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Gowling WLG’s fields ‘a first-class team that always puts clients at ease’. It represents clients in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sectors as well as having commercial and industrial clients. A recent highlight for the team was representing Comic Enterprises in its dispute with Twentieth Century Fox over the Glee trade mark. London-based Gordon Harris leads the national team. Nick Smee and Luke Kempton are recommended.

Declan Cushley heads the department at Browne Jacobson LLP, whose clients include Lloyds Banking Group, National Trust and Louis Vuitton. A team led by Mark Daniels recently acted for London Taxi Corporation in a trade mark infringement dispute with a competitor. Sara McNeill and Bonita Trimmer are also recommended.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s long-term clients include the Premier League, Unicef, Warburtons and Sofaworks. On behalf of the last of these, the team handled litigation against Sofa Workshop. Gareth Stokes and Richard Taylor head the department.

DWF’s clients include Pernod Ricard, Jaguar Land Rover and Burton’s Biscuits. Notable recent work includes assisting fashion retailer Jack Wills in the enforcement of its brand. Practice head Marie McMorrow* is ‘straight talking, commercially focused and flexible’. Tom Nener is also recommended. *Following the conclusion of the editorial research, Marie McMorrow joined HGF Limited.

Freeths’ team in experienced working in the retail, manufacturing, technology and education sectors. Key contacts are Simon Barker and Malcolm Sadler.

Pinsent Masons LLP team is jointly headed by Cerys Wyn Davies and Clare Tunstall. The firm has worked with the likes of E.ON, Balfour Beatty and Aviva plc, and recently advised Fujitsu on IP matters relating to its acquisition of the travel payment provider, Applied Card Technologies. Howard Duckworth is a new arrival from DWF, while Daniel Glover moved to Mills & Reeve LLP.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s head of department is Nick Briggs, who specialises in patent litigation. Clients for the team include Bostik, the British Library and Alfred Kärcher.

Stuart James leads the team at Squire Patton Boggs, which also includes head of litigation Simon Garbett and Geoff Perry.

The practice at Wright Hassall LLP has a strong focus on the technology, advanced manufacturing, and media and entertainment sectors. Practice head Rhys Jarmanis a very a good litigator who has a very good eye for the strengths and weaknesses of a case’.

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