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Intellectual property

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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

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Browne Jacobson LLP's ‘very impressive’ practice generates work from domestic and international brand-name clients, thanks to its full-service  offering on intellectual property matters. It undertakes both transactional and advisory work, and acts for clients in trade mark disputes. In addition, it is active in patent, design and copyright matters, as well as substantial licensing, co-branding and collaboration agreements. Led by London-based Declan Cushley, the team has a strong profile among luxury and volume retailers, fashion brands and pharmaceutical companies. Other areas of sector expertise include telecommunications, banking and defence.

Practice head(s):Declan Cushley;

Other key lawyers:Selina Hinchliffe;


'Browne Jacobson's collaborative and open approach is incredibly valuable. A willingness to think outside the box in how we can work together and the support they can provide drives a closer working relationship'.

'Selina Hinchliffe has been a pleasure to work with and is reliable, open and honest. She listens to the needs of her clients and adapts provision accordingly - welcoming feedback. She is deeply commercial in her approach'.


Key Clients

Supra UK


Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club

London Electric Vehicle Company


KLK Forte Industry Inc (t/a Honey Punch)

GKN Aerospace Services Ltd

MACE Ltd – 10 years

Goodyear Dunlop

Marston’s PLC – 5 years

Borough of Telford & Wrekin

Croydon County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Supra UK Limited on the licensing of its technology to a major US corporate who will manufacture the technology and supply back to Supra for sale throughout the world and who will have rights to sell itself directly into the US and Canada.
  • Advising Albumedix Limited on numerous R & D projects and licensing arrangements whereby its licenses to third parties its various proprietary and patented rights in its core product for such third parties to sell and exploit the technology or to build into its own products or to develop new technologies.
  • In readiness for its senior IP counsel leaving the business, GKN Aerospace Services Ltd engaged the team under an IP retainer whilst a suitable replacement is found.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, the team handles the gamut of contentious and non-contentious matters; its work includes advice on patents and copyrights, trade marks and comparative advertising, company names tribunal disputes and co-existence agreements. Team head Rupert Bent divides his time between the firm’s Nottingham and Birmingham office. The group acts for a mix of domestic and international clients, including those from industries such as retail, utilities, energy and sport.

Practice head(s):Rupert Bent;

Other key lawyers:Lisa Highet;

Key Clients

National Grid PLC

University of Derby

Genting Casinos UK Limited

Tombola Limited

Halewood International Limited

Manchester International Festival

Work highlights

  • Assisting National Grid Plc with significant contractual work relating to its research and development activities.
  • Continuing to advise the University of Derby on a broad range of IP matters/transactions, both on a stand-alone basis and in the context of broader commercial work.
  • Advising Genting Casinos UK Limited on IP matters generally.
  • Providing IP advice to Tombola Limited on a variety of transactional and branding matters.
  • Providing IP advice to Manchester International Festival in relation to a variety of matters, mainly in relation to copyright.

Howes Percival LLP's team is particularly knowledgeable about the food and drinks industry, but it also acts for clients in other sectors, such as fashion, software and media. Practice head Matthew Talbot handles a wide variety of trade mark, copyright, patent and design rights disputes, and has notable experience of European Food Protection matters. The team's non-contentious work includes assisting several high-profile clients with trade mark filings and general portfolio management.

Practice head(s):Matthew Talbot;

Other key lawyers:James Howarth;

Key Clients

Business Software Alliance, Inc. (“BSA”)

Coventry University

Start-rite Shoes Limited

FibreFab Limited

Sequin Art Limited

Just Hype Limited

Shoe Zone Retail Limited

Charles Martell & Son Limited

APT Training & Consultancy Ltd

Robovision Limited

Memorial Walls Ltd

Imperial International Ltd

The National Forest Company

Autodesk Ltd

National Business Register

Internetwork Media Ltd

Samworth Brothers Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed as sole representatives in the UK on behalf of the Business Software Alliance, whose members include Microsoft, Adobe, Siemens, Autodesk and many other software companies.
  • Acting for FibreFab Limited as the claimant in a complex trade mark dispute with a competitor; the matter relates to the client’s branding and goes to the core of its business.
  • Dealing with Just Hype Limited's whole trade mark portfolio, including the drafting of necessary agreements to finalise the company’s IP arrangements
  • Acting for Shoe Zone Retail Limited in relation to its IP portfolio, various trade mark and passing off matters, and registering new trade marks.
  • Successfully acting for a leading mental health care training provider in a trade mark infringement claim.

Potter Clarkson LLP fields patent and trade mark attorneys, and also has a growing dispute resolution and commercial department. Its work notably includes representing high-profile clients in the Patents Court and IPEC, and also acting on major intellectual property transactions. Of particular note is Mark Snelgrove, who advises on a wide range of commercial intellectual property agreements, the drafting of policies and the ownership of intellectual property rights. The firm generates work from clients in sectors such as fashion, pharmaceuticals, luxury retail, biotech, chemicals and hi-tech.

