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DWF

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1 SCOTT PLACE, 2 HARDMAN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 3AA, ENGLAND
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Work 03333 202220
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Fax 03333 204440
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www.dwf.law

Craig Chaplin

Tel:
Work +44 (0)161 604 1642
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DWF

Work Department

I am a Partner and Head of the Commercial & Competition Team.

Position

Partner

Career

My particular fields of expertise lie in providing advice on contracts, intellectual property licensing and outsourcing across all sectors.


North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester

Within: Leading individuals

Craig Chaplin - DWF

Within: Corporate and commercial: Manchester

DWF's eight-partner team is noted for its expertise in M&A, capital markets and private equity transactions, as well complex commercial mandates. National corporate head Frank Shephard  (‘very pragmatic, and able to find solutions to get the deal done’) acted alongside Alasdair Outhwaite  for Arlington Industries on its acquisition of Magal Engineering. Manchester corporate head Jonathan Robinson  advised NorthEdge Capital on its £100m exit and reinvestment in Utiligroup; and acted alongside Outhwaite for Palatine Private Equity on its investment in ZyroFisher. Recently promoted partner Lisa Stavropoulos  is a key member of the team, specialising in M&A and capital markets mandates. On the commercial side, national head of commercial, Craig Chaplin, acts for clients such as Serco and Morrisons, and James Lonsdale  advises Countrywide on a range of commercial matters.

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: Leading individuals

Craig Chaplin - DWF

Within: IT and telecoms

DWF   fields a ‘competent team’ under the leadership of Craig Chaplin  that ‘scores 10/10 all round. The team produces work on time and at a competitive rate’. Key figures include the ‘extremely diligent and technically excellentJames LonsdaleAndrew Whalley, who has considerable experience in managing telecoms disputes and has acted for a number of leading domestic and international telecoms operators and resellers; and Aassociate Richard Meehan. The team regularly advises clients on large and complex IT projects of regional and national significance. It has a broad range of sector expertise with considerable experience in IT and outsourcing projects in the financial services and insurance sectors. Clients include Telefonica UK Ltd (o2), Poundland and WM Morrisons Supermarkets. The group acted for Utiligroup in connection with its supply to utility companies of software and a managed service for Smart Metering. Utiligroup is a provider of innovative software as a service and provides managed service solutions to utilities in addition to handling data for over four million customer registrations. Senior associate Debra Coady advises on a range of IT and outsourcing matters such as telematics services and web-based consumer services as well as on data protection and security issues in a cloud computing context.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Craig Chaplin - DWF

Within: Intellectual property

DWF's team is headed by the ‘very user friendlyCraig Chaplin, whose ‘service levels are excellent’. The ‘excellent’ team ‘has individuals who know their clients' business so thoroughly that they provide very efficient answers. The team has real strength in depth and adds value with its commercial approach’. Senior associate Catherine Harrison  ‘is very approachable and stands out from the rest; her specialist knowledge of IP and commercial law is first-class’. The team advises a plethora of IP-rich companies and has specialist knowledge of areas such as industrial manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and healthcare as well as leisure and hospitality. It is particularly known for its work in brand licensing, collaboration, protection and litigation work in the retail and sports sectors. It continues to provide IP, sponsorship and strategic commercial advice to British Cycling. Wm Morrisons and Expedia are also clients.

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