a significant number of mandates in the consumer goods space. Other notable sectors of focus are technology and life sciences. Pat Treacy¬†heads the department, where clients also single out the expertise of¬†Sophie Lawrance¬†and Stephen Smith.

Practice head(s):Pat Treacy

Other key lawyers:Stephen Smith; Sophie Lawrance

Testimonials

'A great, very dedicated team which offers straightforward, intelligent solutions'

'Bristows has an in depth knowledge of the TMT sector'

'The team is helpful and responsive, and stands out for its pragmatic approach to legal advice'

'Pat Treacy, Stephen Smith and Sophie Lawrance are all a pleasure to work with'

'Stephen Smith is very impressive and really takes the time to understand his clients’ commercial objectives'

Key Clients

Philips

Sound United

GlaxoSmithKline

ZTE

Google

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Napp Pharmaceuticals

Capgemini

British Brands Group

IPCom

Mundipharma

Edgewell Personal Care

The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

A Nelson & Co

Work highlights

  • Advising Sound United on the EU Commission's investigation into resale price maintenance in the context of e-commerce across the EU.
  • Advised GlaxoSmithKline on its overhaul of pharmaceutical distribution in the UK, moving away from a direct-to-pharmacy model to a reduced-wholesaler model.
  • Advising Napp Pharmaceuticals on all competition matters arising in the course of its day-to-day operation.
  • Providing strategic competition law advice to the British Brands Group. Work includes providing support during consultations, advisory work in respect of potential breaches, as well as broader competition compliance matters.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP advises on the full range of corporate M&A matters, covering acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, IPOs and financing work across both the public and private markets. The firm's most complex work is predominantly within the life sciences and technology sectors, acting for international blue chip companies on cross-border mandates. Furthermore, the firm's strong IP offering lends itself to expertise in IP-rich sectors such as consumer products and retail. Department head Iain Redford is active in the TMT and life sciences sectors in particular, and is instructed by clients to advise on mergers, acquisitions, IPOs, financings and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):Iain Redford

Other key lawyers:Marek Petecki;

Testimonials

'Bristows offers excellent advice with a broad range of skills'

'Partner Louise Eldridge listens to the client and provides timely and constructive advice, as well as coordinating her team very well'

Key Clients

AstraZeneca

Mironid

Bupa

WPP

Diageo

Amazon

Trafigura

Canon

Schibsted Media (listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange)

NuCana PLC (listed on Nasdaq)

UCL Business

Capgemini

OXIS Energy

GSK

Hewlett Packard

Boeing

Flexera Software

Wilkinson Sword

DNB Bank

Ferroglobe PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Capgemini on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Adaptive Lab Limited, a UK-based digital design studio.
  • Advised Diageo on its acquisition of premium drinks brand Belsazar Vermouth.
  • Acted for WPP on the acquisition of architectural and interior design agency Universal Design Studio.
  • Advised UCL Business Plc on the sale of part of its existing shareholding in Autolus as part of its Series C financing.
  • Advised Boeing HorizonX Ventures on its first UK investment, into Reaction Engines Limited, an Oxfordshire technological development company.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP's team 'is more than a collection of lawyers; it is a real team working together - and for each other - for a common client-focused goal'. The practice stands out for complex IT disputes, as well as commercial claims involving IP licensing and exploitation contracts; it has also experienced growth in disputes involving the misuse of confidential information, and instructions for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Mark Brown, Anna Cook and Simon Clark are experienced advisers, as are Jeremy Blum and Angela Fouracre. Kevin Appleton retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):Mark Brown

Other key lawyers:Anna Cook; Simon Clark; Jeremy Blum; Angela Fouracre

Testimonials

'The lawyers have a keen sense of the commercial aims of their clients and how to focus strategy so as to achieve those aims and they have an exceptional understanding of the commercial markets in which their clients operate'.

'Mark Brown is a fantastically bright litigator, who gives primacy to clients' needs and aims, listens to and challenges advice appropriately, and is a pleasure to work with'.

'Anna Cook displays a high level of attention to technical and legal detail, and recognises and distills the important features of any case'.

