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Today's 'many hats' interview is with the charming Craig Chaplin from DWF.
So far as we are aware he doesn't wear, or indeed own, a mortarboard, bowler hat, top hat or policeman's hat. The above symbols are not - repeat not - an indication of Craig's wardrobe. They are merely symbolic and represent the varied and multifacted work of his work as a commercial lawyer and so on and so forth. But you knew that already, didn't you?
I wish that I hadn't mentioned it now. It also seems so obvious.
Anyhow, we like Craig here at Comet because he exercises the all-important 'so-what' test; eg 'why does this matter'? He shies away from 'bureaucracy, antagonism and problems' which is never a bad thing. If truth be told, it is a very good thing.
So here are his considered opinions on commercial law and the realities of practising it:
How did you end up being a commercial lawyer?
I was originally an IP specialist who migrated to doing lots of IT contracts. I spent a lot of time helping commercial lawyers draft the specialist parts of their contracts and outsourcing arrangements. Eventually I realised that all significant commercial contracts involve the use and management of both IP and IT and decided to be the lead rather than the support on such matters. Now I have the best of all worlds as head of Commercial and IP at DWF together with being the head of our TMT Sector Group.
What type of projects are you working on at the moment?
An eclectic mix of telecoms contracts, business transformation projects, the setting up of an online marketplace and some really interesting tech related stuff in the retail sector. I am also working with a couple of start-ups who have invented some truly amazing products as well as supporting brands such as Umbro and Tangle Teezer with brand related matters. Then there are the telematics and mobile data clients.Put it this w
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