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Intellectual property in South East

Boyes Turner

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:

Stephen Baker


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‘.

Key clients

Auto Trader Group plc

Culligan International Co

The Chartered Institute of Journalists


Harvey Water Softeners

Evolva AG

censhare AG

Romax Technologies

Virtualstock No


Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:

Ben Evans; Chris Williams


‘Friendly, efficient and professional.’


Key clients

Kerry Group PLC

Charles Tyrwhitt

Red Paddle Company



Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited


Too Faced Cosmetics

Nosy Crow Limited


Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Tim Ashdown; John Yates


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‘.

Key clients

Canon UK Limited

Aspen Pumps Limited

Rondanini Ltd

Diva Europe Ltd

Hosiden Besson Ltd

Benihana Holdings PTE Ltd

The Wallace Collection

Little Ships Housing CIC

The Martlet Group Ltd

Arden Grange Ltd


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.

Practice head(s):

Mark Finn; Matthew Holman

Other key lawyers:

Hans Schumann

Key clients

Suzuki GB Plc

Santander UK

Atlas Elektronik

Rightmove Group Limited

Vax 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

HTI Toys

Work highlights

  • Assisted Rightmove on trade mark infringement claims and enforcing its website terms of use to prohibit ‘scraping’, ‘deep linking’ and ‘framing’.
  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Steve Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Charles Lawless


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‘.

Key clients

Abercrombie & Fitch (Fashion Retail)

Bauer Hockey

BMW (Automotive)

Cluse Watches

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)

Hugo Boss

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)

Work highlights

  • 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.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • 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.

Clarke Willmott LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Roy Crozier

Other key lawyers:

Kate Cheney

Key clients

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.

Navson Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

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.

Practice head(s):

Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Irfan Baluch; Phil Bilney


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‘.

Key clients

Sahara Presentation Systems Plc

Holiday Extras

Remy Cointreau UK Limited

Coregeo Limited

Berry Gardens Growers Limited


AG Thames

Sotic Limited

Enviro-Cool UK Limited

Habicus Group

KM Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

Foot Anstey

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Pearse; Hannah Batten


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‘.

Key clients


Reach Plc

Eden Project

Royal Academy of Dance

The Spectrum Collections Limited

PA Group


Nuco Training Limited

Vexo International (UK) Limited

Pinnacle Photo Agency Limited

International Dance Supplies

TI Media Ltd


Signet Trading Limited (Trading as H Samuel)

Cath Kidston

Ecco Limited

The Parts Alliance

Munch Fit Limited

University of the West of England

UK Interactive Entertainment Association Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.

Maier Blackburn LLP

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.

Key clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Simon & Schuster, Inc

Watership Down Enterprises

Oxford University Press

Cochrane Library

Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers (ALPSP)

John Davies T/A ‘Jigletoes’

Wills & Trusts Chartered Financial Planner

Work highlights

  • 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’.

Osborne Clarke LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Anna Williams

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Loveridge

Key clients




Flock Ltd

Work highlights

  • 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.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Chris Shelley; Anna Frankum


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‘.

Key clients

Senseye Limited

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Barfoots of Botley

Finance & Leasing Association


All Saints Retail Ltd

CAB International

Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd

First Law P.C.

Needle & Thread Design Holdings Ltd

Norbar Torque Tools Ltd

Thames Valley Housing Association Ltd

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Phil Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Wright


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.’

Key clients

Concha Y Toro

Virgin Active Limited

Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories BV

Vectair Systems Limited

Matchesfashion Limited

Moixa Technology Limited

Nikon Corporation

Howes Percival LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:

James Howarth

Key clients

Bartington Instruments

Time Out Group plc

DX Group

ATSI  Limited

Ultimate Performance (business of celebrity trainer Nick Mitchell)

Akuma Sports

Contact Partners

AFL Hyperscale (subsidiary of Nikkei listed Fujikura)

Security Alliance Limited

Goldstein Music Publishing

Business Software Alliance

Quarto Group Plc

Sounds Like Publishing

Work highlights

  • 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.

Moorcrofts LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katz

Other key lawyers:

Tim Astley


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‘.

Key clients

CERN (European Centre for Nuclear Research)

Camunda Services GmBH

Value Licensing (JJH Enterprises Limited)

Open Forum Europe/European Commission

Benevolent AI Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.

Moore Barlow

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.

Practice head(s):

Laurie Heizler

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • 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.

Moore Law

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.

Practice head(s):

Tris Moore

Other key lawyers:

Scott Appleton

Key clients



Lighting Design International

John Cullen Lighting

WKK Architects

Trading Post Coffee Roasters

Click Databases

Technogym UK

Waer Systems

Bigfoot Inc

Sidemen Clothing

Rebel FC

Callum Airey (@Calfreezy)

The Zeitgeist Agency

Electric Putty


Lifebox Healthcare

Advanced Materials

Fibremark Solutions

Family Fizz / Optimum Media / Purpose & Passion

Fat Tape Productions

Work highlights

  • 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.

Paris Smith LLP

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.

Practice head(s):

Laura Trapnell; Crispin Dick

Key clients

Meachers Global Logistics Ltd

The Wetwheels Foundation

Hobbycraft Trading Limited

Jane Austen House Museum

Barfoots of Botley Ltd

Gist Ltd

Keltbray Ltd

Marwell Wildlife

Hildon Ltd

The Mayflower Theatre Trust

Aquavitrum Ltd

British Friendly Society

Foresters Friendly Society

Focal Point Fires Plc

Work highlights

  • 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

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.

Practice head(s):

Gary Assim

Other key lawyers:

John Hill

Spratt Endicott

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.

Practice head(s):

John Spratt

Tees Law

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.

Practice head(s):

Sue Dowman

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth de Cruz

Key clients

Majenta Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Rule

Warners Solicitors

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.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan


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‘.

Key clients

FSI Global Plc

Medaphor Group Plc

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Rough Trade Retail (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • 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.