Practice head(s):Nick McDonald; Richard Roberts; Mark Snelgrove; Oliver Laing;


'Richard Basset has built a team, is a master of his art, from client support to patent filing and prosecution to opposition practises. Absolute attention to detail and commercial focus'.

'They give sound advise from a legal perspective but they also consider the commercial aspects on projects which makes them stand out from other competitors.  Mark Snelgrove, Simon Curtis, Ian Dee, Rob Pugh do an excellent job on patent litigation'.

Key Clients

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Curt G. Joa, Inc

Synseal Extrusions

General Hotel Management

Work highlights

  • Acted for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in strategically coordinated global litigation relating to RNA interference technology.
  • Successfully defended Synseal Extrusions against an application for an interim injunction in the High Court during patent infringement proceedings initiated by Ultraframe (UK) Limited.
  • The firm is acting for General Hotel Management (a luxury hotel management company based in Singapore) as the defendant in UK High Court proceedings connected with a multijurisdictional copyright infringement claim. This matter involves over 60 defendants internationally.

Gateley Plc’s practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of John Buckby from Spearing Waite to lead its practice. The firm acts for clients across a wide range of industries, with media and entertainment being a particularly notable sector specialism. Trade mark work is a cornerstone of the practice, with Buckby assisting clients with devising national and international application strategies, managing disputes in UK and EU registries and advising on technical areas (including comparative advertising and keyword advertising). Buckby also handles collaborations, license agreements and complex IP contracts.

Practice head(s):John Buckby


'John Buckby has exceptional knowledge and an ability to relate in providing trade mark information at basic level through to presenting to Directors. He is responsive and understanding, flexible when required in delivery of service'.

Key Clients

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)

Fakro Group

Bluespur Limited

Total Motion Limited

Lumbers Limited

Menat Holdings Limited

DSL Group

Work highlights

  • Represented the client in successful trade mark opposition and cancellation action before the UK trade mark registry, and currently acting for client in relation to appeal.
  • Represented client in trade mark application filing strategy for vaping brands in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and USA.
  • Advised client on clearance and filing strategy for extending core brand into China.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's contentious practice is led by Emma Ward, who has specialist knowledge of the technology, manufacturing and fashion industries. The firm advises clients on the full range of related work from strategy and specification through to prosecution and opposition proceedings. Harpreet Sandhu, who is the head of the non-contentious practice, assists clients with intellectual property ownership, exploitation and protection issues.

Practice head(s):Emma Ward; Harpreet Sandhu;


'Emma Ward is probably the most competent solicitor I have ever dealt with.  She has the rare combination of high-level strategic thinking, careful attention to detail, and meticulous preparation'.

'Emma Ward is exceptional in all areas; she is very helpful and knowledgeable'.

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing a software developer client in claim for infringement of copyright, database rights, breach of confidence and contract in High Court.
  • Advised client on defence against allegations of community design right infringement and related counterclaim for invalidity.
  • Advises client on allegations of infringement of international design registration, designating the EU.
  • Advising the client on a claim for breach of patent and know how licence.
  • Advising a software developer client on a claim for infringement of the copyright in software.

Recommended for its ‘extensive product and industry knowledge’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s contentious offering is geared towards patent, design and brand-related work. Its team has notable experience of proceedings in the Patents Court and wider High Court, as well as the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. On the non-contentious side, the group handles a broad cross-section of matters for clients from industries such as manufacturing, telecommunications, media and broadcasting, engineering and transport. Work for universities is a particular strength, with the firm being particularly active in the education sector. It also acts for rights holders policing online activity on retail and social media websites. Ed Wright and Martin Noble jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):Ed Wright; Martin Noble;


'Engaging, service focussed individuals who are easy and enjoyable to work with. A very trustworthy group'.

'A very professionally run outfit but with the feel of a trusted family lawyer who has your best interests in mind. They have an in-depth knowledge of commercial agreements around IP, Technology Agreements, Licensing and Trade agreements'.

'Ed Wright has considerable knowledge of the medtech and technology sector. Ed has provided legal advice across a range of commercial requirements and also provides legal guidance, thoughts and advice in a friendly, easy to understand way and backs that up with solid agreements and commercial contracts'.

Key Clients

Nemaura Pharma and Dermal Diagnostics

ViVO Smart Medical Devices

BPR Medical

UK Coaching

British Orienteering


Common Wealth Games England

Cambridge Weight Plan

Whitworth Bros


University of Nottingham



Vision Express


Work highlights

  • Representing the client as the patentee in relation to a patent dispute with Portasilo Limited.
  • Representing Kagool Limited in IPEC proceedings issued by Fusion Workshop Limited relating to passing off and trade mark infringement.
  • Advising client on various IP licensing arrangements.
  • Advising client on various IP licensing arrangements.

