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Intellectual property in Yorkshire And The Humber

DLA Piper

DLA Piper acts for high-profile global corporates across the life sciences and technology sectors, handling IP commercialisation projects under the guidance of Sheffield-based Richard Taylor. Leigh Martin heads up the Leeds team with an emphasis on trade mark and design prosecutions and portfolio management work. Martin’s broad client roster includes food and drink, cosmetics and manufacturing companies. With support from associates Rebecca Piper and Jim McDonnell (based in Leeds and Sheffield respectively), the practice acts in IP litigation concerning patents, trade marks and design infringements.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Martin; Richard Taylor


The Yorkshire IP team at DLA Piper put the interests of clients at the heart of every decision they make. While other practices may have a more dictatorial approach DLA consider all aspects of the matter before taking it forwards.

DLA Piper are efficient and effective litigators who focus unflinchingly on their clients’ commercial goals. They stand out from their competitors in the efficiency and attention to detail that they provide.

Leigh Martin is a commercially effective and incisive lawyer. He is a calm operator who always keeps the commercial goals of the client at the centre of decision making. A real expert in the world of IP and brand enforcement.

Aaron Trebble is extremely efficient and focused. A very sound lawyer.

Key clients

Portakabin Limited

LivaNova Plc

GE Healthcare



Karium Limited

Edyn Limited

Republic Technologies

Victoria Plum


Work highlights

  • Handling all enforcement actions relating to Portakabin’s PORTAKABIN and PORTALOO trade marks.

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP fields an extensive team of IP lawyers and patent attorneys, who provide a full-service offering to global clients. With a particularly strong contentious practice headed by Richard Kempner, the team represents claimants and defendants in patent infringement claims, including recent trials before the High Court. Global trade mark and design portfolios are maintained by the team led by Jason Dainty, who also leads on commercialisation agreements and licensing arrangements. Senior solicitor Brian Whitehead utilises his science background to handle contentious and non-contentious work in the technology, life sciences and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Richard Kempner; Jason Dainty

Other key lawyers:

Brian Whitehead


Haseltine Lake Kempner are seen as an extension of our legal team- someone with good commercial knowledge of our business is always available with sound practical advice that is easily understood by all internal stakeholders.

Key clients

Nomad Foods Europe (Birds Eye, Findus etc)

Tesco Stores Limited

Kurt Geiger

Farrow & Ball

Roche Diagnostics

Callaway Golf

Pathway IP Sarl (“Regus”)


Wren Kitchens

Finastra International (previously ‘Misys’)

Gianni Versace S.r.l.

Giorgio Armani

The Restaurant Group

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Netsweeper in a claim filed by a former employee claiming rights to an IT patent.
  • Represented Techhnetix in a patent infringement claim against the UK subsidiary of Finnish company Teleste Oy regarding the infringement of the client’s Modern Safe technology. The matter was heard before the High Court.
  • Retained by Wren Kitchens to handle its international trade mark filing programme involving over 350 marks globally.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s IP practice includes two highly praised senior figures in the Yorkshire legal market - practice head James Love and senior counsel Patrick Cantrill. The group is notably active in opposition and litigation mandates and handles all patent disputes in house; it also has key sector expertise across the food and drink, oil and gas, hospitality, healthcare and commercial packaging industries. Managing associate Rachel Hearson is a go-to name for trade mark and design prosecution knowledge, regularly handling international portfolios for local and national clients. Associate Rose Smalley assists with search and seize and freezing orders. Also noteworthy is the team’s expertise in complex registrations of medical devices.

Practice head(s):

James Love


Has a broad spectrum of legal disciplines with real experts in each area.

I have worked closely with James Love for a number of years. I am happy to refer my clients to him. He has a wealth of experience, a good understanding of technical subject matter and an easy way with clients, explaining complex legal issues to them in a straightforward way.

Patrick Cantrill knows his stuff inside and out. Exudes confidence and is capable of bringing the client along towards an outcome with ease. Feels like you are in very safe hands.