'Angela Fouracre is highly professional and an excellent communicator. She is commercially focused but nevertheless a fine lawyer and good to work with'.

Key Clients

Capgemini

Google

Goodrich Actuation Systems

Activision Blizzard

Spotify

The Guardian

Mundipharma International

Gee 7 Group

Flexera

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Eventbrite

Work highlights

  • Acted for Blizzard Entertainment, a global computer games publisher, in the first successful claim in the UK against purveyors of cheats and bots in the online computer gaming sector.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

Bristows LLP

One feature setting Bristows LLP’s competition and regulatory department apart from other firms is its ability to advise on issues at the junction between intellectual property and competition law. This specialism makes the firm a desired destination for a growing number of clients in the area of standardised technologies, as well as in the telecoms, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. Due to its newly opened office in Brussels, the team has improved its position to represent clients in competition law cases at EU level. Practice head Pat Treacy was appointed a Deputy Judge of the High Court in September 2018. Sophie Lawrance is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Pat Treacy

Other key lawyers:Sophie Lawrence

Testimonials

'Bristows is a go-to firm for competition law in the UK, especially when it comes to matters regarding patent litigation such as fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (Frand) issues'

'Bristows’ team is excellent in all areas of competition law, but it barely has a rival in issues at the interface between competition and intellectual property'

'Pat Treacy and Sophie Lawrence are both excellent and strong at handling IP-related matters crossing over with competition law; together they make an outstanding team'

'Sophie Lawrence is multilingual, highly dedicated, extraordinarily smart, and a team player who is very easy to work with'

Key Clients

Philips

Sound United (Denon & Marantz Europe)

GlaxoSmithKline

ZTE Corporation

Google

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Napp Pharmaceuticals

Capgemini

British Brands Group

IPCom

Chugai Pharmaceutical Co.

Work highlights

  • Defending Philips against allegations of anti-competitive conduct, seeking declarations from the Court about fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (Frand) terms and the application of Article 102 TFEU.
  • Instructed alongside the patent litigation team to represent Chinese technology company ZTE Corporation in defending itself against claims by Conversant Wireless Licensing.
  • Defending Google against a High Court action brought by online price comparison site Foundem.
  • Assisting IPCom with launching proceedings seeking a Frand declaration against Vodafone.
Leading individuals

Pat Treacy - Bristows LLP

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

Bristows LLP

Under the guidance of Mark Hawes at Bristows LLP the team is best known for its experience in advising charities that are established by Royal Charter, particularly those charities that operate in the fields of science, technology and engineering. It is also building up a reputation for acting for medical research charities and arts and cultural charities. Many of its clients operate internationally. Robert Bond is also well-placed to advise charities on a myriad of data protection issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Hawes

Other key lawyers:Robert Bond

Key Clients

The five Burlington House “Courtyard Societies”: The Society of Antiquaries of London; The Geological Society of London; The Royal Society of Chemistry; The Royal Astronomical Society; The Linnean Society of London

The Royal Theatrical Support Trust

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

Save the Elephants

British Academy

York University (Canada)

Greyhound Trust

South West Grid for Learning

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Genomics England

Electrical Safety First

Movember

Plan International UK

Remembered

PRI Association (UN-backed)

Greyhound Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) (a charity established by Royal Charter) on disputed proposed changes to the governance structure of the Institution.
  • Advising the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) (charity established by Royal Charter) on membership challenges to the governance of the Institution.
  • Advising the Royal Theatrical Support Trust on running the RTST Sir Peter Hall Director Award Scheme which supports regional charitable theatres and up-and-coming directors.
  • Advising Alzheimer’s Research UK on data protection compliance.
  • Advising Save the Elephants on compliance with data protection regulations and marketing rules.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP¬†‚Äėcontinues to be a trusted and reliable‚Äô firm with a commercial property team that is¬†'well versed in their field‚Äô. A keystone of the practice is its corporate occupier work where the group is active on major transactions, particularly for international businesses in the technology and life sciences sectors. Practice head Teresa Edmund¬†‚Äėhas the ability to make even the most complex issues sound straightforward‚Äô. She is active on all commercial property fronts and handles property transactions in a range of sectors, namely retail, charities, learned institutions and not-for-profit. The ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô Tim Allen,¬†who recently made partner, acts on development projects, sale and leaseback transactions, property finance and landlord & tenant work. Supporting him on the corporate occupier front is recommended associate Gemma Kirsch.

