Rising Stars

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys in London

Barker Brettell LLP

Barker Brettell LLP is praised for providing its clients with ‘commercially sound and proactive advice’, and it is highly experienced in representing clients before the UKIPO, EUIPO, and WIPO. It handles a substantial volume of UK and EU trade marks filings, and coupled with its growing strengths in Sweden, it is well-placed to offer a seamless service to domestic and oversea clients. The group boasts a wide-ranging client base, covering the aerospace, automotive, computing and software, cosmetics, energy, food and drink, medical, and education sectors. Birmingham-based Catherine Wiseman leads the team and her offering encompasses assistance with global portfolio management, freedom to use and register trademarks, and filing and prosecuting trademark applications globally. Lucy Walker is another name of note with expertise in the policing and enforcement of rights domestically and internationally, due diligence matters, and IP issues in liquidation proceedings. Tracy Arch also manages the trade mark portfolios of global clients. Lisa King, ‘go-to IP advisor’ Rosalyn Newsome, and ‘excellent trademark attorney’ Rosanne Farmer in Birmingham, and the ‘very strong lawyer, strategist, and logician’ Ian Pearce and Louis Pittortou in Southampton are also key members of note.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Wisemam

Other key lawyers:

Tracy Arch; Lucy Walker; Rosanne Farmer; Louis Pittortou; Ian Pearce; Lisa King; Rosalyn Newsome


‘Catherine Wiseman and her team are pragmatic and professionally skilled. They have extensive knowledge of the legal aspects, and you are always in good hands.’

‘Ian Pearce is a very strong lawyer, strategist, and logician. He is responsive, courteous, and delivers top-quality work product and service.’

‘Barker Brettell provides a tailored and personal service, resulting from the key leads building a relationship to understand the business. They take time to understand how different areas of the business operates and what suits them.’

‘Rosanne Farmer is an excellent trademark attorney. She is very knowledgeable and action orientated in managing portfolios.’

‘The Barker Brettell team is attentive to clients, and they offer commercially sound and proactive advice to complex matters in a way that is easy to understand.’

‘Rosalyn Newsome is a go-to IP advisor. Her technical knowledge is excellent, but it is her ability to communicate with clients which is the reason I repeatedly refer work to her.’

‘Rosalyn Newsome genuinely wants to understand the client’s end goal, and creates an IP strategy to support the commercial aims.’

‘The team quickly becomes part your business. They are on hand for advice whenever required, and they also make you feel a part of their team, creating an approachable dynamic and making it easy to reach out to each team member directly.’

Key clients

ADM Protexin




Amouage SAOC

Aston Manor

Automobile Club Di Brescia


British Racing Motors

Carma Laboratories


Compass Banca

CSME Technology


Epson Europe

Etihad Airways


Femme Luxe Fashion

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

Fine Agrochemicals





Impossible Foods

International Flavours and Fragrances

Keller Group


Kingston Technology Corporation

Liberty Group


Fresh. Inc

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company



National Express

Panasonic Avionics


Pizza Hut UK


SEH International

Severn Trent Water

Sheltered Wings dba Vortex

Spectrum Brands


The Binding Site Group

The Boots Company

University of Chicago

University of Notre Dame

Wolseley Group

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Work highlights

  • Advised Autoglym on registering their UK trade mark for SUPER RESIN POLISH.
  • Advised Jaguar Land Rover on registering their EU trade mark trade mark application for the shape of its iconic Land Rover Defender vehicle.
  • Advised Evac+Chair North America LLC on multiple global trade mark disputes over the registration of EVAC+CHAIR.

Boult Wade Tennant LLP

Boult Wade Tennant LLP has offices across the UK, Germany, and Spain, with a new office in Munich, and this ensures the firm is well-positioned to provide a seamless European trade mark offering to its clients. The practice handles the filing of trade mark applications, protection of large portfolios, and brand protection matters, as well as representing clients before the UKIPO and EPO in prosecution and defending opposition and prosecuting appeals. Rachel Conroy sits at the helm of the department. Emma Pitcher assists clients in India, while Catherine Wolfe has expertise in advising clients in China. In team news, Emily Scott and Connor Thorogood were both promoted to the partnership in November 2022, while Michael Mair joined a German IP firm Nordemann in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Conroy

Other key lawyers:

Emma Pitcher; Catherine Wolfe; Tony Pluckrose; Anusha Arunasalam; Felicity Hide; Michael Maier; Connor Thorogood; Emily Scott


‘Anusha Arunasalam stands out amongst other partner level trademark practitioners as she is responsive, provides excellent advice efficiently, proactively considers the implications of the options for proceeding, and knows the questions that should be asked and answers those in order to give complete advice and recommendations.’

Felicity Hide is a superstar in the field of trademarks in the UK and EU. For “bet the company” types of trademark matters, she is my go-to practitioner. Her knowledge, analysis and reasoning far surpass others in the industry. She has excellent writing skills combined with superior oral communication with Examiners and opposing counsel. Felicity is also a wonderful human being that cares about her clients and as a result develops lasting relationships.’

‘Clients love Tony Pluckrose for his enthusiasm for the practice and his excellent abilities to distill complex matters down into understandable options for clients.’

Rachel Conroy is a gem, providing superb advice and management of trademark matters.’

‘Tony Pluckrose is the consummate professional and a real gentleman (in every sense of the word). Tony leads the trade mark team who support us in managing our global trade mark portfolio and Tony’s style is evident in the work that team produces and the service they provide to us. Tony’s years of experience, insight and connections always provide us with excellent advice on a range of trade mark scenarios, most of which he has dealt with in his career and can draw on past experience to provide tailored advice to suit our needs.’

Tony Pluckrose and the team he has trained may be relied upon to achieve outstanding results in matters of all types. In addition, they are genuinely good people. Of particular note are Rachel Conroy, who leads the trade marks team, and Catherine Wolfe, who is one of the firm’s most experienced partners.  Both Rachel and Catherine are really excellent – providing timely and fantastic legal advice on complex issues.  I would not hesitate to refer clients to them both (and do so frequently).’

‘I think very highly of Tony Pluckrose and Emma Pitcher. I particularly value their thoughtful and team player approach to cases.  I also rate very highly the super experienced Catherine Wolfe and young but very able Connor Thorogood.  They are all very bright and knowledgeable.

‘The BWT trade mark cohort are brilliant.’

Key clients

Standard International Management, LLC

Compassion, Inc.

Spel Products

Bauer Radio


John Guest International

Corporation and Reliance Worldwide Corporation

Atmos Nation LLC


International Drinks

Beckman Coulter

Move AI

Chapel Down

Pink Floyd

D Young & Co LLP

D Young & Co LLP’s UK-based team, which includes both attorneys and solicitors, has ‘great technical ability’ and works cohesively alongside the firm’s Munich office to provide clients with a comprehensive, pan-European trade mark offering. It handles a large volume of filings and enforcement work, including oppositions, and its team members frequently appear before the UKIPO and EPO. Previous co-practice head Jeremy Pennant retired in March 2023, so trade mark litigation and enforcement expert Tamsin Holman now solely leads the practice from London, and she is supported by solicitor Anna Reid; they are praised by one client ‘as exceptional IP lawyers of the highest calibre’. Richard Burton is another key name of note, and he is skilled in handling portfolio-related matters, especially disputes. Sarah Brooks joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Tamsin Holman

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Dick; Anna Reid; Gemma Kirkland; Richard Burton; Jackie Johnson; Sarah Brooks


‘Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid are exceptional IP lawyers of the highest calibre. They consistently deliver high-quality legal work and advice, they are very practical, know their clients’ businesses well, and are extremely responsive to clients’ needs.’

‘We would highly recommend Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid for whatever IP-related matters you have in the UK.’

‘Matthew Dick and his team are smart, savvy, knowledgeable, and responsive. They offer practical advice on both prosecution and litigation matters, and cover all aspects of trade marks, as well as passing off.’

Key clients


Al Futtaim


Burger King

Ceuta Group

Cosmetic Warriors

Crockett & Jones Shoes

Exxon Mobil Corporation


Grays of Cambridge

Groupe Canal+

Hard Rock International



Gaz & Jo Intellectual Property Holdings

Johnson & Johnson

LG Corporation

Marriott Hotels

Metro Bank

Naked Juice



SOP International Limited

Sunseeker International

The Dow Chemical Company

Tropic Skincare Ltd


TEVA Pharamceuticals

Work highlights

  • Representing Industrial Cleaning Equipment in litigation before the IPEC.
  • Acting for Heineken in a trade mark opposition.
  • Managing Cosmetic Warriors’s global trade mark portfolio

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP is praised for its ‘good commercial sense’ and assists clients across the entire lifespan of trade marks, from the development of strategy and identification of IP rights, to protection, opposition and appeal work, exploitation, and enforcement mandates. It is also active in the defence of allegations of infringement. Expert litigator Jason Dainty solely leads the practice from London and Leeds since the retirement of previous co-head Martin Krause in August 2022. The team has undergone recent expansion, with the addition of senior associates Rachel Hearson in June 2022 and Angharad Rolfe Johnson in April 2023, and associate Flora Hachemi in March 2022 from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Boult Wade Tennant LLP, and Lawrie IP respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jason Dainty

Other key lawyers:

Chris Morris; Amanda Mallon; Richard Kempner; Brian Whitehead; Michael Conway; Sanjeet Plaha; Rachel Hearson; Angharad Rolfe; Flora Hachemi


‘Good commercial sense.’

‘Great responsiveness.’

Key clients

Tesco Stores

Wren Kitchens

Molton Brown

Swatch AG



JD Sports

Yeti Coolers LLC

Stitch Editing Ltd

Giorgio Armani SpA

Callaway Golf Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Tesco Stores in trade mark litigation against Lidl concerning the sign for its discounted ‘Clubcard Prices’ scheme.
  • Representing Wren Kitchens in High Court litigation brought by B&Q.
  • Represented Swatch against Apple successfully in a line of three major trade mark disputes.

