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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Sarah Bazaraa - Pannone Corporate LLP
    • Michael Forrester - Brandsmiths
    • Andrew Lee - Brandsmiths
    • Andrew Stone - Clarke Willmott LLP

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Paul Bentham  leads a ‘strong team’ at Addleshaw Goddard that is praised for its ‘genuine contentious procedural expertise and ability to pitch advice at an appropriate business and economic level’. The ‘superb’ James Whittaker  is vastly experienced in the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights with a particular emphasis on IPR acquisition and licensing, media and sponsorship. Legal director Nick Rudgard is ‘thorough, clear-thinking and measured. He is comfortable with his expertise and happy to discuss litigation strategy with non-experts without resorting to legalese or lectures’. Managing associate/trade mark agent Tim Carter  is ‘attentive and helpful. He provides advice that is commercial. He is bright and knowledgeable and has real expertise in this area’. The team has a full-service offering with considerable strength on the contentious and non-contentious side across a broad range of sectors. It has particular expertise in the retail and consumer, financial services, transport, industrials, energy, health and the public sectors. The group handles high quality international work for household names such as Associated Foods plc, William Hill, Lakeland and Warburtons. The ‘efficient, methodical and knowledgeable team is good value for money. It is not afraid to give commercially focused advice rather than a simple restatement of all available options and risks’.

The ‘excellent' Nik White leads the team at Brabners LLP, which includes Colin Bell, who heads the contentious IP/brand protection group and has a ‘phenomenal grasp of a wide range of trademark and patent issues’. Richard Hough  ‘really knows his stuff; he listens to his clients and takes a pragmatic approach to matters’. The team was joined by Hannah Fawcett from Hill Dickinson LLP; Fawcett is a dual-qualified intellectual property solicitor and a chartered trade mark attorney who is skilled at advising on commercial contracts, corporate due diligence as well as intellectual property prosecution and infringement matters.  The team includes solicitors, chartered trade mark attorneys, chartered trade mark administrators/paralegals in addition to a chartered patent administrator. Recently the firm has been busy dealing with a significant number of trade mark, copyright, patent and design infringement cases, and has been advising on a number of major matters in the sports sector.

Clarke Willmott LLP has an ‘extremely knowledgeable and efficient team that is commercially and legally smart and tactically astute’. Team head Roy Crozier’s ‘knowledge and experience in IP is exceptional; he has proven to be an expert litigator, is very commercial and understands the bigger picture and the tactical priorities for the client’. Senior associate Andrew Stone  is ‘excellent- he has great attention to detail, is great to work with, reliable and is a good client manager who is completely committed to his clients’ cases’. For ‘patent and design right litigation this is a very good team, the lawyers understand the case, the priorities for the client and the legal arguments that are being run’. Susan Hall  is ‘pragmatic and result-orientated’. It acts for a wide range of businesses including household names such as UGG Australia, Fred Perry, Superdry and ghd. It is ‘one of the best IP teams outside of London’.

DLA Piper UK LLP's Lee Brierley  is ‘great for large and complex projects with a very good eye for detail’. Based in Manchester, Brierley specialises in all aspects of non-contentious IP with particular expertise in brand acquisition and licensing as well as technology partnering agreements, licensing and manufacturing agreements. Liverpool-based Peter Brook  is involved in all aspects of non-contentious IP, such as protection, licensing and exploitation as well as IP in technology matters.  Senior associate Jim McDonnell divides his time between Sheffield and Manchester and has a wealth of experience in patents, trade marks, designs and know-how and has niche expertise in database rights and market data. The group acts locally for an array of global companies and globally for local companies. An impressive roster of clients includes the Premier League, Beaconsfield Footwear trading as Hotter, London Stock Exchange Group and Gino D’Acampo Worldwide Restaurants.

DWF's team is headed by the ‘very user friendly’ Craig Chaplin, whose ‘service levels are excellent’. The ‘excellent’ team ‘has individuals who know their clients' business so thoroughly that they provide very efficient answers. The team has real strength in depth and adds value with its commercial approach’. Senior associate Catherine Harrison  ‘is very approachable and stands out from the rest; her specialist knowledge of IP and commercial law is first-class’. The team advises a plethora of IP-rich companies and has specialist knowledge of areas such as industrial manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and healthcare as well as leisure and hospitality. It is particularly known for its work in brand licensing, collaboration, protection and litigation work in the retail and sports sectors. It continues to provide IP, sponsorship and strategic commercial advice to British Cycling. Wm Morrisons and Expedia are also clients.

Gateley Plc  has the ‘excellent’ Jonathan Moakes  at the helm. Moakes is an effective IP litigator who also has considerable expertise in life sciences and technology matters. The team also has considerable sector expertise in sport, retail (especially giftware) and manufacturing. John Burns  is adept at advising on intellectual property exploitation, franchising and brand licensing in sports and media and legal director Robert Lye  is skilled on contentious matters. The ‘very proactive’ Lye who is an ‘excellent communicator and is strong technically’ has taken a number of design right and patent infringement cases to trial as well as trade mark and passing off actions to interlocutory hearing. The team is advising Incanthera on a patent assignment and development agreement and on a clinical service agreement with Ellipses Pharma relating to the long term development and exploitation of cancer related drugs. The team has also acted for a number of members of the Giftware Association in various infringement actions.

HGF Law  has a ‘strong IP practice’ with particular strength in the life sciences as well as retail, advanced manufacturing and education. The ‘very effective team’ is also praised for its ‘strong business acumen’. The ‘very responsive’ Janet Knowles is a ‘good communicator and has a very detailed understanding of how our business works’. Antony Gold  heads the firm’s retail practice nationally and in Manchester and acts for many of the UK’s most prominent retailers. Legal director Michelle Davies  is also ‘excellent’. The team's clients include Premaitha Health Plc, Specsavers Optical Healthcare Group, the University of Manchester and Halfords Group. Recent work includes advising Novel Technologies Holdings on the acquisition of patented antimicrobial technology and know-how relating to anti-counterfeiting technology.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP's team is led by the ‘very well-respected’ Ian Morris, who is 'one of the North West’s leading lights in IP’. Morris is praised for his ‘expertise, experience and his great skill at understanding what the client is really trying to achieve’. A qualified patent attorney, Bruce Jones  has 'a deeper insight into patent and registered design infringement cases’. Recent work includes representing Scomadi Limited (a worldwide brand of retro-styled scooters) in a complex piece of litigation which culminated in the first part of the trial at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in early 2017. Other active clients include Beauty Bay Limited, the University of Salford and B&M Retail Ltd.

Pannone Corporate LLP   ‘combines the cost benefits of a regional firm with the expertise of a national firm’. Members of the ‘client-focused’ team include head the contentious IP team Melanie McGuirk . McGuirk is ‘very strong on design rights’ and is a ‘stand-out performer. The results she gets for her clients are consistently impressive’. The ‘hardworking’ Amy Chandler ‘gets the best for her clients and is a safe pair of hands'; she heads the non-contentious IP team. Senior associate Sarah Bazaraa and Paul Jonson  are also recommended. The group has substantial expertise in the fashion industry with clients such as Boohoo, Prettylittething and Admiral Sportswear. It also has considerable experience in the manufacturing, consumer product, technology, bio-technology, software, IT and energy industries.

Samantha Livesey  heads the department at Pinsent Masons LLP  and was joined by senior lawyer Nadia Zegze. The group continues to act as the principal legal advisor to Jockey Club Racecourses Limited (the owners of The Jockey Club and 15 UK racecourses). It has recently been advising the client on various sponsorship and technology procurement contracts. It is also advising the Camping and Caravanning Club (‘CCC’) on its collections and archiving project. The CCC is the oldest club of its kind in the world and has a huge amount of copyright materials in its archives dating back over a century. Other active clients include Lily’s Kitchen and Silentnight.

TLT   has the ‘top-notch’ Graeme Orchison . Orchison has an ‘excellent understanding of the issues and is excellent at explaining these issues to clients. He is very knowledgeable on all aspects of IP litigation’. He has particular expertise in running heavyweight trade mark, design and patent cases to trial and in the appellate courts. He is also highly skilled at making and defending applications for interim relief. The ‘very experienced’ Orchison ‘knows his onions when it comes to IP, not just the law but how to craft a letter and keep the client happy’. Head of the non-contentious practiceDavid Gardner  has substantial experience of advising on strategic contracts and Jake Campbell is ‘very competent at drafting agreements and at making sure that the client is not exposed’. Clients include household names such as Argos and learndirect.

DAC Beachcroft LLP  works for national and international clients on all kinds of IP transactions and disputes.Harald Loeffler  regularly advises on multi-million pound disputes and Andrew Rankin  was promoted to legal director. The team continues to act for Internorm (a large windows brand in Europe) in connect with the protection of its intellectual property rights in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Other key clients include Bandex Textil und Handels –GmbH and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

At Hill Dickinson LLP Mark Fitzgibbon  and the team routinely advise on brand protection and exploitation, as well as advising on the drafting and the negotiating of sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals, licenses and IPR assignments for clients such as Coffee Republic, Heritage Apparel and Baseline Health. Hannah Fawcett  is now at Brabners LLP.