Practice head(s):Teresa Edmund

Other key lawyers:Tim Allen; Gemma Kirsch

Testimonials

'Bristows has a very commercial real estate team who are instrumental in advising clients on real estate legal negotiations. The team has a diverse set of experience and is rapidly building up its profile as real estate lawyers, especially in the London market.'

'In particular, Tim Allen is a key individual at Bristows. He takes a commercial view on issues in order to best advise the client whilst ensuring negotiations do not become protracted.'

'Tim Allen and Giles Davy provide specialist knowledge which is particularly invaluable when negotiating turnover rent provisions.'

'Tim Allen's work is exceptional. Commercially pragmatic, hard working, and explained concepts clearly. His associate Gemma Kirsch also follows in the same footsteps.'

'Bristows continues to be a trusted a reliable business partner whose team are well versed in their field, very responsive to questions as well as being sensitive to our timelines.'

'Availability and quality of technical knowledge and sector insight. Effective and balanced recommendations that aligned with business needs.'

'Extremely approachable, quick to respond, can-do attitude, excellent client service'.

'Teresa Edmund is very responsive, knowledgeable with good interpersonal skills. She offers practical solutions and leads her department efficiently.'

We have dealt with Bristows for many years. They have a strong team and there is always someone available to deal with any queries we might have. We get immediate response, and the partners are also readily available.

'Teresa Edmund heads up the team, but is always available to discuss anything. She has the ability to make even the most complex issues sound straight forward.'

'Bristows offers exceptional advice and provides the advice in a way that is easily understood by their clients. They are pragmatic and take an approach that satisfies their clients as well as enabling a transaction to run smoothly in order to achieve the desired outcome.'

'Extremely accessible and easy to work with. This varies greatly with other law firms who a difficult to relate to and do not solve tasks in a way that individuals who do not work in law can understand and contribute to.'

'Teresa Edmund is pragmatic, thorough and methodical.'

'They are professional and knowledgeable while being approachable.'

'Working closely with Tim Allen and Gemma Kirsch is a fantastic experience, their pragmatism alongside industry knowledge is invaluable.'

Key Clients

Blue Diamond Limited

NIO Nextev (UK) Limited

Time Out Markets Limited

Dimension Data Networking Services Limited

British Academy

Kodak Limited

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

Stirling Land Limited

Halfswing Properties Limited

Randle Siddeley Limited

Totaljobs Group Limited

Intermusica Limited

Schibsted Products & Technology Limited

Flexera Software Limited

Avalara Europe Limited

Trafigura Pte Limited

Bloomfield Service Stations Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Blue Diamond in its acquisition of nine garden centres from Wyevale and the subsequent sale and leaseback of three of those sites to a BlackRock fund.
  • Appointed by NIO Nextev (UK) Limited for the development and leasing of 110,000 square foot European HQ and R&D facility.
Next Generation Partners

Tim Allen - Bristows LLP

Rising stars

Gemma Kirsch - Bristows LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 1

Bristows LLP

2018 saw Bristows LLP build on its already well-established position in the data protection field with the recruitment of the 'outstanding' Marc Dautlich from Pinsent Masons LLP; Dautlich is particularly active in the technology, financial services and fintech sectors. Practice head Mark Watts has notable expertise in advising US-based clients and regularly handles global compliance projects and regulatory litigation; Christopher Millard focuses on the technology and communications sectors; and Robert Bond has experience in compliance work, data incidents, cyber attacks and issues relating to health and children's data. As a whole, the practice excels in high-profile and international work; recent examples include Google's right to be forgotten case and British Airways' data breach. Its notable areas of expertise encompass compliance projects, regulatory litigation and product launches. Clients also single out 'excellent' senior associate Hannah Crowther.

