Intellectual property in South East

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner is notable for its cross-border capabilities, working with several US and European firms across both contentious and non-contentious work. A key feature of the practice is its brand guardianship programme, which provides clients with a comprehensive brand protection service and this is combined with its litigation expertise. Practice co-head Bill Gornall-King specialises in the commercial exploitation of intellectual property, while fellow co-head Mark Blunden is the key contact for cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Bill Gornall King; Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Chloe Fernandez; Georgia Shriane


Boyes Turner offers a great balance between IP and corporate knowledge and skills.

Mark Blunden is really good at understanding broader commercial needs of clients and bringing focused IP expertise to bear within the bigger picture.

They are local to us and always make themselves available.

The team is very professional but also accessible and down to earth.

Key clients

Auto Trader plc

Guardian News & Media Ltd

Mortgage Gym Ltd

Romax Technology Ltd

censhare AG

Culligan International

Bullitt Group

Edge by Ascential Plc

Signal Media Ltd


Work highlights

  • Advises Auto Trader on the entirety of its trade mark portfolio, and recently advised on its brand refresh programme.
  • Handling Romax’s multi-national portfolio of 54 trade marks which involves liaison with worldwide trade mark registries and local agents.
  • Advising Bedrock  Healthcare Communications in relation to a third party objection to its trade mark application.
  • Advising Virtualstock on the entirety of its trade mark portfolio in the UK, EU and US, in particular, in relation to its flagship, cloud-based solution, The Edge.
  • Supported Censhare in complex negotiations for a major implementation with budget airline for publishing software.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP fields a highly rated IP group, especially its trade mark protection team which includes senior associate Ben Evans who is also a trade mark attorney. The practice acts for clients in an array of sectors including the charity, public, retail and leisure areas, servicing clients on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters. In addition to brand protection, it advises on  copyright disputes and reputation management. The team is headed by Jill Bainbridge who handles contentious cases as well as trade mark prosecution work. Sheilah Mackie departed the team for an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:

Ben Evans


The quality of their advice is on par with London firms and their fees are significantly lower.’

They have a very pragmatic approach to tackling legal issues.’

‘They are very friendly, professional and responsive.’

Key clients

Kerry Group PLC

Charles Tyrwhitt

Trussell Trust



Be Wiser Insurance Services Limited



Transport for Wales

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Work highlights

  • Providing a full range of brand protection services to Be Wiser Insurance Services including trade mark prosecution and enforcement  in the UK and EU and at the EU Board of Appeal.
  • Advising Wiggle on global brand protection and enforcement, including managing global trade mark portfolios and advising on Canadian infringement issues.
  • Acted for GB Lacrosse in a trade mark dispute with a competing body and secured a favourable settlement.
  • Providing brand clearance, protection, and prosecution advice to publishing start-up Salad Pages.
  • Acting for Ace Hosting in a high-profile, online streaming case and negotiated a settlement favourable to the client.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's team is recognised for its cross-border work, both within and outside the EEA. The firm is a key point of call for clients in the travel industry, maintaining a strong relationship with the Alliance of British Travel Agents. TMT group head Tim Ashdown is the name to note in litigation matters, advising on both domestic and international disputes, while John Yates leads on commercial IP matters. Debbie Venn joined the practice from asb law LLP in June 2018, and the firm has also expanded at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Tim Ashdown

Other key lawyers:

John Yates; Debbie Venn; Robert Ganpatsingh


The team at DMH are personable and really understand the issues.

The team are very easy to discuss matters with via phone or email and provide clear and concise advice.’

Sarah Cook is extremely likeable and knowledgeable, which makes it easy to recommend DMH for tough cases as well as every day cases.

Key clients

Alpargatas Group (owners of the “HAVAIANAS” flip-flop and clothing brand)

Motoring & Leisure Services t/a Boundless

Gusto Telecom Limited


Pump Fashion

World of Select

Learning Enterprises Organisation

The Liquidators of Bender Social Network

Swandean Fresh Meats

Work highlights

  • Instructed by NOZOMI in relation to non-UK franchises and trade mark enforcement, via high court litigation.
  • Acting for five claimants against former employees and a corporate third party in a case concerning alleged unlawful conspiracy, database rights infringement, and confidentiality breaches.


