With a team of seven partners, all based in London, Waterfront Solicitors is proud to have a strong team of lawyers with a passion to provide legal expertise.
Our partners specialise in a number of areas including intellectual property, IT and technology, corporate law, employment law and disputes, whilst also advising on a wide range of other matters including privacy and data protection law, advertising law and consumer law.
Each of our partners has a wealth of experience. We provide businesses of all sizes, from multinational corporate brands to individual entrepreneurs and investors, with commercial and pragamatic legal advice to help clients reach their goals. For more information on each of our seven partners simply click on the find out more buttons below their indiviudal profile pictures.
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Piers Stricklandfind out more >
Piers StricklandJoint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution
Piers has 20 years of experience in advising clients on 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 and data protection. In addition, he regularly advises clients on more general IT disputes, often relating to computer software.
Piers also has experience in competition law cases, particularly those that interface with intellectual property law.
Piers services both international and UK-based clients with a broad ranging industry focus.
He has substantial experience of litigating in the High Court, including the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
He is routinely recommended by the leading global directories, Legal 500, Chambers, IP Stars, World Trade Mark Review, as follows:
- “an excellent IP solicitor with the ability to undertake demanding pieces of litigation” (World Trade Mark Review 2020)
- “He is very responsive, always accessible, very focused on clients’ commercial imperatives and very tactically aware. He is simply a pleasure to work with, as are his colleagues” (World Trade Mark Review 2020).
- 'strong across all areas including negotiation, strategic thinking and commercial awareness' (Chambers 2019).
- 'very responsive' (Legal 500 2019).
- ‘first-rate litigator’ who is ‘robust and tough when necessary’ (Legal 500 2018).
Matthew Harrisfind out more >
Matthew HarrisJoint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution
- Ex-Herbert Smith and Norton Rose
Matthew trained at Herbert Smith and became a partner in its IP and IT department in 2000. He joined Norton Rose in 2003 where he subsequently became the head of Intellectual Property and Information Technology dispute resolution. He joined Waterfront Solicitors in December 2008.
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.
He currently sits on the Law Society’s Intellectual Property Law Committee, where for example he led the Law Society’s discussions with the Law Commission and gave evidence to the House of Lords in respect of what became the IP (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017.
For over 10 years Matthew was a visiting lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Until recently he was a general editor of, the International Trademark Association's (INTA) Annual International Review of Trademark Jurisprudence and the chair of the INTA Amicus Sub-Committee. He appeared for the association before the European Court of Justice in the high profile Nokia counterfeit goods case.
Matthew is an internationally recognised expert in domain name law and practice. He has been appointed by WIPO, Nominet and the Czech Arbitration Court to decide domain name disputes, having decided over 400 cases to date.
Matthew is on the London Solicitors Litigation Association list of Supervising Solicitors.
Matthew has for many years been recognised as a “Leading Individual” in the field of Intellectual Property law in the Chambers & Partners Guide. In that guide he has been described as an "accomplished lawyer" and one peer is recorded as saying "For domain names and counterfeiting, he's got the best working knowledge of any solicitor that I know." A client added: "He exhibits a strong sense of business knowledge that complements his industry-leading experience."
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”. In 2013 the Legal 500 added that Matthew is “very bright, and exhibits a strong sense of business knowledge”. While in 2015 he is noted for being "extremely personable and engaging".
Matt Cunninghamfind out more >
Matt CunninghamPartner and Head of Corporate
- Ex-Hextalls and Telehouse Europe
- Recognised in Chambers UK 2016 as a leading individual for venture capital
Matt joined Waterfront’s IT team in 2007. In 2009 he established the corporate team and, following the success of that team in 2010 and 2011, was promoted to partner in early 2012.
Matt advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters, including setting up businesses, venture capital, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. He has particular expertise in advising entrepreneurs and investors in the IT, technology and digital media sectors. His experience working in-house at Telehouse Europe, a leading provider of co-location services to the IT and telecoms industries, and as part of the IT team at Waterfront (2007- 2009), has given him a good understanding of the legal issues facing technology businesses.
Matt has advised in relation to numerous venture capital investments in tech start-ups and early stage businesses. He is equally able to advise entrepreneurs and investors on the challenges they face and he is valued by his clients for his practical, commercial approach.
Why did you decide to join Waterfront?
I joined Waterfront in 2007 because I wanted to be part of something new: to help build a different kind of law firm. Waterfront was only five years old at the time and the prospect of joining a start-up tech law firm was exciting. All the law firms I had previously worked at had been very traditional (read: stuffy). Waterfront was different. It was young, it was friendly, it was vibrant and perhaps most importantly everyone I spoke to was enthusiastic about the firm (clients and employees alike). The firm has grown and matured considerably since I joined, but it has managed to retain many of the aspects that attracted me to it in the first place. In recent years there has been a proliferation of tech-focussed start-up law firms, but Waterfront is still the original and the best.
Why did you choose to specialise in corporate?
I had spent some time doing corporate work while I was training. I had also drafted a number of shareholders agreements and advised on a couple of small company sales while working in the IT/commercial contracts team at Waterfront, but my first real taste of corporate work was advising the founders of Globrix, a property search website, on their management buyout from News International in 2009 and subsequent sale of the company to DMGT. Although it was exhausting (by the end of the deal we were working flat out day and night) I thoroughly enjoy the experience and it prompted me to set up Waterfront’s corporate team at the end of 2009, the success of which resulted my promotion to partner in 2011. I haven’t looked back since.
