The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Simmons & Simmons

Work +44 20 7628 2020
Fax +44 20 7628 2070

Adrian Smith

Work 020 7825 4731
Simmons & Simmons

Work Department

Intellectual property.


Adrian advises on a wide range of intellectual property and related commercial matters with particular emphasis on registered trade marks, passing-off, copyright and design right, including enforcement and other contentious work in relation to brands. Adrian’s practice includes advising and acting for household names in a diverse range of fields including consumer products, financial services and financial markets, and for clients in the TMT sector. As leader of the firm’s brands group in London, a significant part of Adrian’s practice is in advising on UK, European and global trade mark (and domain name) clearance, registration, conflict resolution (oppositions/revocations) and portfolio management together with related protection and enforcement work.


Trained Simmons & Simmons; partner 2004; has written articles and spoken externally on a range of issues, eg chairing and leading a panel session at the 2004 MARQUES conference in Rome.


Committee member Association of European Trade Mark Owners; Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group; INTA.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Simmons & Simmons  has won praise from its clients for its ‘pragmatic, strategic and sound’ advice and expertise within the fintech, media and retail sectors.  Recently promoted partner Darren Meale  has been highlighted as a ‘rising star’ with a ‘very impressive level of legal expertise’.  Recent cases include advising MonzoBank in its branding expansions and portfolio management. Adrian Smith  specialises in brand protection enforcement, clearance and is recommended for commercial transactions; work  highlights include acting for Theravance Biopharma on its global trademark portfolio. Trademark attorney Jessica Harris, Vikki Leitch and Jonathan Sharples are also names to note.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of ÂŁ1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
    - Simmons & Simmons

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to