Angus' practice covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP related work, with a particular focus on advising clients on the IP aspects of corporate transactions and licensing arrangements in a range of sectors including TMT and Financial Institutions. Angus also has considerable experience advising clients in the UK’s fast growing “FinTech” sector and heads the Simmons & Simmons International FinTech Team. He also specialises in copyright and breach of confidence/trade secrets disputes arising out of employee moves.
- Recent Work
- advising the British Business Bank on its consultancy role for HM Treasury under The Small and Medium Sized Business (Finance Platforms) Regulations 2015 regarding the designation of alternative finance platforms
- providing IP advice to Funding Circle in connection with the establishment of a £350m share issuance programme, the listing of a newly incorporated fund on the LSE’s main market
- advising Concordia Healthcare on the US$3.5bn acquisition of Amdipharm Mercury Limited from Cinven
- advising the London Bullion Market Association on the IP licences relating to the new LBMA Gold, Silver and Platinum & Palladium Price benchmarks
- advising a number of FinTech 50 firms including Suade and Osper on IP matters
- acting for a market leading hedge fund in copyright infringement and breach of confidence litigation against a software developer
- acting for MessageLabs Ltd in connection with passing off and breach of contract claims brought by another web security service provider, including successfully defending an interim injunction application.
A sought after speaker, Angus lectures regularly, including teaching the “IP Aspects of Corporate and Commercial Transactions” module on the Oxford University postgraduate diploma in IP Law and Practice. Angus is recognized in Legal 500 2014 and 2015 for IP transactional work. He is also a Techstars mentor at Barclays’ FinTech Accelerator in London and a founding member of the Tech London Advocates’ FinTech Working Group. Angus was also invited to be the Contributing Editor of the first edition of Getting the Deal Through FinTech, a new publication that answers 40 of the key legal and regulatory questions that arise for businesses operating in the FinTech sector across 14 jurisdictions.
Angus is also one of the IP specialists participating in the “Legal Resource Initiative”; an Oxfam/WWF scheme which provides real-time pro-bono legal advice to NGO delegations during the on-going UNFCCC Climate Change talks and negotiations. The project involves over 150 experts from law firms, chambers and institutions around the world.