Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design in London

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman is noted for its brand disputes practice, acting for a roster of clients including international blue-chip corporations. The department also advises on numerous IP-rich M&A and joint venture transactions. David Stone leads the global IP practice, with vast experience in trade marks, registered and unregistered designs and copyright, and notable expertise in EU design law. Jim Ford and Nigel Parker lead the commercial IP team; both regularly advise clients on mandates concerning IP joint ventures, IP compliance and risk and licensing deals. Litigation specialist Neville Cordell further strengthens the practice, while associate Adrian Dykes operates across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The following associates are also of note: Karla Hughes’s strengths lie in EU trade mark and design law issues and Alex Shandro specialises in non-contentious IP and information technology law. Alexandra Wyles is especially active in the telecoms, media and technology industries.

Practice head(s):

David Stone; Jim Ford; Nigel Parker

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Dykes; Karla Hughes; Neville Cordell; Alexandra Wyles; Benedict Kay; Alex Shandro


‘Excellent depth of knowledge and experience combined with clear, frank and commercially relevant advice.’

‘David Stone and Adrian Dykes are both consistently excellent.’

Key clients



Sony Music Entertainment

Warner Bros. Discovery

The Coca-Cola Company

Virgin Media

McDonald’s Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising Coinbase in defending UK actions brought by Dr Craig Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin. The claims involved are for extended passing off and a copyright/database right infringement action.
  • Advised Uni-President on the IP aspects of the acquisition of a 60% majority stake in Carrefour Taiwan, making Uni-President sole owner. Carrefour Taiwan will continue to use its brand in Taiwan and will be part of the wide network of Carrefour brand licensees in over 40 countries.
  • Advising media and entertainment companies such as MGM, Acamar, NBCUniversal, Warner Bros. Discovery, HBO on a range of brands matters including global trade and design mark portfolio management and a variety of disputes.

Bird & Bird LLP

The ‘fantastic’ team at Bird & Bird LLP advises on the use of AI and the protection and exploitation of clients’ digital assets, alongside a particular focus in the media, entertainment and sports arenas. The contentious trade mark and litigation practice, spearheaded by Peter Brownlow, is routinely involved in high-profile disputes, such as leading litigation strategy for Merck KGaA. Rebecca O’Kelly Gillard co-leads the firm’s international copyright and design group, and is well-versed in trade mark and copyright issues that have a digital or online focus. Tom Snaith and Robert Williams also lead this ‘quality’ practice. Phil Sherrell’s capabilities encompass litigation relating to content and brands, while Ewan Grist routinely assists clients with complex litigation, with notable expertise in protecting and enforcing innovative or high-tech product design and associated branding. Associate Louise Sargeant’s strengths include brand protection strategies and enforcement, and advising on ownership issues, among others.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard; Tom Snaith; Rob Williams

Other key lawyers:

Peter Brownlow; Ewan Grist; Phil Sherrell; Louise Sargeant; Thomas Hooper


‘The team were fantastic, always on hand to offer advice and the next best steps forward when looking for solutions to the issue.’

‘Communication was always very clear and concise.’

‘Thomas Hooper was the main point of contact and he worked tirelessly to resolve the issue.’

‘The communication was always professional, but also a friendly environment to express any thoughts towards the case.’

‘Quality all the way through the team.’

‘Sector leaders. Great partners with hands on experience of the market. Quality associates at every level.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, has broad expertise, and is quick to respond.’

‘Thomas Hooper is a rising star. He has great instincts and is very conscientious. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients


Merck KGaA

Epic Games


Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA)

Cisco Systems, Inc

Voyetra Turtle Beach

Estate of James Joyce

International Olympic Committee (IOC)



Masimo Corporation (Masimo)

Patricia Pasqualini Literary Agency

Work highlights

  • Representing Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA) in a high-profile copyright claim around who created Bitcoin.
  • Representing Lidl in its high-profile litigation against Tesco, concerning Tesco’s use of its Clubcard logo.
  • Representing TuneIn in both first instance and on appeal. Currently in its damages enquiry phase, of which will have a significant impact to the music industry.

Bristows LLP

Praised as a ‘tremendous’ practice, Bristows LLP’s broad IP offering is noted for its expertise in the technology, life science and consumer products sectors. Matthew WarrenPaul Jordan and Ian Gruselle lead the practice, with the former possessing considerable expertise in advising clients on publishing transactions in relation to the academic and educational sector. ‘Rock star’ Jordan undertakes significant brand portfolio work and trade mark registry disputes. Other names to note include ‘creative’ Jeremy Blum, who specialises in contentious IP and advises on a full spectrum of trade mark, copyright and design matters. ‘Efficient’ Simon Clark is vastly experienced in the litigation sphere, focusing on digital and online issues, such as copyright and database rights. Further bolstering the practice is Richard Dickinson, who is well-versed in handling commercial transactions and advisory work, and Nellie Jackson, who has a wealth of experience in brand protection and exploitation, international trade mark portfolio management, and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Warren; Paul Jordan; Ian Gruselle

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Blum; Simon Clark; Richard Dickinson; Nellie Jackson


‘They run their cases like a boutique firm, but with the resources and strategic thinking of a larger firm. Their approach is continuously mindful of the specific needs of the case.’

‘Simon Clark has been highly accessible and efficient throughout our engagement. He consistently delivered exceptional work with minimal input required.’

‘Jeremy Blum is very creative in developing litigation strategies.’

Key clients

Muzz (formerly Muzmatch)

Kraft Heinz

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH)

NetEase Games



Two Daughters Entertainment Limited


The Guardian News and Media

WPP Group

Mondelez International




Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

The Financial Times




HDN Development Corporation

PolarSeal Tapes & Conversions Limited




Work highlights

  • Represented Muzz (formerly Muzmatch) in the Court of Appeal in March. The case involves claims of trade mark infringement and passing off issued in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court (IPEC) by
  • Advised Kraft Heinz on a landmark talent endorsement and partnership deal with a global music star Ed Sheeran, for the creation of a new range of hot sauces called “Tingly Teds”.
  • Instructed by the NetEase Games group to defend it in copyright infringement litigation brought by Riot Games, where our client was accused of copying a successful computer game (Valorant) by emulating the game play, style, graphics, music and sound effects (but without copying any of the software code).


CMS’s diverse client roster encompasses technology, real estate and fashion entities, to name a few, handling both more standard trade mark enforcement work, as well as advising on cutting-edge issues like NFTs. The practice, which is recommended by clients for possessing a ‘strong reputation with a wide international backup and commercial perspective’, is jointly steered by Sarah Wright and Tom Scourfield. Wright manages large brand portfolios, while Scourfield is noted for his experience in handling contentious IP mandates. Louise Gellman is well-versed in assisting clients with the protection, exploitation and enforcement of trade mark rights in particular, while Joel Vertes bolsters the practice with considerable brand copyright and technology disputes experience. David Parrish and Caitlin Heard are names to note on the contentious side of the practice, with the latter being active in the technology sphere. Other key names in the practice include Anna Brackenbury, Eleanor Merrett and Ben Hitchens.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Wright; Tom Scourfield

Other key lawyers:

Louise Gellman; Joel Vertes; David Parrish; Caitlin Heard; Anna Brackenbury; Eleanor Merrett; Ben Hitchens; Tom Reid


‘Really nice bunch of lawyers. Always available, always prompt, always willing to help. Strong technical abilities (getting across the details in multi-transactional documents) was a great help.’

‘Tom Scourfield is a calm and measured partner. He has a strong team behind him, but he trusts his team and (from a client perspective) he doesn’t micro-manage or duplicate, but he remains across the big ticket issues, so is effective when he needs to be.’

‘There is a good mix of skill and capability within the team (from really knowledgeable to learning). They are very engaged and seem to work very well together. They keep us well informed on all trademarks and their stages, and are linked up (communication wise) as a team.’

Key clients

Anthony Nolan


Breast Cancer Now

Cambridge Weight Plan


Dentsu International


eBay, Inc.




ITV plc

J. Crew


Kettle Foods / Snyder’s Lance

Legal & General

Mayborn Group



Oracle Corporation

Oura Health

Pepe Jeans




Shark Ninja



The Crown Estate


Valeo Snackfoods

Work highlights

  • Co-ordinates Dentsu’s worldwide brand protection and enforcement strategies and has done so for 10 years. This involves advising on new brand clearance, international filing strategies, disputes and litigation, as well as licensing and domain matters.
  • Advised and negotiated the IP aspects of the establishment of a novel sports broadcasting joint venture between BT Group and Warner Bros Discovery for their major two UK and Ireland sports broadcasting businesses (BT Sport and Eurosport).
  • Represents Mayborn, owner of the globally recognised “Tommee Tippee” brand, in respect of a design infringement claim brought by Chiaro Technology Limited.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Led by David Rose, the ‘commercially minded’ team Mishcon de Reya LLP fields an IP offering that possesses breath and depth, with particular strengths in IP disputes and enforcement. The firm is notably involved in the Sky v Skykick case, among other instances of high-profile and complex litigation. Jeremy Hertzog is renowned for his work in handling contractual disputes, alongside a strong anti-counterfeiting practice. Sally Britton heads the firm’s brands group, and routinely advises clients on IP protection and enforcement, while Lewis Cohen, who leads the firm’s IP transactional team, has strengths in the full range of commercial, IP and media agreements. Louisa Dixon’s expertise lies in trade marks and brands, while Peter Nunn has significant trade secrets knowledge. Cassandra Hill and Justin Lambert are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Rose

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Hertzog; Sally Britton; Lewis Cohen; Louisa Dixon; Cassandra Hill; Peter Nunn; Justin Lambert; Eloise Harding; Dominic Walsh; Eleanor Wilson


‘Mishcon de Reya’s practice is unique in its deep understanding of the sector and its ability to provide clear and practical advice that takes into account both legal and business considerations. The team has extensive experience working with clients in the TMT space, and has a proven track record of delivering results.’

‘One of the key strengths of Mishcon de Reya’s TMT practice is its ability to provide commercially minded advice that is tailored to each client’s specific needs. The team takes the time to understand their clients’ business objectives and works collaboratively to find solutions that meet those objectives.’

‘They are very good at managing expectations and communicating clearly and regularly throughout the course of a project.’

‘Mishcon de Reya has also introduced a number of innovations that have helped to improve the client experience. For example, they have invested in technology to streamline processes and improve efficiency.’

‘What sets them apart from competitors is their ability to provide tailored advice that is focused on achieving their clients’ business objectives.’

‘They stand out for their strategic thinking and their ability to work collaboratively with the Bar and with clients. In my experience they are proactive, responsive, and efficient, and always go the extra mile to ensure that their clients are satisfied with the work that they do.’

Key clients



Iceland Foods

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

Alexander McQueen




Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming



Thom Browne




Sony Interactive Entertainment



Guinness World Records

Lion Capital

Hg Capital


Health & Happiness

Citizen Watches

Percy & Reed

Wildwood Restaurants

Everyman Cinemas

Crown Estate

One Plus


David Yurman

AC Cars

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sky in ongoing trade mark infringement claim against SkyKick, including proceedings before the Supreme Court and CJEU.
  • Acting for Iceland Foods in EUIPO Grand Board of Appeal proceedings relating its trade mark for ICELAND.
  • Acting for office space brokerage company Nuclei Limited and certain members of the IWG plc group (operator of the Regus services office group), defending trade mark infringement proceedings by EasyGroup in relation to use of the sign “Easy Offices”.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s comprehensive IP service includes assisting clients with the full spectrum of brand protection and enforcement issues alongside copyright disputes and transactions. The practice is prominent across creative industries, such as music, broadcasting and social media, with notable strengths in technology. Co-lead Niri Shan is particularly experienced in the litigation sphere, operating across all aspects of soft IP, while fellow co-lead Mark Owen is active in the media, entertainment and technology sectors. Jason Rawkins advises on both contentious and non-contentious IP issues related to brands, designs, and domain names, and Adam Rendle undertakes various copyright issues, covering a wide variety of creative and tech sectors. Roland Mallinson counts major international brand and technology owners in his client roster.

Practice head(s):

Niri Shan; Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:

Jason Rawkins; Adam Rendle; Roland Mallinson; Magdalena Borucka


‘A strong trademark and copyright team.’

‘Adam Rendle is very good at copyright.’

‘The team has lots of expertise in brand advice and diversity in background, level and type of professional qualification.’

‘The individuals are committed and, having worked with us for a while, have gained good knowledge of the brand and its issues in the market.’

Key clients

Inditex (Zara)

William Grant and Sons

The Bazooka Companies, Inc.

Shenzen Senior Tech Materials


Work highlights

  • Acting for William Grant & Sons in a dispute regarding a lookalike Hendrick’s gin product sold by Lidl Gin. The case is particularly significant since it is a rare example of the claimant winning a lookalike case in the UK.
  • Advising Inditex, owner of the Zara, Bershka, Massimo Dutti and other fashion brands, on all IP matters in the UK.
  • Advise The Bazooka Companies, Inc. (previously called Topps) on the defence of it’s candy/confectionery product in the shape of a baby’s bottle, which has been sold in the millions around the EU for many decades and has recently been threatened.

Baker McKenzie

Praised by clients for being ‘extremely responsive, collaborative and commercial’, Baker McKenzie has notable strengths in advising established and up-and-coming digital, technology, social media, streaming and online companies, regularly representing such clients in court proceedings, often involving cross-border elements. The department is capable of advising on a diverse scope of issues, from global copyright and trade mark issues to trade secrets and blockchain. Ben Allgrove is vastly experienced in the digital media and technology sectors, routinely handling copyright, AI and intermediary liability. ‘Exceptional’ Jessica Le Gros, who leads the trade mark registration practice, specialises in advising multi-national clients on brand clearance and trade mark disputes. Counsel Julia Dickenson is particularly active in the luxury and fashion sector, handling issues such as trade mark and brand litigation and enforcement, while Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy is known for her contentious work in various IP matters. Another name to note is John Groom, whose practice encompasses copyright, digital media, and new technologies. Jason Raeburn departed to Paul Hastings LLP in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Ben Allgrove; Jessica Le Gros; Julia Dickenson; Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy

Other key lawyers:

John Groom


‘The team are extremely responsive, collaborative and commercial and make a real effort to build and maintain relationships.’

‘Their “project management” technology is excellent.’

‘We are extremely happy with the service provided by Baker McKenzie.’

Key clients




Eli Lilly

General Motors







Novo Nordisk


Planet Hollywood





Warner Bros

Work highlights

  • Advise L’Oréal on all IP matters, ranging from trade mark litigation, through vital brand and portfolio advisory and management, to advising on numerous IP issues relating to their ongoing digital transformation strategy.
  • Providing Unilever with brand advisory and brand protection services, one of the largest brand owners in the world, where we have an exclusive mandate to handle brand protection and disputes in the UK and EU (as well as globally).
  • Routinely represent and advise clients in contentious actions in the UK, including court and trade mark/design/company name/domain name registry proceedings, C&Ds, pre-litigation advisory and mediation.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s IP offering covers a broad range of issues, from global brand portfolio management and IP litigation, to acquisitions and design advisory work. The team is particularly active in the media, sport and entertainment arenas, as well as retail and fashion sectors. Practice head Ruth Hoy is known for her litigation expertise, especially within the retail and fashion sectors. Managing partner Simon Levine fields a strong practice in the media and entertainment sphere, as well as technology and sports, while Duncan Calow is experienced in various issues, including copyright, advertising law and IP-related gambling matters, to name a few. Patricia Collis specialises in portfolio management of trade mark and design rights on a global scale, while Nick Fitzpatrick has considerable expertise in copyright, sport and film, among others. Claire Sng advises on the full gamut of soft IP issues, with particular experience in handling the intersection between IP and advertising law issues, and John Wilks focuses on the media, sport and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Hoy

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Collis; Simon Levine; Nick Fitzpatrick; Duncan Calow; Claire Sng; John Wilks


‘A top-quality IP practice.’