Practice head(s):Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:Marc Dautlich; Christopher Millard; Robert Bond; Hannah Crowther

Testimonials

'Bristows is a go-to firm for privacy and data protection matters. It provides on-time, risk-based legal advice and problem-solving.'

'Bristows fields a first-rate privacy and data protection practice, which is knowledgeable, responsive and client focused.'

'Marc Dautlich is outstanding and brings a wealth of experience to Bristows' privacy practice. He is pragmatic, insightful and time and again helps clients solve whatever privacy issue they are facing.'

'Marc Dautlich has encyclopedic knowledge, takes the time to really understand the client and delivers commercial and pragmatic advice.'

Key Clients

Google

IBM

Amazon Web Services

NBC Universal

British Airways

McKinsey Consulting

Incorporated Society of British Advertisers

Cray

Capgemini

WhatsApp

Work highlights

  • Advising Comcast NBCUniversal Group on all aspects of privacy and data protection compliance including GDPR implementation, internal governance policies, adtech compliance issues and binding corporate rules work.
  • Assisting McKinsey Consulting with its global strategy for data protection compliance, particularly decisions relating to binding corporate rules.
  • Handling Google's EU-wide strategy for GDPR complaints and regulatory enforcement.
  • Assisting Chelsea Football Club with its preparation and compliance with GDPR as well as adtech and marketing compliance.
  • Advising Costco on the implementation of an EU-wide privacy programme alongside other data protection issues including subject rights requests, consumer complaints and the handling of data relating to criminal allegations.
Leading individuals

Marc Dautlich - Bristows LLP

Mark Watts - Bristows LLP

Robert Bond - Bristows LLP

Rising stars

Hannah Crowther - Bristows LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP has 'a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise' in trade mark and design portfolio management, advertising and marketing, sponsorship arrangements and other commercial ventures. The practice has a niche speciality working with major advertising and publishing houses such as the WPP Group, the Financial Times and Guardian News and Media. On the advertising side, Paul Jordan is experienced in multi-platform advertising clearance, regulatory matters, advising on influencer and promotion agreements and defending against Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) complaints, such as defending Gtech in a high-profile comparative advertising complaint brought by Dyson. Trade mark attorney Ian Gruselle is a soft IP specialist and leads the management of worldwide and European trade mark (EUTM) portfolios. Design expert Simon Clark focuses on copyright and design rights, database rights, trade marks, passing off and domain names. Also of note are Paul Walsh, 'an excellent all-round brands expert'; Jeremy Blum, who leads on the contentious IP side; and associate Andy Butcher.

Practice head(s):Simon Clark; Ian Gruselle; Paul Jordan

Other key lawyers:Paul Jordan; Ian Grusselle; Andy Butcher

Key Clients

Diageo

Gtech

Vice Media

Guardian News and Media

Royal Mail

British American Tobacco

Work highlights

  • Acting for Gtech in defending a trade mark infringement claim brought by Dyson, in the context of comparative advertising.  
  • Managing the worldwide trade mark portfolio of the Financial Times, conducting clearance searches for new brands, filing applications to expand the protection of the iconic "FT" and "Financial Times" brands around the world, and assisting in the protection of new brands and products.
  • Assisting British American Tobacco's campaign clearance and defending the client against ASA complaints, such as those in connection with e-cigarette brand Vype.
Leading individuals

Paul Jordan - Bristows LLP

Rising stars

Andy Butcher - Bristows LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP's technology-oriented fintech practice represents start-ups (particularly payment service providers), large insurance companies, major banks and corporations, in corporate transactions, data and IP protection, compliance with regulatory standards (PSD2), key contractual agreements governing the provision of services, outsourcing projects and disputes. Corporate partner Louise Eldridge handles M&A, venture capital transactions and joint venture deals and has experience advising clients on blockchain technology, digital transactions, and regtech and insurtech developments. Recent joiner Marc Dautlich is the firm's go-to data protection expert; he also brings to the group additional expertise in financial services regulation, spanning PSD2, e-privacy and the Lawful Business Practice Regulations. In a recent instruction, Eldridge acted for DNB Bank on its strategic investment in FinTech 11:FS Group.