Mark Manley at Manleys Solicitors  has ‘many years of experience in this area’. Other members of the ‘commercial and well-organised team’ include Leanne Wheeler and Katie Mickleburgh. The firm has particular experience in advising clients in the media sector such as Bauer Media as well as expertise in the entertainment industry. The team has substantial experience of enforcing its clients’ intellectual property rights and protecting brand names and marks in the High Court and through injunctive actions.

Myerson Solicitors LLP ‘has a really strong IP team, which is growing’. Jonathan Hassall leads on contentious matters with ‘a lot of experience of litigating unregistered IP rights; he has a very strategic mind and is extremely thorough’. Hassall routinely advises on a broad range of disputes relating to trade marks, copyright, patents, confidential information and data protection. He is also skilled at advising on design rights and reputation management issues and is regularly instructed by clients from the arts, media, textile and clothing sectors in the UK and internationally. He is ‘attracting work from a broad range of clients’. Carla Murray  leads on non-contentious IP matters. Scott Sands  has a ‘good tactical awareness which is invaluable when considering commercial strategy’. The team is representing International Pastry Concepts LLC (a New York based pastry house which invented the CRONUTS products that are sold worldwide) on various matters such as enforcing the client’s international trade mark. The ‘excellent’ Vicky Biggs  is now a senior solicitor in the team.

Ben Prangell  at Shipley IP Ltd  is praised for his ‘excellent response times and detailed knowledge’. The firm is ‘an excellent firm to work with as it has a real desire to understand its clients’ businesses and requirements’. The practice has a particular strength in fashion and software and continues to attract clients on both a national and international level. Such clients include Fontsmith as well as Davanti Tyres. Mark Shipley is also recommended.

Shoosmiths LLP  has ‘superb strength in depth and is very committed and knowledgeable. It can always be relied on. Advice often goes beyond what was asked for and anticipates the next step. Even in the direst of situations, the team always comes up with a solution’. Head of department Laura Harper is a ‘strong legal gatekeeper with a broad view of how IP law intersects with business operations. She has an excellent reputation for IP advice in the creative sector’. Carol Isherwood  is an associate who has a ‘wealth of experience in protecting intellectual property, in whichever forms this takes’. It acts for a number of well-known entities such as Sharp Electronics (Europe), The Hamleys Group and Wolverhampton City Council.

Brandsmiths' key figures include the ‘pragmatic and very knowledgeable’ Andrew Lee, who ‘always fights his clients’ case with energy and enthusiasm’; the ‘tenacious' Michael Forrester, who provides ‘clear, direct and commercial advice and is confident in the advice that he gives. He understands the issues and is tactically astute’.  In recognition of their exceptional work, both Lee and Forrester have recently been promoted to partners. Associate John Battersby  is ‘very responsive and a good communicator’. The firm is ‘very modern, friendly and approachable with an excellent understanding of the commercial realities of its clients’. It has an impressive client list with clients such as Beverly Hills Polo Club and BMW/Mini/Rolls Royce.

Taylors LLP has the ‘outstanding’ Tony Catterall at the helm. Catterall is ‘highly efficient, experienced and determined’. Catterall is well regarded for his work with the home furnishing industry and his knowledge of the textiles, interior design and wallcovering market. He is particularly recommended for his work in designs and copyrights. It is a ‘very capable firm in the area of intellectual property. It possess a very focused and talented team that punches well above its weight’. It is a niche commercial firm that supports entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses and autonomous UK subsidiaries of overseas groups. Its clients include Lifeline Project, Belfield Furnishings and Globaltex.

Guy Lightowler  at Gorvins Solicitors is ‘intelligent, diligent, client-focused and tactically astute. He takes a realistic line but fights his clients’ corner’. The team advises on all aspects of intellectual property including copyright, design rights, trademarks and patents both in terms of protecting the rights and at the development stage. Andrew Curwen heads the team that acts for clients such as Dishman Europe, Initial Packaging and GPC Computer Software.

Nexus Solicitors Limited  handles both contentious and non-contentious IP work. Its principal focus is on brand recognition.Christopher Pugh  is a key contact. The firm continues to advice various clients that are operating new start-up businesses in the digital and ecommerce sectors on ecommerce and distance selling regulations, drafting website terms and conditions as well as on privacy policies and data protection issues.

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