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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.

Corporate law

Matt Cunningham

Partner and Head of CorporateĀ 

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Matt Cunningham

Partner and Head of CorporateĀ 

  • 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.

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Angus Young

Partner

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Angus Young

Partner

Specialises in Corporate Law

Ex-Linklaters (London), Morgan Lewis (London) and Clayton Utz (Sydney, Australia)

Angus joined Waterfront as a partner in 2018.

Angus has a broad range of corporate and commercial experience, including in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, cross border transactions, joint ventures, long-term/complex commercial arrangements, restructuring & insolvency and industry/business restructures. He also advises clients on general corporate and commercial matters.

Angus has worked across a wide range of sectors, including IT, fintech, venture capital, life sciences, telecommunications, retail and energy & resources, including for both domestic and international clients.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

I worked closely with Waterfront at my previous firm on a number of matters and was instantly drawn to their sensible, pragmatic and commercial approach.

What do you like about working for Waterfront?

The Waterfront team is fantastic to work with and, of course, our clients are equally the same.

Why did you choose to specialise in corporate law?

I particularly enjoy transactional work. Although this often involves late nights and lack of sleep, I get a real sense of achievement once the deal is done. As they say, there’s nothing more satisfying than a happy client!

What’s the best piece of legal or business advice you’ve ever heard?

Get your lawyer involved sooner rather than later. “Business” issues often contain or become “legal” issues and so having a legal steer from the outset can save a lot of time and money.

What’s the most common misapprehension about the legal profession?

That lawyers find/create problems rather than solving them. At Waterfront, we are in the business of problem-solving and do so in a sensible, pragmatic and commercial way.

What’s your favourite piece of tech?

I include apps as “tech” and so my favourite one at the moment is the app that my son’s nursey uses – I get hourly updates and photos of what he’s up to while I’m at work!

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

Before becoming a lawyer, I was working as a sound engineer and, in my spare time, pursuing rock stardom. Thankfully, though, the law came to my rescue.

 

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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 and was promoted to Senior Associate in March 2019. 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.  

Describe your working style in three words.

  • Thorough
  • Inquisitive
  • Pragmatic 

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Matthew Akehurst

Associate

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Matthew Akehurst

Associate

 

Matthew joined Waterfront in 2016 as a Trainee Solicitor, and qualified in 2018 - specialising in corporate 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.

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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Thalya Merican

Trainee Solicitor

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Thalya Merican

Trainee Solicitor

 

Thalya joined Waterfront in February 2018 as a Trainee Solicitor and works across all departments.

Thalya is a graduate of King’s College London and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Prior to joining Waterfront, she spent two years in-house at an international video games publishing company.

What do you like about working for Waterfront?

The partners and teams are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their clients and areas of practice which is inspiring. It is also a close-knit firm with a great sense of humour. A supportive environment with interesting clients makes working at Waterfront very enjoyable.

What do you like about being part of a team?

I like the collaboration and contribution between people of different experiences and knowledge in pursuit of a common goal. At Waterfront this is a core value that translates into ensuring that clients always feel that we are part of their team on any given project, and that as a firm, departments work together so that we can offer a full range of tailored services to our clients.

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

Something in the arts, I think…a graphic designer perhaps?

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Charlotte Lang

Trainee Solicitor

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Charlotte Lang

Trainee Solicitor

Charlotte is a graduate of Sussex University and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Prior to joining Waterfront, she spent over two years in-house at a start-up tech company.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

I was interested in working at Waterfront as I am very passionate about the areas of law that Waterfront specialise in, especially commercial and IP. After meeting the partners during the interview process I knew I wanted to work at Waterfront as part of a friendly, supportive and knowledgeable team.

What do you like about being part of a team?

Being part of a team is great as you can learn from others and also share your own knowledge. If you have any problems then you have a support network to help you and when you complete a successful piece of work you can celebrate with your team, which is more fun than celebrating on your own!

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

I loved studying History at school, so much that I nearly did a History degree. If I had I may have become a History teacher.

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