Dr Myles Jelf > Bristows LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bristows LLP

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Patent litigation, IP, Competition and Antitrust


Myles is Joint Head of the patent litigation department. He specialises in intellectual property matters with an emphasis on litigation.

While his practice covers the full range of intellectual property rights it has focused in recent years upon high-tech patent litigation for multinational companies – his clients include Samsung, Google, Pratt & Whitney and ZTE. Myles is also part of Bristows’ competition department with experience of handling competition disputes before the UK courts and the European Commission. His work within this department has given him considerable experience in the interface between IPRs and anti-trust issues, particularly in the telecoms sector where he has acted in a number of leading UK cases including Samsung v Apple, IPCom v Nokia / HTC, Unwired Planet v Samsung and Conversant v ZTE. This experience has meant Myles is at the front of the developing legal area of FRAND dispute resolution.

Myles’ post-doctoral level engineering training particularly suits him to the more technically demanding cases within his patent practice. Recent cases within this practice have focused on the computing, telecoms and computer gaming sectors. Myles also, however, acts for a number of industrial clients notably in the aerospace and robotic technology sectors. Myles is a qualified Solicitor-Advocate with full rights of audience before all the UK’s civil courts. He is a member of AIPPI and a Board Director of EPLAW. His practice has an international nature, with the vast majority of cases in the last 10 years including the co-ordination of parallel cases in jurisdictions throughout the EU and the US. He has closely followed the development of the pan-European Unified Patent Court (UPC) throughout its gestation, attending and speaking at two of EPLAW’s Venice Patent Judges Congresses in the last five years.


Qualified in 1997. Partner at Bristows since 2005, Head of Group since 2016.




EPLAW Board Member. AIPPI, IP Federation.


BEng Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College, London
PhD (Carbon composite engineering) University of Cambridge;
PGDL & PGDLP Nottingham Trent University;
Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol



Guitar, Mountain Biking, Classic Cars.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Bristows LLP’s IT and telecoms practice offers a broad range of technology services, including M&A, outsourcing, contracts, network outsourcing deals, commercial disputes and patents. The practice undertakes regulatory enforcement work for Ofcom, in addition to acting for other fibre providers and alt-net players. Toby Crick, who works on outsourcing projects for clients in the energy, health and financial services sectors, jointly leads the team alongside patent litigation expert Myles Jelf. Anna Cook specialises in high-end IT litigation, while Adrian Sim advises on outsourcing transactions. Angela Fouracre acts on both the supplier and customer side of IT disputes, and Chris Holder is noted for his expertise in the healthcare industry.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)

(Hall of Fame)

Myles JelfBristows LLP

Praised by clients as an ‘extremely experienced and very well-established’ team, Bristows LLP’s one-stop shop is notable for its capabilities in handling technology, life science and consumer products. The team is involved in cutting-edge work in SEP/FRAND cases, alongside pharmaceuticals, including important biologics and antibodies cases. On the transactional side, the team routinely handles IP deals including settlements, high value research collaboration and licensing deals, and IP aspects of corporate and JV transactions. Andrew Bowler and Myles Jelf jointly lead the patent litigation practice, the former is well-versed in coordinating global litigation and the latter is noted for his expertise in telecommunication and high tech matters. Matthew Warren leads the transactional side of the practice, his most notable work includes a landmark research collaboration and licence agreement between Oxford University Innovation and AstraZeneca. Claire Smith is another name to note on the transactional side. Liz Cohen’s strengths lie in the realm of life sciences, while James Boon is sought after by clients in the telecoms and high-tech sectors. Other patent litigation specialists include Gemma BarrettRichard Pinckney, Robert Burrows, Dominic Adair and Brian Cordery.

London > Industry focus > TMT

Bristows LLP assists clients on tech-related legal issues, advisory, contentious and transactional matters. The team is well-versed in IT law and outsourcing projects, acting for clients undertaking ITO and BPO transactions. Mark Watts heads the practice and advises companies on a range of data protection issues while Toby Crick has expertise in outsourcing transactions. Myles Jelf is involved in telecoms and tech litigation, and Adrian Sim has niche expertise in the area of major financial services implementation projects.