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Addleshaw Goddard has a β€˜strong national IP practice that is efficient, methodical and knowledgeable’. Key figures include Paul Bentham, James Whittaker, managing associate Tim Carter (who is β€˜bright, attentive, helpful and sensible’) and legal director Nick Rudgard, who provides a β€˜quick and efficient service’. The full-service practice provides contentious and non-contentious advice across a broad range of sectors including retail, financial services, transport, health and the public sector. It routinely manages the trade mark portfolios of household names such as Harrods, Home Retail Group (which includes Argos, Homebase and Habitat Retail), Liverpool Football Club and Moneysupermarket. Other key clients include the Clinigen Group, Diageo and Wolseley.

Brabners LLP has a specialist IP team that deals with contentious and non-contentious IP work as well as registered trade mark and design mark prosecution. It is also skilled at advising on online brand protection and infringement such as keyword infringement and domain name complaints. Colin Bell is a β€˜pleasure to work with’ and Nik White provides a β€˜really great service’. The team is advising Melissa McCue trading as EBC Couture and Swim on the intellectual property rights in her products, including bringing claims against a number of infringers of her products.

Clarke Willmott LLP is praised for β€˜its good teamwork and for being responsive to its clients’. Roy Crozier is β€˜particularly excellent at brand protection and counterfeiting work’. He advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law and has acted for some of the best-known brands in domestic and international disputes. Also recommended are Susan Hall, who is β€˜experienced, calm, knowledgeable and very good with clients’ and β€˜efficient’ senior associate Andrew Stone, who is praised for his ability to β€˜fights his client’s corner’. Hall has worked with a wide range of clients, from government departments and universities to multinationals, owner-managed businesses and start-ups, on complex IP matters. Clients of the β€˜superb team’ include Fred Perry, Ugg Australia and new client Canon, which the practice assists with the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights. In a major case the team advised BaByliss in a patent and design right infringement action that was brought in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court relating to the client’s award-winning β€˜Curl Secret’ product.

DLA Piper UK LLP has a β€˜very experienced team that is particularly adept at advising international clients’. Lee Brierley and Peter Brook are key figures at the β€˜successful practice’, which acts for key regional clients and overseas clients on a broad range of issues such as patent litigation and high-tech litigation and database rights. It acted for AO World in its challenge to a third party that sought to register a new β€˜AO’ EU trade mark. The practice is also advising the Premier League on various matters such as the enforcement of copyright in audio-visual content against pubs showing broadcasts without appropriate licences.

The β€˜well-known and well-connected’ Craig Chaplin at DWF is β€˜seriously good at IP law; we know that we can rely on him to deliver good results’. Other key figures of the β€˜responsive and efficient team’ include James Lonsdale, Paul Attwood and Joel Heap, who spearheads the IP litigation practice. The team has specialist expertise in areas as diverse as industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare, and is particularly known for its work in other areas such as brand licensing. The team continues to advise British Cycling on an array of complex IP and sponsorship matters. Other clients include Wm Morrison Supermarkets, Fix8 Group, Burton Biscuits and James Cropper.

The β€˜well-established’ team at Gateley Plc is headed by the β€˜very well thought of’ Jonathan Moakes, is praised for his β€˜very wide range of experience and excellent technical expertise’. He is known as an excellent IP litigator and for his expertise in dealing with life sciences and technology matters. Other key figures include John Burns, whose main areas of expertise lie in intellectual property exploitation, franchising and brand licensing; and β€˜excellent’ legal director Robert Lye. The team acted for a number of members of the Giftware Association in infringement actions and acted for Pendle Metalwares in an action against Office Depot Limited (Viking Direct, which related to an infringement of unregistered UK and Community design rights in cigarette bin designs. Other significant clients include Hachette Book Group, JD Sports Fashion and Phoenix 7.

