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Doug Locke

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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Corporate Commercial and Charities




How Can Doug Help You?

Doug is an international lawyer who advises on all aspects of intellectual property law, from protecting it, licensing it and enforcing it, to preparing and negotiating contracts (in plain English!)

Doug trained at City firm Nabarro, and qualified into their intellectual property team before moving to VWV in 2001. Doug has a broad range of skills and experience which he offers to clients.

Meeting Your Needs

His extensive knowledge of all things intellectual property, means he is seen as the go to person for IP. As well as working with corporate and commercial clients, Doug has advised many UK schools, working with them to establish licensee schools throughout China, the Middle East and elsewhere in Asia.

With a lot of repeat business, Doug develops long-term, trusting relationships with clients.

What Others Say

Bursar of independent school: "Thanks again for your support on this [international school] project –– it has been a pleasure working with you on it and the advice and support you and your team have given us has been invaluable."

Chairman of £80m turnover company: "I would just like to say a personal thank you to you and your team for the tremendous effort you have put in to bring this project to completion."

Bursar of independent school: "As ever, your advice is invaluable."

Attendee at IP seminar: "Excellent speaker. Well modulated, lucid and interesting. Great delivery."

Legal 500:

  • Doug Locke is "excellent".
  • "Doug Locke ('sound, thoughtful and pragmatic') is recommended."
  • "Doug Locke is consistently commended by clients."

Chambers & Partners recognise Doug as "very bright and capable" and is praised for being able to "think around problems and make very useful suggestions." One impressed client said that "he takes the trouble to understand what it is exactly you're trying to achieve as opposed to the best legal position."

"Doug Locke leads the team. One impressed peer commented that 'he is very accessible in two ways: first, you can get hold of him when you need him.  Secondly, his style is very accessible. He's practical and gets to the nub of things."


Doug is a longstanding member of the Association of European Lawyers.

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Within: Corporate and commercial: Bristol

VWV’s clients praise the corporate and commercial group’s ‘straightforward pricing’ and ‘sound industry knowledge’, but note in particular the ‘feeling of comfort and trust in the firm’s advice’. Fielding dedicated corporate and commercial teams headed by Robert Collier and Doug Locke, respectively, the group has been increasingly active for start-up and tech businesses and has been involved in a number of transactions with inbound foreign investors. In one of the group’s highlight transactions, Nathan Guest advised the shareholders of an internationally active technology company on the £55m sale of their shareholding. Solicitor Katie Hanson acted for Bath-based e-commerce company Prezola in relation to a £3m investment by the Business Growth Fund. The team remains active in the education and healthcare sectors and Edward Rimmell assists North Somerset Council with its outsourcing of statutory and non-statutory education services. Oliver Pool and Andrew Gallie were made partners in the commercial team, and Jos Moule is a recommended corporate partner.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

VWV is renowned for its focus on the education sector and specialises in advising on international school licensing projects. Highlights include acting for Rugby School in advising on the opening of a new school in Thailand, this involved advising on structure and liaising with Chinese lawyers to ensure compliance with Chinese regulations. The team also acted for a large automotive company based in the Midlands to create a new suite of template merchandising licences including vehicles featuring interactive games, luxury goods, models, toys, consumer products and copyright licences in respect of technical data. Doug Locke heads the team and advises on a broad range of IP matters including protecting, licensing and enforcing and also advises universities on joint ventures, partnerships, and franchise agreements in multiple jurisdictions. Senior associate Paula Williams heads the trade marks team, she specialises in trade mark law protection, enforcement and exploitation, licensing and portfolio management. IP solicitors Mary Rendle and Daliah Haughton joined the Bristol team and senior associate Penny Bygrave joined the London office.

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