HGF Limited

HGF Limited has a significant geographical footprint, with offices in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, France, and Ireland; its teams collaborate to provide well-known, multinational companies with a seamless trade mark offering, which encompasses IP inception, filings, and commercialisation, as well as enforcement and defence proceedings and portfolio management. It is notably strong in the pharmaceutical, automotive, food and drink, media and entertainment, retail, and aerospace sectors. In February 2023, the firm opened a new office in Belfast, and it is therefore well-positioned to service entrepreneurial clients across Northern Ireland. Leeds-based David Potter sits at the helm of the practice with expertise in strategic protection and management of trade mark portfolios. Also in Leeds, CEO Martyn Fish and chairman of the firm Jason Lumber are key members of the team, as well as Richard Wylie, who advises food and beverage brands on trade mark-related mandates. In London, Jonathan Thurgood has significant experience in European brand protection, and Geoff Smith is skilled in assisting clients from the fashion, veterinary, software, and engineering industries. In Manchester, Lauren Somers is a ‘stand-out individual’.

Practice head(s):

David Potter; Martyn Fish; Jason Lumber

Other key lawyers:

Craig Thomson; Geoff Smith; Jonathan Thurgood; Rebecca Field; Claire Jones; Lauren Somers; Lee Curtis; Stephanie Loeffler-Reading; Rigel Moss McGrath; Richard Wylie


‘They take the time to really understand our business and culture, which means that their advice is absolutely tailored to our requirements. Their client portal is really helpful and can be used to create bespoke report templates.’

‘Richard Wylie is a proactive business partner who understands our business to the extent that any materials he directs to us, or issues he raises, are important ones.’

‘The HGF team have developed an in-depth understanding of our business and feel very much integrated into our internal processes. We are comfortable sharing our plans with them and bring them early into any decisions we make as a team.’

Key clients



Quintessential Brand

Tommy Hilfiger

Rotork Plc

AGA Rangemaster Group


Work highlights

  • Assisting Tommy Hilfiger with its UK trade mark matters, including prosecution, renewals, and contentious matters.
  • Acted for Love At First Swipe Dating in the defence of a UK trade mark application.
  • Acting for Quintessential Brands Group in all IP-related matters worldwide, including a portfolio of nearly 500 trade mark registrations.

J A Kemp

J A Kemp has offices located across the UK, including in London, Oxford, Cambridge, as well as in Paris and Munich. The team advises clients on a wide range of trade mark strategy matters, including filing, defending, and opposing applications in the UK, Europe, and globally. Its impressive client roster includes domestic corporations, start-ups, spin-outs, and growing businesses, as well as international corporations and prestigious academic institutions; it is also regularly instructed by US, Japanese, and Scandinavian clients. ‘Outstanding’ trade mark lead James Fish also heads up the firm’s Paris-based trade mark practice, and Tom Albertini chairs the designs offering. Other key names of note include Ben Mooneapillay in Oxford, and he supports clients in the luxury goods, entertainment, sports, food, fashion, and gaming sectors, and Charlotte Stirling in London, who handles the entire lifecycle of trade mark-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

James Fish; Tom Albertini

Other key lawyers:

Ben Mooneapillay; Charlotte Stirling; Aaron Newell; Scott Gardiner; Stephen Hodsdon


‘James Fish is always outstanding.’

‘James Fish is the top man, and he has always been superbly helpful.’

‘A friendly and commercially pragmatic team.’

‘Ben Mooneapillay is a highly-experienced and user-friendly attorney. He is responsive and provides excellent advice.’

‘Scott Gardiner is friendly and highly knowledgeable.’

‘Efficient and highly skilled team.’

‘Charlotte Stirling is very responsive and knowledgeable.’

Key clients


Antonio Puig

Boardriders IP Holdings

Burts Snacks

Courtauld Institute of Art



GW Pharma

Halewood Artisanal Spirits

Hunter Douglas Industries

Lola’s Cupcakes

Mintel Group


Nominet UK

Oxford Nanopore Technologies


Rotary International

Seiko Holdings

Sensyne Health Group

The Hershey Company

The Royal British Legion


Kilburn & Strode LLP

Kilburn & Strode LLP boasts a ‘stand-out team’ that is well-equipped to handle cross-border work with offices in London and the Netherlands. Practice head Carrollanne Lindley is praised by one client as ‘unmatchable’ and is highly adept at strategies surrounding managing international trade mark portfolios, including prosecution and enforcement mandates. Iain Stewart divides his time between London and Hilversum as co-head of the Dutch practice, and he has an international client base. ‘Exceptional trade mark attorney’ Rowena Tolley is another core member of the team with a growing UK client portfolio, including companies from the medical, food and drink, finance, sports equipment, transport, and music industries. Ryan Pixton manages some of the firm’s largest clients, assisting them with multinational filings, oppositions, litigation support, and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Carrollanne Lindley; Iain Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Rowena Tolley; Ryan Pixton; Jeffrey Parker; Ben Scarfield; Nora Fowler


‘Iain Stewart and his team are phenomenal. They are a go-to team for all trade mark prosecution and enforcement matters in the EU and UK. Clients appreciate their responsiveness, their consideration of business concerns, and their ability to present holistic solutions to issues.’

‘Rowena Tolley is an exceptional trade mark attorney. Her advice is always commercially and legally driven.’

‘The firm has deep trade mark expertise.’

‘Rowena Tolley is highly responsive, knowledgeable, practical, and a joy to work with.’

‘A stand-out team that is always commercial.’

‘Carrollanne Lindley is unmatchable, commercial, practical, and a joy to work with.’

‘The team knows the law inside out, understands clients’ commercial aims, and keeps them informed regularly.’

‘Carrollanne Lindley has immense knowledge and Ben Scarfield knows his stuff. Carrollanne is a star, providing sound advice during examination. For contentious matters, her counsel is commercially relevant and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Gilead Life Sciences


Taal Distributed Information Technologies

Delta Air Lines


Sweet Street Desserts

Cyclomedica Australia Pty



Azentio Software Private

Corza Medical


Royal College of Radiologists


The Entertainment Industry Foundation

Renault S.A.S

Puro Sound Labs LLC

Block, Inc.

Gosling Rum


Work highlights

  • Advising an airline on their UK and EU trade mark portfolio and coordinating a number of contentious matters.
  • Defending a large financial services and digital payments provider in the validity of its iconic design before the EPO.
  • Defending easyJet, easyCar, and easyBus’s EU trade mark registrations from revocation for non-use and managing the client’s defence of attacks on 35 of its registered trade marks filed by the other party in a high court litigation action.

Mewburn Ellis LLP

With offices across London, Bristol, Manchester, Cambridge, and Munich, the trade mark practice at Mewburn Ellis LLP  - led by London-based Andy King - is well-placed to offer a comprehensive European service and strategic brand management advice. The group works alongside the firm’s solicitors on the entire lifespan of trade mark work, from creation, registration, and enforcement, to disputes, portfolio management, and commercial matters. It is highly adept at handling a wide range of disputes, including oppositions, cancellations, revocations, domain disputes, and infringements before the UKIPO and EPO. Its client roster covers international brands, dynamic start-ups, universities, and research institutions. With demonstrable experience in acting for charities, Kate O’Rourke is a key name to note in the London office, which is also home to Andy King and Jacqueline Pang. Bristol-based Rebecca Anderson-Smith is a notable name in the pharmaceutical, consumer healthcare, and MedTech sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andy King

Other key lawyers:

Kate O’Rourke; Jacqueline Pang; Rebecca Anderson-Smith; Claire Evans


‘Mewburn has advanced tools and good communication. The people there are excellent lawyers.’

‘Rebecca Anderson-Smith and Jacqueline Pang are great lawyers; very precise and always responding quickly with efficient solutions to any kind of IP matters.’

Key clients

Alliance Pharmaceuticals

Audi AG


Beauty Bay


Dogs Trust

Foo Fighters

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC

Hallmark Cards


In-N-Out Burgers


KP Snacks




The Kooples


Morrison & Foerster LLP

Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP



SB Alliance



The Estate of Whitney Houston

Thompson Coburn

Youngs Brewery

Potter Clarkson LLP

With offices in London, Nottingham, and Sweden, Potter Clarkson LLP provides clients with a strategic and cross-disciplinary approach to their trade mark matters, including advising on due diligence, filing, and opposition mandates. Its client base include innovative start-ups and fast-developing SMEs, as well as international corporates from the life sciences, chemistry and biotech, food and agri-tech, engineering, electronics and computing, energy and cleantech, and the creative sectors. Sanjay Kapur heads the practice from Nottingham and London-based Sarah Talland supports clients with clearance searches, global filing matters, and handling objections and contentious mandates. Emmy Hunt, also in London, is another key name for handling brand protection matters and global trade mark portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Sanjay Kapur

Other key lawyers:

Emmy Hunt; Sarah Talland; Cameron Malone-Brown; Lucy Mills

Key clients


Frida Kahlo Corporation

Golden Goose

Lord Ian Botham & Benchmark Drinks

Pritchard Spray IP

Reckitt Benckiser

Stretchline Intellectual Properties

Turtle Bear Holdings

Nichebox UK Limited

The Crown Perfumery Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended Reckitt Benckiser successfully in an opposition filed by Nestlé.
  • Acted for various clients in an objection to the UK registration for OKTOBERFEST for the hospitality industry.
  • Assisted Frida Kahlo Corporation in successfully registering FRIDA and FRIDA KAHLO in relation to NFTs.

