Intellectual property in South East

Boyes Turner

From Reading with an international reach, Boyes Turner has particular expertise in advising media, publishing, and tech clients on their IP as well as acting for foreign law firms on IP matters. The international aspect of the practice is lead by department head Mark Blunden who is additionally renowned for issues arising in commercialization of IP. On the contentious side, Stephen Baker comes particularly recommended. Further noteworthy is the firm’s knowledge in the water sector. Helen Dobson has recently returned to the firm and advises on a broad range of IP matters. They are further joined by Troy Maung, who, like Dobson, joined from an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Baker; Amir Kousari; Helen Dobson; Troy Maung


‘Various departments seem to integrate well, and any inquiry or difficulty not the speciality of our contact is easily and readily passed to another exceptional department at Boyes.’

Knowledgeable, attention to detail, prompt, commercial. You get the feeling they care.’

‘The various departments seem to integrate well, and any inquiry or difficulty not the speciality of our contact is easily and readily passed to another exceptional department at Boyes.’

Key clients

Applied AGI

Virtualstock Limited

Culligan International


Signal Media


2 Heads Global

Harvey Water Softeners

Auto Trader

Interpublic Group (IPG)

Wind River

Masstock Arable (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Supporting Wind River System’s in-house counsel in contract negotiations to license its Linux-based technology to telecoms companies.
  • Advising Virtualstock on its trade mark portfolio in the UK, EU, and US, in particular, in relation to its flagship, cloud-based solution, The Edge.
  • Advised Masstock Arable (UK) Ltd on contract negotiations to secure patent use and branding rights for grains and new seed variants.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is a go-to firm for branding, trade mark, design rights, and copyright in a wide range of industries, including retail, arts, publishing, charities, higher education, and the public sector. Competition issues pertaining to IP and reputation management are complementary areas in which the team has expertise. Jill Bainbridge leads the department as well as the firm’s TM prosecution team, she focuses on disputes particularly those with international elements. Further recommended, especially for his trade mark practice, is legal director Ben Evans, a chartered trade mark attorney.

Practice head(s):

Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:

Ben Evans


‘The team is efficient and reliable, with very swift response times. Their expertise in this area is evident, and there was no problem too big or small for them to tackle.’

‘Ben Evans showed great patience and understanding, taking the time to carefully explain things to clients with very little knowledge in this area. He could not have been more helpful and reassuring.’

Key clients

Met Police

Charles Tyrwhitt

Red Paddle Company

Wiggle CRC


Advanced Thinking Systems Limited


Mattel UK Limited

Lemieux Limited

Internet Fusion Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised WiggleCRC in relation to a variety of IP matters, cross-border enforcement, contract disputes, and data protection.
  • Advised the Met Police regarding protection of IP and licensing arrangements.
  • Advised Advanced Thinking Systems Limited in relation to ownership of IP and assets globally.

DMH Stallard LLP

The IP department at DMH Stallard LLP is led by Tim Ashdown, a specialist in IP as it pertains to IT, on the contentious side and John Yates on the non-contentious side who in a recent highlight advised Brighton Dome & Festival on the coordination of its deployment of 5G. Debbie Venn has extensive expertise in transactions pertaining to manufacturing and distribution. Design rights, patents, copyright, and trade marks are the focus point of Robert Ganpatsingh‘s disputes practice. Further notable on the firm’s contentious side is Hannah Balameh.

Practice head(s):

Tim Ashdown; John Yates

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Venn; Robert Ganpatsingh; Hannah Balameh; Liz Gillingham; Beatrice Bass


‘The team we work with at DMH Stallard SE was extremely thorough and diligent, their strategic approach is significantly above average.’

‘Tim Ashdown and Hannah Balameh have been fantastic in servicing our account. There is a level-headedness among the team that inspires confidence in the client, but also keeps potentially tense situations calm. Strategically, they are very sharp and Tim in particular is quite tuned in to opportunities that present themselves.’

‘Very professional. Made the journey through the complexities of registering various trade marks comfortable and smooth.’

‘Attention to detail- accuracy of response – understanding of our lack of knowledge on their playing field.’