EMW Law LLP is primarily known for its handling of patent litigation, although it is equally adept in the areas of trade marks, passing-off and registered design matters. Matthew Holman heads the firm's non-contentious practice, which specialises in the commercial exploitation of IP, while Mark Finn is the key contact for contentious matters. Felix Dodd is a key name to watch at the practice; he handles a range of disputes in the areas of trade marks, passing off, copyright and confidential information.

Practice head(s):

Mark Finn; Matthew Holman

Other key lawyers:

Felix Dodd


‘The team has given practical advice and supported us throughout.’

‘Matthew Holman has provided us straightforward advice.’

Key clients

Ethypharm UK Ltd (part of the French Ethypharm pharmaceutical group)

Santander UK PLC

Atlas Elektronik GmbH (maritime defence contractor – part of the Thyssen Krupp group of companies)

Rightmove Group Limited

Vax Limited

Collingwood Lighting Limited

Beardow & Adams (Adhesives) Ltd

British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) (UK- wide certification body)

Walkers Chocolates Limited (chocolate manufacturer for, among others, Poundland Limited)

Kimm and Miller (UK) Limited (a UK manufacturer of gifts and food products)

John Adams Leisure Limited – Family games and toy manufacturer.

Inter MK Limited

Suzuki GB Plc


HTI Toys

The Entertainer (Amersham) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Atlas Elektronik on an appeal arising from a patent infringement and revocation action concerning a €160bn  defence contract for the UK and French navies for mine-hunting equipment.
  • Assists Inter MK on its brand protection work for MK Dons football club.
  • Assists Rightmove Group on all its brand protection work.
  • Acting for a fashion house client in a copyright infringement claim brought against them by a copyright licensing body.
  • Acting for a toy manufacturer client in a trade mark, passing off and copyright infringement claim brought against them by a major UK toy brand.

Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors

Particularly notable for its trade mark and passing-off work, Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors is a key name in the region. It undertakes all aspects of protection and enforcement of brands and also deals with anti-counterfeiting cases. Another key facet of the practice is its international presence; a large part of its work comes from clients based outside the UK. Steve Palmer heads the practice and specialises in contentious matters. Dawn Osborne departed the firm for McCarthy Denning.

Practice head(s):

Steve Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Charles Lawless


The firm provide a personal service and is very approachable.

Key clients

Abercrombie & Fitch


Cath Kidston


Daniel Wellington

DCK Concessions Ltd

Envision Pharma Inc

Fossil Group Europe GmbH

(Licensed watch brands including Fossil, Armani & Diesel)

Gevers Legal (Benelux and Paris)

G-Star Raw C.V.

Ice Watch

Kyocera Document Solutions Europe B.V.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Lululemon Athletica Canada inc

Michael Kors

New Era Cap Company Inc



Paul’s Boutique Limited

Ralph Lauren

Richemont brands (including Cartier, Montblanc, IWC)

Rolls Royce Motor Company Limited

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited

SuperDry PLC

Vlisco Netherlands B.V.

Western Digital Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing BMW in an ongoing matter involving an individual naming his company after his initials despite the trade mark being owned by the client.
  • Acting for a client where defendants attempted to import goods bearing names similar to the clients trade marks. The matter also involved the sale of the offending good on the defendants’ website.
  • Handled a private criminal prosecution brought against a defendant found selling multiple goods bearing the client’s trade marks.
  • Acted for an IP-holder to prevent the importation of counterfeit products.
  • Issuing proceedings on behalf of Daniel Wellington against a defendant operating a website which sold counterfeits of the client’s watches.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides clients with a full service in IP matters, and is particularly notable within the region for the range of its client roster. The firm is also distinguished by its life sciences and technology offerings, which include patent and know-how licencing work. Practice head Tom Lingard focuses primarily on contentious work, along with complex licencing, while other key names at the practice include Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O'Hare.

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Tillet; Elaine O’Hare


Knowledgeable, responsive, and commercially-minded, it provides first-rate services across the board and more than competes with the IP teams of the big city firms.

I would not go anywhere else.

Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett are stand-out individuals. They both have the winning combination of being extremely capable as well as extremely approachable.

Tom Lingard and Charlotte Tillett know their stuff and provide sensible, pragmatic advice.

The team  is flexible, efficient and quick.’

Key clients

Lonza Biologics plc

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Samsung Electronics (UK) Limited

Alternative Airlines Limited

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Crazy Aaron Enterprises Inc

Auromoney Ltd

T.M. Lewin & Sons Ltd

Icam S.p.A

Passion Pictures Ltd

Bavaria N.V

Healthy Retail Ltd

Future Publishing Limited

Rocket UK Limited

PA Photos Limited T/A PA Images

FGX Europe Limited

Compassion in World Farming

Kia Motors (UK) Limited

Mr Frederick Walker

Bunzl Catering Supplies

Tyrrell Promotions Limited

Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited

Rieker Schuh AG

Stackhouse Poland Holdings Limited

James Purdey & Sons

Mr Bruce Steinberg

Slater and Gordon Group

Exclusive Networks Limited

Papa John’s (GB) Limited

Links of London

Asmodee Holding

Diebold Nixdorf Ltd

Vestey Holdings Limited


Sonardyne International Limited

Rock Rail Holdings Limited

Cayman Islands Shipping Registry

Bunzl UK limited

Bright Publishing Limited

UCC Coffee UK Limited

Jefferies International Limited

Saunders Markets Limited

Volution Group Limited

Thursdays (UK) Limited, T/A TGI Fridays UK

Day Group Ltd

The Astrid Lindgren Company

The SR Group (UK) Limited

Bakkavor Group

McLaren Automotive Limited / McLaren Group Limited

Chris Eubank Jnr

Accord Healthcare Limited

Chas A Blatchford & Sons

Penhaligon’s Limited

Antonio Puig S.A.

Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited

M Science LLC

Condor Group Limited

Immersive Games Lab Ltd

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Prax Petroleum Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Icam on multiple disputes concerning the client’s Vanini brand and related trade marks, as both claimant and defendant.
  • Provided Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club with a brand enforcement programme incorporating online monitoring and liaising with the Premier League’s anti-counterfeiting advisors.
  • Advising The Astrid Lindgren Company in relation to a key publishing agreement.
  • Advising a client on the IP aspects of its high-value purchase of another company, including advising in relation to the company’s websites and trade marks.
  • Advising a UK listed company in a dispute over unregistered design rights.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP is equally adept at advising clients ranging from SME's to large multinationals. The firm's dedicated IP team prosecutes and enforces trade marks and design rights, maintaining a large EU and UK filing practice. It also handles anti-counterfeiting work, as well as its work with franchisees and franchisors involving various IP rights.

Key clients

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Organix Brands Limited

Medicom Healthcare Ltd

Evac+Chair International Ltd

Mozzo Coffee Limited

OneCom Limited

Revive-A-Phone Limited

Flexipads World Class Limited and Gekatex S.A.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc

Navson Limited

Work highlights

  • Managing ACCA’s trade mark portfolio, instructing agents around the world to file and oppose trade marks and bring infringement proceedings on ACCA’s behalf.
  • Acting as an in-house IP team for OneCom.
  • Acting for both group companies; Flexipads World Class and Gekatex, on trade mark issues
  • Advising Thermo Fisher Scientific in respect of UK and EU prosecution and infringement matters.
  • Handles all contentious IP matters in the UK for a global company.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

Operating from its two Kent-based offices Cripps Pemberton Greenish undertakes all aspects of IP protection work, serving clients from a wide range of sectors. It has a noted track record assisting clients in the agricultural and soft fruits sectors which includes plant licencing and R&D matters. The team often operates in a support role as part of the firm's corporate practice, assisting with the integration of IP assets during acquisitions, and ensuring their protection in Joint Ventures. Pete Kenyon leads the group, and is particularly focused on the software and online sectors, while associate Phil Bilney is a name to note for the future.

Practice head(s):

Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Irfan Baluch; Phil Bilney


Cripps always seemed to have someone in the wings ready to offer expertise.

I only wised the other side were as on the ball as Cripps.

Pete Kenyon  is very skilled and knowledgeable and transfers this knowledge to you with confidence and reassurance.’

The team is very knowledgeable and helpful in all areas of their specialisms.’

