11 South Square is well known for housing a team that regularly appears in high-profile IP cases. In a recent highlight for the set, the ‘powerful advocate‘ Iain Purvis QC successfully represented the appellant before the Supreme Court in the case of Regeneron v Kymab, a dispute concerning patent issues of sufficiency. In another matter, Michael Silverleaf QC defended musician Steve Harris against a claim for copyright infringement over six songs recorded and performed by the band Iron Maiden in the 1980s, while Benet Brandreth QC, leading David Ivison, successfully represented the claimant in Fisher & Paykel Healthcare v Flexicare Medical, concerning alleged medical device patent infringement.
Intellectual property in London Bar
‘The set is a centre of excellence for IP litigation.‘
‘Easy to work with and provides a reliable service.‘
‘One of the go-to sets for IP disputes.‘
‘Specialist IP chambers with good depth.‘
‘Senior clerk Ashley Carr understands the whole legal system thoroughly, and he goes out of his way to be helpful.‘
‘Very good – ably led by Ashley Carr, they are a paradigm of straightforward interaction, and you know what you are going to get both in terms of barrister availability and sensible pricing.‘
‘Sam Fullilove and Jordan Foley are very responsive and show a good understanding of tricky costs issues.‘
‘The newer clerks are clearly learning by example, and have provided much help in interacting with the courts and generally in facilitating getting things done.‘
8 New Square's members have solid expertise in handling a range of contentious IP work before all levels of the court system. The team's workload regularly includes copyright, trade mark and patent litigation. Michael Tappin QC recently appeared before the Supreme Court in Regeneron v Kymab, involving the patent issue of sufficiency. The Court ruled that patents for a transgenic mouse - used for developing human antibodies - were invalid for insufficiency. In another high-profile case, Adrian Speck QC, Isabel Jamal and Jessie Bowhill appeared on both sides of HRH The Duchess of Sussex v Associated Newspapers, involving a claim brought by the Duchess for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement, after extracts of a letter written to her father Thomas Markle in 2019 were published in the Mail on Sunday. In recent news, in January 2021, James Mellor QC was appointed to the High Court bench, and February 2021 saw Daniel Alexander QC become the set's new Head of Chambers.
‘A pre-eminent IP set, with strength in depth from the top QCs to very competent juniors.‘
‘8 New Square have an excellent range of barristers, from senior QCs down to new junior tenants. Although they are often extremely busy, they make time for new cases.‘
‘A quality set with strength throughout.‘
‘They continue to be one of the very leading IP chambers.‘
‘I have used this set for nearly 30 years, and have always had a first- rate and friendly service from the clerks, in particular Nick Wise, Martin Williams and Ben Newham.‘
‘8 New Square’s clerking service is impeccable – a combination of responsiveness and clarity on fees makes them a favoured choice. Ben Newham is always available to co-ordinate and facilitate client-specific requests.‘
‘The clerks at 8 New Square are very capable and understand the needs of clients. They are friendly and always willing to assist. ‘
‘The clerks are friendly and co-operative.‘
‘Very good and responsive. Nick Wise is very helpful.’
Specialist IP set Hogarth Chambers has an excellent reputation for handling all aspects of the enforcement and licensing of IP rights. In recent work, Nicholas Caddick QC and Jonathan Moss acted for Obcon Solutions, one of multiple defendants in the high-profile Court of Appeal case TBD (Owen Holland) v Simons & Others, concerning the use of search orders for obtaining electronic documents. Elsewhere in chambers, Amanda Michaels and Charlotte Blythe represented car manufacturing company Bentley in a trade mark infringement action concerning composite marks.
‘The set is very strong on the soft IP side, meaning we always have a choice of counsel and a good range of junior barristers, so that clients have more budgeting options.‘
‘The culture of the set is friendly’.
