Since Waterfront Solicitors LLP was founded in 2002, we have established ourselves as a highly successful niche IP/IT law firm. We have acted for the full spectrum of business clients, including, individual entrepreneurs, SMEs, multinational corporations including companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, AIM (the Alternative Investment Market) and NASDAQ, and government agencies. The firm has expanded steadily and we now comprise five partners working together with a team of solicitors, trainee solicitors and consultants.
Waterfront Solicitors was established by Carole Hailey (formerly a solicitor at Linklaters and Head of Legal at FTSE 100 ITC company, CMG Plc), who believed that there was a distinct lack of quality, affordable legal advice for smaller IT firms. The name “Waterfront” was chosen to reflect the firm’s location (which at that time was at Canary Wharf), but also to signal a fresh attitude to providing legal services and a departure from the traditional legal partnership named after its owners.
The original Waterfront team of one has grown steadily, with the arrival of new partners and fee earners to support the expanding workload and a small admin team to handle office administration. Commercial lawyer Alison Berryman joined the firm in 2004 and was promoted to partner in December 2008. Also in December 2008, Matthew Harris, an intellectual property expert and former Head of IP and IT dispute resolution at Norton Rose, joined the partnership. Alongside these changes, 2008 also saw the firm’s conversion to a Limited Liability Partnership and a rebranding exercise to mark the change from “The Waterfront Partnership” to “Waterfront Solicitors LLP”.
In December 2010, we announced further changes to expand and strengthen our team. Waterfront joined forces with the one-partner intellectual property firm Strickland (Legal) LLP, inviting its owner Piers Strickland to join the partnership. The increasing success of the Corporate team saw the promotion of its head, Matthew Cunningham to partner in 2012.
In 2015, founding partner, Carole Hailey left the firm to pursue a career in creative writing. Alison Berryman took over her role as Head of Technology and Commercial Law. Jean-Marc Pettigrew - a five year Waterfront veteran - was promoted from senior associate to partner.
Over the years, as the team has developed and expanded, we have always prided ourselves on the calibre of our people, our services and our varied client base. Notwithstanding our expansion, we have remained true to our origins - we still focus on providing cost effective, commercially focused legal advice, going the extra mile for our clients, many of whom value us as a true part of their team - qualities which have been recognised year on year by prestigious legal directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers.