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The 'absolutely first-class' Boult Wade Tennant LLP has a team which is 'experienced', 'punctilious', 'speedy' and 'strategic'. Managing partner John Wallace has extensive experience in trade mark prosecution. The 'client-focused' Emma Pitcher is particularly good at handling trade mark and domain name infringement issues and has considerable experience in Indian IP law. The 'superb' Catherine Wolfe 'always goes above and beyond the call of duty' and regularly advises on IP issues relating to China. Other key figures include Tony Pluckrose, who is an expert in prosecution matters, and Felicity Hide, who specialises in filing and portfolio management.

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP covers the whole spectrum of trade mark work, with Roger Lush and Jonathan Day at the fore. Lush's recent work highlights include advising Bear Grylls Ventures on opposing copycat applications in China and Turkey, and assisting Belron with the expansion of its CARGLASS brand in the MENA region. Notable mandates of Day's include representing Western Digital Technologies in a dispute against Seagate Technology regarding the use of the client's WD PURPLE product in comparative advertising. Also recommended is senior associate Lara Elder, who is an expert in brand management and protection.

CMS' sizeable team covers the spectrum of trade mark work, on behalf of clients that include Domino’s, The Grammy Awards and Oracle. Sarah Wright leads the trade mark team and advised Microsoft on clearances for launching new brands in the UK and wider Europe. MacAndrews & Forbes is a key client of Tom Scourfield, for which he recently worked alongside Louise Gellman in relation to its Revlon/Elizabeth Arden, Merisant and Deluxe Entertainment subsidiaries. Gellman also advised eBay on opposing similar marks ending with the word 'bay'. Joel Barry represented Sky in EU trade mark litigation against Skyworth, which recently launched its own branded televisions. Joel Vertes assisted Barbour with its trade mark portfolio, including the launch of its brand new fragrance. Other key names include David Parrish, who focuses on contentious matters, and Guy Heath, who is an expert in trade mark strategy and enforcement.

D Young & Co LLP has 'very experienced staff' that 'are timely and reliable', 'provide expedient support' and 'deliver excellent results'. Jeremy Pennant leads the team and is particularly known for his work on domain name disputes. Tamsin Holman is also a key figure and is notably strong in contentious work, as is Helen Cawley. Jackie Johnson advised Duracell on opposing the registrations of 'powercell' and 'powercell liquid energy' trade marks by an energy drinks manufacturer and also advised Sky on opposing Bravo International's registration of the 'Bravo' trade mark. Matthew Dick 'maintains a good balance between professional and personal touch' and 'is very knowledgeable on every aspect of trade mark law'. He represented Kingfisher Beer on its bid to register the mark 'National Curry Week'. Also recommended is Gemma Kirkland, who provides 'practical', 'impartial' and 'sensible' advice.

Dehns works on trade mark matters for clients such as Avon Cosmetics and Honda. Team head Roberto Calamita worked with Accord Healthcare on its increased trade mark portfolio due to its acquisition of Actavis UK & Ireland, and advised Pret a Manger on its global IP strategy. Clare Mann advised Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club on its trade mark protection strategy. Joseph Letang assisted Otis Elevator Company with avoiding renewal fees for its European trade marks through filing seniority claims due to the marks being registered prior to the introduction of the EUTM. Also recommended is Elaine Deyes, who is experienced in trade mark clearance, prosecution and enforcement.

J A Kemp is 'very responsive' with 'quick turnaround times' and 'significant bench strength'. James Fish leads the team and is highly experience in filing, prosecution and clearance work. The 'down-to-earth' Tom Albertini is 'able to propose cost-effective approaches to resolving issues that would have the potential to mushroom into very significant disputes'. Recent mandates for Albertini include advising the Royal British Legion on anti-counterfeiting work regarding its poppy trade mark. Also recommended is Ben Mooneapillay, who advised Electronic Arts on its UK and EU portfolios.

Kilburn & Strode LLP has a strong reputation in this space with clients that include Colgate, Dreamworks and Mitsubishi. Carrollanne Lindley leads the team and recently advised on filing new trade marks in the UK. Another key figure is Iain Stewart, who assisted Samsung with clearing the trade mark 'Bixby', which is the name of its voice assistant software. Ryan Pixton is also recommended and worked on filing and prosecution matters for TCC Global, which creates loyalty campaigns for Tesco, Shell and Spar.

The team at Maucher Jenkins handles contentious and non-contentious matters.  Katie Cameron focuses on non-contentious work and recently advised PQ Solutions on attaining international trade mark protection for its 'POST-QUANTUM' and 'PQ Logo' marks. On the contentious side, Angela Fox is an expert in both litigation and ADR. Also recommended is Kana Enomoto and senior associate Tanya Buckley. Both individuals have 'strong knowledge of their practice areas' and are 'always helpful in explaining matters'.

Nottingham-based Potter Clarkson LLP has expertise in clearance, filing, prosecution and contentious work. John Peacock is a key figure and assisted the Elvis Presley Estate in opposing the trade mark of 'Elvis Juice' and 'Brewdog Elvis Juice' by drinks manufacturer Brewdog. He also advised Frederickson & Byron, which acted behalf of the Estate of Prince, in relation to infringement proceedings by a proposed West End musical titled 'Purple Rain'. Sanjay Kapur is also a key figure and is 'easy to deal with', 'responsive' and 'commercial'. He acted for The Norfolk Whisky Company in registering its trade mark, which received an objection due to the name failing to indicate the geographical origin of the product.

Trade mark specialist firm Stobbs IP has an impressive client roster which includes Instagram, Oculus and Snapchat. Team head Julius Stobbs advised Yours Clothing on its trade mark portfolio and assisted Facebook with a number of oppositions and enforcements. He is supported by Emma Pettipher, who is particularly strong in dealing with Community Trade Mark proceedings. Jessica Wolff is noted for advising on domain name complaints. Other notable names include Louise Goodsell, who is an expert in portfolio management; Geoff Weller, who focuses on filing and prosecution; disputes specialist Chris Hawkes; and Chris Sleep, who is also experience in contentious matters.

The 'excellent' A.A. Thornton & Co. 'goes the extra mile to provide outstanding customer service' and has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Ian Gill is known for his 'commercial and pragmatic advice' and recently acted for eHarmony in opposing another party's registration of the mark 'matchedharmony' for an online dating website. Vanessa Lawrence focuses on the fashion, food and drink, travel and telecoms sectors, and Rachel Havard is active in the fashion, retail, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. IP litigator Geoff Hussey is also recommended and acted for Primark whose registration of 'Love to Lounge' was opposed by Lidl.

Appleyard Lees's team has recently been strengthened by the addition of Manchester-based Bill Lister, who joined from Fieldfisher and is 'very knowledgeable, capable and experienced in a range of IP litigation'. He recently acted for RMS in a dispute against Intex, which allegedly infringed upon the client's board games Humpty Dumpty's Wall Game and Tumblin’ Monkeys. Halifax-based Anthony Brierley is also a key figure and has particular experience in the pharmaceuticals sector. Also recommended is Halifax-based Robert Cumming, who is 'very personable' and 'helpful' and recently advised the jewellery brand Toolally whose trade mark of a distinctive 'T' was opposed by watchmaker Tissot.

Barker Brettell LLP has 'real strength in depth' and 'really strong sector knowledge',  most notably in biotech, automotive, food and drink, and education. Key individuals in the team include Sarah Lait, who is 'a trusted adviser' and 'a delight to work alongside', and Catherine Wiseman, who has 'excellent commercial sense and strategy' and advised Bollin Group on its trade mark portfolio. Lucy Walker is 'a rising star' with 'superb client relationship skills'. Other notable names include trade dress specialist Tracy Arch, Lisa King and the 'exceptional' Rosalyn Newsome.

Bird & Bird LLP is a popular choice for international brands in this space, with a client roster that includes Allianz, 7-Eleven and Bank of England. Allan Poulter is a key figure whose recent mandates include assisting ConvaTec with the design of two of its negative pressure wound therapy products and advising on prosecution and clearance matters for The Perform Group's global trade mark portfolio. Another key figure is Mark Holah, who recently advised on the global trade mark portfolios for Fabergé and House of Fraser. He also assisted Marv Films with with protecting the trade marks 'Kingsman' and 'Statesman' following the release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle in October 2017. Also recommended are Peter Brownlow, who advised Monster on its trade mark prosecution and enforcement plan for Europe and Asia, and Patricia Collis.

