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Clients of Boult Wade Tennant are effusive in praising the firm’s ‘responsiveness, speed of delivery, good communication and managing expectations, and the many trusted individuals on the team’. John Wallace, managing partner and head of the firm’s growing trade mark group, ‘always provides good-quality service’. The experienced Tony Pluckrose, India expert Emma Pitcher and China expert Catherine Wolfe are also recommended.

Responses are prompt and the knowledge is vast’ at Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, which fields a trade mark team that is ‘always keen to understand the commercial issues to increase the relevance of its advice’. Litigator Jonathan Day heads the team and works alongside talented partners Paul Howard, Roger Lush and litigation group head Ian Kirby. The team’s impressive client list includes The Walt Disney Company, Marvel, John Deere, De Beers, Western Digital and Penguin Random House.

D Young & Co LLP advises a range of clients, including rock and pop groups, media organisations, and the fashion and food and beverage industries. Jeremy Pennant is ‘an IP giant with outstanding business acumen and industry knowledge’. The talented Jackie Johnson, Helen Cawley, Tamsin Holman, Ian Starr and Matthew Dick round out the partnership.

At J A Kemp, James Fish is ‘a true thought leader’ who has had a successful year with trade mark work before the UKIPO and OHIM. He recently represented clean tech company Drayson Technologies in connection with an energy harvesting innovation. Ben Mooneapillay advises a variety of clients on clearances and opposition work and manages the portfolio for Electronic Arts. Tom Albertini continues to advise Just Eat, among other major clients.

Kilburn & Strode LLP handles clearance searches, filings, prosecutions and portfolio management for a client base that includes Sony Mobile, Blackberry, NBC Universal, Dreamworks Animation, Porsche and the American Bar Association. Group head Carrollanne Lindley is a ‘tour de force’ and partner Iain Stewart is ‘calm, sensible, and excellent at handling some of the most challenging clients’. Ryan Pixton is ‘one to watch’.

Marks & Clerk LLP has ‘a very good trade mark department that displays excellent industry knowledge and fast responses’. Group head Matthew Sammon is ‘technically excellent and easy to work with’, and Alison Melling acts for Next, among other major clients. Campbell Newell manages the portfolio for the Tomatin Distillery Company and recently filed trade mark applications for the client in 10 overseas jurisdictions.

Nottingham-based Potter Clarkson LLP is among the largest single-site IP firms outside of London and clients say that it ‘rates highly against most other practices’. Sanjay Kapur is commended for his excellence in trade mark work. John Peacock is very active in the department, as are Lucy Mills and Shaun Sherlock.

RGC Jenkins & Co acts for a global client base and a number of FTSE 100 companies. Angela Fox recently acted for Nestlé on its high-profile opposition to Cadbury’s UK’s trade mark application for “Cadbury Purple”. She also acted for DC Comics and Marvel Characters in various trade mark disputes in the UK. Stephen James and Katie Cameron are also recommended.

Stobbs IP is a growing boutique trade mark firm, which advises UK and foreign corporations and has a strong domain name practice. Founding partner Julius Stobbs is an experienced trade mark attorney who acts for clients including Tesco, Virgin, eBay and Yahoo! The firm was bolstered in 2015 with the recruitment of senior trade mark attorneys Harpreet Dhaliwal from Forresters and Carrie Bradley from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Claire Jenkins and Geoff Weller are also recommended.

The team at A.A. Thornton & Co. provides an ‘overall level of service that is top class, with good industry knowledge and willingness to accept input’ with respect to drafting applications. Ian Gill and Rachel Havard lead the group, which excels in the food and beverage, manufacturing and service industries. Vanessa Lawrence is also highly recommended.

The trade mark team at Appleyard Lees has experience before the UK registry and OHIM, including acting in contentious proceedings. David Moy continues to lead the group, which was bolstered in 2015 with the arrival of IP solicitor Chris Hoole from Walker Morris LLP and trade mark attorney Jorandi Daneel from Marks & Clerk LLP, and again in April 2016 when Rob Cumming was promoted to partner. Key clients include Lucite, Monedeléz, BAE Systems and Samsung.

Barker Brettell LLP is ‘an excellent firm that consistently outperforms reasonable expectations and provides communication that is best-in-class, with detailed analyses of every situation’. Rosalyn Newsomehandles matters with great expertise and timeliness’ and works alongside talented colleagues Louis Pittortou, Catherine Wiseman and Tracy Arch. In one highlight, Pittortou advised the London Taxi Corporation regarding 10 complex trade matters in order to protect the client’s IP portfolio.

