Leading a hugely successful global IP practice at Allen & Overy LLP, the 'incredibly bright and engaging' David Stone represents an impressive roster of sports clubs, entertainment companies and electronics multinationals in high-profile trade mark infringement and passing off litigation. The team has a notable trade secrets offering, having recently defended medical devices manufacturers in complex litigation, with the 'incredibly bright and charming' Neville Cordell a key figure. The commercial IP element is equally as broad under Jim Ford and Nigel Parker, whose client portfolio comprises impressive names in technology, pharmaceuticals and automotives. Stone also leads on design rights litigation. Financial services is also a strong sector, with new client wins continually being added to the roster. Impressive senior associate Adrian Dykes directly assists prestigious clients including Coca-Cola, Warner Media and Samsung. The practice is heavily invested in Allen & Overy’s Fuse platform, which assists innovative tech startups with legal and regulatory guidance.
Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design in London
David Stone; Jim Ford
Other key lawyers:
Neville Cordell; Jim Ford; Nigel Parker; Adrian Dykes
‘Experienced team with great knowledge and calm approach to complexity.‘
‘Jim Ford leads the team with a calm confidence.’
‘Led by the high-profile David Stone and supported by the incredibly bright and charming Neville Cordell, Allen & Overy are streets ahead of their peers in this area. This is evidenced by the quality of their clients.‘
‘David Stone combines every skill a client could wish for – and more. An incredibly bright and engaging partner who is very much at the top of his game and should be a first choice when it comes to heavyweight soft IP litigation.‘
‘Very experienced, knowledgeable lawyers who take great care in the way in which they manage a case and ensure that their clients’ needs are met. They are all very pleasant to work with and I would say that they are one of the leading firms in IP.‘
‘I have worked with David Stone and Adrian Dykes from Allen & Overy for many years, both whom I respect greatly. They are both very pleasant people to work with in terms of their personalities but also their abilities. They are both very intelligent, knowledgeable lawyers who take great care and pride in the work they do. Their work product is done to a high standard and you feel that the attention that is required on any particular task has been carried out properly.‘
Marks & Spencer
- Represented Manchester United in a major trade mark and passing-off dispute against Sega before the London High Court.
- Advised GlaxoSmithKline on a €1bn strategic collaboration with CureVac for the research, development and commercialization of mRNA-based vaccines.
- Handled a key defensive trade mark case for Samsung against 10 members of the Swatch Group.
With a team of dedicated partners focused on the entire breadth of IP types, Bird & Bird LLP’s 'technically brilliant and commercially savvy' practice regularly appears in high-stakes litigation on behalf of global clients. In the copyright space, Phil Sherrell and Rebecca O’Kelly Gillard act on weighty infringement disputes in the digital and social media spheres, while also drawing in new international gaming clients. Ewan Grist ('one of the best in his field') had recent successes in disputes regarding 3D designs, whereas Peter Brownlow regularly appears before the High Court and the UKIPO in high-value trade mark infringement and opposition proceedings. Rounding off the offering is the transactional IP practice spearheaded by Sally Shorthose and Tom Snaith, whose expertise gravitates towards the hi-tech, IP-rich sectors.
Katharine Stephens; Robert Williams
Other key lawyers:
Phil Sherrell; Rebecca O’Kelly Gillard; Ewan Grist; Peter Brownlow; Sally Shorthose; Tom Snaith; Hilary Atherton; Tristan Sherliker; Tom Darvill
‘The team is technically brilliant and commercially savvy, with a strong collaborative approach.‘
‘The team at Bird & Bird has been consistent for many years now and as a result have got to know our business extremely well. They take a genuine interest in the business, partnering with us to achieve the best results possible whilst always having an eye on reputational risks and management.‘
‘Phil Sherrell is extremely adept at explaining even the most complex matters in a clear and digestible way and always seems to find that additional angle which might otherwise have been missed.‘
‘Hilary Atherton is solid and considered in her advice, creative of thought and always a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Ewan Grist is one of the best in his field, not only technically, but he has an outstanding level of responsiveness and client empathy. He is able to break down complex matters into simple pragmatic advice.‘
‘Tristan Sherliker is incredibly bright, tenacious and takes a forensic approach to problem solving. He is a pleasure to work with.‘
‘The Bird & Bird team has great experience in both contentious and non-contentious IP, and collaborates well with other teams to deliver the results we need. Phil Sherrell and Tom Darvill have become trusted advisors to our business. I’ve been impressed with their ability to quickly get to grips with and apply their experience to our business.‘
‘Ewan Grist’s practice is unique in focusing on successful commercial as well as legal outcomes for clients. He and his group demonstrate a knowledge of the courts and IP judges that adds tangible value to clients when planning litigation strategy.‘
Epic Games International
International Copyright Enterprise Services (ICE)
Monster Beverage Corporation
Qatar National Tourism Counsel
- Acted for Merck KGaA in the long-running breach of contract and trade mark infringement litigation against Merck Sharp & Dohme in relation to use of “MERCK”.
- Successfully represented Rothy’s (a California-based fashion innovator well known for its unique 3D knitted shoe designs made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles) in design infringement proceedings before the IPEC.
- Represented TuneIn in the Warner Music v TuneIn test case on hyperlinking liability before the Court of Appeal.
The team at Bristows LLP has exceptional capabilities in trade mark litigation, with Jeremy Blum and co-head Simon Clark leading on high-profile passing off disputes for international entertainment, pharmaceuticals and retail companies. Clark also takes the lead on digital copyright, design and data disputes, including recent law-making litigation surrounding the use of website cookies. Paul Jordan specialises in brand protection work for creative and print media companies; co-head Ian Gruselle’s trade mark portfolio practice contributes to the 360-degree approach on this front. The extensive transactional IP bench consists of devoted partners Claire Smith, co-head Matthew Warren and Richard Dickinson. The firm advises leading global brands in luxury retail, consumer electronics, FMCG and hi-tech on licensing and collaboration agreements, R&D and brand exploitation exercises. Paul Walsh has retired from the partnership, but remains at the firm on a consultancy basis.
Matthew Warren; Simon Clark; Ian Gruselle
Other key lawyers:
Jeremy Blum; Paul Jordan; Claire Smith; Richard Dickinson; Andrew Butcher
‘The key strengths of the team are the individuals that comprise it. Led by the partners Jeremy Blum (trade marks) and Simon Clark (copyright and designs) they boast leading individuals across the soft IP spectrum.‘
‘Jeremy Blum is one of the leading trade mark litigators in the UK, if not Europe with extensive experience in the High Court, Court of Appeal, IPEC and the CJEU. His encyclopaedic knowledge of trade mark law makes him the go-to lawyer of choice particularly for difficult cases such as non-traditional trade marks and passing off and factually complex cases.‘
‘They are a superb and highly talented intellectual property team: highly knowledgeable, innovative and skilled.‘
‘Probably unmatched deepness of the team, very hands on in handling and coordinating multijurisdictional matters, very experienced in complex trade mark litigation matters.‘
‘We found Simon Clark and Andrew Butcher knowledgeable, experienced and reassuring to work with. Although they are experts in their field they were still very approachable and it was clear they had our best interests at heart.‘
‘As soon as we had appointed Bristows a huge weight was lifted off our shoulders as we knew we were in the best hands and would recommend them to anyone in a copyright dispute.‘
Mondelez International (brands include Cadbury, Kraft, Oreo, Kenco, Carte Noire, Milka and Halls)
University of Oxford
McDonalds International Property Company
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd
Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy
The Financial Times
The Guardian News and Media
- Advised Philips on the copyright protection of partly functional product designs for electric toothbrush heads.
- Managing the worldwide trade mark portfolio of the Financial Times, conducting clearance searches for new brands, filing applications to expand the protection of the iconic FT and FINANCIAL TIMES brands around the world and to assist in the protection of new brands and products.
- Defending Glebe Farms in trade mark litigation filed by Oatly concerning the client’s brand PUREOATY.
Sectors of focus for CMS’ IP department include life sciences, FMCG, financial services, sport and particularly energy, for which Joel Vertes is a sector leader, working with a series of impressive new clients. The team’s blocking injunction experts are international co-head Tom Scourfield and associate Tom Reid, who are instructed on high-profile matters including UEFA’s ongoing anti-privacy actions against certain ISPs. Sarah Wright head up the practice, managing transactions, litigation and brand portfolios for illustrious clients including Sky, Microsoft and ITV. Together with trade mark attorney Eleanor Merrett, Wright has recently secured exclusive clients in the fashion and supermarket sectors. Louise Gellman, David Parrish and Caitlin Heard contribute to brand management and enforcement matters across the full spectrum of sectors. The growing trade mark team in Warsaw headed by Alicja Zalewska enables robust representation before the EUIPO.
Sarah Wright; Tom Scourfield
Other key lawyers:
Joel Vertes; Tom Reid; Eleanor Merrett; Louise Gellman; David Parrish; Caitlin Heard; Alicja Zalewska; Melanie Wordsall; Ben Hitchens
‘It is really a pleasure to work with CMS. They are well organised, their team is engaged, they have a proactive approach and their advice is invaluable.‘
‘Melanie Worsdall is our main point of contact. The experience has been great, but what I valuable most about her is that she can break down and explain complex matters in a way that we understand exactly what is going on.‘
‘Sarah Wright heads up the team and sets the tone. She is an outstanding lawyer; commercial and pragmatic with a huge amount of experience.‘
‘The team provides knowledgeable general counsel combined with excellent and long-standing sector-specific expertise. Particularly noteworthy is a proactive and diligent approach, ensuring that matters which could be left unattended are not.‘
‘Tom Reid is responsive, readily available and spot-on when it comes to the practical and effective advice he provides.‘
‘I have used this team at CMS for IP for a number of years. They are fantastic and I would definitely recommend this team.‘
‘They are very thorough and responsive.‘
‘Ben Hitchens is incredibly responsive. I appreciate his straightforward and brief assessments of legal risks as well as diligence of his team in unearthing use and background information. His opinions are able to distill the issues into digestible and easily understand points as well as offer practical advice.’
Dentsu Aegis Network
Breast Cancer Now
The Crown Estate
Kettle Foods/Synder’s Lance
- Represented Qatar Airways in a claim brought by the Performing Right Society (PRS) for copyright infringement, alleging that the client infringes copyright in every single country in whose airspace the planes fly.
- Acted for UEFA on its anti-piracy work and in obtaining and maintaining ‘live’ blocking injunctions to prevent internet users from accessing particular targeted servers which are streaming illegal transmissions of UEFA games.
- Acting for Royal Panda, a Maltese subsidiary of gambling giant Leo Vegas International, in database right infringement proceedings brought by Genius Sports Limited.
Mishcon de Reya LLP’s IP group excels in conducting preemptive enforcement procedures, acting for a range of impressive global clients. The 'extremely knowledgeable, practical, responsive' David Rose and practice head Jeremy Hertzog are renowned litigators for IPEC and High Court proceedings, while legal director Cassandra Hill regularly assists with blocking injunctions. New team additions Mark Deem from Cooley (UK) LLP and Ashley Winton from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP bring weighty knowledge of data law and IP litigation in the TMT sector. Criminal IP is also an area of expertise through the firm’s white-collar crime practice, as indicated by the regular private prosecutions handled for major client Sky. Helming the transactional IP element is Lewis Cohen, whose expertise encompasses licensing, franchising, image exploitation and sponsorship agreements, predominantly in the creative and luxury sectors. Sally Britton is another key partner for brand protection and expansion mandates.
Other key lawyers:
David Rose; Cassandra Hill; Mark Deem; Ashley Winton; Lewis Cohen; Sally Britton
‘Mishcon de Reya has an extremely strong team anchored by their lead partner David Rose who is extremely knowledgeable, practical, responsive and cost effective on all aspects of trademark practice. He has extensive expertise and a great track record in clearance and prosecution of trade marks and provides exceptional advice and guidance in trademark litigation matters both within the EU and the UK. Even post Brexit, I still rely upon him extensively for advice on EU prosecution and litigation matters.‘
‘David Rose has deep expertise in the case law and procedure in both the UK and the EU.‘
Entain (Ladbrokes etc)
HP (Hewlett Packard)
Health & Happiness
- Advising Sky on its wide-ranging trade mark dispute with SkyKick.
- Advising Global – one of the world’s largest media & entertainment groups – on a broad range of brand protection, IP enforcement, advertising, commercial and media matters.
- Acting for Iceland Foods in trade mark invalidity proceedings concerning its EUTM registrations for ICELAND against various Icelandic government agencies.
Brand protection and enforcement comprises the core of Taylor Wessing LLP’s IP practice. Co-head Niri Shanmuganathan is highly active in the media and entertainment sector and leads on complex copyright litigation. As 'a true expert in his field', Adam Rendle also provides extensive copyright and music rights knowledge applied to strategic and transactional projects, while co-head Mark Owen leads on instructions in the digital and technology sectors. Helming the transactional offering, Graham Hann advises on impressive IP partnerships, recently for market-leading technology and luxury fashion corporates. Charles Lloyd recently advised on high-profile sponsorship agreements in the sports sectors. Joining the established team is Robert Hawley, whose role as brand protection practice manager reinforces the full-service approach offered. Roland Mallinson's practice spans trade mark prosecution and general soft IP advice.
Niri Shanmuganathan; Mark Owen; Graham Hann
Other key lawyers:
Adam Rendle; Charles Lloyd; Robert Hawley; Roland Mallinson; Magdalena Borucka; Jason Rawkins
‘They have a great and profound knowledge of UK legislation and their advice is always thorough and precise.‘
‘I work mainly with Roland Mallinson, who is always keen to help me with any question that may arise and is a very competent professional.‘
‘Mark Owen and Jason Rawkins are my go-to partners for various IP matters. They’re exceptional advocates and strategic partners with a keen business sense of what really matters for clients and how to get a desired result.‘
‘Adam Rendle is a highly valued external resource. He has provided high-quality legal advice while understanding our business needs, all while being mindful of costs. He is a true expert in his field, and I place complete trust in his judgement and expertise. In addition to his professionalism, he is personable, engaging, and wonderful to work with.’
‘The team are responsive, knowledgeable and collaborative in their approach. They are constantly looking for ways to better understand our business and the pressures we face.‘
‘Roland Mallinson is clearly a very experienced IP litigator and that is evident in the advice given. He also ensures that he oversees all the work carried out by his team.‘
‘Magdalena Borucka is always quick to give pragmatic and considered advice. A real asset to the Taylor Wessing team.‘
‘Highly responsive, detail oriented, strategically creative team that I regularly turn to for sensitive and high-value matters. The Taylor Wessing TMT team excels both on the disputes and transactional fronts.‘
Orange Brand Services Limited
Cisco Technology Inc.
- Advising Burberry on the protection of its fashion designs in the UK/EU. In particular, handling the filing and registration of its designs, and taking enforcement action against infringers of its registered and unregistered designs, including leading high-street retailers.
- Advising on the divestment of Glenmark’s established portfolio of central nervous system (CNS) products in Poland. This involved complex IP issues including the assignment and licence of IP rights, regulatory dossiers and marketing authorisations.
- Advised Laybuy in connection with the drafting and negotiation of its high-profile sponsorships of Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC.
As co-head of Baker McKenzie’s IP team, Ben Allgrove operates at the cutting edge of the online space, and is called on by world-leading social media, digital gaming, music streaming and entertainment companies for strategic IP guidance including copyright licensing, transactions and database rights infringement. Co-heads Michelle Blunt and Jessica Le Gros lead on transactional and brand management mandates respectively. Rounding off the contentious contingent are of counsel Rachael Wilkinson-Duffy, who advises on complex matters of parallel trade, and counsel Julia Dickenson, a trade mark and brand litigator with experience in providing representation before all levels of the UK courts.
Michelle Blunt; Ben Allgrove; Jessica Le Gros; Julia Dickenson; Wilkinson-Duffy
- Providing advisory and brand protection services to Unilever under an exclusive mandate to handle brand protection and disputes in the UK and EU (as well as globally).
- Acted for Japanese conglomerate Hitachi on its $11bn energy joint venture with Swiss engineering group ABB.
- Advising Sony Music Entertainment on the agreement for Simon Cowell to acquire Sony Music Entertainment’s stake in its global joint venture talent and production company, which owns TV super-formats Got Talent and The X Factor.
Leading DLA Piper’s impressive IP work in the sports sector, the ‘talented and diligent‘ department head Ruth Hoy and John Wilks (working in tandem with the firm’s top-rated media rights partners) handle a wide span of contentious instructions for the Premier League, from image rights and trade mark enforcement to criminal copyright actions. Managing partner Simon Levine is also a highly active IP litigator across the span of media industries. Legal directors Claire Sng (‘phenomenal technical skills and attention to detail‘) is a go-to name for advice on brand protection and portfolio management, IP exploitation and commercialisation. Additional sectors of expertise for the team include life sciences, consumer goods, technology and retail.
Other key lawyers:
John Wilks; Simon Levine; Claire Sng; Alasdair Muller; Ella Castle
‘DLA Piper is the firm of choice (and the clear market leader) for website blocking injunctions work and novel forms of online relief for broadcasting, media and entertainment clients. DLA has pioneered the use of website blocking orders to protect live sports broadcast rights for the Premier League, boxing promoters and other major broadcasters.‘
‘First-rate team with unmatched technical and commercial knowledge of the tech/media sectors.‘
‘Ruth Hoy – talented and diligent.‘
‘Alasdair Muller – exceptional associate in Ruth Hoy’s team, who clearly knows his stuff when it comes to online protection of copyright and trade marks.‘
‘We do really value Ruth Hoy’s understanding of the challenges that emerging creative businesses face and the incredible generosity of her pro-bono support over the years.‘
‘John Wilks is a trusted advisor who is always available to input on matters, no matter how complex.‘
‘Ella Castle is an exceptional associate who operates at a much higher level than her PQE would suggest.‘
‘Claire Sng is brilliant – she has phenomenal technical skills and attention to detail, and is hugely client-focused.‘
The Football Association Premier League Limited
Mondelez International Inc
International Airlines Group/ British Airways
Bajaj Auto Limited
Arla Foods Amba and Arla Foods Limited
NetJets Management Limited
BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (“ICE”)
City, University of London
NLA Media Access
- Undertaking a range of IP enforcement work for the Premier League to protect its IP rights, both in the UK, and internationally. This includes a broad range of contentious and non-contentious copyright, trade mark, advertising, and anti-piracy matters.
- Advising Hermès Group on its intellectual property matters in the UK, including enforcement against various infringers of Hermès’ rights in its luxury handbags, scarves and other products.
- Instructed to advise and represent Arla in relation to a complex trade mark infringement, passing off and copyright infringement dispute relating to its major brand, Lurpak, against JDS Foods Limited and its product Dairypak.
Jointly led by the 'tremendous' Leighton Cassidy and the 'very impressive' John Linneker, Fieldfisher’s IP practice handles trade mark and copyright enforcement proceedings in tandem with its prosecution practice. Innovate recent instructions pertained to database rights and infringement of geographical user interfaces proceedings before the High Court. The group recently picked up a notable mandate from Peloton concerning copyright infringement by a competing brand, with Nick Rose working alongside associate Natasha Rao. Hastings Guise is 'an excellent technical specialist, combined with super commercial awareness' while James Seadon acts for fashion brands in the defence of design rights passing-off claims. The team also assists with the protection and enforcement of sports data.
Leighton Cassidy; John Linneker
Other key lawyers:
Nick Rose; Hastings Guise; James Seadon; Miryam Boston; Natasha Rao
‘They have a real team ethic: the right hand always knows what the left hand is doing and everyone is motivated to do their best for the client and their other team members. They work incredibly hard and have excellent attention to detail.‘
‘James Seadon is fantastic to work with, he is always useful to bounce ideas off and always works through every conceivable scenario and how the case might play out. He works incredibly hard.‘
‘A team that really gets to grips with the legal and commercial problem in front of it and tackles it with enthusiasm.‘
‘Nick Rose – an excellent team leader and really strives to meet the client’s objectives.‘
‘Miryam Boston – a superb associate, with a fantastic eye for detail.‘
‘Natasha Rao is brainy, unflappable, solves every problem thrown at her, one of the strongest IP litigation associates out there, with the energy levels of a small army.‘
‘Leighton Cassidy is tremendous. Knowledgeable yet approachable.‘
‘John Linneker is an excellent litigation/contentious lawyer. Very clear advice, highly knowledgeable on the law. Stand-out qualities are commercial astuteness combined with excellent manner with clients and communication skills. Very impressive advisor overall.‘
Peloton Interactive Inc
Genius Sports Ltd
Oh Polly Ltd
Take-Two Interactive Software
Kabushiki Kaisha Square Enix (also trading as Square Enix Co., Ltd.)
Altana Wealth Ltd
- Acting for SkyKick in defending trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky, the well-known broadcaster, in relation to use of the word ‘SKYKICK’.
- Managing Sazerac’s global trade mark portfolio (over 3000 trade mark rights) outside North America and brand IP enforcement, following a competitive tender.
- Instructed by Peloton in relation to proceedings against Echelon Fitness in a UK and EU trade mark and copyright infringement case in the UK High Court.
With a combined team of lawyers in both London and Birmingham, Gowling WLG’s 'first-rate' IP outfit stands out for its 'responsiveness, intelligence, savvy, and pragmatism' when assisting with branding and design strategisation and enforcement. The 'highly responsive and persistent' John Coldham and practice head Katie Swaine operate in a broad range of IP-rich sectors including advertising, technology, retail, food and drink and healthcare. Khemi Salhan has been assisting Coldham with headline litigation relating to unregistered design rights of in the fashion sector. In the financial services sector, the team defends copyright infringement and database rights claims in relation to market analysis solutions.
Other key lawyers:
John Coldham; Khemi Salhan
‘John Coldham and Khemi Salhan are very efficient and effective, sound lawyers. They are prompt, realistic, mindful of the client requirements and objectives without protracting unnecessarily.‘
‘The team has a particularly strong commercial outlook and works to find solutions for clients without the need to launch infringement proceedings. They’re a great team to work with – very personable, and offer clear and practical advice. They also offer excellent value for a large, corporate firm where the standards are incredibly high.‘
‘John Coldham is excellent – he is my go-to person for advice re. litigation. He offers clear, practical advice and is able to offer sensible solutions to clients.‘
‘Katie Swaine is very accessible, quick and gives reliable advice.‘
‘Gowling has a first-rate trade mark and design litigation team. Well organised and resourced, providing sound, clear legal advice. Client focused with huge experience of the practicalities of conducting complex litigation. Very commercial outlook.‘
‘The team is very efficient and proactive in resolving issues, always giving advice that fits the situation with an eye on client priorities and budget. They work really well internally and always coherent across different teams, with a very client-centric focus.‘
‘John Coldham is highly responsive and persistent, always going the extra mile to ensure the most robust results regardless of our legal position. He shows great initiative, excellent client care and is always conscious of client.‘
‘Responsiveness, intelligence, savvy, and pragmatism. Rare is the firm that combines these qualities.‘
Aston Martin Lagonda
- Advising Oatly on a number of different brand, advertising, and reputational issues.
- Instructed by Aston Martin on a retainer basis, to take enforcement action against companies infringing its brand, IP and copyright works.
- Advising Kingspan on IP enforcement and clearance, trade mark infringement proceedings, defamation and advertising clearance.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s IP practice impresses in the digital copyright space under Andrew Moir, who applies his technical background to complex disputes relating to source code, gambling algorithms and software, working with senior associate Heather Newton. Other contentious engagements include trade mark passing off, trade secrets and misappropriation of know-how. Previous practice head Joel Smith left for Hogan Lovells International LLP, though transactional IP instructions are capably advised on by Moir, senior associate Victoria Horsey and Jonathan Turnbull. Recent work has included strategic partnerships in the energy and technology-rich sectors, and IP acquisitions in the retail and consumer goods sectors. Sophie Rich recently took over as the firm’s joint global IP head, replacing Mark Shillito, who has retired after 25 years as a partner.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Moir; Heather Newton; Victoria Horsey; Jonathan Turnbull
British American Tobacco
BP International Ltd
Origin Energy Limited
BMG Rights Management
Penguin Random House
Ball Packaging Europe
Anglo American/ De Beers
- Acted for British American Tobacco in relation to the acquisition of a 19.9% minority equity stake in leading Canadian cannabis licensed producer, Organigram Holdings, for approximately £126m.
- Advised BP International on its $1.1bn strategic partnership with Equinor to develop offshore wind energy in the US. Advised on the IP issues arising in relation to the partnership including ownership and licensing of IP and know-how.
- Advising Itochu on the significant purchase of Paul Smith’s brand rights and Japanese trade mark portfolio, together with negotiating related design supply and co-existence arrangements for use of the brand in Japan.
Well-regarded litigator Arty Rajendra helms the IP disputes practice at Osborne Clarke LLP, representing international clients in high-stakes proceedings. Recent highlights have included High Court actions and arbitrations relating to trade mark oppositions and infringements on behalf of retail, children’s toys and technology companies. Robert Guthrie is noted for handling domain name disputes, recently for trading websites of online retailers. Non-contentious IP specialist Tamara Quinn takes the lead on strategic licensing negotiations and M&A-related instructions, while Richard May’s diverse practice cuts across the brand management and contentious disciplines. The team frequently acts for Nokia and other well-known technology companies in oppositions to copycat names before the UKIPO.
Other key lawyers:
Robert Guthrie; Tamara Quinn; Richard May
‘As a fast-paced marketing communications group, it’s vital that we use advisers that are both responsive and have a deep understanding of the complex challenges we face around IP and copyright. The team at Osborne Clarke tick both of these boxes and I’m especially impressed by the commercial approach they take to solving issues around IP infringement.‘
‘The team are always quick to respond, knowledgeable and provide pragmatic advice.‘
‘Robert Guthrie has a real depth of expertise in complex copyright matters – he is also pragmatic and a pleasure to work with.‘
Peacocks, Jaeger, Edinburgh Woollen Mill (In Administration)
Anschutz Entertainment Group
The & Partners
Juul Labs Inc
my 1st Years
World First (part of Ant Group)
Global Student Accommodation
The Groucho Club
- Obtained an urgent relief injunction to recover domain names that had been transferred out of the following companies: Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Peacocks and Jaeger.
- Represented Peanut App Limited in trade mark opposition proceedings at the UKIPO and cross appeals to the High Court against Peanuts Worldwide LLC, owners of the Peanut/Snoopy comic strip.
- Conducted complex consolidated opposition and cancellation proceedings for BNP Best Natural Products following the Indian government’s objection to the use of the term ‘Khadi’, a word with a history dating back to Mahatma Ghandi, in a cosmetic brand.
Simmons & Simmons
Copyright and trade secrets litigation are the primary growth areas for Simmons & Simmons’ IP offering, predominantly driven by Priya Nagpal, who operates extensively in the emerging fields of AI, big data and blockchain. Joint practice heads Adrian Smith and the 'incredible smart' Darren Meale (who played a key role in developing the client-praised EU trade mark tool 'Simmons & Simmons Translator') act for fashion, financial services, entertainment and life sciences companies, among many others. Contentious mandates include trade mark and design passing off, infringement and enforcement actions, while non-contentious matters typically pertain to brand exploitation and protection projects, often with the assistance of trade mark attorney and of counsel Rebecca Heard. John Slater's knowledge of Kong Kong and China IP law is another bonus for clients.
Adrian Smith; Darren Meale
Other key lawyers:
Priya Nagpal; Rebecca Heard; John Slater
‘The Simmons & Simmons IP team is very experienced and capable. I have always found them to be incredibly responsive and a safe pair of hands. In addition to being technically excellent in IP law, the team’s approach is always sensible and commercial: they see the bigger picture and provide sound strategic advice.‘
‘We have worked with Simmons & Simmons for many years and have always found them wonderful and easy to work with. They are a great bunch of people.‘
‘Darren Meale is one of the most talented external lawyers with whom I work. He is an incredibly smart IP lawyer who has that rare ability of being able to present advice on complex matters in a straightforward and sensible manner, and with such a wonderfully eloquent style.‘
‘John Slater is also an excellent IP lawyer. John is very experienced and is our go-to lawyer for trade mark matters in Hong Kong and China.‘
E&J Gallo Winery
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc
Middle Earth Enterprises/SZC
Secure Trust PLC
The Collective (Living) Limited
The TJX Companies, Inc.
Theravance Biopharma, Inc.
Venture Life Group plc
- Running a claim and defence to counterclaim for cryptocurrency leader Bitstocks in its High Court dispute with neo-bank District Financial over the name “Gravity”.
- Advising and representing Theravance Biopharma in the handling of its global trade mark portfolio and a range of brand-related matters, including enforcement and brand-conflict resolutions internationally.
- Advising Huawei Technologies on the national security-related restrictions that are being imposed by various European member states on the supply of products and services related to the build of 5G networks as well advising on complex questions of copyright and trade secrets infringement regarding security software.
Recent additions to Wiggin LLP‘s IP practice include Calum Smyth, whose prior role as head of Barclays’ global IP team honed his knowledge of transactional and contentious technology and software matters. The firm has also strengthened its Brussels presence to ensure seamless trade mark enforcement capabilities in the EUIPO. Key individuals Rachel Alexander and senior associate Victoria Gyles are strong in the media, music and technology sectors, and carve out a reputation in the fields of online enforcement, digital copyright and intermediary liability. Practice head Sara Ashby and Michael Browne operate in traditional sectors including fashion, retail and consumer goods, while partner promotion John Colbourn is the go-to parallel imports expert. Anna Carboni, who had been at the firm since its 2017 acquisition of IP boutique Redd, has now retired from the partnership.
Other key lawyers:
Calum Smyth; Rachel Alexander; Victoria Gyles; Michael Browne; John Colbourn
‘In my opinion Wiggin has one of the best teams for contentious and non-contentious work of this kind in the UK. The team is led by Sara Ashby, who is an extremely experienced IP litigator. I cannot recommend them highly enough.‘
‘Sara Ashby – in my view she is an exceptional IP litigator, one of the best I have ever worked with. Clients can be confident that she will leave no stone unturned to achieve a successful result.‘
‘Michael Browne – very capable and experienced IP litigation partner.‘
‘John Colbourn – another very capable and experienced IP contentious and non-contentious partner especially in the field of branding.‘
‘Joanne Gibbs is very hard working and thorough. Highly recommended. Georgina Hart is an excellent member of any litigation team, especially in relation to technical litigation.‘
‘The team members complement each other and this gives the client a sense of security. One associate is all over the details whereas the other focuses on main point and communicates with the client. Also, the team easily communicates strict legal information to non-legal executives for them to comprehend.‘
‘What stands out for me in Wiggin is that alongside handling the case, they always keep you updated, even when they have to act urgently, they always send thorough explanations right after.‘
‘John Colbourn is a very sage and steady pair of hands when helping decision making in a complex area.‘
Endemol Shine Group/Banijay (format titles including Peaky Blinders, Big Brother, MasterChef, Deal or No Deal, Pointless, Black Mirror)
Motion Picture Association
Warner Music UK Limited & Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
PRS for Music
- Represented Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment in the TuneIn case, a complex copyright infringement test case which also raised the substantive issue of whether the UK should depart from EU jurisprudence on communication to the public.
- Continued management of ESG’s global trade mark portfolio. Advising on brand clearance, strategic portfolio advice, registry matters, as well as on a range of contentious matters across ESG’s brands, including UK and EU oppositions, management of international prosecution and Registry disputes, and pre-litigation/litigation advice in connection with defence and enforcement matters (including court proceedings), across multiple territories.
- Represented Vans (and other VF entities) in English High Court proceedings against Primark for registered trade mark infringement and passing off in relation to ‘lookalike’ Vans Old Skool shoes.
Addleshaw Goddard’s IP practice continually attracts enviable clients in the retail, fashion and consumer sectors, which turn to the firm for high-stakes contentious matters. In an impressive example, practice head Emma Armitage defended Primark in High Court trade mark infringement proceedings filed by Vans, with managing associate Rachel Cook providing assistance. TMT is also a focus sector, with Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, Leeds-based Georgina Powling and Fiona Ghosh advising on collaboration agreements, R&D and software licensing. David Engel leads on domain name disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Rachel Cook; Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta; Georgina Powling; Fiona Ghosh; David Engel; Lucinda Pike
Addleshaws are very engaged, proactive and also cost-effective.’
‘I highly appreciate that the associates keep the project running, and involve the partners where needed. Unlike other firms I recognise the associates are on eye level – meaning they don’t hide behind the partners. This makes daily business easy.
‘Lucinda Pike is indeed the ‘spider in the web’ – always informed, and pushing all sides to keep the project on track. Always on the spot.’
SSE Energy Supply Limited
Battersea Power Station
Associated British Foods
- Acting for Primark in defending High Court proceedings brought by Vans for trade mark infringement in respect of Primark’s sale of a skate-style shoe.
- Advised Volkswagen over the last in relation to its major global alliance with Ford to harness collective technology, resources and innovation capabilities and provide complementary market positions.
- Advising T Cards in relation to a complex contractual and IP dispute regarding the ownership of business-critical software.
Browne Jacobson LLP’s IP practice is a desirable choice for leading brands in fashion, beauty, retail and media. Education, construction and IT companies are also present on the client roster. Declan Cushley (who leads 'a team of very bright, knowledgeable and commercially minded lawyers') has a substantial presence in the influencer and social media markets and is instructed by household-name brands and advertising agencies for image rights protection mandates. Associate Faye McConnell stands out for copyright infringement litigation while Giles Parsons advises on R&D agreements in the automotives sector.
Other key lawyers:
Faye McConnell; Giles Parsons; Bonita Trimmer
‘Very knowledgeable, they always 100% make an effort to achieve the best result for the client.‘
‘Declan Cushley has enormous drive, he is skilled and responsive and he is just a great lawyer, someone you can trust 100%.‘
‘Declan Cushley leads a very well-put-together team with flair.‘
‘A team of very bright, knowledgeable and commercially minded lawyers. Good across the board.‘
‘Thorough understanding of our business. Commercial focus. Ability to explain well legal technicalities. Likeable people who feel like they are part of our team.‘
‘Faye McConnell is extremely easy to work with. She is open and friendly, and makes you feel at ease. All of the work requested has been performed with minimal fuss, and Faye and the team are always on hand and available to support with any queries or issues; large or small.‘
‘Bonita Trimmer is very commercially astute.‘
‘Mark Daniels is very easy to work with and really partners with our company to achieve the best results.‘
Camelot UK Lotteries Limited
Aston Martin Lagonda
Iconic London Limited
QMS Holdings Limited
Money and Pensions Service
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
- Advising on portfolio management, clearance and development agreements for future models of Lotus Cars.
- Advising on portfolio management, trade mark licences and trade mark oppositions for Camelot UK Lotteries.
- Instructed to defend BFY Brands on trade mark infringement and passing-off proceedings brought by Corkers Crisps Limited.
Highly rated IP litigator Mary Bagnall helms the practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The team’s expertise includes design infringement litigation, damages cases and breach of contract disputes pertaining to copyright. The firm houses a dedicated art law team which also takes on copyright litigation. For non-contentious matters, Nick White applies his knowledge of the sports, retail and food and beverage sectors to commercialisation and licensing mandates, including image rights exploitation. Senior associate Caroline Young also handles commercial IP instructions.
Other key lawyers:
Nick White; Caroline Young; Peter Byrd; Olivia Gray; Charlotte Duly
‘The breadth of expertise and the ability to provide truly expert and focused advice has been a great source of confidence for me as a client.‘
‘The team have an excellent knowledge of trade mark protection, from the procedural to the practical aspects of protecting a trademark. They have provided me with thoughtful, insightful and level-headed advice.‘
‘Peter Byrd has provided responsive, considered, detailed, practical advice and support on trade mark matters.‘
‘Very commercial attitude; problem-solvers. Deliver what they promise and on time.‘
‘Nick White – understands business needs, very approachable and thinks out of the box.‘
‘Mary Bagnall’s knowledge of color and enforcement paradigms in the UK and EU is invaluable.‘
‘Charlotte Duly has provided a high level of understanding and experience in trade mark matters, giving very clear advice.‘
‘Olivia Gray has in-depth approach to each case and request. She is working very well with deadlines.‘
Essity Hygiene and Health (formerly SCA)
Moore Global (network of accountants) – Formerly Moore Stephens
Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli AG
Vindavinci Beverage Company
Australian Manuka Honey Association
Howard de Walden Estates
Spotlight Sports Group (publishers of the Racing Post)
Tobacco Free Portfolios
Chance for Nepal
buildingSMART International Limited
Salus Optima Limited
Blakely Clothing Co
- Representing the Australian Manuka Honey Association in opposing a UK certification mark for the name MANUKA HONEY by the UMF Honey Association Incorporated, a body representing the interests of the New Zealand Manuka honey industry.
- Advising on complex copyright and database rights issues (covering linking and extraction of substantial parts of data from websites) for an international NGO, with a key public interest focus.
- Advised the International Tennis Federation, the world governing body of tennis, on its rebrand of the Fed Cup (the women’s version of the Davis Cup) to the Billie Jean King Cup. This involved formulating and implementing a global filing strategy.
The team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP performs proactive copyright and trade mark infringement searches and subsequent takedowns in IP-rich sectors such as theatre and publishing. Notable work includes practice head Shireen Peermohamed’s representation of the estate of Terry Pratchett in wide-ranging enforcement actions. The team has recently brought in a number of new clients from a range of creative sectors including video gaming, which is the forte of Kostyantyn Lobov, whose instructions often concern copyright protection of visual assets. Recently joining from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Andrew Terry has added additional capabilities in strategic brand management mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Kostyantyn Lobov; Andrew Terry; Neil Adleman
‘The whole team act as one, they offer support and understanding but listen and offer the best solutions to the problems.‘
‘Under the leadership of Shireen Peermohamed the team are excellent, efficient, objective and essential to our UK enforcement operation. Shireen has imparted her automotive trade mark knowledge not only to Kostyantyn Lobov, who has become a key player in our operation, but also to the trainees whose knowledge grows everyday.‘
‘Shireen Peermohamed is excellent and sets a high standard.‘
‘The team is experienced, innovative and passionate about understanding their clients’ needs.‘
‘Shireen Peermohamed is a brilliant lawyer, razor sharp, expert in her field of specialism, incredibly commercial in her approach and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Neil Adleman is a fantastic legal partner, he goes the extra mile; he is very commercial, knows the theatre industry intimately and is a strategic thinker.‘
Queen Productions Limited (The band ‘Queen’)
Dunmanifestin Limited (owners of the rights in Sir Terry Pratchett’s works)
Electronic Arts, Inc
The Tonic Group (owners of the hit video game FALL GUYS)
Gumball 3000 (the famous international car race)
- Acting as the global IP managers of the band Queen including managers of the band’s worldwide trade mark portfolio, assisting in matters of brand protection, enforcement and IP disputes.
- Acting for Dunmanifestin Limited, the IP holding company for the rights in the works of Sir Terry Pratchett. Work includes managing a rapidly expanding global brand portfolio, brand protection, licensing work and enforcement.
- Acting for the international video game giant Electronic Arts, including managing the company’s large and growing EU and UK trade mark portfolio.
Lewis Silkin LLP recently appointed Tom Gaunt as its new head of intellectual property, succeeding Dominic Farnsworth, who remains a member of the firm’s IP steering group. Joint managing partner Giles Crown and Simon Chapman impress in the brand management field, while Mandarin-speaking managing associate Nicholas Buckland recently established a China desk to assist clients with ties to the country. Adam Glass and legal director Nick Bowie take on claimant-side copyright litigation, including digital enforcement actions with criminal elements. The team also benefits from the knowledge of brand consultant Alex Rushent.
Other key lawyers:
Dominic Farnsworth; Giles Crown; Simon Chapman; Nicholas Buckland; Adam Glass; Nick Bowie
‘Giles Crown always has a good grasp of the commercial implications of the legal issues. He works hard and goes the extra mile to turn things around in the tight timetable that the legal aspects of advertising law requires.‘
‘They are extremely detail oriented and have a superb dispute resolution team that engaged with our company very well throughout or legal dispute with a competitor.‘
‘They understand the law very well naturally and they are synchronised with our predicament perfectly. They walk you through everything, simply explaining options and offering the best advice.‘
‘Lewis Silkin are a strong team on the trade mark side. Simon Chapman is really good and Adam Glass is aggressive.‘
Airwair International Limited (trading as Dr. Martens)
Cosmetic Warriors Limited / Lush
Enterprise Holdings Inc
- Instructed on a number of IP matters for LUSH, spanning brand protection and enforcement as well as copyright infringement.
- Serving as Enterprise’s advisor for the UK and Europe, working closely with Enterprise’s US counsel to manage its trade mark portfolio for all UK and EU marks.
- Advising Britvic on a range of contentious IP matters, as well as its trade mark portfolio and other non-contentious IP issues.
Marks & Clerk’s brand protection team collaborates with the firm’s PATMA offering on infringement and passing off disputes. Practice head Kirsten Gilbert receives instructions from a long list of household name clients, in sectors ranging from sports, media and entertainment to luxury fashion, automotives and consumer electronics. Dafydd Bevan acts for major international brands before the High Court on registered and unregistered design disputes. Of counsel Vicky Butterworth is a notable copyright and trade mark litigator, while Gina Lodge advises on coexistence agreements and other non-contentious issues.
Other key lawyers:
Dafydd Bevan; Vicky Butterworth; Gina Lodge
‘I’ve found that this practice has a unique understanding of copyright law as well as a calm and pragmatic approach to their advice.‘
‘I’ve been working with Gina Lodge on a copyright infringement case. From the initial introduction I felt I was in safe hands and it was clear she has a deep understanding of her field. The advice given has been succinct, honest and unbiased in all instances which has given me confidence in the decisions I’ve needed to make as a consequence.‘
House of Bruar
Marketforce Business Media
Former England international rugby players Mike Tindall and James Haskell, and sports presenter Alexander Payne
- Acting for former England international rugby players Mike Tindall and James Haskell, and sports presenter Alex Payne, in High Court passing-off proceedings concerning a rugby podcast.
- Acting for the Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Alan Parsons on a High Court claim brought by The Project Band Limited for declaratory relief in relation to their use of the mark THE ORIGINAL ALAN PARSONS PROJECT BAND, and Alan’s counterclaim for passing off.
- Acting for the House of Bruar, the UK’s leading Scottish country clothing specialist, in defence of registered community design and UK unregistered design infringement proceedings brought before the IPEC by Fairfax and Favor.
Reed Smith LLP
Known predominantly for handling impressive work in the IP-rich entertainment and media industries, Reed Smith LLP’s practice acts on the full breadth of instructions, from copyright licensing, IP transactions and rights negotiations, to regulatory matters and litigation. Michael Skrein - 'a real grandee of the profession' - boasts contentious expertise covering trade mark infringement and online counterfeiting, having recently secured significant website-blocking injunctions combatting the latter. Practice co-chair Gregor Pryor, Carolyn Pepper and Stephen Edwards are retained by major national broadcasters for the full span of IP advice, from music licensing to rights disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Skrein; Carolyn Pepper; Stephen Edwards
‘The Reed Smith team is a fantastic team, commercially focused with a good eye to strategy. They hone in on the key issues to achieve a good commercial result with the least amount of fuss. They are the team that you want to have on your side in a copyright, design or trade mark dispute and compare very favourably with other top firms working in this area.‘
‘Reed Smith are responsive, inventive and collaborative and clients love working with them.‘
‘Carolyn Pepper is a highly skilled litigator. Clients love her.‘
‘Michael Skrein is a real grandee of the profession. Supremely clever and tactical. You always want him on your side.‘
Retained by a continually expanding roster of well-known brands in media, retail, fashion, technology and sports, RPC regularly acts on headline contentious IP instructions. Jeremy Drew, David Cran and Ben Mark have recently been working on a high volume of trade mark and copyright infringement actions before the High Court. Litigator Ciara Cullen has a focus on the food and drink industry, and is also defending design rights infringement proceedings in the IPEC on behalf of a well-known swimwear brand.
Jeremy Drew; David Cran
Other key lawyers:
Ben Mark; Ciara Cullen
‘Ben Mark is super-responsive; he has extensive knowledge with respect to IP matters; and he is very pragmatic. I think his greatest strength is his ability to understand the business needs of our mutual clients. He also is very bright and strategic with a focus on long-term goals.‘
‘Ben Mark – excellent. Responsive, efficient and consistently provides sound advice and decisive opinions.‘
‘Ciara Cullen – Outstanding service levels and very client-friendly. Clear and concise vision of all the issues.‘
‘Jeremy Drew is always very responsive, goes to the point and has a very practical view to solving legal issues.‘
‘Stand-out partners: Ciara Cullen and Ben Mark are both excellent. Ciara is very commercial and pragmatic and a skilled strategist. Ben is technically sound and very knowledgeable.‘
‘David Cran is brilliant.‘
‘Ciara Cullen and her team, from the very start of the process, were professional, approachable, friendly and quite clearly expert litigators. The sheer wealth of experience they have between them reassured us and we very quickly had every confidence that they were working in our best interests and would prove to be formidable adversaries for their counterparts at our competitor.‘
‘We had 100% confidence in the advice that we were given and never once thought twice about following it.‘
Associated Newspapers Limited
Emily Ratajkowski & Inamorata Swim
Frasers Group / GAME Retail
Kout Food Group
Training Qualifications UK Limited
- Acting for Associated Newspapers in its high-profile copyright infringement and privacy dispute with Meghan Markle, regarding the publication of a letter written to her father shortly after her marriage to Prince Harry.
