Professor Ruth Annand > Humphreys & Co. > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Humphreys & Co.

Work Department

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright, designs and patents.


Senior Associate Solicitor


Qualified as a solicitor in 1974 with Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance). For many
years Director of the University of Bristol School of Law’s prestigious Diploma in Intellectual
Property Law and Practice, and now Emeritus Professor of Law in the University of Bristol.
Appointed Person appointed by the Lord Chancellor under the Trade Marks Act 1994 to
hear appeals from decisions of the Trade Mark Registrar, 2001 – 2021. Awarded CBE for services to Intellectual Property in 2017. First with Humphreys & Co. in 1987.


Some German


Law Society.  Active in the International Trademark Association for many years, having served as a member of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Trademark Office Practices Committee and Vice-Chair of the International Amicus Committee.  Received INTA President’s Award, November 2010.  Principal Editor of INTA’s Practitioner’s Guide to the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol.


University of Durham, BA in Law, First Class (Hons.)

Lawyer Rankings

South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Ruth AnnandHumphreys & Co.

Humphreys & Co. continues to have a vibrant practice in the IP space, where the firm’s experience spans trade marks, copyright and designs. With a diverse client portfolio that includes a number of international household names, the practice is well situated to manage and defend global IP portfolios across a range of sectors including the electronics, retail, education, and finance industries. The team consists of practice head Robert Humphreys, the ‘well-prepared’ Tristan Morse, and senior associate Ruth Annand.