Carolyn is co-founder of William Grace and a partner specialising in Commercial and Technology matters. She was previously a partner at the boutique Media, Marketing and Technology firm, Swan Turton having trained and spent fourteen years at leading international Technology firm, Bird & Bird. Carolyn has also spent some time on secondment as part of the in-house teams at a major blue chip communications company and a household name media company.
Carolyn has considerable experience and expertise in providing commercial legal advice on IT, e-commerce, digital media and telecoms matters. She has particular experience in technology, software and data licensing and development arrangements, cloud based solutions, e-commerce contracts and complex IT and communications agreements, including managed service transactions. She also regularly advises on general contractual matters governing all types of business relationships, including consumer contracts, terms and conditions of sale and agency and distribution arrangements, across various different industries.
Carolyn’s expertise has been recognised in various legal directories over the years, including Chambers and the Legal500. Most recently she was recommended in the Legal500 2019 and she leads the team that was recognised for being ‘responsive and professional‘ and for providing advice that is ‘pertinent and direct’. Carolyn is also an “expert” contributor for the TMT and Commercial practice areas of the LexisPSL product, as well as a member of the LexisPSL TMT Consulting Editorial Board.
T: 020 3883 4022
Alastair is a co-founder of William Grace and a partner specialising in Dispute Resolution. He was previously a partner at the boutique Media, Marketing and Technology firm, Swan Turton and before that spent a number of years with the highly rated specialist litigation firm, Byrne and Partners. He trained and qualified at Bird & Bird.
Alastair provides dispute resolution advice to a wide range of commercial and technology clients. He has substantial experience of guiding clients through how best to deal with contentious matters and disputes, whether pursued via court proceedings, mediation, arbitration or other means of ADR. Of particular note, is Alastair’s experience in dealing with international clients and his expertise in managing complex, multi-jurisdictional and often high-profile cases. Alastair has also acted in a number of major civil fraud cases in the last few years (as an example he is currently acting for a defendant in the substantial and high profile proceedings LIA v SocGen and Ors).
Alastair is a solicitor-advocate and holds rights of audience in both the civil and criminal higher courts. He has been a speaker at a number of conferences and events both in the UK and abroad (including at the White Nights Legal Forum in St Petersburg; with Ufa as part of a UKTI trade delegation; and as part of the Legal Services Industry Briefing Course to British Embassy Commercial officers based overseas), and is a member of the Law Society’s Civil Litigation Section committee.
Alastair has also been recommended in various legal directories, including most recently in the Legal500 2019, where has been commended for being ‘a great technical lawyer with superb judgment’ and for leading a team that is ‘professional and knowledgeable with quality lawyers who are easy and straightforward to deal with’.
T: 020 3883 4021
Abby is a senior lawyer specialising in intellectual property matters. She has over 12 years’ experience at the highly regarded IP firms, Bird & Bird and Osborne Clarke. Having obtained a first class honours degree in biochemistry she initially focused on advising clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, but she has significant experience across a number of industries, including digital media, communications and electronics.
Abby’s expertise covers a wide range of IP rights, including copyright, trade marks, database rights and patents. Her science background enables her to grasp new technologies quickly and understand the application of the relevant IP rights to that technology.
She is an experienced IP litigator. She has a solutions-focused approach while understanding the need to resolve disputes in a pragmatic and cost effective manner that aligns with her clients’ business requirements. Her training at top-ranked IP law firms has ensured that she has the right combination of a detailed knowledge of IP law and procedure as well as the tactical knowhow necessary to fight tough and complex cases.
Abby is also able to provide valuable strategic advice in connection with the protection and exploitation of clients’ IP assets. She has particular expertise in brand management issues, which has included acting in proceedings at the UK and EU IPO.
T: 020 3883 4020
Claudia is a senior lawyer specialising in commercial and technology law, and with a particular expertise in e-commerce. Claudia trained at City firm, Simmons & Simmons, before joining leading international technology lawyers, Bird & Bird. She has built on this foundation at blue-chip private practice firms with several years’ experience as in-house counsel at innovative online retail platforms, Notonthehighstreet.com and Mindful Chef.
Claudia’s in-house experience provides an invaluable insight that benefits the entire William Grace team by helping us all appreciate the pressures of life at the business coal-face. Her extensive experience of being the client means she has a clear understanding of clients’ business drivers and how legal advisors can genuinely add value. In particular, she helps us focus on the need to develop practical and cost effective solutions that appropriately manage risk while helping businesses deliver key strategies and supporting their commercial growth.
Claudia also has extensive experience of advising on a wide variety of commercial contracts and related matters, including supplier relationships, consumer law, intellectual property rights, and regulatory matters, such as payments and competition. Her experience further extends to dealing with data protection and privacy matters in practice, having led the implementation of a GDPR compliance programme.
T: 020 3883 4020
Emma is a senior lawyer specialising in corporate and commercial matters for both UK and international clients. She was previously at boutique commercial law firm Bracher Rawlins where she developed long term relationships with many of her clients having gained an in depth knowledge of their business needs and becoming a trusted part of their team
Emma works with both corporates and individuals in relation to the establishment of new corporate entities, subsequent asset and share sales and various investment matters, from start up through to later stage investments. She has particular expertise in funding rounds involving EIS and SEIS venture capital schemes.
Emma also has expertise in advising on many types of commercial agreements in relation to both businesses and consumers. She has also undertaken a large amount of work for clients in the technology and media sectors, including in connection with software, content and data development and licensing, maintenance and support agreements, cloud services and systems development and configuration.
T: 020 3883 4020
Jaymini is a trainee solicitor, primarily supporting our Dispute Resolution team. She has previously spent 18 months working on bribery and corruption at the Serious Fraud Office. She has also obtained commercial litigation experience having supported a large-scale disclosure project at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP and product safety and group litigation matters at Leigh Day. Jaymini has further supported the legal teams working on high profile public inquiries for the Home Office and the London Fire Brigade.
Jaymini is seconded to William Grace from Accutrainee, who specialise in delivering flexible and efficient ways for law firms to manage their trainee requirements. This is consistent with our general use of agile resourcing, which allows us to deliver cost-effective solutions for our clients. We appreciate Accutrainee’s innovative approach and also particularly value their focus on quality, as evidenced by their nomination for a “Best Trainer” award at this year’s LawCareers.Net Training & Recruitment Awards.
T: 020 3883 4023
“We have worked together since 2004 on a number of different projects. I have always been impressed with her ability to get straight to key legal issues whilst never losing sight of the broader commercial implications.”
“Great at guiding you through complex issues and focusing the team on those that really matter … Does his best to resolve matters before they turn into real disputes and deliberately manages cases with cost effectiveness in mind.”