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Piers Strickland
  • Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution
  • Ex-Bristows, Charles Russell and Dewey & LeBoeuf
  • Solicitor-Advocate

Piers specialises in advising clients on disputes involving 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 services both international and UK-based clients with a broad ranging industry focus. 

He has substantial experience of litigating in the High Court and in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

He is now routinely recommended by the leading global directories, Legal 500 and Chambers:

  • as providing both “a pragmatic approach” and “valuable advice succinctly and efficiently” (Legal 500, 2012)

  •  “tenacious yet pragmatic” (Legal 500, 2013)

  • “recommended” (Legal 500, 2014)

  • "unflappable" and has "excellent commercial judgement” (Chambers, 2014)

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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 Working Party.

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 approximately 300 domain name cases.  

Matthew was recognised as a “Leading Individual” in the field of Intellectual Property law in the 2014 edition of the Chambers Guide. In that guide he is 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”.

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Matthew Cunningham
  • Head of Corporate Law
  • Ex-Hextalls and Telehouse Europe

Matt trained at city law firm, Hextalls, before joining Waterfront’s IT team in 2007. In 2009 he established Waterfront’s corporate team and, following the success of the team in 2010 and 2011, was promoted to partner in early 2012.

Matt advises clients on a wide range of corporate law matters, including setting up businesses, investments, partnerships and joint ventures, and M&A. 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 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.

Matt is a member of the advisory board of Find Invest Grow (FIG) ( FIG works with young entrepreneurs, typically undergraduates and graduates of the past five years, to see them crystallise their ideas, support them through the development of their business plans and introduce them to suitable investors. Many of FIG’s “seed” companies are Waterfront clients.

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Alison Berryman
  • Head of Technology and Commercial Law
  • Also 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.

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’.

The 2013 Legal 500 observed that Alison and founding partner, Carole Hailey, “always understand that clients are a business first and foremost, in order to give relevant weighting to the commercial needs versus the legal obligations”.

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Jean-Marc Pettigrew
  • Specialises in Commercial Contracts and IT Law
  • 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 acted for a broad range of clients on an even broader variety of commercial contracts, particularly in the IT and E-commerce sectors. He was promoted to partner in 2015.

 Jean-Marc is fluent in French.

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