A Harrogate lawyer has been named one of the region’s leading specialists in digital law in the latest edition of Chambers UK.
Paul Berwin, managing director of Berwins Solicitors, has been listed as a top tier expert in York, Hull and the surrounding area for information technology and intellectual property law by Chambers in its 2013 guide to the legal profession.
The ranking puts the firm two tiers higher in IP law than last year and comes after Mr Berwin’s work in the digital field was praised in the Legal 500 guide in September.
Mr Berwin, who was one of the first solicitors in the country to gain top level accreditation from the Society of Computers and Law, is involved with a number of specialist regional industry groups including Harrogate Digital, Agile Yorkshire and Think Yorkshire Software Development.
He said he had worked hard to build up a niche department, Berwins Digital, with strong links to the digital sector and a reputation for meeting the needs of SMEs in the industry.
Paul Berwin said:
Our strength lies in understanding the commercial context of the law and issues facing small and medium sized businesses on a daily basis in relation to IP protection, franchise agreements, software licensing and e-business.
With the right legal guidance SMEs can negotiate more effectively when they are dealing with larger firms, giving them a significant advantage as they do business in this competitive and fast-moving sector.