Key clients



Park IT / MAG

The Conduit Holdco. Limited


Bedfont Scientific

Berry Gardens Growers

KM Media Group

Accor Hotels

Celerity Information Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Handled negotiations with a major UK airport group for the provision of hardware, software and support, working closely with the client to ensure their IP is suitably protected.
  • Carried out an IP audit for the Habicus Group.
  • Acting for the patent owner in litigation in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
  • Regularly acting for this client, a brand management company, in the enforcement of its valuable portfolio of trade marks for household names in the food and drink sector.
  • Advised on the brand licence agreement between The Conduit Holdco and the trading entity which operates the Club for use of the brand THE CONDUIT in relation to the Club.

Maier Blackburn LLP

Boutique firm Maier Blackburn LLP predominantly provides services to media and publishing clients, and is best known for its significant expertise in copyright matters. The firm is also adept in handling IP licencing and contracts, as part of the non-contentious practice managed by co-founder Cathleen Blackburn, who also has significant experience in matters with a cross-border element. Fellow co-founder Steven Maier handles the contentious side of the firm's work, particularly in the areas of copyright, trade mark, and domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):

Steve Maier; Cathleen Blackburn


Steven Maier and Cathleen Blackburn are both very commercial and pragmatic lawyers. Their expertise in publishing matters is particularly strong.’

I have worked with Steven on various contentious matters now and he has always delivered a good outcome for our business.

‘Steven Maier is smart, dogged and very commercial’


Key clients

The Tolkien Estate

Agatha Christie Limited

Oxford University Press

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers

Watership Down Enterprises Limited

Dan Maier

Work highlights

  • Representing the Tolkien Estate in a claim against an Australian author who had published so-called fan fiction books in breach of the estate’s copyrights.
  • Representing a well known US skin care company in a claim for recovery of an internet domain name from a UK beauty salon.
  • Representing a TV writer and photographer in a successful claim against Private Eye for the unauthorised use of one of his photographs on the magazine’s front cover.
  • Advising a well-established photography collector on contract and copyright issues relating to loans of photographs of famous subjects to an exhibition.
  • Representing a well-known drinks manufacturer in a dispute with an author relating to commissioned corporate publications.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke's national IP practice frequently collaborates with the firm's international offices to service clients in cross-border matters. The firm provides a wide range of IP services, including litigation, brand management, and patent work. Russell Bowyer departed the firm in October 2018, while senior associate Joanne Loveridge remains a key figure in the Reading office, and focuses on the protection and exploitation of IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Arty Rajendra; Robert Guthrie

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Loveridge

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's IP team has strong sector experience in life sciences and technology, handling a range of contentious and non-contentious cases for clients including patent and know-how licencing. The team is also noted for its work on software licencing and data protection where Joanne Vengadesan is the key contact. Practice head Chris Shelley is notable for his work with universities and their spin-out companies, while senior associate Holly Strube is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Chris Shelley

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Vengadesan; Gavin Stenton; Holly Strube; Victoria Wright; Daniel Berry

Key clients

Walker Greenbank plc

Astro Lighting Holdings Limited

STG Aerospace

Oxford Gene Technology


Lomare Technologies

Oxford VacMedix

Oxford Genetics

King’s College London

King’s Commercialisation Institute

Swansea University

Grey Wolf Therapeutics Limited

Richemont International (Alfred Dunhill, Vacheron Constantin, Mont Blanc)

Oxford University Press

Kandy Therapeutics


Oxford Brain Diagnostics

BioMe Oxford

Conidia Bioscience Limited



Thatcham Research

Gray Plant Mooty

Duane Morris

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Bharat Forge

Barfoots of Botley Ltd

Tata Advanced Systems

Fenn Night Vision Limited

Senseye Limited

First Law P.C.

Thames Valley Housing Association Ltd

RM Education Ltd

The Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution Ltd

CAB International

Norbar Torque Tools Ltd

Compass Box Delicious Whisky Ltd

All Saints Retail Ltd

Hudson Shoe Agencies Ltd

Needle & Thread Design Holdings Ltd

Tech London Advocates/Global Tech Advocates

Work highlights

  • Represented All Saints Retail in connection with a range of contentious trade mark, design right and copyright matters, frequently with an international dimension.
  • Instructed by Korean trade mark specialists regarding registration and enforcement of UK trade mark portfolios for K-Pop band BTS.
  • Advising STG Aerospace on infringement of intellectual property rights and the IP aspects of a range of commercial agreements.
  • Assisted several of this leading US law firm’s high-profile clients with UK trade mark registration and enforcement matters.
  • Represented the client in respect of all its contentious trade mark and associated matters, and its global trade mark filing and maintenance activities.