Bristows (Services) Limited¬†runs the gamut of trade mark work, with clients that include McDonald's, Diageo and Thomas Pink. Practice co-head¬†Paul Walsh¬†recently advised¬†Mondelńďz on its dispute with Poundland regarding the similarity between the former's Toblerone and the latter's Twin Peaks chocolate bar.¬†Fellow practice head Ian Gruselle¬†managed the global trade mark portfolios respectively for The Financial Times, Dentsply Sirona and BAFTA. Jeremy Blum¬†advised Mondelńďz on opposing Nestl√©'s registration of the four-finger shape of its Kit Kat snacks, and assisted Cartier with preventing the sale of counterfeit Cartier jewellery at a London auction house. Also recommended are Paul Jordan, who has been managing the trade mark portfolio of Royal Mail, and Simon Clark, who is an expert in trade mark designs and litigation.

The 'top-notch' Cleveland Scott York provides 'thoughtful', 'pragmatic' and 'strategic' advice. Jonathan Clegg leads the team and is 'smart', 'practical' and 'reliable'. Also recommended is Lorna Hobbs, who assisted Loco61 with registering 'Every night is opening night' as a trade mark, and assisted Asset International with registering the term 'strategic insight'. Other notable names include Sophie Maughan, who assisted Kofax on opposing trade mark applications made by entrepreneur Michael Gleissner; Peter  Houlihan, who represented Burlington on four oppositions to EU applications and Cathy Ayers, who advised Faulks & Cox on its rebranding of all of its existing brands into a single 'Red Gorilla' brand.

Chris McLeod¬†is¬†at the helm of Elkington + Fife LLP¬†and is an expert in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Recent highlights of his include advising¬†BASF SE on UK trade mark applications and representing Geoffrey, which own Toys‚ÄúR‚ÄĚUs, in opposing applications which contain '"R" Us' in the lettering. Associate Daniel Sullivan¬†is also recommended.

Fieldfisher is renowned for its work on international matters with a client roster that includes Caffè Nero, Crocs and The AA. Leighton Cassidy leads the practice and alongside Nick Rose advised Google on enforcing its 'Android' trade mark. Cassidy also managed Astellas' trade mark portfolio for the EMEA and CIS regions. Hastings Guise defended the British Educational Suppliers Association on the use of the phrase 'early years resources', which had been registered as a trade mark by another party. Also recommended is Harriet Seymour, who advised EY on its global trade mark strategy, and senior associates Richard Hing and Amy Reynolds, who are both experts in trade mark portfolio management.

The 'very good', 'responsive' and 'practical' Gill Jennings & Every LLP  represents clients such as MasterCard, WWE and Yamaha. Alasdair MacQuarrie heads the practice and recently advised Hasbro on the trade marks and designs of its famous brands such as Transformers, Monopoly, Furby and Nerf. Rowena Price is also a key figure and recently acted for Montana, whose trade mark had been infringed upon. Senior associate Edward Carstairs is recommended.

HGF Law delivers an 'impeccable' level of service and its team is 'always available', 'responds immediately' and 'acts on instructions at all times of the day'. David Potter leads the team and is an expert in trade mark prosecution, protection and licensing. Marie McMorrow recently handled the trade mark portfolios for Holland and Barrett and Jack Wills. Lee Curtis is an expert in design and trade mark protection, and Jonathan Thurgood is an expert in disputes. Richard Wylie has broad expertise in both contentious and non-contentious issues. Other key names include Stephanie Loeffler-Reading, Claire Hutchinson, Jason Lumber and Geoff Smith.

Keltie has an experienced team with a range of expertise in this space. Key figures include Manuela Macchi, who is an expert in clearance searches, prosecution, due diligence projects and oppositions; Alistair Gay, who specialises in clearance, prosecution and registration; and Ben Britter, who is highly experienced in contentious matters. Also recommended is director Azhar Sadique, who works on filing and prosecution matters.  The trade marks practice is headed by Gay and the very experienced Rosemary Cardas , who is one of Keltie's founding partners. Cardas specialises in advocacy work at trade mark hearings, UK and international trade mark clearance searching, preparation of evidence, and advising clients on matters such as the law of infringement and passing off and dealing with contentious issues.