Practice head(s):Louise Eldridge

Other key lawyers:Marc Dautlich

Testimonials

"Bristows have a clear understanding of the technology in the sector and specifically the fintech/insurtech market."

"Bristows has relevant experience related to PSD2 compliance and provides concrete and practical advice on how to navigate these rules."

"Louise Eldridge gives constructive advice, co-ordinates the team well and ensures transactions run smoothly."

"Marc Dautlich has a strong technical background which is critical when advising on emerging technologies."

Key Clients

DNB Bank AsA

Munich Re

Littlepay Ltd

Uniface

Isle of Man Enterprises Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for DNB, Norway’s largest financial services group investing in leading UK Fintech company 11:FS Group.
  • Commercial advice, covering contracts, strategies and risk compliance for Munich Re.
  • Handled equity and debt financing for leading blockchain/DLT fintech company, VChain Technology.
  • Advising a new market entrant providing tap & go payment tech to small public transport.
  • Advised fintech vendor Itiviti on the negotiation of a long-term strategic agreement with a major global bank for the provision to the bank of trading infrastructure systems for capital markets.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP has 'a well-rounded and pragmatic team with excellent skills' and 'superb commercial acumen'. Leveraging the team's broad experience across the IT and telecoms sectors, recent work highlights include acting for ZTE and Philips in separate standard essential patents litigation with consideration of FRAND licence terms. The group is jointly led by Toby Crick, who is 'a very valuable asset in any IT contract negotiation'; head of commercial IT Mark Watts, and 'star IP solicitor' Myles Jelf. Other names to note include Anna Cook for IT disputes, head of the robotics and AI group Chris Holder, Adrian Sim, who specialises in IT implementation projects and has a 'pragmatic and can-do attitude', and 'hugely experienced' patent litigator Richard Pinckney.

Practice head(s):Toby Crick; Myles Jelf; Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:Anna Cook; Chris Holder; Adrian Sim; Richard Pinckney

Testimonials

'Bristows has a strong team, which is proactive and balanced, and a pleasure to work with.'

'The team is flexible in its approach, and its understanding of the constraints of budget and time. It fields lawyers that you would introduce to your business stakeholders.'

'The team is pragmatic in its approach and fields top negotiators. It helps in all areas of doing the deal, from the drafting, negotiation and giving information for briefings and governance.'

'Bristows is one of the most experienced TMT firms in the UK, having been involved in almost every major telecoms case in recent years; it brings experience coupled with ability, enthusiasm and a service-oriented approach to every case, offering a first-rate service at real-world costings.'

'Toby Crick is a commercially minded lawyer with huge experience, deep technical knowledge and excellent negotiating skills.'

'Myles Jelf is exceptionally comfortable with a wide range of electro-mechanical technologies, he brings strategic direction and oversight to every case.'

'Richard Pinckney demonstrates the abilities of a seasoned partner; he gets to grip with the complexities of a case in short order and is particularly skilled in getting the very best out of his team.'

'Adrian Sim is a star.'

'Adrian Sim is probably one of the best lawyers in the field and a real deal maker.'

'Senior associate Vikram Khurana and associate Rob Powell deserve mentions for providing a fantastic service. Clients are impressed with their honesty in billing and quoting, and their down-to-earth and pragmatic legal advice - they are experts in their fields.'

Key Clients

Samsung

ZTE

Xoserve

IMechE

Ofcom

Bupa

Telenor

Google

Philips N.V

MobileIron

IBM

Amazon Web Services

Capgemini

British Airways

Uniface

Dropbox

Sony

Cray Supercomputers

The Guardian

MunichRe Group

Work highlights

  • Representing ZTE in standard essential patent litigation brought by Conversant.
  • Acting for Philips  in a claim against Asus and HTC involving three mobile telecoms Standard Essential Patents (SEP) relating to high-speed packet access in mobile telephone networks from Philips’ portfolio.
  • Advising Telenor on the development of standard form terms to manage the delivery of new technologies to its business units and on the management of risks associated with international contracts moving from Norwegian law to English law.
  • Advised Ofcom on the transfer of licensing activities currently provided by the Civil Aviation Authority to airports and airlines to Ofcom.
  • Assisted Munich Re Group with its network and mobile operation outsourced supply contracts.
Leading individuals: IT

