Firm Profile > Forde Campbell LLC > Belfast, Northern Ireland

Forde Campbell LLC
Northern Ireland

Intellectual property Tier 2

IP, technology and media specialist Forde Campbell LLC advises on matters from trade mark and design right registration to the IP aspects of commercial contracts, as well as handling disputes. The firm's clients include luxury goods, clothing and other manufacturers and designers, and it has been increasingly active in the software development, food and media sectors. The team is led by Mathew Forde, who is highly recommended for IP litigation, and Rory Campbell, and also includes director Katey Dixon.

Practice head(s):

Rory Campbell; Mathew Forde

Other key lawyers:


This team has insight and was able to help me articulate my needs. They had clear boundaries – I knew where I stood and they also work quickly and efficiently. I benefited from their generosity and I appreciate their service.

The team is extremely engaging and easy to work with. They seem to embrace a “client first” approach to their work. I have found them to be focused on my needs and best interests.

The team is warm and friendly and put me at ease. They are always courteous, approachable, reliable and fair. Finally, they are able to work with me in plain English and in a way that I feel empowered that I understand the legal requirements that they supported me with.

They are always timely in support, detailed in reply and give us great confidence in driving our business forward. They always have the answer.

The individuals are always available and this is a key quality.

Katey Dixon consistently provides sound advice and any problems or questions are addressed promptly and with easy-to-understand language. The jargon is stripped out and put into the context whereupon I can quickly determine a course of action or chart a direction, safe in the knowledge that Katey has knowledgeably prepared the landscape.

The team is friendly and approachable.

Key clients

Mergermarket Limited

Lynn’s Country Foods t/a Finnebrogue

Luke Irwin Rugs Limited

Fingerprint Learning Limited

Profile Tree LLP

McGregor Polytunnels (Sales) Limited

Huel Limited

Paper Owl Limited

Target Dry Limited

Geneva Laboratories Limited

Medicinall Limited

Learning Space

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Boutique IT, IP and media firm Forde Campbell LLC advises on the full range of IT matters, with specialist expertise spanning ICT services contracts, open source software, dark web information sourcing, software code development and cloud services provision. The team has a particular focus on advising local start-ups, but also acts for Republic of Ireland and US companies. Practice head Rory Campbell draws on his experience in corporate and finance law, while director Katey Dixon specialises in data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Rory Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Novosco Limited

Acuris Group (formerly Mergermarket) Limited

Neueda Limited

In Your Element Limited

Medicinall Ltd.

Electronic Document Management Consultancy Limited

Onesource Virtual (UK) Limited

Flax & Teal Limited

Fluent Technology Limited

Redgrove Companies Limited

Forde Campbell LLC is a specialist commercial, technology, IP and media law practice advising on Northern Irish, English and EU law.

The firm: The practice was founded in 2006 by Mathew Forde, with a special focus on commercial, media and intellectual property law. Rory Campbell joined the firm in 2007, introducing strong IT/IP expertise, and the practice eventually evolved into Forde Campbell LLC in 2012.

Forde Campbell has been described as a €’pocket battleship€’ of a commercial law practice with strong expertise in IP, IT, media and data law. It offers a highly personal relationship, working closely with commercial clients to resolve the often complex range of legal challenges that can face businesses and individuals. From its Belfast base it advises clients on their transactions around the world with a specific emphasis on advising US clients setting up presences in Ireland and Great Britain.

Types of work undertaken: Commercial: the commercial law team provides advice to commercial clients across a broad spectrum of business operations: whether from R&D on a new product; structuring the appropriate sales channels and market platforms for a business€’ products or services; or licensing clients€’ products and services in either local or international markets.

Corporate: the corporate team specialises in start-up structures and in tech company and product acquisitions and disposals. Corporate finance and acquisition of both Northern and Southern Irish companies are a particular focus.

Intellectual property: Forde Campbell is recognised as a leading firm in advising companies and individuals on a diverse range of IP-related matters. The firm’s IP lawyers provide specialist advice to businesses on the best ways to protect, develop and exploit their IP assets.

IT and communications: the firm’s IT and data team is an acknowledged market leader. From standard software and content licensing, through to advising clients on how to process data through international sales structures, Rory Campbell’s team consistently demonstrate a blend of knowledge with a strong commercial and pragmatic realism.

Media and entertainment: the media team provides advice to a wide range of clients, including TV and film production companies, writers of books, screenplays and theatrical scripts, computer game programmers, musicians, photographers and designers, media publishers and distributors, and individual talent.

Dispute resolution: Mathew Forde’s litigation team has won significant regard, both in general commercial matters but particularly in IP protection and infringement disputes. An excellent record of wins covers litigation over trade mark, design rights and database rights as well as more traditional copyright infringement claims. Mathew and his team’s expertise in IP law gives the firm its reputation for swift and realistic appreciation of details.

Employment: the firm advises on all areas of employment matters for business clients, including the drafting of employment and service contracts, and the preparation and implementation of company policies, and procedures in line with current legislation. This includes drafting share option and incentive schemes, company handbooks and employee guidance.

Reputation management: the reputation management team provides assistance to a range of business brands and individuals, either with established or developing reputations, advising on how best to safeguard those valuable reputations and what to do when they are at risk.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Mathew Forde
General commercial Rory Campbell
General commercial Mathew Forde
Litigation Mathew Forde
IT Rory Campbell
IP Mathew Forde
IP Rory Campbell
Media Mathew Forde
Other Rory Campbell
Other Mathew Forde
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rachael Andrew  photo Rachael Andrew
 Rory Campbell  photo Rory Campbell
 Katey Dixon  photo Katey Dixon
Mr Mathew Forde  photo Mr Mathew Forde
 Ronan Marlow  photo Ronan Marlow
 Kathy Mathews  photo Kathy Mathews
 Mary Traynor  photo Mary Traynor
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 4