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Mark O'Halloran

Partner - Head of Commercial Services at Coffin Mew

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What’s your role? I head the Commercial Services team providing business-focused and responsive advice and solutions on all commercial legal matters. We deal with the full range of contractual issues of concern to clients from preparing Terms & Conditions appropriate for their size and sector to designing full-form Framework Agreements for multiple international trading activities. We understand that the right solution requires the legal, regulatory and tax aspects of any activity to be aligned with the commercial objectives. We therefore work closely with our client’s commercial managers and in-house counsel and other advisers to deliver the right response at the right time. We aim to provide an In-House/Outside resource on which clients can rely as an integrated part of their team. We do this by using state-of-the-art technology and high mobility to work anywhere, including on-site at client premises, and at any time depending on our client’s business requirements. What are your specialisms? -Distribution, franchising and sales agency arrangements; -Intellectual property issues such as trademark & design right applications and licensing as well as general brand strategies; -Competition law strategies, both UK and EU-wide; -Hardware & software development, supply and licensing agreements; -Warehousing and logistics agreements, including regulatory and customs compliance; -Web and cloud-based services. Your experience I started my career as an adviser to the Andorran Trade Mark Office and then worked on non-dollar derivative options in the City of London. However, I really cut my legal teeth as an in-house adviser in the engineering sector, eventually becoming General Counsel to a Japanese semiconductor manufacturer. That role took me all across Europe, Asia and the US, working with managers, engineers and advisers from many different cultures and jurisdictions, and taught me how to provide advice that was precise, relevant and easily understood. When I went into practice in 2001, my aim was to add the benefits of the in-house approach to the advantages of being an external adviser. My client base now extends to the semiconductor industry, enterprise-level software development, UK and European fragrance distribution, radio spectrum management for military and telecommunications authorities, agile management consultancy and specialist retail installations. I am also committed to working with start-ups developing innovative apps and products. Three things we didn’t know about you: I produced and directed my own adaptation of Macbeth, Ma Beth, at the Old Courtroom as part of the Brighton Fringe in 2014. It was the best-selling show at the venue although the critics weren’t too keen. I have a stop-start relationship with fencing but did manage to compete at County level in 2003 and again in 2013, doing slightly better the second time. I’d like to say that was the result of ten years’ more experience but it probably had more to do with bad weather causing people not to show up. About a year ago, I decided to take up song writing seriously and now aim to finish one a week.

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