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Matthew Harris

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Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Intellectual Property


Matthew is joint head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution.

Matthew undertakes a wide range of intellectual property and information technology work but specialises in IP and IT litigation, advising and acting for clients that range from SME’s, to large multi-national companies. 

He currently sits on the Law Society’s Intellectual Property Law Committee, where for example he led the Law Society’s discussions with the Law Commission and gave evidence to the House of Lords in respect of what became the IP (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017.

For over 10 years Matthew was a visiting lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich.  Until recently he was a general editor of, the International Trademark Association's (INTA) Annual International Review of Trademark Jurisprudence and the chair of the INTA Amicus Sub-Committee. He appeared for the association  before the European Court of Justice in the high profile Nokia counterfeit goods case.

Matthew is an internationally recognised expert in domain name law and practice.  He has been appointed by WIPO, Nominet and the Czech Arbitration Court to decide domain name disputes, having decided over 400 cases to date.  

Matthew has for many years been recognised as a “Leading Individual” in the field of Intellectual Property law in the Chambers & Partners Guide. In that guide he has been described as an "accomplished lawyer" and one peer is recorded as saying "For domain names and counterfeiting, he's got the best working knowledge of any solicitor that I know."  A client added: "He exhibits a strong sense of business knowledge that complements his industry-leading experience."   


Matthew trained at Herbert Smith and became a partner in its IP and IT department in 2000.  He joined Norton Rose in 2003 where he subsequently became the head of Intellectual Property and Information Technology dispute resolution.   He joined Waterfront Solicitors in December 2008.


Law Society’s Intellectual Property Working Party.


Oxford University, Birkbeck University

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The 'cost efficient' intellectual property team at Waterfront Solicitors LLP offers a 'personal service' in contentious matters. The group was instructed by Banijay Rights, Banijay Group and Nordisk Film TV in allegations of copyright infringement and breach of confidence in relation to an international television format. In another work highlight the practice acted for PMS International Group plc in a dispute brought by Fatboy BV alleging infringement of registered design rights. The 'very responsive' Matthew Harris and Piers Strickland jointly head the team.

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