- Acting for Sports Direct in connection with a trade mark infringement and passing off claim brought by TK Maxx, in respect of Brand Max, a discount outlet of designer brands opened by Sportsdirect.com Retail Limited in 2017.
- Advising Pernod Ricard on the day-to-day management of their core global brands including Martell, G.H. Mumm, Champagne Perrier-Jouët, Chivas Regal, Absolut and Jameson.
Shoosmiths LLP has a strong focus on cross-border brand enforcement and anti-counterfeiting work, and practice co-head Gary Assim was recently instructed to defend criminal prosecution and trade mark infringement actions in relation to alleged legal fakes in the streetwear industry. Anastasia Fowle has considerable experience in the automotives sector, having acted for numerous Formula 1 and Formula E teams in both commercial and litigation contexts. Sherif Malak advises on brand exploitation projects for innovative technology clients, including in regards to commercial deals in the medtech and AI industries. Andrew Brennan co-heads the practice from Birmingham.
Gary Assim; Andrew Brennan
Other key lawyers:
Anastasia Fowle; Sherif Malak
International Brand Firm (IBF), Michelle di Pierro & Marcello di Pierro
D-Fly Group Limited
Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Limited (VWG)
- Represented one of the defendants in a private criminal prosecution brought by global streetwear and skateboarding brand SUPREME, alleging trade mark infringement relating to the sale of clothing products bearing the brand ‘Supreme Italia’ and ‘Supreme Spain’.
- Advised the D-Fly Group or ‘Dragonfly’ on an IP protection strategy following the launch of its luxury electric scooter product.
- Advised clothing and lingerie brand Ann Summers on a number of collaborations with third parties.
On the contentious IP front, Stephenson Harwood acts on a high volume of trade mark infringement actions. Recent highlights for the 'trustworthy, commercial and fiercely intelligent' Rob Jacob have concerned complex issues surrounding 3D marks for medical devices and toy companies, as well as historical goodwill disputes on behalf of food and drink brands. Practice head Alexandra Pygall and Naomi Leach lead on the non-contentious side, while Pygall also has a hand in trade mark enforcement and opposition actions for longstanding clients in the retail, fashion and alcohol industries.
Other key lawyers:
Rob Jacob; Naomi Leach; Anne Stoffels
‘Alexandra Pygall and Rob Jacob shine.‘
‘The team excels at cross-border trade mark disputes. They are efficient, creative and take action quickly. They combine technical legal expertise with pragmatism and commerciality.‘
‘Rob Jacob is an expert trade mark litigator. Trustworthy, commercial and fiercely intelligent.‘
‘Anne Stoffels – star of the future. Great lawyer. Very responsive and organised.‘
‘Great team; hands-on, easy to work with.‘
‘Alexandra Pygall has a great eye for detail. She excels at licensing work, which makes her my go-to lawyer for this. Combined with a pragmatic and down-to-earth approach, it’s a winning combination.‘
‘Stephenson Harwood has a market-leading team offering notable expertise in all areas of IP law. Frequently acts for pharmaceutical companies in trade mark litigation. Also often representing notable brands. Additionally experienced in parallel imports, design rights, trade secrets and copyright issues.‘
‘The lawyers are extremely responsive and you have immediate access to partners. Within IP law, they are very knowledgeable about the international aspects and have strong contacts in other countries.‘
The Duracell Company
ViiV Healthcare UK Limited
Perfetti van Melle
Dr Wolff Group
Vexo International (UK) Limited
- Acting for GSK on various trade mark matters, and in particular worldwide cross-jurisdictional litigation in relation to the protection and enforcement of its rights in the Seretide Diskus asthma inhaler (the second-best selling pharmaceutical product ever worldwide).
- Acting for easyGroup, brand licensor for the easyFamily of brands (including easyJet) in numerous claims against third parties alleging infringement of easyGroup’s trade marks.
- Acting as UK IP counsel for Gap (including its brands Gap, Athleta, Banana Republic and Old Navy).
Under the leadership of founder and 'true IP leader' Julius Stobbs and fellow co-heads Chris Sleep and Geoff Steward, Stobbs IP's vast pool of solicitors and trade mark attorneys provide an end-to-end approach to brand protection and enforcement for global clients. The firm often takes advantage of the IPEC shorter trial scheme for trade mark infringement litigation. In-house platform Brand Intelligence assists with online infringement, anti-counterfeiting, takedowns and other digital brand enforcement matters. The team operates across Cambridge and London.
Julius Stobbs; Chris Sleep; Geoff Steward
‘Geoff Steward and Chris Sleep are approachable, commercial and good fun to be around, both in out out of the work environment.‘
‘Innovative, client-focused, and creative like no other. I have worked with Stobbs for about five years in relation to a wide range of IP matters and continue to be impressed by their quality and clarity of work.‘
‘Julius Stobbs is a true IP leader with both exceptionally good practical knowledge and an amazing understanding of what moves this area of law.‘
‘Stobbs is one of the most unique and innovative firms I work with globally. Stobbs is truly committed to providing a business practical law firm that is focused on solving legal issues and a business-practical and cost-efficient manner. Their business-centric approach is refreshing and, in my opinion, has always led us to the best results.‘
‘Creative, innovative thinkers. I am routinely pleased with the legal advice I receive on the issues we face.‘
‘Julius Stobbs is first class.‘
‘An elite team of experts in their field.‘
‘The team at Stobbs are highly innovative; their offering is genuinely unique. As well as core IP services they offer cutting edge services around anti-counterfeiting and related matters.‘
AG Barr (Irn Bru)
Automobil Lamborghini SPA
Beiersdorf (Nivea etc.)
Brown Forman (Jack Daniels etc)
Cancer Research UK
Capri Sun GmbH
Corelle brands LLC
Energizer Holdings Inc.
England and Wales Cricket Board
Faber & Faber
Garrard & Company (jewellers)
Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)
GVC Services Ltd
Harley Davidson USA Inc.
Iglo Foods (i.e. Birdseye, Findus, etc.)
Liverpool Football Club
Marks and Spencer
Olive and Orange Ltd
- Successfully defended Liverpool Football Club against an action by New Balance relating to a kit sponsorship contract.
- Running a major online brand enforcement programme for Hennes & Mauritz.
- Representing Facebook in a string of EUIPO opposition cases to protect the FACEBOOK brand.
Regarded by peers as proactive litigators, the team of experts at Brandsmiths - a specialist boutique founded in 2014 - are routinely instructed on high-stakes disputes by a prestigious roster of international clients from IP-rich sectors. The bench includes practice head Andy Lee, founding partner Adam Morallee, associate Amy Brooks and senior associate Hayley Griffin. Recent highlights have seen the team handling trade mark and design counterfeit proceedings on behalf of BMW and a string of infringement claims against Amazon on behalf of fashion brands.
Other key lawyers:
Adam Morallee; Amy Brooks; Hayley Griffin; Alex Hall
‘Andy Lee and Alex Hall are truly amazing in handling trade mark disputes.‘
‘We needed specialised IP litigators who had a real understanding of corporate law matters to resolve a convoluted and complex dispute. From the outset, it was clear that the Brandsmiths lawyers are used to thinking outside the box. They approached complex IP legal issues holistically, and provided strategic solutions which considered our global business objectives.‘
‘The Brandsmiths team is a pleasure to work with. They’re our IP litigation partners of choice.‘
‘Andy Lee is super smart, distilling complex IP issues quickly, and strategically having regard to the business objectives. Andy is really approachable and straightforward with incredible attention to detail, offering practical advice that is thorough, analytical and concise. Andy has a subtly aggressive approach to resolving disputes to get you the desired commercial outcome.‘
‘Alex Hall is an excellent lawyer with in depth knowledge of resolving IP disputes having regard to the broader and global commercial issues. Alex has excellent analytical skills, and his advice on complex IP dispute matters and court procedures is always clever, clear and practical.‘
‘Brandsmiths is a boutique trade mark practice which is highly experienced at fighting complex trade mark and passing off cases in all forums. Because they are young and tech-savvy they work flexibly and effectively remotely and are excellent at responding to the client’s needs and wishes.‘
‘I have worked with Andy Lee, a founding partner, and his teams of assistants including Hayley Griffin and Amy Brooks. All are a pleasure to deal with. Andy is unique in his approach to advising and representing clients, giving them a personal service which they much appreciate. Hayley and Amy are self-motivated and outstanding at managing casework, administration and evidence gathering and collation. All of them are very responsive and engaged with every case.‘
Lad Bible Group
Beverly Hills Polo Club
Potter Herbal Remedies
Iconix Brand Group (Umbro, Lee Cooper, Starter)
Dun & Bradstreet
- Acted for Beverly Hills Polo Club in high-profile litigation against Amazon dealing with a difficult issue of split ownership of trade mark rights, targeting and sales made to customers inside the UK and EU but concluded outside.
- Represented BMW in proceedings against a mass counterfeiter on the basis of trade mark and registered design infringement.
- Acting for Imagination Workshop, which produced interactive dining shows based on the Faulty Towers and Only Fools and Horses comedy shows. Client is the defendant in the action brought by the owners of the copyright in the Only Fools and Horses scripts.
The Bristol-based IP and media practice at Burges Salmon LLP is equally strong on litigation and non-contentious matters. Co-head Helen Scott-Lawler advises on a range of licensing, distribution and brand strategisation projects for media, publishing and retail clients. Co-head Jeremy Dickerson, newly promoted partner Emily Roberts and senior associate Georgina Shaw appear in the High Court and IPEC on trade mark and copyright infringement disputes, recently for national broadcasters in defence proceedings. The team excels in the digital copyright space, particularly for litigation on behalf of major US clients.
Jeremy Dickerson; Helen Scott-Lawler
Other key lawyers:
Emily Roberts; Georgina Shaw
‘The firm has an international practice and the quality of the service is as good as any magic circle/major London law firm. It is the law firm I would always choose.‘
‘Jeremy Dickerson has a wealth of experience in litigating for well-known luxury brands. Can deal with a case at an international level and provides the best advice you can get from both a legal and commercial perspective.‘
‘Emily Roberts is driven, commercial, very astute, will fight hard for her clients.‘
‘Jeremy Dickerson – accessible, knowledgeable, very commercial advice.‘
‘Georgina Shaw – accessible, knowledgeable, very commercial advice.‘
‘The people I have worked with are just very nice, approachable, yet intelligent and knowledgeable people. I always find them a joy to work with and trust the quality of the work product that they produce. I have worked with Jeremy Dickerson and Emily Roberts both of who are very commercially minded and pleasant people to work with.‘
BBC and BBC Studios Ltd
JET Petrol Stations (Phillips 66)
Brocade Communications Systems, LLC. (subsidiary of Broadcom, Inc.) & Avago Technologies International Sales Pte Ltd
John Lewis and Waitrose
L Brands: Victoria’s Secret, PINK, and Bath & Body Works,
Virgin Enterprises Limited (Virgin Group)
Santa Barbara Polo Club
- Advising the BBC and BBC Studios on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations as sole counsel.
- Acting as sole UK trade mark counsel to Starbucks.
- Acting for the Santa Barbara Polo Club in High Court trade mark infringement proceedings brought by the owner of the Beverly Hills Polo Club brand in Europe.
Recent work of note for the team at Clifford Chance LLP has seen co-head Stephen Reese advise on the branding and licencing elements of large-scale business combinations in the telecoms sector, while co-head Vanessa Marsland has been busy handling high-value commercial agreements in the financial services sector. The group also has expertise in protected designation of origin matters and also handles parallel import litigation in the pharmaceuticals sector.
Stephen Reese; Vanessa Marsland
Other key lawyers:
Alex Walker; Leigh Smith
‘We were incredibly pleased to work with Clifford Chance – they were proactive, extremely competent, managed the process of the assignment extremely well and brought in all the necessary capacity.’
‘Stephen Reese has done several trade dress clearances for me and they were always excellent. It is clear that he is the mentor and sets the tone for others.’
‘Alex Walker was our point person – he was not only incredibly competent, but also flexible and led us outstandingly in an area where we truly didn’t know our way around! We always felt in the best possible hands!’
‘Leigh Smith has an in-depth understanding of our company and business. Great lawyer. Efficient and extremely responsive. Solution oriented and practical advice, which is of utmost importance for a company.’
‘They are excellent, really one of a kind. Their work is very detailed and professional, on another level compared to other firms I have used. Their analysis and conclusions are so well written that even an ignorant person in the field would be able to understand everything. I trust their analysis and conclusions without any doubt, which I can’t say with respect to other firms I’ve tried. I needed urgent work a couple of times and they have delivered each time without any delay, and the quality of the work was never compromised – it was always very high. So they are my first and only choice.’
‘Great understanding of our company and business. Great legal knowledge. Very responsive. Fee flexibility. Appropriate resourcing.’
Cyprus Government and the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus Named Halloumi
The Absolut Company
Qiddiya Investment Company
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust
Global Oil Company
- Advising Telefónica on the branding, IP and licensing activities of its 50:50 joint venture with Liberty Global to combine their UK operations O2 and Virgin Media.
- Advised the 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) without being authorised to do so, or for products which do not comply with the requirements of the applicable regulations.
- Advising L’Oreal in connection with its acquisition of the THIERRY MUGLER brands and AZZARO fragrances through the takeover of the fragrance division of Clarins Group, in addition to various enforcement matters in the UK.
D Young & Co LLP’s IP solicitors work in alignment with the firm’s top-tier prosecution practice on contentious mandates for global clients. Co-heads Jeremy Pennant and Tamsin Holman, Anna Reid and senior associate Jake Hayes are active in the FMCG, hotels, cosmetics and social media sectors. in a recent highlight, the team defended SEGA against trade mark infringement claims brought by Manchester United in the High Court. Partners in the Munich office enable representation before the EUIPO.
Jeremy Pennant; Tamsin Holman
Other key lawyers:
Anna Reid; Jake Hayes
‘The team has a high-quality, proactive and client-friendly approach.‘
‘Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid assist us in trade mark and design matters. They are among the best we have dealt with in the UK. Always approachable and friendly with a clear focus also on the commercial side of the matter.‘
‘D Young & Co’s trade mark team is highly pragmatic – they balance genuine commercial understanding with impeccable knowledge of the law. Their advice is always direct, to the point and well judged.‘
‘The practice covers all key IP areas and manages to provide comprehensive and in-depth legal advice which is tailored to the client’s needs and preferences. The legal analysis is top-notch while still managing to remain pragmatic and business oriented.‘
‘The team members are highly responsive, very professional, very knowledgeable while being nice and fun people to work with. They know their clients and their preferences and manage to provide tailored advice every time around.‘
‘We work and have worked closely in particular with Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid. They stand out because of their very personal touch in handling matters.‘
‘Explains situation in plain English, lots of experience, friendly.‘
Cosmetic Warriors (Lush)
Crockett & Jones Shoes
Dabur India Ltd
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Grays of Cambridge
Hard Rock International
Jo Loves Limited
Johnson & Johnson
SEGA and Sports Interactive
Sony Music Entertainment
SOP International Limited
The Dow Chemical Company
Tropic Skincare Ltd
Zoopla Property Group
- Represented Procter & Gamble at the EUIPO Boards of Appeal in a long-running dispute over the BABY-DRY trade mark.
