Corporate team further strengthened with two more appointments
11 May, 2012
Leading legal firm Stephens Scown LLP has further strengthened its growing corporate team across the South West with the appointment of two new high-profile lawyers.
Ben Travers and Lynne Rathbone (both pictured) join the Westcountry legal firm as Associates. Stephens Scown has offices in Exeter, Truro and St Austell and employs more than 230 staff, including over 30 partners.
Ben, who lives in Exmouth and graduated from the University of Exeter, joins Stephens Scown as Head of Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law from Ashfords LLP where he worked as a solicitor for more than five years.
He specialises in intellectual property and IT law, advising clients on non-contentious and contentious IP and IT issues, helping them to identify, protect and exploit their IP.
Ben also files and prosecutes trade mark and design applications, as well as drafting and negotiating IP agreements and IT contracts. He provides expert advice on data protection, freedom of information, e-commerce, domain name disputes, online marketing and commercial contracts.
On the contentious side, he brings and defends IP infringement cases. He has advised clients in a wide range of sectors including food and drink, nursery, pharmaceuticals, fashion, marine, leisure, publishing, media, sports and creative industries.
Ben says: “I am really excited to be joining Stephens Scown as it continues to cement its reputation as a leader in the legal industry in the South West. I am looking forward to being able to offer businesses across the region first-class advice on IP and IT issues. This part of the world is blessed with a wealth of innovative businesses who are creating IP everyday. Stephens Scown’s continued development in this area means these businesses can get the advice they need right on their doorstep.”
Lynne, who has recently relocated from the North West and now lives in Shaldon, joins Stephens Scown from the head office of national firm Weightmans LLP, where she worked as an Associate for over six years. Lynne advises private businesses and public sector organisations of all sizes on company law and general commercial matters
As well as specialising in corporate transactions, business sales, shareholder agreements, partnerships, joint ventures and private equity investment work, Lynne deals with a wide variety of commercial contracts to help with the general running of businesses, including standard terms & conditions and supply agreements.
Lynne also advises doctors’ practices, specialising in partnership and LLP agreements, and will work closely with Stephens Scown’s education team, dealing with academy conversions and free schools, as well as the firm’s renewable energy team, advising on contractual matters.
Commenting on her appointment, Lynne says: “I am delighted to be joining such a well-respected local firm as Stephens Scown, which is also recognised as a regional heavyweight for the quality of its corporate and commercial work by Legal 500. Moving to the South West has been a life-changing decision for myself and my family and I am looking forward not only to using my expertise to support the local business community and to promote its continued growth and development, but also to making the most of the wonderful opportunities that come with living in this beautiful part of the country.”
The news of Ben and Lynne’s appointments comes soon after the recent announcements of other key appointments to the firm’s growing Corporate team including Christian Wilson, as a Corporate partner and Terry Falcão, as a Partner to head-up the firm’s Employment Law team.
Robert Camp, Managing Partner of Stephens Scown, adds: “The addition of Ben and Lynne, two talented corporate lawyers, broadens and deepens our expertise and at a time when many firms are doing the opposite, we are delighted to be further strengthening and expanding our corporate team across the South West. Both Ben and Lynne have long track records of success in their fields of expertise, providing first-class legal advice to companies and organisations and we are pleased to have them join our team.”
Outside of work, Ben enjoys playing tennis, cycling and playing guitar, as well as spending time with his family. Lynne, meanwhile, enjoys walking and cycling in her spare time, as well as socialising with her family, and has made a pact with her daughter to learn to surf before the year is out!