White & Black Limited

White & Black Limited is highlighted for its work with technology clients on the exploitation of their IP assets. The team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious cases and is frequently instructed by market-leading patent and trade mark attorneys. Experienced practitioner Phil Thompson heads a 'very commercially-minded' team while Victoria Wright is the key contact for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Phil Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Wright; Nicholas Mitchell


The team is dedicated to technology law and has a rich experience of working with private equity investors in tech companies and tech companies themselves.

Profound knowledge of the UK-specific TMT issues.

They have a great understanding of intellectual property and the importance of this to many companies’ underlying value.

Phil Thompson is exceptionally responsive and grasps the relevant issues quickly.

The advice Thompson provided was not only of outstanding quality but also very pragmatic and solution-oriented.

Phil Thompson is down to earth, personable, and offers a practical and cost effective approach to legal problems

Victoria Wright is very responsive, has great attention to detail, and really commits to her clients. 


Key clients

Nikon Corporation

Ajinomoto Co.,Inc

Concha Y Toro UK Ltd

Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories BV

Moixa Energy

Moore Barlow

Barlow Robbins LLP practices across all areas of IP law, including patents, and is a key name in the Surrey market.  The firm also works on cross-border matters, particularly those involving the US, and acts for clients operating in a wide range of sectors. Of counsel Laurie Heizler leads the IP team, and is particularly experienced in licencing work as well as contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Laurie Heizler

Key clients

Veriton Pharma Limited

Kallo Foods Limited

Volume Limited

Reconnaissance International Limited

Ci-Pod Limited

Vision Engineering Limited

Kyanmedia Limited

Digitop Limited

Pragmatic DLT

Brainstorm Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kallo Foods in all intellectual property matters with a particular focus on trade mark litigation.
  • Advising a digital marketing agency on intellectual property matters.
  • Represented Digitop Limited as complainant in a passing off and copyright infringement disputes.
  • Advised a client in connection with its international patent portfolio.
  • Assisting Brainstorm on all aspects of clearance with respect to a new toy which may have been sold in substantially the same form by a third party several years ago.

Foot Anstey

The 'efficient' intellectual property team at Foot Anstey is led by national department head Paul Cox who splits his time between the firm's Southampton and Bristol offices. A key feature of the firm's south east practice is its anti-counterfeiting and brand protection work, as well as its litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Warren; Chandni Jobanputra


The team at Foot Anstey is practical, efficient and sharp.

They are able to handle, manage and advise a wide range of IP related matters.

When we instructed the firm, Paul’s leadership was instrumental in the firm being able to handle client’s matter so well.’

Key clients


Trinity Mirror/Reach Plc

University of the West of England

Lypiatt Studio (studio of the late sculptor Lynn Chadwick)

Eden Project

Royal Academy of Dance

Spectrum Collections Limited

PA Group



Work highlights

  • Acted for TOMY UK in the identification of counterfeit products coming into the UK and the seizure of the goods through HM Customs & Excise.
  • Managing the trade mark portfolio of and dealing with infringement issues.
  • Representing Spectrum Collections client in an unregistered design right infringement claim before the IPEC.
  • A member of the Intellectual Property team is seconded to the retail client one day a week to assist with general intellectual property and brand protection issues including counterfeiting matters.
  • Acting for the commercial trading entity of the Royal Academy of Dance and a dancewear manufacturer, International Dance Supplies, in IPEC proceedings relating to design right infringement in a range of RAD-licensed dance wear.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP's south east practice focuses primarily on contentious work, with disputes specialist James Howarth heading up the regional team. The team is particularly experienced in the publishing and technology sectors, with an emphasis on technology manufacturers. Other key areas for the firm include software copyright and online issues as well as licensing.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:

James Howarth; Victoria Howe

Key clients

Time Out Group plc

ATSI  Limited

Quarto Group Plc

AFL Hyperscale (subsidiary of Nikkei listed Fujikura)

Security Alliance Limited

Goldstein Music Publishing

Business Software Alliance

Work highlights

  • Representing a major online retailer in a dispute with a competitor.
  • Providing advice to a client on issues relating to copyright and trade marks, as well as providing litigation services in various ongoing actions.
  • Ongoing complex High Court litigation, including interim injunctive relief against various parties.
  • Defending copyright infringement proceedings in respect of a well-known game.
  • Advising in multiple related actions for breach of procurement regulations against the procuring body, misuse of confidential information and patent infringement against a rival services provider.