2017 saw Tom Farrand become the new practice head at Marks & Clerk LLP, following his arrival from Novagraaf. He is particularly active in the food and drink, automotive, fashion and sports sectors. Edinburgh-based Campbell Newell is also a key figure and is particularly strong in the drinks sector. Manchester-based Alison Melling specialises in the areas of retail and banking. Glasgow-based Aidan Clarke works for brands operating in food and drink, oil and gas, finance and travel. Former practice head Matthew Sammon  joined Kempner & Partners LLP.

The 'excellent' Mathys & Squire LLP works predominantly on brand protection and portfolio management with clients that include British Gas and Public Health England. Gary Johnston co-heads the team and recently advised De’Longhi on the trade mark strategy for its Kenwood trade mark portfolio. Fellow practice head Margaret Arnott advised Harley Davidson on opposing the EU trade mark application of 'Urbanglide' by a competitor. Also recommended is managing associate Laura West, who is 'exceptionally efficient and responsive' and provides 'sensible and practical advice'.

Mewburn Ellis LLP's Bristol team has a highly diverse skill set and clients that include Slush Puppie, PwC and Bentley 1962. Practice head Sofia Arenal advised Alliance Pharma on the management of its trade mark portfolio and assisted Bandai Namco, creators of Pac Man, with clearances registrations and prosecutions. Manchester-based Roger Grimshaw worked with SRG Apparel, owner of brands such as Tokyo Laundry, Le Shark and Dissident, on filing strategies and new applications. Andy King advised Wanderlust Holdings on objecting a similar UK trade mark registered by a company providing similar services. Also recommended is senior associate Edmund Harrison, who advised Citymapper on trade mark protection strategies.

The 'excellent' Reddie & Grose LLP has 'a very thorough grasp of trade mark law' and is 'always thinking of the bigger picture regarding what the client wants to achieve, even at a very early stage'. The 'excellent' Helen Wakerley leads the trade mark team and provides 'sensible' and 'appropriate' advice. She recently advised a charity on filing UK trade marks for a half marathon in London. Alice Findlay is also a key figure and an expert in contentious matters. Patrick Lloyd specialises in trade mark portfolio management and managed SITA’s global portfolio. Partner Tom Sharman advised Inmarsat on its portfolio and 'has the right balance of technical excellence and commerciality'. Senior associate Dale Carter  has broad expertise in this space and provides 'practical', 'pragmatic' and 'timely' advice. Jan Vleck and Cambridge-based Simon Goodman are also recommended.

UDL Intellectual Property provides 'a very professional and comprehensive service' and has 'an exceptionally good reputation in the marketplace'. Co-managing partner Alison Simpson jointly leads the team and is 'a standout trade mark attorney' who provides 'clear and pragmatic advice' with 'the confidence of someone who knows her stuff'. She has been managing the global trade mark portfolios for Intertek. Fellow practice head and co-managing partner Alan Fiddes is an expert in trade mark portfolio management and exploitation. Mark Green has strong expertise in the pharmaceuticals sector and recently defended Revolution Beauty, whose face powder allegedly infringed due to the colour descriptor that was in its name. Ian Byworth provides 'excellent' and 'sound' advice and assisted Go-Ahead with the management of its trade mark portfolio. The 'reliable' and 'very responsive' Gareth Price represented Geely Holdings on a challenge by Ford to its Lynk & Co trade mark. Also recommended is Anna Szpek, who 'offers practical advice which is clear even in potentially complicated negotiations'

The level of service at Wilson Gunn is 'first class', with the team being 'highly responsive' and giving 'extremely high-quality technical and commercial advice'. Practice head Mark Goodwin is 'technically superb and able to speak the client's language' and 'the person you want in your corner on the difficult and challenging cases'. James Robey is 'highly strategic' with 'the added gift of being able to translate that for the client into extremely sound commercial and practical advice'. He recently worked with GO Outdoors on trade mark prosecution and portfolio management. Michael Douglas is 'a safe pair of hands' and 'clients love him'. He has been advising Manchester United on its global trade mark strategy. Also recommended is Birmingham-based Tim Rose, who advised Mölnlycke Health Care on prosecution and portfolio management.

The 'fantastic' Abel & Imray works for clients such as Time Out, Cardiff City FC and Novartis . Bath-based Caroline Brooks co-heads the team and is 'friendly', 'down to earth' and 'very easy to work with'. She recently assisted B&W with its trade mark filing. Fellow practice head Simon Bentley is particularly strong in contentious matters, most notably domain name disputes. Key work highlights from the firm included representing Jeremy Dammers in registering the trade mark 'The Specials', which was opposed by his former band members, and advising Hyundai and Kia on opposing three bad faith UK applications.