Stobbs IP

The team at Stobbs IP has ‘an unrivalled knowledge of the law’, and ‘is excellent at providing a range of routine trade mark protection and enforcement support’. With offices in London, Cambridge, Munich, Dublin, and Eindhoven, the team is well-placed to service a wide range of clients, from single-handed start-ups to significant, multi-national organisations from the fashion, beauty and sports sectors, as well technology, publishing, telecoms, social media, food and beverage, and the finance industries. It continues to have a busy UK and EU trade mark filing practice, and it also assists its clients with disputes and litigation, investigations, commercial contracts, brand extension, and anti-counterfeiting mandates. The reputable Cambridge-based founder Julius Stobbs sits at the helm of the practice with expertise in both contentious and non-contentious trade mark work, while the ‘very commercial’ Chris Sleep leads the solicitor group and Geoff Steward chairs the litigation offering.

Practice head(s):

Julius Stobbs; Chris Sleep; Geoff Steward

Other key lawyers:

Claire Breheny; Emma Pettipher; Louise Goodsell; Claire Sugden; Chris Hawkes; Harpreet Dhaliwal; Richard Ferguson; Lucy Skelton; Smita Pattni; Sarah Fellows


‘Excellent understanding of their clients’ industries and their business needs. They are exceedingly approachable and responsive, and help to navigate very difficult trade mark matters with practical advice.’

‘The team at Stobbs provides wonderful support, has an unrivalled knowledge of the law, and is able to apply this expertly with a commercial lens to all matters it advises on.’

‘Smita Pattni and Sarah Fellows are standout members of the team. They are quick to respond, highly professional, commercially savvy, and provide a very personalised service.’

Key clients


AB InBev

AG Barr

Air Partner

All England Netball Association

All Saints



Automobil Lamborghini SPA

Automobile Club de l’Ouest

Balfour Beatty



Berry Bros

Big Potato Ltd

Big Wave Brands

British Toy & Hobby Association


Brown Forman




Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Cancer Research UK

Capri Sun GmbH

Channel 4

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Chiaro Technology

Citco Converse

Clear Score Technology Limited

Combe International

Conde Nast

Cumberland Corporate Services Limited


District Financial Limited


Dr. Martens


Duke University


Energizer Holdings Inc.

England and Wales Cricket Board

Entain plc

Eton College

Faber & Faber

Federal Mogul


Fine and Country

Five Mile Films

Foo Fighters

Ford Models

Ford Motor Co.

The estate of Fred Astaire

Garrard & Company

Gene Simmons

General Mill


GLD Group



Grandmaster Flash

Great Ormond Street Hospital

GVC Services Ltd

Harley Davidson USA Inc.

HK28 Ltd

Iglo Foods

Immersive Labs

Independent Talent

Informa Plc


Instant Brands LLC

Interface Inc

Jack Daniels

Jagex Limited

John Varvatos

Jude Bellingham

Jurgen Klopp

Just Eat

Kendall & Kylie Jenner

Leeds Bradford International Airport

Liverpool Football Club

Macmillan Publishers

Macmillan Publishers

Marks and Spencer

Mars Wrigley


Marshall Amplification

MBG International



Meyer Bergman

Milton Lloyd Ltd

Monster Inc.

Moonbug Entertainment


Neuehouse & Fotografiska




OBD Diagnostics

Off White

Olive and Orange Ltd

Orla Kiely


Paramount Pictures


Pharrell Williams

Philip Warren & Son

Pip & Nut



Premier Foods

Purple Bricks

PZ Cussons

Quintessentially Group

Raffles Hotels

Raspberry Pi Foundation


RLTV Media

Siemens AG

Skip the Dishes Restaurant

Slater & Gordon

Slater and Gordon (UK)

Snap Inc

Springer Nature

Stanley Black and Decker Inc.


Ted Baker

The Ridge

The Ritz Hotel London

Tik Tok

Tommy Hilfiger Europe BV

Tottenham Hotspur FC

Treasury Wines Estates

Trek Bicycles



University of Cambridge



Webstorm Information Technology Private Limited




Wilmington Plc



Yours Clothing


Work highlights

  • Advised Stanley Black & Decker Inc on their IP strategy after taking over their entire portfolio.
  • Advised Qatar Sports Investment on the launch and protection of a new world-wide Padel tournament which has seen a huge upsurge in popularity.
  • Advised Mars Wrigley Confectionery on the proposed launch of a new purple M&Ms character, which included advice on various rights in the colour purple and providing parameters for future use.

AA Thornton

AA Thornton’s ‘first-class team’ provides UK-based companies and international clients with advice on global trade mark portfolio management, which encompasses filing and prosecuting applications, contentious mandates such as cancellations, oppositions, and enforcement proceedings, and appeals. Co-practice head Ian Gill is praised for combining his ‘in-depth knowledge of trade mark law with outstanding business acumen’, and he leads the team alongside the recently promoted and ‘very efficient’ Sarah Darby. Senior associate Sarah Neil handles large IP portfolios, and Louise Foster supports clients in the manufacturing, publishing, and retail industries. September 2022 saw the arrival of Lucy Pope from HGF Limited, while Rachel Havard departed to join Two IP.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gill; Sarah Darby

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Power; Louise Foster; Sarah Neil


‘Sarah Darby and her team do a terrific job in managing huge portfolios, keeping on top of things at all times and providing pragmatic, strategic advice. I very much value working with her.’

‘Ian Gill and Sarah Neil invest time in getting to understand the background and context of any matters we raise with them, and have a long-standing track record of skilfully guiding us through seemingly difficult processes.’

‘High level of quality maintained amongst the different team members, and Suzanne Power provides sound advice on tricky matters.’

‘Ian Gill, Sarah Darby, and Sarah Neil are all are very efficient and concise in communicating and proactively making proposals, making it easy for the client to respond.’

‘First-class team always thinking laterally. Great fun to work with, and they are innovative, bright, and pragmatic.’

‘The team are specialist trade mark attorneys and their expertise really shines through. They are also more than mere process driven; they consistently excel in giving client-intelligible counsel and strategic advice.’

‘Ian Gill is a star, a good businessman, and strategy head. He is always calm, clear, and appropriately guiding.’

‘Ian Gill is extremely knowledge. He combines his in-depth knowledge of trade mark law with outstanding business acumen.’

Key clients


Fytexia SAS

Virgin Enterprises Ltd


Jimmy Choo

Primark Limited

R. Twining and Company Limited

AB World Foods Limited

Admiral Group

Calor Gas

Equip Outdoor Technologies

Jordans, Dorset, Ryvita Company Limited

Estee Lauder


Work highlights

  • Advised Silver Cross on the expansion of protection of its trade mark portfolio to cover new growth areas in terms of products, markets, and sub-brands in over 30 new countries.
  • Advising British fashion house Paul Smith on a variety of matters, including an international dispute involving the mark JOHN SMITH, which is stylised in an identical way to the iconic PAUL SMITH mark.
  • Advising Admiral Group plc on a dispute relating to the mark ADMIRALS of Admiral Markets before the UKIPO, with related proceedings in the High Court.

Appleyard Lees

Specialist IP firm Appleyard Lees regularly represents emerging and high-potential innovators and start-up companies, in addition to well-established international enterprises, in their trade mark-related matters. Its team of dual-qualified trade mark and patent attorneys is located across offices in Leeds, Halifax, Cambridge, and Manchester, and it assists clients from a wide range of sectors, including fashion, sports, consumer goods, technology, food and beverage, and manufacturing. Managing Partner David Clark sits at the helm of the team in Manchester, and Leeds-based Robert Cumming is another name of note. Dual-qualified solicitor and attorney Chris Hoole ‘is dynamic and enthusiastic’, and acts for clients in High Court litigation, and advises on UK and European trade mark registries.

Practice head(s):

David Clark

Other key lawyers:

Robert Cumming; Chris Hoole; David Moy; Bill Lister; Paul Brandon; Beverley Robinson; Daniel Bailey


‘The team at Appleyard Lees is very knowledgeable and efficient, and it gives clear advice that we can either action ourselves or pass on to our clients in turn. They are very flexible on how they report matters and use technology.’

‘Robert Cummings is the hallmark of a truly great lawyer: skilled, efficient, and ruthless in litigation and other contentious matters while still very calm and pleasant to work with.’

‘Chris Hoole is dynamic and enthusiastic and embraces new clients very well.’

‘The team is very responsive and efficient.’

‘I find them to be very business-focused.’

‘Well located to service the needs of start ups and established businesses.’

‘Beverley Robinson is great to work with and an excellent attorney.’

‘Chris Hoole is a great part of the Appleyards team.’

Key clients

Ivy Farms


Crescendo Biologics


Bolt Taxis

Cranswick Plc


Beck Greener LLP

Beck Greener LLP ‘has an excellent reputation and is one of the strongest IP law firms in the UK’. The team has expertise in supporting multinational corporations across a broad range of sectors, including media and entertainment, financial services, life sciences, fashion, and beauty, and it is highly adept at managing global trade mark portfolios. It expertly handles both EU and UK matters, including IP strategy, clearance, prosecution, and litigation. Additionally, anti-counterfeiting mandates and design enforcement matters are also with in the group’s capabilities. Ian Bartlett heads up the team and is praised by one client for having ‘a strong theoretical and practical knowledge in all areas of IP’; Bartlett frequently appears before the UKIPO and Appointed Persons in contentious proceedings. He is supported by Catherine Jewell, who has expertise in defending brands in opposition proceedings, Rowland Buehrlen, who heads up the firm’s Alicante office, associate trade mark attorneys IP litigator Duncan Morgan, and associates Kashif Syed and Jessica Vallis.

Practice head(s):

Ian Bartlett

Other key lawyers:

Rowland Buehrlen; Catherine Jewell; Duncan Morgan; Kashif Syed; Jessica Vallis


‘Beck Greener has an excellent reputation and is one of the strongest IP law firms in the UK.’