IT and telecoms

Index of tables

  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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Browne Jacobson LLP’s client roster includes entities from both the private and public sectors, encompassing industries such as financial services, insurance, retail, health, energy and construction. London-based Declan Cushley leads the department, which also runs a dedicated legal support programme for start-up companies. His team is well-regarded for high-profile outsourcing transactions, while other areas of specialist knowledge include fintech projects, disruptive technologies, data protection, crypto technologies and cloud computing matters.

Practice head(s):Declan Cushley;

Other key lawyers:Paula Dumbill; Selina Hinchliffe;

Key Clients

Crown Prosecution Service

Manchester Underwriting Management

The National Trust

Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Limited

Metro Bank plc

Copley Scientific Limited

FMD IT Limited

Branston Limited

The Salvation Army Trustee Company

Red Box Recorders

Work highlights

  • Acted for Green Room Retail Design Limited on the creation of two precedent framework agreements for the business: one general framework agreement for the purchase of goods and services from third party providers, and another that concerned the purchase of digital services.
  • Advising a global manufacturer and distributor of water heating systems in its defence of a claim by IBM for under-licensing.
  • Instructed by Red Box Recorders Limited to negotiate and draft several large IT outsourcing agreements and commercial supply agreements.
  • Advising FMD IT Limited on the implementation of its new software system which has been specifically developed to enable pharmacies and wholesale businesses to be fully compliant with the upcoming EU Falsified Medicines Directive
  • Supporting Branston Limited from the beginning of a major business transformation project to implement an ERP system.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, practice head Nick Blane is a go-to for a wide variety of commercial IT contracts, including system development, e-commerce, management arrangements, data protection, outsourcing, procurement and supply. In addition to serving the private sector, the firm also acts for many public sector clients, including central government departments, local government, policing institution and education bodies.

Practice head(s):Nick Blane;

Other key lawyers:Ash Woodcock;

The ‘incredibly responsive’ practice at Howes Percival LLP is renowned for its delivering of ‘client-focused solutions’. On the contentious front, areas of particular experience include IT contract disputes, IP infringements and acting on threats to suspend the provision of vital services. Key strengths in the non-contentious sphere span software development, maintenance and licensing, app development and outsourcing agreements, as well as data protection and security issues. Matthew Talbot heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Matthew Talbot;

Other key lawyers:James Howarth; Jennna Bruce;


'Both Matthew Talbot and Jenna Bruce offer excellent advice and are always willing to accommodate. It\s also a real pleasure to talk to them and engage with them'.


Key Clients

Business Software Alliance, Inc. (“BSA”)

Global Reach Technology Limited

Getronics UK Limited

Retail Assist Limited

FibreFab Limited

University of Coventry

Rodericks Dental

Autodesk Inc.

Internetwork Media Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed as sole representatives in the UK on behalf of the BSA whose members include Microsoft, Adobe, Siemens, Autodesk to act against UK based companies who are not properly licensed when using the software of its members.
  • Advising the client in relation to numerous IT transactions throughout the year dealing with household names on the other side.
  • Advising the client on the terms of various IT agreements for the provision of IT services in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions.
  • Advising Getronics on the terms of various IT agreements for the provision of IT services in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited excels in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Leading the contentious practice is Emma Ward, who assists clients with all aspects of software-related claims, including copyright, breach of confidence and database rights. On the non-contentious side, key contact Harpreet Sandhu handles outsourcing and IT projects, licensing and maintenance, software development, ownership, online sales, data protection compliance and IP-related matters.

Practice head(s):Emma Ward; Harpreet Sandhu;

Work highlights

  • Advised the software developer client on GDPR compliance with respect to data transfers to India under its ‘software as a service’ licensing documents and acted for the client in a claim for infringement of copyright, database rights, breach of confidence and contract in the High Court.
  • Advised the client on a software assignment acquiring ownership of software from a former partner.
  • Advises software developer client in claim for infringement of the copyright in its software.
  • Advised client on ownership of copyright in software created prior to joining their employer but subsequently utilised by the employer.
  • Advised client on copyright infringement and breach of database rights, arising out of breach of NDA.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles contentious and non-contentious matters for East Midlands-based clients on both a national and international scale. Ed Wright and Martin Noble jointly lead the department, which distinguishes itself in sectors such as education, telecoms and technology. Its diverse workload includes telecom business acquisitions, the preparation of escrow agreements for software developers, and licensing and outsourcing agreements. The firm also has a growing reputation in relation to the drafting of contractual suites and terms of use for technology companies.

Practice head(s):Ed Wright; Martin Noble;


'An excellent understanding of the sector and requirements within this area. Easy to work with. Provides practical and easily useable advice'.