‘Ruth Hoy is a fantastic partner there – formidable but charming at the same time, it’s a beguiling mix that clients seem to love.’

‘They offer valuable events, resources and support. DLA has both global reach and subject matter expertise across various jurisdictions and leverage technology to improve efficiency and deliver value.’

‘Ruth Hoy provides commercial and pragmatic advice, and distils complex concepts into digestible and understandable information across a variety of contentious and non-contentious IP (and other) issues.’

‘The teams at DLA understand the business and its goals and offer valuable support and also transparency and certainty around billing and costs.’

‘The partners and associates work very well as a team and with my team. They are proactive, in-house savvy and strategic, over and beyond the basic requirements of costs-optimisation, service quality and skill sets.’

‘The team is highly capable in the IP sector and can draw from a global pool of talent.’

‘Very attentive to our requests and following through.’

Key clients


The Football Association Premier League Limited

Football DataCo

Mondelez International Inc

Emirates Airlines

International Airlines Group/ British Airways

NTT Limited

Lloyds of London

London Stock Exchange



Bajaj Auto Limited



Arla Foods Amba and Arla Foods Limited

Papa Johns

Merlin Entertainment




NetJets Management Limited


BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (“ICE”)


Discovery Communications

City, University of London

NLA Media Access

Dalton BidCo Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Danaher on IP issues in the context of multi-jurisdictional acquisitions, including: a life sciences start up specialising in organoid development and manufacture; including complex IP issues around inventorship, jointly owned IP arising out of publicly funded research collaborations with academic institutions, risk areas in material evaluation agreements, licensing agreements and researcher employment contracts, and transfer and confidentiality obligations around know how and trade secrets.
  • Advising Football Dataco Limited (FBC) on IP and competition issues in relation to a High court claim the organization made against a rival data company and a representative selection of its data scouts based on: (i) breach of obligations of confidence owed by those partis to FDC in respect of the in-play data; and (ii) unlawful means conspiracy (the unlawful means being: (a) breach of the ticketing terms and ground regulations; (b) breach of confidence; and (c) trespass. The parties reached a negotiated settlement.
  • Acting as the go-to firm for IP enforcement work for the Premier League, for whom safeguarding its IP rights (licensed for over $12bn from 2022-2025) is of paramount importance.


Routinely advising clients from technology, life sciences, media and retail sectors, Fieldfisher’s ‘comprehensive yet tailored’ practice has expertise in handling confidential information and trade secrets, copyright and database rights, alongside managing high profile trade mark portfolios and representing clients in various disputes. The practice is jointly led by Leighton Cassidy, who has particular expertise in trade marks and designs across a variety of sectors, and John Linneker, who has recently acted for clients in high profile disputes, such as the Sky plc v SkyKick Inc case. Hastings Guise often supports businesses in the launch of new brands, coordinating multi-jurisdictional clearance and trade mark protection projects, while Amy Reynolds has notable expertise in the trade mark sphere. Key contact Nick Rose is known for his considerable experience in IP litigation and routinely handles matters for clients in the media and entertainment, technology, retail, and sports sectors. James Seadon’s capabilities encompass copyright, database rights, and trade secrets, to name a few. Harriet Seymour is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Leighton Cassidy; John Linneker

Other key lawyers:

Nick Rose; James Seadon; Hastings Guise; Amy Reynolds; Harriet Seymour; Christopher Leung


‘The team are incredible to work with. They were hard-working, efficient and thorough. But more importantly they worked as a team through some very difficult times and in the face of some testing developments.’

‘James Seadon is the standout individual for me as the partner instructing me. He embodies each of the qualities of the team described above. More than anything he is incredibly pleasant to work with.’

‘Fieldfisher offers a full range of copyright and trademark protection services that is comprehensive and yet tailored to the needs of individual clients.’

‘Chris Leung is a very capable associate with real technical acumen.’

‘Harriet Seymour is an excellent partner and a pleasure to work with. Harriet’s trademark knowledge is vast, and she delivers advice that is both pragmatic and sensitive to the business needs of her clients.’

‘Team has excellent commercial and legal knowledge and service is excellent from the most junior to the most senior members of the team.’

‘Nick Rose stands out for soft IP work. Always gets to the nub of an issue, whether factual, legal or tactical.’

‘John Linneker fights hard for his clients and gets excellent results by doing so.’

Key clients

SkyKick, Inc.

Getty Images Group

Sazerac Company, Inc.

Oh Polly Limited

Google, Inc.

Peloton Interactive, Inc

Genius Sports Ltd

MGA Entertainment

Borough Market

Currys (formerly Dixons Carphone)

Smart LLC

FitBit, Inc


Dell EMC

Crocs, Inc.

Take-Two Interactive Software

Entertainment One UK Limited

Devolver Digital Ltd


Work highlights

  • Advising Getty Images Group, which has issued legal proceedings in the High Court against Stability AI claiming infringement of copyright and other rights relating to the latter’s unauthorised use of Getty Images’ content in order to train its artificially intelligent image generating product, Stability Diffusion.
  • Advising SkyKick, Inc. in its defence of trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky Ltd, the well-known broadcaster, in relation to use of the word ‘SKYKICK’. These proceedings have been in the High Court, the CJEU, the Court of Appeal and will be heard in the Supreme Court in June 2023.
  • Acting for Google on a trade mark infringement and passing off action brought against its use of YOUTUBE SHORTS, as well as on trade mark prosecution and enforcement matters.

Gowling WLG

Acting for clients in the telecoms, advertising and food and drink sectors, among others, Gowling WLG’s ‘fabulous’ full-service IP offering is helmed by Kate Swaine, who is well-versed in international brand strategy and enforcement and routinely acts for household names in the management and enforcement of their portfolios. John Coldham leads the brands and designs team, with his litany of experience encompassing building brands, portfolio management and litigation; Coldham is praised by clients for his strength in litigation. Gordon Harris is experienced in managing designs and brands related cases in high profile disputes. Zoe Pearman, Jasmine Lalli and Charlie Bond are also key contacts in the group.

Practice head(s):

Kate Swaine

Other key lawyers:

John Coldham; Gordon Harris; Zoe Pearman, Jasmine Lalli; Charlie Bond


‘The team are experts across all types of IP issues: trademarks, copyrights, designs. They have a very commercial approach, are conscious of costs, and they are very approachable.’

‘John Coldham is prompt in his responses, very clear and concise, and available. He has strong litigation experience.’

‘We have always received timely and clear advice.’

‘Kate Swaine has been our contact; she has always been available, quick to answer and has been clear in her advice.’

‘Fabulous people. Friendly and responsive.’

‘Kate Swaine is brilliant in litigation and strategy.’

‘The team are incredibly knowledgeable on trade mark, copyright and design litigation.’

‘John Coldham has unrivalled expertise in design litigation. His clear and concise advice is always practical and tailored to the specific matter and client involved.’

Key clients

Weetabix Limited



Major League Baseball

London Stock Exchange and subsidiaries: Refinitiv and LCH

Aston Martin Lagonda


Ghamkol Sharif UK

Industrials UK


Aston Martin Lagonda

All Saints Retail Limited

Ezee Group Limited

Aston Martin Lagonda

Dyson Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Appointed as exclusive Official Legal Advisers for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Brands, Advertising & Designs team advised, and continues to advise, across a host of brand protection and enforcement, licensing and sponsorship issues relating to the games which took place from 27 July until 8 August 2022.
  • Acted for Ezee Group International in relation to what would have been the biggest design right case of the year. The designs issues arising from this dispute are crucial for the development of design law and encompass areas such as must fit, technical function and commonplace.
  • Advising the Farfetch group on its global trade mark strategy, clearance, oppositions, enforcement, domain name issues and specific IP focused client projects. This matter entails the collaboration of various offices in jurisdictions where our client is active and our UK team co-ordinates all enforcement matters across the world.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Helmed by Sebastian Moore, the team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises clients on a full spectrum of IP issues, from tech litigation and anti-counterfeiting to copyright ownership and misuse of data. One particular area of growth for the team is large-scale software audit disputes. Andrew Moir is noted for his expertise in tech-dependent matters, while Jonathan Turnbull has a wealth of experience advising on the exploitation of their IP rights. Andrew Wells‘s strengths lie in the realm of technology and of counsel Heather Newton strengthens the practice with her considerable expertise in litigation, particularly in relation to trade marks, copyright and technology disputes. Senior associate Victoria Horsey‘s diverse practice encompasses brand protection and licensing issues, to name a few. Senior associate Emma Sherratt handles IP matters involving a multijurisdictional element.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Moore

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Moir; Andrew Wells; Jonathan Turnbull; Heather Newton; Victoria Horsey; Emma Sherratt


‘They are very responsive and technically excellent. They are also commercially astute.’

‘Emma Sherratt is always on hand to provide considered and commercial advice.’

‘Jonathan Turnbull is personable and very sharp. He can cut through to the heart of the matter very quickly.’

‘The team is responsive and always remains available to jump on any urgent requests. Furthermore, HSF has embraced technology to streamline their operations and enhance client services.’

‘Emma Sherratt is an exceptional star contributor within the HSF team. She possesses deep legal knowledge and expertise in IP, and stays up-to-date with the latest developments and regulations.’

Osborne Clarke LLP

‘Commercially focused and intuitive’ Osborne Clarke LLP’s broad offering encompasses trade mark portfolio management and strategic brand issues, with particular expertise in technology-related matters. The team is also recommended for its work in advising clients on copyright protection in the digital environment. Practice head Arty Rajendra has recently been involved in copyright and database claims, while IP litigator Robert Guthrie focuses on trade marks and copyright. Richard May is well versed in advising clients on matters arising from the tech, gaming, retail and life sciences arenas, routinely handling brand protection issues and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Arty Rajendra

Other key lawyers:

Robert Guthrie; Richard May; Anna Rawlings


‘The team is very responsive to client requests and has adapted its approach to billing, monitoring against budget and deliverable tracking to suit our needs. The team has used an innovative customised technology platform to deliver our needs.’

‘Individuals are pragmatic, commercial, timely and risk aware. Anna Rawlings is a skilled, highly effective and resourceful senior associate.’

‘The Osborne Clarke team are very commercially focused and intuitive. They see problems arising and have an ability to ‘think around corners.”

‘They are both commercially savvy and innovative in both their approach and execution and have never failed to deliver a favourable result in UK trade mark oppositions.’

‘Richard May is technically excellent and very commercially savvy. It is a pleasure to partner with Richard May on contentious trade mark matters. Richard is highly approachable and easy to converse with.’

‘I would recommend Richard and his team without hesitation for trade mark prosecution and brand protection matters in the UK.’

Key clients

Block, Inc.

Peanut App Limited

Amstel Brouwerij B.V.


Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group Limited, Peacocks Stores Limited, Jaeger Retail Limited, Duvetco Limited (all in administration)


The & Partners

The Scotch Whisky Association


Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Block, Inc. and Squareup in defending a High Court action Craig Wright & Others v BTC Core & Others. Craig Steven Wright is claiming infringement in respect to copyright and database rights in the Bitcoin blockchain.
  • Advising Edinburgh Woollen Mill group on the recovery of domain names transferred out from the Edinburgh Woollen Mill group, and pursuing trade mark infringement claims in the High Court.
  • Advising Amstel Brouwerij B.V in a series of UK trade mark opposition proceedings against Anheuser-Busch, LLC regarding the mark ULTRA which Amstel argue is descriptive/non-registrable. Our win for Amstel in the UK IPO was recently upheld by the Appointed Person.

Simmons & Simmons

Recommended by clients for its ‘invaluable advice’, Simmons & Simmons maintains a broad offering, handling issues such as brand clearance, trade mark registration and domain name protection, among others. Its strengths lie in the copyright arena, acting for clients in the media, art and technology industries, to name a few. The practice is jointly led by ‘exceptional’ Darren Meale, who is noted for his capabilities in handling trade mark litigation and brand portfolio management, and Priya Nagpal, who is well-versed in multi-jurisdictional tech disputes involving disruptive technologies that include aspects of software, big data and medical devices. Joining the practice from Withers & Rogers in December 2022, Marisa Broughton specialises in brand protection and enforcement. Matthew Siddaway is a supervising associate in the firm’s brands division, noted for his experience in the contentious sphere.

Practice head(s):

Darren Meale; Priya Nagpal

Other key lawyers:

Maris Broughton; Matthew Siddaway


‘Simmons have provided invaluable advice; they have unrivalled expertise when it comes to digital health issues, especially on IP, data protection and regulatory matters.’

‘Priya Nagpal is an exceptional IP litigator. Priya brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, enabling her to find elegant solutions to complex IP problems. Priya is also a pleasure to work with and is supported by an excellent team in other areas outside of IP.’

‘Always happy to go the extra mile to fit in with our corporate requirements, fees are always competitive and value based. Ensure the work is done at the appropriate level to keep fees competitive. Invests in technology and tech to make the lives of in-house lawyers easier. Substantial trade mark filing and opposition expertise, plus infringement.’

Key clients

Abercrombie & Fitch

Bank of London and the Middle East


Build a Rocket Boy

Cargill Incorporated

Codex Beauty


Crown Melbourne

Cylus Cyber Security

E&J Gallo




Hugo Boss

Index Ventures


Jeeves Inc


Major League Baseball

Marshall Amplification


Monzo Bank


Paw Patrol


Roland Europe

Theravance Biopharma


Urban Splash

Venture Life Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as UK trade mark counsel to Hugo Boss for contentious matters.
  • Managing Marshall’s global trade mark portfolio of more than 400 trade marks. We advise Marshall on IP strategy in connection with its core product lines of amps, pedals, footswitches and drums (NATAL) and in respect of its “lifestyle” product lines including speakers, headphones, clothing, bags, beer, beer fridges, juke boxes.
  • Advising Roland on all aspects of its UK and EU IP strategy. Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of musical instruments including pianos, keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion kits, digital recording equipment, amplifiers and audio processing devices.

Wiggin LLP

Experts in the digital world, Wiggin LLP is particularly known for its online enforcement and intermediary liability work, acting for content and brand owners, as well as clients in the film, publishing and luxury goods industries. One key area of expertise includes copyright infringement, and its brand strategy and portfolio management practice is also expanding. The team is capable of working across a broad spread of sectors, from film and music to pharma and technology, and is recommended for its ‘commercial and pragmatic’ approach. Sara Ashby spearheads the practice, covering the full gamut of IP rights, while Rachel Alexander’s expertise includes online enforcement and copyright infringement matters. John Colbourn’s broad practice advises on international brand strategy and portfolio management, as well as considerable litigation experience. Michael Browne’s practice covers contentious and non-contentious remits, such as trade secrets and copyright litigation. Joanne Gibbs, Calum Smyth and Peter Dawson are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sara Ashby

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Alexander; John Colbourn; Michael Browne; Joanne Gibbs; Calum Smyth; Peter Dawson


‘Their expertise is second to none, as the loyalty of their clients reflects.’

‘Depth of knowledge, thoughtfulness and thoroughness.’

‘Wiggin excel in all aspects whether their technical ability, speed in response, willingness to support the client in a very holistic matter from adapting to your billing needs, your technical needs, a team mentality without overcharging.’

‘Wiggin has an excellent IP practice. Their practitioners have a thorough and deep understanding of the law, and draw on the immense experience the firm has, particularly in the entertainment and media space, allowing clients to benefit from high quality and commercially relevant advice.’

‘Rachel Alexander provides very clear advice and has a good eye for litigation. You would always want her on your side of any dispute. Rachel is very approachable, unflappable in a crisis, extremely hard-working and will always make herself available to meet client requests.’

‘Due to an extensive and deep understanding of the law and civil procedure rules the team is able to provide advice on complex areas of the law speedily and in detail. In addition, the team approaches matters through a commercial and pragmatic lens.’

‘They provide quality, sensible, commercially focused advice.’

‘Calum Smyth and Sara Ashby are a joy to introduce to clients and to work with.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Sage Group plc

China Construction Bank

Banijay Group

Motion Picture Association


Riot Games

Performing Rights Society/PRS for Music (PRS)

Warner Music Group & Sony Music Entertainment




Palace Skateboards

University of Oxford & Oxford University Press

Corsearch Inc.

Thought Machine

Work highlights

  • Representing Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment in a very substantial damages inquiry against TuneIn. Successfully represented the record labels in the liability proceedings before the High Court and Court of Appeal; the Supreme Court rejected TuneIn’s application for permission to appeal.
  • Managing Sage’s 1,800 strong worldwide trade mark portfolio; handling all UK, EU and WIPO matters directly and managing registry disputes and litigation in various jurisdictions across the globe.
  • Represented Riot Games in substantive copyright infringement proceedings in the High Court, and coordinated parallel proceedings in Singapore, Germany and Brazil.

Addleshaw Goddard

Especially noted for its IT acumen, a number of major banks, retailers, and other corporate clients - both domestic and multinational - turn to the team at Addleshaw Goddard for its IP capabilities across a host of corporate and comercial matters. Practice head Emma Armitage is an experienced IP disputes lawyer whose expertise is concentrated in brand and design issues for clients in the retail, consumer goods, and financial services sectors. David Engel specialises in rights, reputation, and domain name disputes, while Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta is a key contact for clients seeking assistance on major commercial projects and software licensing arrangements. Leeds-based Georgina Powling is recommended for her focus on IP rights work, both contentious and non-contentious.

Practice head(s):

Emma Armitage

Other key lawyers:

David Engel; Damon Rosamond-LanzettaGeorgina Powling; Tim Carter; Andrew Bayley; Lucinda Bailey


‘Emma Armitage is very switched on, on both the law and client-handling and industry knowledge.’

‘This is a dedicated, highly responsive team with a broad international reach that we have been happy to work with for over 15 years.  Good value for money.’

‘This is a highly effective practice, with well qualified and efficient practitioners, that I would rank highly amongst its peers.’

‘Tim Carter knows our trade mark portfolio back to front and will always go the extra mile.’

‘Andrew Bayley is extremely reliable – I’d happily put the day to day running of a case in his hands.’

Work highlights

Browne Jacobson LLP

With an expansive client roster including high profile fashion and beauty brands, ‘creative and savvy’ Browne Jacobson LLP’s expertise encompasses social media, R&D agreements and licensing arrangements. Declan Cushley helms the practice, with notable experience in handling international brand portfolios, while Giles Parsons bolsters the practice with his litigation, portfolio management and R&D agreement expertise. Emma Roake joined the firm in September 2022 from Fox Williams LLP, assisting clients in the fashion and technology arenas. Senior associate Faye McConnell is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley

Other key lawyers:

Giles Parsons; Emma Roake; Faye McConnell


‘The team is very effective at finding practical resolutions to complex problems. They are creative and savvy, and figure out the best way to help the client.’

‘I have worked with a number of different individuals. All have been very thoughtful and engaged. The team also works well together, as they focus on client problems from different angles. They are all bright and approach problems holistically and as business partners.’

‘We work with the Browne Jacobson team on almost all of our legal matters. This breadth of ability to support us is a key strength. Browne Jacobson also have a network of law firms across the world which they can utilise when local advice is required.’

‘Their standout qualities include a great understanding of our business, a commercial approach, speed of response, ability to translate technical legal matters into understandable commercial language, as well as thorough follow up and attention to detail.’

‘Specific stand out partners and associates for the intellectual property work are Faye McConnell, Giles Parsons and Declan Cushley.’

Key clients

Match Group LLC

Bestseller A/S

Iconic London (Holdings) Limited


Professional Hair Products Limited, t/a Pro Hair Labs


University College Birmingham

Ad Signal Limited

National Trust

Mace Group

PZ Cussons Beauty

Camelot Lotteries UK Limited

National Car Parks Ltd


Ocean Technologies Group

Lotus Cars

adidas (UK) Limited

Work highlights

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The ‘well-resourced’ and ‘nimble’ team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP maintains a strong practice in brand protection, IP-related transactions and dispute resolution, with the capability to advise on strategy, rebrands and various trade mark and design portfolios. Practice head Mary Bagnall’s wealth of experience in advising a multitude of clients on the protection and enforcement of soft IP rights means she is invaluable to clients in the courtroom. Nick White is notably active in the leisure, fashion and food and beverage industries, while Charlotte Duly handles global re-branding projects and various contentious matters for clients. Other names to note include senior associates Caroline Young and Olivia Gray, as well as associate Peter Byrd.

Practice head(s):

Mary Bagnall

Other key lawyers:

Nick White; Charlotte Duly; Olivia Gray; Caroline Young; Peter Byrd


‘Nick White and Charlotte Duly are responsive and helpful. They add value in the advice they provide and are top-notch communicators.’

‘The Charles Russell Speechlys LLP IP team in the UK is well-resourced, nimble, provides timely and insightful advice, and is very practical in assisting clients with responding to IP infringement claims.’

‘Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has an international reach, but mid-tier rates, which we appreciate.’

‘They have provided our company with responsive and exceptional IP representation in the UK.’

Key clients


Essity Hygiene and Health (formerly SCA)


Moore Global (network of accountants) – Formerly Moore Stephens



Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli AG


Rapha Racing

Gulf Air


Australian Manuka Honey Association

World Rowing

Honest Burgers

Itsu [grocery]

Howard de Walden Estates

Immodulon Therapeutics Limited

Emergex Vaccines Holdings Limited

Rentschler Biopharma


International Tennis Federation

Freddy’s Flowers


V&H Limited

M Group

Dementia UK

Work highlights

  • Successfully opposed a UK certification mark for MANUKA HONEY by Manuka Honey Appellation Society.
  • Successfully registering Cadbury’s colour purple as a trade mark without contours and with no description defining its use in a landmark decision which will impact on the registration of single colours in the UK and the way the IPO must now deal with them.
  • Continuous management and protection of the global IP portfolio for Wagamama.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

The ‘experienced and responsive’ team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is active in the media, entertainment and technology industries, alongside advising clients in the private sector sphere. Its capabilities encompass advising on the protection of TV formats and characters, software and video games, as well as emerging technologies such as AI. The team also manages a variety of trade mark portfolios for its clients. ‘Exceptional’ Shireen Peermohamed helms the practice, with vast experience in handling disputes. Andrew Terry advises on IP and media litigation, including advertising and brand disputes, while Kostyantyn Lobov is prominent in the interactive entertainment sector, acting for clients on a variety of soft IP issues.

Practice head(s):

Shireen Peermohamed

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Terry; Kostyantyn Lobov; Sharon Daboul; Daniel Prim


‘An experienced and responsive team focused on practical outcomes.’

‘Sharon Daboul epitomises the firm’s client centric and solutions focused service.’

‘They are organised and add significant value by helping review our IP strategy on an annual basis, and tailoring budgets accordingly.’

‘Kostyantyn Lobov has an outstanding understanding of our environment and business challenges.’

‘Harbottle offers practical advice, bearing in mind our business objectives.’

‘The team has deep knowledge of different industrial areas and understands very well what we want and can always help us fulfil our aim. We are very satisfied with their helpful and excellent services as well as their fast response. They are very flexible to meet our budget needs.’

‘Shireen Peermohamed is an exceptional lawyer and strategist, who always provides her advice through a commercial and practical lens. We appreciate her efforts and help very much.’

‘Kostyantyn Lobov’s advice is thorough, practical, and always directly on point. His friendly and approachable manner helps us work together to find creative solutions.’

Key clients


Queen Productions Limited

Nothing Technology Limited

Princess Yachts

Work highlights

  • Advise Queen Productions Limited on all aspects of its copyright work including exploitation, management, enforcement and transaction matters.
  • Provide Princess Yachts with a full brand protection offering covering trade mark prosecution, domain name monitoring and management, and enforcement.
  • Advise Atomico, a renowned venture capital investment fund, particularly in relation to brand protection, both via trade mark oppositions and cancellation actions, and via pre-action litigation advice and correspondence.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Praised for its ‘timely, accurate and sound advice’, Hogan Lovells International LLP counts household name brands in its client roster, advising on various UK prosecution matters, as well as managing global trade mark portfolios. The practice is well-versed in handling matters arising from the telecoms and automotive sectors. ‘Expert’ Joel Smith, who is reputed for his work on high-profile disputes, IP contractual matters and IP-rich transactions, jointly leads the team alongside Sahira Khwaja, who spearheads the firm’s brands practice, conducting numerous trade mark infringement and portfolio matters for luxury brands in particular. Commended for her ‘excellent client management skills’, senior associate Emily Sharkey is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Joel Smith; Sahira Khwaja

Other key lawyers:

Emily Sharkey; Anneka Dalton


‘Great practical business-orientated advice. Good organisation of the team, distribution of responsibilities. Good communication.’

‘In depth understanding our business and its priorities.’

‘The team provides timely, accurate and sound advice, with a keen sense of our business priorities. Advice provided is practical and takes into account business priorities.’

‘The team has a great understanding of our business and appetite for risk and budgetary considerations. Technology and collaboration are strong – extra broader support and willingness to support in industry federations etc. are very helpful.’

‘Emily Sharkey has excellent client management skills and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Sahira Khwaja has a no nonsense straight talking approach; she provides clear practical advice.’

‘The team acts responsively and provides guidance for business decisions.’

‘Joel Smith is a subject-matter expert, with an ability to communicate complex messages in a business-friendly way.’

Key clients

Intermediate Capital Group


News UK



Treasury Wines Estates (TWE)

AXA Insurance UK PLC (AXA)

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Yum! Brands

Asahi International

International Finance Corporate



Work highlights

  • Acting for Caterpillar in UK prosecution matters and disputes, including advising on international trademark disputes relating to the enforcement of its CAT brand, including with Great Wall Motor Company, Puma and Tigercat.
  • Advised Intermediate Capital Group on its acquisition of the OVO Arena, Wembley, involving co-existence issues relating to different parties’ use of the geographical term Wembley.
  • Representing News UK with a variety of household name brand titles including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, The Sun on Sunday and The TLS.

Lewis Silkin

Praised as ‘super efficient’ and ‘proactive’, Lewis Silkin’s broad IP offering covers a wide array of matters, extending from various disputes and portfolio management to regulatory work. Thomas Gaunt leads the practice, which routinely handles matters in the retail, technology, media and entertainment, and manufacturing and engineering sectors. Adam Glass’s capabilities include music and literary copyright disputes for various advertising and media clients. Giles Crown strengthens the practice with his specialist expertise in brand protection and enforcement work, with Simon Chapman contributing his extensive litigation experience. Neil Parkes regularly instructs media rights owners, and Nick Bowie is at the forefront of the firm’s trade mark portfolio practice.

Practice head(s):

Tom Gaunt

Other key lawyers:

Adam Glass; Giles Crown; Simon Chapman; Neil Parkes; Oliver Fairhurst; Nick Bowie; Nicholas Buckland; Abigail Wise


‘The team is highly collaborative and efficient. They offer single points of contact through which we are able to access specialists to deal with matters where appropriate. They are proactive and reliable in managing the trade mark portfolio and manage oppositions and ongoing matters effectively and with “no fuss”.’

‘Abigail Wise is highly responsive, and her advice is thorough and well considered.’

‘The Lewis Silkin team is super efficient, responsive and accommodative. They have a very strong trademark prosecution and litigation practice. We always entrust our matters to Lewis Silkin.’

‘The two main contacts we work with at Lewis Silkin are Nick Buckland and Nick Bowie, who are extremely capable and very responsive.’

‘Nicholas Buckland’s team work efficiently and responsively. They kept us well informed throughout the case and were always charming.’

‘They were very informative and helpful.’

‘Lewis Silkin’s IP team are incredibly knowledgeable and really take the time to get to know our business and the industry we work in. The team has been managing our trade mark portfolio and a range of contentious and non-contentious IP work for many years and their performance is incomparable.’

‘When Giles Crown is involved, you know you’re in safe hands. He is extremely driven and proactive and his commitment to excellence is inspiring. Giles Crown is the lawyer you want in your corner, particularly for the most complicated cases.’

Key clients

John Lewis Plc and DDB UK Limited t/a adam&eve

Airwair International Limited (Dr. Martens)

Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Trustpilot A/S


Harvey Nichols & Co Ltd

Swiss Mountain Rescue Limited


London Fashion Week


Work highlights

  • Acting for both John Lewis and adam&eveDDB in relation to the annual John Lewis Christmas ad. Both were defendants in a high profile High Court copyright infringement claim over John Lewis’s 2019 campaign.
  • Acting for Airwair International Ltd (Dr. Martens) in relation to its brand enforcement work. This year has seen two sets of High Court infringement proceedings, with a successful judgment in one and the other resolved.
  • Acting for Dr Wolff (the supplier of the VAGISAN vaginal health product) in relation to a claim by its competitor, Combe. This year saw the appeal, which involved Dr Wolff establishing new law in relation to statutory acquiescence.

Marks & Clerk

The integrated brand protection and PATMA team at Marks & Clerk has demonstrable experience in the creative industries, fashion, financial services and food and drink sectors. Its work includes strategic portfolio management, brand development advice and dispute resolution, amongst others. Kirsten Gilbert spearheads the practice, acting for household name brands on the protection and exploitation of their rights, while Gina Lodge specialises in brand protection work, with vast experience representing clients in contentious matters. Another name to note is Dafydd Bevan, who handles registered and unregistered designs, particularly in the litigation sphere.

Practice head(s):

Mike Gilbert; Kirsten Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Gina Lodge; Dafydd Bevan; Hannah Finster; Marcus Riby-Smith


‘Dafydd Bevan is an excellent IP litigator. He excels in all areas of IP, including trade marks, copyright, and designs, as well as patents. He is an excellent strategist, never losing sight of his client’s commercial objectives.’

Key clients

House of Bruar

Long Harbour Limited and Way of Life Management Limited

Mike Tindall, James Haskell, and Alex Payne

Panda Life Limited

Groupe Guillin SA

Work highlights

  • Representing Group Guillin as Claimant in IPEC design infringement proceedings concerning a key product range.
  • Represented Long Harbour in IPEC passing off and trade mark validity and infringement proceedings relating to use of the WAY OF LIFE mark in respect of real estate services.
  • Led former England Rugby players Mike Tindall and James Haskell, and sports broadcaster Alex Payne to a successful resolution of High Court passing off proceedings brought in relation to their “The Good, The Bad & The Rugby” podcast.

Reed Smith LLP

Spearheaded by managing partner Gregor Pryor and Pete Chassman, Reed Smith LLP’s varied offering includes dispute work, copyright issues involving AI, text and data mining, as well as broader issues regarding the intersection of technology, IP and data protection. The team is noted for its multijurisdictional capabilities, with key contact Sophie Goossens routinely trusted by clients for her expertise in the EU copyright sphere. Litigation specialist Michael Skrein is another name to note in the practice. Anette Gärtner departed for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2023. 

Practice head(s):

Gregor Pryor; Pete Chassman

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Goossens; Michael Skrein


‘Michael Skrein is a legend.’

‘They are client focussed and mindful of the client’s objectives and budget. Very upfront and straightforward. Just excellent.’


Noted for its ‘ability to navigate complex legal and regulatory issues’, RPC’s areas of expertise include IP disputes, global trade mark portfolio management, as well as recent involvement in copyright infringement claims. The team is particularly active in the retail, tech, media and sport sectors. Co-lead and ‘great strategist’ Jeremy Drew is well-versed in both contentious and non-contentious IP, and fellow co-head David Cran strengthens the team with his capabilities across a broad array of sectors, from telecoms to retail. ‘Highly pragmatic’ Ciara Cullen has represented various clients in disputes, with particular experience in the food and drink and retail arenas. ‘Hard-working and talented’ Ben Mark’s strengths lie in handling trade marks and passing off matters.

Practice head(s):

David Cran; Jeremy Drew

Other key lawyers:

Ciara Cullen; Ben Mark; Sarah Mountain


‘Ciara Cullen is highly pragmatic and puts her litigation skills to good use when negotiating complex agreements and resolving difficult disputes.’

‘Jeremy Drew is a great strategist and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Ben Mark is among the best of the best. He is among the wisest, hard-working, and talented lawyers.’

‘RPC have in-depth knowledge of the law and offer practical advice, in keeping with our business objectives.’

‘RPC’s practice is unique in its ability to provide clients with a full range of legal services across the TMT sector. They have a deep understanding of the issues that are relevant to clients in this space and are able to provide clear, commercially-minded advice.’

‘They take the time to understand their clients’ businesses and objectives and are able to provide tailored advice that is aligned with those objectives. They are also known for their ability to navigate complex legal and regulatory issues and are able to provide practical solutions that help clients to manage risk.’

‘I have been particularly impressed by their investment in and commitment to diversity and inclusion. RPC remains the only firm where I have actually been aware of a conscious and deliberate strategy of creating a balanced and diverse team working on each piece of litigation with which I have been involved.’

‘I have been consistently impressed with the individuals I work with at RPC in this space. They are talented, dedicated, and able to provide the highest level of service to their clients.’

Key clients

Être Cecile

SSP (Upper Crust, Millie’s Cookies and Ritazza)

Associated Newspapers

Soft Construct

Saracens R.F.C.

News UK

Frasers Group / Sports Direct

AB InBev

Irish Distillers



Kout Food Group

Work highlights

  • Acting SoftConstruct in High Court litigation involving allegations of IP infringement concerning live sports data, and a defence and counterclaim involving competition law infringements.
  • Acting for a major player in the cryptocurrency sector in passing off proceedings relating to Bitcoin brought by a high profile litigant.
  • Providing ongoing advice to one of the world’s largest brewers on the IP and regulatory aspects of product launches and campaigns.

Shoosmiths LLP

‘Outstanding’ practice head Gary Assim steers the Shoosmiths LLP practice, praised by clients for its ‘great mix of experience and new talent’. The team is regularly involved in cross-border brand enforcement, anti-counterfeiting advice and brand strategy work, especially within the retail and fashion arenas, among others. Assim possesses a strong reputation in retail sector work, and Anastasia Fowle’s client roster includes leading vehicle manufacturers. Associate Eloise Di Pasqua routinely instructs clients on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of their IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Gary Assim

Other key lawyers:

Anastasia Fowle; Eloise Di Pasqua


‘The breadth of the knowledge is vast, and the practice covers all intellectual property rights. I am confident that the team provides the very best advice to protect, enhance and enforce clients’ intellectual property assets.’

‘Eloise Di Pasqua is clever and understands client’s needs.’

‘The team’s members are all stand-out IP practitioners and are experienced and confident in handling even the most complicated IP matters. Partner Gary Assim is outstanding.’

‘The team are so helpful and super quick at responding. Any query we have they are very responsive.’

‘Eloise Di Pasqua has proven that she is good at managing difficult clients.’

‘Great mix of experience and new talent. Provides solid advice. Great industry knowledge (luxury and fashion retail).’

‘Gary Assim is an outstanding adviser, mediator and litigator. He has a natural authority and commands the room.’

‘Eloise Di Pasqua stands out to me as someone to watch. She is incredibly on the top of everything, and a delight to work with. She is astute to the legal issues but does not lose sight of the ultimate commercial goals of clients.’

Key clients

Brooks Sports

Next Retail

D-Fly Group Limited

Ann Summers

easyGroup Limited

Marston’s PLC

Henkel Limited

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited (VWG)


Capita Plc

Work highlights

  • Assisted Brooks Sports Inc to advise on a global strategy to defend attacks on its brand by both Brooks Brothers Inc and Brooks England Ltd to invalidate our clients’ ‘Brooks’ brand.
  • Advised Estee Lauder on the UK aspects of its acquisition of the iconic global brand, TOM FORD.

Stephenson Harwood

With demonstrable experience in cross-border litigation, Stephenson Harwood possesses a strong presence in the life sciences, retail and offshore sectors, advising on licensing arrangements and a variety of disputes. Practice head Alexandra Pygall oversees a growing life sciences practice, handling both contentious and transactional IP matters. Rob Jacob is vastly experienced in global trade mark litigation, while Naomi Leach assists clients when issues involving licensing and collaboration agreements are at stake. Peter Dalton joined the team in February 2023 from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, bolstering the practice with a focus on technology disputes. Managing associate Joshua Cunnington and associate Laura Elliott are also key contacts in the group.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Pygall

Other key lawyers:

Rob Jacob; Naomi Leach; Peter Dalton; Joshua Cunnington; Laura Elliott


‘Stephenson Harwood offer a friendly, tight-knit team who are a pleasure to work with. They attract and keep hold of their high profile clients for a reason.’

‘Rob Jacob has extensive experience of trade mark litigation and consistently offers valuable contributions to litigation strategy, keeping an eye on the bigger picture.’

‘Laura Elliott is very responsive and efficient and has good judgment.’

‘The whole team is very responsive. They have good lawyers following each file closely.’

‘Rob Jacob is a very experienced lawyer on IP issues, especially the non-traditional trade marks. Always responsive.’

‘The Stephenson Harwood team is our go-to partner for IP litigation, and they are someone we always want on our side. From a practical perspective, Stephenson Harwood’s ability to distil complex contentious proceedings into manageable and client-friendly advice allows us to give our clients a real edge in litigation.’

‘The whole team is reliable and responsive. Rob Jacob’s litigation strategy and coordination is highly recommended, and puts clients at ease. There are no surprises with Rob, and clients always welcome his straight talking and pragmatic approaches to cases.’

‘Managing associate Joshua Cunnington and associate Laura Elliott are always on hand to offer timely and pragmatic advice, and a seamless service across the team. You are in safe hands with partners or associates.’

Key clients

Haleon plc

GlaxoSmithKline plc



The Dr Wolff Group

easyGroup Limited

Gap, Inc

Oxford Biomedica

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Acacia Pharma

Novacyt A.S.

The Duracell Company

Highview Power

Privatstiftung Lauda

Perfetti van Melle

CLS Group


AM-Pharma B.V.

GroundTruth Global Ltd

Stochastico Limited

BXT Accelyon

Ahoy Club

B&CE Holdings Limited

MFS Africa Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing both Marks & Spencer plc and Katjes Fassin in a 3D shape trade mark claim (protecting the appearance of the famous Percy Pig product) in the UK High Court against Swizzels Matlow Limited.
  • Representing Athleta (Gap’s premium fitness and lifestyle brand) in UK High Court proceedings issued by Athleta in July 2022 against Sport’s Group Denmark, a Denmark headquartered company offering sportswear under the ATHLECIA brand, and one of its UK based distributors, Jarrold & Sons (IL-2022-00060 Athleta (ITM) Inc. -v- (1) Sports Group Denmark A/S (2) Jarrold & Sons Limited).
  • Acting for Haleon in UK High Court trade mark infringement proceedings issued by Haleon against Teva UK Limited, in relation to its Motusol product which is a lookalike product of Voltarol.

Stobbs IP

IP specialist firm Stobbs IP is trusted to handle an array of matters, from portfolio management to brand extensions and enforcement, routinely representing clients in IPEC litigation. Founder Julius Stobbs co-leads the practice, with expertise in issues concerning domain name policies, licensing issues and IP strategies. Fellow co-leaders Geoff Steward and Chris Sleep, who are both experienced litigators, utilise their wide-ranging experience to act for clients across a diverse array of industries.

Practice head(s):

Julius Stobbs; Chris Sleep; Geoff Steward

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Peach; Rebecca Newman; Amelia Sainsbury; Richard Ferguson; Vita Hink; Claire Breheny


‘Stobbs are an innovative and dynamic firm at the forefront of branding disputes. They offer clients a bespoke and cost effective service, without compromising on quality, which is first rate.’

‘Chris Sleep is a fantastic solicitor, who knows the law extremely well, has real commercial acumen and is also a down to earth person to work with.’

‘Charlotte Peach is extremely bright and thinks comprehensively around issues. It is very reassuring having her on your side.’

Key clients


AB InBev (Becks, Budweiser, Corona, Hoegaarden, Leffe, Stella Artois, etc.)

AG Barr (Irn Bru etc)

Air Partner

All England Netball Association

All Saints



Automobil Lamborghini SPA

Automobile Club de l’Ouest

Balfour Beatty


Beiersdorf (Nivea etc.)

Berry Bros

Big Potato Ltd

Big Wave Brands

British Toy & Hobby Association


Brown Forman (Jack Daniels etc)




Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Cancer Research UK

Capri Sun GmbH

Channel 4

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Chiaro Technology

Citco Converse

Clear Score Technology Limited

Combe International (Vagisil)

Conde Nast

Cumberland Corporate Services Limited (Tower Records)


District Financial Limited


Dr. Martens


Duke University


Energizer Holdings Inc.

England and Wales Cricket Board

Entain plc

Eton College

Faber & Faber

Facebook (Meta)

Federal Mogul


Fine and Country

Five Mile Films

Foo Fighters / Dave Grohl

Ford Models

Ford Motor Co.

Fred Astaire (estate of)

Garrard & Company (jewellers)

Gene Simmons (KISS)

General Mill


GLD Group (Umbro)



Grandmaster Flash

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

GVC Services Ltd

Harley Davidson USA Inc.

HK28 Ltd

Iglo Foods (Birdseye, Findus, etc)

Immersive Labs

Independent Talent

Informa Plc


Instant Brands LLC

Interface Inc

Jack Daniels

Jagex Limited

John Varvatos

Jude Bellingham

Jurgen Klopp

Just Eat

Kendall & Kylie Jenner

Leeds Bradford International Airport

Liverpool Football Club

Macmillan Publishers

Macmillan Publishers

Marks and Spencer

Mars Wrigley


Marshall Amplification

MBG International


Meta (Facebook)

Meyer Bergman

Milton Lloyd Ltd

Monster Inc.

Moonbug Entertainment


Neuehouse & Fotografiska




OBD Diagnostics

Off White (Virgil Abloh)

Olive and Orange Ltd

Orla Kiely


Paramount Pictures


Pharrell Williams

Philip Warren & Son

Pip & Nut



Premier Foods

Purple Bricks

PZ Cussons

Quintessentially Group

Raffles Hotels

Raspberry Pi Foundation


RLTV Media

Siemens AG

Skip the Dishes Restaurant

Slater & Gordon

Slater and Gordon (UK)

Snap Inc

Springer Nature

Stanley Black and Decker Inc.


Ted Baker

The Ridge (The Ridge Wallet)

The Ritz Hotel London

Tik Tok

Tommy Hilfiger Europe BV

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Treasury Wines Estates

Trek Bicycles



University of Cambridge



Webstorm Information Technology Private Limited (an Indian entity)




Wilmington Plc



Yours Clothing


Work highlights

  • Advised Combe International in the High Court and on an appeal from the High Court in relation to a trade mark infringement case VAGISIL v VAGISAN. The appeal was rejected and the High Court decision upheld.
  • Acted for the defendants, Dream Pairs Europe Inc and Glory Trading Group Inc in a trade mark infringement claim brought by Iconix in relation to their Diamond logo device. Successful in the High Court.
  • Acted for Marks and Spencer plc in a registered design infringement case against Aldi in relation to our clients “snow globe” gin products. Successful in the claim.


Brandsmiths’s ‘young and energetic’ practice is noted for its expertise in IP litigation, particularly in the trade mark and copyright arenas, as demonstrated by its representation in the Lifestyle Equities v Ahmed case, involving a novel element concerning the scope of an infringing parties’ liability to account for profits. ‘Ingenious’ Andy Lee, who spearheads the practice, is an experienced IP litigator, notably within the sphere of trade marks, while founding partner Adam Morallee regularly acts for clients in the sport and media sectors. Joel Barry handles trade mark issues, and other names to note include John Battersby and Jacob O’Brien.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lee

Other key lawyers:

Adam Morallee; Joel Barry; John Battersby; Jacob O’Brien


‘Andrew Lee, who is knowledgeable, ingenious and very tactically astute, marshals a large team of bright young associates and trainees, and together they provide an excellent service which is good value for money.’

‘They are a pleasure to work with. It is a team of young and energetic professionals, who give you straight answers and adapt to the client.’

‘Andrew Lee is very knowledgeable on all aspects of trade mark procedure and civil litigation.’

‘They are a highly specialised team. I like the small size of the firm and the effort they make in keeping a close contact with clients, whatever the size.’

‘Andrew Lee is a great professional, who is very good at developing and maintaining the client relationship. He makes even tiny clients very valued.’

‘Amazing, humble practice with industry leading IP knowledge.’

Key clients

Beverly Hills Polo Club

Entertainment One


Iconix Brand Group Ltd

Pentland Brands


Only Fools & Horses – The Dining Experience

YMU Management


Kingdom of Sweets


Abbott Lyon

Burges Salmon LLP

The ‘deeply knowledgeable’ Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP represent high profile clients in various disputes in the High Court, in addition to advising on infringement, brand enforcement, and strategic matters. ‘Client focused’ practice head Jeremy Dickerson has recently assisted clients with a number of trade mark infringement proceedings, while Helen Scott-Lawler handles transactional IP mandates. ‘Whip-smart’ Emily Roberts is well-versed in the realms of brand management, trade marks, and copyright disputes, particularly in relation to software, attracting a strong roster of clients. Georgina Shaw departed the firm in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:

Helen Scott-Lawler; Emily Roberts


‘Jeremy Dickerson is our go-to for complex IP matters. He is a subject-matter expert, extremely client focused and gives very clear and robust advice.’

‘The team is simply outstanding. They respond rapidly to questions and requests for assistance, are deeply knowledgeable about UK and EU IP law, and are very reasonably priced.’

‘Emily Roberts is simply one of the best IP lawyers I’ve worked with. She is whip-smart and focuses on business-oriented outcomes.’

‘The team as a whole is superior. They only ever bring their A game and are brilliant both in terms of legal knowledge and commercial skill and expertise.’

‘Jeremy Dickerson has a wealth of experience and it shows. He is commercially fierce whilst pragmatic at the same time.’

‘Emily Roberts is commercially minded and gives no nonsense advice.’

‘A very strong IP practice outside London.’

‘Jeremy Dickerson is a good team leader, with excellent legal and tactical skills.’

Key clients

Ordnance Survey


BBC and BBC Studios Ltd


Discovery, Inc (Discovery Channel and Eurosport)

Starbucks Corporation

Victoria’s Secret/PINK

Bath & Body Works





Harbour Energy PLC


GWR / FirstGroup


Santa Barbara Polo Club

Work highlights

  • Obtaining positive judgments for the Santa Barbara Polo Club in complex High Court and Court of Appeal trade mark infringement proceedings.
  • Advising the BBC and BBC Studios on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations as sole counsel.
  • Acting as trade mark Counsel to a number of major US brands including Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, and Discovery, advising on clearance, portfolio management, and enforcement.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s diverse IP practice advises on a full suite of IP matters, from disputes to day-to-day support work. The practice is especially strong when acting for clients in the healthcare, life sciences, TMT and consumer goods sectors. The team is led by Stephen Reese, whose broad range of capabilities include advising clients on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights, as well as strengths in contentious matters, while Vanessa Marsland has notable expertise in handling brands, being particularly active in the technology, media and consumer goods. Don McCombie joined from Ashurst in June 2022, bolstering the practice with his experience in disputes relating to IP and technology.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Reese

Other key lawyers:

Vanessa Marsland; Don McCombie


‘Don McCombie brings an in-depth understanding of IP disputes, which is borne of an obvious personal interest in the subject matter and also, a true combination of expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP.’

‘A highly professional and engaged team of high quality individuals.’

‘Team, passion, professionalism, reliability and service truly sum up our incredible experience with Clifford Chance.’

‘The reassurance, peace of mind and level of client service we receive is exceptional.’

‘Their support in this area has been vital to our business and hugely appreciated.’

‘We have had to work with a number of individuals on various IP matters throughout the year and have always been impressed with how they have supported us with such challenging tasks.’

‘They are always on hand to support with our requests and queries, turning work around at an impressively quick rate.’

‘These individuals are also proactive in bringing matters to our attention that we may have otherwise been unaware of. This ability to be so solution focused helps us to operate successfully and mitigate and manage risks.’

Key clients

Cyprus Government and the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus Named Halloumi



Goldman Sachs




Invictus Games Foundation

Ultrahuman Healthcare Private Limited

LZ Labs





UK Government

Kuwait Food Company

Huawei Technologies


WSH Services Holding Limited

Infracapital Greenfield Partners II

Fujitsu Services

Baker Hughes

Public Investment Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Cyprus Government and the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus Named Halloumi on protecting and enforcing rights in certification and collective trade marks against third parties applying for trade mark protection for, or using, the mark HALLOUMI (or confusingly similar marks).
  • Instructing LzLabs in a challenge to IBM’s long established mainframe market.
  • Acting for the Invictus Games Foundation (“IGF”) in relation to a range of commercial and intellectual property law matters, including assisting IGF with exploiting its brand through the various iterations of the Games and other licensing arrangements.

D Young & Co LLP

D Young & Co LLP routinely handles IP disputes, often involving a multi-jurisdictional element and key issues, such as passing off/unfair competition, registered designs and copyright infringement, to name a few. Tamsin Holman helms the department, notably focusing on disputes and litigation matters, while Matthew Dick bolsters the practice with demonstrable experience in brand-related law and litigation, namely concerning trade marks. Anna Reid advises clients on various contentious matters, involving trade marks and passing off, copyright, designs and domain names, as well as cancellation of registered rights. Gemma Kirkland’s experience encompasses global portfolio management, alongside contentious opposition and cancellation actions before the UK IPO. Former practice head Jeremy Pennant recently retired.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Holman

Other key lawyers:

Anna Reid; Matthew Dick; Gemma Kirkland

Key clients


Al Futtaim


Burger King

Ceuta Group

Cosmetic Warriors (Lush)

Crockett & Jones Shoes

Exxon Mobil Corporation


Grays of Cambridge

Groupe Canal+

Hard Rock International



Gaz & Jo Intellectual Property Holdings (Jo Loves Limited)

Johnson & Johnson

LG Corporation

Marriott Hotels

Metro Bank

Naked Juice



SOP International Limited

Sunseeker International

The Dow Chemical Company

Tropic Skincare Ltd


TEVA Pharamceuticals

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing Industrial Cleaning Equipment in a litigation at the IPEC
  • Acting for TEVA UK Limited in relation to their defence of High Court proceedings issued by GSK.
  • Acting for Skechers at the IPEC in a claim relating to infringement of three UK registered designs.

Deloitte Legal

Praised for its ‘professionalism, knowledge and friendly approach’, Deloitte Legal’s broad offering includes litigation and transactional work, as well as other types of advisory work. The practice covers a range of IP rights, with notable strengths in the tech, retail, financial services and medtech sectors. Paul Garland heads up the practice with his particular specialism in complex dispute work, with Rachael Barber strengthening the team with her vast experience in the retail and luxury sectors. Jeremy Harris is another name to note as he has considerable expertise in software and data licence disputes. Joanna Conway routinely handles matters for global internet and social media giants, as well as public sector organisations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Garland

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Barber; Jeremy Harris; Joanna Conway


‘Professionalism, knowledge and friendly approach.’

‘Paul Garland has great insight and fantastic litigation management.’

Key clients




Jimmy Choo

Islestarr Holdings (Charlotte Tilbury)



Yo! Sushi


Elrond / MultiversX


The ‘excellent’ practice at Dentons offers a full IP service, acting for household names in trade mark prosecution matters, as well as being involved in numerous High Court proceedings in recent years. The practice is also noted for its global reach. Practice head Anna Copeman handles a variety of contentious matters, alongside managing international brand licensing and franchising agreements for American Eagle Outfitters. Senior associate Jennifer Cass advises clients on a spread of contentious and transactional matters, while James Marsden has recently handled IP enforcement and licensing advisory work for numerous clients.

Practice head(s):

Anna Copeman

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Cass; James Marsden


‘Very helpful, practical and responsive to instructions.’

‘They are a strong team of experienced experts. Commercially focused, proactive and creative in finding good solutions for their clients.’

‘Their depth of knowledge, experience both locally and internationally with a global understanding and outlook in brand protection is invaluable to us.’

Key clients

American Eagle Outfitters


Lottoland Holdings Ltd


Supreme Committee for Qatar (World Cup 2022)

Swatch Group

TomTom International B.V

Virgin Enterprises Limited

Positec Tool Corporation

Naked Energy

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled complex proceedings commenced again American Eagle Outfitters Inc (AEO) by Lyle & Scott Limited (L&S) alleging breach of a co-existence agreement and passing off.
  • Appointed by The Swatch Group to defend 19 simultaneous attacks against core trade marks brought by Samsung following a successful High Court claim brought by Swatch.
  • Provided general IP advice to the Supreme Committee of Qatar in relation to the World Cup 2022 ranging from branding to the development of bespoke apps and the management of IPR relating to that.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s offering encompasses the full spectrum of IP rights, as well as recent involvement in software copyright and breach of confidence disputes, notably within the financial services sector. David Wilkinson leads the team, having previously led the IP team at Ashurst; Wilkinson handles a variety of contentious and transactional IP work, while legal director Kate Ellis bolsters the practice with her expertise in managing trade mark and design portfolios. Lisa Highet advises on all aspects of IP law and brand management, while Alexandra Emery specialises in transactional matters. Indradeep Bhatacharya's practice focuses on high-value patent litigation across a range of areas, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and energy. Anette Gärtner joined the team from Reed Smith LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Kate Ellis; Lisa Highet; Hari Sharma


‘The team is responsive, commercial in approach and has achieved good results for clients.’

‘David Wilkinson is personable, practical in his approach and has a huge experience in the IP field.’

Key clients

Metro Bank PLC

Next plc

Rowse Honey Limited & Valeo Foods UK Limited

Vagaro, Inc

Hammerforce Ltd

Johnson Matthey

Rugby League World Cup

The Very Group (formerly Littlewoods)

J D Williams


Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is noted for its ability to handle IP licensing, trade mark portfolio management and copyright pre-publication advice, among others. On the litigation side, the department is particularly active in the technology, betting, sports, art and retail sectors. Co-lead Peter Wienand maintains a strong non-contentious practice, routinely operating strategic or organisational change projects for IP-centred businesses, while Ian De Freitas heads the IP disputes team, with notable experience in branding and copyright cases. Owen O’Rorke assists clients with IP work and brand issues, and David Copping focuses has experience in the media, technology, culture and higher education arenas.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wienand; Ian De Freitas

Other key lawyers:

Owen O’Rorke; David Copping

Key clients

The Economist

Carbon Disclosure Project Worldwide


The Art Fund


Institute of Cancer Research

Samuel Allsopp & Sons

Cycling UK

Eden Renewables

The Paul Mellon Centre

Work highlights

  • Advising a Russell Group University on managing its compliance with the ‘open access’ mandate now imposed by most government and charity funders of research on its grantees.
  • Advising the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art on rights and releases for a film about a Tate art installation in 2022, in addition to providing advice on copyright, licensing and moral rights implications of an ESG-led project.
  • Advising Samuel Allsopp & Sons, a family beer business, in reviving its heritage brand by acquiring and protecting a portfolio of existing, historic and new trade marks.

Fox Williams LLP

‘High quality’ Fox Williams LLP advises clients across a range of sectors, including fashion, technology and fintech, publishing and food and drink, on trade mark and design management, strategy and dispute-related matters. Simon Bennett spearheads the practice, routinely handling design mandates, with a key focus on the fashion, tech, consumer products, new media and financial services sectors. Newly promoted partner Sarah Redmond strengthens the practice with notable expertise in trade mark prosecution and opposition cases. Stephen Sidkin is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Sidkin; Sarah Redmond


‘Knowledgeable and responsive, providing high quality advice.’

‘Great collaboration.’

‘Simon Bennett and Sarah Redmond are excellent practitioners and provide us with valuable and timely advice and assistance.’

Key clients

Blockchain Game Partners, Inc.

Honeycomb TV. Limited

Laurice El Badry Rahme Ltd.,dba Laurice & Co.

Walker Books Limited

Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Inc.

Jane Portas

Ferrara Candy Company

Guinot-Mary Cohr UK Limited

Fox Brothers Limited

Holland Cooper Clothing Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Blockchain Games Partners, Inc in relation to a High Court claim (trade marks and passing off) brought by Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Limited and LC International Limited (Gala Bingo, Gala Casino, Gala Spins) in relation to the use of Gala Games by our client.
  • Advised Honeycomb TV. Limited in relation to the High Court claim which it brought against Ad Signal Limited for copyright infringement, breach of confidence, and breach of contract.
  • Advised Laurice El Badry Rahme Ltd.,dba Laurice & Co. in relation to a potential claim (trade mark infringement and passing off) against rival perfumery Roja Parfums Holdings Limited in relation to Roja’s use of MANHATTAN and NEW YORK for fragrances and candles.

Hansel Henson

The ‘diligent and personable’ team at Hansel Henson is trusted by entrepreneur-led businesses, ranging from start-ups to major corporations, with IP disputes and trade mark portfolio management, among other matters. David Hansel co-leads the practice, with demonstrable experience in convergent technologies, notably copyright issues in relation to internet-based consumer applications and AI. Fellow co-lead Justine Flockhart has a wealth of experience in the trade mark sphere. Thomas Henson is particularly active in the digital media sector, while associate Will Holmes assists clients in thd publishing, gaming and consumer goods sectors on various copyright, trade mark and registered design disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Hansel; Justine Flockhart

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Henson; Will Holmes


‘The team has a keen focus on, and understanding of, intellectual property; particularly in the technology space.’

‘David Hansel has a strong understanding of the IP space and is a measured commercial thinker: he is more likely to think of the optimal solution for any given problem.’

‘Tom Henson is notably strong on execution.’

‘I find Hansel Henson very responsive and commercial which is what I look for. They are also willing to answer quick queries and are reasonable in their charges which is also of key importance to me.’

‘Hansel Henson provides highly professional work at reasonable prices. They show a high responsiveness and are very pleasant to work with.’

‘Justine Flockhart and her team offer very proficient and reliable advice in trademark matters. They are very pleasant to work with and offer transparent and reasonable costs.’

‘The team at Hansel Henson are incredibly diligent and personable. They have kept to time frames and been really good at communicating in general.’

‘I have worked with Justine Flockhart and I trust her wholeheartedly.’

Key clients

Subway IP Inc.

Globefill Inc

Blue Group UK Retail Limited

Easyfundraising Limited

National Gallery


Easy Live (Services) Limited

Sigma Sports Limited

Utopia Jewellery Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Globefill Inc on the protection of famous 3D shape trade mark and registered designs.
  • Successfully defended Easy Live (Services) Limited in High Court proceedings against easyGroup ‘easy’ trade mark litigation.
  • Advised INKAS on multi-jurisdictional trade mark invalidation proceedings.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP’s IP practice routinely handles trade mark portfolio management for household name brands, as well as litigation and copyright strategy, among other matters. The department is active across an array of sectors, including luxury goods, technology and consumer electronics. Practice head Arthur Artinian acts for high profile brands on global IP strategy, transactions and disputes. Associate Simon Casinader’s expertise includes the prosecution and enforcement of IP protection strategies, while associate Serena Totino, who is dual qualified in Italy and England, is active on transactional IP matters. Fellow associate Georgina Rigg is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Artinian

Other key lawyers:

Simon Casinader; Serena Totino; Georgina Rigg

Key clients



Aman Hotels Group


Wella Company

Ralph Lauren



Renzo Piano



Work highlights

  • Acting as Nike’s sole design counselling firm in the UK, to manage all design matters for all Nike business units including NIKE, JORDAN and CONVERSE, including prosecution, enforcement, litigation and strategy.
  • Advising Coty on the global rollout of the Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics businesses, following from our representation of the client in its $600m licensing and collaboration deal with Kylie Jenner.
  • Acting as global IP counsel for Aman Hotels Group and managing the company’s entire global IP portfolio of trade marks and designs as well as advising on enforcement, domain name, litigation and licensing matters.

Linklaters LLP

With demonstrable experience in IP disputes, Linklaters LLP has also developed a strong non-contentious offering, routinely advising clients in the consumer, telecoms, healthcare, industrial and financial services sectors. Its work consists of strategic advice and trade mark licence agreements, in addition to advising on the IP aspects of joint ventures. Practice head Ian Karet’s experience extends from handling trade mark disputes to IP licensing, while managing associate Jennifer Heley is regularly involved in IP litigation, as well as undertaking a spectrum of transactional IP matters. Paul Joseph is another name to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ian Karet

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Heley; Paul Joseph

Key clients

Merck & Co., Inc

Marshmallow Financial Services Limited and Marshmallow Insurance Limited

Citibank, N.A.



Stephen Carroll

Capita plc

Montagu Private Equity


Caesars Entertainment, Inc.

Aristocrat Leisure Limited


Bayer AG

National Grid

McKesson Corporation

GIC and Greystar

Work highlights

  • Advising Merck & Co. Inc. on its long-running trade mark dispute with Merck KGaA regarding the use of the Merck name, in particular on websites.
  • Advising Marshmallow Insurance on its successful defence of a £40 million claim brought by Mulsanne Insurance Limited, the underwriter of Marshmallow’s insurance book, alleging breach of confidence, trade secrets infringement and passing off.
  • Advising Audi on its landmark entry into Formula 1 in 2026, including on high-value marketing and sponsorship arrangements.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP fields a ‘confident’ team that is active across a range of sectors, with a particular focus in the automotive, retail, luxury, apparel, and technology arenas. The department undertakes general trade mark and design matters, as well as litigation and the protection and enforcement of trade marks. Nick Bolter helms the practice, counting high profile retail, luxury and apparel brands in his client roster. Martin Henshall’s particular strengths lie in trade mark-related issues.

Practice head(s):

Nick Bolter

Other key lawyers:

Martin Henshall


‘Nick Bolter is very professional and responsive. He has always shown proactivity and a solid knowledge of the UK trademark law and practice.’

‘Nick Bolter handles complex and delicate cases, giving us clear and thorough feedback. We appreciate his ability to be incisive with third parties, which often led to early settlements preventing time-consuming and costly proceedings.’

‘We are very satisfied with Nick Bolter’s work. We would recommend his firm because the service provided is of top quality.’

‘They are also adaptable and very responsive.’

‘Nick Bolter and Martin Henshall are my primary contacts. They have excellent knowledge of trade mark law and understand how my business works.’

‘A confident team. I will give them top marks for initiative and benevolence.’

‘They were committed, very professional and compassionate.’

‘Excellent service. Prompt responses and delivery out of hours.’

Key clients

LoopMe Ltd

Abercrombie & Fitch sagl

Netflix Studios

Ferrari S.p.A.

TGI Fridays


Twitter, Inc.

Voyetra Turtle Beach

V.F. Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing V.F. Corporation in relation to these brands’ trademark and design enforcement in the UK and across Europe.
  • Represented Abercrombie & Fitch with its UK trade mark matters for over a decade, providing the full range of trade mark services, including trade mark enforcement and trade mark prosecution.
  • Represented Twitter on UK trade mark matters since 2014, providing counselling, trade mark clearance, prosecution and trade mark enforcement services to Twitter.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Boasting a diverse client roster, with demonstrable experience in the energy, financial services and technology sectors, Norton Rose Fulbright routinely advises on the acquisition, exploitation, use and enforcement of IP rights. The firm has also recently undertaken work for clients in the automotive industry. Commercial IP specialist Mike Knapper steers the team, often advising clients on the IP aspects of M&A, joint venture transactions and IPOs. Jonathan Ball returned to the team in June 2022, departing from Gowling WLG. Ball strengthens the practice with his focus on the technology and life sciences sector. Abida Chaudri is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Mike Knapper

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Ball; Abida Chaudri

Key clients




Fair Isaac Corporation

Accolade Wines

Kerry Group plc

BNP Paribas


Save the Children

Sonangol Group


Work highlights

  • Advising Kerry Group Plc on the sale of its sweets ingredients business to Advent International, the private equity group, involving the transfer of patents, manufacturing processes and brands and the licensing of brands and technology.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is regularly entrusted by clients to act on strategic matters, often involving multijurisdictional elements, such as high-value green tech collaborations. Florian Traub co-leads the brand protection and creative rights group; his practice encompasses domestic and international prosecution and portfolio management. Fellow co-lead Tom Nener was promoted to partner in May 2022. Désirée Fields’s range of experience varies from portfolio management to the commercialisation of trade marks. Iain Connor departed to Michelmores LLP in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Clare Tunstall

Other key lawyers:

Florian Traub; Tom Nener; Désirée Fields


‘The team are responsive and always available to discuss issues providing informative solutions.’