‘Ian Bartlett has a strong theoretical and practical knowledge in all areas of IP. He is extremely smart, pragmatic, and thorough. He is equally effective as a strategist and tactician, and he tailors his advice to the individual needs of his clients and to the specific requirement of each situation.’

‘Catherine Jewell is able to understand very easily what we want to protect and write it in a simple manner. She is smart, fast, and trustworthy.’

‘The team’s strengths are its creativity, common sense, and ability to adjust the scale and scope of a project based on a client’s business needs.’

‘Ian Bartlett and Duncan Morgan are strategic problem solvers that know how to win when winning is what’s most important and otherwise know how to reach positive solutions for clients.’

‘The team has a deep understanding of trademark law from all aspects.’

‘Kashif Syed is dedicated, responsive, and creative.’

‘Duncan Morgan is pleasant, clever, highly reliable, and operates at high standards.’

Key clients

Pharrell Williams

The Condé Nast Publications

The Estée Lauder Companies


The British Phonographic Industry

Chevron Products Company


Tiffany and Company


Lewis Hamilton

Ed Sheeran


Tillotts Pharma

Knight Frank




TED Talks


Cards Against Humanity

Incos / Debonair

LifeAID Beverages Co LLC

Hinduja Bank

Prime Hydration LLC

EFG Hermes

PIC Corporation

Next Insurance Inc

Digital Commerce Inc

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Official UK Charts Company against Global Radio in its attempt to prevent the client from obtaining registered protection for its key OFFICIAL CHARTS trade mark.
  • Advising PwC on a range of measures to protect its brands, including advising PwC UK, PwC US, and the global PwC organisation.
  • Assisting Tapestry with managing its entire European portfolios since 2020, including advising on filing and prosecuting trade mark applications, and in relation to IP risks and strategies across the UK and Europe.

Bird & Bird LLP

In addition to the strong media, entertainment, and sports sector focus of the trade marks team at Bird & Bird LLP, the firm has seen an increase in instructions from clients in the retail and consumer, and tourism and travel sectors. The group boasts a mixture of trade mark attorneys and solicitors, and they work cohesively to provide clients with advice on prosecution matters and portfolio management. It is also highly experienced in handling a large volume of trade mark registrations. Mark Holah co-heads the team alongside Allan Poulter.

Practice head(s):

Mark Holah; Allan Poulter

Other key lawyers:

Christine Danos; Emma Green


‘An incredibly approachable team that boasts the best IP practitioners in the business.’

Key clients


AB InBev

Monster Energy Company


SC Johnson


Rogue Fitness


Monica Vinader

Hanes Brands


Sunday Riley


Chilly’s Bottles





Daily Mail


Clarion Events

The Wonderful Company



Tempur Sealy

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Royal Opera House with conducting a trade mark audit and assumed responsibility of the worldwide portfolio for the Royal Opera and Royal Ballet.
  • Assisting Epic Games with managing its IP portfolio across the UK and Europe, as well as the Middle East.
  • Advising Hanes on a number of branding issues, including on a global assignment project relating to the CHAMPION brand.

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP’s team consists of UK and EU trade mark attorneys, litigation solicitors, and other overseas-qualified lawyers who all assist with the management of global IP portfolios and advise on the entire spectrum of trade mark mandates, including brand creation, clearance searches, licensing, and disputes before trade mark registries and the courts. The team has witnessed growth in instructions from clients in the hospitality, technology, and telecoms sectors, and continues to frequently represent clients before the UKIPO and EPO. Ian Gruselle sits at the helm of the trade marks department and is supported by Nellie Jackson, who has expertise in brand protection, exploitation matters, portfolio management, and IP-related disputes. In July 2022, Abigail Wise joined Lewis Silkin.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gruselle

Other key lawyers:

Simon Clark; Paul Jordan; Nellie Jackson; Jeremy Blum; Jennifer Noel; Stephanie Taylor


‘It is a friendly team of knowledgable people.’

‘Nellie Jackson is a strong and pragmatic lawyer.’

Key clients

Lebara Limited

PolarSeal Tapes & Conversions Limited

Financial Times Limited

Dentsply Sirona Inc

WPP Group

Nio Nextev

Viking River Cruises

HND Development Corporation

The Guardian News and Media




International Foodstuffs Co LLC





Malmaison Hotel du Vin Holdings


H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Mondelez International


Work highlights

  • Advising the WPP Group on coordinating and managing its worldwide trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising Financial Times on managing its worldwide trade mark portfolio.
  • Representing McDonald’s regarding the protection and enforcement of the world famous ‘Mc’ and ‘Mac brands in the UK.

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP’s practice encompasses the entire life cycle trade marks, from clearance searches, registrations, and enforcement, to disputes, litigation, licensing, and contractual and transactional matters, and it often represents clients in opposition and appeal proceedings before the UKIPO, EPO, WIPO, and the UK’s Appointed Person. Roger Lush chairs the group and his clients are from a wide range of sectors, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, tourism, and fintech and finance, amongst others. Dual qualified as a trade mark attorney and solicitor, Jonathan Day, is strong on brand protection, enforcement mandates, and management matters. Senior associate and trade mark attorney Lara Elder is skilled in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Roger Lush

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Day; Lara Elder

Key clients

Align Technology

Bear Grylls Ventures LLP

Manzanita Capital


Deere & Company

Blue Prism

Western Digital



Space NK



Penguin Random House


Motorsport UK


Umarex GmbH

Republic Technologies

4D Pharma


OTCX Trading

De Beers

Malin + Goetz


Susanne Kaufmann

Iris Nation




McIlhenny Company

Western Digital


GAM Limited

Veld Capital

Anacap Financial Partners


Fomtech Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Allergan in all trade mark-related matters, from brand counselling and clearance, filing and prosecution, opposition, cancellation, and enforcement, and dispute resolution.
  • Representing Align Technology in its brand protection and enforcement strategies in the UK and Europe.
  • Representing Deere & Company in the protection and enforcement of the brand, including the iconic Leaping Deer logo and yellow/green livery, which is the subject of rarely registered colour-per-se marks.

Cleveland Scott York

Cleveland Scott York boasts trade mark attorneys who are also dual qualified as solicitors, and the team adeptly manages large trade mark portfolios and assists its international clients with developing filing strategies and providing representation in complex opposition work before the UKIPO and EPO, as well as drafting IP-related licensing agreements. Sectors of strength for the group include financial services, pharmaceutical, consumer goods, transport, and fashion. Lorna Hobbs jointly leads the team alongside Jonathan Clegg, and they are supported by Claire Birro, who has a growing practice across the entire spectrum of trade mark work.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Clegg; Lorna Hobbs

Other key lawyers:

Claire Birro; Joanna Larkey; Andrew Clemson


‘They seamlessly work together and never miss a beat.’

‘Jonathan Clegg, Claire Birro, and Andrew Clemson have all equally impressed me with their practical approaches to problem-solving.’

Key clients


Target Brands

Rolls-Royce PLC

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

Saputo Dairy UK

Dairy Crest

Dorling Kindersley Limited

Citigroup Inc.

The National Trust

Oxygenetix Institute Inc.

Noble Foods Limited

Numatic International

United Biscuits

Drest Limited

Transport for London

Legatum Limited

GM Cruise Holdings LLC

Utilita Energy


Work highlights

  • Assisting Transport for London with its trade mark portfolio and associated issues.
  • Representing Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings in complex European trade mark oppositions.
  • Representing Iris Software Group Limited in EU trade mark opposition work.


CMS’s ‘outstanding team’ utilises the firm’s global network of offices across the UK, Poland, Spain, Germany, France, Singapore, and Hong Kong to provide clients with a seamless cross-border offering, which includes all forms of soft IP work. For example, the team regularly assists clients with due diligence and transactions, clearances, prosecution work, and day-to-day portfolio management and auditing. It is also active in representing clients before the UKIPO, EPO, and English and Scottish courts. Technology, media, and telecoms remain key sectors for the practice, as well as fashion and retail, sport, and leisure and hospitality. Co-head of the firm’s international IP group Tom Scourfield is ‘a brilliant tactician’, and he jointly leads the practice alongside Sarah Wright; they split their team between London and Warsaw. In Sheffield, trade mark attorney and litigator Eleanor Merrett is skilled in brand protection and enforcement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Wright; Tom Scourfield

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Merrett; Kelly Saliger; Anna Brackenbury; Louise Gellman; Joel Vertes; David Parrish; Melanie Worsdall; Kara Tompsett


‘The team listens and understands the challenges of their clients while delivering innovative solutions to difficult problems.’

‘Tom Scourfield is wonderful in handling contentious matters. He is a brilliant tactician, resulting in many difficult matters being resolved expeditiously. ‘

‘Outstanding team; we rely on them extensively for all types of trademark matters in the UK.’

Key clients

Anthony Nolan



Breast Cancer Now


Dentsu International







ITV plc

J. Crew

JoJo Maman Bébé


Kettle Foods

Snyder’s Lance

Legal & General plc





Oracle Corporation

Oura Health

Pepe Jeans




Shark Ninja


SMS plc


The Crown Estate


Valeo Snackfoods

YNV Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft on all aspects of trade mark and design work, including business critical clearance, filing, prosecution, multi-jurisdictional opposition, and enforcement work.
  • Representing ITV, including ITV Studios Netherlands, in managing a substantial portfolio, and advising on trade mark matters, including clearance, prosecution, and contentious matters.
  • Acting for Sainsbury’s on its trade mark portfolio matters.