HGF Law’s β€˜effective team’ attracts praise for its ability to β€˜adapt to suit the clients’ needs’. The β€˜practical and commercial’ Anthony Gold, whose advise is β€˜always to the point’, is recommended alongside Janet Knowles, an able transactional lawyer who is experienced in the life sciences industry and has also been working with educational institutions and their spin-out companies. In an illustration of its multi-jurisdictional expertise the team is acting in patent proceedings for an international manufacturing client in the Danish Maritime and Commercial Court. Other major clients include Halfords Group, Specsavers and Brooker Group.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP has a β€˜very strong team based in Manchester’, which is noted for having β€˜a depth of knowledge that is equivalent to a far larger firm whilst having the personal level of contact of a family firm’. It provides β€˜prompt, concise and commercial advice’. The β€˜tenacious, sensible and tactically astute’ Ian Morris heads the team and β€˜will get the best commercial deal for the client’. He is assisted by the β€˜superb’ Martin Lewis, newly promoted partner Claire Meyers, who is both β€˜knowledgeable and sound’, and Yasmin Kalantari, who β€˜quickly gets to grips with often quite complex facts’. Bruce Jones joined from Hill Dickinson LLP. The team advises on both contentious and non-contentious IP law with a particular focus on complex litigation involving software and database protection, international trade mark litigation and licensing. In a high-profile matter the practice is advising Christine Kendall in her case against fashion house Alexander McQueen for alleged breach of copyright in relation to the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. Other notable clients include CharacterWorld and Beauty Bay Limited.

Pannone Corporate LLP attracts praise for its β€˜professionalism, advice, service levels and response times, which are all excellent’. The β€˜extremely capable’ Melanie McGuirk β€˜will pursue infringers and their legal representatives with a dogged determination to fully protect her clients’ intellectual property rights; few other lawyers show such determination for their clients’. For non-contentious IP work the β€˜excellent’ Amy Chandler β€˜delivers a great service’. At associate level Sarah Bazaraa has β€˜extensive knowledge of dispute resolution and always provides clear, concise and practical advice which is specifically tailored to her clients’ needs’. The practice acts for clients in the fashion, consumer product, manufacturing, technology, bio-technology, software, IT and energy sectors. Highlights included advising Boohoo on its proposed bid to acquire NASTY Gal brand (which includes a substantial trade mark portfolio with trade marks in over 30 countries) and other intellectual property rights from US retailer Nasty Gal Inc for more than $20m. Other clients include Pets at Home and Iceland Foods.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team attracts praise for its β€˜concise and commercially focused’ advice. The team is led by Samantha Livesey, an β€˜excellent communicator’ who is β€˜extremely knowledgeable, personable and professional’. It has a strong digital and online practice with particular expertise in sport, retail and consumer brands. Clients include the Jockey Club, Silentnight and the English Football League. It is also recommended for its data protection advisory work. The team advised Monster Energy Europe on a 41-jurisdiction sales promotion relating to the latest release of the Call of Duty computer game, where consumers could redeem free in-game content from codes printed under ring-pulls on promotional Monster Energy drink cans.

Key figures at TLT include the β€˜technically excellent’ Graeme Orchison; he is a β€˜cracking IP litigation lawyer’ who β€˜understands the issues and translates them into an easily understandable format for his clients’. Associate Asima Rana is also praised for being β€˜very helpful and practical’. The practice acts for a variety of blue-chip clients with a particular specialism in IP cases involving complicated IT copyright issues. David Gardner heads the non-contentious practice. On the contentious side, the team acts for Home Retail Group on all contentious intellectual property matters involving Argos and Habitat Retail. It is also acting for Matalan on an appeal to a High Court Judge by SoulCycle regarding the Souluxe trade mark.

Harald Loeffler heads the department at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which acts for national and international clients on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Legal director Andrew Rankin is strong on commercial contracts. The practice advised LIWEST Kabelmedien GmbH on its software and hardware licensing/transfer agreements with Netflix. It also continues to act for Europe’s largest windows brand, Internorm, on the protection of its intellectual property rights in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA.

Key figures at Fieldfisher include Bill Lister, a β€˜highly experienced IP lawyer who is very talented at reacting quickly to complex problems and then producing an excellent outcome for his clients. He knows his stuff inside out.’ Lister has an extensive track record advising UK and international clients on contentious and non-contentious matters. The department specialises in all areas of intellectual property law including copyright, designs, passing off, trade marks, trade secrets, breach of confidence and patents. It also has experience handling disputes in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the High Court in London. Highlights included acting for Silentnight Group in a trade mark infringement claim against Deluxe Beds following the use of β€˜Silvernight’ on websites and in advertising material to sell beds, divans and mattresses. In another complex matter it is acting for Furmanac in a breach of confidence claim triggered by the disclosure of trade secrets by a former finance director to the client’s competitors.