- Acting in High Court proceedings for Sega and Sports Interactive, publishers of the well-known “Football Manager” game series, defending a trade mark claim brought by Manchester United FC.
- Handling international enforcement, litigation and trade mark registry proceedings for cosmetics retailer Lush.
In a significant development for Deloitte Legal’s London office, the firm recently acquired technology and digital media firm Kemp Little, increasing its capacity for trade mark enforcement and portfolio management, assisted by various innovative legal technology tools. IP and technology disputes head Paul Garland brought over a roster of hi-tech clients from Kemp Little; other key partners include Rachael Barber, whose client portfolio features large fashion and retail names, and database rights expert Jeremy Harris.
Other key lawyers:
Rachael Barber; Jeremy Harris; Alex Woolgar
‘This team specialises in IP litigation and they really go the extra mile. They are client focused with an eye on budget and prospects for success. They also lead in the IP tech innovation arena.‘
‘Rachael Barber is a true star, a tough litigator but with no-nonsense can-do approach. Rachael understands the needs of the business and is extremely thorough, strategic and commercial.‘
‘Able to quickly adapt to and address arising challenges.‘
‘Exceptional subject matter expertise with very commercial advice.‘
‘Alex Woolgar is very approachable and extremely knowledgeable.‘
TJX UK (TK Maxx)
Travellers Exchange Corporation (Travelex)
Islestarr (Charlotte Tilbury)
Fadaat Media (Alaraby TV)
- Represented TJX in its trade mark and passing off dispute with Sportsdirect.com.
Dentons’ IP offering in London works closely with its Scottish and European counterparts to execute cross-border transactions and IP-rich investments; a recent example saw co-head Anna Copeman providing advice to Warner Music on the copyright aspects of high-value investments in music portfolios and businesses. On the contentious side, Copeman leads a team assisting with cross-border brand disputes in the fashion sector. Senior associate Jennifer Cass assists with both contentious and non-contentious mandates.
Anna Copeman; Campbell Forsyth
Other key lawyers:
Jennifer Cass; James Marsden
‘I work with Anna Copeman and James Marsden in the IP team and they have advised me excellently in several matters. No nonsense, but flexible in their approach and consideration to find innovative solutions.‘
‘Anna Copeman is simply fantastic. She is quick to respond, calm in a crisis and really knows her stuff.‘
‘All legal advice and support is clear and transparent so I knew exactly what was happening and what certain processes meant, and why they were important.‘
Emtelle UK Limited
Lottoland Holdings Ltd
- Defending American Eagle Outfitters in UK High Court proceedings brought by Lyle & Scott for alleged breach of a co-existence agreement and passing off in relation to use of American Eagle’s logo in key retail channels.
- Represented Glencairn (manufacturers of the iconic Glencairn Whisky Glass) in IPEC proceedings against Final Touch for producing infringing copies glassware, in violation Glencairn’s 3D trade mark and registered designs.
- Acting for M&S in respect of all intellectual property matters, including drafting and negotiating its international franchise agreements and consignment, brand licensing and distribution agreements with major third party brands (including Phase Eight, Hobbs and Early Learning Centre).
Recent work for Farrer & Co’s IP department highlights the firm's strength across the non-contentious disciplines. Practice head Peter Wienand has taken the lead on international collaborations in the entertainment space, as well as a spate of copyright licensing, and IP exploitation projects for arts, education, charity and cultural institutions. David Copping and associate Natalie Rimmer also have commercial IP expertise, while litigator Ian De Freitas was instructed to pursue online infringement actions against fraudulent websites.
Other key lawyers:
David Copping; Natalie Rimmer; Ian De Freitas; Owen O’Rorke
‘Very knowledgeable team in terms of IP rights, very responsive and also very pragmatic.‘
‘Peter Wienand is excellent both in terms of knowledge but also in terms of experience and offering practical solutions where grey areas are encountered.‘
‘David Copping is excellent, very responsive and commercial in his approach.‘
‘Owen O’Rorke has great insight into the current IP litigation trends which is valuable information for determining the options to resolve IP disputes. He has an in-depth knowledge of IP law and civil procedure.‘
‘The team has unrivalled expertise in advising cultural institutions/not for profits, and have a very good grasp of the particular requirements of this type of organisation.‘
‘Anisha Birk is an excellent associate with a good depth of knowledge and an excellent eye for detail.‘
Coutts & Co
Imperial College London
University of Cambridge
University College London (UCL) Press
British Medical Journal (BMJ)
J.P. Boden & Co. Limited
Natural History Museum
- Acted for the Natural History Museum Trading Company in negotiations relating to a major collaboration with Warner Brothers to produce the ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature’ exhibition.
- Longstanding advisers to The Economist for advice on the weekly pre-publication content issues across its print editions, as well as in connection with Economist Radio and Economist Films.
- Successfully acted for Goat Fashion Limited in relation to the protection of its trade mark and trading rights throughout the UK and Europe from infringement by a large US brand moving into the region.
In a major trade mark litigation win for Fox Williams LLP’s IP practice, practice head Simon Bennett recently secured an infringement victory in the Court of Appeal for Bentley Clothing against Bentley Motors. Bennett acts for a range of other lifestyle brands and furniture companies in opposition and dilution disputes, buoyed by strong fashion law knowledge. Nigel Miller and senior associate Sian Barr advise on licensing agreements, IP transactions and joint ventures for established names as well as fintech startups.
Other key lawyers:
Nigel Miller; Sian Barr; Sarah Redmond
‘Fox Williams has a very efficient, tight-knit team that responds promptly and well to questions and concerns. They also stay current on trade mark trends and developments.‘
‘Simon Bennett is always polite, sharp, and congenial. He knows his stuff.‘
‘Sarah Redmond is efficient, funny, and super savvy when it comes to trade mark strategy.‘
‘Fox Williams has outstanding experience in fashion law. They are hands on and transparent.‘
‘Sarah Redmond works incredibly fast and foresees all problems.‘
‘Knowledgeable, responsive, efficient, cost effective, very easy to work with.‘
Glanbia Performance Nutrition, Inc.
Mycoskie LLC (TOMS Shoes)
Gino Cerruti (UK) Limited
Superdrug and The Perfume Shop
Gordon Bennett International Limited (Marc Darcy)
- In the Court of Appeal, successfully defended Bentley Motors’ appeal against client Bentley Clothing’s previous trade mark win.
- Achieved a successful settlement for maternity wear brand Seraphine in its High Court design infringement claim against JoJo Maman Bébé for unregistered EU and UK design right infringement.
- Serving as Superdry’s go-to IP disputes lawyers, securing wins against Abercrombie, River Island, Burton, Top Shop, French Connection, Tesco and Sainsburys, among others.
As part of its global portfolio management offering, boutique firm Hansel Henson represents international clients in the defence of invalidity actions and oppositions to trade mark and design assets. David Hansel (who co-heads the practice with Justine Flockhart) is a well-known name in the field of ‘easy’ litigation, having defended a string of businesses in actions initiated by EasyGroup, including High Court proceedings.
David Hansel; Justine Flockhart
‘A small group of highly intelligent, personable individuals who make things happen for their clients.‘
‘Hansel Henson is a highly effective team of individuals, with experienced and engaging partners who deliver pragmatic, strategic advice at a competitive price. The support team are also highly proficient and we cannot recommend their services highly enough.‘
‘Justine Flockhart is an exceptional intellectual property lawyer. We highly value her expertise in trade marks and we can commend her as a go-to trusted advisor.‘
‘David Hansel’s service and attention has been exemplary.‘
‘Experienced, knowledgeable, friendly and efficient team, providing pragmatic advice. The teams are well leveraged, responsive and cost effective.‘
‘What I regard as most important about Hansel Henson is their expertise, flexibility and charm. They never forget who you are and their people skills are second to none. They are also very fast off the ground and compare favourably with all lawyers I have worked with.‘
‘Justine Flockhart, Tom Henson and David Hansel are all tremendous – they pay attention to the details and appreciate the business needs of their clients and the practical implications of what they are doing.‘
Blue Group UK Retail Limited
Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA)
States of Jersey (Government of Jersey)
Berthold Types Ltd
Utopia Jewellery Ltd.
Loch Katrine IKE
Easy Live (Services) Limited (the owner of Easy Live Auction)
Leyton UK Partners LLP
- Responsible for Globefill’s (makers of Crystal Head Vodka) UK registered trade marks and design rights, including acting to extend its registered IP protection. This includes successfully defending an invalidation attack on the company’s important and valuable 3D trade mark.
- Acting as IP counsel to Blue Group UK Retail Limited, a leading manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of home furnishings.
- Protecting the use of the JERSEY ROYAL POTATOES trade mark and Protected Designation of Origin.
In a notable addition to the IP, media and technology team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, the firm recently recruited Herbert Smith Freehills LLP UK IP head Joel Smith, adding significant transactional IP expertise to the practice. Impressive instructions include high-value acquisitions in the media, fashion, life sciences and FMCG sectors. Practice head Sahira Khwaja and counsel Alastair Shaw are strong on contentious matters, including cross-border enforcement actions, trade mark infringement and passing off and parallel import disputes. Clients are typically multijurisdictional, household-name consumer brands.
Other key lawyers:
Joel Smith; Alastair Shaw
Lucozade Ribena Suntory
- Advising Yum! Brands on the prosecution and enforcement of its trade marks and designs in the UK.
- Advising Lucozade Ribena Suntory on the management of its UK trade mark and design portfolio.
- Advising Asahi International on its trade mark enforcement and prosecution matters in the UK as well as advising on the IP aspects of high-profile transactions.
K&L Gates LLP
Arthur Artinian leads the London IP and technology practice at K&L Gates LLP; the team has recently acted on copyright and design infringement defense mandates for fashion and newly acquired card-payment clients. The practice is retained by household-name luxury brands for global partnership deals, cutting-edge digital sponsorships, enforcement actions, and other strategic matters. Artinian is the global relationship counsel for Kylie Jenner’s Coty brand, with instructions including high-value collaboration and licensing deals.
‘Arthur Artinian is client focused, relentless pursuit of excellence, committed to building relationships and understanding client needs.‘
‘Arthur Artinian is a one of the few who straddle being technically excellent, best in class, client focused and a true delight to work with in all circumstances. The breadth of his network is an asset that should not be underestimated.‘
‘Very business focused with strong industry knowledge in the luxury sector. Arthur Artinian is a star.‘
‘Well-developed practice group with a high level of diversity and capabilities across several key jurisdictions.‘
General Mills (Yoplait, Haagen-Dazs, Cheerios, Green Giant)
Luxottica Group (Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol)
- Representing Nike in a global trade mark dispute against Puma in relation to the FOOTWARE trade mark, which includes opposition, invalidity and court proceedings in the UK, EU, USA, Korea, Japan and Australia.
- Advising Coty on the global launch of the Kylie Skin and Kylie Cosmetics businesses, following from representation of the client in its $600m licensing and collaboration deal with celebrity influencer Kylie Jenner.
- Advising longstanding client Gucci on a range of global collaborations, launches and IP licensing projects, including various celebrity talent and endorsement agreements, a unique collaboration with Sir David Attenborough, and a highly publicised global collaboration with The North Face.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP’s London IP team is helmed by the well-regarded Nicholas Bolter, who provides 'broad and deep' expertise to impressive line of IP-rich media, entertainment, fashion and retail businesses. Recent highlights have seen the team advising global brands on trade mark and design enforcement actions, notably for Ferrari, Abercrombie & Fitch and Tripadvisor. With assistance from associate Martin Henshall, Bolter leads on cross-border opposition proceedings for movie production and media distribution clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘Nicholas Bolter’s expertise in the law and regulation of intellectual property is both broad and deep, and he communicates his expert guidance in an accessible and efficient manner. His unique skill set makes him an ideal one-stop partner for in-house counsel.‘
‘Nicholas Bolter is great to deal with, always very responsive and helpful.‘
Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited
Abercrombie & Fitch sagl
Timberland Licensing LLC
- Provided a range of trade mark services to Netflix, with a focus on title clearance (helping Netflix assess the risks associated with new movie and TV show titles), prosecution in the UK and EU and enforcement.
- Managing Timberland’s UK and EU trade mark and design prosecution and coordinating a pan-European design and 3D trade mark enforcement programme, resulting in significant actions in Germany, Italy and Norway.
- Helping Ferrari to take action to combat the sale of counterfeit and replica/recreation “kit car” vehicles in the United Kingdom, as well as acting for the client in disputes concerning the misuse of Ferrari’s trade marks and copyright-protected works by third parties in the automotive industry and beyond.
Powell Gilbert LLP’s soft IP practice handles a wide variety of matters concerning counterfeit products, parallel trading and lookalike goods. Practice head Simon Ayrton represents high-profile FMCG clients including Procter & Gamble, as well as a range of furniture, retail and food and drink companies. Tom Oliver and Peter Damerell are noted for their 'in-depth knowledge of IP law and large experience in IP litigation'.
Other key lawyers:
Tom Oliver; Peter Damerell
‘We regularly cooperate with the TMT team at Powell Gilbert, which has outstanding expertise in this field of IP. They know their business inside and out.‘
‘Powell Gilbert is a first-class law firm with an excellent IP department.‘
‘Tom Oliver and Peter Damerell have in-depth knowledge of IP law and a large experience in IP litigation. I would sure recommend both them individually and the entire law firm.‘
The Procter & Gamble Company
Gillette Company LLC
Vitra, Cassina and Fritz Hansen
SCUK IP Limited
- Defending Procter & Gamble’s global brand, including multiple actions against various traders in counterfeit, parallel traded, and lookalike goods.
- Representing Gillette in a dispute over its registration of the trade mark, SUNNY. Société Bic has opposed the registration before the UKIPO relying on three of its trade marks, each of which include the element SOLEIL, alleging a likelihood of confusion and that Gillette’s mark takes unfair advantage of BIC’s marks.
- Advising Ocado in respect of a claim brought in the IPEC against one of Ocado’s suppliers, Pepsi Co, for trade mark infringement and passing off.
Active across a diverse range of sectors including retail, technology, fashion, industrial and life sciences, Slaughter and May’s IP team receives contentious and non-contentious mandates in equal measure. Practice head David Ives acts on the majority of instructions, ranging from IP licensing and commercial deals to cross-border trade mark litigation. Head of technology Rob Sumroy assists with commercial IP matters in the emerging fintech sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Rob Sumroy; Duncan Blaikie; Laura Houston; Richard McDonnell
‘Excellent cohesion and attention to detail. Highly skilled and responsive.’
‘They are a very creative team. They always listen to the client and prioritise the client’s needs – this comes across in their attitude and approach to large projects. Not intimidated or afraid to tackle difficult legal issues. They then employ their brilliant minds in a collegiate environment to make it work.’
‘David Ives and Richard McDonnell provide outstanding service and are both personable and likeable outside of the office environment.’
‘David Ives is constantly available and knows what he’s doing – he is able to deliver strategically and one of the best project managers we’ve ever worked with. He has developed a great team that he can trust. Richard McDonnell is an exceptional associate and all over the detail.’
‘Richard McDonnell is an exceptional associate and all over the detail.’
