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Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Work 0115 958 6262
Derby, Leicester, Nottingham

Emma Ward

Work 0115 989 5356
Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Work Department

Dispute Resolution.


Partner. Emma is head of our contentious intellectual property team and provides comprehensive and pragmatic advice on the full spectrum of intellectual property rights. She has considerable experience in securing injunctions to protect her client's intellectual property, at both the interim and final Order stage of court proceedings.

Emma also advises clients on trade mark registration, acting for clients in filing and prosecuting applications at the UK intellectual property office, as well as in opposition proceedings.

Her areas of expertise include:
- Intellectual property (copyright, design right, trade marks, patents, confidential information/trade secrets, passing off);
- Company names tribunal;
- Restrictive covenants disputes (employee contracts, shareholder agreements; SPAs).


Trained at Nelsons, qualifying in 2007. Promoted to associate in 2012 and partner in 2017.


- Allied member of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.


University of Hull (2003) LLB First Class Honours; Nottingham Law School (2004) LPC Distinction

East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Outsourcing and IT projects are key areas of expertise at Nelsons Solicitors Limited , particularly in the technology sector, but the group is also adept at advising on software development agreements, licencing and maintenance agreements, and instructions from the e-commerce sector. Data protection law is another string to the team’s bow, with advice on General Data Protection Regulation compliance in especially high demand. Newly promoted partner Harpreet Sandhu took over the lead of the practice from the now retired Jim Carter, while Emma Ward, who also recently made partner, took over the lead on the contentious side from Stewart Vandermark, who now acts as the firm’s CEO.

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Intellectual property

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Emma Ward - Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Within: Intellectual property

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's ‘focused and talented’ team provides ‘excellent and prompt service’, specialising in contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright and design right work, but the group’s portfolio of experience also includes patent and passing off instructions. ‘PowerhouseEmma Ward, ‘an exceptional lawyer’ who is ‘frighteningly efficient with laser-like focus on both the big picture and the minute details of a case’, co-directs the practice with Harpreet Sandhu whose core expertise lies in non-contentious work. Both Ward and Sandhu made partner. The recent caseload includes design right, copyright and trade mark infringement instructions alongside a passing off mandate and assistance with the drafting of an IP and know-how licence agreement. Jim Carter retired and Stewart Vandermark  is now CEO at the firm.

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