Key clients

Brighton Gin

Grohe Ltd

Kinsta Ltd

Inspiration Healthcare PLC

Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd

Reddie and Grose

CSL Behring UK Ltd

Viviana London Ltd

Cavadore Limited and Magenta Black Trading Ltd (together “Cavadore”)

Delicious Digital Ltd


Work highlights

  • Acting for Grohe Ltd on IP matters, general commercial contracts, including influencer agreements and general consultancy for freelance design consultants.
  • Advising Viviana Ltd on use of trade marks, existing license agreements, and potential patent infringement in respect of an electric perfume dispensing device.
  • Acting for Delicious Digital in relation to a dispute with Performing Right Society Limited in relation to royalty payments, contractual breaches, and copyright issues.


EMW Law LLP is an established go-to firm for contentious IP work, led in this aspect by Mark Finn. The practice is particularly strong in regards to patents, industrial designs, and trade marks. On the non-contentious side the firm is home to specialists in IP commercialization by way of licensing agreements. Matthew Holman heads up the team on the transactional side. The department also has extensive expertise at the intersection of IP and IT, especially data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Finn; Matthew Holman

Other key lawyers:

Aiden Dunning; Hans Schumann; Tariq Sayfoo

Key clients

Suzuki GB Plc

Santander UK PLC

Apple & Pear Australia Ltd

Rightmove Group Limited

Vax Limited

Dream Pairs

Kverneland Group (UK) Ltd

Collingwood Lighting Limited

British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC)

Walkers Chocolates Limited

Edgar Brothers

John Adams Leisure Limited

Inter MK Limited

HTI Toys

Staysure Travel Insurance

Work highlights

  • Assisting Rightmove Group Ltd with policing against the ‘scraping’ of Rightmove’s database, as well as ‘deep linking’, and ‘framing’ of its website.
  • Acting for Dream Pairs Europe Inc against the owners of UMBRO for alleged infringement of a logo registered to UMBRO.
  • Advising the Aerospace Technology Institute on IPR licensing and protection issues, arising in relation to a continuing project.

Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors

The ‘exceptionalSteve Palmer leads the team at Palmer Biggs IP, Solicitors which covers the whole range of IP and advises primarily clients in the retail, fashion, luxury, automotive, and technology sectors. Palmer is a renowned litigator who represents several fashion brands, including Hugo Boss, Lacoste, and Tommy Hilfiger in cases of distribution of counterfeit goods. He works closely with associate Charles Lawless, a specialist in brand protection and custom and trading standards seizures.

Practice head(s):

Steve Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Charles Lawless


‘Steve Palmer is easy to access and responsive.’

‘They are a modern firm dedicated to IP, with a very knowledgeable and friendly team who always gives its best.’

‘A close-knit team that handles cases together.’

Key clients

Abercrombie & Fitch

The Absolut Company AB

ARC’TERYX Equipment

Bauer Hockey


Brandstock Legal GmbH

Calysta NV

Cluse Watches


Daniel Wellington

Environ Skincare (Proprietary) Limited

Envision Pharma, Inc.

Europe Watch Group B.V.

Fossil Group Europe GmbH

Gevers Legal

Hugo Boss

Ice Watch

Jimmy Choo

Kyocera Document Solutions Europe B.V.

LPG Systems S.A.

lululemon athletica Canada Inc

Luxscents UK Ltd

Merck & Co., Inc.

Minotti Spa

Morellato S.p.A

New Era Cap Company Inc



Ralph Lauren

Sandisk LLC

SuperDry PLC

Tiffany and Company


Kyocera Document Solutions Europe B.V.

Work highlights

  • Acting for BMW AG on a large-scale UK registered design infringement matter before the High Court.
  • Acting for Sony Interactive Entertainment on a trade mark infringement and passing off matter related to the launch of the PlayStation 5.
  • Acting for Western Digital Corporation in a matter pertaining to distribution of counterfeit goods.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP assists emerging and established players across all industries with their IP contentious and non-contentious issues and has particular expertise in life sciences, technology, media, gaming, sport, fashion, and food and drink. Department head Tom Lingard handles brand protection, reputation management and trade secrets for clients in addition to advising on responses to data breaches. The firm’s life sciences practice is led by Charlotte Tillett who is a specialist in IP licensing. Further, head of the brand protection side, associate Elaine O’Hare, comes particularly recommended for her extensive expertise in fashion, luxury, and retail matters. 

Practice head(s):

Tom Lingard

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Tillett; Elaine O’Hare


‘Friendly and professional. Very supportive and understanding. Feel like part of the internal team.’

‘They have a great understanding of the client’s demands to ensure the best results.’

Key clients

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club

Custom Materials Ltd

PA Media Group Ltd

Prestige Asset Finance Ltd

Covid Testing Network Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing PA Media in a trade mark infringement claim against the Workers of England Union over the unauthorised use of the name “Press Association”.
  • Advising Premier League football team, Brighton & Hove Albion FC, on trade mark and brand protection matters, including managing its formal anti-counterfeiting programme.
  • Advising the co-founders of the COVID-19 Volunteer Testing Network on the launch of a voluntary laboratory network to expand COVID-19 testing for healthcare workers across the UK.


Experts in the commercialization of IP, Cripps manages policies and procedures, disputes, audits, and due diligence for its clients’ IP portfolios. Irfan Baluch heads the team and advises clients on a wide range of non-contentious issues both domestically and on the international plane. The ‘incredible and supportivePete Kenyon handles a wide range of portfolios, but has particular expertise in IP assets in software. Phil Bilney walks the intersection of IP and IT and has particular expertise in IP pertaining to creative works.

Practice head(s):

Irfan Baluch

Other key lawyers:

Pete Kenyon; Phil Bilney; Elliot Fry


‘Pete Kenyon – very commercially astute and able to easily convey complex legal principles to all stakeholders. Phil Bilney – reliable and efficient. Great support helping us work through agreements.’

‘The Cripps Pemberton Greenish team took the time to get to grips with an extremely complex issue offering advice on the basis of a range of factors including an understanding of the personal factors as well as the purely legal ones. The team works well together and uses a range of expertise to cover all bases. The teams supported us with billing where possible – again understanding our particular circumstances.’

‘Pete Kenyon supported our organization with thoroughness and understanding. Supporting the complex negotiations with tact and clarity. This was really helpful through a very challenging period.’

‘Irfan Baluch is the most stand-out individual for me. He is utterly expert in understanding the nuances our sector and helping cut to the chase to support closing the deal. Irfan has helped us commercially drive contracts to conclusion.’

‘They have a wide team of experts who focus on getting straight to the point.’

‘Elliot Fry is a pleasure to work with. He is an expert with contracts and has a vast range of knowledge. He makes the work he does for us easy to understand and editable so we do not have to keep coming back for changes or asking questions.’

‘Pete Kenyon has been incredible and supportive throughout our interactions, providing us with highly informed advice on issues that are critical to our business, but that we know little about. He has given us the trust to be able to proceed knowing that he has our best interests at heart.’

‘The firm has extremely quick turnaround times and is very well versed in the areas we have used them for. Overall they are a great company and we would highly recommend.’

Key clients



Berry Gardens Growers Limited

Harrow International Schools Limited

Remy Cointreau UK Ltd

Alpha 311 Ltd

Qube Automotive Ltd

Electronuem Ltd

Risk Solved Ltd

RiskFin Tech

Work highlights

  • Advising Berry Gardens on a range of IP matters including patent licenses, plant varieties, and joint ventures.
  • Advising Alpha 311 on IP ownership and confidentiality issues regarding the development and commercialisation of its novel vertical axis wind turbine.
  • Advising online greetings card company Thortful on contentious and non-contentious issues pertaining to copyright, image rights, and trade marks.

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey is home to a team of trade mark specialists handling every aspect of trade marks, including design rights, branding, and franchising, and led by renowned practitioner Paul Cox. In a recent highlight, Cox acted for Eden Project as part of its international expansion, including preventing companies from using similar word marks. Associates Chandni Jobanputra and John Shaw come particularly recommended on the contentious side of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Cox

Other key lawyers:

Chandni Jobanputra; John Shaw; Natalie Chant; Charlene Nelson


‘Paul Cox and Natalie Chant are an excellent team, responsive with an open line of communication. I was very impressed, no matter too big or two small – this team puts the client first.’