Marks & Spencer
Asda Stores Limited
Standard Chartered Bank
A Plastic Free Planet
World Golf Systems
TVS Motor Company
Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance
Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostic (“FIND”)
- Advised the John Lewis Partnership and Waitrose Limited on a long-term arrangement with Shell for the operation of Waitrose-branded areas at Shell’s UK petrol station forecourt estate.
- Advised SC Ventures, the innovation and ventures unit of Standard Chartered, on its partnership with Northern Trust, a leading provider of asset servicing, to launch Zodia Custody, an institutional-grade custody solution for cryptocurrencies.
- Has advised Marks & Spencer for over 15 years on a wide range of international IP licensing matters in relation to its international franchise and distribution network.
Operating in innovative and emerging sectors, TLT’s technology and IP practice has expertise in the exploitation, licensing and protection of software and data rights. Showcasing broader sector strength, 'extremely intelligent' London team head Nick Fenner has recently acted in High Court trade secrets litigation relating to confidential formulas for a manufacturing client, with legal director Andrew Cave assisting. The team advises on partnership agreements for electric vehicle charging facilities.
Nick Fenner; James Touzel
Other key lawyers:
‘Nick Fenner is a first-class IP lawyer, who is extremely intelligent and blessed with a good understanding of our business.‘
‘The team at TLT always conducts themselves in a transparent and professional way. No surprises. We use TLT for general business relationship agreement and contract work. They also manage all our trade mark and IP matters. Issues are handled in straightforward plain English. Complex legal issues are made clear and easy to understand.‘
‘Nick Fenner is the partner we mainly work with. He negotiates contractual content with meaningful insight. He skilfully de-escalates contentious issues, finding unexpected solutions that work out well for both sides.‘
‘TLT provides superb legal services on a cost-effective basis.‘
BGL (Compare The Market)
DC Bars (Dirty Martini)
- Advising Ecotricity on all IP aspects of its partnership with GRIDSERVE to power up the Electric Highway.
- Advising Provexis, the business that develops, licenses and sells the proprietary, scientifically-proven Fruitflow® heart-health functional food ingredient, on all IP aspects of its arrangements for the distribution of Fruitflow+ Omega-3 in China.
- Acted for claimant Ulfcar Productions in a complex High Court claim involving highly confidential and commercially sensitive formulas and know-how used by Ulfcar. The claim related to allegations that the confidential information had been wrongfully obtained and used by a competitor, Flowcrete.
Waterfront Solicitors LLP
Waterfront Solicitors LLP’s IP practice acts for SMEs and larger corporates in trade mark infringement proceedings before the High Court and IPEC. As well as receiving instructions from consumer goods clients, the 'quick sharp and thoughtful' co-head Matthew Harris fields specialist knowledge of the agrochemicals sector, whereas the 'robust and tenacious' co-head Piers Strickland takes on trade secrets and copyright infringement claims in the financial services sector. The team recently faced Microsoft in major passing-off proceedings, obtaining a favourable settlement for an IT client.
Matthew Harris; Piers Strickland
Other key lawyers:
‘Piers Strickland is a robust and tenacious partner to have on your side, he is also a pleasure to work with. He is exceptional with difficult clients, in terms of partner availability and engagement. Phil Leonard plays a good supporting role as an associate.‘
‘Waterfront is a boutique IP firm that provides a very focused and value-driven service to its clients.‘
‘Matthew Harris has an outstanding knowledge of IP law who focuses very much on the commercial concerns of his clients.‘
‘Matthew Harris quick, sharp, thoughtful and very much solution-oriented and his expertise is very high.‘
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited
The Financial Times Limited
CMC Markets UK Plc
Workable Technology Limited
Scratch Meals Ltd
Banijay Rights Limited
PMS International Group Plc
Medien Patent Verwaltung Ag,
Transport Exchange Group Limited
MGL Eumann SL
- Acting for financial services company Illiquidx Limited in High Court proceedings for breach of confidence, infringement of trade secrets and infringement of copyright in relation to a Venezuelan fund.
- Acting for GoodBetterBest in High Court proceedings involving claims of contractual breach, trade mark infringement and unregistered design infringement in respect of activities in the UK, China and the EU.
- Acting for Scratch Meals, Sainsburys and Waitrose in a trade mark infringement liability trial and subsequent account-of-profits phase.
Although primarily known for its prosecution offering, AA Thornton’s 'knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and extremely professional' litigation practice has secured recent successes in the High Court for major client Virgin Enterprises in trade mark infringement litigation relating to the VIRGIN brand name. Those proceedings were led by practice head Geoff Hussey. Daniel Byrne is also a noted disputes partner, having handled unregistered design rights infringement proceedings in the retail sector.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at AA Thornton takes the time to understand our requirements from a commercial perspective, and then ensures we are kept fully up to date throughout the whole process – using language we can fully understand!‘
‘Knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and extremely professional. They are genuine partners to our business in all things IP. Their billing systems are innovative and generally make our lives very easy. All the focus is on great quality advice and not having to worry about admin.‘
‘Geoff Hussey is out and out the best IP lawyer that we work with.‘
‘They are quickly responsive to any communication and are nice people to do business with. It this is an outstanding firm.‘
Virgin Enterprises Limited
Halliburton Energy Services
Jimmy Choo Limited
Cambridge Quantum Computing
Radley & Co.
Robert Bosch GmbH
Associated British Foods Plc
- Acted for Virgin in relation to a first-ever decision in trade mark law in the UK relating to adjectival suffixes.
- Represented Lowe Alpine UK in design rights infringement proceedings against SportsDirect.com Retail and Wareshop2.
- Assisted Admiral on the IP side of the sale of the Penguin Portals and Preminen businesses to ZPG’s comparison division RVU.
Ashurst maintains a strong transactional IP offering under the 'extremely experienced' practice head David Wilkinson. The team advises household-name sports clients on M&A and technology joint ventures and performs IP portfolio due diligence on innovative deals in the automotives sector; the latter advised on by counsel and 'excellent operator' Don McCombie. Another skill is providing IP advice in insolvency procedures. Wilkinson has been running a complex High Court claim in the cryptocurrency space concerning AI algorithms.
Other key lawyers:
‘An experienced team knowledgeable across a range of asset types and situations. Worked with them on a series of asset disposal processes.‘
‘Don McCombie is an excellent operator.‘
‘A wealth of experience in IP matters, suitably robust when a matter requires it.‘
‘David Wilkinson is extremely experienced, flexible in his thinking, personable, generous with his time, practical and understands his clients.‘
‘The IP practice under the leadership of David Wilkinson has considerable depth and breadth of expertise enabling them to handle the biggest and most complex matters.‘
‘David Wilkinson is a very professional, tough and an effective negotiator.‘
‘Don McCombie is young and up and coming. One to watch. Supremely intelligent and knowledgeable, great with clients and a pleasure to deal with.‘
‘Impressive in terms of turnaround speed. Advice received to date has been concise and effective.‘
AVEVA Group plc
BlackRock Innovation Capital
Crypton Digital Assets Limited
General Nuclear System Limited
LifeStyles Healthcare Pte Ltd
McLaren Racing Ltd
NEX International Limited
Pure Fishing, Inc
Teach First, The Reach Foundation, Google, Department for Education
Thomas Cook Group plc (in liquidation)
- Representing Crypton Digital Assets in a High Court claim against Blockchain SA and several other defendants concerning a cryptocurrency trading platform utilising AI algorithms.
- Advising F1 racing team McLaren Racing in litigation with its former merchandising partner, Fanatics International, concerning a brand licensing agreement.
- Representing NCR Corporation — the world’s leading provider of ATMs and point-of sale payment applications — in a technology contract dispute in the Commercial Court with former supplier Global Display Solutions Limited.
Brabners LLP’s IP team operates at a national level from the north west, with Colin Bell leading the team out of Liverpool. Focused on commercial IP matters, the team advises on brand exploitation, IP audits, licensing and online brand protection, while also handling oppositions and cancellations.
‘Responses are always in a timely manner and I am very pleased with the accuracy.‘
‘Excellent service with a strong focus on understanding our needs as an organisation. The Brabners team never sought to mystify or over-complicate the issues and law at hand. We always felt they were focused on getting us the best outcome rather than generating fee income.‘
‘Colin Bell was fantastic at getting to the heart of the issue we were dealing with and our needs as an organisation. His advice was clear, methodical and always focused on delivering the best outcome for us at the minimal cost to the organisation. He’s gone over and above in terms of providing support, advice and always being available to talk issues through.‘
‘The team members work in a very client-oriented way. Personal contact is possible at any time. They are very engaged and supportive.‘
Alfa Leisureplex Group Ltd, David Urquhart Holidays Ltd
Alphavet International Limited
Angel Revive Ltd
Apollo Generics Ltd
Beaverbrooks the Jeweller Ltd
Booking.com Transport Ltd t/a rentalcars.com and Priceline.com (UK and US subsidiaries of Priceline Inc)
Cataclean Global Limited
Chargepoint Technology Limited
Churchill Graham, Lda
Citadel LLC (KCG IP Holdings Limited)
Coffee Panna Ltd
EMDR Association (UK)
EPG Business Ltd T/A Epic risk Management
FAUN Trackway Limited
Gas Tag Ltd
Greenberg Traurig and Winston & Strawn (US Law Firms)
H&O Distribution Ltd T/A Primalash
H.G. Stephenson Limited
Hospital Compare Ltd
HR Healthcare Limited; Webcare Group Limited
James Hall & Company Limited (NW Spar Franchise Operator)
L10N Media pte Ltd
Lancashire County Cricket Club
Polski Koncern Naflowy ORLEN S.A.
Portfolio Eleven Limited
Reclaim Project Ltd
RedX International Cz s.r.o; RedX International Limited
Regatta Limited / Craghoppers Limited / Hawkshead Outdoor Limited
Revolution Foods Limited
Simply Design Group Limited
Tall Group of Companies; Checkprint Limited; DLRT Limited
The Christopher Harrison Group Ltd
TJ Morris Limited (Home Bargains)
Valves Instruments Plus Limited
Vascular Perspectives Limited
Wigan Rugby League Club Limited
- Advising Wigan Rugby League Limited — Wigan Warriors, the 2020 Super League XXV league winners — on its entire rebrand and filing trade mark applications to protect the new brand.
- Providing ongoing advice on all IP-related matters outdoor clothing clients Regatta, Craghoppers and Hawkshead Outdoor, including a cross-border Customs Office matter in Poland and formal registry Opposition proceedings.
- Representing FAUN Trackway in relation to infringement proceedings enforcing its trade marks against third parties.
In the copyright space, Briffa’s IP team represents a wide range of retailers, automotive companies and publishers in High Court infringement litigation, led by the 'fantastic' Ramsay Monime, Ralph Wehrle and William Miles, who 'combines charm and commercial savviness'. Clothing and financial services clients instruct on design protection strategy and trade mark enforcements. Margaret Briffa and Éamon Chawke handle non-contentious instructions - the team's IP expertise is described as 'second to none', with advice 'provided in a pragmatic and useful manner'.
Margaret Briffa; Ralph Wehrle; William Miles; Éamon Chawke; Ramsay Monime
Other key lawyers:
Tom Synott; Joshua Schuermann
‘Founding partner Margaret Briffa remains at the helm of this excellent boutique firm of IP solicitors. With excellence across the board, Briffa are a competitively priced, diverse and specialist firm.’
‘William Miles combines charm and commercial savviness with a strong legal background to assist clients achieve their business objectives with minimum fuss and cost.’
‘Tom Synott is an up and coming member of this excellent team. His eye for legal and creative detail is no doubt behind his particular experience advising clients in the fashion industry.’
‘Ramsay Monime is my go to person. He has just made partner this year and rightly deserved. His attention to detail is fantastic and you know you are in safe hands. Nothing is too much trouble and he will always have another way of looking at things to help me look at things from a litigator’s perspective. Definitely want him on my team.’
‘The lawyers are responsible and conscientious in their work, provide timely and accurate consultation on legal risks and consequences. They understand priorities, their advice always meets client’s needs in a clear and efficient way.’
‘Éamon Chawke is fantastic – he gets to the core of the issue quickly and is very good with clients.’
‘William Miles is quite outstanding. His levels of preparation coupled with his exemplary mastery of the legal issues make him a formidable mediation advocate.’
‘Joshua Schuermann is a young associate who is extremely able.’
Financial Conduct Authority
Chestertons International Estate Agents
- Responsible for the global IP strategy of international design studio Tom Dixon.
- Conducting High Court litigation on behalf of journalist and author Anna Pasternak against Penguin Random House. The dispute concerns a best-selling novel bearing high levels of similarity with her non-fiction work Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago.
- Advising Farfetch, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company, on its international brand protection strategy for the following core brands: Farfetch, Browns, Stadium Goods and Luxury New Retail; and the following secondary brands Style, Store of the Future, Dream Assembly, ASAP54 and For The Love Of Fashion.
Edwin Coe LLP handles a steady mix of contentious and commercial IP work, and is instructed by a roster of clients in the creative, retail and food and drink sectors. Practice head Simon Miles’ brands practice encompasses trade mark and copyright infringement actions, IP exploitation, portfolio acquisitions and passing-off claims. He is also instructed by easyGroup on the enforcement of the 'easy' mark. Nick Phillips is an expert in domain name disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good focus on detail; use of well-resourced team with work done by those of appropriate seniority; and interesting range of cases.‘
‘Simon Miles is focussed on detail and willing to raise difficult commercial issues with clients.‘
‘The team at Edwin Coe is in regular contact with us. They are always looking out for our best interests. They are thorough and consistent.‘
‘Simon Miles is a clear voice in a sea of noise.‘
Paddington and Company Limited
GroupM including Mindshare and MediaCom
Arlo Living Limited
Kout Food Group Limited
Silvergate Media Limited (Octonauts)
Hellenic Association of Milk & Dairy Products Industry (SEVGAP) – protects the GI “FETA”.
Parity Consultancy Services Limited
Greenwich Polo Club Limited
- Advising easyGroup on a number of brand protection matters in the High Court including actions against Easyvoyage SAS, and easy Cleaning Solutions Limited.
- Acting for the defendant Greenwich Polo Club in an action brought by Lifestyle Equities for infringement of various trade marks. Also, overseeing the defence of a similar action in Israel.
- Acting for Garmin on numerous ongoing trade mark and brand protection matters. Overseeing the EU trade mark portfolio including opposition and invalidation work at the EUIPO.
During 2020 gunnercooke LLP boosted its bench of IP experts, welcoming Tom Carver from PATMA firm J A Kemp - his prior experience practising in China is of particular attraction to clients from that jurisdiction. Elsewhere, Rachel Pearse, who joined from Foot Anstey, represents SMEs across the breadth of infringement and passing-off disputes. Rosie Burbridge is an expert in fashion law disputes, while also sustaining a roster of furniture, technology and online gaming clients.
