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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.

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Corporate law

Matt Cunningham

Head of Corporate 

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Matt Cunningham

Head of Corporate 

  • Ex-Hextalls and Telehouse Europe
  • Recognised in Chambers UK 2016 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.

What piece of tech could you not live without?

My iPhone, but I guess I’m not the first person to say that!

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Peter Martin

Consultant

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Peter Martin

Consultant

  • Specialises in Corporate Law
  • Ex-Berwin Leighton Paisner

Peter has extensive experience in handling corporate matters, having previously been a partner for 14 years in the corporate finance  team of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.

Peter has a great depth of experience in private company transactions comprising mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fund raising and equity matters and, in particular, has great experience in private equity/development capital transactions whether acting for the investor, the management or the Company raising the funding.

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Graham Halliday

Specialises in Corporate Law

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Graham Halliday

Specialises in Corporate Law

  • Ex Paris Smith LLP and DMGT

Graham joined Waterfront as a solicitor in April 2015. Prior to joining Waterfront, Graham trained at Paris Smith and qualified as a Corporate Solicitor in October 2014. 

Graham has experience in advising clients on Corporate Law matters, mainly split between M&A transactions and venture capital investments. These transactions are mainly focussed around businesses in the IT, technology and digital media sector. Graham also has experience in setting up EMI options schemes. His experience of working with a start-up prior to entering the law has given him an in-depth understanding of the issues which entrepreneurs and start-ups face. 

Graham is a graduate of Southampton University and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law.

Why did you choose to specialise in corporate law?

The fast-paced environment and the challenge of quickly and effectively completing corporate transactions whilst providing high level advice. I particularly enjoy the drafting and negotiating aspects of the work and trying to accurately reflect my client’s instructions in the transaction documentation. There is also a huge amount of corporate and company law to understand and learn. This challenge keeps the job very interesting.  

What piece of tech could you not live without?

To the dismay of all of the firm’s Apple fans, my Windows Surface. It is both a tablet and a laptop, allowing me to play games and casually browse the internet or log-on remotely and do some work (it also fits nicely into my backpack).

Describe your working style in three words.

  • Thorough
  • Inquisitive
  • Pragmatic 

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Okachi Kejeh

Specialises in Corporate Law

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Okachi Kejeh

Specialises in Corporate Law

  • Ex Rawlison Butler LLP and Pirola Pennuto Zei UK LLP

Okachi joined Waterfront Solicitors as an Associate in August 2016. Okachi qualified as a solicitor in April 2014 having trained at the London office of leading Italian law firm, Pirola Pennuto Zei UK LLP, before moving to the regional firm Rawlison Butler LLP.

Okachi has experience in advising business owners and business managers on non- contentious corporate matters with special attention on Mergers and Acquisitions, Shareholders’ matters, joint venture agreement and partnerships, with and without limited liability.  

Okachi obtained a Diploma in Law from Birkbeck College, London and went on to study for her bachelors of law at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP University in London.

Okachi is a committee member of the Law Society’s Ethnic Minorities Divisions and the Black Solicitors Network. 

Why did you choose to specialise in corporate law?

Corporate law makes sense to me; it is logical and progressive. I spend most of my time reading about companies, their commercial progress and motives on news sites so it was instinctive for me to work with companies, their directors and their shareholders.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

When a client thanks you for the work you have done. It allows them to get on with their job of running the business whilst they can rest assured that they have the solid legal structure upon which to proceed.

What has been the most impactful piece of legislation on the business world in the past fifty years?

The Companies Act 2006. It simplified the law as applicable to companies and has streamlined the level of compliance required by company directors especially for SME companies. This means that there is less red tape and the directors have more time to build the business.

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

I like to think that I was a choreographer in a past life. I love to dance!

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Annika Chauhan

Trainee Solicitor

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Annika Chauhan

Trainee Solicitor

 

Annika joined Waterfront in 2016 as a Trainee Solicitor. She commenced her training contract with the firm in May and will qualify in 2018 with a view to specialise in commercial law.

Annika has worked primarily on an ad hoc basis for our Corporate team assisting with M&A work, and also the Commercial team – assisting with drafting software licences. She also works with the IP and Employment teams and has gained experience working on a broad range of matters.

Annika is a graduate of University of the West of England and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

When I first met the partners of Waterfront it was clear that I’d be working in a supportive environment alongside people who were equally as passionate about tech and law as much as I was. I knew then that this was the firm for me!

What’s your favourite piece of tech?

Currently - the Samsung Gear IconX. Although, I must admit my favourite piece of tech is always changing, unsurprisingly, given the constant creation of newer technologies! But, that is the beauty of this industry!

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

If I hadn’t chosen to pursue law, I’d like to think you’d probably see my name in flashing lights on London’s West End …. (besides my lack of acting and dancing skills!!)

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Matthew Akehurst

Trainee Solicitor

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Matthew Akehurst

Trainee Solicitor

 

Matthew joined Waterfront in 2016 as a Trainee Solicitor. Matthew commenced his training contract with the firm in April and will qualify in 2018 with a view to specialising in corporate law or commercial law.

Matthew has worked primarily on an ad-hoc basis for our Corporate team dealing with the various investments and other matters. Matthew also works with the Commercial, Employment and Intellectual Property teams and has gained experience working on a broad range of matters.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

I wanted to work in a niche environment where I could combine my passion for technology and my passion for law. Straight away, Waterfront stood out to me; not least because Waterfront were one of the first niche IP/IT law firms to be established, but because of the firm’s genuine belief to interact closely with clients and always surpass their expectations. Waterfront was always the obvious choice.

What do you like about working for Waterfront?

The team here are so knowledgeable and affable that I learn something new and valuable every day that I work for Waterfront – an easy winner on why working here is so enjoyable.

What piece of tech could you not live without?

Shamefully, my smart phone. Who or what else is going to wake me up in the morning?!?!

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

I would like to think that if I hadn’t had pursued a career in law, I would have gone on to become a young successful entrepreneur…more realistically, I think I would have pursued a career in Science.

Whom do you most admire in the world of tech?

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla. Always striving to achieve more - and with every achievement, comes the start of a bigger and braver task.”

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