Briffa > London, England > Firm Profile

Briffa
BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE, UPPER STREET
ISLINGTON
LONDON
N1 0QH
England

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

In the copyright space, Briffa’s IP team represents a wide range of retailers, automotive companies and publishers in High Court infringement litigation, led by the 'fantastic' Ramsay Monime, Ralph Wehrle and William Miles, who 'combines charm and commercial savviness'. Clothing and financial services clients instruct on design protection strategy and trade mark enforcements. Margaret Briffa and Éamon Chawke handle non-contentious instructions - the team's IP expertise is described as 'second to none', with advice 'provided in a pragmatic and useful manner'.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Briffa; Ralph Wehrle; William Miles; Éamon Chawke; Ramsay Monime

Other key lawyers:

Tom Synott; Joshua Schuermann

Testimonials

‘Founding partner Margaret Briffa remains at the helm of this excellent boutique firm of IP solicitors. With excellence across the board, Briffa are a competitively priced, diverse and specialist firm.’

‘William Miles combines charm and commercial savviness with a strong legal background to assist clients achieve their business objectives with minimum fuss and cost.’

‘Tom Synott is an up and coming member of this excellent team. His eye for legal and creative detail is no doubt behind his particular experience advising clients in the fashion industry.’

‘Ramsay Monime is my go to person. He has just made partner this year and rightly deserved. His attention to detail is fantastic and you know you are in safe hands. Nothing is too much trouble and he will always have another way of looking at things to help me look at things from a litigator’s perspective. Definitely want him on my team.’

‘The lawyers are responsible and conscientious in their work, provide timely and accurate consultation on legal risks and consequences. They understand priorities, their advice always meets client’s needs in a clear and efficient way.’

‘Éamon Chawke is fantastic – he gets to the core of the issue quickly and is very good with clients.’

‘William Miles is quite outstanding. His levels of preparation coupled with his exemplary mastery of the legal issues make him a formidable mediation advocate.’

‘Joshua Schuermann is a young associate who is extremely able.’

Key clients

Ann Summers

Financial Conduct Authority

Bodum

Chestertons International Estate Agents

Tom Dixon

Farfetch

OKA

Mylands

Fundsmith LLP

Work highlights

  • Responsible for the global IP strategy of international design studio Tom Dixon.
  • Conducting High Court litigation on behalf of journalist and author Anna Pasternak against Penguin Random House. The dispute concerns a best-selling novel bearing high levels of similarity with her non-fiction work Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago.
  • Advising Farfetch, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company, on its international brand protection strategy for the following core brands: Farfetch, Browns,  Stadium Goods and Luxury New Retail; and the following secondary brands Style, Store of the Future, Dream Assembly, ASAP54 and For The Love Of Fashion.