‘Paul doesn’t just quote the law, his solution-focused approach is fantastic whilst seeking to manage costs.’

‘This firm offers unique professional and personal solutions. They listen to the challenges of our world and use this valuable skill with great expertise to support their clients in their projects.’

‘Paul Cox and John Shaw provide great support to my clients and to myself. They both possess robust commercial awareness and this means discussions regarding client requirements are always are able to explain legalities in a manner that ensures a clear understanding by all parties. Both display excellent knowledge and approach all projects with a reassuring level of commitment.’

‘The people we have worked with are always very enthusiastic about taking on challenges. We particularly appreciate the search for innovative solutions from their team.’

‘The Foot Anstey team, and Paul Cox and John Shaw specifically, continue to provide a dependable, authoritative and well-informed service. The fact that Foot Anstey offers a range of supplementary legal services is a big plus. The fee structure is set at a sensible level and consistently represents good value for money.’

‘We have a high level of trust in their counsel.’

‘Paul Cox has led the IP team handling our work in a very professional and responsive manner. Chandni Jobanputra and Charlene Nelson are associates, providing high-quality written work and top responsiveness to our inquiries.’

Key clients

Wise Payments Limited

Novolex Holdings LLC

Franchise Focus Limited

Eden Project Limited

Murgitroyd & Company Limited

Pay.UK Limited

Digital Drinks Dispensers Limited

Future Kings Limited

Clear Expressions Ltd

Dayes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the worldwide re-brand of TRANSFERWISE to WISE including clearance searches in over 50 countries and advising on risk mitigation.
  • Acted for Novolex in defence of a registered and unregistered design right case brought by PCO.
  • Assisting Pay.UK with managing its trade mark portfolio and dealing with various infringement issues in the UK and elsewhere.

Maier Blackburn LLP

Boutique firm Maier Blackburn LLP focuses on the creative industries, advising publishers, TV and film production companies, and interactive entertainment clients on their IP. Whereas Cathleen Blackburn is an expert in cross-border copyright in trade and academic publishing, Steven Maier focuses on the contentious side, handling privacy, libel, copyright, trade mark, and domain names.

Practice head(s):

Steven Maier; Cathleen Blackburn

Key clients

The Tolkien Estate Limited

Agatha Christie Limited

Oxford University Press

M C Beaton Literary Estate

Watership Down Enterprises Limited

The Cochrane Collaboration

McFarland & Company Publishers

Romantic Novelists’ Association

Ayebia Clarke Publishing

Osborne Clarke LLP

Anna Williams leads the IP department at Osborne Clarke LLP, where the team focuses on the transactional side of the advertising, digital, retail, and media sectors. Associate Joanne Loveridge is highly active in the team and is a specialist in advising clients in life sciences, healthcare, and technology where the focal point of her practice is the protection and exploitation of IP.

Practice head(s):

Anna Williams

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Loveridge

Key clients

Koa Health B.V

Work highlights

  • Assisting Koa Health B.V. with providing the client’s flagship ‘Foundations App’ to customers, licensing relevant content, and advise on business partnerships.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP remains a strong presence in the region with offices in Reading, Oxford and Guildford. The IP department focuses on the commercialisation of patents, know-how and software, in particular in the university sector and for spin-outs, transactional matters, the development and protection of trade mark and design portfolios, as well as disputes involving copyright, trade marks and designs with notable experience in the fashion, sports and luxury sectors. The group's additional sector expertise in the automotive, engineering,IT, publishing and life sciences is a further asset. The Oxford-based Chris Shelley heads the national team jointly with London colleague Anna Frankum . In Reading, Joanne Vengadesan heads the digital business and information technology group while Daniel Berry is in charge of the firm's South IP group.

Practice head(s):

Anna Frankum; Chris Shelley; Joanne Vengadesan; Daniel Berry

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Stenton; Holly Strube; Dan Lovett; Thomas Kirby


‘Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is excellent mostly for its personal and client-oriented approach and high level of professionalism.’

‘We have absolute trust in Daniel Berry’s professional capacity and his pro clients attitude that can be seen in every case that comes to his hands.’