L'Oréal, Calvin Klein and Planet Hollywood are just some of the household names Baker McKenzie is engaged by on trade mark matters. Jessica Le Gros  leads the team and has extensive experience in handling clearance and contentious issues. She is supported by senior trade mark associate Nadine Archer, who focuses on clearance and oppositions and cancellations, and senior trade mark associate Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, who specialises in registry disputes. Portfolio management expert Vlotina Liakatou is also recommended.

Beck Greener LLP is 'excellent on all fronts', with a team that is 'responsive', 'quick' and has 'a good understanding of trade mark law'. Team head Ian Bartlett recently advised PwC Legal on brand protection issues and acted for Estée Lauder in opposing the UK registration of 'La Mer' by the client's competitor Laboratoires de La Mer. Rowland Buehrlen  is 'always able to find a point that other attorneys overlook' and recently represented Arçelik A.S. in a trade mark prosecution. Also recommended is associate Duncan Morgan, who provides 'clear succinct advice' and has 'excellent drafting skills'.

Murgitroyd provides a 'professional' and 'efficient' service, with work stemming from its London, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices. London-based Mark Hickey heads the team and is 'practical' and 'able to provide good advice to clients, particularly on more complex matters'. Other key names from the London office include Dewdney Drew and Steve Waine. Notable names at the Glasgow office include Christian Finn, senior trade mark attorney Chris Cairns, Anne Bashir, Eleanor Coates and Jacqueline McKay. Finn is notably strong in trade mark portfolio management in the food and drinks industry. Mckay has a similar focus on the food and drinks sector, particularly in relation to whiskey brands. Also recommended is Mike Vettese, who is based in Aberdeen and is predominantly active in energy, music and entertainment-related matters.

Both international and domestic brands seek out the services of Forresters, including the likes of Huawei, Suzuki and YouGov. Matt Shaw is a key figure who recently advised David Brabham on filing the 'Brabham' trade mark and assisted RDS Distribution with taking action against a separate entity which was trading under the 'Itihaas' name. A key client for Steven Wake is Sony Interactive Entertainment, which he represented in two separate revocation matters. Also recommended is Janette Hamer, who specialises in prosecution and enforcement work, and senior associate Kate Cruse, who provides a 'superb service'.

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles trade mark portfolios for leading brands and regularly acts on high-profile disputes. Jeremy Hertzog leads the IP team and recently defended Iceland Foods against the Icelandic government, which wished to cancel the client's 'Iceland' trade mark. Sally Britton is head of brands and advised Grant Thornton on the management of its international trade mark portfolio. David Rose is an expert in rights protection and enforcement; recent mandates include representing Sky in its trade mark infringement claim against SkyKick and advising Ladbrokes Coral on its global trade mark portfolio. Also recommended is Ray Black, who has a strong focus on portfolio management and assisted Ralph Lauren with the management of its UK and EU trade mark portfolios.

Venner Shipley LLP has a broad practice with strengths on both the contentious and non-contentious sides, and a client roster that includes Mitel Networks, Aviva and FxPro. Practice head David Birchall is an expert in trade mark licensing and prosecution, and recently managed the trade mark portfolio for Clinigen. IP litigator Paul Harris represented Stanley Black & Decker in a contractual dispute with its former licensee for Europe. Senior associate Julia McFarlane focuses on non-contentious issues; recent mandates include advising Zimmer Biomet on its trade mark portfolio management strategy. Also recommended is James Tumbridge, who advised Norfolk Dinosaur Park on protecting the trade mark 'Dippy', which is being opposed by the Natural History Musuem.

Trade mark prosecutions and litigation are two key pillars of WP Thompson's practice. Practice head Rigel Ross McGrath assisted Halo Coffee with brand protection for its capsule product and represented Robert Bosch in opposing the registration of the trade mark 'Bosch!' by Green World Ventures. Also recommended are electronics expert David Gill and Graeme Murray, who advised Ayrton Saunders on the trade mark filing strategy for its portfolio of pharmaceutical products.