What’s the most common misapprehension about the legal profession?
That all lawyers are the same: expensive, dogmatic and aloof. At Waterfront we pride ourselves on being affordable, pragmatic and approachable.
Jean-Marc Pettigrewfind out more >
- Ex-Peacock & Co, Cannings Connolly and Colemans ctts Solicitors
Jean-Marc qualified as a solicitor in May 2008, after a very varied training split between city firm Cannings Connolly and regional firm Peacock & Co. Prior to joining Waterfront he had also acted as a consultant for Colemans ctts Solicitors.
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.
Jean-Marc is fluent in French.
Why did you decide to join Waterfront?
I love technology and gadgets and it’s great when you get to meet the people behind the tech. Learning about how the idea came about and the process of developing can be fascinating; it doesn’t even have to be about technology I will necessarily use myself. The opportunity to combine my enthusiasm for tech with the law was (and is) for me, the perfect job. When I joined back in August 2010, Waterfront was still one the few genuinely tech focused law firms around, and technology law continues to be a main focal point for the firm.
And we get to wear jeans to work.
Why do you like about working for Waterfront?
Someone once told me that in any workplace, you either have to like the people you work with or like the work you do. If you don’t have either, you won’t last long. Thankfully, Waterfront provides both.
Oh, and the jeans thing.
What inspired you to become a solicitor?
“A Few Good Men”. Tom Cruise, “So please, don't tell me what I know, or don't know; [shouting for emphasis] I know the LAW !”.
I still haven’t managed to work that into any contract negotiations though.
Why did you choose to specialise in commercial contracts?
I think we’re all aspiring authors at heart. You can’t not enjoy writing when you spend 70% of your day drafting or reading contracts. I’m convinced everyone in the team has one great novel in them, the only problem being we’d spend too much time making sure all definitions are properly defined and not enough time on creating a compelling narrative.
What’s the most common legal mistake businesses make?
Contacting us after the contract has been signed!
If you hadn’t become a solicitor what career would you have liked to pursue?
All I can say is that Roger Federer definitely wouldn’t have 20 grand slam titles to his name if I’d pursued my alternative career.
Whom do you most admire in the world(s) of tech / legal / business?
Gabe Newell co-founded and heads up “Valve”, which is not only one of the most successful and celebrated game developer/publishers in the world, but also revolutionised the flagging PC gaming market through the launch of the “Steam” platform.
Anthony Purvisfind out more >
Anthony PurvisHead of Employment Law
Ex-Dundas & Wilson (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang)
Anthony joined Waterfront Solicitors in March 2012 and specialises in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. He was promoted to partner in April 2017.
He offers succinct and practical advice to both businesses and individuals on various issues including redundancies, unfair and wrongful dismissals claims, unlawful discrimination, grievance and disciplinary procedures, TUPE, staff handbooks, contracts of employment, restrictive covenants and their enforcement, settlement agreements and the employment aspects of corporate reorganisations or sales. His recent work includes:
- Advising the high street retailer, H&M, on HR issues and litigation.
- Defending a claim for injunctive relief and breach of contract in the High Court.
- Advising a US company on the restructure of its UK workforce.
- Conducting the defence of a race discrimination claim.
- Representing the CEO of a restaurant chain in their claim of unfair dismissal.
His clients include both employees and employers across a wide range of business sectors.
After completing the Bar Vocational Course, Anthony trained as a solicitor at Dundas & Wilson (now part of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang) and qualified in 2008. He joined Waterfront Solicitors in 2012 and was promoted to Head of Employment in 2015.
Anthony is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.
Angus Youngfind out more >
Specialises in Corporate Law
Ex-Linklaters (London), Morgan Lewis (London) and Clayton Utz (Sydney, Australia)
Angus joined Waterfront as a partner in 2018.
Angus has a broad range of corporate and commercial experience, including in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, cross border transactions, joint ventures, long-term/complex commercial arrangements, restructuring & insolvency and industry/business restructures. He also advises clients on general corporate and commercial matters.
Angus has worked across a wide range of sectors, including IT, fintech, venture capital, life sciences, telecommunications, retail and energy & resources, including for both domestic and international clients.
Why did you decide to join Waterfront?
I worked closely with Waterfront at my previous firm on a number of matters and was instantly drawn to their sensible, pragmatic and commercial approach.
What do you like about working for Waterfront?
The Waterfront team is fantastic to work with and, of course, our clients are equally the same.
Why did you choose to specialise in corporate law?
I particularly enjoy transactional work. Although this often involves late nights and lack of sleep, I get a real sense of achievement once the deal is done. As they say, there’s nothing more satisfying than a happy client!
What’s the best piece of legal or business advice you’ve ever heard?
Get your lawyer involved sooner rather than later. “Business” issues often contain or become “legal” issues and so having a legal steer from the outset can save a lot of time and money.
What’s the most common misapprehension about the legal profession?
That lawyers find/create problems rather than solving them. At Waterfront, we are in the business of problem-solving and do so in a sensible, pragmatic and commercial way.