Intellectual property in South East
Clients in the tech and publishing sectors regularly turn to the IP team at Boyes Turner, which also has an established reputation as a go-to practice for foreign firms seeking assistance with UK and European matters. In terms of non-contentious work, the team covers brand guardianship and the exploitation of patents, copyright and trademarks. On the contentious side, it handles patent infringements across EMEA and defends a broad selection of copyright claims. Joint leads Bill Gornall-King and Mark Blunden cater for sectors including digital tech, biotech and precision automotive engineering. Stephen Baker is another key name for obtaining or defending injunctions.
Other key lawyers:
‘The IP team understands our needs very well‘.
‘Bill Gornall-King and Mark Blunden are both very engaged, open and trustworthy. Excellent sense of proportion‘.
Auto Trader Group plc
Culligan International Co
The Chartered Institute of Journalists
Harvey Water Softeners
- Negotiated complex intellectual provisions in high value publishing software contracts with significant international aspects.
- Advised members of an Institute (a trades union) regarding the ownership and use of their copyright material in news media and publications.
- Managed trade mark portfolio and handled infringements for Auto Trader.
Blake Morgan LLP's IP team includes cross-border enforcement and expert Jill Bainbridge - who also leads the firm's commercial litigation teams in the South and Wales - and chartered trade mark attorney Ben Evans. Noted for its work on behalf of charities, public sector bodies and retail clients, the firm is proficient across a number of areas. These include: competition issues, brand protection, reputation management (including defamation and harassment), digital copyright and social media. Having consolidated a first-rate reputation for this type of work, it attracts a significant number of clients from overseas law firms. Chris Williams is recommended for software cases concerning the misuse of confidential information.
‘Friendly, efficient and professional.’
Kerry Group PLC
Red Paddle Company
Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited
Too Faced Cosmetics
Nosy Crow Limited
- Assisted Wiggle Limited with a wide range of national and international brand protection and enforcement issues.
- Advised Red Paddle Co Limited on various intellectual property issues both nationally and internationally.
- Advised Horse Health Limited in relation to a variety of IP disputes involving UK, European and Asian parties.
DMH Stallard LLP
Senior litigation partner Tim Ashdown and group head of commercial John Yates lead the IP offering at DMH Stallard LLP. The team, which also includes well-regarded senior associate Sarah Cook, deals with enforcement across the European Economic Area, encompassing rights infringement, the management of trademarks and copyright matters. Clients are drawn from sectors such as fashion, entertainment and media, areas in which the firm is supported by its association with the International Trademark Association. Other names to note include the 'tech-savvy' Debbie Venn and Robert Ganpatsingh.
‘Strong leadership, responsive, they can engage effectively with stakeholders at every level of the business‘.
‘Sarah Cook is friendly, happy to chat through matters on the phone, she has progressed and concluded matters I have instructed her on to a conclusion that my clients are very happy with‘.
‘Debbie Venn can assimilate large amounts of raw information from the business quickly and develop commercial solutions. She is very tech-savvy and is perfectly comfortable coordinating with our specialised software and solutions personnel. Excellent at translating esoteric techno-babble into plain English legal advice that the business can act on‘.
Canon UK Limited
Aspen Pumps Limited
Diva Europe Ltd
Hosiden Besson Ltd
Benihana Holdings PTE Ltd
The Wallace Collection
Little Ships Housing CIC
The Martlet Group Ltd
Arden Grange Ltd
EMW Law LLP
Based in Milton Keynes, joint leads Mark Finn and Matthew Holman run the IP offering at EMW Law LLP. The team is recognised for its work on contentious matters (with an emphasis on patent, industrial design and trademark issues). It also handles cases in non-contentious areas such as tech protection (including overseas interests), licensing deals and franchising models. Senior associate Hans Schumann, a former in-house counsel at Santander, provides a wealth of experience in relation to the financial services sector.
