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Team

We are really proud of our team.

We have brought together individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds, who all believe in our firm's approach to work and have a strong desire to help our clients achieve their goals. Our lawyers are commercially focussed with an in depth understanding of the industries in which they operate including IP law, IT and technology, commercial law and employment law.

Read the profiles of our commercial, internet and online solicitors below or visit the contact us page for further contact information.

Intellectual Property

Piers Strickland

Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution

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Piers Strickland

Joint 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).

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Matthew Harris

Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution

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Matthew Harris

Joint 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".

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Lucy Marlow

Specialises in Intellectual Property

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Lucy Marlow

Specialises in Intellectual Property

  • Ex- Shakespeare Martineau and Thomas Eggar

Lucy joined Waterfront in January 2016. Prior to joining Waterfront, Lucy trained at Shakespeare Martineau and subsequently qualified in 2011 into their Intellectual Property Team.

Lucy specialises in advising clients on disputes involving all forms of intellectual property law including trade marks, copyright, passing off, patents and designs. Lucy also has extensive experience in  IT disputes, confidential information, data protection, advertising law and reputation management. She acts for a range of clients from start-ups through to multi-nationals, across a range of sectors. Lucy also advises on non-contentious IP work, such as the securing and exploitation of rights.

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

Lucy is a member of the Society for Junior IP Practitioners (IPSOC) and the Society for Computers and Law.

Lucy is a graduate of Oxford University. She completed the Graduate Diploma in Law at Oxford Brookes University and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law.

 

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Matthew Siddaway

Specialises in intellectual property

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Matthew Siddaway

Specialises in intellectual property

Matthew Siddaway is an Associate in the Intellectual Property and Disputes team.  On a day-to-day basis, Matthew advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues, primarily pertaining to trade mark, passing off, copyright, design right and domain name matters.

Matthew has been involved in multiple actions before the High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and has also represented clients in proceedings before the UK and EU Intellectual Property Office.

Matthew’s most recent experience includes:

  • Assisting with a referral to the CJEU arising from copyright and design right infringement proceedings in IPEC;
  • Being the lead Associate in High Court proceedings, successfully defending multi-million pound claims of breach of contract;
  • Supporting interim applications in IPEC, including applications for security for costs, summary judgment and an expedited trial; and
  • Ongoing management of a financial organisation’s international trade mark portfolio.

Prior to joining Waterfront, Matthew worked at boutique intellectual property firm, Palmer Biggs IP Solicitors.

Matthew is a member of IPSoc and has written articles for a number of legal publications, including Leading Internet Case Law and Digital Business Lawyer.

Matthew also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from the University of Oxford.

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Phil Leonard

Specialises in intellectual property

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Phil Leonard

Specialises in intellectual property

 

Ex-Oury Clark

Phil moved to Waterfront in 2020 after training at a niche London practice, Oury Clark, where he worked closely with founders, entrepreneurs and SMEs in the technology and software sectors. Prior to his training contract Phil lived in Argentina as well as his native Manchester where he worked across the private, public and third sectors.

Phil is an Associate in the Intellectual Property and Disputes teams, assisting with litigation over intellectual property rights, and advising clients on a variety of other contentious and non-contentious matters including trademark and copyright infringement, keyword disputes and breach of contract.

With a keen interest in developing technologies, particularly blockchain/DLT, Phil is a member of the Society for Computers & Law, Tech London Advocates and IPSoc.

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Chloe Redshaw

Trainee Solicitor

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Chloe Redshaw

Trainee Solicitor

Trainee Solicitor

Chloe studied law at the University of Winchester and graduated in October 2017. Following graduation she started as a part-time Office Assistant at Waterfront, supporting fee earners across the departments with administration tasks. She started full-time in March 2019.

Alongside working at Waterfront, Chloe undertook her LLM Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Bloomsbury, graduating in November 2019 with a Commendation. She gained legal experience whilst assisting fee earners at Waterfront with paralegal tasks.  

Chloe started her training contract in February 2020 and helps fee earners across our four departments.

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Deeva Shah

Trainee Solicitor

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Deeva Shah

Trainee Solicitor

Deeva is a Trainee Solicitor and joined the Waterfront team in February 2020.

As a trainee, she has the opportunity to work in all the firm’s areas of practice simultaneously. She enjoys being able to be involved from the onset and finds it intellectually stimulating.

Prior to joining Waterfront, she was a paralegal in a boutique commercial law firm and later joined the in-house legal team at Jellycat, a soft toys company where she worked in brand protection and intellectual property.