Knights plc

Knights plc acquired BrookStreet des Roches in April 2019, bringing the regional IP team into a national firm. The practice is highly experienced in the commercialisation and exploitation of IP rights, as well as its expertise in software issues. Hugh Tebay heads the practice, and is particularly strong in franchising as well as infringement cases. Healthcare specialist Gayle Curry advises on R&D collaborations and IP commercialisation. Senior Consultant Peter Moody departed the firm in January 2019 for Royds Withy King.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Tebay

Other key lawyers:

Gayle Curry

Moorcrofts LLP

A key focus for Moorcrofts LLP is open source software and open hardware matters where the firm fields the region's premiere experts. As a result the firm has significant sector experience in the software industry, as well as scientific research entities. Practice head Andrew Katz is the key contact for open source and open hardware matters, alongside a more broad software licensing practice. The team has significantly expanded in the last year, with several recent additions at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katz


Moorcrofts are a very down to earth team where the lawyers are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and engage with their clients.’

Andrew Katz really knows his onions, and understands his subject at a practical and legal technical level.

The firm has deep expertise in the field, and are committed, knowledgeable experts’

Andrew Katz is highly regarded in the licensing world by many lawyers and corporations.

Key clients

Apigee (subsidiary of Google)

Pentaho Corporation (subsidiary of Hitachi DataSystems)

Benevolent Al Limited

A business specialising in commodity datalicensing and analysis

Value Licensing

Pentangle Internet Limited

Ove Arup and Partners


Work highlights

  • Drafting the latest release of the CERN open hardware licence.
  • Acting for a blockchain technology start-up in relation to open source licensing advice.
  • Advised B2M on open source licensing, end-user and distributor licensing and GDPR compliance.
  • Advised an open source developer and services provider on its complex business and licensing structure and standard contracting arrangements with customers and resellers.
  • Advised a provider of advanced financial modelling technology on licensing technology from Anglia Ruskin University, and licensing the technology to customers.

Moore Law

Boutique firm Moore Law primarily serves digital, media, and sports clients and has strong links to Sussex and south coast-based technology companies. It works with new media clients, particularly those involved in the YouTube and digital video spaces. The firm's expertise covers licensing and IP-related commercial contracts as well as confidentiality and R&D issues. Practice head Tris Moore is highly experienced, and Scott Appleton is also recommended.

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 Production

Work highlights

  • Advising Fibremark on confidentiality, intellectual property and commercial issues, including in relation to cotton suppliers and retailers in the UK, Europe, US and Asia.
  • Providing commercial and IP advice to Sidemen Clothing in relation to its expanding online retail offering.
  • Providing advice to Tilt on commercial agreements and intellectual property issues, including drafting master framework agreements.
  • Advising Advanced Materials on commercial and pan-EU R&D agreements.
  • Advising The Family Fizz in relation to IP issues, including the protection of its existing trade mark portfolio, along with  applications for EU trade marks and the filing of US and Australian trade marks via the Madrid Protocol.

Paris Smith LLP

Paris Smith LLP is recognised for its IP audit practice, as well as its track record advising on IP strategy work. In addition to its established client base, the department has recently been focusing its practice on the start-up market and is first choice for technology companies being spun off from academic institutions. Practice head Laura Trapnell specialises in EU trade mark and design rights law, as well as international trade mark registrations.

Practice head(s):

Laura Trapnell

Other key lawyers:

Crispin Dick


Very knowledgable, helpful and efficient.

We have an excellent relationship with Laura Trapnell, who has a wealth of business-minded expertise in IP.

Laura’s attention to detail and having our interests in mind, mean we always have great confidence in her ability.

Unlike other firms we have dealt with our experience of working with Paris Smith has been exceptional from start to finish.