'Knowledgeable group with a strong service focus. Enjoyable to work with'.


Key Clients






Financechain - trading as Software Escrow Solutions



Cognito iQ

Prime Principle

Purpose Media

Skeleton Production

TMB GeoMarketing


Black Light Systems

Real Edge

Work highlights

  • Advising TheCarerooms on contractual and commercial issues.
  • Advising Parcelhub on strategic partnering template agreement to cover all third-party arrangements.
  • Advising roadtohealth Group Limited on contractual and commercial issues.
  • Assisting Ecommonsense with preparing suitable terms and conditions/contractual arrangements governing supply of software solution and related services.
  • Assisting Mylocummanager with preparing suitable terms and conditions governing online service access and use.

Hailed by clients for its ‘good understanding of IT contractual matters’, BHW Solicitors’ department is led by the ‘knowledgeableMatt Worsnop. Its specialist areas include software and licensing agreements, IT project tenders, software infrastructure projects, website development and app agreements. Other pillars of the practice are M&A, restructures and refinancings of software and IT companies. Mandates from the virtual reality and app industries are on the increase.

Practice head(s):Matt Worsnop;




Key Clients

Lavendon Group / Loxam

Nationwide Platforms Limited

VR Simulation Systems Ltd

Eclipse Group Solutions Limited

DealTrak Ltd

Earlybird Technologies Limited

Workvine Limited

Twin3 Limited

BestPath Limited

Vehicle Vision Limited

Work highlights

  • Prepared new template agreement for VR Simulation Systems Ltd for use with all new clients.
  • Prepared new template development for Twin3 Limited for use with all new clients.
  • Advised a client on a SaaS agreement
  • Advised a client on the terms of a draft reseller agreement.


Index of tables

  1. Sport
  2. Leading individuals

Browne Jacobson LLP's diverse sports-related work spans governance, regulatory, property, employment, health and safety, contentious and commercial matters. It also handles high-value sporting transactions and insurance-related work connected with significant injuries. The practice, which is jointly led by Peter Jones in Nottingham and Birmingham-based Kevin Lawson, represents a number of national sporting organisations and governing bodies.

Practice head(s):Peter Jones; Kevin Lawson;

Other key lawyers:Sarah Parkinson;

Key Clients

Motorsport Vision Limited

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (1982) Limited

Zorb Football

Work highlights

  • Acting for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club (1982) Limited in its defence against copyright infringement proceedings brought by Peter Davies.
  • Acting for Zorb Football following two claimants allegedly suffering severe brain injuries when they clashed heads during a game of zorb football.

Geldards LLP's team is particularly knowledgeable about the tennis and football industries, but it assist clients across all forms of sport on a range of sponsorship, endorsement and licensing matters. Led by Jamie Goldberg, the group advises several high-profile tennis players on their commercial activities and agreements. In the football space, it undertakes employment matters, high-value disputes, corporate reorganisations and commercial contracts. It is also knowledgeable about FA and EFL regulations.

Practice head(s):Jamie Goldberg;

Key Clients

Derby County Football Club

Edward Smith

Dukes Meadows Tennis Centre

Work highlights

  • Acted for Derby County Football Club in its High Court claim involving former Chief Executive, Sam Rush.  
  • Advised Edward Smith on his appointment by the England and Wales Cricket Board as Head National Selector for the England Cricket Team.
  • Acting on The Lawn Tennis Association’s appointment of Dukes Meadows as a Regional Player Development Centre.
  • The employment of Frank Lampard as First Team Manager and related commercial agreements along with the terms of employment of Gary Rowett and subsequent termination thereof.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP serves a client base comprising of sporting associations, professional sports clubs, elite athletes and governing bodies. The exploitation of commercial rights, governance and regulation, and dispute resolution are among the group’s recent areas of activity. It also advise clients on the full gamut of employment matters, funding issues, rules and regulations, brand protection, image rights and sponsorship agreements. The highly recommended Ed Wright leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Ed Wright;


'A very strong knowledgeable team who understand the complexities of the client's organisation and business sector. Easy and enjoyable to work with'.

'The team is incredibly supportive, passionate, knowledge and has an extremely strong work ethic'.

Key Clients

British Orienteering

Commonwealth Games England

My mHealth Ltd

Ping Europe

RoadtoHealth Group Limited

Six EZ 1

Sheffield and Hallamshire Football Association

UK Coaching

Work highlights

  • Advised British Orienteering on preparation of suitable template trademark licence agreement.
  • Advised Commonwealth Games England on its various contractual requirements for team members, officials and volunteers.
  • Acting as Commonwealth Games England’s in house General Counsel during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
  • Advising My mHealth on commercial agreement associated with its investment in Yooblr platform.
  • Advising Ping Europe on its GDPR compliance.

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