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    • Clare Robinson - Osborne Clarke
    • Andrew Braithwaite - Thrings LLP

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Burges Salmon LLP’s ‘strong team’ is headed by Jeremy Dickerson and transactional expert Helen Scott Lawler. Highlights included advising Harrods in contentious matters, including trade mark infringements. Other clients include Yeo Valley, RAC and La Senza.

Osborne Clarke is ‘one of the best’ for data protection, and also has strengths in trade marks, IP litigation and licensing. Amazon, Danone and Vestel are clients of the practice, which is led by Emily Jones and ‘great negotiator’ Clare Robinson.

At Ashfords LLP, practice head Mark Lomas and Carl Steele manage the global trade mark and registered design IP portfolios of Penhaligon’s and L’Artisan Parfumeur. Tom Phipps’s clients include Ginsters.

Michelmores LLP’s practice is headed by Tim Richards and newly promoted partner David Thompson following Rehman Noormohamed’s move to DWF. They lead on contentious and non-contentious matters, respectively, and act for clients including The Metropolitan Police Service and Flybe.

Humphreys & Co. handles international IP infringements. Senior partner and practice head Robert Humphreys ‘works tirelessly’ and senior associate Ruth Annand is ‘known in trade mark circles’.

Boutique firm Mewburn Ellis LLP excels in the life sciences, nano-material, chemical engineering and university technology transfer arenas. Sean Jauss heads the practice.

TLT conducts IP litigation and manages portfolios for clients including BGL Group and Merlin Entertainments. Jo Pritchard was promoted to legal director and handles contentious work.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards is singled out for its expertise in school licensing projects. Practice head Doug Locke ‘has excellent knowledge’ when it comes to protecting, licensing and enforcing IP rights.

Foot Anstey undertakes licensing, rights management and contractual work for media clients. Practice head Martin Cuell leads on non-contentious work, while the practice’s contentious capability was strengthened with the arrival of solicitor Neil Parkes from Wiggin LLP.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Adam Finch leads on IP litigation concerning software, database and IP infringement.

Thrings LLP advises Uniform Wares on its global brand protection strategy. Andrew Braithwaite and practice head Graeme Fearon are recommended.

Willans LLP’s Nicholas Cox defended Intelligent Data Capture against breach of contract and copyright infringement claims. Paul Gordon heads the practice.

BPE Solicitors LLP handles licensing, patent litigation and counterfeit goods cases. Iain Garfield now heads the department following Jason Stratford-Lysandrides’ departure to Anatwine Limited.

Steer & Co now provides in-house trade mark services. Rebecca Steer is noted for her expertise in design rights and software issues. Senior associate Mailin Bala joined from Shoosmiths LLP.

Stephens Scown LLP stands out for its food and drink sector expertise. Ben Travers heads the practice, which was joined by senior associate Neil Eagleton from Sheridans. Clients include Arden International Motor Sport and Orchard Pig.

In addition to handling trade mark matters, Royds Withy King advises on patent licensing and infringement. Jessica Bent is ‘a very safe pair of hands’.

Peter Livingstone leads Battens Solicitors Limited’s practice alongside Brian Levine, who arrived from his own production company and splits his time between London and Yeovil; they lead on contentious and non-contentious matters, respectively. Consultant Simon Clegg is also recommended.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s workload includes passing-off and copyright infringement disputes. Senior associate Claudine Morgan and associate Sally Young are key contacts.

Laceys Solicitors incorporating HLF advises on licensing, trade mark and copyright matters. Associate Edwina Young leads the team and is ‘a great IP lawyer’. Senior solicitor Luke English joined from Eric Robinson Solicitors.

Murrell Associates provides support on transactional IP, branding, infringements and securing IP rights. Associate Rebecca Anforth heads the practice.

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