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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Richard Plaistowe

Work 01223 222 475 &am
Mills & Reeve LLP

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Commercial, IP and IT


Principal Associate


I am a dual qualified South African attorney and English solicitor, who has specialised in intellectual property law since 1992.  I work with clients in the UK and across the world to protect, enforce and exploit their IP.   My work covers all aspects of intellectual property law, both contentious and non-contentious.  Candidate Attorney to Associate at Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg (1992 to 1999).  Solicitor at Hammond Suddards/Hammond Suddards Edge/Hammonds (1999 to 2007); Senior Solicitor at Mills & Reeve (2007 to 2010).  Principal Associate at Mills & Reeve (2010 to present).


Afrikaans (conversational)


International Trademark Association


Pretoria Boys High School (1979 to 1983);  University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Bachelor of Commerce 1986;  Bachelor of Laws 1989)

East Anglia: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

At Mills & Reeve LLP 'the overall level of service is fantastic with rapid response times and well-communicated dates for deliverables; the firm goes above and beyond to ensure the appropriate advice is given'. The practice is known for 'providing practical advice and making complex issues understandable'. The firm acts for start-ups and spin-outs, small to mid-cap biotechnology and technology companies, and high-value brand businesses. Among its healthcare sector clients are Atlantic Healthcare, Virgin Care and Royal Marsden Hospital. Practice head Alasdair Poore is a leading light in the market. He manages the international trade mark portfolio of Queen Mary University of London, which includes filing and prosecution work. New arrival James Fry, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP to lead the life sciences group, has extensive experience in IP, particularly in the areas of technology and brand transfer, product development, R&D agreements and IP strategy. Also recommended are principal associates Richard Plaistowe and Nicola Hanglin, who handle IP protection and enforcement.

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Within: Sport

Mills & Reeve LLP has an accomplished sports regulatory practice, which is led from Manchester but calls on expertise in the Cambridge and Norwich offices. The firm handles image rights, tax and private client matters for for high-profile sports personalities and teams, particularly in football. It also provides in-depth knowledge of technology and intellectual property issues. Greg Gibson in Norwich, who handles commercial and IP matters, and tax adviser Chris Belcher in Cambridge are the key contacts. Principal associate Richard Plaistowe is a key adviser on IP matters. Cambridge-based associate Edward Hadcock  is a member of the regulatory, public law and dispute resolution teams, and he gives 'consistently clear advice' on matters such as GDPR. He provides specialist commercial support for athletes and sports organisations, including advice on image rights and representation. He was part of a cross-office team that helped Liverpool and England footballer James Milner establish a sports agency focusing on young, up-and-coming golfers.

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