Bristows LLP handles the full spectrum of trade mark work for high-profile clients such as Google, Royal Mail, Mondeléz, Carnival and the Intercontinental Hotels Group. Department head Paul Jordan and partner Paul Walsh often work in conjunction with partners Theo Savvides and Jeremy Blum. The team made two additions in 2015 with the recruitment of associates Saaira Gill and Jade Macintyre from Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP and Microsoft’s in-house legal team, respectively.

Cleveland has strength in trade mark infringement and opposition cases, including the ability to negotiate with adverse parties on possible settlement agreements. The ‘overall level of service is excellent, and response times are always very good’. The group is led by Jonathan Clegg, Imogen Wiseman and Lorna Hobbs.

Dehns is led by Roberto Calamita, an expert on spin-offs and SMEs who regularly advises Pret A Manger on its ongoing international expansion. Other recommended attorneys include London-based Elaine Deyes and Alison Hague; Brighton-based Joseph Letang and Clare Mann; and Philip Towler in Oxford.

Elkington & Fife LLP’s trade mark department was strengthened with the recruitment in 2015 of former ITMA president Chris McLeod, and associate Daniel Sullivan, who joined from Forresters in January 2016. It is a ‘long-established firm with broad knowledge of such matters, always giving sound advice’. Peter Charlton, ‘is thorough, fair and a voice of reason’. Former partner Mark Hiddleston left to open his own firm.

Forresters recently achieved a sizeable victory for Salzer Electronics with respect to an invalidation action of a UK trade mark following an opposition filed against the client’s application. Matt Shaw, who served as lead counsel on that matter, is ‘very efficient, with great attention to detail, knowledge and excellent response times’. Steven Wake leads in London and is also recommended alongside Birmingham-based partner Diana Wardley and senior associate Kate Cruse.

Gill Jennings & Every LLP’s trade mark group represents a standout group of international clients that includes Hasbro, MasterCard, Premier Foods, Yamaha, Revlon, Under Armour and Lindt Chocolate. Rowena Price handles all aspects of trade mark and brand-related portfolios, as does well-regarded partner Alasdair MacQuarrie.

HGF Law is known for advising international clients and is aiming to grow its global client list, targeting the US, India, Korea and China as key regions. The firm also expanded in September 2015 with the opening of its office in The Hague, adding to the 10 locations it has throughout the UK. Leeds-based David Potter continues to head the trade mark group, which includes London-based partner Stephanie Loeffler-Reading, who is fluent in French and German.

Keltie’s trade mark group provides clients with ‘a very high level of service and particularly good knowledge in the life sciences and sports sectors’. Co-heads Rosemary Cardas (who is ‘calm under pressure, provides excellent advice and works very collaboratively with instructing solicitors’) and Alistair Gay (who stands out for his ‘good management of large trade mark portfolios’) are recommended, as is partner Manuela Macchi. Recent client wins include the London Capital Group and Kambi Sports Solutions.

Mathys & Squire LLP is ‘a top-flight firm’ that handles searches, anti-counterfeiting, portfolio management and litigation related to trade mark matters for clients such as Panavision Europe, NEC Corporation and Harley-Davidson. Margaret Arnott is ‘hardworking, sound, and has common sense and good presentational skills’. Other key names include Gary Johnston, who represents Chelsea FC with respect to its portfolio, and partner Robert Hawley.

Sofia Arenal heads the practice at Mewburn Ellis LLP, which does a ‘terrific job in coordinating services between offices and bringing young associates up to speed in understanding domestic and international trademark issues’. Arenal is ‘excellent, smart, creative and hardworking’ and can handle all aspects of trade mark law. Andy King, who was promoted to partner in April 2016, is ‘incredibly reliable’ and has particular interest in wearable technology products.

Olswang LLP’s trade mark team has ‘strength in depth and gives robust legal advice’ to a client base that features giants such as Sky and Microsoft. Department head Sarah Wright recently acquired a new client in fashion company Lipsy. Also recommended are partner Joel Vertes, who has ‘strong knowledge of trademark law’, and Joel Barry, who serves as head of the IP department and is a partner on the litigation team.

Helen Wakerley of Reddie & Grose LLP represents national and international brands as well as celebrities. Tom Sharman and Jan Vleck, both dual-qualified as patent and trade mark attorneys, are highly recommended, as is Simon Goodman, who advised City Sightseeing, one of the world’s largest top bus tour operators, regarding the protection of its bus livery and global trade mark portfolio.

The trade mark team at Urquhart-Dykes & Lord LLP excels in contentious matters; clients say it is ‘excellent, grasps the concepts very well and is proactive and helpful’. Alison Simpson, Alan Fiddes, Neil Pawlyn, Mark Green and Gareth Price are recommended. Clients include Hasbro, Hermès, La-Z-Boy, Hitachi and the Sorensen Media Group.