Key clients

AB Tetra Pak Limited (part of GoCo Group Plc)

R. H. Smith & Sons (Wigmakers) Limited t/a Smiffys

Bellway Plc

Aydya Limited

Atom Bank Plc

Spirit of Yorkshire Limited / Wold Top Brewery Limited

Drayton Manor Theme Park

Getech Plc

Work highlights

  • Handling R.H. Smith & Sons’ global trade mark and design portfolio, from filing and prosecution to opposition and enforcement actions.
  • Advising Limited on its trade mark and design portfolio, including the protection and registration of the chameleon mascot for the client’s WEFLIP offering.
  • Instructed by Spirit of Yorkshire – distillers of the first Yorkshire single malt – on various trade mark protection and portfolio management issues.


Clarion has a strong international trade mark practice, which has practice head Esther Kirwan and senior associate Sarah Molloy advising global companies on registrations, enforcements, oppositions, licensing issues and infringement claims; the group also handles international design registrations. Sue Streatfield represents clients in IP litigation on the claimant and defence side encompassing patent, copyright and trade mark passing off and infringement claims. The client list includes impressive names in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medtech and other cutting-edge sectors.

Practice head(s):

Esther Kirwan

Other key lawyers:

Sue Streatfield; Sarah Molloy


Responsive and commercial in their approach.

Esther Kirwan is very easy to work with and has excellent technical knowledge.

Esther Kirwan is always helpful and eager to understand the business.

Key clients

Hard Rock Cafe

FujiFilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK

Card Factory

Music for The People


Sirius Minerals

Grangers International

Hermes Parcelnet

Xiros Vichugo

Work highlights

  • Defended Cassellie in an infringement claim by J & J Ormerod concerning registered and unregistered design rights.
  • Provided IP enforcement services to Hesco Bastion across Europe, Africa and Asia.
  • Providing international IP services to Harrison Spinks, including trade mark registrations, enforcement, oppositions and supply agreements.


International IP specialist HGF Law has a strong contentious offering in Leeds under the leadership of Martyn Fish. A client roster of UK and global names in the retail, construction, pharmaceuticals, technology and automotive sectors engage the team in patent infringements, injunction actions and design infringement claims before the higher courts and European Patent Office. Senior solicitor James Talbot handles transactional work, which includes corporate due diligence, commercialisation issues and licensing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Fish

Other key lawyers:

James Talbot

Key clients

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Limited

TI Media

IHC IQIP Limited


Braiform (UK)

Rocket Games (Pie Face Game)

The Robin and Lucienne Day Foundation


Fresh Trading Limited (Innocent Drinks)


We Buy Any Car

Logitech Europe

Joe Browns Limited

Warwick University

Work highlights

  • Acting for engineering company IHC IQIP in a patent infringement dispute against numerous defendants concerning technology for the construction of wind farms.
  • Obtaining an interim injunction in Switzerland for Emirates against a music festival using the Emirates name in promotions without the client’s consent.
  • Advising Illinois Tool Works on IP transactions and other non-contentious matters.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard’s Leeds-based IP practice is led by Georgina Powling, who receives instructions from high-profile clients on non-contentious matters. The team provides a robust trade mark filing service for global names in the retail, insurance, sports and consumer goods sectors. The group also has notable expertise in licensing and commercialisation matters; Powling provides assistance on global collaboration deals and acquisitions involving high-value IP assets.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Powling


The team were extremely capable in dealing with complex IP licensing arrangements and spent a large of amount of time turning drafts in short time periods.’

Georgina Powling was excellent, extremely customer focused and a gift to condense complex legal issues into relatable concepts.’

Keeping the heads up, meaning that there is an excellent knowledge about the interlinks and connections between different topics that are discussed in parallel. As a result, a very open way of discussion, giving the client room to present his thoughts and the law firm supporting by showing the links mentioned above. In other words: the clients ideas are tested in a kind of legal Virtual Reality system.’

Lucinda Pike: spider in the web, omnipresent, making the interlinks mentioned above. And – frankly speaking – pushing the client wherever needed in order to keep the projects’ timeline. Georgina Powell: deeply involved in IP topics, across all fields of IP (patent, design, trademark, know-how). Understands that each field of technology is different – unbiased approach and open questions to the client to understand its needs.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting Volkswagen with its global alliance with Ford Motors. Advising on supply agreements including cross-branding, IP creation, ownership and licensing.
  • Advising Ted Baker on three strategic global licensing and IP acquisitions including the acquisition of footwear IP from Pentland and strategic licensing deals in China and Japan.
  • Advising C-Capture and its investor IP Group on strategic research and development deals relating to the company’s patented solvent technology.