Other key lawyers:
Suzuki GB Plc
Rightmove Group Limited
Collingwood Lighting Limited
The Royal College of Anaesthetists
British Approvals Service for Cables
Walkers Chocolates Limited
Kimm and Miller
John Adams Leisure Limited
Inter MK Limited
- Drafted and negotiated a naming rights agreement with Marshall Amplification plc for rebranding and renaming of the MK Football ground to “The Marshall Arena”.
- Advised Santander on its advertising partnership agreement with TV presenters Ant & Dec.
Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors
Steve Palmer, a chartered trade mark attorney, leads the IP team at Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors. Offering mediation and alternative dispute resolution services, the practice counts automotive, tech and fashion brands within its portfolio. Notably, much of the firm's work is international, with some 80% of clients based overseas. Specific legal areas covered include enforcement, brand protection, internet law and the filing of trademark and design rights. In addition, strategic IP advice is available for parties with asset management concerns. Charles Lawless is the name to note for contentious matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very skilled in anti-counterfeiting and good connections with local investigators and police. Responsiveness is excellent and the firm is popular among clients. Compared to London based peers, the firm also provides more value for money‘.
‘Very good IP experience of all team members; practical approach to find solutions in IP infringement cases, business orientated‘.
‘Steve Palmer stands out in strong dedication to his clients, excellent skills in counterfeit enforcement and great responsiveness‘.
‘Steve Palmer: very proactive, excellent advice re IP infringement matters; good in negotiations with the other side, great experience‘.
Abercrombie & Fitch (Fashion Retail)
Converse (Fashion Retail)
Daniel Wellington (Fashion Retail)
Europe Watch Group B.V. – Cluse watch brand (Fashion Retail)
Fossil Group Europe GmbH – Licences watch brands including Fossil, Armani, Diesel (Fashion Retail)
Gevers Legal – Benelux and Paris (Legal Referrals)
Ice Watch (Fashion Retail)
Jimmy Choo [NEW WIN]
lululemon athletica Canada Inc (Fashion/Activewear Retail)
Michael Kors (Fashion Retail)
New Era Cap Company Inc (Fashion Retail)
Nike (Fashion/Activewear Retail)
Olaplex [NEW WIN]
Paul’s Boutique Limited (Fashion Retail)
Ralph Lauren (Luxury Fashion)
Richemont brands (including Cartier, Montblanc, IWC) (Luxury Fashion)
Rolls Royce Motor Company Limited (Automotive)
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited (Entertainment & Media)
SuperDry PLC (Fashion Retail)
Tiffany and Company (Luxury Jewellery)
Western Digital Corporation (Computer Hardware)
- Represented client issue in pursuit of anti-counterfeiting proceedings in the IPEC. The matter was settled by way of a consent order shortly thereafter.
- Acted as solicitors for the prosecutor in a private criminal prosecution. This resulted in the first known conviction for Registered Designs in the UK.
- Represented BMW AG in a trademark infringement case. Summary judgment was granted with all remedies requested.
At Stevens & Bolton LLP, the team's associates are required to complete an IP industry diploma at Oxford University, which ensures the practice maintains a high level of technical ability when dealing with trademark, copyright, and design litigation. The team also covers areas such as confidential information, trade secrets, brand protection (including online enforcement), competition disputes and cyber fraud. Clients can also benefit from the firm's reputation management advice, covering both defamation and privacy. Lead Tom Lingard works with major clients from sectors such as automotive and sport. Charlotte Tillett and managing associate Elaine O'Hare are also recommended.
Lonza Biologics plc
Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited
Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd
McLaren Automotive Limited
PA Media Group Limited
FGX Europe Limited
Kia Motors (UK) Limited
Papa John’s (GB) Limited
Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited
- Assisted Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club with brand protection & anti-counterfeiting work.
- Supporting Lonza in relation to its patent and knowhow licensing, including advice on the preparation and negotiation of licences for gene expression technology.
- Advised a global consumer electronics company in relation to a series of trade mark infringement disputes.
The dedicated IP team at Clarke Willmott LLP works with a range of clients across industries including audit, automotive and beauty, and also acts as UK/EU agent for a number of US law firms. Areas of expertise include passing off, subject access requests, franchising, trademark infringement, privileged material and domain name management. Led by anti-counterfeiting specialist Roy Crozier, the national team also features Southampton-based senior trade mark attorney Kate Cheney.
Other key lawyers:
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Organix Brands Limited
Medicom Healthcare Limited
Evac+Chair International Limited
Mozzo Coffee Limited
Flexipads Worldclass Limited & Gekatex SA
Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.
- Represented Organix Brands Limited by persuading a third party it to sell their trade mark and associated domain name to the client.
- Managed ACCA’s trade mark portfolio and instructed agents around the world to file and oppose trade marks as well as bring infringement proceedings on its behalf.
- Acted for Evac+Chair International Limited on its international portfolio of trade marks and registered design rights.
The team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish is headed by Pete Kenyon, who boasts more than 20 years' experience of advising on the commercialisation, protection and exploitation of IP. The practice also handles IP disputes, from initial assessment through to trial or negotiated settlement, and provides due diligence on corporate transactions featuring significant IP portfolios. Technology law head Irfan Baluch specialises in development, acquisition and protection, in both national and international contexts, and 'really understands the technological issues'. Phil Bilney is another name to note.
‘Straightforward and easy to work with. The team has a good grasp of our business needs and parameters‘.
‘A well rounded team covering most aspects of what we need professionally and privately.’
‘We were quickly assured by the team’s confident approach to dealing with our queries and providing advice. They were very patient in providing clarification on any points we raised‘.
‘The team has real insight and knowledge when advising on tech matters. The work very much as a team and are not lawyers in isolation, which means there is always someone on hand to help, even if the main contact is not available‘.
‘For me this practice is the only one I need to engage because they have a perfect mix of individuals who are easy to communicate with, understand circumstances very quickly and are able to advise and take the appropriate action in what seems to me any situation. Whilst they operate with military precision and efficiency, they are approachable and pleasant individuals‘.
‘Irfan Baluch and Phil Bilney delivered an excellent service for us. The key output of the project was delivered as requested, the highlight being it was written in English, not legal speak – it was practical, easy to understand and appropriate for our target audience‘.
‘Irfan Baluch really understands the technological issues that a business has. He is very clear and upfront about his advice. He doesn’t sugar-coat anything, which is really helpful‘.
Sahara Presentation Systems Plc
Remy Cointreau UK Limited
Berry Gardens Growers Limited
Enviro-Cool UK Limited
- Advised Berry Gardens on all aspects of the contractual documentation governing its participation in a multi-million pound cherry breeding programme (where defining the rights and ability to use the IP relating to any new varieties was particularly important).
- Advised Sahara in relation to threatened patent infringement proceedings in the UK by a Belgium distributor of wireless presentation devices.
- Assisted Holiday Extras in relation to commercial contracts which involve complex trade mark licensing and brand protection provisions.
The IP advisory team at Foot Anstey counts clients from the entertainment, broadcasting and fintech sectors within its portfolio. Providing anti-piracy, licensing and copyright services, it is led by patent infringement expert and 'excellent strategic thinker' Paul Cox. Additional support is available for international filing and the prosecution of trademark violations, brand clearance searches and High Court litigation. Rachel Pearse has strong experience in designs, both registered and unregistered, as well as patents and database rights. Hannah Batten, a specialist in non-contentious work, is building a track record of work for clients across the retail, media and energy sectors.
‘The IP team at Foot Anstey is highly responsive and provides useful advice to our attorneys. The team has a very high expertise not only in the legal aspects but in the important related business issues related to brand protection. Over 35 years I have worked with numerous UK-based IP and general firms with IP departments and Foot Anstey has been the best UK experience I have had to date. They also have an expertise in the entertainment field which is significant for our Los Angeles-based clients‘.
‘The firm has an excellent trade mark prosecution practice and also an excellent litigation practice. As such it is a great choice for firms which want first class advice but do not want to pay London rates‘.
‘The team were fantastic at all levels and during hearings were very good to ensure that I knew what was happening and were always available with any questions that I may have had‘.
‘Paul Cox is very responsive and goes out of his way to take care of client needs whether it is during the workday, evenings, or on weekends. He leads a very competent IP team‘.
‘Paul Cox is an excellent strategic thinker and very commercial. It is not uncommon for lawyers to get drawn into litigation to such an extent that they loose sight of the client’s commercial objectives. Paul certainly does not. He is also well versed at handling global trade mark portfolios and has excellent contacts in the wider IP world thus affording the client great value for money‘.
‘Paul Cox was great and really understood the impact on our business – I felt that this was very well integrated into all advice provided‘.
Royal Academy of Dance
The Spectrum Collections Limited
Nuco Training Limited
Vexo International (UK) Limited
Pinnacle Photo Agency Limited
International Dance Supplies
TI Media Ltd
Signet Trading Limited (Trading as H Samuel)
The Parts Alliance
Munch Fit Limited
University of the West of England
UK Interactive Entertainment Association Limited
- Successfully defended an injunction application brought against Nuco Training Limited and First Aid Awards by Mental Health First Aid England.
- Assisted the Eden Project with strategic licensing agreements required for a Government funded collaborative research project.
- Provided Tomy UK Co Ltd with Trade Mark Clearance advice on new brands, the registration of trade marks and assistance with opposition and infringement matters.
The intellectual property team at Maier Blackburn LLP is jointly led by Steven Maier on the contentious side and Cathleen Blackburn for non-contentious matters. Renowned for its work on behalf of major entertainment clients, the team's expertise covers areas such as international copyright, domain recovery, trademark protection, privacy and libel. In addition, its specialist knowledge of the publishing industry allows it to handle complex cases for both academic and general sectors. Notable clients include The Tolkien Estate, Agatha Christie Limited, Simon & Schuster Inc and Oxford University Press.
The Tolkien Estate
Agatha Christie Limited
Simon & Schuster, Inc
Watership Down Enterprises
Oxford University Press
Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers (ALPSP)
John Davies T/A ‘Jigletoes’
Wills & Trusts Chartered Financial Planner
- Represented a well-known literary estate in a copyright dispute relating to a filmed work involving a German distributor of DVD and Blu-Ray products.
- Acting for children’s toys and accessories supplier ‘Jigletoes’ in the recovery of a domain name through the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s arbitration procedure.
- Representing a financial planning consultancy in a dispute with a competitor. This concerned copyright in marketing and seminar materials as well as ‘passing off’.
Anna Williams leads the IP team at Osborne Clarke LLP. A specialist in advertising and sponsorship, she has substantive experience of issues affecting the digital, retail and media sectors. More broadly, the practice is renowned for its strength in the exploitation of portfolios and regularly works for tech businesses in the Thames Valley hub. In addition, it handles vesting matters for software and digital products, both on the national and international stage. Joanne Loveridge, who has a background in venture capital, is the name to note for protection requirements.
Other key lawyers:
- Managed the trade mark portfolio for longstanding Reading office client Hyundai Motor U.
- Advising longstanding client ThruVision on the drafting and negotiation of key R&D consultancy agreements with particular focus on the transfer of IP to ThruVision.
- Managed the trade mark portfolio for Bamboo, including advising on potential coexistence agreements with other brands using similar corporate branding in similar sectors.