‘PMC provides high quality prosecution and infringement advice. PMC is always considering the real world consequences of filing decisions and how filing strategies can be employed in infringement disputes.’

‘Daniel Berry provides magic circle advice without the associated fees. His advice is extremely detailed and easy to present to clients. He is very commercial and employs a variety of strategies to put the client in the strongest position to obtain a successful outcome. I have complete confidence in his advice.’

‘Penningtons provides a superb commercial/IP group.’

‘Chris Shelley. Dependable and unflappable. Excellent at dealing with the detail without losing sight of the overall commercial aims of the transaction.’

‘Given his technical knowledge combining fields IP, IT and commercial, Daniel Berry provides well-rounded legal support to his clients. He is a brilliant problem solver, who is very also highly responsive.’

‘Penningtons’ team has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious sides. They always try to come up with the most cost and time-effective solutions for the clients. The team is very proactive and also has deep technical knowledge, and that is where they win.’

Key clients

Emma Raducanu

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants


Organix Brands Limited

Oxford Flow

Evac+Chair International Limited

Andreas Stihl Limited

United Colors International Limited

Roka London Limited

King’s College London

Oxford University Press

Pirbright Institute

Medicines Discovery Catapul

CAB International

bioMérieux SA

Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

Veryan Medical Limited

Astro Lighting Holdings Limited

Celleron Therapeutics Limited

Grey Wolf Therapeutics Limited

Ethypharm Holdings SA

Norbar Torque Tools Limited

Oxford Gene Technology Group

Oxford VacMedix Limited

OneCom Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Emma Raducanu in implementing a global brand protection and enforcement programme across multiple continents.
  • Advising Zihipp on the establishment and licensing of a US-based joint venture with Korean company EOFlow Co., Ltd.
  • Managing the global trade mark portfolio of the Association of Chartered Accountants.

White & Black Limited

Highly skilled and eminently personable‘, the White & Black Limited team handles contentious and non-contentious work across the whole range of IP, particularly for technology and retail companies. The department is led by Phil Thompson, a specialist on the intersection of IP and IT, and recent hire Tom Carver whose clients may benefit from his experience with Chinese IP laws. Victoria Wright is a heavy-hitting litigator.

Practice head(s):

Phil Thompson; Tom Carver

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Wright


‘Tom Carver gives practical and straightforward advice, with a warm and friendly demeanour.’

‘The team is highly skilled and eminently personable. They specialize in working with tech clients and I’ve yet to find an area of the law they can’t help in for these companies. They form very close relationships with their clients and really go above and beyond for them.’

‘I’ve worked with Victoria Wright and Phil Thompson. A really excellent firm all round and I frequently refer my own clients to them for legal work outside my own firm’s capabilities.’

Key clients

Roftek Limited and Simon Rothwell

Crafts Group LLC

Matchesfashion Limited

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's versatile practice focuses on soft IP work for international clients, many of whom well-known household brands. Trade marks, passing off, designs, domain names and copyright matters feature in contentious and non-contentious matters in the caseload. Practice head Roy Crozier is based in Manchester. In Southampton, the key contact is director Kate Cheney, a chartered trade mark attorney.

Practice head(s):

Roy Crozier

Other key lawyers:

Kate Cheney


‘Always responsive and the advice is pragmatic and practical. We receive top quality advice equivalent to anything from a city firm but at a reasonable price.’

‘Roy Crozier knows his field well, is commercial and is able to give firm practical advice. He does not sit on the fence and you get an opinion in addition to analysis. He is pragmatic about litigation and has a good understanding of risk. Kate Chaney is very responsive, experienced and knowledgeable in her field. She gets on with it and achieves the results we need.’

Key clients

Fred Perry

Otter Products, LLC




HERO Group


Medicom Healthcare Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised NEXTBASE on a global trade mark filing strategy.
  • Acted for Revive A Phone Limited before the UKIPO and High Court with regard to invalidity actions filed against their WEFIX trade marks.
  • Acted for HERO AG in numerous UKIPO trade mark opposition proceedings.

