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Silver - Firms: litigation
Recommended - Firms: transactions
Scotland’s largest law firm is home to a vast squad of commercial specialists, including a dedicated IP division that executes flawlessly on both contentious and transactional instructions. Despite some significant personnel departures in recent years, it remains at the top of its game, featuring prominently in much of the IP litigation taking place at the Court of Session and attending to the needs of a glittering roster of life sciences and energy clients. Meanwhile, longstanding relationships with local and international patent attorney firms ensure that patent prosecution briefs are efficiently dispatched. Iain Rutherford and Grant Campbell jointly lead the group. Heading up the IP dispute resolution unit, Rutherford has encyclopaedic knowledge of IT and telecommunications law, and puts in polished performances in patent, domain name and online defamation disputes. Campbell captains the IP technology and outsourcing unit, and has spent more than 25 years parsing the fine print of IP-related transactions in industries ranging from engineering to aviation and finance. Also working on the transactional side are Martin Sloan and David Gallagher. Sloan advises some of the world’s largest private equity firms on pan-European technology transfer agreements and M&A issues; while recent arrival Gallagher was previously commercial director and legal counsel at cell therapy company TC BioPharm, for which he negotiated countless high-rolling cross-border deals. As a result, multinationals, SMEs and universities alike all benefit from his “responsiveness and commercially astute advice”.