Deeva completed her undergraduate degree at Keele University. She then moved to London to complete the LPC LLM at the University of Law.

Outside of work, she enjoys travelling and the outdoors. She is also passionate about learning languages and can speak Gujarati, Kiswahili and conversational German.

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Employment & HR

Anthony Purvis

Head of Employment Law

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Anthony Purvis

Head 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.

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Matthew Hodson

Senior Associate

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Matthew Hodson

Senior Associate

Matthew is an experienced solicitor specialising in employment. He advises organisations and individuals on all aspects of employment law and human resources strategy. He deals with various issues including redundancies, unfair and wrongful dismissals claims, discrimination, whistleblowing, TUPE, restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information. He also advises on settlement agreements.

Matthew is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and Lawyers' Christian Fellowship.

 

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Chloe Redshaw

Trainee Solicitor

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Chloe Redshaw

Trainee Solicitor

Trainee Solicitor

Chloe studied law at the University of Winchester and graduated in October 2017. Following graduation she started as a part-time Office Assistant at Waterfront, supporting fee earners across the departments with administration tasks. She started full-time in March 2019.

Alongside working at Waterfront, Chloe undertook her LLM Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Bloomsbury, graduating in November 2019 with a Commendation. She gained legal experience whilst assisting fee earners at Waterfront with paralegal tasks.  

Chloe started her training contract in February 2020 and helps fee earners across our four departments.

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Deeva Shah

Trainee Solicitor

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Deeva Shah

Trainee Solicitor

Deeva is a Trainee Solicitor and joined the Waterfront team in February 2020.

As a trainee, she has the opportunity to work in all the firm’s areas of practice simultaneously. She enjoys being able to be involved from the onset and finds it intellectually stimulating.

Prior to joining Waterfront, she was a paralegal in a boutique commercial law firm and later joined the in-house legal team at Jellycat, a soft toys company where she worked in brand protection and intellectual property.

Deeva completed her undergraduate degree at Keele University. She then moved to London to complete the LPC LLM at the University of Law.

Outside of work, she enjoys travelling and the outdoors. She is also passionate about learning languages and can speak Gujarati, Kiswahili and conversational German.

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Commercial & IT

Alison Berryman

Partner & Head of Technology and Commercial Law

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Alison Berryman

Partner & Head of Technology and Commercial Law

  • Specialises in Commercial Contracts and IT/Technology
  • Ex-Universal Music Publishing and Macrovision


Prior to joining Waterfront Solicitors as a trainee, Alison had accumulated nearly 4 years of contracts experience, first at Universal Music Publishing and later at Macrovision (a NASDAQ listed, silicon valley technology company).  Since qualification she has worked with clients of all sizes - from individual iPhone App developers, to medium sized businesses requiring software licences, to overseas national governments requiring advice on European Data Protection Legislation.  Alison was promoted to partner in December 2008, and in 2015 Alison was promoted to Head of Technology and Commercial Law.

Alison is Waterfront’s resident Data Protection and Privacy expert, advising clients on all aspects of data protection and privacy law as well as carrying out data protection audits and providing staff training on this complex area.

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. 

Alison has undertaken two secondments as part of Waterfront’s "Virtual In-House Lawyer" scheme.  The experience gained during these secondments, together with her work in-house prior to Waterfront, has led Alison to take a very pragmatic and commercial approach to most legal problems.  Many clients have commented on how useful this approach is in enabling them to make informed decisions quickly, so they can get back to the ‘real work’.

Alison has been noted in the leading legal directories for many years. The Legal 500 have commended her for 'deep expertise in all aspects of the software business’, as well as noting the commercial/IT team for their 'great specialist knowledge and experience'. The team have retained their tier 3 ranking in IT & Telecoms for a number of years.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

The moment I met Carole and Rachel (the two partners at that time) I knew that I wanted to work for the firm.  Back in 2004, the business was still in its infancy and I felt as if, in addition to training as a solicitor, I could really make a difference in helping to shape the way the business grew and developed. 

What do you like about working for Waterfront?

The number one reason has to be the people…  the team at Waterfront includes some of the brightest, best natured and most down-to-earth people I’ve come across and my clients, whilst often (quite rightly) demanding, are much the same. 

Close second is the work.  I’m lucky enough to work with many business owners, which means that my clients are passionate about the products and services they provide and I feel a huge sense of personal achievement when I help them reach their goals.

If you hadn’t become a solicitor what career would you have liked to pursue?

When I chose my first degree it was a toss up between Law and Mathematics.  Had I gone down the maths route I reckon I’d have become a software developer - I’d like to think I’d be developing something super-cool like an augmented reality app, but I’d probably have ended up doing something totally unsexy!!