Toby Crick - Bristows LLP

Next Generation Partners

Adrian Sim - Bristows LLP

Anna Cook - Bristows LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Bristows LLP

With specialisms in the the technology and life sciences sectors, the intellectual property team at Bristows LLP provides 'a first-class service at a real-world cost' and clients praise it as 'the best all-round IP team in the UK'. The group has broad expertise and 'excels not only in UK IP litigation but also in pan-European IP matters'. Brian Cordery and the 'hugely experienced' Myles Jelf, who 'successfully brings first-class strategy and oversight to cases, whilst inspiring and harnessing the abilities of the firm's fantastic associates', jointly head the patent litigation team, while Matthew Warren, Simon Clark and Ian Gruselle lead the commercial IP team, brands practice and trade mark portfolio group respectively. Other names to note include Andrew Bowler and Robert Burrows, who handle a range of contentious IP matters; telecoms and high-tech patent litigator James Boon; Liz Cohen, Dominic Adair and Gemma Barrett who focus on life sciences patent litigation; Richard Pinckney, who acts in IP disputes in the TMT, engineering and electronics sectors; and brands expert Jeremy Blum.

Practice head(s):Brian Cordery; Myles Jelf; Matthew Warren; Simon Clark; Ian Gruselle

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bowler; Robert Burrows; James Boon; Liz Cohen; Dominic Adair; Gemma Barrett: Richard Pinckney; Jeremy Blum

Testimonials

'Bristows has a market leading life sciences practice and is very knowledgeable in this area.'

'All of the partners are at the top of their fields, and are assisted by first-rate associates.'

'Unlike some of the boutique IP firms, Bristows benefits from being a full-service firm, drawing on experience, when required, from non-IP departments including the commercial and competition groups.'

'It has a great network with a number of excellent law firms across Europe, which allows Bristows to provide the best legal advice with respect to pan-European IP strategy.'

'Matthew Warren is very sensible and provides sound advice.'

'Laura Anderson works in a very responsive, collaborative and pragmatic way and works with life sciences sector clients to achieve results clients can feel good about.'

'Myles Jelf is an undoubted star among IP solicitors.'

'Richard Pinckney offers a strong and confident service with brilliant strategic direction, especially in the electro-mechanical sphere.'

'Andrew Bowler is a pleasure to work with, bringing well-honed and realistic strategic direction to any case.'

'Dom Adair is prompt, highly reliable, and a great pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

Novartis

Samsung

Philips

Google

Johnson & Johnson

Cadbury (Mondelez International)

McDonalds International Property Company

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy

The Financial Times

Monsoon / Accessorize

Heineken

Fondation de France

UCB Pharma

BuzzFeed

Work highlights

  • Acting for Vectura in a patent case regarding the validity of five of its EP (UK) patents and an infringement by GSK’s series of Ellipta inhaler patents.
  • Instructed by Edgewell Personal Care and Wilkinson Sword to defend allegations of patent infringement made by Procter & Gamble and Gillette relating to Gillette’s Mach 3 razors.
  • Representing ZTE Corporation in FRAND litigation brought by Conversant.
  • Acting for Novartis Pharma in several patent disputes.
  • Advised Genomics England on all aspects of its collaboration with IQVIA including the IP issues arising out of combining its clinical and genomic datasets with IQVIA’s analytical tools.
Leading individuals

Brian Cordery - Bristows LLP

Myles Jelf - Bristows LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jeremy Blum - Bristows LLP

Richard Pinckney - Bristows LLP

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP's tech sector group handles contentious and non-contentious matters for household-name brands, advertising agency networks, large media companies and industry associations. Advertising, marketing, gaming, music, social media, interactive content, publishing, TV and film are key areas of focus and it offers a range of IP, commercial, competition, corporate, M&A, copyright, data protection, privacy, trade mark and regulatory expertise. Paul Jordan is active across advertising, marketing, publishing and TV work; he advises on influencer and promotion agreements, global IP protection, multi-platform advertising clearance and global brand restructuring, as well as compliance, the preparation and defence of ASA complaints, Trading Standards and CMA investigations. Jordan advises Spotify on advertising matters. Myles Jelf is noted for his contentious expertise, particularly in the gaming sector. The team also has expertise in the publishing sector where it is increasingly acting for life sciences companies on issues related to online publishing.