Irwin Mitchell

Alex Newman leads Irwin Mitchell’s national IP practice out of Leeds with a focus on litigation for a solid roster of global clients in the food and drink, consumer electronics, cosmetics, telecoms and medtech sectors. Recent highlights include copyright infringement claims, trade mark infringement claims before the IPEC, revocation proceedings and patent litigation against household-name retailers. Joanne Bone leads the non-contentious offering, covering global brand and design protection issues, trade mark filing services and oppositions.

Practice head(s):

Alex Newman; Joanne Bone


The team has a great understanding of what the client needs and how best to obtain the desired outcome.

Alex Newman is exceptional. His strategic thinking and focus on the key elements is a real asset. Alex assesses IP matters and looks for the commercial solution while keeping options open for trial. Overall, Alex’s ability to understand IP cases quickly and to plan for the long-term case management is marvellous.

Key clients

Adare International Limited

Mizuno EMEA

Natural Instinct Limited

The Janger Limited

Transunion LLC

JCC Lighting Limited

Whitby Seafoods

Flair Global Limited

Gravity Fitness Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Natural Instinct in a trade mark infringement claim against competitor Natures Menu.
  • Representing The Janger Limited – a designer and manufacturer of garment hangers – in a patent infringement claim against Tesco regarding recyclable garment hangers.

Lupton Fawcett

Lupton Fawcett’s IP practice acts for a wide-ranging client list of technology and software start-ups, not-for-profit companies and larger clients in the manufacturing and engineering sectors. Practice head Clive Lawrence and consultant John Sykes provide advice on enforcement strategies, portfolio management issues and exploitation mandates. Recently promoted partner Ben Clay is well placed to handle complex logistical issues relating to IP portfolios in the food and drink sector; he is also a leading name for branding and advertising knowledge in the gambling sector.

Practice head(s):

Clive Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

John Sykes; Ben Clay

Key clients

Go Green Limited

J & J Ormerod Plc

The Janger Limited

The Property Buying Company Limited

Vet-AI Limited

The Horse Trust

The Lowell Group

MD5 Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised J&J Ormerod on three matters concerning its registered and unregistered design rights of a toilet and sink combination unit. The matters concerning design infringements by a third party and the negotiation of a royalty-bearing license by another.
  • Engaged by Vet-AI Limited – a disruptive startup in the field of veterinary services – on the full scope of intellectual property applications, registrations and brand strategy throughout the entire lifecycle of the business.
  • Acting for Go Green Limited on numerous matters including branding, licensing and trade mark portfolio management work.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP has a strong contentious IP practice, highlighted by the team’s recent involvement in numerous High Court disputes. Recent work for director Alan Harper (who leads the practice) included defending trade mark infringement and passing off claims for high-profile corporate clients. Associate Matthew Lingard assists with non-contentious matters including commercialisation and partnership deals, corporate due diligence and general portfolio management work. The group also has expertise in the manufacturing, sports, technology and software sectors.

Practice head(s):

Alan Harper

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Lingard


I like that all teams are under one roof which creates an efficient environment to work in.

I work closely with the Head of IP, Alan Harper, and also Matthew Lingard. Both individuals are very professional and responsive, while being friendly and approachable.

Key clients

Warburtons Limited

Hallmark Cards

Easy Cleaning Solutions Limite

Harrison Bathrooms Limited

Sheffield United FC

Deckers Outdoor Corporation (owners of UGG)

Burnley Football Club

Brady Corporation

The Meatless Farm Co Limited

Drax Group Plc

TSP Projects

Sheffield Wednesday

Symington’s Limited

Meter Provida

Age Partnership

2 Sisters Food Group

Provident Financial PLC

Leask Marine

Wright Leisure Limited (owners of Xercise4Less)

Work highlights

  • Defending Warburtons in a High Court passing off claim brought by Associated British Foods.
  • Defending Easy Cleaning Solutions in a High Court trade mark infringement claim brought by EasyJet.
  • Advising Hallmark on IP matters including clearance issues.

3volution Limited

Boutique firm 3volution Limited handles IP portfolios for innovative clients in the life sciences, technology and biotechnology, and public sectors including government departments. Practice head Louise Handley advises across the breadth of prosecution and exploitation issues.