Chris Shelley in Oxford and the London-based Anna Frankum oversee the IP offering at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP. Respectively known for their work in life sciences and education, they handle a broad range of matters covering patent licensing and passing-off. More broadly, the team handles design and rights issues. On the contentious side, the firm has a strong record of work on cross-border contract disputes. Daniel Berry is known for anti-counterfeiting advice while Joanne Vengadesan is particularly strong in software matters. Holly Strube specialises in brand protection.
‘This is a technical area needing even more specialist advice than other areas of law, and a potential minefield for the uninitiated. I get that advice from Penningtons Manches Cooper‘.
‘Joanne Vengadesan and I have worked on many different projects over the years. She is an extremely capable, intelligent and warm person and makes you feel valued as a client. She has navigated us through a number of IP related matters in recent times without fault‘.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
Barfoots of Botley
Finance & Leasing Association
All Saints Retail Ltd
Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd
First Law P.C.
Needle & Thread Design Holdings Ltd
Norbar Torque Tools Ltd
Thames Valley Housing Association Ltd
- Advised Senseye Limited on intellectual property issues relating to software and data.
- Representing US law firm Duane Morris and its clients on numerous trade mark filings and oppositions for the UK/EUTM.
- Represented US law firm Gray Plant Mooty and its clients on numerous trade mark filings and oppositions for the UK/EUTM.
White & Black Limited
Known for helping technology firms with their IP issues, the sector team at White & Black Limited is headed by Phil Thompson. Acting as key adviser to a number of leading firms, he has significant experience of advising businesses with European headquarters. More broadly, the offering specialises in strategic issues, particularly those where commercialisation and rights infringement are recurrent themes. It also handles cases requiring the protection of brands in a cross-border capacity. The ' incredibly hard-working' Victoria Wright advises on substantive contentious matters for clients in industries such as fashion and leisure.
Other key lawyers:
‘Victoria Wright is responsive and to the point. She is always available and provides top notch legal advice‘.
‘White & Black provides sensible, commercially relevant advice. They look at the bigger picture to give clients the advice they need as well as the advice they think they need‘.
‘White & Black specialise in the corporate and technology areas of law and this is reflected in the quality of technical advice I have seen them provide to clients, as well as consideration of the commercial aspects of a particular matter. They are able to work to clients’ requirements (whether budgets or presentation of advice) so are flexible in their approach and put themselves out to be available at short notice. They really buy in to their clients’ plans and the deals or matters on which they work‘.
‘Victoria Wright is very skilled and treats clients well‘.
‘Victoria Wright carefully considers her clients; aims together with the strengths of a case to provide commercially relevant advice. She takes care to ensure that a client gets value for money and is well aware of the importance of providing unpopular advice which is in her clients’ best interests‘.
‘Victoria Wright is incredibly hard-working, fights a client’s corner and always produces a high quality work product in a timely manner. One of the people at White & Black who puts themselves out on a client’s behalf, – nothing is too much trouble.’
‘Phil Thompson is quietly spoken but with a serious knowledge of licensing and IT related issues. He works to clients’ requirements and produces outstanding work product.’
Concha Y Toro
Virgin Active Limited
Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories BV
Vectair Systems Limited
Moixa Technology Limited
Contentious IP specialist James Howarth leads the south east offering at Howes Percival LLP from the firm's Milton Keynes office. With a particular focus on publishing and tech manufacturing, the team is specifically known for handling disputes involving software and licensing issues. In addition, clients can benefit from the firm's provision of in-house trade mark and domain name watch services as well as its association with the Silverstone Technology Cluster.
Other key lawyers:
Time Out Group plc
Ultimate Performance (business of celebrity trainer Nick Mitchell)
AFL Hyperscale (subsidiary of Nikkei listed Fujikura)
Security Alliance Limited
Goldstein Music Publishing
Business Software Alliance
Quarto Group Plc
Sounds Like Publishing
- Represented a leading entertainment magazine publisher in a trade mark infringement and passing off action against an online provider of discount entertainment services, arriving at a successful settlement on the brink of trial.