Gill Jennings & Every LLP

From Gill Jennings & Every LLP’s London and Munich offices, the trade mark attorney team provides well-known multinational corporations, large corporates, SMEs, start-ups, and universities in the UK, Europe, and other jurisdictions with a strong cross-border offering. The practice has demonstrable experience in handling multi-jurisdictional clearance projects, registrations, opposition and cancellation issues, domain name complaints, and anti-counterfeiting matters, as well as representing clients in prosecution proceedings and portfolio management. Chairman Alasdair MacQuarrie leads the team with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical, entertainment, toys and games, high security printing, and fashion industries, while Edward Carstairs heads up the firm’s food, drink, and hospitality sector group. In May 2022, trade marks director Rachael Ward joined the team from Ward Trade Marks.

Practice head(s):

Alasdair MacQuarrie; Edward Carstairs

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Ward; Luca Colombo


‘Edward Carstairs simplifies things and explains different scenarios well.’

‘Gill Jennings makes me feel like I am their only client. Whatever the issue is, they provide quick, smart, and practical answers.’

‘Alasdair MacQuarrie develops and executes action plans quickly and with good success rates.’

Key clients

World Wrestling Entertainment


Wizards of the Coast



Clean Co

Under Armour

Eusa Pharma UK Ltd

Inivos Ltd

Audoo Limited

Aviation Works Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Under Armour on opposition proceedings at the UKIPO, having successfully defended a logo mark valued in excess of £500m.
  • Advisd Thrasio on the protection of its brands at the UKIPO and EPO, including defending its trade marks against third party challenges.
  • Advising WWE in relation to strategic filing issues and prosecuting applications for their talent and tag team names and new shows, registering in the UK and Europe in relation to and handling opposition and cancellation matters, enforcing rights against third parties, and undertaking recordal programs.


Keltie’s trade mark offering is broad ranging, and encompasses advice on prosecution, strategy, transactions, and enforcement matters. It also has a well-established Irish trade mark offering, and assists clients with online brand protection mandates, including domain name registration and renewal matters. The automotive, fashion, luxury goods, food and beverage, and consumer goods are all strong sectors for the department, which has seen an increase in instructions from clients in the sports and sustainability sectors; Manuela Macchi leads the firm’s sports trade mark practice. Co-head of the team Rosemary Cardas has expertise in the strategic management of global trade mark portfolios, and Alistair Gay also jointly leads the practice with significant experience in enforcement issues. Senior associate Jason Aghatise joined the team from Wynne-Jones, Laine & James in September 2022, while Azhar Sadique departed in March 2023 to join a technology start-up company.

Practice head(s):

Rosemary Cardas; Manuela Macchi; Alistair Gay

Other key lawyers:

Jason Aghatise; Ben Britter; Jason Aghatise

Key clients

Group Lotus



PGA European Tour

Hillhouse Capital

Ryder Cup

Rick Owens

Jane’s Group



UK Fashion and Textile Association


The Global Fund

The Professional Golfers’ Association

Treasury Wine Estate


Work highlights

  • Advised Sony Interactive Entertainment on the protection of its trade marks in the UK and EU, including trade mark filings and prosecutions, oppositions, and dispute resolution matters.
  • Advised Neat Home on its strategy for protecting its IP against copycat infringers, including conducting a review of design and trade mark protection in various territories.
  • Acted for Swarovski in trade mark and design enforcement matters, including online and in relation to cases regarding ingredient branding.

Marks & Clerk

Marks & Clerk boasts a ‘well-established and well-resourced team’ that has a core focus on the creative and entertainment industries, fashion and retail, financial services, and food and drink sectors, as well as the technology sector. The team is well-versed in managing large international portfolios, which often includes filings and opposition and enforcement proceedings before the UKIPO and EPO, as well as brand protection matters and dispute resolution mandates. Trade mark practice head Esther Gottschalk also manages the Birmingham office; she has extensive expertise in working for US corporates and attorney firms. Fluent in French and Spanish, John Ferdinand in Birmingham is another key name to note, with expertise in non-traditional trade marks, such as shape marks. London-based trade mark attorney Michael Barrett is dual qualified as a solicitor with a focus on the sport, entertainment, and media industries. Tom Farrand transitioned to a consultancy role in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Esther Gottschalk

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Collins; Michael Barrett; Jason Chester; Claire Keating; Amy Dunn; Noëlle Pearson; John Ferdinand


‘The Marks & Clerk team provides tailor-made advice in a time-efficient manner. They count on highly skilled IP professionals with experienced backgrounds in the IP field. Communication with them is continuous and smooth, and they are extremely responsive.’

‘A well-established and well-resourced team.’

‘Personal attitude, helpful, and great initiative.’

‘Their expertise in trade marks and patents internationally is very good. They are great at explaining complicated situations, and they have great client service.’

‘Clear understanding of client requirements. Able to adapt to the circumstances in different countries and provide relevant advice. Trademark monitoring service provides notice of possible infringements on both names and logos.’

‘Samantha Collins is great to work with. She has clearly laid out the options available to us, is very responsive, and has managed our trademark portfolio very efficiently.’

Key clients

Lounge Underwear

Panda Life

FutureWELL Holdings Ltd


Butcher’s Pet Care Limited


Next Holding Limited

Grafton International Ltd

Kee Safety Limited

Hill & Smith Holdings plc

Pukka Pies

Crew Clothing Company

First Longevity Ltd

Scottish Football Association

Scotch Whisky Association

Lothian Buses



Albert Bartlett & Sons

Work highlights

  • Acted for Butcher’s Pet Care in devising a strategy to ensure and safeguard protection for a planned re-brand of products in the EU to align with branding strategy in the UK.
  • Acted for Kee Safety in helping to prioritise their branding needs to help their IP reflect their success and expansion.
  • Acted for Grafton International in their new launches, prosecuting the difficult marks and advising them on their necessary protection and enforcement issues.

Mathys & Squire LLP

Mathys & Squire LLP acts for large organisations, as well as start-ups, entrepreneurs, and universities on the development, management, and protection of their trademark portfolios, including on contentious oppositions and appeals before the UKIPO and EPO. In London, head of the litigation practice Margaret Arnott also jointly leads the trade mark team practice alongside Manchester-based Gary Johnston. Arnott is particularly well-versed in the automotive, oil and gas, food and beverage, clothing, e-commerce, charity, and technology sectors, and Johnston is experienced in anti-counterfeiting matters. Managing associate Harry Rowe (London) is skilled in trade mark opposition matters, and of counsel Rebecca Tew (Birmingham) has expertise in clearances, brand protection, and enforcement-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Arnott; Gary Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Harry Rowe; Rebecca Tew


‘Gary Johnston has enormous experience and sound common sense.’

‘The trade mark team has proven to be professional, efficient, and reliable.’

‘Margaret Arnott’s experience and guidance is valued.’

Key clients

Eveden Inc.

Ocean on Land Technology Ltd

British Gas


Kenwood Limited


Public Health England


Rigby & Peller


The Tate Gallery

Edward de Bono Limited


House of Lords

House of Commons

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

The British Tourist Authority

Work highlights

  • Assisted Ocean on Land Technology with successfully implementing and managing a global filing strategy for a revolutionary hatchery system.

Maucher Jenkins

Anglo-German firm Maucher Jenkins often works collaboratively with its German offices to handle national and European trade mark filings, and it also boasts an established presence in Switzerland and China. The team provides ‘sound and practical advice’ on the registration of new brands, clearances, and prosecuting trade mark applications, as well as representing clients in litigation and dispute resolution matters. Industries of strength for the group include pharmaceuticals and medical devices, cosmetics, food and beverages, financial services, and media and entertainment; Katie Cameron often engages with clients in the latter of these industries. Co-head Angela Fox is praised for her ‘great trademark portfolio management skills’ as a dual-qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney litigator, and Tanya Buckley also jointly leads the team with ‘a wealth of experience in handling different types of trade mark work’; her background in biotech enables her to advise pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech clients.

Practice head(s):

Katie Cameron; Angela Fox; Tanya Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Richard Parsons


‘They are very proactive and provide in-detail advice for each possible course of action.’

‘They are very knowledgeable, thorough, and present advice in a targeted and thoughtful manner.’

‘Angela Fox provides well-considered and nuanced guidance; she is a trustworthy counsel. She has great trademark portfolio management skills, providing proactive advice on IP protection.’

‘They are very responsive, and their advice is sophisticated.’

‘Richard Parsons and Katie Cameron provide sophisticated advice in terms of various trademark matters. Their advice is practical.’

‘They are professional, responsive, organised. They always provide sound and practical advice.’

‘Tanya Buckley and Katie Cameron have a rich experience in the IP field and are able to provide tailored advice and in-depth insights towards laws and practice.’

‘Tanya Buckley has a wealth of experience in handling different types of trade mark work. She and the team know about different clients in different industries and can provide tailored and appropriate services.’


Murgitroyd has been rapidly expanding and now has offices located across Europe, North America, and Asia, providing clients with a ‘one-stop-shop’ offering in the automotive, engineering and energy, consumer services, chemistry and life sciences, and media industries, amongst others. The group provides clients with an all-encompassing trade mark offering, from pre-filing and searching to prosecution, renewals, and portfolio management. In December 2022, the firm underwent further expansion with the acquisition of TLIP, allowing the group to seamlessly assist Cambridge-based innovative clients with their trade mark mandates. Managing director Joanne Lecky sits at the helm of the team in Belfast with expertise in representing clients before the UKIPO and EPO in oppositions, revocations, and invalidity actions. In Leeds, Alan Fiddes is another notable name, with substantial experience in managing and exploiting trade mark portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Lecky

Other key lawyers:

Alan Fiddes; Gareth Price; Steve Waine; Sharon Kirby; Mike Vettese; Christian Finn; Emma Hodson; Anna Szpek; Sarah McCrann


‘They are impressive not only in their efficiency, quality, and responsiveness, but also in their familiarity with local practice, as well as an extensive European office network that enables them to act as a one-stop-shop for all clients’ IP requirements in Europe.’

