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DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate Street

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London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

DLA Piper‘s ‘practical and solution-orientated‘ team provdes ‘pragmatic and commercial advice that is clear and concise‘ and ‘a multi-jurisdictional approach to IP advice and enforcement‘. The group assists with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, particularly relating to trade marks, copyright and transactions. Ruth Hoy heads up the practice following the departure of former practice head Claire Bennett to FiveAI; Hoy has a particular focus on fashion and retail-related matters. Other key individuals include litigator Simon Levine and Bonella Ramsay, who focus on the media, sports and entertainment industries, and life sciences sector respectively; and legal director Désirée Fields, who is a trade mark and brand protection specialist.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

DLA Piper’s sports team has standout expertise in intellectual property and data protection matters, as well as media rights sales, sponsorship deals, stadium financing and, in more emerging fields, e-sports and virtual advertising platforms. The team – which is led by global media, sport and entertainment co-chair Nick Fitzpatrick – has recently been tackling digital piracy matters for sports broadcasters, successfully seeking court orders to disrupt servers illegally hosting live content. Managing partner and IP litigator Simon Levine is currently managing the Premier League’s copyright enforcement programme across the UK, while in the financing space Paul Gray has recently advised lenders on potential financings to four major football clubs in Europe. Associate Sam Churney, whose focus is on brand exploitation, commercial exploitation of media rights and IP, worked with Rakuten on its shirt sponsorship arrangement with Barcelona FC and the company’s endorsement deal with Spanish football star Andres Iniesta.