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Waterfront ranked in the Legal 500 for IT & Telecoms & Intellectual Property

Sep 14, 2016

Waterfront has been ranked by Legal 500 UK for IT & Telecoms, straight in at tier 3 for 2016. They describe how our department ‘combines a high level of sector experience with exceptional responsiveness’. Special mentions go to our practice head Alison Berryman who has 'deep expertise in all aspects of the software business’ and our ‘willing and able’ Jean-Marc Pettigrew, who became a partner in 2015.

Piers Strickland and Matthew Harris are both highlighted again as leading individuals. Particular mentions are made of ‘highly experienced litigator’ Piers Strickland who ‘combines great commercial acumen with first-rate legal skills’ and ‘approachable’ Matthew Harris, who both head up our Intellectual Property lawyers & Disputes teams.

Waterfront Solicitors are proud to offer exceptional internet and online legal advice for businesses across the UK, including app development lawyers, engineering lawyers, website guidance, digital advice and assistance from our advertising lawyers.


Alison Berryman specialises in Commercial Contracts and IT/Technology.

Alison is Waterfront’s resident Data Protection and Privacy expert, advising clients on all aspects of data protection and privacy law.

Alison also specialises in drafting and negotiating a very broad variety of commercial contracts, particularly for clients in the digital media, technology, software and e-commerce and entertainment sectors. 


Jean-Marc Pettigrew specialises in Commercial Contracts and IT Law.

Jean-Marc has extensive experience drafting, advising and negotiating on a range of commercial contracts, with particular experience across the IT sector and working on both customer and supplier side. Jean-Marc’s clients span global professional service firms, SME’s and start-ups, including software developers and vendors, IT service providers and app/website providers operating across a variety of industries such as financial, legal, education and retail. He was promoted to partner in 2015.


Piers Strickland Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution.

Piers specialises in advising clients on disputes involving all forms of intellectual property law including trade marks, copyright, patents, passing off and designs.  Piers also has extensive experience in the areas of confidential information, data protection and more general IT disputes, often relating to computer software.

He has substantial experience of litigating in the High Court, including the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.


Matthew Harris Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution.

Matthew undertakes a wide range of intellectual property and information technology work but specialises in IP and IT litigation, advising and acting for clients that range from SME’s, to large multi-national companies. 

Matthew’s patent expertise was recognised in the Legal 500 as long ago as 2006.  In the 2012 edition he is described as “Friendly, brilliant, direct, and able to think outside the box" and as someone who “provides the right advice on every occasion”.

Read more about our IP lawyers here.