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Boyes Turner stands out for its ‘quick, knowledgeable and well-researched responses, and good understanding of clients’ business requirements’. Bill Gornall-King is ‘knowledgeable, approachable and an excellent communicator’, and is currently advising Accelya Holding World on a range of copyright and database rights. Also recommended are Mark Blunden, who heads the technology practice, and senior associate Sarah Williamson.

DMH Stallard LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is headed by the ‘tenacious, strategic and experiencedTim Ashdown, who is currently advising retail chain Office on design right and trade mark infringement matters. John Yates leads on non-contentious matters, and Robert Ganpatsingh provides ‘carefully thought-out, accurate advice’ in IP litigation.

EMW Law LLP is noted for its expertise in contentious IP matters, particularly within the patent, industrial design and trade mark fields. Mark Finn defended Atlas Elektronik and ECS Special Projects in a patent revocation action.

Clients of Maier Blackburn LLP highlight its ‘solid knowledge of the industry and good business sense’. Cathleen Blackburn is recommended for international copyright issues, and the ‘responsive and pragmaticSteven Maier handles IP-related disputes. Key clients include Agatha Christie Limited, The Tolkien Estate and Oxford University Press.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘accessibility, business understanding and detailed clarity sets it apart from its competitors’. The group is particularly active in the science, fashion, retail and publishing sectors. Litigator Rachael Barber and non-contentious expert Chris Shelley acted for Robert Bosch on a number of trade mark and copyright infringement issues. Anna Frankum co-heads the practice.

Gary Assim heads the six-partner team at Shoosmiths LLP, which includes publishing and media expert Laurence Kaye, and Anastasia Fowle, who focuses on the automotive sector. The firm advised Property Renaissance on a number of social media and breach of confidence issues, and acted for Canna BV in a trade mark infringement matter.

At Stevens & Bolton LLP, practice head Tom Lingard is ‘an extremely skilled lawyer with an incredible capacity to understand, structure andexplain complex issues’. Charlotte Tillett has strong life sciences expertise, and Gary Parnell is ‘a rising star in the field of commerce, and a pleasure to work with’. Bakkavor, Cygnet Healthcare and Papa John’s are key clients.

Blake Morgan LLP’s Jill Bainbridge heads the IP trade mark and prosecution team, and regularly deals with multijurisdictional disputes. Sheilah Mackie specialises in non-contentious matters, and Alison Patten-Hall is recommended for licensing issues.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s ‘responsive’ group provides ‘practical, efficient advice’ to its cross-sector client base. Paul Cox is ‘conscious of client needs, and is ‘able to identify the main issue within the matter at hand’. ACCA, Mazuma Mobile and Ugg Australia are key clients.

Osborne Clarke’s Russell Bowyer maintains a strong client base within the technology and life sciences sectors, advising on the full spectrum of IP matters. Lorna Brazell specialises in patent litigation, and transactional lawyer Ben Goodger is also recommended.

Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors offers ‘good value for money’, and is ‘experienced in the field of trade marks, designs and copyright’. Dawn Osborne acted for Oranmore Precast and other defendants in a trade mark infringement claim brought by an Irish company. Steve Palmer heads the practice.

IP specialist Sipara provides ‘practical and commercial advice which does not just focus on the law’. Trade mark lawyer Rebecca Kaye is the key figure along with Robert Furneaux, who advises on the IP rights protection.

asb law LLP continues to act for Pets Corner on all matters concerning brand protection, and is also advising The British Library on the IP aspects of its growth programme.

Cripps LLP’s team ‘shows a deep understanding of the client’s situation’, and ‘responds promptly with practical advice’. Pete Kenyon heads the team, and Irfan Baluch is ‘patient, generous and honest’.

Christopher Hayes is the key figure at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), acting for clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. Highlights included representing Hertz in a copyright infringement claim spanning the UK, US, Germany and France, among other jurisdictions.

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