We are delighted to be included in the prestigious Legal 500 list of leading law firms once again in both the IT and telecoms and intellectual property categories.
The Legal 500 – which sets the benchmark for excellence across the UK legal market – observed that Waterfront Solicitors has “a very genuine motivation to help clients succeed”. This year four Waterfront partners received positive and personal mentions in the guide.
On the IT side, we were pleased to see some of our clients, Capita, Aquila Group Holdings and E-Consultancy.com mentioned. The Legal 500 said that our team can “hold its own in negotiating with the largest financial services businesses and their in-house and external lawyers”. The write-up praised the commercial focus of Carole Hailey and Alison Berryman. They “always understand that clients are a business first and foremost, in order to give relevant weighting to the commercial needs versus the legal obligations”.
The comments about our intellectual property team were no less favourable. The Legal 500 commented that we punch above our weight in the IP area, citing our successful work for Kenwood and Shark as examples. Both the Waterfront IP partners were also praised. Matthew Harris was described as “very bright, and exhibits a strong sense of business knowledge” and Piers Strickland as “tenacious yet pragmatic”
Waterfront founding partner, Carole Hailey said, “We’re a little bit coy about legal industry recognition and rankings, as we prefer to judge our success by the satisfaction of our clients. But we can’t deny that it’s great to be recognised for the quality of our work, alongside much larger firms.”
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