‘They are responsive, quick to answer queries and are very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

JUUL Labs Inc

Chiaro Technology Limited trading as “Elvie”

World Athletics

Jockey Club Racecourses


East Anglia One

LKQ Group

Oovee Limited


Propharma Partners

European Athletics Association

Holy Moly

Independent Vetcare Group

PLR Media (Playrix)

Froneri Group (‘Froneri’)

LKG Europe Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Bumble on all of its trade mark and IP needs, and delivered a global filing and clearance programme for Bumble to keep up with the pace of the brand’s growth.
  • Advising Chiaro in connection with proceedings against a competitor, Tommee Tippee that launched a competing breast pump product, which Chiaro considers infringes its registered design portfolio.
  • Managing the global trade mark portfolio for World Athletics, which includes filing new trade mark applications, issuing opposition and cancellation actions and enforcement against third party infringers.

Powell Gilbert LLP

Powell Gilbert LLP’s sizeable IP practice is capable of assisting clients in a multitude of sectors, including biotechnology, telecoms and media and entertainment. Simon Ayrton leads the team, with a particular specialism in handling IP litigation, arbitration and counselling. Another name to note is Tom Oliver, who maintains strong expertise in the field of IP litigation, routinely representing clients in the English courts. Zoë Butler is another name to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ayrton

Other key lawyers:

Tom Oliver; Alex Borthwick; Zoë Butler


‘Clear, concise, commercially focused advice.’

‘Alex Borthwick has been swift to respond, and clear and commercial in his advice.’

‘The team works cooperatively together and gives the client all of their attention and creativity. They work hard to understand the client’s business needs and goals, and then dive deep into the facts and legal issues.’

‘The team works extremely well with co-counsel in other countries.’

‘Simon Ayrton provides comprehensive legal work, working with the client and co-counsel to understand all facets of the issues. Extremely clear and insightful.’

‘Zoë Butler is thoughtful and has great judgment. She works well with the client and co-counsel.’

‘Tom Oliver provides extremely diligent analysis of factual and legal issues. He synthesizes complex issues extremely well.’

Key clients

The Procter & Gamble Company



ScreenSource GmbH

Vitra, Cassina and Fritz Hansen

Work highlights

  • Advising the Procter & Gamble Company on multiple actions against various traders in counterfeit, parallel traded, and lookalike goods.
  • Advising Prada in respect of a range of IP issues including an intended claim for trade mark infringement (and design right infringement, copyright infringement and passing off) against River Island in respect of lookalike products.
  • Advising Ocado in respect of an intended claim for trade mark infringement and passing off against a supplier of fruit and vegetable products under a similar brand name.

Slaughter and May

Noted for its ‘business orientated’ mindset, Slaughter and May acts for both established technology companies, as well as tech-based disruptors, on IP issues and disputes, often in relation to cutting edge issues. David Ives spearheads the practice, with experience in dispute resolution and commercial IP arrangements, as well as IP enforcement and protection strategy. Duncan Blaikie’s expertise in the life sciences sector bolsters the practice, while Rob Sumroy’s strength lies in the digital, technology and innovation sectors. Laura Houston is another name to note in the practice.

Practice head(s):

David Ives

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Blaikie; Rob Sumroy; Laura Houston


‘The team is available and responsive; they provide excellent legal analysis and operational recommendations.’

‘The lawyers are very involved and business orientated.’

‘Outstanding ability to analyse problems and devise highly effective, commercially appropriate solutions.’

‘Laura Houston has an outstanding ability to analyse problems and devise highly effective and commercially appropriate solutions. Superb ability to adapt approach to the nature of the client organisation.’

‘They leave no stone unturned in seeking out the best possible options available to their clients.’

‘The individuals are very knowledgeable and extremely proactive. Nothing is too much trouble in terms of identifying the most appropriate course of action.’

Key clients

Virgin Group

Reckitt Benckiser

Richemont International S.A

SoundMouse Limited

Afreximbank SAE

INEOS Holdings

General Electric Company of America




Micro Focus

Schneider Electric



Bloomsbury Publishing

Work highlights

  • Advising the Virgin Group on a number of matters arising in connection with their trade mark licence with the Virgin Active business, including advising on an update to the TMLA relating to royalty concessions in respect of Virgin Active’s South African business as the last of the measures coming out of Virgin Active’s restructuring.
  • Advising Richemont International S.A. (Richemont) on the licensing of its brand IP, management of IP infringement risks and issues, and the development of bespoke technology platform and front-end webpages underpinning the dual re-platforming of its Maisons and its YOOX Net-a-Porter S.p.A businesses (YNAP), onto the industry-leading Farfetch e-commerce platform.
  • Advising the African Union on all aspects of its program to procure COVID-19 vaccines, over and above the vaccines they are securing through the COVAX Investments Limited facility and other programmes including in respect of all IP issues connected with the procurement.


TLT’s core IP practice involves handling IP and brand protection for banks and financial services clients, as well as leisure, food and drink sector clients, alongside IP protection for software, data and innovative tech. Co-lead Nick Fenner undertakes international brand protection strategy work and handles complex technology disputes. Fellow co-lead James Touzel heads the firm’s Bristol practice. Legal director Andrew Cave specialises in dispute resolution, with the ability to handle large-scale technology projects.

Practice head(s):

Nick Fenner; James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Cave; Humna Nadim; Anna Orchard


‘TLT’s IP team covers the whole spectrum. They have experienced and bright people in all areas of IP. They are especially strong on all digital aspects and have people dedicated to future law.’

‘Nick Fenner is very approachable and pragmatic. He knows how to deliver. Clients are always really pleased to work with him.’

‘The team is very responsive.’

‘Nick Fenner is a brilliant lawyer. I can always rely on Nick to provide competent and cost effective legal advice.’

‘Anna Orchard is always providing timely and helpful responses to our inquiries.’

Key clients

BGL Group (Compare The Market)

Ecotricity Group

Care Quality Commission

Vincenti & Vincenti, PC/International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)

Leading UK importer of wines and spirits

Energy Saving Trust, Energy Saving Trust (EST)

Watershed Group

Thesauro Praetor SAM

Leading Finnish IP law firm

Provexis plc

Work highlights

  • Advised BGL Group (Compare The Market) on the take down of fraudulent websites using the well-known Compare The Market branding to set up to be phishing attacks and to fraudulently steal personal data.
  • Advising Ecotricity on global brand protection for SKY DIAMONDS including disputes with third party SKY brands.
  • Advising the CQC on a brand strategy; dealing with additional trade mark applications and taking enforcement action on behalf of the CQC against unauthorised use by third parties.

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Waterfront Solicitors LLP acts for a range of clients, from start-ups through to blue-chip clients, advising on issues concerning trade secrets, trade mark and copyright actions in the High Court and IPEC. The practice has been praised by clients for its capability in the litigation sphere. Joint practice heads ‘pragmatic’ Matthew Harris and ‘standout’ Piers Strickland both have a wealth of experience in handling contentious IP work.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Harris; Piers Strickland

Other key lawyers:

Maria-Elena Cacace


‘Piers Strickland is a standout partner, offering city firm quality in a more accessible and hands on style.’

‘A boutique IP firm, but absolutely able to slug it out with the big firms. Notably good on diversity too.’

‘I have a lot of time for Piers Strickland: he is good, very commercial, has good legal instincts, and is particularly good at getting things over the line.’

Key clients

Massachusetts Financial Services Co

Sports Group Denmark

Illiquidx Limited

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Waitrose Limited

Hummel International Sport & Leisure A/S

Vagabond Skor Varberg AB

CMC Markets UK Plc


Workable Technology Limited

Scratch Meals


Movega Removals Limited

PMS International Group Plc

Milton Lloyd

iCollectClothes Limited and Mind the Groove Ltd

Softnews Net SRL

Sharda Agrochemical

Tratos SE

Transport Exchange Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Massachusetts Financial Services Co in High Court trade mark litigation.
  • Acting for Sports Group Denmark in High Court trade mark litigation.
  • Acting for Illiquidx Limited in high value High Court copyright and trade secret litigation.

AA Thornton

Acting across a wide spectrum of sectors, AA Thornton advises clients on issues ranging from joint ventures to licensing deals, with a rise in digital assets, rights and AI-related matters. Co-lead Geoff Hussey assists on ownership structures and licensing mandates, with demonstrable experience in managing breach of contract disputes. Strengthening the firm’s offering is fellow co-leads Ian Gill and Sarah Darby, while Daniel Byrne is noted for his expertise in the realm of litigation. Lucy Pope joined from HGF Law in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Hussey; Ian Gill; Sarah Darby

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Byrne; Lucy Pope


‘What a team! Always there, always accurate, always got a solution to our many matters.’

‘Not having Geoff Hussey on the other side of a dispute helps me sleep at night.’

Key clients

Virgin Enterprises Ltd

Admiral Group

ABP Technology

Wolf 1834

Sony Corp


Jimmy Choo

AB World Foods Limited

The New York Times Company

Calor Gas

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant ABP Technology Limited in its successful appeal to the Court of Appeal in a trade mark infringement case, where the defendants were criticised for their conduct in the litigation.
  • Advising on a complex trade mark dispute due for trial in 2024 and stemming from a claim for breach of contract following the re-brand of Admiral Markets to Admirals.
  • Advising Virgin Enterprise Limited in a dispute concerning whether or not the term virgin is descriptive of a beer lacking alcohol or whether such use takes unfair advantage of or is detrimental to Virgin’s rights.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP’s team is sought out by a variety of clients for its commercial IP expertise. Its capabilities encompass portfolio management, litigation and online brand protection, amongst others. Leading the practice from Liverpool, Colin Bell is well-versed in strategic, licensing and commercial contract matters. Legal director Hannah Fawcett and senior associate Hayley Morgan, the latter of whom leads the Manchester practice with experience in the technology, science, and media and entertainment sectors, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Colin Bell

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Fawcett; Hayley Morgan

Key clients

Alder Hey Childrens Charity

Beaverbrooks the Jeweller Ltd

CORGI Services Limited Limited

Cataclean Global Limited

FAUN Trackway Limited

H.G. Stephenson Limited

International Sport Group Limited

James Hall & Company Limited (NW Spar Franchise Operator)

Lancashire County Cricket Club

Leicester City FC

LiverBuildingCo Ltd

Manchester Sale Rugby Club Limited (Sale Sharks)

Manchester United Foundation

Regatta Limited / Craghoppers Limited / Hawkshead Outdoor Limited

T.J. Morris Limited (Home Bargains)

Tall Group of Companies; Checkprint Limited; DLRT Limited

Vascular Perspectives Limited

Yodel Delivery Network Limited

4Cast Investment Group Limited

Aesthetic Technology


Alder Hey Childrens Charity

Alfa Leisureplex Group Ltd, David Urquhart Holidays Ltd

Alphavet International Limited

Angel Revive Ltd

Apollo Generics Ltd

Beaverbrooks the Jeweller Ltd

Bolton Wanderers Football Club Transport Ltd t/a and (UK and US subsidiaries of Priceline Inc)

British Association for Shooting and Conservation

Cataclean Global Limited

CBDSportcom Ltd

Chargepoint Technology Limited

Churchill Graham, Lda

Circa5000 UK Limited

Citadel LLC (KCG IP Holdings Limited)

College of Paramedics

Coffee Panna Ltd

Cogent Breeding Limited

CO Research Trust

Cornwall Rugby league Football Club Limited

CORGI Services Limited

Crane Ltd

Creative Scalps Limited

Dean West (Executors of)

Dinner Lady Fam Limited

ECF Holdings LLC

EMDR Association (UK)

Eocito Ltd

EPG Business Ltd T/A Epic risk Management

Evidential Limited

FAUN Trackway Limited

GM Group

Gusbourne Estate Limited

H&O Distribution Ltd T/A Primalash

Her.9 Group Limited

H.G. Stephenson Limited

Hospital Compare Ltd

HR Healthcare Limited; Webcare Group Limited

Icon Lifesaver Limited

International Sport Group Limited

ION Property Developments Limited

James Hall & Company Limited (NW Spar Franchise Operator)

Kindr International Limited

L10N Media pte Ltd

Lancashire County Cricket Club

Leicester City FC

LiverBuildingCo Ltd

Lyrical Communications Limited

Manchester Sale Rugby Club Limited

Manchester United Foundation

Mr Lyan Studio (Ryan Chetiyarwardana)

Music Alchemy

MyShoots Limited

Nazdar Ltd


Oxford Sandy and Black Pig Group

Polski Koncern Naflowy ORLEN S.A.

Portfolio Eleven Limited

Primalash Limited

Quartermaine Brands Ltd, Quartermaine Distribution Ltd

Reclaim Project Ltd

RedX International Cz s.r.o; RedX International Limited

Regatta Limited / Craghoppers Limited / Hawkshead Outdoor Limited

Revolution Foods Limited

Showcase Interiors Limited

Simply Design Group Limited

Takepayments Ltd

Tall Group of Companies; Checkprint Limited; DLRT Limited

Tectores Limited

The Christopher Harrison Group Ltd

Thomas George Pegram

Thread 35 Ltd (Sosandar)

TJ Morris Limited (Home Bargains)

Ulemco Limited

V1ce Limited

Valves Instruments Plus Limited

Vascular Perspectives Limited

vTime Limited

Wigan Rugby League Club Limited

Yodel Delivery Network Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Crimpit on its patent, trade mark and design strategy and registered rights portfolio worldwide including in particular trade mark and registered design filings in the UK, USA, Australia, EU and Canada.
  • Advising Regatta Limited on branding strategy and enforcement matters including, in particular, in the case of contentious trade mark registry actions, design right infringement claims and copyright infringement matters.
  • Advised Limited on trade mark filing strategy which included tech-specific considerations in relation to their cryptocurrency, NFTs, blockchain, e-sports and gaming businesses, trade mark filing of GAIMIN trade marks and Oppositions including from Guardian Media Group.


Praised as ‘extremely diligent’,  Briffa’s expanding practice routinely acts for a diverse assortment of clients on matters concerning trademark portfolio strategy and management, exploitation of copyright and drafting and negotiating contractual agreements. Ralph Wehrle, William Miles, Eamon Chawke and Ramsay Monime jointly lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Wehrle; William Miles; Éamon Chawke; Ramsay Monime


‘Briffa are quick, responsive, direct, and astute with their advice.’

‘In recent times their repute has significantly increased with a wider litigation practice and a broader client profile.’

‘William Miles is brilliant. He always has sound reasons for his views, which are invariably proven to be right. He is an extremely useful sounding board for counsel and someone you want in your litigation team.’

‘Briffa is an excellent firm for SMEs and individual clients in the IP space. They have a strong practice in soft IP, are commercial and see the bigger picture for their clients.’

‘Both Ramsay Monime and William Miles are commercially-minded and legally-strong. They are high calibre lawyers who understand clients and their business.’

‘They are extremely diligent, very technically capable, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Eamon Chawke is always working for the good of clients and to get the best result, has an innovative approach and is great at working together and collaborating where an issue is cross specialism and cross jurisdictional.’