Other key lawyers:
Rosie Burbridge; Tom Carver; Rachel Pearse
‘I am always impressed by Rosie Burbridge’s enthusiasm in all matters regarding IP, and in particular fashion law, her responsiveness and her professionalism.‘
‘Tom Carver is both approachable and knowledgeable across all aspects of IP.‘
‘They are extremely practical in approach – in IP, it is easy for costs and work to spiral out of control very quickly. That never happens with this team – we always receive concise advice which is easily executed, providing us with the IP protection we need with the lowest fuss possible.‘
‘Really professional, knowledgeable and most importantly, a real pleasure to deal with. Partners and associates are very personable. Have a broad range of in-house expertise.‘
Pinup Graphic Design Limited
Space Ape Limited
Green Field Toys
GFS Flex Limited
Crafts Group LLC
Swoon Editions Limited
Pl&m Limited (t/a Plum Guide)
Respoke Limited (t/a Spoke)
- Advising Tecnolumen (a German company) In relation to 3D copyright infringement of its luxury furniture by a UK seller of replica copies.
- Advising Green Field Toys (a Hong Kong company) in a dispute with Brainstorm Toys (a UK company) on alleged breach of contract and unregistered design right infringement in relation to children’s educational toys.
- Advising GFS Flex on the passing off by the get-up of a domestic gas piping product.
Keystone Law has a deep bench of lawyers with capabilities across the soft IP spectrum. Rebecca Halford–Harrison’s expertise covers design and trade mark infringements and has secured previous litigation successes regarding Protected Geographical Indications. Simon Chalkey and Karen Fong focus on commercial exploitation and transactional matters in sectors ranging from food and drink and fashion to software and engineering. 'World-class expert' Anthony Misquitta actively provides strategic brand advice in the SME space.
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca Halford-Harrison; Simon Chalkey; Karen Fong; Anthony Misquitta
‘Anthony Misquitta is a world-class expert on copyright, intellectual property, and contract law. He has provided excellent advice for our publishing house.’
‘An excellent network of solicitors, all of who are reasonably priced.’
‘Anthony Misquitta is an excellent lawyer. He’s on my speed dial for disputes. Rebecca Holford-Harrison is also very good, with a particular interest in geographical indicators. Both are a joy to work with.’
World Programming Limited
Secret Smokehouse Limited
Random Theory LLC (t/a Playbook Products)
Athena Cosmetics, Inc.
Avantra (Syslink Xandria Ltd)
- Advised the analytics software developer and services provider World Programming in defending claims of patent and copyright infringement brought against it by one of the world’s largest privately owned software companies, SAS Institute.
- Defended Bulgarian manufacturer of payment devices Datecs OOD against design infringement claims initiated by Square Inc.
- Provided advice to Random Theory (t/a Playbook Products, a manufacturer and seller of a distinctive range of sports merchandise involving diagrams of “plays”) on the copyright and trade mark implications of manufacturing, selling and advertising these products without the need to seek a licence from the brand holders.
Lee & Thompson LLP’s IP practice deals with novel contentious matters, including criminal IP actions for prolific entertainment companies and IPEC trials regarding copyright co-authorships, as handled by practice head Dominic Bray. In a recent highlight instruction, the team represented the claimant in a dispute concerning rights to the screenplay of a major Hollywood production. Julian Ward leads a specialist video games practice, covering licensing, distribution and advertising-related matters.
Other key lawyers:
Julian Ward; Gordon Williams; Mark Stafford
‘Dominic Bray is a really clever copyright lawyer who cares about his cases and his team.’
‘Gordon Williams is very knowledgeable and provides clear instructions. He knows what he wants and does not shy away from asking for it. Mark Stafford is similar. His knowledge of the music industry is second to none.’
‘Julian Ward is really responsive, always available, a willing sounding board and a great support to our legal team. A really good and trusted lawyer and a key part of our extended legal function.’
‘Dominic Bray gives practical, no-nonsense advice with good humour along the way. Very good client manner and enjoyable to work with.’
Salon Pictures Limited
World Wrestling Entertainment Limited
Alfama Films Production
David Beckham and Victoria Beckham
Kathy Sledge / Sister Sledge
UB40 Featuring Ali & Astro
- Acting for the claimant in the-high profile Martin v Kogan copyright litigation relating to rights in the screenplay for the film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’.
- Defending (inter alia) copyright infringement, trade mark infringement, and passing-off claims issued in the High Court by Take Two/Rockstar (who make the game Grand Theft Auto) in respect of Salon’s documentary entitled ‘The Billion Dollar Game’ which is about the video game franchise Grand Theft Auto.
- Handling the worldwide management and enforcement of the trade mark portfolios for Victoria Beckham and David Beckham.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s IP practice acts on the breadth of non-contentious instructions, including rights acquisitions and disposals, commercial licensing agreements and M&A-related activity, predominantly handled by practice head Mike Knapper. The team has a focus on the fintech and TMT sectors, also working with clients in the consumer goods sector. Contentious IP expert Paul Joseph spearheads copyright infringement litigation in the insurance sector.
Other key lawyers:
Japan Tobacco International SA
Coca Cola Hellenic
Schweppes International Limited
- Advising on the joint venture between Carlsberg and Marston’s to combine their United Kingdom brewing and distribution activities.
- Advising Japan Tobacco International on complex multijurisdictional licensing matters in respect of its Reduced Risk Products (e-cigarettes etc) opposite licensees and suppliers of technologies covering Europe and Asia.
- Advising Ocado on IP issues and the negotiation of the IP provisions in the context of its engineering services agreements relating to the design of the robotics system used by Ocado in its customer fulfilment warehouses internationally.
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP handles transactional IP matters, brand management and enforcement actions before the UKIPO. The team is jointly led by the 'approachable, pragmatic and very knowledgeable' Anna Frankum in London and Chris Shelly in Oxford, whose extensive client lists cover the full spectrum of sectors.
Anna Frankum; Chris Shelley
‘The team provides creative, strategic, and practical advice to address the issues posed. The communication is clear and concise and makes it very easy for me to relay to my ultimate clients.‘
‘First-class understanding of the law. The ability to strategise. Excellent client service.‘
‘Anna Frankum is approachable, pragmatic and very knowledgeable.‘
‘Practical advice, speed of response, understanding of my business. Acting as a sounding board, as well as a typical legal advisor.‘
‘Anna Frankum is a really lovely, kind and approachable person, as well as being at the top of her game legally.‘
All Saints Retail Ltd
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Barfoots of Botley
C&C Alpha Group
Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd
Evac+Chair International Limited
Finance & Leasing Association
First Law P.C. (Bighit Entertainment Co Ltd)
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Joseph Giles Ltd
Needle & Thread Design Holdings Ltd
Norbar Torque Tools Ltd
Organix Brands Limited
Roka London Limited
Root’s Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd and Levi Roots
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Shanti Hospitality Group
Tradecraft Tools Ltd
United Colors International Limited
- Advised the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on various trade mark disputes including ongoing oppositions against third parties and commencing invalidation and revocation actions before the UKIPO.
- Advised Levi Roots and his company Roots Reggae Reggae Sauce Ltd on numerous new opposition, invalidity and revocation proceedings before the UKIPO to defend the RASTA PASTA and REGGAE REGGAE SAUCE brands.
- Advised Kings College London on technology transfer transactions including numerous licences of patents, know how, copyright and antibodies and clinical data in the life sciences field.
The IP team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a notable focus on the oil and gas sector. Prestigious client Abu Dhabi National Oil Company has instructed Caroline Hayward on a suite of IP licensing and collaborations and various contentious matters, with numerous associates recently recruited to bolster the firm's team. Further contentious matters have seen the team advise on trade mark infringement and passing-off claims for engineering, construction, architecture and property companies.
Other key lawyers:
Alice Gould; Alice Edwards
‘A focused team run by Caroline Hayward with expertise and experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Clients have the benefit of direct partner contact for most cases in my experience.‘
‘Caroline Hayward is an experienced, pragmatic and commercial litigator with expertise in non-contentious matters. Will always go the extra mile for the client.‘
‘Alice Gould is extremely strong on trade mark matters.‘
‘As a whole the firm is very professional and also very user friendly, with the team being focused on getting the right result for the client and at the same time being easy to talk to and able discuss technical matters in practical terms.‘
‘Caroline Hayward is very pleasant and professional. She is very responsive and always delivers good advice in a succinct and friendly manner.‘
‘Alice Edwards is exceptionally efficient, fast, and courteous.‘
‘Trowers & Hamlins were able to provide invaluable early stage advice on how we might approach a complex matter and we willing to constructive engage with our insurers.‘
ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company)
ADNOC Distribution PJSC
Matrix JVCo Ltd
ABU DHABI CHEMICAL DERIVATIVES COMPANY RSC LTD
Argex NV, Hye Group
Currie & Brown International Limited
Apache Capital Partners
CFA Society of the UK
Swan Housing Group
Orbit Housing Group
Origin Housing Group
London International Exhibition Centre PLC (ExCeL)
Kin Architects Ltd
The Skin GP Limited
Caprice Holdings Ltd
Diesel Emission Control
- Acting for Argex NV in a High Court trade mark infringement and passing-off claim against a competitor.
- Advising on and co-ordinating a worldwide filing and protection programme for the ADNOC trade marks, ranging from ADNOC’s house marks and other existing marks to new product lines and marks.
- Acting for Currie & Brown in proceedings to oppose trade mark applications for letter marks CB by a very large US estate agent.
Venner Shipley LLP’s recent combination with trade mark and patent attorney practice Brookes IP has handed the firm further expertise in registered designs, which is applied to enforcement proceedings before the UK and EU registries, often with assistance by the Munich office. 'Consistently outstanding' IP litigation head James Tumbridge and key partner Paul Harris provide representation in trade mark and copyright infringement and passing-off disputes in the High Court. SMEs and multinationals are equally present on the client roster.
Other key lawyers:
‘What matters to me in a legal firm is the quality of advice and the ability of the key people to understand my business and its needs. Venner Shipley’s team is excellent in both respects. They are intelligent, insightful, flexible and responsive. Above all, I know I can trust the advice that they offer.‘
‘James Tumbridge is our key advisor at Venner Shipley and is consistently outstanding. I can think of no one I would rather have on my side in a litigation.‘
‘The personnel have always been friendly and down to earth, establishing a rapport which we value.’
‘Impressive expertise in IP law.‘
‘The partner we dealt with was Paul Harris and his depth and breadth of knowledge was extremely impressive. His advice was always spot on and our case developed exactly as he said it would and we prevailed over our opposition.‘
Athletic Brewing Company
Cambridge Touch Technologies
Ensygnia IP Ltd.
Fit Out (UK) Ltd.
Livia Health Foods
Mental Health First Aid England
Mitel Networks Corporation
MTL Finance Ltd
Roarr Dinosaur Adventure
The Project Band Ltd
- In an action concerning the ownership of goodwill in the name of recording act The Alan Parsons Project, the practice initiated action in the High Court on behalf of a number of former performers on the records, seeking declaratory relief from a possible (now real) passing-off action.
- Advised and represented MTL Financial in a dispute over the use of the word ‘just’ and certain trade marks in regards to financial services.
- Advising Aspen Pumps on the infringement of its trade mark JAVAC in the United Kingdom and EU.
Wedlake Bell LLP has a diverse client base which includes political parties, household name retailers and comparative websites. Michael Gardner has a track record of successfully pursuing domain name and trade mark infringement claims through WIPO. In the retail sector, the team provides strategic advice on parallel trading. Adrian Heath-Saunders leads on commercial IP and licensing matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Consistently reliable and efficient.‘
‘Wedlake Bell is a very good example of a partner-led firm. It is very much focused on its clients’ needs.‘
Tesco Stores Ltd
Jumeirah Carlton Tower
Pangaea Laboratories Ltd
Reform UK (formerly the Brexit Party)
The Reclaim Party
BHL Global Limited
- Pursuing anonymous owners of two financial services-related websites on behalf of Which?, filing and successfully pursuing administrative proceedings through WIPO for the dotcom domain.
- Providing ongoing advice to Tesco on its trading in parallel goods so as to prevent any infringement of IP rights.
- Acted on an appeal for Yellow Bulldog to the High Court following the client’s unsuccessful attempt to register its trade mark GEEK STORE.
The Yorkshire-based IP practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has recently secured new global clients in the FMCG and food processing sectors, for which practice head James Love advises on strategic trade mark protection. The team's diverse client roster spans the gamut of sectors, from oil and gas to fashion. Including senior counsel Patrick Cantrill, the team handles trade mark oppositions (including EUIPO representation via a recently established Munich office) as well as infringement claims in the High Court.
Other key lawyers:
Immediate Media Company (publishing arm of the BBC)
GoCompare.com Limited / GoCo Group
Third Age Trust
Vetements Group AG
Denby Brands Limited
North of England / Sunderland Marine
Atom Bank Plc
- Advising luxury, high-end French clothing and footwear design collective Vetements Group in relation to numerous trade mark opposition and invalidation actions, and a company name dispute, dealing with a ‘copycat’ business.
- Managing the trade mark and design portfolio of GoCo Group globally, including handling various oppositions and disputes for group companies involving new brands such as LOOK AFTER MY BILLS and GODEMAND.
- Advising TomTom International, the multinational developer and internationally renowned creator of location technology and consumer electronics, in relation to IP and cross-border contractual issues, as well as handling various disputes before the UKIPO and EUIPO.
Acuity Law is retained by growth-stage companies for strategic IP advice. Practice head Cordelia Payne, whose background is predominantly in the media and entertainment sectors, advises on global brand protection strategy and enforcement actions before the IP registries. Payne has a track record in representing celebrity figures in cross-border trade mark disputes.
‘Available to call upon when we need to provide expert advice. Easy to work with and reliable in keeping us updated as registrations progress over a prolonged period.’
‘Specialists available for specific tasks.’
Hamlins LLP ’s IP group has a strong music rights practice, working with longstanding clients such as music licensing companies PPL and PRS on copyright claims, with co-head Martin Ochs leading the proceedings; his expertise is also deployed in the FMCG and hospitality sectors. Co-head Matthew Pryke is regularly engaged on endorsements and software licensing deals by sports and technology clients.
Martin Ochs; Matthew Pryke
‘Hands-on, efficient and trustworthy service.‘
‘Matthew Pryke is professional, reliable, honest and has the ability to speak in a language that all would understand.‘
Bravado International Group
Club La Costa
Fine & Country
George Lowden Guitars
Mighty Atom Entertainment
Performing Right Society Ltd (PRS for Music)
Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)
PPL PRS Limited
- Advising Lowden Guitars on brand management, and particularly in relation to its collaboration with Ed Sheeran for the Sheeran by Lowden brand.
- Coordinating both civil and criminal infringement actions on behalf of TRAP Worldwide, whose members include Warner Music, Danilo Live Nation and Bravado (part of Universal Music Group).
- Advising a leading European modelling agency regarding the structuring of brands and use of image rights, as well as models and influencers on licensing and commercialising their brands and intellectual property rights.
Benefitting from a considerable network across Europe and a large PATMA offering to call on, HGF Limited’s IP litigators provide effective representation in High Court, UKIPO and EUIPO proceedings. Co-heads Rachel Fetches and Martyn Fish are instructed on trade mark enforcement, infringement and passing-off disputes. The team also assists with IP licensing issues.
Rachel Fetches; Martyn Fish
- Defended Sky Insurance in trade mark and passing-off litigation in the High Court and associated oppositions at the EU against the global media company Sky.
- Provided advice and strategy about use of an alcoholic beverage company’s brand on social media, repackaging issues in relation to its product range and third-party infringement issues.