The trade mark team at Wilson Gunn represents an impressive client list that features Manchester United, Polo Ralph Lauren and Kraft Foods. Partners James Robey, Michael Douglas, Mark Goodwin, and David Slattery are all highly recommended. Biochemistry expert Ben Appleton was promoted to partner in 2016.

Abel & Imray handles a number of complex cases for domestic and international clients before the UKIPO and OHIM. Managing partner Simon Bentley continues to lead the London-based team, while Caroline Brooks heads the team in Bath and Cardiff. Grace Mok is also recommended. Key clients include Cardiff City FC, Novartis, Texas Instruments and Time Out magazine.

Baker McKenzie LLP is a major international law firm with a strong UK trade mark team. Department head Jessica Le Gros advises large corporations such as British American Tobacco, Dreamworks Animation, Unilever and HSBC. Recommended senior associates include Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, who acts for numerous fashion and cosmetic companies, and Nadine Archer.

The ‘experienced and knowledgeableIan Bartlett heads the trade mark department at Beck Greener, which provides ‘excellent service with personal attention from highly experienced partners and associates’. The team, which also features talented partner Rowland Buehrlen, handles international trade mark registration, domain name disputes and due diligence investigations.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is experienced in the management of trade mark portfolios worldwide and represents household names such as BAFTA and the Financial Times. In two highlights, group director Ian Gruselle is acting for Breville regarding the development of its brands in Europe; and partner Simon Clark recently acted for Fraser-Nash Research in defending claims of trade mark infringement relating to the shape of the London Taxi Company’s classic taxi designs.

Sally Britton continues to head the trade mark team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, which was strengthened by the arrival of Ray Black and David Rose, both from King & Wood Mallesons. Rose has acted in high-profile disputes before both the UK and European courts, while Black has more than three decades of experience as a trade mark attorney. Jeremy Hertzog, head of the firm’s IP department, and Lewis Cohen are also recommended.

Murgitroyd is ‘fast, efficient and compares favourably with other firms’. Clients say the team ‘really knows its stuff when it comes to trade marks’. Chris Cairns is ‘excellent on the trade mark side and great with clients’. London-based department head Mark Hickey is also recommended.

Rouse Legal provides a complete brand management service, including clearances, registrations and enforcement. Representative clients include Toni & Guy, Fred Perry, Irn Bru, Richemont and Astellas. The firm was also recently appointed to the Cambridge University Press legal panel. Mark Foreman is recommended.

The trade mark team at Venner Shipley LLP was strengthened in July 2015 when group head David Birchall was promoted to partner, and with the recruitment in May 2016 of IP litigation experts James Tumbridge and Paul Harris from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. The firm acts for clients such as TalkTalk Telecom Group and the Southbank Centre. Senior associate Yoann Fouquet is also recommended.

Led by the experienced Patrick Cantrill and Rachel Hearson, Bond Dickinson LLP acts for clients including Atom Bank, Bellway, Immediate Media Company, Petrofac Limited and Princess Yachts. Will Sander is also highly active in this space.

Rebecca Dobson of Chapman+Co has experience prosecuting and advising on trade mark applications for clients ranging from start-ups to multinationals, including recently settling an infringement action against client BM Polyco. Dual-qualified Helga Chapman and Huw Evans are also recommended.

Lewis Silkin LLP is led by Dominic Farnsworth, who advises a variety of impressive clients such as Harvey Nichols, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KitchenAid and EDF. He is advising Aston Martin on its global trade mark strategy and recently represented the Saga Group regarding a trade mark application programme for retirement village projects across the UK and EU. Steven Jennings is also leading on several matters.

Tom Farrand continues to head the trade mark team at Novagraaf, which acts for companies in the clothing, cosmetics, food and retail sectors. Other key lawyers include Claire Jones, Michael Freeman and Alastair Rawlance.

Swindell & Pearson Ltd’s trade mark department handles portfolios as well as disputes, and its clients are ‘routinely impressed by its industry knowledge and ability to do the work’. Department head Nick Womsley works alongside the experienced Robert sales and Kieron Taylor, who was promoted to equity director in 2015.

Rigel Moss McGrath and Graeme Murray are the main trade mark attorneys at WP Thompson, an IP firm that helps clients select, protect and exploit their brands and designs in the domestic marketplace.

Wildbore & Gibbons is a boutique firm that concentrates solely on the management and protection of trade mark portfolios. Janella Barr and Stephen Kinsey are assisted by associates Gloria Parmesan and Camilla Sexton. Senior attorney Francis Harding left the firm in February 2016 to join Page White & Farrer. Representative clients include Hilton Hotels, The Economist and Odeon Cinemas.

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