Howes Percival LLP

Matthew Talbot leads the Howes Percival LLP team out of Leicester. In Milton Keynes, James Howarth heads up the firm's regional presence. An experienced litigator, Howarth focuses on contentious matters, particularly in the publishing, tech, and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:

James Howarth

Key clients

Captain Tom Moore

Tabbers Limited

Welbeck Publishing Group

Owen Mumford Limited

Golf Holidays Direct Limited

DX Group

ATSI Limited

Juxt Limited

AFL Hyperscale (subsidiary of Nikkei listed Fujikura)

Security Alliance Limited

Goldstein Music Publishing

Bartington Instruments

Sounds Like Publishing

Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club

Massive Music

Raw Energy

Ocean On Land

Work highlights

  • Providing contentious and non-contentious IP advice to DX Group.
  • Represented Ocean on Land in trade mark and patent litigation.
  • Acted for Tabbers Limited in enforcement actions against unauthorized online copies of distinctive sunflower lanyards.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow advises companies in life sciences and technology on all aspects of their IP. Additionally, practice head John Warchus handles disputes as well as counselling clients on matters pertaining to innovation and research and development. Another specialist in this area is Dorothy Agnew, who specializes in the intersection of IP and IT, advising on copyright, licensing, and data rights.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Chris Darvill; Quintin Farley


‘They are accommodating and have very good communication. They want to get to know your business to truly help you.’

‘A uniqueness of Moore Barlow is the personal, small company approach, but a highly professional, seamless service provision of a large firm. In particular, they have a strong focus on entrepreneurs nurturing their business ideas into commercially successful reality. They have the ability to match the right partner with the client.’

‘Dorothy Agnew is a superb lawyer with a significant breadth of knowledge and experience. Her ability to provide very clear and practical advice as well as her technical understanding and interaction and engagement with clients is second to none.’

‘Client-centric in the highest order. I’m not a legal guy and they really support me with their really smart people who are able to offer professional, kindly offered and patient lay-man’s translations of what we need to know!’

‘John Warchus is on speed dial. John has taken the time and trouble to get to know our business well. He has saved us a lot of money over the years protecting our interests. Quintin Farley works for John, he’s great and does most of our day to day work now, smashing chap, quick and efficient.’

‘A diverse knowledge across the team.’

‘The best one who has helped us in this area when it comes to contracts is John Warchus because he takes what we are trying to achieve and make it straightforward without complicating it.’

‘Moore Barlow is client-centred. They are only interested in what the client needs rather than what they have to sell.’

Key clients

Crave Interactive Limited

NetPay Solutions Limited

Fluorogenics Limited

Essential Information Group Limited

Morgan Innovation & Technology Limited

Smartlogic Semaphore Inc

Inner Eye Productions Limited

Aqua Cooling

Biogene Ltd

BTCSoftware Limited

Gill Group Companies

Hidalgo Limited

Intellectual Property Online and Web TMS Limited

SQLI Group

Eliga Services Limited

Kyocera SGS Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Fluorogenics Limited in relation to the sale of the entire issued share capital to New England Biolabs, Inc.
  • Advised Eliga Services on a licence for a new open banking platform and FCA authorizations.
  • Advising an IT service provider on a long-term multi-million pound platform licence with associated services and resale rights.

Moore Law

Specialists in advising players in the fashion industry as well as ‘new’ media talent including YouTube personalities, Moore Law has carved out a niche focus in Brighton. Practice head Tris Moore is a specialist at the intersection of commercial and IP, as well as tech and sports. The firm’s tech side is led by Scott Appleton, who advises companies as well as talent clients.

Practice head(s):

Tris Moore; Scott Appleton

Key clients

Couple Keys / Fellas


Ace Grading

Borough Broth

Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Buff Motion

Sidemen / Sidemen Clothing

Joe Weller

Callum Airey

Upload Agency

Lucy & Yak

We Are Tilt

Lighting Design International

British Triathlon

Click Databases

Definition Health

University of Sussex

Family Fizz

Xibo Signage


Zeitgeist Agency

Work highlights

  • Retained adviser to Sidemen Clothing, including contracts, IP protection and enforcement, and in matters regarding its YouTube channel.
  • Retained adviser to Lucy & Yak for brand registration and protection, including TMs, copyright, and enforcement of other IP.
  • Adviser to Upload Agency on all commercial contract and IP issues in relation to YouTube/Influencer clients.

