The winner of this category must demonstrate market-leading commercial or regulatory expertise through advice on a specific, IP, technology or media case or transaction. Judges will look for evidence of achieving successful outcomes for the client.
2017 WINNER: Bristows
Successfully advising Samsung in a landmark patent privateering dispute versus Unwired Planet in the Court of Appeal and obtaining a full global settlement in this, a critical issue for a major client.
Representing Ciber in the successful resolution of a dispute with Sanctuary Housing Association over the termination of a SAP software development and implementation agreement, including adopting innovative techniques to help keep costs to a minimum.
Acting as sole external counsel to VICE Media on the launch of VICELAND, a series of linear television channels, in what was a cutting-edge, high-profile project to help the client put in place the building blocks for the launch of its channels globally in a tight timeframe.
Alex WilsonRepresenting Nicocigs (a Philip Morris company) in the first-ever patent proceedings in the e-cigarette market. Wilson and his team were able to successfully revoke a patent that was of fundamental importance to players in this growing industry.
Following a competitive pitch process, Reed Smith assisted the BBC with the technology and data protection components of its myBBC launch, a personalised web platform for its online services. This required an understanding of the functionality and the analytics required to meet the BBC’s programme objectives within a complex regulatory environment.
SIMMONS & SIMMONS
Acting for VimpelCom on its new procurement strategy and new contractual terms with key global suppliers, which delivered $300m in cost savings. The project involved the purchase and installation of a new contract management and analytics software platform and the upload of thousands of procurement and other contracts.