Mark Fitzgibbon and senior associate Hannah Fawcett are key contacts at Hill Dickinson LLP. The team advises on brand protection and exploitation such as sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals, licences and IPR assignments. It is acting for Heritage Apparel and Proper Mag Media in a trade mark dispute over the use of the mark β€˜PROPER’. Other key clients include Cataclean Global. Bruce Jones joined Kuit Steinart Levy LLP.

Jones Legal Limited attracts praise for its ability to β€˜provide the quality of advice of a large firm without the price tag; it offers better value for money than London-based IP lawyers’, according to one client. Patricia Jones adopts a β€˜straightforward, no-nonsense approach and gives very clear advice’. She has advised on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters in a variety of industry sectors such as chemicals, fashion, pharmaceuticals and life sciences. Her clients range from university spin-outs to large multinational companies. The firm is strong on IP litigation and is well known for brand and design right enforcement, with particular expertise in enforcing IP rights against online infringers and look-alike products. Active clients include Flatshare.

Mark Shipley heads the team at Shipley IP Ltd, which includes β€˜excellent associate’ Ben Prangell. Julien Macdonald, The App Business and BrewDog are all clients of the specialist IP practice, which focuses on trade mark, design right and software protection. It regularly advises individuals and brands from the technology, fashion, retail and media industries.

At Myerson Solicitors LLP the β€˜extremely thorough’ Jonathan Hassall specialises in non-contentious IP matters and is β€˜very good on the client care side’. He is recommended alongside non-contentious IP specialist Carla Murray, who β€˜leaves nothing to chance’. Clients include International Pastry Concepts LLC, which it advises on the enforcement of its trade marks across the UK and Europe.

Manleys Solicitors fields β€˜tenacious and innovative litigators who don’t fear to take an unconventional approach when it seems appropriate’. Mark Manley is a β€˜very experienced litigator who has a commercial approach and has excellent knowledge of this field of law’. Manley specialises in areas such as image rights issues and disputes over the wrongful use of IP. Associate Katie Mickleburgh is β€˜very focused and has good attention to detail’. The team works for a broad array of media clients; highlights included being appointed by a major celebrity photo agency, Fame Flynet, to act as their legal advisers for all IP, licensing, copyright and related issues on an ongoing basis.

Nexus Solicitors Limited advises on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters such as brand recognition, enhancement and exploitation strategies. It successfully concluded a claim for a high street cosmetics brand in relation to the infringement of its leading product, which was resolved by way of voluntary injunctions and the payment of its client’s costs. Christopher Pugh is a key contact.

At Shoosmiths LLP the team has been busy advising on a number of key projects. One such highlight included its appointment as sole legal adviser to Whispering Smith Ltd to advise it on a regular basis on design rights, copyright and trade mark issues. The team is now advising the company on the expansion of its flagship business into South America. Richard Millington joined the team, which includes Laura Harper.

Brandsmiths is β€˜a breath of fresh air in the North West; it is a dedicated IP firm that will do well as its reputation continues to grow, particularly in the sports sector. It could be hard to beat’. Among its β€˜experienced lawyers, who are up to date and most importantly enthusiastic’, are senior associate Michael Forrester, who is β€˜very capable’, and associate John Battersby, who is β€˜very experienced’. Clients include BMW/Mini/Rolls Royce, Beverly Hills Polo Club and SRG Apparel t/a Tokyo Laundry.

Gorvins Solicitors advises on all aspects of intellectual property including copyright, design rights, trade marks and patents, covering every stage of protecting those intellectual property rights, all the way through to enforcing or disputing those rights once established. Andrew Curwen heads the department, which acts for clients such as Dishman Europe, GPC Computer Software and Ritrama (UK).

MLP Law LLP acts for a number of household names and companies in the digital technology sector. Stephen Attree is a key contact and Steve Hartley is recommended for his transactional work.

Taylors provides an β€˜outstanding service; it has first-class knowledge and its response times are fast’. The team is β€˜easy to communicate with at every level’ and is led by the β€˜fantastic’ Tony Catterall, who is praised for his β€˜extensive knowledge of all aspects of intellectual property’. He is recommended for his work within the home furnishings industry and has a vast amount of knowledge of the textiles, interior design and wallcoverings market industries. The team is well placed to advise on all aspects of intellectual property matters. Highlights included successfully settling a claim for infringement of copyright in textile designs that was brought by its client. The team favourably settled the matter before it went to court on the basis of undertakings, an apology in the trade press and the payment of damages/costs.

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