Intellectual property in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues, including brand disputes and advertising. Recently the firm has been developing expertise in big data, agile software development and indirect software licensing. Key client sectors include retail and consumer, financial services, transport, industrials, energy, health and the public sector. Paul Bentham - described as 'simply the best non contentious IP adviser in the North West' heads the team and advises on IP matters arising from company acquisitions and joint ventures. 'Real big hitter' James Whittaker has particular experience in the retail and consumer goods sector.

Practice head(s):

Paul Bentham

Other key lawyers:

James Whittaker; Nick Rudgard; Phil McGough; Rebecca Moore; Andrew Bayley; Tim Carter


The leading practice for non contentious IP in the North West’.

Cutting-edge expertise – they demonstrate nous, excellence and pragmatism in equal measure’.

Paul Bentham is simply the best non contentious IP adviser in the North West; he has advised key FTSE 100 companies, major Government bodies, serial entrepreneurs and all kinds in between – exceptional’.

James Whittaker is a real big hitter, with major and extremely loyal clients, and a real knack at unblocking complex problems by developing creative solutions; he cuts to the chase and delivers time and time again’.

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

PZ Cussons plc

Diageo Great Britain Limited


Samworth Brothers Group

Associated British Foods plc

Travelodge Hotels

Lakeland Limited

William Hill


Work highlights

  • Advised Sumo Group on the trade mark and copyright ownership in connection with the acquisition of independent game developer The Chinese Room.
  • Advising Eleven Sports Network Limited on the set up of a joint venture company, production services and rights licences with IMG for the launch of a new sports channel focusing on non-English European football content.
  • Advising PZ Cussons on various promotional and brand licensing activities in relation to various well-known brands including Carex, Original Source and Imperial Leather.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP's highly rated practice advises on IP protection, exploitation, enforcement and litigation. Other areas of expertise include trademark portfolio management, applications, online brand protection and infringement and domain name complaints. The 'approachable and very knowledgeable' Colin Bell heads the team, while Nik White advises on all aspects of general commercial matters, including franchising and data protection. ‘Excellent communicatorHayley Morgan , an associate and EU Intellectual Property Office professional representative, is recommended for her expertise on trademarks and patents.

Practice head(s):

Colin Bell

Other key lawyers:

Nik White; Richard Hough; Hannah Fawcett; Ioana Ghiurco; Andrew McGregor; Matt Brown; Phil Steele; Hayley Morgan


Professional and approachable’.

Colin Bell is approachable and very knowledgeable – a pleasure to work with’.

Hayley Morgan is knowledgeable, efficient and is a pleasure to work with’.

The practice is very strong on brand licensing, B2B contracts and GDPR compliance’.

Hayley Morgan is our primary contact, she is fantastic and very approachable’.

Key clients

Travel Jigsaw Limited t/a and

TJ Morris Limited

Greenberg Traurig and Winston & Strawn

Regatta Limited

Craghoppers Limited

Hawkshead Outdoor Limited

James Hall & Company Limited

Citadel LLC (KCG IP Holdings Limited)

FAUN Trackway Limited

Groupon Inc

Work highlights

  • Providing general advice to Regatta Ltd, Craghoppers Ltd and Hawkshead Outdoor Ltd on all IP-related matters including cross-border matters.
  • Providing general advice to Albany Products Limited on all IP-related matters including cross-border matters.
  • Ongoing trade marks portfolio management for Cataclean Global Ltd including the protection and enforcement of IP rights, advice on general IP matters and commercial contract advice.
  • Advising The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, on IP matters including brand protection and licensing.
  • Ongoing trade marks portfolio management for Stephensons, including the protection and enforcement of IP rights as well as advice on general IP matters.

Clarke Willmott LLP

National firm Clarke Willmott LLP has a focus on international clients, which it advises in tandem with its network of correspondent law firms around the world, handling matters relating to anti-counterfeiting and enforcement. The firm represents a plethora of blue-chip international clients with a particular focus on the technology sector. The 'exceptionalRoy Crozier leads the team, which clients say 'can go toe-to-toe with the top London firms in IP litigation'. Senior associate Andrew Stone has experience of complex litigation and is also recommended. The firm also has a substantial trade mark filings practice.

Practice head(s):

Roy Crozier

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Stone; Susan Hall 


Top quality regional intellectual property expertise’.

