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Lewis Silkin LLP

5 CHANCERY LANE, CLIFFORD'S INN, LONDON, EC4A 1BL, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7074 8000
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Fax 020 7864 1200
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182 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.lewissilkin.com

Simon J Chapman

Tel:
Work 020 7074 8000
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Lewis Silkin LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner. Specialises in contentious and non-contentious IP and IT disputes encompassing patents, copyright, trade marks, designs, passing off and the protection of confidential information; experience of acting on behalf of brand owners against those involved in counterfeit and pirate goods; including infringement on the internet; appointed as an expert by Nominet for the determination of disputes arising from the registration of domain names in the UK. Notable cases: Cala v Mcalpine; Stoddard v William Lomas; Philips v Remington; Gerber v Gerber; Reckitt Benckiser v Home Pairfum; Coward v Phaestos; Lush v Amazon; Enterprise v Europcar; Jack Wills v House of Fraser. He has extensive experience of advising on technology disputes, including pre-termination strategies.

Career

Qualified 1991; assistant Edward Lewis; partner Lochners/Laytons; partner Field Fisher Waterhouse 2004; partner Lewis Silkin 2009.

Member

Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation; Institute of Trade Mark Agents; Institute of Directors.

Education

Ellesmere College; University – Bristol; College of Law – Guildford.

Leisure

Family, golf, cricket, tennis.


London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Lewis Silkin LLP’s β€˜very strong litigation practice’ recruited Andrew Wanambwa as a partner from Ogier’s BVI office. It has significant experience of international litigation; jurisdiction disputes; joint venture and shareholder matters; share purchase and warranty claims; and banking disputes. Other areas of strength include trust litigation, partnership disputes, utilities litigation, construction matters, and civil fraud. Simon Chapman is team head; Clive Greenwood β€˜sees the big picture’; and Mark Lim’s β€˜client management skills are first rate’. Other recommended advisers include Tom Coates, Philip Foster and Adam Glass.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Lewis Silkin LLP stands out for its β€˜excellently integrated IP work’, particularly in the soft IP space. Giles Crown, who is β€˜knowledgeable’, β€˜pragmatic’, β€˜proactive’ and β€˜efficient’, focuses on trade marks, copyright and designs. It frequently handles high-profile matters, including advising Nissan on the use of its IP by Vote Leave and Business for Britain during the Brexit referendum campaign; the implication was that Nissan supported these organisations when it had not. Dispute resolution head Simon Chapman is a key name for the protection and enforcement of IP rights. Highlights included defending House of Fraser in a dispute with Jack Wills, pertaining to the pigeon logo associated with its Linea garments, which allegedly infringed upon the pheasant logo associated with Jack Wills.Jeremy Summers focuses primarily on the media, entertainment and sports sectors. Nick Walker handles contentious IP, particularly on copyright and trade mark matters. Jo Farmer heads the brands and IP practice, who recently advised i.am+ (founded by will.i.am) on a wearable technology watch.

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