‘They have a small firm’s personal touch and individuality of client care combined with the skill and knowledge that one would expect of a much bigger firm.’

Key clients

Ann Summers

Financial Conduct Authority


Chestertons International Estate Agents


CMR Surgical


Jasper Morrison

Fundsmith LLP


Edwin Coe LLP

With notable expertise in brands work, Edwin Coe LLP handles a broad range of matters, from the acquisition, exploitation and protection of IP, to commercial issues, infringement and contentious cases. The practice is spearheaded by Simon Miles, who has experience across a range of sectors, from media and entertainment to the cosmetics. Nick Phillips’s client roster includes retailers, manufacturers, and re-sellers, while Claire Lehr is active in the automobile, genetics, leisure and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Miles

Other key lawyers:

Nick Philips; Claire Lehr

Key clients





Paddington and Company Limited

Rivian IP Holdings Limited

The Elf on the Shelf (the Lumistella Company)

BodyBio Limited

Silvergate Media Limited / Sony Pictures Television (Kids) (Octonauts)

Creature Cases

Herb UK Limited

Hydronix Limited

Helix OpCo LLC

Physique Management Company Limited

Vesper Marine Limited

David Pawson Education Trust

Work highlights

  • Successful High Court action ([2022] EWHC 3327 (Ch)) against EASY LIVE (SERVICES) LIMITED and others in a trade mark infringement action.
  • Advising on IP protection for Paddington Bear, Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, Fungus the Bogeyman and Greenwich Polo Club.
  • Acting for Garmin on ongoing trade mark/brand protection matters, overseeing its EU trade mark portfolio.

gunnercooke LLP

Acting for fashion, technology, manufacturing and retail clients, including large international brands, gunnercooke LLP’s expertise spans litigation, portfolio management and licensing. Its recent work includes IP strategy and trade mark infringement disputes. Rosie Burbidge handles matters concerning distribution agreements, anti-counterfeiting and copyright infringements, among others. Rachel Pearse is also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Rosie Burbidge; Rachel Pearse


‘Very responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Rosie Burbidge is a strength of nature; always on top of everything and super nice.’

‘A comprehensive knowledge base and expertise to cover all requirements a client could require. Customer focused approach and collaborative approach to strategy and solutions, including the quality of creative thinking when required.’

‘Rosie Burbidge is exceptional.’

Key clients

Bradshaw Taylor Ltd

Andcrafted Limited t/a Plank Hardware

Space Ape Limited

Safe-T-System Ltd

Steven Bartlett Ltd

To Be Someone

Liking Limited

Kepler Interactive Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Space Ape Games, a leading developer of mobile games, including managing their global trade mark portfolio.
  • Managing the global trade mark portfolio of Bradshaw Taylor Ltd and its various subsidiary brands such as Le Chameau and Artilect.
  • Providing ongoing IP strategy and advice for Steven Bartlett Ltd, including filing and managing their trade mark portfolio.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law handles a variety of high-end disputes, routinely involving regulatory elements and framework agreements, among others. Karen Fong is well-versed in trade mark-related matters, while other key contacts in the group include Rebecca Halford-Harrison, who has experience in chemistry-based industries, and Simon Chalkley.

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Halford-Harrison; Simon Chalkley; Karen Fong


‘Direct access to specific lawyers with accordingly clear, budgeted and attributable costs.’

‘Karen Fong is incredible.’

‘We greatly value their commercial and pragmatic approach.’

‘Karen Fong is a dream to work with – quick, practical and never phased by unusual client demands. We needed her input on a highly bespoke agreement and she was exceptional and very reasonable.’

Key clients

World Programming Limited

Datecs OOD

F W Thorpe Plc

Secret Smokehouse Ltd

Random Theory LLC (t/a Playbook Products)

Veiovia Ltd

Pembrook Products Ltd

Athena Cosmetics, Inc.

Avantra (Syslink Xandria Ltd)

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Crafter`s Companion Limited

Prinova Europe Ltd

GRID eSports GmbH

Reckitt Benckiser (ENA) B.V.

Life Health Foods Ltd

Athena Cosmetics, Inc.

Vertical Future

Julia Kogan

Victoria Miro Gallery Limited

Nicole Farhi Ltd

Time Plan Education Ltd

Cardioscan Services Pty Ltd

Erda Energy Ltd

Landfair Capital Ltd

HP1 Technologies Ltd

PreGel SpA

Raycast Technologies Ltd

Empowering Learning Ltd

Columbia Care

Good Ventures Ltd (t/a Evolve Beauty)

BVNK Service Ltd

Lario Therapeutics Ltd

Lee & Thompson LLP

Lee & Thompson LLP is noted for its expertise in the creative industries, including film, music and digital media sectors. The team has a wealth of experience advising on prosecution, licensing and general advisory mandates. Dominic Bray spearheads the practice, specialising in disputes, notably within the film, TV, music and advertising sectors, while Gordon Williams’s expertise involves handling trade mark portfolios and Martyn Bailey is well-versed in copyright issues.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Bray

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Williams; Martyn Bailey; Mark Stafford


‘Proactive, professionalism and speed.’

‘The ability to bounce ideas off and discuss solutions.’

Key clients

Kathy Sledge

David Beckham

Little Mix

5 Seconds of Summer

Sid Gentle

Harry Styles

UB40 ft Ali Campbell

Kudos Film & TV

FTSE International


Victoria Beckham


Consolidated Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Act for Kathy Sledge in her long-running dispute with her sister, Debbie Sledge, regarding rights in the SISTER SLEDGE brand, including on trade mark infringement and passing off issues related to the unauthorised use of the band name on various live events throughout the UK and Europe and liaising with US counsel on related issues.
  • Advise David Beckham’s worldwide trade mark portfolio from filing his first trade mark application in 2000 through to being responsible for all aspects of an internationally reputed portfolio.
  • Advised Revolution Films on the use of various copyright material, via fair dealing means, in the highly successful Sky series “This England” starring Sir Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP provides a broad range of trade mark and design protection services, with demonstrable experience in the life sciences sector, notably in relation to technology transfer activities. Practice head Anna Frankum focuses on non-contentious IP matters, namely trade marks and copyright, while Duncan Curley bolsters the team's litigation capability, joining the firm in March 2022 from litigation boutique, Innovate Legal.

Practice head(s):

Anna Frankum

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Curley; Cheng Tan


‘The team are knowledgeable. They adhere to timescales, make themselves available in a timely way and are easy to work with.’

‘Cheng Tan is knowledgeable, provides appropriate advice and explanation in an easy to understand manner.’

‘In-depth knowledge.’

‘Knowledgeable, attention to detail and very personable.’

Key clients

The Fire Fighters Charity

The Institute for Fiscal Studies

The Finzi Trust

The Institute of Psychoanalysis

Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd and Mr Levi Roots

Tata Ltd

Joseph Giles Ltd

The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant Limited

King’s College London

Andreas Stihl Limited

The Company of Biologists

Koto Card Limited

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Limited

General Healthcare Limited

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Student Crowd Limited

Rezatec Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant Ltd on a worldwide trade mark settlement, arising out of a trade mark infringement in Singapore.
  • Advised the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on trade mark revocation proceedings, successfully representing them at a hearing at the UKIPO.
  • Advising Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd on maintaining its US trade mark registrations by submitting evidence of use; also maintaining its other international trade marks including in Australia and Trinidad & Tobago.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Spearheaded by Caroline Hayward, the team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for a diverse roster of clients across the technology, retail and healthcare sectors. Hayward’s practice encompasses infringement, validity and enforcement matters, among others, while senior associate Alice Stripe focuses on UKIPO trade mark disputes and portfolio management. Joe Armstrong joined the practice in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Hayward

Other key lawyers:

Alice Stripe; Alice Gould


‘Hands-on, business minded and transparent.’

‘The Trowers & Hamlins LLP intellectual property team stands out as an excellent choice for legal advice. One of their most notable attributes is their expertise. The team demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies and nuances of this field, enabling them to provide insightful legal advice.’

‘They are professional, responsive, and effective in communication. Their team is highly efficient in promptly addressing enquiries and providing timely updates on progress.’

‘The attention to detail, especially in the team we worked with, is superb. The team immerse themselves in your matter and make sure all angles are covered, not just the immediate back and forth but the strategic thinking going forward – often three or four steps ahead.’

‘The depth of knowledge that the team has is second to none and they are able to think around all sides of a problem and see the arguments which others miss.’

‘Caroline Hayward is excellent in everything she does. She is a strategic thinker and is always available, and importantly, always gives ‘partner time’ on a project. She is resourceful and diligent and with a clear understanding of clients’ interests. She is exceptional and a credit to the industry.’

‘I have been working with Trowers & Hamlins for some years, since Alice Gould joined the firm. She is very experienced and able to understand the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and ADNOC Distribution PJSC


THOIP (owners of IP rights in the MR. MEN and LITTLE MISS characters)

Caprice Holdings Ltd (owner of The Ivy, Annabel’s, Daphne’s, Scott’s, Sexy Fish, Harry’s Dolce Vita, 34 Mayfair)

Argex NV, Hye Group

London International Exhibition Centre plc (the London ExCeL Centre)

Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited

CNX Therapeutics Limited

Museum of London

Ayana Holding and its subsidiary Ayana Properties

Work highlights

  • Acting for Argex NV in High Court proceedings against a competitor in relation to trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Advising Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in relation to its trade mark strategy, co-ordinating a worldwide filing and enforcement programme including various infringement matters in a range of jurisdictions.
  • Advising the owner of the IP rights in the MR. MEN and LITTLE MISS characters in relation to contentious matters.

Venner Shipley LLP

Venner Shipley LLP covers a broad range of IP mandates, with notable expertise in handling registered designs and direct advocacy experience in the British Overseas territories, the USA and Canada. Alex Brown is well-versed in EPO oppositions and appeals, while Ian Grey advises on matters concerning design rights. Robert Peake has recently handled a registered design right infringement claim, with James Tumbridge focusing on IP disputes. Clare Turnbull, who advises on trade mark strategies, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

James Tumbridge; Clare Turnbull; Ian Grey; Alex Brown

Other key lawyers:

Robert Peake


‘I have been impressed with the partners’ client management and cost-effective and practical updates and advice notes.’

‘The firm manage their network of international associates’ inputs seamlessly, which makes my life easier.’

‘Very good client relationship and expectations management from Clare Turnbull. She is tailored and practical with her advice.’

‘Venner Shipley is my go-to firm for any UK trademark matters.’

‘Working with them is a breeze and they provide much value.’

‘They are adept at considering a client’s IP issues in light of their business goals and not simply in a legal vacuum.’

‘High quality at good value.’

‘Responsive and clearly experts in their fields.’

Key clients

Alexander Mann Associates Ltd

Norfolk Dinosaur Park

The Project Band Limited

Other Creative Ltd

Trade Fair International

Vital Signs Limited



ResMed Pty Limited

Canva Pty Limited

SharkNinja Operating LLC

Cateye Co., Ltd

Transcover /Eclat



Aspen Pumps

Jensen International Automotive Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised TalkTalk in a hearing at the UKIPO regarding third party marks, with the UKIPO agreeing with Venner Shipley’s arguments and submissions and ruled that it had no hesitation in concluding that TalkTalk has a significant reputation in the mark TalkTalk for telecommunications goods and services, and that, taking into consideration the nature and extent of the evidence filed, this reputation is high.
  • Advised Sanofi on registered designs.
  • Representing Bloomberg, the global financial information and media company, whose customers rely on them to deliver accurate, real-time business and market-moving information that helps them make critical financial decisions.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP’s broad offering includes prosecution and advisory work, handling matters for a diverse range of clients across the retail, hotel and leisure sectors, alongside managing large-scale brands. Michael Gardner leads the team, with demonstrable experience in brand protection and trade mark prosecution matters bolstering the practice. Charlotte Wilding leads the firms international trade mark practice and is noted for her capabilities in handling company name disputes, domain name cases and copyright registration and protection mandates.

Practice head(s):

Michael Gardner; Charlotte Wilding

Other key lawyers:

Debra Goldwyn; Emilia Petrossian


‘A strong IP team headed up by Michael Gardner ensures a very focussed, client driven advice.’

‘Mike Gardner is outstanding in how he works out a client’s business needs and weaves the whole legal strategy and tactics around that.’

‘They are quick to respond to enquiries and are always available.’

‘Emilia Petrossian has a fire in her belly and makes sure no stone is left unturned.’

Key clients

Tesco Stores Ltd


Warpaint Cosmetics (2014) Limited / Badgequo Limited / Round Hill Capital

Warpaint Cosmetics (2014) Limited

Reclaim The Media Ltd

Circle Seas Ltd

Universal Protein Supplements Corporation t/a Universal Nutrition

Construction Skills Certification Scheme Limited

Yellow Bulldog Ltd

SHL Group Ltd

Maldon Crystal Salt Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to Tesco on its trading in parallel goods so as to prevent any infringement of IP rights.
  • Advising Construction Skills Certification Scheme for all IP matters, including trade marks, company name disputes and domain name disputes to ensure safety is maintained in the construction industry.
  • Assisting a longstanding cosmetic client with trade mark and copyright infringement in China.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

A team with ‘detailed knowledge and extensive experience’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is active in the retail and consumer goods, oil and gas, manufacturing and technology sectors. James Love helms the practice, with expertise in the management of IP rights, including high-end disputes. Managing associate Rose Smalley-Gordon is well-versed in IP litigation, in addition to advising on portfolio management and prosecuting applications for trade marks and designs. Patrick Cantrill  departed for an in-house position in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

James Love

Other key lawyers:

Rose Smalley-Gordon


‘Detailed knowledge and extensive experience on a full range of intellectual property issues. They can call upon the considerable IP resources of its USA offices.’

‘Rose Smalley-Gordon is a hard-working, knowledgeable and intelligent managing associate. Always sees the broader issues.’

‘Lovely people to work with, great attention, good and strategic advice, a very good counsel.’

Key clients

Government Departments


Vetements Group AG

Decathlon SA

Alexander Duckham & Co., Limited (Duckhams Oils)

Moda In Pelle

NCR Corporation

University of West of England

Buckler Boots

Sterling Pharma Solutions

Spirit of Yorkshire


Life Cycle UK

English Heritage / Historic England

J Barbour International

Swiss Military

Wizz Air

Vertu Motors

Atom Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising TreviPay on trade mark protection in the UK and Europe, along with representing the client in a number of cross-border disputes, including oppositions and revocation actions at the IP offices.
  • Advising Vetements Group AG on a number of trade mark opposition and invalidation actions in the UK against a UK entity with links to a copycat/counterfeiter in China.
  • Working with the in-house lawyers at Decathlon to obtain UK registered design products for Decathlon’s core products, in addition to advising in design protection strategy in the UK.

Hamlins LLP

Active in the media and entertainment sector, Hamlins LLP handles a broad range of matters, from partnership and brand licensing agreements to anti-counterfeiting. The team is also recommended by clients for its wealth of experience in the realm of music IP. Joint practice head Matthew Pryke has demonstrable expertise in the media sector, advising agencies, influencers and models, while ‘pragmatic and commercial’ Martin Ochs is well-versed in the trade marks arena.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Pryke; Martin Ochs


‘Strong team with great industry knowledge across the IP and music spheres.’

‘Martin Ochs is very knowledgable, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Small but effective team with excellent copyright expertise.’

‘Martin Ochs is bright, very practical and achieves great commercial results.’

Key clients

Austin Cycles

Bravado International Group

Club La Costa


Diamond Resorts

Ego Restaurants

Fine & Country

George Lowden Guitars

Hilton Worldwide

Just Hype

Mighty Atom Entertainment

Performing Right Society Ltd (PRS for Music)

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Pizza Union

PPL PRS Limited

Priority Freight

Probity Europe

Professional Triathlon Organisation

Racing Past Media


Speakeasy Entertainment

Ted Baker


Work highlights

  • Advising Lowden Guitars on brand management, particularly in relation to its collaboration with Ed Sheeran for the Sheeran by Lowden brand.
  • Advising on anti-counterfeiting, prosecution and online brand protection measures for TRAP Worldwide, the industry trade body for the UK music merchandising industry.
  • Advising on the structured purchase, following extensive due diligence of the JUST HYPE global brand portfolio.