Roy Crozier and his team are based in Manchester, but have shown that they can go toe-to-toe with the top London firms in IP litigation’.

Andrew Stone is an excellent senior associate, who manages litigation efficiently and impressively’.

Roy Crozier is an exceptional IP lawyer. His knowledge is second to none and the perfect choice for any litigation’.

Andrew Stone’s attention to detail is fantastic, his advice is always sound and he also understands business needs’.

Andrew has successfully litigated on our behalf and also represented us in court, he is a highly qualified individual who I would highly recommend’.

The team is highly knowledgeable and bat well above their weight, they can handle any size of litigation and take on any size of firm’.

Roy Crozier is a clear-headed group leader, he is a straightforward lawyer who gets to the heart of the matter’.

Key clients

Fred Perry

Heritage Audio

Ugg Australia

Otter Products, LLC (OtterBox) and owner of TreeFrog Developments, Inc. (LifeProof)




PUIG Group




Work highlights

  • Advised on complicated claim for Quest International (UK) Limited and David Hallam, arising from a brief joint venture between the claimants and a group of companies now trading under the name Novaerus.
  • Advised Heritage Audio and Pedro Rodriguez Arribas on a case involving a jurisdiction challenge in a UK and EU trade mark and passing off dispute.
  • Acted for BaByliss in patent infringement and design right case against Philips.
  • Representing Clear Prospects Limited and Michael Robinson in patent and trade mark infringement and passing off action brought in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Acting for Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paco Rabanne in relation to customs enforcement.


DWF represents a raft of leading brands across sectors including manufacturing, retail, pharma, healthcare, technology, hospitality and food and drink. Areas of expertise include patents, design, copyright, trademark disputes, breach of confidence claims and cross-jurisdictional issues. 'Highly recommended' team co-head Craig Chaplin advises on IP acquisitions and disposals, research, development and licensing of IP rights and brand protection. Fellow co-head Asima Rana also leads the North West IP litigation practice.

Practice head(s):

Craig Chaplin; Asima Rana

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Harrison; Paul Attwood


‘The team are incredibly commercial and make a lot of effort to get to know the business’.

‘Catherine Harrison gives technically astute advice which fits the business – her ability to recall information is incredible’.

‘This is a team with real strength in depth and they add value with their commercial approach.’

‘Craig Chaplin is highly recommended. He is very user friendly and his service levels are excellent. He looks after clients well.’

‘Ed Meikle is a very good IP litigator.’

‘James Lonsdale is very good on the non-contentious side.’

‘Cat Harrison is always impressive.’

Key clients

Marks & Spencer

James Cropper plc


Tangerine Confectionary


Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Burton Foods Limited

Pepkor Europe Limited (Poundland)

Manchester City Football Club

Fix 8 Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Tangle Teezer’s management team on brand protection, distribution and other arrangements geared to preserve its integrity and reputation.
  • Advising Marks & Spencer on a range of IP matters including supply agreements for bespoke point of sale products, and agreements for the provision of product category range planning including the design of bespoke jewellery.
  • Advising James Cropper on various joint R&D projects.
  • Advising Lagardère Sports UK Ltd on a wide range of high-profile deals including mobile app development agreements for a Premier League football club.
  • Advised Muc-Off on its brand strategy and approach, specifically in relation to its Athlete Performance Range.


Brand-focused litigation boutique Brandsmiths advises on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a particular focus on sports work. ‘Tactically excellent’ team co-head Michael Forrester focuses on registered and unregistered designs, trade marks and passing off; he has acted in numerous High Court matters. ‘Super-intelligentAndrew Lee, who also co-heads the team, specialises in trade marks, passing off and copyright matters. Notable matters include working in tandem with CMS and a number of other  European firms on Microsoft’s UK and North Western Europe anti-piracy programme.

Practice head(s):

Michael Forrester; Andrew Lee

Other key lawyers:

John Battersby


The Brandsmiths team is extremely approachable and friendly, with real strength in depth in the field of intellectual property litigation and sports law’.

The practice has grown significantly in a relatively short space of time, which is no surprise given their client-friendly manner and success in delivering results’.

The team are very responsive and provide astute advice in plain English, which clients always appreciate’.

Andrew Lee is very knowledgeable about all aspects of IP litigation and good at handling demanding clients’.