‘We have used Hogarth exclusively for many years now, because of the quality of the barristers and service we receive.‘
‘They are a great set and we have always loved working with them.‘
‘Very good barristers, particularly for trade marks.‘
‘Chambers director, Ian Bowie, and senior clerk Clive Nicholls, as well as the rest of the clerks, are all great.‘
‘Ian Bowie always goes the extra mile for clients.‘
‘Clive Nicholls is outstanding.‘
‘The clerks are very helpful – great service from the excellent Clive Nicholls.‘
'Excellent IP chambers' One Essex Court is home to a team with solid expertise in IP disputes involving trade marks, copyright, passing off, designs, trade secrets and comparative advertising. Patent disputes matters are a growing area of instruction for the set. In a recent case highlight, Geoffrey Hobbs QC and Philip Roberts QC successfully represented Sky before the Court of Appeal concerning the longrunning trade mark infringement case brought against cloud management software company SkyKick. At the junior end, Guy Hollingworth, Alaina Newnes and rising star Andrew Lomas are the names to note.
‘Its IP specialists are excellent, and the chambers provides a very well-managed and responsive service‘.
‘The set has a number of the top silks in the field.‘
‘The clerks at One Essex Court are great, very user friendly and helpful.‘
‘The clerking is top rate – I am very happy with the service.‘
‘First Deputy Senior Clerk Jackie Ginty provides excellent support to the IP counsel.‘
‘Jackie Ginty is very responsive and approachable.’
Blackstone Chambers' 'strength and breadth of available expertise is excellent'. The set has an established reputation for its capabilities in soft IP work, however it is equally adept at handling instructions involving hard IP matters. Robert Howe QC is regularly instructed by major record companies, media organisations, and high-profile musicians and music groups. In recent work, James Segan QC is acting for Chinese technology company Lenovo in an ongoing FRAND-related dispute, concerning whether the client must take a licence under patents declared to be standard-essential by InterDigital.
‘Amazing depth of barristers in chambers. I have used many different people and they have always been very good.‘
‘Blackstone is modern, responsive and helpful – a go-to set for IP work.‘
‘Fees are always consistent, which is a big plus.‘
‘Blackstone is generally excellent and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘The clerks have always been very good.‘
‘The clerks are deeply helpful.‘
‘The clerks are great, particularly deputy senior clerks Derek Sutton and Adam Sloane.‘
‘A special mention to Adam Sloane, who is always responsive and helpful.‘
‘Billy Brian is excellent.‘
Patent disputes are a prominent area of instruction for Three New Square's team. Guy Burkill QC has particular expertise in handling patent cases involving electronics, smartphones, and computer software and hardware, and Douglas Campbell QC has an excellent reputation for his experience in patent and trade mark infringement disputes. At the junior end, the 'deeply clever' Stuart Baran is sought after for his strong capabilities in advising on matters pertaining to patents, passing off, trade marks, designs and confidential information. Elsewhere in chambers, the 'tenacious' Denise McFarland stands out for her 'encyclopedic knowledge of trade mark law', and recently acted for Unilever in a successful application to register the trade mark of 'Wonder Mum'. The application had been opposed by DC Comics, which claimed that Unilever's trade mark was an infringement of its 'Wonder Woman' trade mark.
‘Excellent set of chambers with many of the leading names in the field.‘
‘Three New Square is among the leading IP sets.‘
‘Three New Square is a leading set of IP barristers. It has great strength in depth.‘
‘The set offers good availability of the very best IP talent.‘
‘Three New Square is one of the go-to sets for patent litigation, with a deep bench of talented QCs and juniors.’
‘I have been very pleased with the service offered by the clerks at 3 New Square. They have been good at making recommendations for counsel and dealing with enquiries quickly.‘
‘I would single out senior clerk Nick Hill and Tim Fairburn for their outstanding client service.‘
‘Nick Hill is a strong senior clerk.‘
‘A special mention must go to Tim Fairburn, who is experienced and very good at getting optimal solutions to challenges that arise.‘
‘David Court has been fantastic to work with. He has ensured that there is transparency on fees, and is always friendly and approachable.‘