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 further reflected in various articles and speaking engagements and she has undertaken a number of training sessions for her clients on the practical application of the law and the legal risks associated with new technologies. She 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, and is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500.
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 abroad (including at English Law week in Moscow; the White Nights Legal Forum in St Petersburg; and, Ufa as part of a UKTI trade delegation) and in the UK (including at the Law Society; and as part of the Legal Services Industry Briefing Course to British Embassy Commercial officers based overseas.
Alastair is also a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 and in the 2016 edition was specifically commended for his ‘ability to manage large commercial litigation.’
T: 020 3883 4021
Sophie is a solicitor specialising in Dispute Resolution. Sophie trained at the boutique Media, Marketing and Technology firm, Swan Turton, where she also worked with William Grace’s co-founding partners. Before that Sophie was a paralegal at Mishcon de Reya where she provided support in relation to complex and large scale disputes.
Sophie’s experience has included work on a wide range of corporate/commercial disputes, many of which have been high value and with international elements. She has also assisted on a number of matters relating to the media and marketing sectors, including in relation to the theft and misuse of confidential information. In addition, Sophie has undertaken a lot of work with clients (both corporates and high net worth individuals) defending allegations of civil fraud, bribery and corruption. Notably, she assisted William Grace partner Alastair Shaw in representing a defendant in the substantial and high profile LIA v SocGen and Ors proceedings. She has also had experience of international arbitrations under the LCIA rules.
Sophie is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association and the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association.
T: 020 3883 4023
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
“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.”