- Ran multi-jurisdiction (UK High Court, UAE, Cyprus and China) proceedings for trade mark infringement and passing off for the subsidiary of a Nikkei 150 company.
- Orchestrated a patent infringement, misuse of confidential information, copyright infringement and unlawful interference claims for a defence contractor. This included a procurement regulations claim against the MoD.
Tech law specialist Andrew Katz leads the intellectual property team at Moorcrofts LLP , bringing 'original thinking and innovative solutions'. Known for its experience in database and neighbouring rights, the practice is specifically recognised for open source certification work. In this regard, the firm's clients are largely drawn from London's tech sector, as well as businesses further afield. Where required, the team can complement this offering with assistance on hardware and licensing concerns. Tim Astley is recommended for his expertise in cloud services, software and data protection.
Other key lawyers:
‘They understand our business and can almost read my mind – they seem to pick up on the threads and patch my requirements together‘.
‘Andrew Katz is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of IP, with a lot of relevant experience in open source. This includes software, hardware, data and open access for publications. His broad knowledge allows him to bring solutions from one domain to another. He is also very well connected with many relevant actors worldwide, which makes processes like getting endorsement for a licence from standards bodies much simpler. His original thinking helps him provide innovative solutions to make the legal toolkit solve the legal problem at hand. He is also very hard-working and always eager to have a chat to discuss this or that aspect of a project. Finally, he is a pleasure to work with. I have worked many years with him, sometimes iterating countless times over a piece of text, and I have never seen him become negative‘.
CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research)
Camunda Services GmBH
Value Licensing (JJH Enterprises Limited)
Open Forum Europe/European Commission
Benevolent AI Limited
- Advised UK ‘unicorn’ BenevolentAI on intellectual property matters, including open source software and data licensing.
- Worked closely with CERN to finalise drafting the latest release of the CERN Open Hardware Licence (version 2.0).
- Worked with Camunda Services GmB on licensing strategy, compliance and commercial contracting and out-licensing processes.
The recent merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins has consolidated a significant regional footprint for newly combined Moore Barlow. Led by sector specialist Laurie Heizler, its IP offering covers key concerns such as licensing, copyright, trade mark infringement and passing off. In addition, clients can rely on expert support for complex international cases. The team is spread across offices in Guildford, Woking and central London.
Veriton Pharma Limited No
Kallo Foods Limited No
Vision Engineering Limited No
Digitop Limited No
Brainstorm Limited No
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance No
National Rifle Association No
Lapixa GmbH Yes
Ci-Pod Limited No
Avantus Business Solutions Limited
- Advised Kallo in the dispute Kallo Foods Limited-v-(1) Whole Earth Sweetener Company LLC and (2) Merisant UK Limited).
- Acted for a Swedish clothing/fashion company in connection with a successful appeal against the UKIPO Registry decision to reject its opposition to a third party’s trade mark application.
- Advised a client in matter relating to threats of trade mark infringement and passing off (and opposition to a filed trade mark application) from a leading and very well-established German fashion house.
Firm founder Tris Moore offers substantial expertise in technology, life sciences and sport at commercial and IP boutique Moore Law. Serving clients in the digital and finance sectors, the specialist firm is also known for its niche representation of social media influencers. The firm's services have been utilised by parties seeking infringement actions (in both prosecution and defence capacities). Scott Appleton focuses on commercial contracts, open source software and GDPR compliance.
Other key lawyers:
Lighting Design International
John Cullen Lighting
Trading Post Coffee Roasters
Callum Airey (@Calfreezy)
The Zeitgeist Agency
Family Fizz / Optimum Media / Purpose & Passion
Fat Tape Productions
- Advised Fibremark on confidentiality, intellectual property and commercial issues, including in relation to cotton suppliers and retailers in the UK, Europe, US and Asia.
- Act as retained adviser to P1vital Limited, and its affiliate P1vital Products Limited, an Oxford based clinical research company with expanding interests across Europe and the US.