Key clients

Beagle Orthopaedic

Beverly Hills Polo Club

Iconix Brand Group (Umbro, Lee Cooper, Starter, Ecko & more)


Manchester Three Rivers Gin


Warrior Nutrition


Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)


Work highlights

  • Acted for Beverly Hills Polo Club in High Court proceedings against the companies responsible for the ‘Santa Monica Polo Club brand’ and a number of retailers.
  • Acting for Iconix Brand Group in relation to high value brand clearance work, trade mark and design litigation plus advice on licensing matters.
  • Representing spirits brand Manchester Three Rivers Gin across a range of matters, including trade mark oppositions (both EU and UK), overall strategy and High Court litigation.
  • Advising on Microsoft’s UK and North Western Europe anti-piracy programme, taking action against infringers.
  • Acted for Gladiator Nutrition and Dan Singh in a dispute over the use of WARRIOR trade marks for bodybuilding supplements.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper UK LLP represents big-name clients on IP litigation across industries including retail, finance, manufacturing and pharma. Areas of expertise include patents, trade marks, designs, disputes and transactions. Co-head of team Lee Brierley focuses on non-contentious IP, with particular experience in relation to brand acquisitions and licensing, technology partnering arrangements and licensing and manufacturing agreements. Liverpool-based Peter Brook, who also co-heads the team, specialises in technology IP matters. The team recently advised the London Stock Exchange Group on a successful claim for trade mark infringement.

Practice head(s):

Lee Brierley; Peter Brook

Other key lawyers:

Jim McDonnell 


Jim McDonnell is engaging, keen to learn about the business, down to earth, good with internal clients and he is clearly very knowledgeable’.

Key clients





Premier League

Newell Brands


GE Healthcare

AO World plc

The Wheatsheaf Group

Work highlights

  • Advising The National Biodiversity Network Trust on management and enforcement of IP rights,
  • Advised the London Stock Exchange Group on a successful claim for infringement of core trade marks.
  • Providing brand portfolio management and IP enforcement advice for AO World.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc advises on a broad range of IP-related matters including exploitation, franchising and brand licensing. Jonathan Moakes heads the team and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for national and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Moakes

Other key lawyers:

John Burns; Robert Lye 


IP specialist firm HGF Law advises on both transactional and contentious IP, with key client sectors including life sciences, pharmaceutical, retail, engineering and education. Co-head of team Antony Gold specialises in design, branding, advertising and promotions advice, as well as contentious patent work. The 'skilled and pragmatic' Janet Knowles, who also co-heads the team, focuses on transactional IP law.

Practice head(s):

Antony Gold; Janet Knowles

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Davies


‘The team is very capable and knowledgeable and has good contacts’.

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable and go out of their way to understand our needs – ideal to work with. They also deliver really informative IP sessions.’

‘Janet Knowles is very skilled but pragmatic and is a very pleasant and professional person’.

‘Janet Knowles is able and willing to provide a wide range of help, from minor points and drafting advice through to high-level counsel’.

‘Legal director Michelle Davies is extremely professional, really approachable and goes out of her way to ensure our needs have been met.’

‘HGF’s approach is to ask the right question at the right time rather than bombard a customer with lots of detailed questions. Special praise to Michelle Davies, who has been our main point of contact and has helped us enormously over the last 12 months. She always goes the extra mile and is extremely flexible in managing her time with us.’

Key clients

The University of Manchester

Specsavers Optical Healthcare Group

Kurt Geiger Limited

Yourgene Health plc

Halfords Group plc (including Boardman Bikes)

Novel Technologies Holdings Limited

Booker Group plc

AMR Centre Limited

Portmeirion Group plc

University of Liverpool

Versus Arthritis (formally Arthritis UK)

Work highlights

  • Represented Biofilm in settling the terms of an assignment and licence.
  • Represented The University of Manchester in its negotiations of an IP protocol for the new Genomics Campus in Manchester.
  • Represented Gamlen Tableting in perfecting its IP portfolio.
  • Represented Yourgene Health Plc on settling its patent litigation and taking broader licence rights from Illumina.
  • Represented Versus Arthritis on grant funding for research and product designs development.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP handles all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP law, with areas of expertise including licensing, R&D, brand acquisitions and disposals and patent work. Clients include sport and media personalities, AIM-listed companies and individual investors in sectors such as fashion, education, life sciences, sports, media, retail, entertainment and technology. Ian Morris heads the team and specialises in contentious IP work, while Bruce Jones is experienced in multi-jurisdictional patent and trademark disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ian Morris

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Jones; James Wall; Claire Meyers; Humna Nadim; Yasmin Kalantari


Ian Morris offers very good strategic advice

Humna Nadim is very good on detail’.

