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Maninder Gill

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Simons Muirhead & Burton

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Intellectual property

Retail, Fashion & Franchising


Maninder Gill is the head of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Retail, Fashion & Franchising groups and his focus is on commercial, retail, media and intellectual property issues including franchising, branding and reputation management. He previously sat on the Board of Northern & Shell plc/Express Newspapers, the international publishing and broadcasting group and has extensive experience in developing strategies to deal with the media. He then joined the Board of international luxury fashion department store group Harvey Nichols, before joining the firm in 2010. He has been involved in numerous high profile cases including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and OK! v Hello! Magazine and Associated Newspapers v Express Newspapers. Maninder represents many well-known brands in international franchising and licensing, developing international trade mark strategies, enforcing their IP rights and in protecting their reputations and brands. He has also advised clients and achieved successful outcomes in numerous disputes in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and on domain name disputes. With his unusual mix of legal, human resources and business experience he is able to effectively advise on a broad range of issues and acts for many clients as their trusted advisor.


Called to Gray’s Inn 1992. Qualified 1995; assistant Carter-Ruck; group secretary and legal director Northern & Shell plc, corporate affairs and human resources director Harvey Nichols; partner Simons Muirhead & Burton 2010. Visiting lecturer European Business School 2011.




Global Retailers Forum, Yellow Earththeatre Company and The Restorative Justice Council.


Raffles Institution, Singapore; Bristol University; University College London.


Scuba diving, Trustee of Yellow Earth, the East Asian Theatre Company and The Restorative Justice Council, the national voice for the field of restorative practice.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Simons Muirhead & Burton's commercial contracts team is particularly highly regarded for its work in the retail, franchising, media and entertainment, IT/technology and publishing sectors. A significant proportion of the mandates handled by the group, which is led by Simon Goldberg, have an international angle. Maninder Gill, who 'thinks outside the box on all matters', advises on international franchising issues for fashion brands, restaurants and publishers. Marc Sobol, who heads up the firm's sports and broadcasting teams, acts for clients such as Econet Media (the largest telecoms company in Sub-Sahara Africa) and NBC Universal. Another notable individual is Richard Baskind, who handles a wide variety of commercial issues for clients in the music industry, including artists and songwriters, independent record labels and publishers, and industry executives. In 2017, Goldberg, Razwana Akram and senior associate Blaise Gaymer acted for California-based production and finance company Automatik Entertainment in the production, finance and distribution of feature film 'Teen Spirit'. In another matter, Baskind and others advised DJ Alan Walker and MER Recording on an agreement for Walker to be a brand ambassador for the electronic dance label Liquid State (a joint venture between Sony Music and China's Tencent Music). Simon Halberstam, and senior associates James Greenslade and Raoul Lumb, are among other recommended individuals.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

The team at Simons Muirhead & Burton¬†is led by Maninder Gill, who has a ‚Äėsolid reputation‚Äô advising individual clients and retailers on brand strategy, brand management issues and IP protection matters. ‚ÄėExtremely knowledgeable across all fields',¬†Gill is noted for his expertise in the retail sector, having assisted high-end retailers on cross-border branding strategy¬†and trademark protection issues. In the music industry, he advised Alan Walker and McBusted on trade mark strategy and prosecution against sellers of infringing merchandise. Emma Linch¬†is recommended for media work and Raoul Lumb¬†advises start-ups and digital agencies on their IP matters.

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Within: Franchising

Simons Muirhead & Burton represents a number of household names such as Selfridges, Urban Outfitters and Dennis Publishing. Maninder Gill  leads the team and has extensive experience in the retail, publishing and education sectors. Also recommended are Natalie Wright , Peter Weiss  and associate Anne Rose.

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