Paris Smith LLP

Paris Smith LLP covers design rights and copyright, but is particularly noteworthy for its expertise in trade mark portfolio management and related infringement work. Laura Trapnell heads the team and goes ‘beyond the call of duty‘ when advising clients from the tech industry or the food and drink sector. She works closely with Helen Brown, who counsels companies through litigation as well as on agreements pertaining to IP.

Practice head(s):

Laura Trapnell

Other key lawyers:

Crispin Dick; Helen Brown; Emily Sadler


‘The practice is highly competent in all the fields in which they have worked for me. The Intellectual Property team is very knowledgeable, but also always brings a high degree of pragmatism to any case which I value highly.’

‘Laura Trapnell combines in-depth knowledge of her subject with an ability to communicate key points clearly to people with little experience. She very effectively builds a rapport with those seeking IP advice, which is particularly valuable in working with start-up and early stage companies.’

‘Their IP team is friendly, offers good access and availability, is knowledgeable and cost-effective for us.’

‘Laura Trapnell and her team provide very professional support to knowledge-based companies in the region. Laura makes a great contribution to the entrepreneurial community by educating business leaders on the importance of intellectual property (in all its forms) and providing legal support in a way that is accessible to start-up and high-growth companies.’

‘Laura Trapnell worked closely with Paris Smith LLP partner Helen Brown and negotiated on our behalf, achieving the best settlement outcome possible. She was very supportive of us as clients suffering under stress. Her approach was very human and reassuring. She went ‘beyond the call of duty’ to ensure we achieved a result within an unreasonable time-frame set by an unreasonable third party.’

‘Laura Trapnell helps with technical inquiries as well as being exceptionally knowledgeable in their specialist areas. It feels like you have an indirect legal team at your disposal internally as a colleague.’

‘Laura Trapnell is an enthusiastic leader. She provides sensible and appropriate advice to entrepreneurs and business leaders.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and provides practical, relevant advice.’

Key clients

Hildon Limited

Autofutura Limited

Draper Tools Limited

Hobbycraft Trading Limited

Millbrook Industries

Barfoots of Botley

Churches Fire Security Limited

Gist Limited

Keltbray Limited

Focal Point Fires Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Libation Company Limited in respect of its appeal to the Appointed Person in the Trade Marks Registry.
  • Acted for Focal Point Fires Ltd in respect of infringement of their design rights, patents, and copyright.
  • Acting for Hildon Limited in respect of the management and administration of its international trade mark portfolio.

Taylor Vinters, Part of the Mishcon de Reya Group

Under the lead of Hugh Tebay in Oxford, the practice at Taylor Vinters, Part of the Mishcon de Reya Group is very well versed in working with university spin-outs as well as in advising start-ups and scale-ups, not the least thanks to the firm’s complementary emerging companies practice. The Oxford team frequently joins forces with colleagues in the Cambridge and London offices to assist with contentious and non-contentious matters across the full range of IP. The life sciences, IT, technology and fintech sectors are areas of particular strength.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Tebay

Other key lawyers:

Gayle Curry

Birkett Long LLP

Jonathan Perlmutter leads the IP department at Birkett Long LLP and is a specialist in multi-jurisdictional IP filings, particularly pertaining to trade marks. Particularly recommended for his expertise in patent matters comes associate and patent attorney Christopher Burnett.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Perlmutter

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Burnett


‘Excellent knowledge of all aspects and friendly conversations to help IP strategy and direction before committing to a direction.’

‘I have worked closely with Jonathan Perlmutter. He has many years experience in intellectual property and has helped us to win legal battles on big cases.’

‘The IP team at Birkett Long LLP is very well suited to help us with all of our IP needs. They are able to give us advice on specific trade marks which we try and file, as well as help us with patent applications.’

Key clients

Korda Developments Limited

Wyld Networks Limited

Coryton Advanced Fuels Limited

Harwich Haven Authority

Bankside International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on and undertook a large international patent and trade mark filing program for Harwich Haven Authority.
  • Advised on and filed a number of international trade mark applications for Coryton Advanced Fuels Limited protecting a range of brands and filed a patent application.
  • Protected Korda Developments Limited’s IP rights in Germany through litigation.