James Lonsdale > DWF > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

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I am a Partner in the Commercial and Intellectual Property team, advising businesses on commercial agreements with a focus on outsourcing and IT projects.




My expertise spans the commercial and IP disciplines including supply, distribution and agency agreements, IT projects, outsourcing agreements, IP acquisition and licensing.

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North West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

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James LonsdaleDWF

DWF advises on large complex IT, telecoms and outsourcing projects for clients within the financial services, insurance and retails sectors. The team also acts for a stable roster of IT and telecoms suppliers. James Lonsdale oversees the Manchester office, with expertise spanning IT, telecoms and outsourcing agreements as well as other IT contracts. Andrew Whalley, also leader of the Liverpool dispute resolution team, is recognised for managing telecoms disputes and regulatory matters. Catherine Harrison  and Richard Meehan departed the firm in 2021.

North West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

DWF is instructed by clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. On the contentious side, the specialist IP litigation practice advises leading brands, manufacturers and retailers across the full spectrum of intellectual property rights; this includes patent, design, copyright, trade mark disputes and breach of confidence claims. The non-contentious team offer expertise in brand exploitation. Asima Rana heads the IP litigation team. Co-head James Lonsdale leads the non-contentious department, focusing on the acquisition and disposal of IP rights, patent and trade mark licensing and R&D agreements.

North West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester

At DWF, the corporate offering is overseen by global practice head Frank Shephard and M&A specialist Jonathan Robinson. The pair is well versed in private equity transactions, with Robinson also regularly handling cross-border matters. Legal director Vicky Thomas is also noted for her work in these areas. Commercial expert James Lonsdale‘s expertise spans agency, distribution, supply and outsourcing contracts issues, particularly those relating to high-profile and complex projects. In January 2022, the firm welcomed senior associate Kathryn Myers from an in-house position.