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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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