HGF Law maintains a strong IP practice, with demonstrable experience in healthcare-related litigation. Joint practice head Rachel Fetches is noted for her expertise in the life sciences and pharma arenas, with fellow team leader Martyn Fish’s capabilities encompassing medical devices, among others.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Fetches; Martyn Fish

Other key lawyers:

Yael Shalem Givon; Christie Batty

Key clients

Quintessentials Brands

Work highlights

  • Acting as external counsel for all IP-related matters for the Quintessentials Brands group worldwide (for contentious and non-contentious work), and advising on cross-border issues arising from ongoing US litigation.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s capabilities encompass trade mark licensing and contentious claims, as well as managing international brands. Active across various sectors, the team is noted for its expertise in the creative industries, and is well-versed in art-related mandates. ‘Exceptional’ Robert Lands leads the practice and handles trade mark and copyright work, while Colin Sawdy is at the forefront of the firm’s trade mark practice.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Colin Sawdy; Alex Watt; Elizabeth Morley; Pollyanna Savva


‘Robert Lands is an exceptional lawyer.’

‘The practice is well known in the art and advertising worlds and has generated some cutting-edge legal precedents in a variety of inspiring legal issues.’

‘Alex Watt is an exceptional lawyer. He has transformed the team, which is renowned across the art and IP worlds.’

‘Alex Watt is particularly adept at combining traditional worlds such as art and advertising with the technological breakthroughs generated by new technologies such as NFTs.’

‘Robert Lands and Elizabeth Morley have immense experience in the IP field, particularly in copyright, trade marks and passing off. They have particular expertise in the visual arts sector, having represented artists and galleries for many years.’

‘Both Robert Lands and Elizabeth Morley bring their experience to bear to achieve excellent commercial results.’

‘It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Robert Lands and Pollyanna Savva. They are very professional – handle cases swiftly, with excellent quality and always gives good advice for the best for our client.’

‘Robert Lands and Pollyanna Savva are a dream team to collaborate with.’

Key clients

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

ePlus, Inc.

Q Software Global Limited

Wicked Foods

SEGA Corporation

Billion Dollar Boy


Pandora Jewellery

Yorkshire County Cricket Council

British Gymnastics Association


The Restaurant Group

Cox London

David Zwirner

LG Household & Healthcare Ltd


S&P Global Ltd

Bantam Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for ePlus Inc (and UK subsidiary IGXGlobal Limited) in the registration and prosecution of their UK and EU trade marks.
  • Advising David Zwirner, German art dealer and owner of the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City, London, Hong Kong, and Paris, in relation to brand strategy, trade mark clearance and trade mark prosecution in the UK and internationally.
  • Acting for S&P Global Inc in the clearance, filing and enforcement of trade marks in the UK and EU.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell advises on a broad range of matters, from brand protection strategies to managing international trade mark portfolios, in addition to regular involvement in handling issues concerning reputation and crisis management. Practice head Georgie Collins, recommended by clients for her ‘excellent commercial sense’, assists an array of clients in protecting and managing their brands and reputations, while Marcus Collins joined the team in July 2022 from White & Case LLP, bolstering the practice’s trade marks’ expertise.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Collins

Other key lawyers:

Marcus Collins


‘Georgie Collins has huge experience and excellent commercial sense, as well international experience.’

‘The IP team at Irwin Mitchell are second to none. Highly knowledgable, friendly and supportive. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Georgie Collins is a stand-out lawyer and one that we feel lucky to work with.’

Key clients

Daky International Ltd


Nestlé Purina / Lily’s Kitchen

Now Health International

Millwall FC

Reconomy (UK) Limited

ManyPets Ltd (formerly Bought by Many Ltd)

Gravity Fitness Limited

Whispering Smith Limited

Paragon Finance plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Daky International Ltd, who challenged the formerly famous retail store, Debenhams Retail Ltd, over their use of the letter ‘D’ and a settlement agreement was reached.
  • Acting for NFL Properties LLC and NFL Properties Europe GmbH who are responsible for the UK merchandising and trademark licensing activities of the National Football League.
  • Acting for Nestlé Purina / Lily’s Kitchen, handling its IP requirements in relation to its brands and enforcement of its UK IP rights, including issues of trade mark infringement and passing off, copyright and design right infringement as well as comparative advertising and marketing and advertising campaigns.

Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord LLP’s IP offering encompasses a range of trade marks, passing-off, copyright and domain issues, with its client roster including leading technology and AI companies. ‘Great legal strategist’ Dominic Farnsworth joined from Lewis Silkin in January 2022 to lead the practice and advises on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a niche specialism in the wine, alcohol and wider food and beverage industries. Leigh Smith is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Farnsworth

Other key lawyers:

Leigh Smith


‘The Locke Lord IP team gives excellent, timely and commercial advice, commonly with a deep knowledge of the industries that they work in.’

‘Dominic Farnsworth is a top-notch operator. Down to earth, looking at matters from an outcome focus.’

‘The team have a variety and depth of experience that is difficult to match.’

Key clients

Arley Foods

The Court of Master Sommeliers

The Absolut Company ‎

PT Organics

Ayn Rand Institute

NE10 Vodka Ltd

Atypical Partner Ltd

Social Progress Imperative Inc. ‎

The Institute of Masters of Wine


Work highlights

  • Successfully defended NE10 Vodka Ltd against a passing off/trade mark infringement interim injunction application by Au Vodka Ltd based on the similarity of appearances of their respective vodka bottles.
  • Successfully defended plant-based food supplier Arley Foods against a trade mark opposition by Beyond Meat in relation to PLANT BASED GREAT TASTE.
  • Building niche expertise in the drinks sector with numerous new clients including The Institute of Masters of Wine, Absolut, NE10 Vodka, Court of Master Sommeliers, Noble Rot, Borderland Spirits and Skipper Rum Trading Company.

Memery Crystal

Memery Crystal handles a range of matters arising out of the media and fashion to technology and healthcare sectors. ‘Standout’ Carl Rohsler assists clients with trade mark, copyright and trade secrets mandates, in addition to registered and unregistered designs cases. Jonathan Riley is well-versed in IP-driven transactions, and Chris Pulham acts for clients on a vast array of non-contentious IP work.

Practice head(s):

Carl Rohsler

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Riley; Chris Pulham


‘Strength in depth in soft IP.’

‘Carl Rohsler sees the bigger picture whilst also focusing on the detail.’

‘The Memery Crystal practice is unique for its strong understanding of IP, all delivered in a professional but relaxed manner.’

‘Carl Rohsler, with his extensive commercial knowledge and relaxed demeanour, is a standout.’

‘Friendly and family approach.’

Key clients

Telegraph Media Group

Aramco Overseas Company



Songtradr Inc.

Gaming Realms plc

Syco Entertainment

Silver Point Capital LLC

Metropolitan Gaming Ltd

Krow Communications

Taylor Mammon

Graft Polymer

Real Estate Management (UK) (the Shard)

Ultimate Tuner Limited

Outcomes Based Healthcare Limited

Grow Group Ltd

Nutraformis Ltd

Imperial Pharma


Oxford Innovation Park Limited

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)

The Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulations (Ofqual)

Jacky Tsai

Immerse Learning

Kite Power System

Sustainable Marine Energy

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Waste Knot Energy

Global Education Services



The Health Lottery

PlanetArt LLC

Ridgeway Partners

Sellar Developments

Ultimate Tuner Limited

Jumbo International pty

Good Skin Days

Aurra Studios Limited

Marmalade Game Studio

Live Tech Games

Effective Investing t/a UTIL

Wildman Project

Papaya Gaming

Robus Capital

STV UK plc


BG Sports Ltd (trading as F1 Authentics and Memento Group)

Albany RE Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Syco Entertainment in the securitisation of the forward income streams worldwide of the “[ ]’s….Got Talent” programme format for $125m.
  • Acting for Aurra Studios in relation to the development of a number of its properties for television, and its funding, including work on its true crime and “Sherlock’s Secretary” products.
  • Advising leading Chinese contemporary artist, Jacky Tsai, on the exhibition of his work as at the Hong Kong Digital Art Fair, and on the auction of his NFTs, digital artwork and fine art at Sotheby’s Xperience Digital Art Auction on 27 October 2022.

Simkins LLP

Led by Paddy Gardiner, the IP practice at Simkins LLP handles copyright and trade mark infringement claims, with demonstrable experience in the media and entertainment industries. Key contact Jim Dennis is noted for his expertise in trade mark prosecution, protection and enforcement cases, regularly representing clients in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paddy Gardiner

Other key lawyers:

Jim Dennis


‘Jim Dennis provides clear, concise and expert commercial advice on time and without surprise as to cost.’

Key clients

Experience Hendrix, LLC

David Bowie Estate dba Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company LLC


Rude Health Foods Limited

Lonza Group/Arxada Group

Jason Atherton Restaurant Holdings Limited

Pepper Group

Fuwa Fuwa

Leopard Song Productions Limited

Boat Rocker Rights, Inc.

Simons Muirhead Burton

Simons Muirhead Burton is noted for its experience in the media, entertainment and retail sectors, and counts private individuals and companies in the broadcasting and fashion arenas among its key roster of clients. Department head Maninder Gill handles global branding and enforcement strategies, as well as disputes, for luxury retail, fashion and jewellery brands.

Practice head(s):

Maninder Gill


‘Through SMB’s wisdom and guidance, knowing its own local jurisdiction, we pursued a course of action that resulted in an amicable resolution.’

‘Maninder Gill is well versed and knowledgeable about litigation, privacy and libel laws.’

‘The team has an excellent client service. Always reliable and actionable advice.’

‘Maninder Gill is an excellent professional. Extremely responsive, client oriented and provides actionable legal advice.’

‘SMB’s IP team is very experienced and has a nice personal touch. Trade mark applications are lodged and followed up on time and any issues are promptly resolved.’

‘We have been supported by Maninder Gill. He and his team have provided excellent support. The quality of services is second to none.’

Key clients

Alexa Chung

Pete Tong

Simon & Schuster Book Publishers

Harvey Nichols

Amanda Wakeley

Education Institution

Zandra Rhodes

Daily Mirror

News UK

Daily Express

Work highlights

  • Acted for various publishers of The Sun, The Sunday Times, The Daily Express and ITN in respect of copyright claims brought by Paul Burns concerning the unauthorised use of an official photograph taken by Burns of Saudi billionaire Dr Mahfouz bin Mahfouz being presented with a CBE by the Prince of Wales (as he then was).
  • Acting for celebrity duo clients after two television personalities and authors published unauthorised images of our celebrity duo clients on its website along with wording which created the impression that our clients had endorsed the Defendants’ products, amounting to a claim under the tort of passing off.
  • Advising Simon & Schuster in relation to variety of matters, including: copying extracts from books which are no longer protected under copyright, passing off in relation to books by competitors, passing off and trade mark issues in relation to potential titles of new books, drafting promotions and competitions Terms and Conditions and publishing spin offs relating to characters in a successful television series.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Providing a ‘professional and personal service’, Stevens & Bolton LLP maintains a broad offering, encompassing advice brand protection and enforcement matters, trade secrets issues and strategic mandates. The team is active across various sectors, from life sciences and technology to food and drink. Practice head Tom Lingard is noted fo his expertise in the technology, media, manufacturing and sport industries.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Tillett; Elaine O’Hare


‘Stevens & Bolton provide a high quality, professional and personal service. They listen to their brief and build a professional project plan to achieve their clients aim.’

‘Elaine O’Hare has exceptional knowledge and a brilliant professional approach to problem solving and negotiations.’

‘Tom Lingard has brilliant knowledge and an ability to process information and build a plan to solve very technical problems.’

Key clients

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

PA Media Group Limited

FGX Europe Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Belu Water

Asmodee Group


Bunzl plc

Rick Owens

Condor Group Limited

Golden Wolfe Limited and Cutting Edge Ventures Limited

Alamy Limited

BRP Renaud & Partner mbB

Dash Games Ltd

Godin Associes


Nanolike SAS

NEP UK Limited

Slater and Gordon UK Limited

Unum Aircraft Seating Limited

We Are Intrepid Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club on trade mark and brand protection matters, and providing a formal anti-counterfeiting programme involving widespread enforcement activity to remove infringing listings from online marketplaces and websites.
  • Advising fashion brand Naked Wolfe in two design right infringement proceedings before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Advising a major international retail group in proceedings before the IPEC for unregistered design right and copyright infringement against a UK furniture company.

Acuity Law

Counting SMEs, fashion industry entities and blockchain-based businesses, to name a few, among its key roster of clients, Acuity Law handles trade mark infringement and design right disputes, with demonstrable growth in international brand protection portfolio management. Practice head Cordelia Payne is well-versed in both contentious and non-contentious matters, routinely bringing and defending actions at the UK and EU IP registries.

Practice head(s):

Cordelia Payne


‘The team are highly responsive, friendly and have strong knowledge of the industry.’

‘Cordelia Payne has provided excellent commercial advice. Her advice is tailored to our business and has provided true value. Responsive, friendly and professional.’

Key clients

AU Vodka Limited

Alma de Ace Limited


Elizabeth Day

REDA Industrial Materials FZE

Portman Healthcare

One Rebel Limited

Luther Pendragon Holdings

Arra Distribution Limited

Really Epic Dog Limited

DST Innovations Limited

Richard Mire t/a RDM Creation

Bluestone Resorts

Guru Systems

Work highlights

  • Acting for Au Vodka Limited in respect of its passing off claim against (i) NE10 Vodka Limited and (ii) Leon Hogan in respect of NE10 Vodka’s rival vodka product.
  • Representing Alma de Ace in relation to all matters concerning its IP rights and brand protection.
  • Acting for REDA Industrial Materials FZE, an international chemical distribution company based in Dubai, in relation to its rapidly increasing brand portfolio.

Clyde & Co

Led by Ralph CoxClyde & Co acts for a range of clients, from insurers to SMEs, and has demonstrable experience in handling trade mark portfolios, assignments and validity challenges. Chris Williams is active in the marine, energy and natural resources sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ralph Cox

Other key lawyers:

Chris Williams

Key clients

Multiplex Global Limited

Schlumberger Technical Corporation LLC

Morrison Foerster

Routinely acting for clients in the creative industries, Morrison Foerster fields a strong practice handling new technologies and advising on brand protection and strategy matters, licensing issues and payment systems work. Steven James leads the practice, with a litany of experience in managing both contentious and non-contentious matters, while Alistair Maughan is well-versed in commercial contracts and technology-based projects. Ruth Arkley is praised as ‘incredibly knowledgeable and provides excellent, high-quality advice’.

Practice head(s):

Steven James

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Maughan; Ruth Arkley; Hattie Chessher


‘Ruth Arkley is incredibly knowledgeable and provides excellent, high-quality advice in an easy-to-understand, commercial manner. She is friendly and approachable, and no request is too much trouble.’

‘The team are very knowledgable and are able to provide genuinely useful advice in a responsive manner.’

‘Steven James is efficient, effective and is an excellent, timely communicator.’

‘The team, especially Steven James and Hattie Chessher, provide clear, concise and practical advice.’

Key clients

The Alpargatas Group (owner of the Havaianas flip-flop brand)


Betty Buzz


Bulldog Gear





Twitch Interactive Inc

Wirex/Pavel Matveev/Dmitry Lazarichev/Georgy Sokolov

Wirex Limited


Work highlights

  • Acting for the founders of Wirex Limited, a digital payments platform specialising in cryptocurrency, in relation to a claim filed against them in the High Court.
  • Advising Bitrise, a fast-growth mobile app development platform, on all its software licensing agreements relating to the licensing and exploitation of its technology.
  • Acting for Lyre’s in respect of its worldwide trade mark portfolio and overall brand management.