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Browne Jacobson LLP

15TH FLOOR, 6 BEVIS MARKS, LONDON, EC3A 7BA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7337 1000
Fax:
Fax 020 7929 1724
DX:
142420 LIME STREET-6
Email:
Web:
www.brownejacobson.com

Declan Cushley

Tel:
Work 020 7337 1042
Email:
Web:
www.brownejacobson.com
Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Business services.

Position

Partner, Declan, is head of the firm’s national IP practice. Based in London, he also spends time in the Birmingham and Nottingham offices. He has specialised in IP, in particular brands, for over 20 years, teaching the subject at degree level before moving to private practice.

In 2016, World Trademark Review 1000 identified Declan as a Leading Trademark Professional in the UK and described him as “‘great at implementing the client’s ideas and is always willing to have eye-to-eye informal chats to brainstorm pending matters”. In 2015 he was also a leading individual in Chambers and Partners which noted that he “is praised by several clients for ‘giving good, straightforward, practical advice without sitting on the fence.’ His ‘deep knowledge of the law in his area’ is valuably coupled with a flair for ‘balancing technical legal issues with commercial realities’.

In 2016 Declan was one of 50 lawyers in the UK to be ranked in the Who’s Who of Trademarks, amongst some of the most established firms and practice heads. Declan was also recommended in the Legal 500 2016 and praised for his “in-depth knowledge of trademarks and copyright”.

Prior to joining Browne Jacobson, Declan was European IP Counsel for Molson Coors and has therefore seen life from both sides of the fence. As a result, clients value his commercial insight and advice on strategic brands issues.

National and international brands such as PZ Cussons, Mace and Lloyds Banking Group regularly rely on his guidance in relation to their global brand portfolios. He acts as the relationship partner for a large number of the firm’s key brands clients, including Lloyds, Mace, Bestseller (Vero Moda and Jack Jones in the UK) and Camelot.

Career

Trained Freeth Cartwright; qualified 1996; associate Wragge & Co 1998-2004; European IP counsel Molson Coors 2004-05; intellectual property partner Browne Jacobson LLP 2005. Publications of note: ‘EIPR’;’Trademarks World’ (Dec 2005, May 2006, Sept 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).

Member

Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA); International Trade Mark Association (ITMA); Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation (TIPLO).

Education

St Mary’s Convent Grammar, Magherafelt, Co Derry; Lancaster University (1992 LLB Hons); Bristol University (1992 LLM).

Leisure

Travel, reading, watching his children play sport, keeping fit.


East Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Browne Jacobson LLP’s client roster includes entities from both the private and public sectors, encompassing industries such as financial services, insurance, retail, health, energy and construction. London-based Declan Cushley leads the department, which also runs a dedicated legal support programme for start-up companies. His team is well-regarded for high-profile outsourcing transactions, while other areas of specialist knowledge include fintech projects, disruptive technologies, data protection, crypto technologies and cloud computing matters.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Browne Jacobson LLP's ‚Äėvery impressive‚Äô practice generates work from domestic and international brand-name clients, thanks to its full-service¬† offering on intellectual property matters. It undertakes both transactional and advisory work, and acts for clients in trade mark disputes. In addition, it is active in patent, design and copyright matters, as well as substantial licensing, co-branding and collaboration agreements. Led by London-based Declan Cushley, the team has a strong profile among luxury and volume retailers, fashion brands and pharmaceutical companies. Other areas of sector expertise include telecommunications, banking and defence.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Art and cultural property

Browne Jacobson LLP works for some of the UK’s most important cultural institutions and public bodies. It is also recommended for its work with street and urban artists. Alex Watt has extensive experience of dealing with artists on the protection of their intellectual property as well as galleries on their relationship with artists. Other areas of expertise lie in acting for the owners of landed estates and for local authorities on issues affecting listed buildings and conservation area issues. Declan Cushley is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong national reputation for its trade mark dispute work, having recently represented LEVC (formerly the London Taxi Vehicle Corporation) in a widely reported trade mark dispute with Frazer-Nash and Ecotive involving the famous shape of black cabs. Declan Cushley leads the national practice from Birmingham and focuses on non-contentious IP. Other key figures include IP litigators Cerryg Jones and Mark Daniels and transactional lawyers Alex Watt and Selina Hinchliffe, who advise on licensing, sponsorship and advertising issues and portfolio management. Bonita Trimmer and associate Giles Parsons are the other names to note for IP and designs disputes.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The technology team at Browne Jacobson LLP advises on complex IT transactions, with expertise in designing, building and implementing IT project phases in the financial services, insurance, retail and public sectors. Anthony Nagle heads up the national IT practice group, which spans the firm's London, Nottingham and Birmingham offices, while Declan Cushley leads the firm's commercial and IP departments.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The team at Browne Jacobson LLP is 'very knowledgeable in all aspects of IP, giving strong sound advice' and has particular retail sector expertise; it also has significant experience in the automotive, construction, telecoms, banking and engineering sectors. Declan Cushley leads the team and has a notable focus on brand work, while Giles Parsons handles a range of trade mark and patent litigation. Former head of patents Kathleen Murphy Fox joined EIP.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Browne Jacobson LLP's team advises a mix of public sector and UK technology companies. Practice head Declan Cushley heads the team, which consists of 13 lawyers. Another name to note is Richard Nicholas, who works on large-scale technology and software projects and leads numerous cases for insurance companies. Other key clients include those from the insurance and data sector.

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