Harrogate-based firm Berwins provides a range of non-contentious IP services to its IT and technology-intensive client base. Practice head Paul Berwin handles portfolio transfers, partnership and licensing agreements, brand protection work and corporate due diligence. The team has also recently been active in defending challenges to trade mark applications.

Practice head(s):

Paul Berwin

Key clients

Scaled Insights UK Limited

Brandworkz Limited

Twentysix Limited

Richlyn Limited

Pure-Tec Limited


Work highlights

  • Acted for Scaled Insights on the transfer of IP rights from its Canadian base to its UK-based company.
  • Renegotiated a partnership agreement for Brandworkz, facilitating the pull back of directed rights in order to protect the client’s IP assets.
  • Provided strategic brand protection advice to Twentysix Limited during its commercial agreement with a payday lending company.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP’s IP practice is led by Mark Pearce, who provides strategic advice on licensing strategies, collaboration contracts, trade mark oppositions and alternative dispute resolution cases concerning patent infringement claims. Pearce (who divides his time between Leeds and Cambridge) has a strong focus on the higher education, pharmaceuticals, engineering and agriculture sectors. The practice also includes a trade mark filing service and handles the IP elements of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Pearce

Key clients

Nottingham Trent University

Cambridge University Hospitals Trust

University of West London

Royal Veterinary College

Fox International Group Limited

Premia Solutions Limited

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Connected Places Catapult

Infarm – Indoor Urban Farming GmbH

University of Nottingham

Work highlights

  • Advised Infarm (an indoor urban farming company) on an exclusive supply agreement to supply M&S with indoor farming units. The engagement involved copyright and licensing issues.
  • Defended the University of Nottingham in a patent infringement case filed by Patentee Myndplay against a PhD student.
  • Advising Spaldings on a trade mark coexistence agreement with Exide Technologies.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s key contact for IP advice in Leeds is director Louise Fullwood. The practice focuses on non-contentious issues including portfolio management work, trade mark protections and exploitation mandates for public sector clients and international corporates.

Rollits LLP

Hull-based firm Rollits LLP provides a non-contentious IP offering under the leadership of Keith Benton. Key specialisms include brand exploitation and commercialisation work, international trade mark protection issues and design prosecutions. Sectors of expertise encompass the food and drink, software, manufacturing and charity sectors. James Peel has a focus on licensing and sponsorship agreements in the sports sector, and Andrew Digwood has experience in pre-litigation design disputes.

Practice head(s):

Keith Benton

Other key lawyers:

James Peel; Andrew Digwood


This team has a personal approach. As a client we can speak to the right person at the right time and they know us well. They also know our sector well, and the regulatory environment in which we work. We occupy a hinterland between the public and private sector and they are able to advise us in this specific context.

‘The individuals in Rollits are available, knowledgeable and they share our values. They do of course provide good quality legal advice. But they also connect with our business. It never feels like just a commercial relationship.

Key clients

AAK International

Proton Cars

Cranswick Plc

Seachill Limited

Hallite Seals International Limited

Hull City Tigers

Ideal Standard

Moordale Foods

Institute for Strategic Dialogue

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust

Quandoo Gmbh

Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology Limited

Hull College

The Bio-D Company Limited

The Skills Network

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology with a brand licensing agreement with the Department of Education for the client’s usage of the department’s branding and logo.
  • Advised Hull City Football Club on the extension of its main shirt sponsorship agreement with Sport Pesa and its sponsorship agreement with On Line Group.
  • Advised Floreon on the protection and exploitation of its patents, know-how and trade marks for biodegradable polymer technology.

Virtuoso Legal

IP boutique Virtuoso Legal provides a broad offering of commercialisation and brand protection services under the leadership of founder Liz Ward and director Kirsten Loft. Contentious expertise spans trade mark and copyright enforcement issues, passing-off disputes and patent litigation.

Gateley Plc

Headed up by Rob Lucas, Gateley Plc’s IP practice has a focus on brand protection work, licensing issues and exploitation mandates for a diverse client roster of sports, life sciences, engineering, consumer electronics and retail companies. The group also handles patent enforcement work and other infringement matters. Lucas has niche expertise in the eSports and social gaming fields. The team was boosted in autumn 2020 with the hire of former DWF partner Ed Meikle, who is known for his sector expertise in retail, food, hospitality, sports, and consumer, who is now splitting his time between Leeds and Newcastle at Gateley.

