Intellectual property in Scotland

Brodies LLP

Covering all aspects of IP protection, commercialisation and enforcement, Brodies LLP‘s practice features a dual contentious and non-contentious focus, with notable strengths in the IT, education, energy, food and drink, and life science sectors. The contentious offering is headed up by Iain Rutherford, who has a proven track record in infringement, validity and entitlement disputes and patent litigation, as well as trade mark protection and rebranding exercises. Meanwhile, on the non-contentious side, Martin Sloan excels in issues at the intersection of IP and IT law, whereas Grant Campbell is well-versed in global licensing issues, the securitisation of IP and IP portfolio management work.

Practice head(s):

Grant Campbell; Iain Rutherford

Other key lawyers:

Martin Sloan; David Gallagher; Grant Strachan; Cara McGlynn


‘Brodies are one of the go-to firms for IP litigation in Scotland.’

‘The team is versatile and responsive. They are willing to listen and give pragmatic advice at short notice.’

‘Martin Sloan is responsive and very knowledgeable. An excellent support in the implementation of new software and systems focused on processing personal data.’

‘Cara McGlynn is very knowledgeable, commercially minded and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Wild & Wolf (a D.C. Thomson & Co subsidiary)

Tomatin Distillery

DC Thomson

University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh Innovations Limited

Scotcomms Technology Group Limited

Scottish Qualifications Authority

ACS Clothing

University of St Andrews

Omega Diagnostics plc

Performing Rights Society (PRS) and PPL PRS

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Omega Diagnostics plc on contractual drafting, commercial and regulatory risk and negotiation work, for the manufacturing of antigen tests to support mass Covid-19 testing program.
  • Advising DC Thomson, a leading media group, on the disposal of its toys, puzzles and games and lifestyle gifts business Wild and Wolf.
  • Instructed by Edinburgh Innovations Limited to support the drafting and negotiation of a collaboration agreement with a new biotech start-up.

Burness Paull LLP

Praised as ‘arguably the strongest and most experienced IP team in Scotland’, Burness Paull LLP has carved out a reputation from both a contentious and contentious perspective. Overseeing the contentious offering, Colin Hulme - who is an ‘authoritative voice on IP protection in Scotland’ - acts in a large proportion of all actions raised in the Scottish Intellectual Property Court, handling a spread of trade mark, copyright, confidential information and trade secrets disputes. From a non-contentious viewpoint, the key names are Colin Miller and David Goodbrand, who are specialists in matters concerning IP commercialisation, strategy and protection, data transfers, sponsorship deals and media rights. Callum Sinclair’s skill-set emphasises IP work with a technology focus, including the IP aspects of tech-related M&A and investment transactions.

Practice head(s):

Colin Hulme; Colin Miller; David Goodbrand

Other key lawyers:

Callum Sinclair; Megan Briggs


‘Colin Hulme has been outstanding. He is a quick study, and while my case is quite technical in nature, he has clearly spent the time to familiarize himself with the technical issues at play.’

‘Team always underpinned by a great team ethos and friendly/helpful approach to working with clients. Responsive and receptive to the level of support/input required and working seamlessly with inhouse team.’

‘David Goodbrand is great to work with. Great understanding of client’s requirements and provides commercially focused, pragmatic advice.’

‘Colin Miller is excellent and I can recommend highly. He’s great with clients, I know he will put them at ease and listen to what they want and also – importantly think commercially for them.’

‘Burness Paull have arguably the strongest and most experienced IP team in Scotland.’

‘Colin Miller is a pleasure to deal with and provides honest pragmatic advice.’

‘Colin Hulme is the authoritative voice on IP protection in Scotland.’

Key clients


Harris Tweed Authority

AstraZeneca Group

Highland Spring



Take Two/Rockstar Games

Standard Life Aberdeen

Scottish Rugby Union

PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited)/PRS for Music/PPL PRS

Work highlights

  • Instructed by AstraZeneca Group in connection with four pieces of patent litigation commenced in the Court of Session by a large supplier of generic medicines to the NHS in the UK.
  • Performing a ‘general counsel’ role for Harris Tweed Authority.
  • Advised Calnex Solutions plc on its £42m IPO on the London AIM market and its associated £6m equity fundraising.


CMS' IP practice distinguishes itself by advising a multitude of life sciences companies, as well as universities, on the IP issues arising from newly developing, IP-rich areas, including genomics and digital health. 'Excellent leader' Carina Healy spearheads the group, which, outside of the life sciences sector, has earned plaudits for its expertise in academic technology transfers and its frequent representation of high-profile clients in the entertainment and oil and gas sectors on branding, licensing and IP protection matters. Taking the lead on contentious matters, of counsel Nareej Thomas - who is a 'great tactical thinker and talented litigator' - routinely pursues and defends IP infringements, resolving IP disputes for predominantly Scotland-based clients.

Practice head(s):

Carina Healy

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Turner; Alan Nelson; Neeraj Thomas


‘Carina Healy is an excellent leader of that team. They have now added a contentious IP expert in Neeraj Thomas which gives them the full service of IP work.’

‘Neeraj is dynamic, energetic, a great tactical thinker and talented litigator. Carina is a smart negotiator and has a brilliant legal knowledge.’

‘CMS’ team are user-friendly and approachable. They provide clear, commercial advice. They are excellent under pressure.’

‘Carina Healy is extremely open and approachable. She quietly gets the job done and has become a trusted adviser.’

Key clients

University College London

University of Glasgow


Facebook Reality Labs (formerly Oculus)

Thermo Fisher

The Carbon Trust

ITV plc

SEC Scottish Event Campus (“SEC”)

St James Quarter, Edinburgh

Sirakoss Limited

University of Sheffield

Queen Mary Innovations Limited

Quorate Technology Limited

Nestle UK Limited

Disney Enterprises, Inc


North Coast Distillers Ltd

MacRebur Limited

Consilient Health Limited

Gyroscope Thx Ltd


Work highlights

  • Providing large-scale support to the research contracts team at University College London by concluding over 150 projects, and advising on the ground-breaking ‘Vivaldi’ study examining the impact of Covid-19 in care homes.
  • Appointed by Facebook Reality Labs (formerly Oculus) to advise on sponsored research agreements with academic institutions across Europe which seek to improve Facebook’s augmented and virtual reality offering.
  • Instructed by SEC Scottish Event Campus (“SEC”) to work on a range of matters involving the SSE Hydro including the venue agreements for SEC’s most significant event to date – the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP takes on matters across the full lifespan of IP rights, from non-contentious work to contentious issues, with an increased focus on cross-border mandates. Fronting the firm’s contentious practice, Jim Cormack QC is a go-to name for IP disputes, handling a broad range of brand and reputation protection matters, including patents, copyright, trade marks, design rights, and passing off protection issues. Non-contentious-wise, George Campbell takes the lead, gaining a reputation for handling the sale and purchase of IP, licensing work, due diligence and commercial agreements related to IP. Another name to note is Gillian Anderson - a senior associate whose burgeoning practice centres on complex IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jim Cormack QC; George Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Chris Martin; David Woods; Gillian Anderson


‘Extremely professional, great advice and very personable to work with – particularly as the relationship with Pinsent Masons was entirely new and for an area that we were not experienced in, as a client. PM were really helpful in providing strong guidance at every step.’

‘George Campbell has great sports IP experience and demonstrated excellent leadership of the discussions with the IP holder to get the best possible outcome for the client.’

‘We’ve worked with Pinsent’s for a number of years and an excellent service is provided. The people make the team!’

‘George Campbell  knows exactly how our family business “ticks”, drafting licences, explaining everything in detail and giving very good advice.’

Key clients

Thomas Tunnock Limited

University of Edinburgh

Pertemps Limited


Celtic plc

Kier Limited


Albert Bartlett & Sons

Edrington Beam Suntory UK Distribution Limited

William Grant & Sons Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for iiiTec in three connected actions in Aberdeen Sheriff Court, against entities in the Weatherford Group, in connection with a complex network of oil and gas technology and IP agreements and patents flowing from those agreements.
  • Advising Sage on a variety of issues in relation to its use of open source software.
  • Advising Tunnocks on all of its non-contentious and contentions brand-related matters.


Particularly active in non-contentious IP issues, Dentons regularly advises clients on the IP aspects of M&A deals, guides clients through IP audits, assists with IP licensing and commercialisation issues, and aids with IP protection as well as broader IP strategies. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s global offices, the local group is headed up by the ‘extremely intelligent, very commercial‘ Alison Bryce, an accredited IP law specialist. Ross Nicol is mainly instructed on IP-related matters by household clients in the life sciences, financial services, food and drink, and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alison Bryce

Other key lawyers:

Ross Nicol; Julie Brown


‘Ross Nicol is an excellent practitioner, who is very capable of providing real world advice.’

‘Ross Nicol provides pragmatic advice which is always well tailored in light of commercial circumstances. He understands the challenges faced by an in house lawyer.’

‘In my view their knowledge and expertise of this subject area is unrivalled in Scotland. Their team has grown significantly in recent years as they continue to win large instructions.’

‘Alison Bryce is an excellent partner – extremely intelligent, very commercial, pragmatic, clear in her advice, and with an understanding of her subject area which is second to none.’

‘Ross Nicol really knows his stuff and is extremely hard-working and dedicated.’

‘Julie Brown is an excellent senior associate – very thorough and responsive.’

Key clients

The Edrington Group Limited (owner of Famous Grouse and The Macallan, Highland Park, Brugal Rum)

The John Lewis Partnership (including Waitrose Limited)

The Restaurant Group plc (concessions businesses include Wagamama, Frankie & Bennie’s, Garfunkels and Chiquitos)

Finsbury Foods Limited (which produce foodstuffs under licence for Thornton’s, Weight Watchers and Disney)

Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited (highly recognisable brands include Jaeger and Austin Reed)

Nairn’s Oatcakes Limited

STV Group plc

Arnold Clark

Aggreko plc

Marks and Spencer plc

Work highlights

  • Worked closely with the Department for International Development on the agreement to secure the development, manufacture and supply of patented Covid-19 testing kits and associated equipment.
  • Advised Peters, Fraser + Dunlop, one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in the UK, on the sale of its interests in 12 major literary estates and intellectual property aspects associated.
  • Assisted Optos with negotiating an agreement with NHSX, in particular advising upon the IP ownership and licensing provisions.

Harper Macleod LLP

The IP practice at Harper Macleod LLP offers the full range of IP services, standing out especially in the life sciences, music, publishing and sports sectors. The group is spearheaded by registered European Commission IP expert Jamie Watt, who principally focuses on trade mark issues and patent disputes and is recognised for his 'great depth of knowledge'. Providing key support to Watt is senior associate Laura McCorquodale, who specialises in complex IP matters emanating from the construction, engineering, and music sectors, primarily patent and copyright litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Watt

Other key lawyers:

Scott Kerr; Laura McCorquodale


‘The team pays attention to client’s needs and provides efficient access to files and information from anywhere.’

‘Jamie Watt has a great depth of knowledge and an accurate sense of what is important to the client. he has been instrumental to several steps in the growth of our operations.’

‘Team is fantastic, approachable even at odd hours.’

‘I work extensively with Jamie Watt. His response time is unmatchable, very quick and effective in his work.’

Key clients

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

Celtic Football Club

Reactec Limited

M&Co Trading Limited

The Musicians Union

The Forestry Commission / Forest Research

Assembly Festival Limited


Creative Scotland

Publishing Scotland

Work highlights

  • Represented Reactec in successful patent infringement and invalidity counterclaim proceedings in the Scottish Court of Session.
  • Advised on the IP and IT aspects of the restructuring of retailer M&Co.
  • Advised leading Scottish football club Celtic on its worldwide brand rights management.

MacRoberts LLP

Under the leadership of Euan Duncan, MacRoberts LLP has seen an uptick in IP-related contentious issues. Notably, it also handles IP registration and protection matters from trade marks to copyrights, general IP strategies, and brand enforcement work. It has also placed an emphasis on software and licensing mandates in the technology space, as well as the IP considerations involved in major procurements. David Gourlay has extensive know-how of software-related matters, bringing his expertise to bear for clients across the private and public sectors.

Practice head(s):

Euan Duncan

Other key lawyers:

David Gourlay; Valeria Surgenor


‘Attention to detail and delivery in a timely manner. Trust in the advice we receive which has been built up over time.’

‘The team at MacRoberts provide practical advice that reflects the commercial realities of situations. Client engagement is very good, striking the balance of keeping in touch and being informative about developments without taking up unnecessary time. When needed for specific projects the team has always been readily available and responsive.’ 

‘We are fortunate to have Euan Duncan as our key contact, who as well as having the expected depth of legal knowledge also has an understanding of and empathy with our business and is strongly connected with the wider IP sector in Scotland.’

‘The Intellectual Property Team assisted us throughout the last year on a variety of matters. All of the advice we received from the team was thorough and of a very high standard. A couple of the deals worked on were particularly complex and these were handled in a professional manner and in a timely way.’

‘Despite the challenges of working from home the team consistently delivered the advice within the timescales requested and nothing was too much of an ask of them.’

‘Euan Duncan led the Intellectual Property Team on all matters and stayed in regular contact with us throughout. Euan was assisted by various others members of the intellectual property team who all provided a brilliant service.’

Key clients

AEGON Asset Management UK plc

AutoRek (API Software) Limited

Tomatin Trading Company Limited

Clean Water Wave C.I.C.

North Star Spirits

CRC Innovations (Scotland) Ltd

George Watson’s College (The Edinburgh Merchant Company Education Board)

Glencairn Crystal Studio Limited

Together Energy

Work highlights

  • Assisting Aegon Asset Management UK plc (formerly Kames Capital plc) with registering and protecting the “Kames” and “Kames Capital” trade marks as well as the “We Invest More” strapline in the UK, EU and in various other key jurisdictions around the world.
  • Advising the Digital Directorate of the Scottish Government on its public sector accelerator programme (CivTech), which has a digital/IT/IP focus, in connection with commercial contracts in relation to its previous and latest participant cohort (Cohort 4.0 and Cohort 5.0).
  • Advised AutoRek (API Software) Limited on a range of software licensing contracts (SaaS and on premises rental), as well as IP warranties and indemnities.

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn's practice,  which is jointly led by trade mark and design expert Paul Carlyle and patent and technology licensing specialist Joanna Boag-Thomson, stands out for its cross-border IP proficiencies. John MacKenzie, who is an experienced solicitor advocate who deals primarily with IP infringement issues, leads the IP litigation-focused sub-group. Key sectoral areas of focus include the sports, food and drink, energy, financial services and life sciences industries. Additionally, in tandem with its growing reputation in the media and games industries, the group wins praise for its ‘great understanding of the university sector’, particularly as it applies to innovation projects.

Practice head(s):

Paul Carlyle; Joanna Boag-Thomson

Other key lawyers:

John Mackenzie


‘This is the most practical and user friendly team of lawyers we have come across. We have had consistently sensible, business aware advice over several years. Part of the reason is the time and trouble the team are prepared to take to understand our business.’ 

‘Joanna Boag-Thomson always manages to make herself available within reasonable time even although she is obviously busy. We have also worked with Paul Carlyle, who has demonstrated that a very high standard is consistent throughout the team. We particularly value the partner lead approach.’

‘Knowledgeable and friendly team with a great understanding of the University sector.’

‘Expertise and knowledge of the sector in which I work. Pragmatic advice and suggestions for resolving issues. Stand out individual is Joanna Boag-Thomson for her work on contracts involving intellectual property.’

Key clients

Winduna Enterprises Limited

The R&A

Epic Games

KMTV Creative Productions Limited

Chivas Brothers Limited

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Bordeaux Index Limited

Collagen Solutions plc

University of Aberdeen

Incentive Games Limited

Sabhal Mor Ostaig

Artemis Investment Management LLP

Brand IP Licensing Limited

Testcard Limited

Irish Distillers Limited

Glenrinnes Distillery Limited

Changingday Limited

Whyte & Mackay

William Grant & Sons Limited

People Can Fly

Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Advising Winduna Enterprises on its production of the 52-episode animated children’s television series “Winnie and Wilbur”, which is based on characters from the iconic Winnie the Witch books.
  • Assisted Epic Games (the developer and publisher of the hit video game Fortnite and of the Unreal Engine, a leading 3D graphics and audio engine) with its acquisition of Cubic Motion, involving significant IP elements.
  • Managing and prosecuting The R&A’s international trade mark and patent portfolio, providing strategic advice on registered protection and enforcement.

Thorntons Law LLP

As well as seeing an increase in matters pertaining to blockchain, plant variety rights and music copyrights, Thorntons Law LLP also distinguishes itself through the strength of its trade mark offering, part of which includes securing registrations, managing portfolios and engaging in contentious work. A strong element of Lesley Larg's practice is IP work arising from the universities sector, especially research contracts and licensing opportunities. Other areas of strength for the department, which is led by Liam McMonagle, include copyright, trade secrets and confidential information mandates.

Practice head(s):

Liam McMonagle

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Larg; Alistair Lang; Loretta Maxfield


‘They are extremely competent and thoughtful. That is, before engaging in any matter, I can be assured that consideration in the firm has been taken, including liaison across disciplines, e.g. litigation, commercial, corporate, so that a comprehensive client assessment has been considered by the partner involved.’

In particular, Liam McMonagle brings an extremely personal but also professional perspective to his work. He is unique in my experience of a professional lawyer who appreciates the need for hard advice but also empathy for a client.’

‘The team have strong breadth and depth of experience in the sector, and with longstanding knowledge of our business in the context of the sector, they bring this experience to bear in their work for us.’ 

‘Thorntons are quick to respond to queries with pragmatic and helpful advice.’

‘Liam McMonagle is very quick, thorough and pragmatic.’

‘The whole team know our business and understand the objectives of the business and its owners. It is not just a one off piece of transactional work.’ 

‘Alistair Lang takes a pragmatic and commercial approach. He helps you understand the legal and commercial risks to allow you as the client to decide on the level of risk you are prepared to take and manage.’

‘The customer relationships and people skills are what I value the most in this team. It has always been a collaborative partnership approach to working with clients.’

Key clients

University of Stirling

Cyborn Limited

Postcode Lottery Limited

Roar Store Limited

Design Dundee Limited t/a V&A Dundee

ECS Digital Limited

Whisky Auctioneer

Really Real Resources Limited

Molke Ltd

Robert Gordon University

Work highlights

  • Advised Postcode Lottery Limited on its three-year sponsorship of ‘Emmerdale’.
  • Conducted an IP audit for Molke Ltd and implemented all recommendations from the audit over a six-month period.
  • Advising Whisky Auctioneer on all aspects of its intellectual property and brand strategy and management.

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern excels in the public and education sectors, where it acts for an assortment of Scottish universities and colleges, as well as other prominent public sector bodies. Group head Douglas McLachlan's practice centres on issues at the nexus of technology and IP licensing contracts. Although noted for its non-contentious capabilities, the group also features solicitor advocate Katrina Lumsdaine, who frequently acts in complex IP litigation, with particular expertise in patent cases and infringement issues.

Practice head(s):

Douglas McLachlan; Katrina Lumsdaine

Other key lawyers:

Simon Brown


‘ I have worked closely with Douglas McLachlan for well over 10 years. He is an outstanding lawyer with significant experience in IT/IP matters.’

‘Simon Brown is fantastic in all areas.’

‘The team are focused and efficient. The members of the team that I deal with obviously pay great attention to the needs of their clients and what it is that the clients can reasonably expect to ‘get out of’ litigation or a dispute.’

‘Katrina Lumsdaine is very knowledgeable on law and procedure and takes a realistic approach to litigation.’ 

Key clients

Circular 1 Health Limited

University of Strathclyde

Edge Energy Limited

The Skills Development Scotland Co Limited

Sudarshan Chemical Industries Limited

ReFLEX (Responsive Flexibility) Orkney Project

The Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body

Edinburgh Napier University

The Rangers Football Club Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the coronavirus testing company Circular 1 Health Limited on commercial, IP and data sharing aspects.
  • Advising the University of Strathclyde on a wide range of matters, including Intellectual Property ownership and licensing issues and IP spin-outs.
  • Advising the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body on a wide range of IP matters.

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, the IP team is instructed by high-profile domestic clients on commercial IP issues, and is also adept at handling complex multi-jurisdictional projects. Recently, it has specialised in assisting clients emanating from the life sciences, media and entertainment and technology sectors. It is headed up by John McKinlay, who focuses on non-contentious IP matters, namely the review and negotiation of IP licensing arrangements. Senior associate Catriona Melton, another key name in the group, has extensive experience in data protection and regulatory compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

John McKinlay

Other key lawyers:

Catriona Melton

Key clients

Merlin Entertainments

Heineken UK

Pharmaq Limited

Innovation Group

Wm Grant & Sons


ExCel London

Hyve Group plc


Work highlights

  • Advising Pharmaq AS (which is owned by Zoetis, a NYSE listed company) in relation to the acquisition of Scotland-based FAI Farms Ltd from Benchmark Holdings plc.


Operating almost exclusively at the nexus of the life sciences sector and IP, Bonaccord demonstrates expertise in complex technology-driven sub-sectors including genetics and artificial intelligence issues. Practice head Patricia Barclay is frequently instructed on copyright issues, patent matters, trade mark filings and protections, protection of trade secret work, and IP due diligence. Barclay also provides clients - particularly early-stage healthcare companies - with strategic IP-related advice.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Barclay


‘Patricia Barclay is an acknowledged expert in the life sciences sector having many years of experience. She offers pragmatic and simple solutions to complex problems, having the experience and knowledge to know when to not be too complex, which can be a tendency amongst many other firms.’

‘Patricia Barclay has a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the highly specific issues that come into play when negotiating the scientific, commercial, regulatory and research-focused aspects of law in life sciences.’

‘The firm has excellent IP skills, with a keen eye for spotting IP discrepancies and potential future difficulties.’

‘Patricia Barclay has a strong IP background and an extensive network of colleagues, both legal and industrial, who can assist where necessary in the commercialisation of IP.’

‘Patricia Barclay offers exceptional levels of service. We retain the practice for transactional negotiations, which invariably conclude in our favour.’

‘This is a very personal service. The partner I deal with has extensive experience in the field and I deal with her directly.’ 

‘In depth experience in life sciences legal matters. Very approachable and understanding of the challenges of an early stage company.’

‘Patricia has always provided exceptional service both in terms of the quality of her reviews and timeliness. She has also always been proactive to ensure that our IP is protected as well as the clients and we have often managed to make very one-way documents into ones that are mutually protective.’

BTO Solicitors LLP

BTO Solicitors LLP predominantly handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters for clients in the food and drink, media and entertainment, education and technology sectors. The team, which is led by Paul Motion, has a track record in cases concerning trade mark prosecution and opposition issues, passing off work, copyright infringements, restrictive covenant breaches, domain disputes, website IP disputes and content takedowns. Assisting Motion in key IP mandates is Lynn Richmond, who was accredited in 2020 as an IP specialist.

Practice head(s):

Paul Motion

Other key lawyers:

Lynn Richmond


‘The team were very knowledgeable and took the time to make sure we understood every part of the IP Audit they had produced for us.’

‘Prompt and well thought out advice.’

‘Friendly and approachable.’

‘My favourite thing about BTO is the ease and responsiveness of communication with the team. Also, and more importantly, delivery timelines are always met. Requests for help have always been accommodated, even urgent short notice asks.’

‘Everyone at BTO has been easy to contact and respond quickly. They are always friendly and professional. As the old saying goes ‘people by people’ and I would very much recommend BTO for their people.’