The attitude of staff working in the firm has aligned perfectly with our own and their work has been exemplary.

The team offers pragmatic solutions that have regard to the commercial implications of each decision to be taken.


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

Absolute Yoga Ltd

Foresters Friendly Society

Focal Point Fires Plc

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP's south coast-based team provides a range of IP services, and has significant experience in advising internet-based businesses on their IP-related issues. The team offers a full-service trade mark protection practice as well expertise in areas such as patent licencing.  Mark O’Halloran heads the commercial team, all of whom have experience as in-house counsel, while litigation specialist Ian Dawes is a key figure handling contentious cases.

Practice head(s):

Mark O’Halloran

Other key lawyers:

Ian Dawes


They are very business focused and place considerable emphasis on accurate up-front costings, making them easy to plan around.

Coffin Mew is a near complete one stop shop for legal services.

Mark O’ Halloran is very business literate and focused, able to cut to the chase and get fast results

Key clients

Tokyo Electron Europe Limited

Aspects Beauty Company Limited

TRL Limited (Transport Research Laboratory)

MWR InfoSecurity Limited

World of Books

Pirean Limited

CASCO Europe Limited

E-Crunch Limited

Eden Perfumes Limited

Elstead Lighting Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Beanstalk in its licensing negotiations with Sky as a distributor and reseller of the Gamban solution.
  • Acted for Elstead Lighting in its acquisition of all the intellectual property assets of Best Price Lighting.
  • Acted for Sound On Limited in its negotiation to secure the European distribution rights to a range of clothing products of Billy Reid Inc.
  • Secured two significant trade mark registrations for Eden Perfumes, and the settlement of related opposition proceedings

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's team acts for clients in 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, and specialises in anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports disputes. Consultant Laurence Kaye focuses on the publishing and digital media sectors, with a strong track record in copyright work, while fellow consultant John Hill specialises in patents and design right issues.

Practice head(s):

Gary Assim

Other key lawyers:

Laurie Kaye

Spratt Endicott

Spratt Endicott's team acts for clients on stand-alone IP mandates, as well as supporting other teams in IP-related matters. It provides litigation services as well as commercial IP advice; David Whiting is the key contact for the former and team leader John Spratt fronts the latter, focusing on transactional IP and commercial contracts. Brand protection issues are a key focus for the firm -  both non-contentious work as well as passing-off disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Spratt

Other key lawyers:

David Whiting; Catherine O’Riordan

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a charitable body responsible for administering royalties, issuing licences and collecting licence fees from a defendant.
  • Advised the client on its UK dealership agreement and policy, under which it trades with all of its dealers in the UK, and continue to provide ad hoc advice on suspected infringements of its intellectual property.
  • Advised the client on a number of commercial contracts, in which it was important to consider the terms on which the intellectual property in digital content is licensed to customers and/or end users.
  • Defending a company, a DJ, and a musical event promoter in a passing off action.

Wortley Byers LLP

Tees Incorporating Wortley Byers has retained its key IP practitioners in the wake of its merger, including leading partner Susan Dowman. Dowman has experience with trade marks, copyright, and design rights, with a particular focus on the commercialisation and licensing of IP. Functioning as part of the firm's broader corporate and commercial offering, which is led by Robert Whitaker, the team advises several technology sector clients, as well as established local companies in relation to their IP needs.

Practice head(s):

Robert Whitaker; Susan Dowman

Key clients

Majenta Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Majenta Solutions Limited in respect of its intellectual property and brand protection.

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors is principally active in the software sector, advising clients on both non-contentious matters and IP disputes. Key elements of the practice include its licensing and copyright expertise, as well as its work on trade mark infringements, passing off, and domain name disputes. Kevin Sullivan heads the practice, and is active across all areas of the firm's IP work, while Russell Brinkhurst is another key name on the non-contentious side.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst

Key clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Asset Mapping Limited

FSI (FM Solutions) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in respect of an evaluation and proof of concept of its software product for a bank.
  • Acting for an advertising agency in respect of the licensing of its asset management system used by a large vehicle manufacturer.
  • Acting for a well-known British musician in the worldwide prosecution of his new trade marks.
  • Acting for a company in respect of a software re-seller agreement.
  • Acting for a client in connection with the negotiation of a website development agreement.