What do clients say about you?

That I’m very quick to understand their problem and my solutions are sensible and pragmatic, always with an eye on the big picture as well as focusing on the detail.

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Jean-Marc Pettigrew

Partner

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Jean-Marc Pettigrew

Partner

  • 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.

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Louisa Duffield-Harding

Senior Associate

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Louisa Duffield-Harding

Senior Associate

Louisa trained at Berwin Leighton Paisner, qualifying into their Commercial TMT team in 2006 where she also went on a number of in-house secondments, including to the EMEA Commercial, Technology & IP team at JP Morgan Chase Bank. Having had a taste of life as an in-house lawyer, Louisa later joined BBC Digital as a lawyer in the Business Development team, where she gained invaluable experience in online, technology and content issues. She returned to private practice at Waterfront in February 2016.

Louisa has a wide range of experience in commercial deals, such as supply of goods and services, with a focus on technology clients. She advises on online and technology services and licensing; from IT outsourcing and software development to APP terms of use and related IP and data protection issues. Her clients include businesses in a number of sectors, such as TMT, retail, healthcare and financial services.

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Jessica Vautier

Associate

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Jessica Vautier

Associate

Specialises in IT & commercial law, including data protection

Jessica joined Waterfront as a solicitor in November 2018. Prior to joining Waterfront, Jessica spent 2 years at boutique Jersey law firm Pinel Advocates. She trained in the in-house legal team at Arup (an international professional services firm), where she qualified as a solicitor in August 2016. She practised IP/IT, corporate and construction law there post-qualification, before spending over a year as a commercial lawyer in-house at EDF Energy.

Jessica specialises in data protection and privacy law, including GDPR compliance. Her experience includes drafting policies, privacy notices and standard data protection clauses, and advising on data privacy impact assessments (DPIAs) and legitimate interest assessments (LIAs), as well as negotiation of data processing and data sharing agreements. Jessica is also able to carry out data protection audits.

Jessica’s previous in-house roles have given her a deep understanding of client organisations and the requirements of in-house counsel. She has experience of a broad range of commercial matters, including drafting standard terms and website T&Cs, and negotiation of software development, licence and support agreements, professional services agreements, supply of goods and services (both supplier and client-side), and research and collaboration agreements.

Jessica has a law degree from the University of Southampton. She completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford, and holds a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) accreditation.

Jessica is a member of the Society for Computers and Law and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

As a self-confessed geek, a tech boutique law firm is the ideal place for me. Add in a bunch of friendly, inspiring colleagues, and clients passionate about their businesses, and how could I say no? In addition, the importance Waterfront puts on commerciality and being part of your team is a perfect fit for my in-house experience.

Why did you choose to specialise in IT & commercial law?

There is always something new happening, both in the technology world and the law surrounding it, which means I get to learn new things all the time. In particular, the uses and abuses of data are only going to get more complex and important to society, and I seem to be rare in enjoying the intricacies of data protection law!

What’s the most common misapprehension about the legal profession?

That we’re here to put up unnecessary roadblocks for your business. A good lawyer knows when to say no, but will also find a way to help you achieve your goals wherever possible. I spend far more of my time doing the latter.

If you hadn’t become a solicitor what career would you have liked to pursue?

At age 16, my choice was between law and musical theatre – I decided theatre was the easier of the two to pursue in my spare time! If I had to choose an alternative career now, I would probably be a software developer.

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Chloe Redshaw

Trainee Solicitor

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Chloe Redshaw

Trainee Solicitor

Trainee Solicitor

Chloe studied law at the University of Winchester and graduated in October 2017. Following graduation she started as a part-time Office Assistant at Waterfront, supporting fee earners across the departments with administration tasks. She started full-time in March 2019.

Alongside working at Waterfront, Chloe undertook her LLM Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Bloomsbury, graduating in November 2019 with a Commendation. She gained legal experience whilst assisting fee earners at Waterfront with paralegal tasks.  

Chloe started her training contract in February 2020 and helps fee earners across our four departments.

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Deeva Shah

Trainee Solicitor

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Deeva Shah

Trainee Solicitor

Deeva is a Trainee Solicitor and joined the Waterfront team in February 2020.

As a trainee, she has the opportunity to work in all the firm’s areas of practice simultaneously. She enjoys being able to be involved from the onset and finds it intellectually stimulating.

Prior to joining Waterfront, she was a paralegal in a boutique commercial law firm and later joined the in-house legal team at Jellycat, a soft toys company where she worked in brand protection and intellectual property.

