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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.

Commercial & IT

Matt Cunningham

Partner

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Matt Cunningham

Partner

  • Ex-Hextalls and Telehouse Europe
  • Recognised in Chambers UK Guide 2022 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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Sharon R. Zachariah

Head of Commercial and Data Protection

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Sharon R. Zachariah

Head of Commercial and Data Protection

•    Ex London South Bank University, YouGov plc, Bortstein LLP, the Institution of Engineering and Technology

 A well-regarded commercial lawyer and a CIPP/E certified data protection professional, Sharon has extensive technology, data privacy, consultancy, staffing and science & innovation experience gained in diverse sectors including banking, media, recruitment and education. Sharon has in the course of her legal career delivered interim stewardship, template banks and contract databases, GDPR projects and process improvements for in-house legal departments, and so she is able to quickly gauge a client’s business needs. With 6 languages (including near-native German) and a multi-cultural background, inter-cultural communication comes naturally.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?
The team here at Waterfront are professional, sharp-minded and highly skilled, and at the same time they have such a down to earth and friendly attitude that I thought the firm would be a very good match for me.

Why did you choose to specialise in commercial and data protection?

I became a commercial lawyer because I wanted to get into the nuts and bolts of how organisations work together. Commercial contracts illustrate the detail and diversity in commerce which in turn is the backdrop to our lives, so I love being part of it all. Commercial and data protection law really go hand-in-hand so it was important to specialise in both. I have in the past worked very closely with data protection officers and have an in-depth understanding of their role which I am therefore able to support with quite a bit of nuance. 

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

That quality legal advice has to be time-consuming and costly, and bears no relationship to the practical reality of a matter: Waterfront is cost-effective and efficient and we look at the whole deal rather than the legal language in isolation.

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Jo Stacy

Associate

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Jo Stacy

Associate

Jo recently joined Waterfront as an associate in May 2021. Having gained diverse legal experience since completing the LPC at BBP Law School in Holborn, undertaking the bulk of her training contract with IBB Solicitors, Jo qualified as a solicitor in November 2019. Jo has taken a non-traditional route to a career in the legal profession. She has a law degree from the University of London International Programme and has broad commercial experience in different industry sectors such as media and hospitality and has a particular interest in corporate and commercial law, with a focus on IP and IT. 

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

After completing the LPC at BPP I got the opportunity to do a week of work experience with Waterfront at the offices in Weller Street where I gained an insight into their niche IP work and thoroughly enjoyed working with the team. It always stuck with me as there was a positive vibe and an authentic character to the culture so I came back after qualification!

Why did you choose to specialise commercial law?

Commercial law covers every industry sector and as I enjoy varied work, it is the perfect exposure. 

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

That lawyers are all the same. We are very different and often have very diverse backgrounds and despite the rumours we have actual personalities!

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

I previously worked in the music industry as a recording artist as I love to sing, so I would have carried on as long as my vocal cords allowed me to…
 

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Charlotte Lang

Associate

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Charlotte Lang

Associate

Charlotte is a graduate of Sussex University and joined Waterfront as a paralegal in 2018.  In 2019 Charlotte became a trainee solicitor at Waterfront and qualified into the Corporate team as an Associate in 2020. Before joining Waterfront Charlotte worked at a technology company in their in-house legal team, where she drafted and negotiated a variety of commercial contracts. 

Charlotte works on a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital investments, shareholders' agreements, and general day to day corporate matters. Charlotte has worked with clients from a range of different industries including IT, technology and travel. Charlotte also works closely with the Commercial team at Waterfront.
 

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Zahrah Fakim

Associate

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Zahrah Fakim

Associate

Zahrah moved to Waterfront in 2021 as an Associate in the Corporate team.

Prior to joining Waterfront Zahrah worked as a corporate and commercial associate at a boutique practice regionally and subsequently in the City. She qualified in July 2017 and has since gained a variety of experience from acting for start-ups and SMEs to international public companies.

 Zahrah currently advises on a range of corporate matters consisting of, inter alia, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments and joint ventures across several industry sectors including IT and technology.

She is a graduate of Nottingham University and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in London.

Zahrah speaks French, Russian and Moroccan Arabic.
 

 

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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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Chloe Vertigen

Trainee Solicitor

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Chloe Vertigen

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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