Key clients

Gleann Mor Spirits Company Ltd

The Edinburgh Distillery Company Limited

South Glasgow Childcare Partnership Forum

Financial Services Firm

Pianodrome Community Interest Company

Radio Lingua Ltd

Digital Minefield Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Gleann Mor Spirits Company Ltd on the registration and protection of its extensive portfolio of trade marks, including the registration of a trade mark for hand sanitiser during the pandemic.
  • Advised Pianodrome Community Interest Company on the use and showcasing of a contemporary and unique portable public performance venue, including innovative advice on how to protect the IP in a “living structure”.
  • Advised Radio Lingua Ltd, which devises, produces and publishes online foreign language courses, on the distribution of these courses via third party intermediaries and prepared a master copy distribution agreement between the client and the third parties.

MBM Commercial

MBM Commercial guides clients through the full lifespan of IP issues, from protection work through to exploitation issues. The department is presided over by accredited IP specialist Andy Harris, who places an emphasis on the protection of IP rights in relation to infringement and misuse on social media platforms. Additionally, Harris routinely undertakes IP audits and advises on the expansion of registered IP portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Andy Harris


‘MBM Commercial offer that most important factor in legal firms – trust and competency. They are excellent to work with – knowledgeable, committed, organised and responsive. They go above and beyond what would usually be expected from other firms.’

‘What I especially value about MBM Commercial is the balance of professionalism, knowledge and warmth they offer. They understand not just the detail of IP law, but also are nice engaging people. I see that aspect of trust and competency as a key aspect of MBM Commercial, and it has been present in all the work that has been done.’ 

‘They understand the need for prompt responses. They are excellent in always being well briefed when we speak to them. They are highly organised and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team come across and open, focused and knowledgeable. They seem to have a strong sense of teamwork and cooperation in recognition of strengths and expertise, whilst also being streamlined and efficient in undertaking and organising business outputs.’

‘Andy Harris has demonstrated strong contract design knowledge and has provided a steady and assured hand during contract negotiations.’

Key clients

Deep Branch Biotechnology Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Deep Branch Biotechnology Ltd on its flagship React-First consortium project.

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser primarily assists early to mid-stage companies and investors, but also acts for public bodies and charities. More specifically, the group - which is headed up by Austin Flynn - guides clients through IP protection and commercialisation issues, which includes IP contracts, licence agreements, IP due diligence and brand and trade mark protection work. Providing key support in this area is senior associate Julie Nixon, whose life science background allows her to offer precise technical advice to clients.

Practice head(s):

Austin Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Julie Nixon


‘The team is wonderful and we have always received the support the company has needed at all times. We have been able to get support with various aspects of the business and have engaged Morton Fraser with trade marking our product as well.’

‘The unique qualifications of the individuals make them stand out especially for us as a niche company.’

‘The team is fairly new to the market but is developing good knowledge of IP matters. They are approachable, communicate well, and draft useful and sensible agreements.’

‘Julie Nixon is very knowledgeable, particularly in relation to life sciences/ R&D.’

‘Julie Nixon has great subject matter knowledge, particularly when looking at life science transactions, she cares about us and our interests, and also seems to know how to get things over the line in a pragmatic way and without much fuss.’

‘The team within Morton Fraser has proven to be highly experienced and knowledgeable with expert insight into the life sciences industry, which has been invaluable to us.’

‘Having worked with both Partners and Senior Associates at Morton Fraser, we have not only found them extremely supportive and responsive, we also view them as an extension of our team. The level of communication is of the highest quality and the team.’

‘Julie Nixon has an amazing amount of knowledge and has been very beneficial to us in our endeavours.’

Key clients

NeemCo Limited

Quality Meat Scotland


ClinSpec Diagnostics Limited

Archangel Investors Limited

Historic Environment Scotland

Softcell Medical Limited

Schuh Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Clinspec Diagnostics Limited on a £2.4m investment by investors, which included advice to the client on IP due diligence was key to securing the investment.
  • Acted for four separate investors in relation to the equity investment into RD GroupCo Limited, the parent company of Integrated Graphene Ltd.
  • Advised Quality Meat Scotland on securing a UK trade mark for “Meat With Integrity”.