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Review of the year 2014

Dec 19, 2014

This time last year, we were predicting our top tech trends for 2014. If the top tech searches on Google are anything to go by then emojis had a greater impact than smart fridges. But hey it’s early days… With crystal-ball gazing being notoriously difficult, we’ll stick to reviewing our highlights of the year and leave future predictions to Mystic Meg for now.

At the start of the year, we welcomed Lindsey Rigg, our new practice manager to the team. We were seen strutting our stuff at London Fashion Week in February, which led to some serious musing about the intersection of fashion, technology and the law – with wearable technology being such a fast-developing arena.

In March we produced our own blend of technology and law with our first ever webinar.  Lots of clients tuned in to listen to Head of Employment Law, Anthony Purvis, talk through the latest employment law changes, irrespective of his fashion credentials. Keep your eyes on our events listings for more Waterfront webinars in 2015 if you want to get a speedy inside track on legal changes and issues which might affect your business.

In April there was an exciting flurry of team promotions, including Jean-Marc Pettigrew and Anthony Purvis, who both became Senior Associates. Not being one to rest on his laurels, Jean-Marc headed straight up to Newcastle along with 250 other movers and shakers in the gaming industry to the GameHorizon conference in May, alongside intellectual property solicitor, Philip Partington. The whole team was also out in force for the 10th London Legal Walk. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported us, helping us to raise over £1000 for free legal aid for those in greatest need.

Over the summer we were really pleased to see many of you at our Summer Party at the fantastic Cartoon Museum. Although, while others were socialising, the Corporate team were busy working on a range of deals including Rule Financial GroupWambiz and Tagpoints. And by September, we were all busy supporting the Developers and Entrepreneurs speed pitching events in Shoreditch. We’re very proud to be continuing our sponsorship of these events in 2015 as a great way of bringing together developers and investors to get new businesses off the ground.

We like to keep ourselves firmly rooted in the world of tech, but in October, we were keeping our eyes peeled for the annual publication of the prestigious legal directories. We were delighted to be ranked once again in both Legal 500 and Chambers, being recognised for our forward-looking approach and ‘friendly, helpful and efficient’ style.

These qualities are something we’ve been working to encapsulate over the course of the year. We think we’ve managed to crystalise it with our new ‘part of your team’ message, which you’ll see appearing on Waterfront communications in 2015.

And as a final full stop to a very positive year, we’re excited to be supporting the Apps For Good charity, rather than sending Christmas cards. Apps for Good does brilliant work with schools developing the technology skills of 11-18 year olds. They are all about helping young people realise the potential of technology through entrepreneurship. So while we might not be able to pinpoint the most successful tech trends of the future, we can invest in their quality. Move over Mystic Meg.