‘The trademark team is managed by the great Joanne Lecky, who is a delight to work with and provides the right resource from the Murgitroyd team.’

‘Christian Finn specialises primarily in trade mark matters, handling portfolios for a wide range of clients, from small start-ups to multinational companies.’

Key clients

Barry M

Black Sheep Brewery




Hermès International S.A.

Highland Spring

JD Sports


Maybourne Hotel Group

Revolution Beauty

SHS Group


Work highlights

  • Supported JD Sports Fashion Plc with its global expansion, including the growth of its business in the USA, Middle East, and new target markets.
  • Managing Revolution Beauty’s global IP portfolio, including contentious matters and oppositions.
  • Managing SHS Group’s global trade mark portfolio, including trade mark and registered design filings, prosecution, oppositions, and enforcement matters.

Reddie & Grose LLP

Reddie & Grose LLP‘s offering encompasses the entire spectrum of building trademark portfolios for clients in the consumer products, entertainment and media, technology, charity, and financial sectors, including filing, prosecution, opposition and enforcement work. With expertise in the automotive industry, Helen Wakerley jointly leads the team alongside Patrick Lloyd. Chairman Alice Findlay and executive partner Jan Vleck are further key members of the team. Tom Sharman - a UK and European trademark, patent, and design attorney with a strong emphasis on assisting UK-based businesses with their global expansion strategies - is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alice Findlay; Jan Vleck; Patrick Lloyd; Helen Wakerley

Other key lawyers:

Tom Sharman; Dale Carter; Dan Sullivan


‘Tom Sharman is a brilliant attorney; rare in his talent to cover designs, trade marks and patents well, and he is clearly very successful indeed.’

‘Over 40 years, the expertise of the team has been good. Each new account handler with the back office team has always been on point quickly after taking on our portfolio.’

Key clients

Airhead Design Limited

Volta Trucks

Work highlights

  • Advised Airhead Design Limited on a variety of IP matters.
  • Advised Volta Trucks on expanding their portfolio of IP rights relating to technology in their electric vehicles.

Venner Shipley LLP

Venner Shipley LLP is praised as a ‘go-to firm for any UK trade mark matters’ and has demonstrable experience in managing global portfolios and prosecution mandates for a wide range of clients, including FTSE100 companies, global corporations, in addition to SMEs, and start-ups. Practice head Clare Turnbull is based in Tunbridge Wells and regularly represents clients before the UKIPO, EPO, and WIPO due to her significant experience in oppositions and invalidity proceedings, and Jane Martin also sits in Tunbridge Wells. In the firm’s London office, chartered UK trade mark attorney David Birchall is fluent in French and is also qualified as a solicitor. Birchall is active in working alongside foreign trade mark attorneys in prosecution and registration matters.

Practice head(s):

Clare Turnbull

Other key lawyers:

Jane Martin; David Birchall; Yoann Rousseau; Gloria Parmesan; Camilla Sexton


‘I’ve been impressed with the partners’ client management and cost-effective and practical updates and advice notes. The firm’s matter management is also good.’

‘Clare Turnbull has very good client relationships and expectations management. She is tailored and practical with her advice, and it certainly helps when she sets out the position, as well as the risk and benefits. She is also very friendly and approachable.’

‘Venner Shipley is a go-to firm for any UK trade mark matters. I also highly recommend them when asked for a reference in the UK by my peers. Working with them is a breeze, and they provide much value.’

‘Yoann Rousseau is unparalleled in his attention to his client’s needs. He is thorough and always delivers impeccable work. While being detail-oriented and explaining the legal subtleties, he manages to keep a hands-on and practical approach that allows for actionable advices. An absolute pleasure to work with, his responsiveness is second to none.’

‘A great team of professionals dedicated to satisfying their clients and to making their job as professional as possible.’

‘I have been impressed by their work and by their professional skills. They just do the job as it must be done with a touch of talent, which makes them special. This is in particular the case when I work with Clare Turnbull and Camilla Sexton.’

‘The team provide a proactive and pragmatic service, are easy to deal with and respond promptly.’

‘David Birchall provides great support for our global portfolio, and always gives a considered and commercial response to matters that arise.’

Key clients

Atkins Limited

The Norwex Group

The Sakata Group of Companies

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd

Coregeo Ltd

Aspen Pumps


Tactus Group

Aviva Plc

First Grade International

The Masic Foundation

Saferpet Ltd

The Able Label Limited

Zimmer Biomet

Clinigen Limited

IQUW Syndicate Management Limited

Quite Interesting Limited

Waymade plc


Work highlights

  • Advising the UK and EU divisions of Sakata on trade mark matters.
  • Assisting Quite Interesting Limited with searching, filing, and opposition services.
  • Advising TalkTalk on their trade mark portfolio.

Wilson Gunn

Wilson Gunn ‘has a multi-national projection and comfortably and ably represents very big clients, while at the same time succeeds in maintaining a demonstrably Mancunian soul which appeals to more local SMEs’. The practice counts major technology companies, academic institutions, and global brand owners amongst its high-profile trade mark client base. Industries of strength for the group include sport, healthcare, fashion, and retail, and it continues to handle a large volume of trade mark filings. In Manchester, Michael Douglas heads up the team, and the ‘fantastic’ Tim Rose in Birmingham has substantial experience in contentious matters, including oppositions, invalidations, and revocations. James Robey and David Slattery in Manchester are also notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Michael Douglas

Other key lawyers:

Tim Rose; Marc Lewis; David Slattery; Andrew Marsden


‘It has a multi-national projection and comfortably and ably represents very big clients, while at the same time succeeds in maintaining a demonstrably Mancunian soul which appeals to more local SMEs.’

‘Michael Douglas is best in the class. He has superb people skills, he is good to work with, and he offers practical and common sense advice. He is very strong in the consumer and retail goods sector.’

‘The team, and in particular, Tim Rose, is fantastic. They are knowledgeable, reliable, and attentive. I cannot say enough positive things about the Wilson Gunn trade mark team, and Tim Rose in particular.’

Key clients

Boohoo Group


Conan Doyle Estate

DCC plc

Mondelēz International

Mölnlycke Health Care


Spin Master

Tangle Teezer

The Football Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Boohoo Group on all aspects of their global trade mark portfolio, which includes established brands such as Debenhams, Warehouse, Oasis, and Burton.
  • Acting for DCC plc in the management of their global trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising Spin Master on new trade mark applications, including advising on protection for a 3-Dimensional trade mark for the Rubik’s Cube.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team supports its clients across the entire scope of trade mark-related mandates, including litigation, clearance, filing, and prosecution work, in addition to registrations, enforcement, and domain and company name disputes. It is also notable for its global portfolio management expertise, which is boosted by the firm’s global footprint. Sectors of strength for the group include consumer products, retail, and pharmaceutical goods. Key names of note include Jessica Le Gros, who leads the brand management practice, Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy with expertise in contentious mandates before UK and EU courts, and of counsel Julia Dickenson. Senior trade mark associate Nadine Archer is another key name. Vlotina Liakatou left to ITV in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Le Gros; Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy; Julia Dickenson

Other key lawyers:

Nadine Archer


‘Nadine Archer is a highly-experienced trade mark counsel with extensive knowledge of national trade mark regimes around the world.’

‘The entire team is wonderful. Jessica Le Gros is very helpful, fully in charge, and provides super-fast in replies.’

‘Baker McKenzie’s trade mark team has global coverage with supporting centres around the world. They take care of all the administrative workaround trade marks, including filings, registrations, invoicing, renewals, and oppositions, all captured in one online database.’

Key clients









Eli Lilly

General Motors








Natura & Co

Novo Nordisk


Planet Hollywood



Warner Bros

Work highlights

  • Advising L’Oréal on all IP matters, ranging from complex trade mark litigation to vital brand and portfolio advisory and management.
  • Advising Unilever on brand protection matters.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells is sought after for by a range of clients from the impact economy, including charities, non-profit organisations, and commercial clients. The team’s mandates often involve international elements, and it has significant expertise in branding-related matters, clearance, registration, portfolio management, disputes, and transactional mandates. Practice head Mathew Healey is skilled in licensing matters and assisting new and emerging enterprises on a pro-bono basis. Wendy Grey advises clients from the technology, fashion, pharmaceuticals, and media industries, and Catharina Waller is another notable team member.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Healey

Other key lawyers:

Wendy Gray, Catharina Waller


‘The team has a particularly strong understanding of charities and how they work.’

‘The team is always helpful, quick, clear, and genuinely cares about its clients.’

‘The Bates Wells trade mark attorneys are very adept at thinking outside the box when addressing complex or challenging trade mark issues. This type of thinking and approach is invaluable.’

‘The knowledge of the team is exceptional and the advice they provide is commercial and balanced. They pursue matters only if it is beneficial to the client.’

‘Catharina Waller’s advice is pragmatic, clear, comprehensive, and always contextually appropriate.’

‘Mathew Healy and Wendy Grey provide straightforward, commercial advice.’

‘Mathew Healy is always proactive, thinks outside the box, and genuinely cares about being proportionate and sensible whilst protecting clients.’

‘Mathew Healey is an invaluable source of expertise and advice for trademark challenges. He always provides thoughtful, practical, and agile advice, which is highly valued.’

Key clients

The Science Council

London Stock Exchange Group

Trinity College London




Vodafone Foundation

The Copper Mark

The Earthshot Prize

Trussell Trust

Choose Love

Asthma UK

Speech and Language UK

Business LDN

Christian Aid

Conflict Armament Research

Baobab Foundation

Vorboss, Vitrifi, AllPoints Fibre

Global Innovation Fund

The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales

Viva Credit

Charlie Mackesy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Baobab Foundation on trade mark clearance, registration, and IP structuring.
  • Advised Battersea on a partnership with Jude’s Ice Cream for Dogs and various merchandise partnerships, as well as the high-profile Wear Blue for Rescue campaign.
  • Assisted The Copper Mark with its global trade mark protection programme, which included drafting regulations around an assurance/certification standard aimed at responsible copper mining, as well as registering certification marks throughout the world’s copper-mining regions.


