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Addleshaw Goddard LLP provides contentious and non-contentious IP advice a broad range of sectors including retail and consumer, financial services, transport, industrials, health and the public sector. Clients include The Co-operative Group, JD Sports and Barclays. Paul Benthamensures that his clients’ interests are always protected’. Legal director Nick Rudgard has ‘a very methodical approach and a knack for explaining legal and technical issues in a straightforward and succinct way’. ‘Nothing is too much trouble’ for managing associate Tim Carter.

Brabners LLP’s diverse practice advises a number of retail clients on their trade mark portfolios, including handling trade mark applications and oppositions. The team also manages a significant number of domain name complaints for large US headquartered companies. Clients include the Professional Footballers’ Association and the CORGI Group and Gas Safety Trust. Nik White is ‘very reliable’ and Colin Bell is ‘excellent’.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s IP practice is particularly well regarded for its anti-counterfeiting work. The team advises Fred Perry on the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights. The ‘vastly experiencedRoy Crozier and Susan Hall are highly regarded IP specialists.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s team has represented its clients on some of the largest IP matters, and assists its clients in the UK courts and beyond on all forms of IP litigation. Clients include Intelligent Energy, JD Williams and Sofaworks. Recommended individuals include ‘hardworking and dedicated’ senior associate Jim McDonnell, Lee Brierley, who heads the team in Manchester, and Peter Brook, who heads the team in Liverpool.

DWF continues to provide IP advice to British Cycling and also advises Umbro on a wide range of licensing agreements, player sponsorship deals and image rights issues. Craig Chaplin, Joel Heap, Paul Attwood and the ‘flexible, approachable and accessibleJames Lonsdale are recommended.

Led by the ‘technically ableJonathan Moakes, Gateley Plc’s team acts for a host of major clients including Harman Technology. It has been advising Manchester City Football Club on copyright and trade mark issues relating to the adoption of a new badge by the club. John Burns is recognised for his expertise in brand licensing and legal director Robert Lye is recognised for his work on contentious matters.

HGF Law has particular expertise in the life sciences, education, retail and advanced engineering sectors. Key figures include transactional IP lawyer Janet Knowles and contentious specialist Antony Gold who is ‘very effective, commercial and responsive’. Clients include Laura Ashley, Specsavers Optical Group, Halfords and the University of Liverpool.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP with a particular focus on litigation concerning software and database protection to brand acquisitions and disposals. Team head Ian Morris is singled out for his ‘detailed knowledge of IP law’. Damian Bailey is also recommended.

Pannone Corporate LLP is praised for its ‘rapid responses, technical excellence and commercial acumen’. The team handles complex issues including voicemail interception and computer hacking litigation, and also advises on a broad range of brand licensing, sponsorship and merchandising agreements. The ‘highly professional’ Amy Chandler and Melanie McGuirk (who is ‘a gifted negotiator who will always secure the best possible outcome for her clients’) are recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s diverse practice has particular expertise in IP litigation, patent opposition and data protection advisory work. Monster Energy (Europe), The Jockey Club, Silentnight Group, Regatta and LiverpoolOne are clients. Samantha Livesey leads the team, which is also well regarded for its digital and online work.

TLT’s ‘first-class’ team acts for a growing number of blue-chip clients including Home Retail Group, and is noted for its ‘very sound knowledge of patent rights’. Graeme Orchison is ‘a hardworking and excellent communicator’ and the ‘go-to person for IP enforcement’.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, Harald Loeffler has extensive IP litigation experience ranging from multimillion-pound licensing disputes to copyright infringement and trade mark claims. Clients include Internorm, Lawspeed and Perstorp.

Hill Dickinson LLP advises on brand protection and exploitation including sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals and licences and assignments. Clients include Coffee Republic Retail, National Car Parks, Boodle and Dunthorne and Rayware. The ‘excellent’ Bruce Jones is noted for his track record in European Patent Office proceedings.

Shipley IP Ltd’s clients include BrewDog, The App Business, Julien Macdonald and Rachel Khoo. Mark Shipley and associate solicitor Ben Prangell are recommended.

The ‘excellent’ Bill Lister at Fieldfisher advises clients on all aspects of IP, from copyright issues to registered and unregistered UK and community design rights. Clients include Aurora Fashions.

At Jones Legal Limited the ‘outstanding’ Patricia Jones provides a ‘rapid and flexible service that is second to none; she really knows what she is talking about’.

Myerson Solicitors LLP is noted for its ‘direct and concise advice’. Key figures include the ‘knowledgeable’ Jonathan Hassall and practice head Carla Murray.

Christopher Pugh is the key contact at Nexus Solicitors Limited. The firm is particularly experienced in brand protection matters.

Shoosmiths LLP’s clients include Sharp Electronics (Europe) and Whispering Smith. Laura Harper is the key contact.

Paul Lupton and Guy Lightowler are the key figures at Gorvins Solicitors. Clients include Dishman Europe and Melba Products.

MLP Law LLP acts for a number of household names and companies in the digital technology sector. Stephen Attree is recommended.

Manleys Solicitors has an impressive array of high-profile clients with Mark Manley at the helm.

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