Practice head(s):Myles Jelf; Paul Jordan

Other key lawyers:Simon Clark; Mark Brown; Andrew Butcher

Testimonials

The firm offers a very good service.

Advice is thorough, efficient and also practical.

Paul Jordan is very helpful and knowledgeable, is always quick to respond, is thorough in his advice which is also practical.

 

Key Clients

Financial Times

Activision Blizzard

Amazon

GTech

Vice Media

Guardian News and Media

Google

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

NLA Media Access (the newspaper licensing agency)

TBWA/the DISRUPTION® Agency

Sony

British American Tobacco

WPP Group

Work highlights

  • The firm manages the worldwide trade mark portfolio of the Financial Times.
  • Advised Activision Blizzard on a £10m breach of contract case against a company creating bots for Blizzard games.
  • Advised Amazon.com on its follow-on investment into award winning UK-based game studio, Sensible Object.
  • Advised GTech on trade mark litigation.
  • The firm acts for Paramount Pictures on advertising compliance matters relating to influencer marketing and movie adverts.
Leading individuals

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 2

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP fields a particularly strong practice in the management of worldwide trade mark portfolios, including the representation of clients in complex opposition and cancellation proceedings. With its added litigation capacities, the group is able to provide clients with a full-service brand protection offering. While the food and beverage, publishing, hospitality, luxury and automotive sectors account for a significant portion of the caseload, the group's track record also includes clients from a broad spread of other sectors. Ian Gruselle and solicitor advocate Simon Clark are the heads of the practice.

Practice head(s):Ian Gruselle; Simon Clark

Testimonials

'They are trusted advisers.'

'Advice provided is clear and concise.'

Key Clients

BAFTA

Diageo

Fat Face

Mondelez International

Rocco Forte Hotels

The Financial Times

The Guardian

Royal Mail Group Ltd

WPP plc

Work highlights

  • Management of The Financial Times Limited's worldwide trade mark portfolio, including the conduct of clearance searches for new brands and developing the existing portfolio to enhance the core brands' protection. Represented the client in several opposition proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, including Portugal, China, Pakistan and Italy, collaborating with local counsel as necessary.
  • Advised The Guardian on its global trade mark strategy, including the management of the filing and prosecution of globally filed trade mark applications and oppositions in addition to assisting the client with trade mark infringement litigation and domain name disputes.
  • Acted for WPP in multiple trade mark oppositions and cancellation actions in the EU, Latin America and the Far East; assisted with the prosecution of the new branding of two of the client's newly merged group companies; managed the worldwide trade mark watching services for approximately 50 brands; and assisted with the transfer of trade marks between companies following assignment.
  • Assisted Rocco Forte Hotels with the trade mark aspects of the launch of its new logo across 31 countries and advised the client on the name protection of two of its stand-out hotels as well as on multiple trade mark oppositions.
  • Instructed to take over Dentsply Sirona, Inc's global non-US trade mark portfolio, involving over 4,000 registered trade marks worldwide and including proceedings before the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 1

Bristows LLP

With 'enormous strength in the pharma and biotech space'  Bristows LLP attracts acclaim from clients as a go-to practice. Laura Anderson and 'outstanding' Liz Cohen are the joint heads of the life sciences group and Brian Cordery who 'knows his stuff' jointly heads patent litigation with Myles Jelf. The team offers an all-round service to clients covering the core areas of transactional, regulatory and IP expertise. Its skills also extend to areas where tech intersects with life sciences or healthcare and the handling of, for example, medical data. 'Excellent regulatory expert' Alex Denoon heads the regulatory group and with a PhD in molecular biology, litigator Dr Robert Burrows  is 'one of the most knowledgeable solicitors in the pharma/biotech space'. The 'talented' Gemma Barrett is a litigator within life sciences and 'creative thinker' Greg Bacon  and senior associate Rachel Mumby are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Laura Anderson; Liz Cohen

