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  1. Intellectual property – Leading sets
  2. Intellectual property – Leading silks
  3. Intellectual property – 2018 silks
  4. Intellectual property – Leading juniors

Intellectual property – Leading silks

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Intellectual property – 2018 silks

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Intellectual property – Leading juniors

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    • Michael Hicks - Hogarth Chambers β€˜One of the best barrister for soft IP, with a wealth of experience under his belt and a combination of in-depth knowledge, commercial acumen, and fast response times.’
    • Brian Nicholson - 11 South Square β€˜He is the go-to barrister for technical patent cases.’
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    • Chris Aikens - 11 South Square β€˜He is brilliantly bright, diligent and tenacious; he truly understands and respects client’s needs and drivers.’
    • Stuart Baran - Three New Square β€˜With an already formidable presence on his feet, backed with a first-class brain and friendly and open client skills, he is one of the rising stars of the IP Bar.’
    • Richard Davis - Hogarth Chambers β€˜He has enormous experience, is results driven and easy to deal with.’
    • Guy Hollingworth - One Essex Court β€˜He is very approachable, bright and pragmatic with a calm and forensic court room approach.’
    • Lindsay Lane - 8 New Square β€˜She has a commercial and no-nonsense approach; considers timing and strategy to achieve a client;s commercial goals.’
    • Heather Lawrence - 11 South Square β€˜She is a reasoned, clear thinker and confident advocate with an enormous intellect and the ability to encapsulate complex legal issues in a client friendly way.’
    • Amanda Michaels - Hogarth Chambers β€˜She is precise, practical, commercial and able to relate to clients and the commercial realities they face.’
    • Kathryn Pickard - 11 South Square β€˜She is thoughtful, personable and great with clients.’
    • Tom St Quintin - Hogarth Chambers β€˜He is a great, go-to advocate for trade mark work.’
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The β€˜professional, yet down-to-earth’ 8 New Square is considered to be β€˜one of the finest IP sets around’. With β€˜a number of the leading QCs’ as well as β€˜great young talent’, the set is recognised for its β€˜great strength in depth’. Its members deliver β€˜universally high-quality work’, predominantly in matters relating to patents, trade marks and copyright. Highlighted as β€˜a go-to set for patent litigation in both life sciences and other technical areas’, several barristers have been instructed in high-profile cases, includeing Richard Meade QC’s instruction in Actavis v Lilly and representations from Adrian Speck, Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC, Mark Chacksfield, Isabel Jamal in patent and FRAND litigation between Unwired Planet and Huawei,

β€˜The premier IP set’, 11 South Square, is β€˜very strong in the field’, β€˜reliable, and easy to get on with’. It boasts β€˜top-class patent silks’ and has particular experience handling disputes in the technology and life sciences sector. Several members, including Michael Silverleaf QC and Kathryn Pickard, continue to be engaged in the Warner-Lambert Company LLC v Generics (UK) litigation, now before the Supreme Court. The chambers is also singled out for its β€˜exemplary clerking service’.

Three New Square has been described as being β€˜pre-eminent for IP’. The set is praised for being β€˜user friendly, extremely responsive’ and β€˜very reasonable on pricing’. It has β€˜great strength across the ranks’, and benefits particularly from β€˜an impressive stable of QCs and senior juniors for patent litigation’, particularly in the life sciences sector. Beyond patents, it also has β€˜premier, modern trade mark silks’, with work highlights including Douglas Campbell’s representation of London Taxi Corp before the Court of Appeal, in a dispute concerning the validity and infringement of 3D trade marks.

Considered to be β€˜excellent on all IP issues’, Hogarth Chambers is a β€˜first-rate, highly respected set’ with β€˜real strength in depth for patents, trade mark and copyright work’. The set is recognised for its β€˜responsiveness’, β€˜pragmatic advice’ and for β€˜getting results in high-profile cases’. Several members, including Nicholas Caddick QC and Andrew Norris, acted in Stretchline Intellectual Properties Ltd v H M Hennes & Mauritz Ltd, a contract and patent dispute before the Court of Appeal. The set also boasts β€˜strong’ silks and β€˜excellent juniors for trade mark matters’, with Michael Hicks and Thomas St Quintin securing instructions in Beverly Hills Polo Club v Santa Monica Polo Club, which involved a claim for infringement of a registered mark, passing off and breach of contract.

The β€˜quality heavyweight IP and technology set’, One Essex Court boasts a β€˜good range of IP and commercial barristers’. Members have acted in complex patent litigation, such as Geoffrey Hobbs QC’s instructions in Warner-Lambert v Sandoz & others and Biogen & others v AbbVie, both before the Court of Appeal. Hobbs was also instructed alongside Philip Roberts QC in an appeal challenging the judicial review to plain packaging regulations for tobacco products; the appeal by two tobacco companies involved arguments concerning the regulation’s incompatibility with European legislation and international treaties governing trade marks and designs.

Blackstone Chambers is predominantly noted for its strength in copyright and other soft IP matters in the media and entertainment sector. In the matter of Sony ATV v Le Bon & others – which concerned jurisdictional issues relating to the reversion of copyright in the UK, compared US law – Ian Mill QC and Andrew Scott both advised Sony, with Michael Bloch QC instructed by the defendants at first instance. Members have also handled patent litigation relating in the pharmaceuticals and technology industries.

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