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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

11 South Square

11 South Square is 'a top IP set' with capabilities across the full-range of rights. The group has expertise advising on standard essential patents and FRAND litigation, with Brian Nicholson QC instructed in Conversant v Huawei and ZTE, and Mark Vanhegan QC representing Philips in litigation against HTC, Acer, and Asus. In high-profile Supreme Court cases, Benet Brandreth QC represented Cartier International in Supreme Court in litigation against five internet service providers relating to website-blocking injunctions, while Kathryn Pickard was instructed by Mylan and Actavis against Warner Lambert in a leading case for the application of the concepts of sufficiency and infringement to a patent relating to a specified medical use of a known pharmaceutical compound; Michael Silverleaf QC was instructed by the NHS in this case. Also of note, Brian Nicholson QC, who has particular expertise in the technology sector, took silk in 2019.

Leading Silks

Iain Purvis QC - 11 South SquareHe is a very polished advocate, fantastically clever and completely unflappable.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Vanhegan QC - 11 South SquareA well-respected silk who is great to work with and always delivers.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Silverleaf QC - 11 South SquareA great strategic thinker with a superb grasp of the technical detail.

Ranked: tier 1

Piers Acland QC - 11 South SquareHe is solid technically and good with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Hugo Cuddigan QC - 11 South SquareHe is clever, straight talking, tenacious and collaborative; he never loses sight of the commercial imperatives.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Benet Brandreth QC - 11 South SquareHe is particularly good on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Brian Nicholson QC - 11 South SquareAn outstanding IP litigator; he is particularly good at the technical work.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Anna Edwards-Stuart - 11 South SquareShe has razor-sharp intellect, a persuasive advocacy style and can answer points on her feet at incredible speed.

Ranked: tier 2

Kathryn Pickard - 11 South SquareWith impressive clarity of vision and decisiveness, she is among the best.

Ranked: tier 2

Chris Aikens - 11 South SquareHe is a strong across all IP rights.

Ranked: tier 3

Heather Lawrence - 11 South SquareShe has a good grasp of technical patents as well as in soft IP matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Alkin - 11 South SquareAn excellent barrister who gets to grips with the technology and legal issues very quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Hall - 11 South SquareHe has particular expertise in IT and technology sector patent disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Jacqueline Reid - 11 South SquareShe is tenacious and pugnacious and the kind of counsel you want in your corner.

Ranked: tier 4

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