The team at Ashfords LLP is 'very knowledgeable' and provides 'detailed and useful advice'. Exeter-based Carl Steele leads the team and recently represented The Roald Dahl Story Company in its litigation against Oakwood Leisure, which operated a Roald Dahl inspired area of a theme park without the client's permission. He also worked with Flybe in opposing trade mark registrations for travel-related goods and services which contained the word 'flye'. Bristol-based Mark Lomas heads the IP department and is 'a superstar among stars' who 'approaches issues from both a business and legal perspective'. Also recommended is Exeter-based Tom Phipps, who is very active in the retail and food sector.

EIP's trade mark team has been significantly strengthened by the addition of Claire Lehr from Cooley (UK) LLP, who 'goes above and beyond' and 'truly delivers' in  her work. She has recently been managing the trade mark portfolios of FXCM and the restaurant group Darden, which own chains such as The Olive Garden, Seasons 52 and Longhorn Steakhouse. Paula Flutter is also a key figure and recent mandates include managing Fáilte Ireland's trademark portfolio, assisting Mogo Holdings with trade mark clearance issues and advising Blackbird Retail Holding on the redesign of 'The Cotswold Company' brand.

Lewis Silkin LLP is 'very responsive', 'delivers quality work' and has a team with 'a wide variety of experience and specialties'. The 'very commercial'  Dominic Farnsworth leads the team and manages the global trade mark portfolio for brands such as Sainsburys, Argos and Habitat. Another key figure is the 'masterful' Steven Jennings, who has extensive experience in searching, selection and filing work. Also recommended is Aaron Newell, who is 'a truly outstanding specialist in domain name management, strategy, registration and recovery'.

The 'always helpful and timely' Chapman IP represents clients such as, Campbell Soup and Amscot Financial. Managing director Helga Chapman leads the team and advised La Fée and Brush Baby on the management of their respective global trade mark portfolios. Senior trade mark associate Rebecca Dobson is also a notable name with experience in filing, prosecution and advisory issues.

Norton Rose Fulbright is instructed by high-profile brands such as Barclays and BNP Paribas. Of counsel Clare Jackman leads the team and is an expert in filing and prosecution matters. Also recommended is Jonathan Ball,  who has been managing the trade mark portfolio for McClaren. Huw Evans  and Michael (Mike) Knapper are also recommended.

Novagraaf's trade mark team covers global portfolio management, oppositions, online infringement monitoring and general advisory matters.  Key members of the team include Manchester-based  Vanessa Harrow, who advised Stock Spirits on general IP enforcement and protection matters, and Claire Jones, who is very active in advising online infringement and monitoring issues.

Osborne Clarke LLP has expertise in portfolio management and litigation and looks after clients such as Fred Perry, Toni & Guy, and Stanley Black & Decker. Team head Arty Rajendra advised Qualtex on trade mark applications and enforcement and assisted Miniclip with obtaining clearance for new games and enforcing against cloned games. Other key names include trade mark attorney Mark Foreman and chartered trade mark attorneys Richard May and Leanne Gulliver.

Swindell & Pearson Ltd provides 'a professional and efficient service', with a team that is 'knowledgeable', 'timely in its management of trade mark renewals' and 'diligently answers any further questions'. Nick Womsley heads the team and is 'a very experienced and knowledgeable senior IP lawyer'. Another key figure is Kieron Taylor, who is 'extremely professional', 'knowledgeable', 'friendly' and 'provides excellent service'. Also recommended are associates Katy Fuggle and Natasha Hybner, who both provide 'good, measured advice' and 'act promptly'.

Trade mark portfolio management and protection is a cornerstone of Wildbore & Gibbons' practice, which services a client roster that includes Hilton Hotels, The Economist and Odeon Cinemas. Key figures from the team include Janella Barr, who has a strong focus on the entertainment and drinks industries; Stephen Kinsey, who is an expert in the publishing, motor racing and insurance sectors; Sarah Talland, who specialises in food and drink and cosmetics; and John Kennedy, who heads the client service team. Keeley Williams, Chris Baume and Alistair Linsley are also recommended.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is the result of the merger between Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle. The firm's clients include Immediate Media, Atom Bank and Middlesbrough Football Club. Leading the IP practice is Patrick Cantrill, who 'is quick to grasp the issues' and is 'clear in describing his recommended application'. Recent mandates for Cantrill include managing the trade mark portfolio for Petrofac and advising Decathlon on trade mark infringement issues. Rachel Hearson heads the trade mark team and 'provides good support of IPR projects'.

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