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Burness Paull LLP

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Colin Hulme

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Burness Paull LLP

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Head of the Firm's Dispute Resolution Division, Colin is an IP litigator. Colin is highly regarded for his leading contentious IP practice. His team manages disputes concerning patents, trade marks, software, design rights, copyright and confidential information. Much of this work is across the following fields: oil & gas, FMCG, sports, retail and fashion, luxury goods and telecommunications. Colin performs a “general counsel” role for the Harris Tweed Authority and manages enforcement campaigns for Sky and PPL across Scotland. In addition he acts for many leading Scottish sports and food and drink brands. Rated Band 1 for IP work in Chambers UK and as a Leading Individual in Legal 500, he is recognised as an “IP Star” by Managing IP. Colin is one of only a handful of litigators to be accredited as an IP specialist by the Law Society of Scotland.


1995 Trainee and Solicitor at Semple Fraser; 1999 Assistant and Senior Solicitor at Dundas & Wilson CS; 2001 Senior Solicitor and Associate at Burness; 1997 Partner at Burness (now Burness Paull)


Institute of Trademark Attorneys; International Trademark Association


LLB (Hons); Dip LP; LLM IT and Telecommunications Law

Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Colin Hulme - Burness Paull LLP

Within: Intellectual property

Burness Paull LLP’s ‘first-class’ contentious IP practice stands out for its substantial expertise in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector, where it has handled a number of major trade mark and patent disputes. It also acts for high-profile clients in the fashion and TMT industries. Colin Hulme (the ‘oracle of Scottish IP’) leads on IP litigation and is representing AstraZeneca Group in four patent litigation cases at the Court of Session, concerning three of the client’s patents and an action for declaratory non-infringement in relation to one of the patents, brought by a supplier of generic medicines to the NHS, securing an interim interdict for all three patents in November 2017. Hulme continues to manage Sky’s copyright enforcement programme across Scotland, in addition to acting as general counsel to Harris Tweed Authority in relation to the registration and enforcement of its global trade mark portfolio. Callum Sinclair leads on non-contentious matters, notably supporting Renfrewshire Council on its IP strategy in connection with the Paisley 2021 UK City of Culture bid. The ‘business-focusedDavid Goodbrand advised Standard Life Aberdeen on IP matters arising from its acquisition of Jones Sheridan Holdings. Neeraj Thomas is noted for his ‘expert knowledge and tenacity’ in the contentious IP space.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Burness Paull LLP operates in ‘a whole different league of professionalism’. The team is led by Grant Stevenson , who assisted with Scottish Investment Bank’s £5.2m equity investment and ongoing shareholder and board arrangements in TV Squared. Philip Rodney is advising BBC Scotland on all aspects of defamation law, including reporting restrictions, Freedom of Information (FOI) matters and litigation; Legal director Kirsteen MacDonald advised the client on its Paradise Papers investigation and coverage. Colin Hulme is managing Sky UK’s rights enforcement across Scotland, which involves copyright issues related to the company’s on-screen logos, through the commencement of interdict proceedings in the Intellectual Property Court of the Court of Session. David Morgan advises ITN on employment law matters, in addition to aspects of its news reporting.

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Within: Sport

The ‘excellent’ team at Burness Paull LLP is particularly strong in football, rugby and golf mandates, and advises sporting governing bodies and sports teams alike. Neeraj Thomas provides ‘great commercial advice’ and acted for the Scottish Football Association in connection with disciplinary charges brought by FIFA in connection with alleged breaches of the Laws of the Game and other competition-specific breaches, following a match against England in which the Scottish team wore the poppy symbol on black armbands. Elaine Farquharson-Black is advising Aberdeen Football Club on its planning application to Aberdeen City Council for £50m community and sports facilities, football academy, stadium and the formation of access roads and parking. Colin Hulme represented the Scottish Rugby Union in a sensitive investigation into the conduct of a club and certain players in relation to a serious off-field incident, which provided the basis for disciplinary charges.

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