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Bond Dickinson LLP’s practice is led by Mark Pearce, who focuses on contentious matters, and is closely supported by trade mark attorney Will Sander. The duo advised Atom Bank on a variety of matters including UK trade mark protection, the purchase of domain names, negotiation of a knowledge transfer partnership agreement and an invalidity action against a third party’s trade mark.

DWF’s highlights included advising a well-known international client in the consumer electronics market on successful challenges to numerous unlawful domain name registrations and unauthorised company names. The highly experienced Ed Meikle leads the six-lawyer team.

At McDaniel & Co., Niall Head-Rapsonstands out both locally and nationally when it comes to practical and pragmatic IP litigation advice’. Senior associate Kelly Hudson’s ‘knowledge is limitless’. The team is acting for a high-end outerwear retailer on all of its trade mark matters worldwide, including application, prosecution, anti-counterfeiting and general portfolio management.

According to some, Mincoffs Solicitors LLPis at the top of its game’ for IP licensing matters. Antony Hall is noted for his ‘great leadership and grasp of complex licensing issues’. The team recently advised a new social media platform on data protection and privacy issues.

Ward Hadaway’s team is led by the ‘highly knowledgeable’ Alex Shiel, who leads the practice. Highlights included acting for a client in a patent infringement claim brought by a competitor.

Muckle LLP’s clients include Quantum Pharma, Zytronic Displays and LF Beauty. The ‘excellent’ George Festing and team head Alex Craig are the key contacts. Gill Hunter joined Hempsons and Nicola Barnett left for an in-house position.

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