Firm Profile > McDaniel & Co. > Tyne & Wear, England

McDaniel & Co.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Niche intellectual property practice McDaniel & Co. focuses on advising businesses that have intellectual property as their core asset. The team advises clients on a range of issues from the protection of ideas through to enforcement, including the securing of rights, their protection and ownership and the contractual arrangements for licensing, distribution, franchising and sale. IP specialist Niall Head-Rapson leads the practice and his team includes Kelly Hudson, who is a qualified trade mark attorney experienced in contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Niall Head-Rapson

Other key lawyers:


‘Kelly Hudson is a pragmatic lawyer with a strong client service ethos’


McDaniel & Co. is a niche intellectual property practice based in the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead. Founded in 2005, the firm is led by Niall Head-Rapson. The firm assists organisations in the public and private sectors that have a significant interest in the identification, protection, exploitation and commercialisation of intellectual property. The entirety of its clients have either a significant interest in intellectual property or more pertinently intellectual property is a core asset and revenue generator of their business.

The firm: is nationally renowned, having worked on a number of high profile reported cases, and acts for organisations worldwide, counting various household names as clients, particularly in the Furniture and Homewares sectors. Niall and fellow Director Kelly Hudson have had their contributions to the furniture industry recognised with Niall being a Liveryman and Kelly a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, one of the historic London Guilds. The firm acts as a coordinator for raising the Furniture Makers€™ profile in the North East of England. The firm is also a long serving affiliate law firm of ACID (Anti Copying in Design). It advises ACID members nationwide on all aspects of intellectual property and attends ACID accredited trade fairs, giving relevant advice and conducting on the spot mediations where necessary.

Types of work undertaken: McDaniel & Co. offers a broad advisory, transactional and contentious capability to organisations and individuals who have IP as a key component of their business.

Disputes: advising on all types of disputes in all major IP forums including the Business and Property Courts of the High Court and the Court of Appeal, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The firm also assists with disputes in foreign jurisdictions through its network of agent firms.

Registrations: advising and prosecuting all types of intellectual property filings including trade marks, designs and patents.

Portfolio management: acting on a number of worldwide trade mark portfolios, coordinating brand strategy, filings, monitoring, oppositions, cancellation proceedings and enforcement.

Agreements: drafting all types of commercial agreements, including; terms and conditions; distribution; supplier; heads of terms; confidentiality; assignments; licences and manufacturer agreements.

Fundraising: advising on all aspect of fundraising, acquisitions and disposals.

Employment: specific expertise particularly in respect of employee ownership and misuse of business secrets and information.

The firm has extensive experience advising in a number of specialist business sectors, including:

Advertising: extensive experience in dealing with issues raised by the advertising process, encompassing regulatory issues, brand and copy clearance through to issues of defamation, malicious falsehood and comparative advertising.

Art and design: acting for artists, designers and businesses. The firm deals with ownership, sale and assignment, and licensing and exploitation issues, acting for both the creators and those wishing to commercially exploit the work.

Brands and brand management: performing clearance searches through to monitoring services to ensure that a brand is not diluted and intervenes to prevent copying. Expertise in the use of take down notices, removing domains and, as a last resort, court action, working alongside trading standards and the police and providing evidence of criminal activity.

Creative industry: the firm has a significant reputation in this sector, acting for individuals through to large businesses. The firm gives cradle-to-grave advice on evolving ideas, including documenting the process, advising on the best exploitation methods and raising finance to support the product journey.

Furniture: acting for a number of leading furniture designers and manufacturers, having experience of the wide range of issues that confront furniture manufacturers.

Online and social media: advising on all areas, from website and app creation to online trading and the use of social media as an advertising tool.

Science and invention: advising not only on the issues that surround science and invention but also understanding the terminology, allowing the firm to get to grips with issues quickly.

Fashion and textiles: acting for well-known fashion brands, textile and surface pattern designers and retailers.

Department Name Email Telephone
Director Niall Head-Rapson
Director Rozanna Head-Rapson
Director Kelly Hudson
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Niall Head-Rapson photo Mr Niall Head-Rapson
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 5