Helen Scott-Lawler > Burges Salmon LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Burges Salmon LLP

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Intellectual Property


Partner and head of Commercial Group, specialising in intellectual property and commercial contracts. Work includes: agency & distribution, commercial, joint ventures technology transfer; R&D arrangements; IP licensing and merchandising; IP audits and strategy; brand and design protection; procurements and bespoke development of technology; media rights exploitation.


Trained Burges Salmon; qualified 1995; partner Burges Salmon 2001.


Attended Merton College, Oxford (1991 BA Hons Jurisprudence); College of Law, York (1993 LSF).

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South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

(Leading individuals)

Helen Scott-LawlerBurges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has a varied sports practice, acting for prominent clients from sports including horseracing, rugby, tennis and football. The team advises these clients on corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular focus on sponsorship deals and the management of IP portfolios. In the contentious space, the practice represents clients in disputes involving IP as well as competition law. Jeremy Dickerson leads the team and has a specialism in sponsorship agreements, while Helen Scott-Lawler handles commercial agreements and is particularly active in horseracing. Partners from the firm’s corporate and competition teams are also frequently involved in sports-related cases.

South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Helen Scott-LawlerBurges Salmon LLP

At Burges Salmon LLP, the intellectual property team acts for a strong client base in both contentious and non-contentious IP matters. The team’s clients include prominent names from sectors including media, food and drink, and retail, and it also acts for public sector bodies. The practice is jointly led by Jeremy Dickerson and Helen Scott-Lawler. Dickerson has broad expertise in advising clients on IP matters and representing them in disputes, while Scott-Lawler stands out for her work assisting on commercial agreements involving IP rights. Emily Roberts is another key name to note in the team, with a strong presence in contentious IP matters. Senior associate Georgina Shaw is also active in this space, taking the lead on trade mark prosecution.

South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

Burges Salmon LLP continues to provide intellectual property advice to an enviable client base in the media and entertainment sectors, including prominent film and TV production companies. The practice’s work in this space includes assisting clients with the protection and commercial use of IP on a multi-jurisdictional basis. Elsewhere, the team provides advice on commercial contracts to record labels, festivals, production companies and broadcasters, and also advises on advertising campaigns. Jeremy Dickerson is well-regarded for his work on IP issues in the media space, while Helen Scott-Lawler has a focus on advising on commercial agreements. Emily Roberts was promoted to partner in May 2021 and leads on intellectual property disputes.

London > Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts

Burges Salmon LLP’s high-profile national client base spans the rail, public, energy and financial services sectors with the cross-departmental commercial group acting for noteworthy names including John Lewis, transport operator FirstGroup and the Central Government. Helen Scott-Lawler leads the practice and is a key contact for clients in the retail, food and drink, and wider consumer facing sectors.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Jeremy Dickerson , an expert in matters pertaining to film and TV, heads up the team at Burges Salmon LLP, which advises major production studios and broadcasters as well as general media and music clients and handles advertising for retailers and broadcasters. Highly active in the firm, Helen Scott-Lawler has a broad non-contentious media practice, advising clients on commercial contracts, advertising, marketing, brand protection, and sponsoring. Emily Roberts is particularly recommended for her expertise in contentious matters.

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

Based in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP‘s IP and media practice manages the IP portfolios for some of the largest international brands in the UK, as well as major US brands. Adept at both litigation and non-contentious matters, the group, which is co-led by Helen Scott-Lawler and Jeremy Dickerson, handles trade mark and copyright passing off claims in the High Court and Court of appeal, as well as domain name disputes, licensing agreements, and IP-specific advice in relation to corporate restructurings, M&A, take-overs and IPOs. Emily Roberts is also of note within the team and counts for a number of high-profile clients in the cosmetic, telecoms, and retail sectors. Senior associates Georgina Shaw and Richard Hugo both maintain broad practices in the space.