Brian is a partner in the Commercial and Corporate team, specialising in all aspects of IP, with particular emphasis on technology contracts and interactive entertainment, as well as intellectual property (including brand exploitation and protection), e-commerce matters and commercial contracts.
After graduating from Cambridge University and before joining Laytons, Brian has been a partner in several London law firms, including a leading charity and education specialist, where he worked with a number of leading charities (including Royal Charter charities) and educational establishments. Brian has also acted as in-house IT Counsel for both NSPCC and Portsmouth City Council,. He was formerly Head of Legal Affairs at Virgin Interactive and Acting Head of Legal Affairs at Phonographic Performance Limited, Computer Artworks Limited and Sega Europe Limited (on secondment).
Brian provides specialist legal advice to organisations and individuals in the fields of IT, commerce and e-commerce, procurement, data protection, information management, intellectual property and computer games. Areas covered include:
Software development and publishing agreements
System supply, support and maintenance agreements
Website terms and conditions
Trade marks, copyright and design rights
distribution agreements and terms of trade
Brian is the author of numerous articles in the fields of IT, e-commerce and computer games. Brian has been listed in the Legal Experts Guide, the computer games section of the Legal 500 and cited as a ‘Best of the UK’ lawyer (Computer Games) in Chambers' UK Guide to Solicitors.