Other key lawyers:Brian Cordery; Alex Denoon; Rob Burrows; Gemma Barrett; Greg Bacon; Rachel Mumby; Olivia Henry

Testimonials

'They have well-qualified solicitors with technical backgrounds who are familiar with the science immediately. They are a large enough team to cope with large cases and demanding clients. There are excellent juniors of whom the more senior team are very supportive. A huge pleasure to work with and they get great results.'

'The Bristows team provided exceptionally good work. All team members were very responsive and open for discussions. Their written work product was likewise spotless and, unlike the work product of most other firms that I have worked with, there was no need for fine tuning.'

'Bristows was able to grasp our technically complex case quickly and helped to advance our global litigation strategy even beyond the UK with their vast experience in this field.'

'There is a real focus on life sciences and technology at the firm, with all the specialist teams a pharmaceutical company needs in the same place - IP, regulatory, competition. They are always willing to provide excellent, current and useful training.'

'The team really cares about doing a good job and always go the extra mile. Although a partner-led service, you also get to know the associates who are doing the work.'

'Rob Burrows is one of the most knowledgeable solicitors in the pharma/biotech space. He explains difficult concepts so well to clients and is easy to work with.'

'Greg Bacon is a creative thinker - he can propose innovative options as solutions.'

'Alex Denoon is an excellent regulatory expert.  It's a great experience working with him.'

'Rachel Mumby is a talented solicitor- technically excellent and great with clients.'

'Olivia Henry is a brilliant young solicitor with great knowledge and ability.  One to watch'.

'Every one of Dominic Adair, Gregory Bacon and Gemma Barrett is particularly talented in their area.'

'Dominic Adair did a great job in coordinating all activities of our case. He is very pleasant to work with. He is a bright mind and yet remained very modest. I can highly recommend him for any IP litigation in the UK and will certainly work with him again in the future.'

'Dom Adair is technically gifted, understands issues quickly and gives great commercial advice.'

'Brian Cordery is incredibly responsive and diligent, knows his stuff and thinks the case through carefully.'

'Gemma Barrett provides very clear and commercial advice.'

 

Key Clients

Novartis

Celltrion

Johnson & Johnson (Janssen Sciences)

AstraZeneca

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Chugai

UCL Business

Fresenius

Genomics England

Syncona

GSK

Emmanuelle Charpentier

Google and DeepMind

IBM Watson

Work highlights

  • Advising Genomics England (UK Department of Health) on a range of matters including on a commercial technology collaboration with IQVIA, under which IQVIA will develop its platform to accommodate genomic data and advised on the IT and IP  issues  relating to its pioneering PanelApp.
  • Assisted Searle (Pfizer) and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) in their successful defence of SPC revocation proceedings commenced by Sandoz and Hexal. The matter concerned Janssen’s blockbuster medication for the treatment of HIV-1. The Court of Appeal referred a question on the matter to the European Court.
  • Advised Syncona, as lead investor, in the £14m Series A financing for OMass Therapeutics Limited. This financing is intended to enable OMass to develop a pipeline of novel drug development programmes.
  • Represent EVER Neuro, a company focused on the research, development, production and commercialisation of products in the areas of neurology, critical care, anesthesia and oncology.  Ever Neuro holds a Marketing Authorisation medicine granted by the MHRA in respect of a generic version of an existing medicine. Orion holds the Marketing Authorisation in respect of the existing medicine. Orion has asked the Court to revoke the Marketing Authorisation granted to the client who is an interested party in the proceedings. In a complex case,  Orion asked for a question to be referred to the CJEU to seek to change the current CJEU jurisprudence.
  • Continues to act for long-standing client Novartis Pharma AG, with the enforcement of its patents for its blockbuster medicines.
Leading individuals

Liz Cohen - Bristows LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rob Burrows - Bristows LLP

Rising stars

Rachel Mumby - Bristows LLP

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