Deeva completed her undergraduate degree at Keele University. She then moved to London to complete the LPC LLM at the University of Law.

Outside of work, she enjoys travelling and the outdoors. She is also passionate about learning languages and can speak Gujarati, Kiswahili and conversational German.

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Corporate law

Matt Cunningham

Partner and Head of Corporate 

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Matt Cunningham

Partner 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.

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Angus Young

Partner

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Angus Young

Partner

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.

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Matthew Akehurst

Associate

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Matthew Akehurst

Associate

Corporate Associate

Matthew joined Waterfront in 2016 as a trainee solicitor and qualified into the Corporate team as an Associate in 2018.

Matthew works with a wide range of clients and provides the full range of corporate legal services across all industry sectors, including mergers and acquisitions, shareholder matters, corporate reorganisations and general corporate governance. He has particular experience advising companies and venture capital funds on seed-round and Series A investments.

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Charlotte Lang

Associate

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Charlotte Lang

Associate

Charlotte is a graduate of Sussex University and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Prior to joining Waterfront, she spent over two years in-house at a start-up tech company.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

I was interested in working at Waterfront as I am very passionate about the areas of law that Waterfront specialise in, especially commercial and IP. After meeting the partners during the interview process I knew I wanted to work at Waterfront as part of a friendly, supportive and knowledgeable team.

What do you like about being part of a team?

Being part of a team is great as you can learn from others and also share your own knowledge. If you have any problems then you have a support network to help you and when you complete a successful piece of work you can celebrate with your team, which is more fun than celebrating on your own!

If you hadn’t become a solicitor what career would you have like to pursue?

I loved studying History at school, so much that I nearly did a History degree. If I had I may have become a History teacher.

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Chloe Redshaw

Trainee Solicitor

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Chloe Redshaw

Trainee Solicitor

Trainee Solicitor

Chloe studied law at the University of Winchester and graduated in October 2017. Following graduation she started as a part-time Office Assistant at Waterfront, supporting fee earners across the departments with administration tasks. She started full-time in March 2019.

Alongside working at Waterfront, Chloe undertook her LLM Legal Practice Course at the University of Law, Bloomsbury, graduating in November 2019 with a Commendation. She gained legal experience whilst assisting fee earners at Waterfront with paralegal tasks.  

Chloe started her training contract in February 2020 and helps fee earners across our four departments.

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Deeva Shah

Trainee Solicitor

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Deeva Shah

Trainee Solicitor

Deeva is a Trainee Solicitor and joined the Waterfront team in February 2020.

As a trainee, she has the opportunity to work in all the firm’s areas of practice simultaneously. She enjoys being able to be involved from the onset and finds it intellectually stimulating.

Prior to joining Waterfront, she was a paralegal in a boutique commercial law firm and later joined the in-house legal team at Jellycat, a soft toys company where she worked in brand protection and intellectual property.

Deeva completed her undergraduate degree at Keele University. She then moved to London to complete the LPC LLM at the University of Law.

Outside of work, she enjoys travelling and the outdoors. She is also passionate about learning languages and can speak Gujarati, Kiswahili and conversational German.

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Support staff

Donna

Practice Manager

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Donna

Practice Manager

Donna joined Waterfront in March 2017 and has worked in the legal industry for a number of years. Working closely with the firm’s partners, Donna is responsible for the day to day running of the Waterfront headquarters. In this busy and varied role, she looks after everything from supplier contracts to human resources and compliance.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

I have worked in various roles within the legal industry ( Crown Court Clerk, Magistrates Court Officer, Law firm Office Manager) and I wanted to work in a legal firm where I can make a difference using the experience that I already have but at the same time be encouraged to learn and gain further skills too; the description of the role of Practice Manager at Waterfront ticked every box. There is a great and knowledgeable team of people behind Waterfront, it’s a busy but friendly place to work and I enjoy being part of it!

 

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Kimberly

Marketing and Office Assistant

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Kimberly

Marketing and Office Assistant

Kimberly Ama Gyambibi joined Waterfront in early 2017 to assist with the smooth day to day running of the office, and to provide admin support to the legal staff on an ad hoc basis. She works closely with the Practice Manager and also works provides support for the Marketing Manager.

What do you like about working for Waterfront?

The Biscuits! Just joking – it’s the people. It’s such a chilled and lovely environment, I have never worked somewhere where everyone is so friendly and helpful, so it really is a breath of fresh air.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The gratitude.

What do you like about being part of a team?

That you don’t have to do things alone, there’s always someone there to help when you get lost or confused.

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