Howard Kennedy LLP’s IP practice handles a range of matters concerning strategic band protection, portfolio management and exploitation. Practice head Robert Lands primarily works in the creative sectors, including media, entertainment, art and fashion, while also receiving instructions from retail and technology clients. The team advises on trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings before the IPEC.
‘Rob Lands is very experienced, commercially minded, clever and reliable.‘
‘Really approachable and considerate of my limited knowledge of this area. Extremely friendly and patient with any requests. Very personal service.‘
‘Robert Lands has been my point of contact. He has been helpful and creative with all our needs.‘
Association of Illustrators
ePlus Technology Inc.
Micad Systems (UK) Limited
Royal Geographical Society
- Advising the British Gymnastics Association on a dispute relating to infringements of trade marks and passing off by UK Gymnastics Limited and UK Gymnastics Affiliation Limited.
Georgie Collins heads the IP offering at Irwin Mitchell, focusing on brand protection, exploitation and enforcement before the UKIPO. Primary sectors of focus include media, sports, professional services, retail and food and drink. The team often acts on copyright and trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes.
‘A small team headed by the energetic Georgie Collins.‘
‘Georgie Collins is enthusiastic, energetic, commercially minded, fights her client’s corner and has wide experience in the IP sector.‘
‘The IP team at Irwin Mitchell is exceptional.‘
Nestlé / Lily’s Kitchen Limited
Sweaty Betty (Lady of Leisure Limited)
Conan Doyle Estates Limited
The British Chamber of Commerce
Giles Long / Lexicon Decoder Ltd
Whispering Smith Limited
Beauty & the Boutique
Project Management Institute
Aqualution Systems Limited
Mo-Sys Engineering Limited
Bought By Many Limited
Brighton Spirits Company
Micheldever Tyre Service
- Protecting, managing and enforcing the IP rights for ethical pet food provider Nestlé Purina/Lily’s Kitchen.
- Representing SkySync in trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky concerning the brand “Sky”.
- Protecting and enforcing a unique visual system called LEXI, created and owned by three times Paralympian, Giles Long MBE. LEXI is the visual system that explains and demystifies para sport and is used by broadcasters and hosting venues worldwide.
The commercial, IP and technology practice at City firm Memery Crystal LLP is led by Carl Rohsler , who focuses on contentious work including trade secrets and IP infringement for growth companies in sectors ranging from FMCG and fashion to media, sports and gambling.
‘They have in-depth knowledge about cross-over sectors, such as IP and gaming.‘
‘Carl Rohsler is a very personable solicitor indeed. He knows the law and practice inside out and will give you a straightforward assessment of the merits of a case. This combination is far rarer than it should be.‘
‘Carl Rohsler is fantastic when it comes to strategic legal advice with respect to IP. He is always on hand and available whenever we need advice on the best course of action.‘
‘Carl Rohsler has always been available to answer my questions and is very precise concerning the strategy to adopt. I particularly appreciated his competence and his frankness in addressing the actions to put in place. I could feel his experience and I did not have any hesitation in trusting his advice.‘
‘The team is extremely competent and replies to every question quickly and precisely. They pay lot of attention on making the legal language comprehensible to people without a legal background.‘
Telegraph Media Group
Aramco Overseas Company
Mile High Laboratories
Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW)
The Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulations (Ofqual)
Kite Power System
Sustainable Marine Energy
Gulf Keystone Petroleum
Waste Knot Energy
Global Education Services
The Health Lottery
Good Skin Days
Effective Investing (t/a Util.co)
- Advising on a High Court copyright and confidentiality action for music licensing company Songtradr , involving the theft of its plans for a blockchain music licensing system.
- Appointed as VAKT Global Limited’s general counsel, advising on a range of matters including: IP protection in platform general terms and conditions; API licensing and strategy; and complex collaboration agreements.
- Advising Waste Knot Energy in relation to a patent infringement claim threatened by N&P, a Dutch pellet manufacturer, including analysis of the potential risks of infringement.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Iain Connor helms the contentious IP practice at Pinsent Masons LLP. Instructions vary from traditional trade mark infringements and parallel imports, to online advertising and the complex arena of database rights. Clients are sourced from a range of sectors including retail, pharmaceuticals, FMCG and financial services.
Other key lawyers:
Emily Swithenbank; Huw Cookson; Désirée Fields
‘They are commercial and responsive and have adapted their working style and used technology to suit our clients needs over the years. Their billing is well managed and they provide clear and signposted costs budgets for all matters.‘
‘Emily Swithenbank, Huw Cookson and Iain Connor are the team that we would use for IP infringement matters. We can rely on them to have the depth of knowledge needed, combined with a good commercial understanding of the needs of ourselves and our clients. Emily has handled difficult individuals with tact and diplomacy whilst still maintaining her position.‘
Geberit International AG
IBSA Farmaceutici Italia
Linnaeus Veterinary Group
PLR Media (Playrix)
The Jockey Club
The Knowledge Academy
- Representing flooring company Headlam in a dispute between Yarl Jamieson Christie, Flooring Yorkshire Limited and Lifestyle Flooring UK Leeds Limited involving trade mark infringement and passing off concerning the use of Lifestyle Floors/Lifestyle Flooring and Love Every Step.
- After winning multinational pharmaceutical company IBSA as a client, went on to advise on a number of trade mark (parallel import) cases relating to its Profhilo product.
- Managing the international trade mark portfolio for Badoo and Bumble.
As a partner in Simkins LLP’s dispute resolution practice, Jim Dennis represents clients in copyright and trade mark infringement claims before all levels of the court. The team receives instructions from a portfolio of professional services, recruitment, entertainment, health foods and advertising clients.
‘Knowledgeable, organised, promptly responds to queries.‘
‘Great team; extremely client focused; great on-point legal advice but pragmatic and helpful – solution orientated.‘
‘Jim Dennis is always available, never too much trouble, and pleasure to work with. Advice always succinct and commercially astute.‘
Boat Rocker Rights, Inc.
Rude Health Foods Limited
Frank Recruitment Group Services Limited
Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Company (Estate of David Bowie)
The Bobath Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Crystal Team Limited (LDN CBD)
Interhealth Nutrceuticals, Inc (Lonza)
Ali-A Entertainment Limited
- Advised Frank Recruitment in a dispute with Pearson over the “Pearson Frank” trade mark in multiple jurisdictions.
- Advising Rude Health in a dispute with Glyn Partridge over the latter’s trade mark applications in the UK and EU for RUDE BOY, in connection with soft drinks.
- Advising Crystal Team Limited (t/a LDN CBD) on its rights in the trade mark LDN CBD in the UK, in respect of products containing cannabidiol.
With strong expertise in the sports and media sectors, Simons Muirhead Burton’s IP team advises on licensing and broadcasting agreements for celebrities, record labels and sports associations. Practice head Maninder Gill is also retained by charities, luxury retailers and news publications, while the team has a track record of pursuing trade mark infringement claims in the hospitality sector.
Other key lawyers:
‘Simons Muirhead Burton has helped me significantly in all legal matters including copyright infringements.‘
‘Always easy to understand and they always get back to you – with solid advice!‘
‘Maninder Gill has been a great team lead and has been readily contactable at all points through the process to date. He has provided a great deal of care and attention and most importantly has helped us with strategy as well as execution.‘
‘Attentive team that are always available round the clock. Billing is transparent.‘
‘Overall I would say that they have a unique blend of legal knowledge and commercial understanding which means that their advice is practical and pragmatic.‘
‘I work with Martin Soames and Maninder Gill. Both have a wealth of expertise in the subjects of IP and contracts. Moreover they have an understanding of the practical realities of the publishing industry and this makes this advice not only legally correct but cognizant of the commercial realities of our business.‘
‘We work with Maninder Gill. He is an outstanding individual and an excellent professional. Exceptionally client focused, very accessible, great at finding solutions to client problems.‘
‘The key capabilities of the team are, besides an outstanding knowledge of the IP practice and international developments, accessibility: they react very quick, the same day, and very pleasant to deal with and using clear language.‘
Stanley Kubrick Estate
Fashion brands including Amanda Wakeley, Stradivarius, Zandra Rhodes and Connolly England
Professional Squash Association
News UK (publishers of The Sun and The Times newspapers)
Faber & Faber Book Publishing
Simon & Schuster Book Publishing
North London Collegiate School
- Providing pre-publication advice on IP to News Group Newspapers (publishers of The Times, The Sun and Virgin Radio) including trade marks, passing off and copyright, and on post-publication issues including defending claims and litigation.
- Giving Simon & Schuster pre-publication IP advice including trade marks, passing off and copyright, and on post-publication issues.
- Advising on and executing a world-wide strategy for DJ Alan Walker on trade mark registrations using a trusted network of trade mark agents internationally and acting to overcome prior registrations made in countries such as China made in bad faith by infringers.
Led out of Guildford by Tom Lingard, the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP handles contentious and non-contentious IP instructions for numerous high-profile names in the sports, media, fashion, technology, life sciences and food and drink sectors. Ongoing disputes relate to trade mark infringement, unauthorised imports and anti counterfeiting. Working with US counsel, Lingard assists British retailers with the unauthorised reproduction of website and marketing content.
‘Working remotely with this firm is a breeze, whatever time zones you may find yourself in.‘
‘The best part of working with them is they take great ownership of the matter at hand, acting as buffer to these, allowing you to get on with other daily business issues and not be to distracted from the action they are following for you.‘
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
Custom Materials Ltd
FGX Europe Limited
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Limited
Hugo & Hudson Limited
PA Media Group Limited
KIA Motors Europe GmbH
Tyrrell Promotions Limited
Todos Media Ltd
- Successfully obtained an interim injunction against the Workers of England Union (WEU) to prevent its members using the words “English Press Association” on cards to identify themselves as alleged members of the press at public events and demonstrations.
- Providing Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club with an ongoing brand protection and anti-counterfeiting programme to identify hundreds of infringing listings on online marketplaces and taking widespread enforcement action to remove them.
- Acting for a global electronics company on a trade mark infringement dispute with a leading IT distributor concerning the unauthorised import and sale in the UK of goods that were originally placed on the market in China.
Brown Rudnick LLP advises a mix of traditional, creative and emerging-sector companies on brand strategy, licensing and commercial IP issues. Co-head Steven James recently represented a cryptocurrency business in a High Court trade mark infringement claim, while co-head Mark Lubbock assists with branding and copyright issues in the hospitality sector.
Mark Lubbock; Steven James
‘Steven James is always on hand to provide confident and practical advice. His deep and technical knowledge of IP is unparalleled.‘
‘Very strong team – they have varied backgrounds that cover almost every specialist section of the law. Their team is fast and reliable with deadlines and communication is excellent. Their work ethic is unbelievable.‘
‘Strong dynamic people that have taken the time to get to know me and my company. it feels very much like having an in-house team.‘
Admiralty Arch Holdings Limited
The Ritz Hotel (London) Limited and The Ritz Hotel Casino Limited
The Beaumont Hotel Limited
The Design Museum
Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Excalibur Healthcare Services and Excalibur Medicines Limited
- Successfully represented Wirex, a fast-growing cryptocurrency business, on its High Court trade mark infringement claim against Cryptocarbon Global Ltd, Cryptocarbon UK Ltd and Bee-One UK Ltd, in respect of their unauthorised use of Wirex’s registered trade mark, CRYPTOBACK.
- Advised leading rapid Covid-19 diagnostic test provider Excalibur Healthcare Services on an exclusive licence and development agreement with AIM-listed Sensyne Health for the use of Excalibur’s tests in conjunction with Sensyne Health’s clinical AI software, ‘MagnifEye’.
- Advised Admiralty Arch Holdings in relation to branding and copyright issues include the development of the ADMIRALTY ARCH brand and its protection and in relation to ta hotel management agreement with Waldorf Astoria.
Clyde & Co LLP acts on contentious IP matters pertaining to trade mark and design passing off and infringement in various sectors including manufacturing, food and drink and the creative industries. Ralph Cox leads the practice and Chris Williams is also a noted litigator.
Other key lawyers:
‘Clydes handle mid-sized cases skillfully and cost-effectively, while providing a very personal client service.’
‘Chris Williams is very client-friendly, reassuring and warm in comparison to some others in the profession. This makes clients’ experiences of litigation much less stressful than is often the case.’
‘Ralph Cox has unrivalled knowledge of patent law and practice – he is very good with clients and very supportive.’
Dubar India Limited
- Handling a claim on behalf of Dubar India Limited — a manufacturer and distributor of products popular in the British South Asian community — for infringement of it EU trade mark ‘HAJMOLA’ and for passing off issued in the IP List of the High Court.
Locke Lord LLP
As well as maintaining a portfolio of clients in the AI, tech and payment processing industries, US firm Locke Lord LLP’s international IP practice is engaged by high-profile individuals in enforcement proceedings and breach of confidence disputes.
‘The team is professional, extremely responsive and approachable, clear in all their communications and provide tailored advice, making it easy to review their advice and provide suitable instructions. They are very creative when it comes to more complex issues and think outside the box in order to meet their clients’ needs and expectations.‘
Metabolic Explorer SA
Nina Campbell Limited
Percy and Reed Product
- Advised a US licensee, retailer and distributor of a luxury shoes brand in the US on the options available under the parties’ licence agreement regarding renewal, termination and breach, and negotiated a further agreement regulating the parties’ ongoing relationship and addressing the disposal of surplus stock.
- Representing a world-leading producer of engineered additives in relation to a breach of confidence action currently being argued before the English courts.
- Undertaking a comprehensive worldwide search, filing and enforcement program for a leading product design company in order to protect its new trade mark.
Squire Patton Boggs advises on trade mark and design oppositions and cancellations for international brands across the retail, food and drink, entertainment and fashion sectors. Co-heads Carlton Daniel and Kerry Lee (an 'expert tactician' who divides his time between London and Manchester) coordinate with the firm's Frankfurt office to enact cross-border registry proceedings.
Carlton Daniel; Kerry Lee
‘Really efficient and well-run team with top-notch expertise.‘
‘They are extremely efficient and provide very high-quality work.‘
‘Kerry Lee has been outstanding. I have worked with many other firms for IP – the level of commitment, time and dedication Kerry Lee has given to myself and the company has been outstanding. The level of protection he has put in place is better than anything we have ever received from anywhere before.‘
‘The team is headed by Kerry Lee, who is a brilliant intellectual property lawyer. His in-depth knowledge combined with his hands-on approach makes him a must have for in-house lawyers who need IP support on a regular basis.‘
‘Kerry Lee – exceptional tactician combined with technical expertise, and fantastic client care. Very diligent.‘
‘Carlton Daniel – impressive knowledge of the market and the technology in use.‘
‘Deep technical expertise, combined with an understanding of the client business. Our field is marketing and advertising technology, and the team is familiar with the market, and the technologies used in this space. This made the whole process of instructing and seeking advice much easier.‘
‘The team as a whole is very easy to work with. Kerry Lee is reliable, accurate and quick to respond.‘
C. & J. Clark International Limited
CK Acquisitions Limited
Punter Southall Group Limited
Planet Holding Limited
Nice-Pak International Limited
Clockwise Group Limited
We Are Social
- Managing the trade marks and designs of well-known footwear brand Clarks.
- Managed the UK and the EU rollout of Sunflora’s brands SUNMED and YOUR CBD STORE.
- Managing Pharmacy2U’s extensive trade marks portfolio including its flagship brand PHARMACY2U.