Dehns has a sizeable team that handles UK, EU, and overseas trade mark-related mandates, including registration and renewals, management and maintenance, policing, and enforcement. It also supports clients with domain name disputes and internet infringements, and is well-versed in providing representation in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the UKIPO and EPO. Its client roster is broad-ranging and encompasses SMEs and multi-national companies from the computing, publishing, pharmaceuticals, leisure and entertainment, food and beverage, and fashion sectors, to name a few. Elaine Deyes leads the trade mark group and Paul Harris is head of the litigation department. Senior partner Elizabeth Jones and managing partner Adrian Samuels are also key names of note. In March 2022, the firm opened a new office in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Deyes; Paul Harris; Elizabeth Jones; Adrian Samuels

Other key lawyers:

Clare Mann; Joseph Letang


‘Clare Mann is our first point of call for trade mark-related questions; she is very speedy in her responses and her communication is always clear and easy to understand. She has always kindly answered any questions and I appreciate her patience and insight.’

‘Everyone is responsive and friendly.’

‘Clare Mann is sharp, practical, responsive, and a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Honda Motor Europe

Man Group PLC

Hamptons International

Avon Cosmetics


Apple Corps

Jane Shilton

Emporia Brands Limited

Nuffield Health

Work highlights

  • Assisted Consolidated Metco in achieving a rare registration of a slogan as a trade mark.
  • Represented Otis Elevator Company in opposition proceedings.

Elkington + Fife LLP

Elkington + Fife LLP boasts a team of ‘excellent subject-matter specialists’ that are highly adept at handling UK trade mark filings, oppositions and related disputes, clearances, and recordals. Well-known brands continue to instruct the group with their UK and EU trade mark portfolios, and it has seen an increase in instructions by large commercial firms and foreign associates. Chris McLeod ‘leads a talented and dedicated team’ from the firm’s London office and is praised as a ‘complete genius’. In Sevenoaks, Mark Scott is skilled in registered design mandates, while London-based Allister McManus focuses strongly on contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris McLeod

Other key lawyers:

Mark Scott; Allister McManus


‘Chris McLeod leads a talented and dedicated team who are proactive, responsive, and great to work with. Chris is highly knowledgable in all aspects of trade mark law.’

‘I appreciate the honesty and straightforwardness, as well as the professional skills the individuals I work with in this firm apply.’

‘A very solid and professional group of practitioners. I have worked with Chris McLeod and his team for many years and find them reasonably priced, very available, and the advice is always of a very high technical standard. I have no hesitation in recommending them to my clients, and working with them as a team. Understated excellence.’

‘I have worked for many years with Chris McLeod. I don’t think he has ever made a mistake. He sees points very clearly, and has very good professional judgement. A true professional of the old school.’

‘The team are excellent subject-matter specialists and advise clients on a vast range of matters, from UK and international trade mark applications and design right infringements to domain name disputes. They are responsive, pleasant, and a joy to work with. Their fees are reasonable, and no problem is unsolvable.’

‘Chris McLeod is a complete genius. He responds at lightning speed and gives absolutely the best advice in a pithy and accessible way that clients can immediately understand.’

‘Allister McManus is responsive, helpful, and astute.’

Key clients

Formula One Management Limited

Fulham Stadium Limited

Fulham Football Club

Corning Incorporated

Philips B.V.

Signify Holding B.V.

Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Limited


Evonik Industries AG

Spire Healthcare Limited

Malvern Panalytical B.V.

OSA Fine Spirits

Decon Laboratories Limited

Citation Limited

Imperial College of Science

FabricNano Limited

LexiFi Limited

Mirabeau SAS

The Juice Master Limited

Petronella Ravenshear

Better Nature Limited


Slaughter and May

Borenius Attorneys

Blank Rome LLP

Merkenbureau Knijff & Partners

Collyer Bristow

Spencer West LLP


Onel Trademarks

Memery Crystal LLP

RGB Legal Services Limited

Nishimura & Asahi

Corpo Legem

CyberLink Corporation

Mana Biosystems Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Formula One Management on the F1, Formula 1, Grand Prix, and associated trade marks.
  • Advising Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems on filing and registering numerous UK trade mark applications, international registrations, and foreign national applications for the client’s established industrial ink brands.
  • Representing Corning Incorporated in trade mark applications and oppositions, and successfully assisted the client with resolving a long-running, multi-jurisdictional dispute with Evolv Technologies.


Fieldfisher’s trade marks team is ‘extremely skilled at managing a very large portfolio of enforcement matters’ and acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, predominantly in the technology, life sciences, media, and retail spaces, with an increasing focus on the sports sector. Multi-jurisdictional clients seeking to expand their portfolios often instruct the team. Leighton Cassidy co-heads the group alongside litigation lead John Linneker and dual-qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney Hastings Guise, who is highly adept at handling pre-launch clearance projects and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Leighton Cassidy; John Linneker; Hastings Guise

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Seymour; Amy Reynolds; Chris Benson; Claire Keepax; Chris Tang


‘A very professional and efficient team.’

‘The team is extremely skilled at managing a very large portfolio of enforcement matters while still providing detailed and digestible advice for individual matters.’

‘The team is extremely reliable, especially with last minute deadlines and instructions. The team also routinely takes initiative to provide complex advice about clients’ overall portfolios and enforcement strategies.’

‘Chris Tang is a highly responsive, intelligent, and personable attorney that is very knowledgeable and adept at providing in-depth enforcement advice.’

Key clients




Borough Market


Smart LLC

FitBit, Inc


Dell EMC

Take-Two Interactive Software


Caffè Nero


Devolver Digital Ltd


Work highlights

  • Acting for SkyKick in defending trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky in relation to the use of the word ‘SKYKICK’.
  • Advising Sazerac on its global trade mark portfolio outside North America and brand IP enforcement following a competitive tender.
  • Advising Fitbit on UK trade mark matters, including trade mark portfolio management, prosecution, and enforcement.

Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin’s IP practice assists its clients with the entire lifecycle of IP-related work. It manages IP portfolios for household names and multi-national clients, as well as trademark filings, anti-counterfeiting matters, and oppositions and disputes. Tom Gaunt leads the team, which was bolstered by the addition of legal director Abigail Wise from Bristows LLP in July 2022 and senior chartered trade mark attorney Erika Coccia from Marks & Clerk in May 2022. Nick Bowie has significant expertise in trade mark prosecution, online enforcement, and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Tom Gaunt

Other key lawyers:

Nick Bowie; Giles Crown; Erika Coccia; Abigail Wise

Key clients

John Lewis


Airwair International



Harvey Nichols & Co

Swiss Mountain Rescue

Secret Garden Party

MW Eat

Claranet Group


Work highlights

  • Advising for Skyscanner Limited on managing its global trade mark portfolio, trade mark disputes, and overseeing its online brand enforcement globally.
  • Assisted Swiss Mountain Rescue with its successful defence of UK Trade Mark Opposition No. OP000431572 against UK Application No. UK00003723956 for SWISS MOUNTAIN RESCUE logo, brought by the Swiss IP Federation.
  • Advising Saga on all of its IP-related work, including trade mark and design clearance, filing and prosecution strategies in the UK and globally, and related IP disputes and enforcement matters.

Adamson Jones, part of Gateley Legal

Following their tie-up in January 2022, Adamson Jones, part of Gateley Legal is now home to an expanding trade mark attorney group which can draw on support from a network of offices across the UK, including London, the East Midlands, Yorkshire and Wales. The practice offers advice on all aspects of trade marks, including registrability, applications in the UK and overseas, international trade mark portfolio management and oppositions against conflicting trade mark applications, as well as the negotiation of coexistence agreements. Pharmaceutical and medical devices specialist David Gwilliam provides ‘invaluable‘ advice to clients, jointly heading the team with John Buckby, who covers all contentious and non-contentious aspects of intellectual property work.

Practice head(s):

David Gwilliam; John Buckby


‘Adamson Jones helped us greatly with the transition of a large trade mark portfolio from a firm we acquired. They were proactive in reaching out to us and bringing us up to speed, and they have continued to work with us to make sure the client’s needs are taken care of seamlessly.’

‘In particular, David Gwilliam has been invaluable in assisting us with our portfolio. Dave has been generous with his time and his organized approach has helped immensely with the takeover.’

‘Their detailed knowledge of our business and products means the team at Adamson Jones are very quick to identify the core issue in any matter, and their advice always balances and considers the legal position with the commercial realities of our business and sector.’

‘Very clear and concise advice. They were able to explain in a way to ensure that I would benefit from the advice. Always polite and happy to help.’

‘The practice explains the more complex legal details behind the work they are doing very well. I also feel that, as a start-up, they still take our business and questions seriously.’

‘Adamson Jones provides the benefits of broad, high quality expertise in a small team environment, where the services and advice are tailored to the specific circumstances. You are not just another piece of work for a machine.’

Key clients

Intersurgical Ltd

Brightwake Ltd

Smart & Biggar LLP (acting for Lockerroom Marketing Ltd)

Arden University

Peace Products Limited

Advanced Hydrocarbon Fuels Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acquisition and management of Intersurgical Ltd’s trade mark portfolio and advice about additional trade mark protection for their most successful product.
  • Advice on the expansion of Arden University Limited’s trade mark portfolio internationally following a rebrand.
  • Management of over 20 interconnected parallel contentious proceedings for Smart & Biggar LLP (acting for Lockerroom Marketing Ltd).