- Advised AdvMat on a number of commercial issues relating to the spin-out of its underlying technologies.
The IP team at Paris Smith LLP is well-placed to handle complex trademark matters, while also advising on IP audit strategies for SMEs and other larger businesses. The team also handles GDPR compliance, sponsorship and distribution matters. Clients can also benefit from the firm's broad history in contentious and non-contentious work, covering passing off, unregistered designs and franchising. Co-leads Laura Trapnell and Crispin Dick are respective experts in UK/EU design rights law and licensing.
Meachers Global Logistics Ltd
The Wetwheels Foundation
Hobbycraft Trading Limited
Jane Austen House Museum
Barfoots of Botley Ltd
The Mayflower Theatre Trust
British Friendly Society
Foresters Friendly Society
Focal Point Fires Plc
- Represented Hobbycraft Trading Limited in respect of its international trade marks and designs portfolio.
- Acted for Hildon Limited in its global trade mark portfolio – including new filings, disputes and oppositions.
- Represented Barfoots of Botley Ltd in its global trade mark portfolio – including new filings, disputes and oppositions.
Shoosmiths LLP's IP team acts for clients across a wide range of industries. including technology, life sciences, media, academia and research. National practice head Gary Assim splits his time between the firm's London and Milton Keynes offices, while solicitor John Hill advises on litigation relating to patent and design rights issues.
Other key lawyers:
Chairman and name partner John Spratt heads up Spratt Endicott's company commercial team from Banbury, advising on standalone IP issues, licensing and infringement matters. Spratt specialises in patent protection and trade marks, working with clients ranging from local businesses to multinational corporations, all of which call on the firm to advise on the exploitation and defence of their interests. Recent work of note has included national template dealership agreements and competition matters relating to online sales.
Based in Brentwood, Sue Dowman heads the IP team at Tees Law . The practice offers support on deals where the IP is purchased or sold as part of a larger transaction, and its expertise has been called on by clients in industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, hotel & leisure, insurance and logistics. Elizabeth de Cruz is a name to note for brand protection work.
Other key lawyers:
Majenta Solutions Limited
- Assisted a client with its IP matters, advising in respect of a number of design rights matters looking at validity and possible infringement of the same.
- Assisted a company in obtaining registration for its trade mark (having successfully negotiated a co-existence agreement with a large multinational company alleging infringement of its trademark).
- Helped a local business protect its valuable IP by trade mark registration.
Thomson Snell & Passmore
Joanne Gallagher leads the IP team at Thomson Snell & Passmore. Areas of work covered include franchising, licensing, distributor arrangements and regulatory compliance. In addition, the firm handles contentious and transactional matters for UK and international clients drawn from sectors such as performing arts and letting. Associate Michelle Rule, who draws on her experience as in-house counsel, is also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Tonbridge-based Kevin Sullivan, a noted fintech expert, is the IP lead at Warners Solicitors. Handling 'soft' issues such as trade mark applications, he oversees a team that is also known for contentious matters covering copyright infringement, misuse of confidential information and abusive domain name registrations. Notably, the firm increasingly deals with clients from the motorsport sector, an area where it handles sponsorship and endorsement agreements.
‘A strong team who are always helpful and respond to any issues quickly‘.
‘I have worked with Kevin Sullivan for over 15 years and I trust him implicitly. He has a really excellent knowledge of his field and I always feel that he is looking out for the company and my best interests‘.
FSI Global Plc
Medaphor Group Plc
Mosaic Smart Data Limited
Rough Trade Retail (UK) Limited
- Acted a provider of analytical software/services for sell-side banks in respect of the licensing of its software to Liquidity Edge LLC (a US SEC-registered broker dealer). .
- Acted for a provider of analytical software/services for sell-side banks (and founder Matt Hodgson) in respect of the Series B investment in for a $9m fund raise in the company at a pre-money valuation of $37m.