Good knowledge about IP combined with sound commercial advice’.

Bruce Jones has a very sound knowledge of patent law with a technical scientific background’.

Key clients

Character World Limited

Beauty Bay Limited

Harnbury Holdings Limited

Thornton & Ross Limited

Class of ‘92

Scomadi Worldwide Ltd

Dairy Crest



Ansell Electrical

Work highlights

  • Advised Scomadi Limited, a worldwide brand of retro-styled scooters, on a complex piece of litigation which culminated in the first part of the trial in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Advising Beauty Bay on a competition action against L’Oreal in relation to the legitimacy of L’Oreal’s selective distribution arrangements and benefit.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on various contentious and non-contentious IP issues including franchise agreements, disputes, data protection, data breach cases and competition law. Other areas of expertise include anti-counterfeiting, trademarks, passing off, copyright and patent disputes. Client sectors include retail, fashion, manufacturing, technology, bio-technology, software, IT and energy. Amy Chandler co-heads the team and focuses on IP and IT-related agreements. Fellow co-head Melanie McGuirk - who 'always goes that extra mile for her clients' - specialises in IP-related dispute resolution. Senior associate Sarah Bazaraa is recommended for her contentious IP disputes work.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; Melanie McGuirk

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Bazaraa; Paul Jonson; Danielle Amor


Pannone is a regional firm but with the expertise and professionalism of a national firm; it therefore provides a good combination of expertise, professionalism and sensible fees‘.

Melanie McGuirk is very responsive and very knowledgeable on all IP matters, particularly design rights – her advice is well considered, sensible and commercial’.

Melanie McGuirk and Sarah Bazaraa are the two stand out IP litigators in the practice, they have a great deal of experience and quality’.

The team handles both commercial and contentious IP matters. It has sufficient strength in depth to allow it to offer advice at all levels. The advice is always pragmatic, jargon free and based on a wealth of experience’.

Paul Jonson is commercially astute, pragmatic and a great lawyer’.

Melanie McGuirk is strategically excellent and always goes that extra mile for her clients’.

Key clients UK Limited

Admiral Sportswear Limited

Linens Limited

Brother International Europe Limited

SMG (UK) Limited

Pets at Home Limited

Iceland Foods Limited Limited

Renold plc

Williamson-Dickie Europe Limited

Bonnington Plastics Limited

EM&I Maritime Limited

Seatriever Holdings Limited

Coolair Equipment Limited

UKROEd Limited

AMS Neve Limited

Carm Productions Limited

David Luke

Event Management City Ltd

Domu Brands Limited

Gemini Fashions

Clair de Lune

DPG plc

Travel Insurances Facilities plc

International Game Technology plc

Packaging Automation Limited

M&I Materials Limited

Seven Bro7hers Brewery

Onefile Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Seatriever in springboard injunction and committal applications in a misuse of confidential information case.
  • Advised SMG in connection with a contract for the installation of guest wifi at Manchester Arena, and a sponsorship agreement with Deezer for the sponsorship of the wifi.
  • Advised Brother International Europe in respect of a number of commercial, IP and IT agreements.
  • Advised UK ROEd Limited on various commercial, IP and IT related agreements.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a particular focus on the life sciences, TMT and retail sectors for soft IP. Other client sectors include construction, IT, financial services, media and entertainment and consumer. Areas of expertise include brand reputation and development, portfolio management, patent procurement strategies, design right protection, unfair competition, breach of confidence actions, patent litigation and GDPR. Samantha Livesey heads the team and focuses on IP, IT, digital and data matters.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Livesey

Other key lawyers:

Nadia Zegze; Sam Hall

Key clients

The Jockey Racecourses Limited

Innovative Vector Control Consortium

Lily’s Kitchen

Bandai Namco


Headlam Group PLC

University of Manchester Innovation Group

F2G Limited

Consumer Credit Solutions

Total Composite Solutions

Work highlights

  • Acted for Jockey Club Racecourses on its commercial rights and sponsorship contracts.
  • Advised the Innovative Vector Control Consortium on international projects for the delivery of products for the reduction of vector borne diseases.
  • Advising Lily’s Kitchen on its IP and commercial contract matters.
  • Advising Bandai Namco on its licensing arrangement with Microsoft for the use of the Halo brand within amusement arcade games.
  • Advised Silentnight on numerous international licences and IP matters over the past 12 months.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has particular expertise in providing advice on commercialising IP through joint ventures, licensing and franchising. Other areas of focus include acquisition of IP assets, PR, advertising R&D, trademarks, and both contentious and non-contentious copyright matters. Key client sectors include fashion, technology and communications.


TLT acts for household name clients in relation to IP litigation, trademarks, patents, copyright, design rights and IT issues. On the non-contentious side the firm advises on new IP development, strategic licensing and IP transfers. Key client sectors include retail and consumer goods, financial services, TMT and leisure. The 'very service-minded' Graeme Orchison heads the team and specialises in litigation at trial and in the appellate courts, working in tandem with Bristol-based James Touzel.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Orchison; James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

David Gardner


‘Graeme Orchison is supremely talented, has bags of experience and plenty to offer in terms of strategy as well as technically. He is one I would want on my side in any IP litigation. He is very good indeed.’

‘Graeme Orchinson is underestimated by big City lawyers/firms. He is an excellent litigator.’

‘Graeme Orchison has a hands-on approach’.

‘Graeme Orchison is very service-minded and has always given fast and clear answers to the questions we have had’.

‘They are very responsive to commercial needs.’

‘Graeme Orchison and his TLT colleagues give the appropriate legal advice but have the ability to work with the client to make the correct commercial decisions.’

‘Graeme Orchison is in my opinion the best IP lawyer in the North of England.’

Key clients

National leading UK clearing bank

Sainsbury’s Argos Ltd

Beaconsfield Footwear Ltd

D Jacobson & Sons Ltd (owner of the GOLA brand)

Major global brewer

Leading North West based manufacturer of food packaging machinery

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime

learndirect Limited

Matalan Limited

Household name retailer with over £1bn in turnover

R. Faerch A/S

Work highlights

  • Acting for R. Faerch in patent validity dispute with Quinn Packaging concerning the chemical and engineering technology relating to plastic trays for fresh food and their sealing properties.
  • Acting for Sainsbury’s Argos in ongoing trade mark infringement and passing off litigation against Sainsbury’s Argos Systems Inc.
  • Exclusive provider of IP support services to D Jacobson & Sons Ltd, an independent designer, manufacturer and supplier of footwear in the UK and internationally, including under the GOLA brand.
  • Acting for Matalan on an appeal from the UK Intellectual Property Office to the High Court by SoulCycle regarding the ‘Souluxe’ trade mark.
  • Acting for a household name retailer on a trade mark infringement claim in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, relating to new range branding.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises a broad range of national and international clients on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters including IP transactions, disputes and litigation. Other areas expertise include copyright, trademarks, passing off, database rights, confidential information and design rights. Key client sectors include insurance and healthcare. Harald Loeffler heads the team and is experienced in various IP litigation matters including licensing disputes, and trademark and design right infringement claims.

Practice head(s):

Harald Loeffler

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Rankin; Chris Air

Key clients


Sir Bradley Wiggins

Banner GmbH

LIWEST Kabelmedien GmbH



EMIS Health

Splitpixel Creative Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising Internorm, Europe’s largest windows brand, on the protection of its IP rights in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the US.

Manleys Solicitors

Manleys Solicitors advises on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with areas of expertise including pre-publication content clearance, including licensing and IP advice, and also draft agreements and licenses between publishers and authors, photographers, journalists and other contributors. Clients include national media companies, celebrities, political organisations, professionals, sports personalities, high-net-worth individuals and corporate organisations. Managing director Mark Manley, who founded the firm in 2012, heads the team and advises both local and national clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Manley

Other key lawyers:

Adam Berman


Very strong and capable team with an interesting range of work focussing on various intellectual property angles’.

The team at Manleys has a great deal of experience and depth, regionally, they are a force to be reckoned with and are good value for their clients’.

Mark Manley has a huge amount of experience in the IP and media and entertainment area in particular’.

Key clients

Sam Faiers

Charles Byrne, Accounts Unlocked LLP and Accounts Unlocked For Doctors Limited

Comedy Dining Limited

20th Century Fox

KKA Limited

Ryde GmbH

Reelworld Europe Limited

Inside Online Marketing Limited

Conservative and Unionist Party

Homeasy Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Charles Byrne, Accounts Unlocked LLP and Accounts Unlocked for Doctors Ltd in a successful defence of a high value and complex claim for copyright and database infringement brought by Alliance Surgical.
  • Advising interactive comedy dining events company Comedy Dining Limited in defending a copyright infringement/passing off claim by Shazam Productions Limited, the owners of the IP rights in Only Fools and Horses.
  • Advising a firm of architects in its claim for copyright infringement against one of the UK’s largest port operators and property developers.
  • Advising estate agency Homeasy Limited in defending a trademark infringement/passing off claim and application to cancel a trademark by the litigious holding company of the ‘easy’ family of brands.
  • Advising the UK and Europe arm of global radio jingle company Reelworld Europe in its defence of a copyright infringement/unpaid royalties claim by a composer.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Myerson Solicitors LLP advises clients on IP dispute resolution matters relating to trademarks, copyright, patents, confidential information, data protection, design rights and reputation management. Carla Murray heads the team and deals with non-contentious IP matters. Clients include individuals, owner-managed businesses, SMEs and plcs.

Practice head(s):

Carla Murray

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hassall; Scott Sands; Vicky Biggs; Phillip Ball


Jonathan Hassall has an excellent way of dealing with clients and managing cases generally, as well as good judgement – he knows when to push, and when to take the victory’.

‘The firm has a huge range of satisfied clients from all over the country, despite not being the most high profile of firms, so they must be doing something right.’

Vicky Biggs is a phenomenally hard worker who produces first class written work, even from difficult clients’.

‘Myersons are excellent in the area of intellectual property. They have a really strong IP team which is growing.’

‘Jonathan Hassall has a very strategic mind and is extremely thorough.’

Key clients

Extentia Group

Freshasia Foods Limited

International Pastry Concepts LLC

Zebraware Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Freshasia Foods Limited, a Chinese frozen food manufacturer, in a claim against one of its former employees in relation to misuse of confidential information and copyright and database right infringements.
  • Acted for International Pastry Concepts in a trademark infringement case against a bakery in London relating to the use of the trademark cronut.

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors advises clients on copyright, design rights, trademarks and patents. It also deals with enforcement, disputes, passing off, copyright infringement and IP licenses. Andrew Curwen co-heads the team and advises institutions and OMBs on corporate transactions. Guy Lightowler also co-heads the team and acts for a range of clients in IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Curwen; Guy Lightowler

Other key lawyers:

Christian Mancier; Paul Lupton; Rowan Uren


‘Extremely knowledgeable and professional.’

‘Christian Mancier fully understands my business needs and is solutions orientated.’

‘Guy Lightowler is knowledgeable, approachable and aggressive on his client’s behalf, yet realistic and commercial in approach.’

Key clients

Richer Sounds Plc

Alan Howard (Stockport) Limited

Aerofoil Energy Ltd

E-Foods Limited

ITAC Limited

GPC Computer Software Limited

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP represents clients in relation to brand protection and exploitation, drafting and negotiating sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals, licences and IPR assignments. Other areas of expertise include acquisition and maintenance services, and contentious matters such as prosecution, enforcement and defence of infringement claims. London-based Mark Weston co-heads the team alongside Manchester-based Mark Fitzgibbon.

Practice head(s):

Mark Weston; Mark Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Alder

Key clients

Rayware Group

Coffee Republic


Celestyal Cruises

Summerill & Bishop Limited

Reclaim Limited

Tony Enfield

Northstone NI Limited

Baseline Health

OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited

Princes Ltd

Public Desire Ltd

Heritage Apparel Ltd

Cataclean Global Ltd

Signature Living Group

Blackburn Rovers FC

Work highlights

  • Providing IP advisory and trade mark portfolio management services to Rayware Group.
  • Providing IP advisory and trade mark portfolio management services to Coffee Republic.
  • Providing IP advisory and trade mark portfolio management services to Celestyal Cruises.