Practice head(s):

Rob Lucas


Rob Lucas is always very approachable and does a great job in distilling what can be a very complex area full of legal jargon into plain sensible English that the board and I are able to make informed decisions on immediately.

I find dealing with Gateley very straightforward and uncomplicated. When I ask a question or request a quote I get a very prompt response with clear and concise detail delivered in a friendly but professional manner.

I enjoy working with Rob Lucas at Gateley. I find that Rob is very prompt in responding to my requests and is particularly good at highlighting points I may have missed or could add value to the work that I have requested.

Key clients

The Property Hub Forum Limited

MedAdvisor (UK) Limited

Transfer Multisort Elektronik SPA

JD Sports Fashion plc

Manchester City Football Club Limited

Pro-Fit Innovations Limited

Chubb European Group

Penn Croft Farms Limited

Jacopa Limited

Standard Wool

Work highlights

  • Advising on the brand portfolio of The Property Hub Forum, including enforcement actions.
  • Providing strategic advice on brand protection for Penn Croft Farm’s wine business, including the licensing of the brand to wine merchants.
  • Advised Pro-Fit Innovations on forwarding a patent infringement claim relating to two products manufactured and retailed by the client.


James Sarjantson heads up LCF Law’s commercial and IP department, which handles trade mark filings, design rights applications and oppositions for owner-managed businesses. Highlight matters stem from clients in the chemicals, machinery and software sectors. The firm’s dispute resolution lawyers handle the group's patent litigation instructions.

Practice head(s):

James Sarjantson


James Sarjantson impressively grasps the problem at hand with record speed, delivering exceptional counsel balanced with an insightful commercial perspective. It’s no coincidence we have consistently reverted to James for his advice and viewpoints across a vast range of often challenging and always unusual legal issues since 2016.

Key clients

XL Joinery Ltd

Hygiene Supplies Direct Ltd

Smart Insights (marketing Intelligence) Ltd

Percy Crow Davis & Co

Percy Crow Davis & Co focuses of advising owner-managed clients in the engineering sector on the breadth of IP and IT matters. Recent instructions for sole partner Dai Davis include advising on the commercialisation and licensing of complex patentable technology including chemicals, electronic devices, metering and cabling. Other recent matters saw Davis defending clients against trade mark infringement claims.

Practice head(s):

Dai Davis


We have very high confidence in Percy Crow Davis & Co.’s advice and being a small outfit, they are quick to respond and will work the necessary hours to get the job done in time.

A wealth of experience and expertise specialising in IPR licensing agreements and negotiations.

Dai Davis has many years of experience of IP and tech law. He built up the expertise of the law firms he joined more or less single-handed.

Dai Davis is the go-to person for this kind of service in the north of England and beyond.

We have a very high level of confidence in Dai Davis’ level of legal knowledge and network of other solicitors in other countries/fields should we require it. Dai is always quick to respond and will work the necessary hours to get the job done in time.

Dai Davis has scientific and technical as well as legal qualifications and many years of experience of IP and tech law.

Key clients

Rack Systems Engineering Limited

Concept Data Display Limited

Curtis Limited

Discount-Licensing Limited

Lead Advisory Company

OTL Limited

Star Brands Furniture Limited

Retail Express Limited

TÜV SÜD Limited

Adact Medical Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Aceaxis Limited on the commercialisation and licensing of its patentable inventions.

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway’s IP practice supports early-stage businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial clients on brand protection and exploitation matters under the leadership of Bill Goodwin. Recent matters include advising on trade mark and design prosecutions, filing issues, licensing work and enforcement applications for manufacturing, IT and consumer electronics businesses.

Practice head(s):

Bill Goodwin

Key clients




Pico Fitness Holdings Limited


Business and IP Centres (BIPC) in Leeds and Manchester

British Educational Suppliers Association

Pro-Lite International Ltd (Pro-Lite bikes)

Work highlights

  • Managing Eurocamp’s portfolio of trade marks.
  • Providing advice on brand protection to Pico Fitness Holdings for its expansion into Germany and the Middle East.
  • Providing advice on brand protection to the British Educational Supplier Association for a number of UK and overseas initiatives.