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The 'very responsive and supportive' team at Blake Morgan LLP handles a wide range of non-contentious and contentious IP work including trade mark, patent, design right and copyright disputes, as well as transactional IP issues and comparative advertising matters. Under the leadership of Lee Fisher, the team is, however, best-known for handling complex IP litigation including acting for Clarins in injunctive proceedings against Avon Cosmetics arising from a comparative advertising claim relating to the market leading Double Serum product. Fisher also recently obtained an injunction on behalf of Personal Hygiene Services in relation to its claim of breach of confidence and infringement of database rights following the departure of several employees to a competitor. Litigation associate Sarah Whittle also regularly handles contentious IP matters and assisted Fisher in the aforementioned Clarins matter. Senior partner Emyr Lewis is also noted for his work in the media sector.  Clients also benefit from the firm’s dedicated Southampton-based trade mark registration and portfolio management team.

Headed by the 'attentive and responsive' Wayne Beynon, Capital Law LLP's two-partner team provides a 'thorough service' across the gamut of IP matters for clients including Royal Mint, Cardiff City Football Club and the British Medical Association. The team has been particularly active in the fintech sector, where Nicola McNeely (who has 'an excellent knowledge of IP law') has been instrumental in the work for Royal Mint on the establishment of its groundbreaking digital asset trading platform for gold (work which included expertise in relation to the blockchain technology it uses). Online copyright infringement work is another area of growth for the team, as illustrated by Beynon's partnership with Pixsy to provide copyright litigation services to its clients in the UK. Associate Guto Llewelyn is gaining a growing reputation for handling contentious IP work including his representation of Memoria, one of the UK's leading funeral service providers, in trade mark infringement proceedings against one of its main competitors.

The 'responsive and knowledgeable' team at Geldards LLP provides a 'good all-round service' across both contentious and non-contentious IP matters for private and public sector clients including Mountain Warehouse, Cardiff University, National Museum of Wales and Wales Millennium Centre. The recent retirement of Ceri Delemore was a blow to the firm's capabilities on the non-contentious front, however, senior associate Karen Collins handles a range of trade mark and copyright work; she continues to manage the Sofa Brands group’s international trade mark portfolio. Michael Lindsey is recommended for his IP litigation work; he has recently represented the Welsh government in complex copyright-related proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Led by Matthew Gough, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's two-partner team has a focus on handling non-contentious IP matters, including advice for IP-rich companies on the commercialisation and protection of their intellectual property rights (IPR), as well as assisting the firm's corporate lawyers on IP due diligence on M&A transactions handled by the firm. Gough is well-versed at handling commercial contract work and continues to represent Schools Software Solutions on app development and the attendant licensing agreements. Principal associate Eve England has significant IP experience in the digital space and also excels at advising clients on consumer law-related IP issues. England was recently seconded to fast growing technology-rich Welsh taxi company, Veezu, where she has handled a wide range of commercial and IP work for it, including on copyright matters and advising on new IP licensing and development agreements. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, Places for People Group and Liverpool Victoria.

Acuity Legal Limited has expertise across both contentious and non-contentious IP, particularly as it relates to copyright and trade mark matters. A significant amount of work handled by the team is done so under the umbrella of the firm's Acuity Counsel subscription service, enabling clients to receive a cost-effective service across a range of ongoing IP matters including advice on commercialisation and licensing matters. Kerry Beynon is the primary contact for IP work, both from a non-contentious and contentious perspective, although Rachelle Sellek also handles a range of commercial contract work involving IP issues.

At Hugh James, team head Aled Walters has particular expertise advising on IP licensing work within the gaming industry. As well as handling work of this nature for core client, Novomatic, Walters has also recently handled numerous matters for Amelco, including drafting and negotiating its licence of their sports betting platform to Intralot. On the contentious front, Tracey Singlehurst-Ward has expertise advising on copyright and trade mark infringement matters, as well as acting for claimants and defendants in libel proceedings.

At Darwin Gray LLP, 'very approachable' corporate and commercial team head Stephen Thompson regularly advises on the buying and selling of franchise business - work which includes a significant amount of IP-related input. Thompson has also recently begun to pick up an increasing amount of work for local corporates on IP audits of their businesses. Commercial litigator Kempton Rees regularly handles IP disputes for clients, and although his primary area of expertise is in relation to property matters, Donald Gray has niche expertise advising on the IP aspects associated with software development.

At Morgan LaRoche, corporate and commercial team head William Barletta often handles IP-related work in the context of corporate transactional mandates, as well as handling standalone work relating to the commercialisation and protection of IPR. Barletta regularly handles work for Shimano UK on sponsorship and advertising issues involving anglers and angling events. Other highlights included advice to a telecoms company on its commercial arrangements.

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