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP assists domestic and international clients on the protection, enforcement, and exploitation of trade marks.it also handles portfolio management and prosecution proceedings, as well as contentious matters covering oppositions and cancellations. Colin Bell leads the team, which consists of dual-qualified director and trade mark attorney Hannah Fawcett in Liverpool, and she has expertise in prosecution and infringement matters, and senior associate, trade mark attorney, and IP litigator Hayley Morgan in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Colin Bell

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Fawcett; Hayley Morgan


‘Their team’s strengths and capabilities, along with their innovative approaches, are what has made our time working with them both invaluable and enjoyable.’

‘Brabners team comprises highly-skilled lawyers who have specialised knowledge and extensive experience in various areas of law, including IP. We have found that no matter what the area of expertise required, Brabners have a competent individual or can introduce us to an external Advisor.’

‘Brabners always takes the time to understand client needs, circumstances, goals, and concerns. We have been able to establish strong relationships built on trust and open communication with several members of their firm.’

Key clients

Alder Hey Children’s Charity

Beaverbrooks the Jeweller Ltd

CORGI Services Limited

Gaimin.io Limited

Cataclean Global Limited

FAUN Trackway Limited

H.G. Stephenson Limited

International Sport Group Limited

James Hall & Company Limited

Lancashire County Cricket Club

Leicester City FC

LiverBuildingCo Ltd

Manchester Sale Rugby Club Limited

Manchester United Foundation

Regatta Limited

Craghoppers Limited


Outdoor Limited

T.J. Morris Limited

Tall Group of Companies

Checkprint Limited

DLRT Limited

Vascular Perspectives Limited

Yodel Delivery Network Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Gaimin.io Limited on trade mark filing strategy.
  • Advising CORGI Services Limited on its branding and licensing strategy, including in particular 18 new trade mark applications and agreements, including with Ovo Energy.
  • Advised Crimpit on its trade mark strategy and portfolio worldwide, including trade mark and design filings in the UK, USA, Australia, EU, and Canada.


Dentons has a strong reputation in international, strategic portfolio management, which encompasses litigation, advisory work, transactional matters, and undertaking prosecutions. The team strongly benefits from the firm’s global network of offices, enabling it to seamlessly handle cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters. Anna Copeman chairs the trade mark practice and jointly leads the IP team, and she is regularly active in contentious proceedings and brand enforcement mandates. Anna Brown is another core team member and her client roster includes global companies, governmental departments, and tech companies, as well as start-ups.

Practice head(s):

Anna Copeman

Other key lawyers:

Anna Brown

Key clients

American Eagle


Benevolent AI


Lottoland Holdings


Swatch Group



Positec Tool Corperation

Work highlights

  • Represented American Eagle Outfitters in proceedings brought by Lyle & Scott, which alleged breach of a co-existence agreement and passing off.
  • Defended The Swatch Group against 19 simultaneous revocations against core trade marks brought by Samsung following a successful High Court claim brought by Swatch.
  • Advised TomTom International on its 2022 logo rebrand.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP boasts ‘highly-skilled and professional legal experts’, and following its merger with Taylor Vinters in January 2023, it continues to expand its offering in the technology, media, and life science industries. The practice has expertise in handling searching, filing, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement mandates for global portfolios, and it is well-positioned to utilise the firm’s worldwide footprint and frequently provides trade mark-related advice to Australian, US, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and EU-based firms. Sally Britton spearheads the team and is also co-head of the firm’s retail group. Sarah Brooks moved to D Young & Co in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sally Britton

Other key lawyers:

Felicia Oduntan; David Rose; Jeremy Hertzog; Peter Nunn; Eloise Harding; Dominic Walsh; Eleanor Wilson


‘The team is constituted by highly-skilled and professional legal experts who are easy to communicate with and dare to take on the challenging tasks. They co-operate very well with the client and achieve the best outcome for the client.’

‘David Rose and his team members are very professional and have very strong communication skills; they are able to communicate effectively with the client, the agencies, and the other external counsels etc.’

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

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

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

‘David Rose, Jeremy Hertzog, Sally Britton, Dominic Walsh, and Eleanor Wilson are truly exceptional. What sets them apart from competitors is their ability to provide tailored advice that is focused on achieving their clients’ business objectives.’

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

Key clients



Iceland Foods


Dua Lipa


Health & Happiness

MGA Entertainment





Pure Milk Vodka

Apollo Automobile

Hg Capital

Lion Capital



Alexander McQueen


Graphite Capital

Percy & Reed

CBS Corporation

SPP Pumps

The Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking


Work highlights

  • Acting for Iceland Foods in the first oral Hearing before the EUIPO Grand Board of Appeal.
  • Advising Global on a range of brand protection and enforcement matters in several jurisdictions.
  • Acting for Sky in its trade mark dispute with SkyKick, including proceedings before the Supreme Court and CJEU.


International IP consultancy firm Novagraaf is part of the Questel group and assists clients with the protection and management of global IP rights, which includes handlings registrations, filings, and disputes. The team is noted by clients for its strong ‘reach in terms of jurisdictions’, with offices situated across the UK and Europe, as well as in China, Japan, and the US. Managing director Vanessa Harrow sits at the helm of the group in Manchester, and she is supported by London-based Laura Morrish, who regularly appears before the UKIPO in opposition proceedings, and Luke Portnow. Mona Asgari joined the London team in November 2022 from Graham Watt & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Harrow

Other key lawyers:

Laura Morrish; Luke Portnow; Mona Asgari


‘The team has subject matter experts, and they know their clients very well.’

‘Novagraaf offers a strong mix of professionalism, efficiency, and client care.’

‘The practice possesses a well-rounded team of excellent communicators that continuously strives to offer objective solutions to its clients in an efficient manner. Of particular note is Novagraaf’s reach in terms of jurisdictions covered and the watch notice service that makes it easy for clients to monitor and manage their IP portfolios.’

Key clients

Brockmans Gin

Revolution Bars Group

Stock Spirits Group

Carbon8 Systems


Conex Banninger

Centurion Safety Products

Work highlights

  • Advised Stock Spirits Group on trademark registration strategy and enforcement to ensure global protection of their brands.
  • Advised Revolution Bars Group on UK filings and enforcement, including pre-filing advice, objections, oppositions, and settlement discussions with third parties.
  • Advised Carbon8 Systems on a worldwide re-filing project for its core CARBON8 mark, for an updated specification, as well as a new filing project for its trademark CO₂ntainer.

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

The IP team at Swindell & Pearson Ltd is notable in high-value contentious matters and strategic mandates, in addition to filings and opposition proceedings before the UKIPO. The group also assists local, national, and international clients with their trade mark portfolio management, and it has expertise across a broad range of sectors, with a particular emphasis on the clothing and nutraceutical industries. Derby-based senior director Nick Womsley heads up the practice, and the team is also home to Kieron Taylor, who is increasingly instructed to handle enforcement and infringement matters.

Practice head(s):

Nick Womsley

Other key lawyers:

Kieron Taylor


‘Swindell & Pearson has some of the foremost intellectual property specialists in the UK. They always offer the client strategic advice.’

‘The team is personable, transparent, and honest. They are very knowledge and provide good advice.’

‘Kieron Taylor is experienced, and his advice is always welcome; he can solve clients’ problem efficiently.’

‘The attorneys are knowledgeable and easy to work with. Kieron Taylor and Nick Womsley provide an excellent service.’

Key clients

Slimming World

VKR Holding

The Mentholatum Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Slimming World on their global trade mark portfolio management and their global brand strategy.
  • Advised a food producer on its trade mark portfolio and handling oppositions to its growing trade mark rights

Taylor Wessing LLP

Roland Mallinson leads the brand management practice at Taylor Wessing LLP, which is adept at assisting clients with clearing, protecting, exploiting, and enforcing brands across the globe. Its client roster encompasses companies in the technology, media, consumer and retail, and life sciences sectors. Qualified French trade mark attorney France Delord is a notable member of the team, which also saw the addition of Alison Cole in April 2022 from Murgitroyd, and she has extensive expertise in contentious and non-contentious trade mark-related matters, as well as commercial mandates, such as licensing.

Practice head(s):

Roland Mallinson

Other key lawyers:

France Delord; Alison Cole; Julia King


‘The team is made up of people with different backgrounds and qualifications, providing efficient advice at all levels of queries.’

Key clients

William Grant & Sons

The Bazooka Companies, Inc.

Europcar Mobility Group

Southampton Football Club



Myenergi Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for William Grant & Sons in a case against Lidl regarding its lookalike Hendrick’s gin product sold by Lidl Gin.
  • Advising The Bazooka Companies on the defence of its candy/confectionery product in the shape of a baby’s bottle, which has been sold in the millions around the EU for many decades and has recently been threatened.
  • Acting for Europcar Group on the management of the trade mark portfolio owned by various German entities.

Withers & Rogers

Withers & Rogers is a dedicated IP firm with offices located across the UK, Paris, and Munich, and its client roster includes companies from Europe, North America, and Asia. The team is highly adept at handling both contentious and non-contentious mandates for clients in the fashion, retail, electronics, jewellery, luxury leather goods, finance, and defence sectors, and trade mark filing is a continued and core strength of the practice. Fiona McBride sits at the helm of the group in Bristol and has significant expertise in contentious mandates before the UKIPO. She is supported by London-based multinational trademark expert Tania Clark and Mark Caddle, who is skilled in trade mark filings and clearance searches. Marisa Broughton left the team in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Fiona McBride

Other key lawyers:

Tania Clark; Mark Caddle


‘The team has wide knowledge of the sector and a strong understanding of its clients’ business.’

‘It is a quality, niche practice with highly experienced attorneys.’

‘Good, sound advice and timely planning.’