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Irwin Mitchell

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Alex Newman

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Irwin Mitchell

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Business legal services - intellectual property.


Alex helps his clients to identify, manage and resolve contentious issues relating to intellectual property rights (of all kinds) and information technology. His strategic approach to dispute resolution and early case analysis frequently enables clients to avoid or settle disputes without litigation. He also helps clients to understand their intellectual property rights better, to secure appropriate IPR protection for what they create, and to realise the value of that IPR by commercialising it. Alex’s practice focuses primarily on the engineering and technology sectors, and he also has extensive experience in the retail (particularly FMCG) sector. His areas of expertise include: intellectual property and IT, patents, copyright, trade marks, designs and breach of confidence.


Trained Hammonds; qualified 1999; solicitor 1999-2007, Hammonds; partner 2007-2013, Hammonds/Squire Sanders (UK) LLP; partner 2013-date, Irwin Mitchell LLP.


University of Bristol 1993-1996 (LLB (Hons)), 1997 (Dip LP).

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Irwin Mitchell is ‘a strong player nationally’. Alex Newman, who heads the practice, is a key name for IP and IT disputes, and senior associate Richard Payne has strong expertise handling contractual and construction-related disputes and is experienced in acting for clients in alternative dispute resolution forums. Recent highlights include handling a claim against a former managing director and sales director of the UK subsidiary of a chemical plant, which alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and restrictive covenants among other claims; handling a claim against a private bank for breach of contract; and representing a company in a claim against one of its franchisees for breach of its obligations within its franchise agreement.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Alex Newman heads the IP practice at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds, as well as heading the anti-counterfeiting and piracy group. Representative work for the team included defending R N Ventures in patent and registered design right infringement proceedings issued in the High Court by L’Oreal relating to the client’s Magnitone face brush range. It has also been advising SKA Organisation in relation to the IP strategy of its radio telescope project. The practice overlaps with the IT team, headed by Joanne Bone, and is advising independent games company Team17 on its international branding strategy.

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