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Alex Newman

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Irwin Mitchell

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Business legal services - intellectual property.


Alex helps his clients to identify, manage and resolve contentious issues relating to intellectual property rights (of all kinds) and information technology. His strategic approach to dispute resolution and early case analysis frequently enables clients to avoid or settle disputes without litigation. He also helps clients to understand their intellectual property rights better, to secure appropriate IPR protection for what they create, and to realise the value of that IPR by commercialising it. Alex’s practice focuses primarily on the engineering and technology sectors, and he also has extensive experience in the retail (particularly FMCG) sector. His areas of expertise include: intellectual property and IT, patents, copyright, trade marks, designs and breach of confidence.


Trained Hammonds; qualified 1999; solicitor 1999-2007, Hammonds; partner 2007-2013, Hammonds/Squire Sanders (UK) LLP; partner 2013-date, Irwin Mitchell LLP.


University of Bristol 1993-1996 (LLB (Hons)), 1997 (Dip LP).

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Irwin Mitchell 's intellectual property team acts for Capita on its IP matters, including management of its global trade marks, copyright issues and patented processes and products. The department also handles brand protection and enforcement of rights for the British Chamber of Commerce and retailer Sweaty Betty. The 'hardworking, enthusiastic, commercial' Georgie Collins heads the London office, which includes senior associate and trade mark attorney Kirsten Doherty. The team also leverages its national team, which includes Alex Newman in Leeds.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Irwin Mitchell fields a team of ‘top-class litigators’ including practice head Alex Newman, who has notable experience in contentious IP and IT issues; James Laycock, who joined from Gordons LLP in 2017 and handles contract disputes, shareholder claims, professional negligence issues and contentious trust and probate work; senior associate Richard Payne, who focuses on the construction sector; and senior associate Emma Yates, who ‘leaves no stone unturned and is dedicated to doing the best job possible’. The team is also highly regarded for its expertise in franchising disputes and breach of warranty claims. Clients include Pirtek, Capita, Rubillion, Taskmaster and Handelsbanken.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Joanne Bone leads the department at Irwin Mitchell, which has considerable experience in data protection and privacy issues including GDPR compliance, IT contract work, master service arrangements, cloud-related solutions and IT litigation. In a recent highlight, Bone advised Lowell Group on data protection and GDPR compliance issues; she also assisted Lhasa with the drafting and negotiation of international licensing terms and acted for ResearchBods Online on the drafting of IT contracts for multiple online access panels and platforms. Alex Newman is the key name for contentious matters and senior associate Emma Yates is recommended for commercial IT litigation.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Irwin Mitchell’s department is led by Alex Newman, who specialises in contentious and advisory IP work. Other key individuals include transactional expert Joanne Bone, senior associate Emma Yates, who handles IP litigation and defamation issues; and associate Steve Murphy, who focuses on trade mark disputes. Recent highlights include defending RN Ventures in a claim alleging it had infringed on L’Oreal’s patent and registered designs, managing Natural Instinct’s trade mark portfolio and handling related trade mark infringement work, and assisting Gravity Fitness with its branding strategy and trade mark filings. SKA Organisation, Lhasa and Callcredit Information Group are also clients.

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