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Burges Salmon LLP

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Work 0117 939 2000
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Bristol, London

Jeremy Dickerson

Work 0117 902 2728
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

IP; commercial disputes.


Partner in dispute resolution department and head of the firm's IP group. Main clients include Victoria's Secret, Harrods, Virgin, Starbucks, BBC and Discovery Channel. Guest lecturer in passing off on the Oxford University IP Diploma.


Trained Rooks Rider; qualified 1992; Hammonds 1992-99; partner 1999-2002; partner and head of UK IP group. DLA 2002-05; partner Burges Salmon 2006.


French (medium).


INTA (committee member); CIPA; ITMA; MARQUES; ECTA; PTMG.


Educated at Beechan Cliff School, Bath; Middlesex University 1989 (LLB Hons).


Tennis, squash and golf.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The intellectual property practice at Burges Salmon LLP is jointly led by Jeremy Dickerson, who focuses on contentious matters and Helen Scott-Lawler, who specialises in transactional work and commercial exploitation of rights. The group has been acting for the UK Government in connection with the merger of the seven existing research councils to form UK Research & Innovation, which required the transfer of substantial IP portfolios and drafting of new agreements. The group continues to act for Starbucks, Waitrose and John Lewis, Victoria’s Secret,  RAC, as well as new client BBC Worldwide, which it advises on all UK and EU trade mark applications, registrations and UK and brand protection issues.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Burges Salmon LLP regularly advises its media and entertainment sector clients on IP matters and is also noted for its advertising and marketing expertise. Headline work includes advising the BBC on its IP portfolio and advising Virgin Care on advertising and marketing matters. Endemol Shine Group and Discovery Communications are also key clients. Media and IP head Jeremy Dickerson regularly handles contentious and transactional IP mandates for clients in the film and TV sector. Helen Scott-Lawler advises media clients on transactional IP. Senior associates Emily Roberts and Georgina Shaw are also key figures.

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Within: Sport

Burges Salmon LLP's practice is best known for its regulatory strength in equestrian sports; it has experience in constitutional and governance issues, integrity, anti-doping and financial regulatory work. Horseracing specialist Laura Claydon defended Jockey Club Racecources in High Court proceedings brought by bookmakers regarding the establishment of betting areas as Cheltenham Racecourse. Other longstanding clients of the team include Bristol City FC and the Racecourse Association; Virgin Sport is a new client. As well as football and horseracing, motorsport is an area of experience for the firm. The department is led by anti-doping and integrity expert Jeremy Dickerson, who counts Gunn & Moore as a client. Roger Bull has experience in sports-related employment work, Helen Scott-Lawler is a commercial and media rights expert, and senior associate James Pheasant is recommended for regulatory and anti-doping work.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Jeremy Dickerson - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Intellectual property

Burges Salmon LLP's full service intellectual property practice is headed by Jeremy Dickerson, who is ‘extremely responsive and user friendly’ and ‘a clear and pragmatic adviser’. Dickerson acts for new client BBC on all UK and EU trade mark applications and registrations. Helen Scott-Lawler who jointly heads the team with Dickerson, advised the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on a merger of existing research councils, which involved advising on the transfer of assets to the new entity. The practice also acts as sole UK trade mark counsel to Starbucks Corporation, advising on UK and EU trade mark infringement and clearance matters. Georgina Shaw has ‘great communication skills’ and ‘adds real value to the team’. Emily Roberts focuses on contentious IP. Other key clients include Discovery Communications, John Lewis & Waitrose, Oxford University, Victoria’s Secret Stores and Virgin Enterprises.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Leading individuals

Jeremy Dickerson - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Media and entertainment

Burges Salmon LLP provides intellectual property advice to media clients; handles advertising and marketing matters; advice on broadcasting rights exploitation; and handles disputes. Jeremy Dickerson  heads the team and is ‘a very good commercial and media lawyer’. Helen Scott-Lawler  focuses on IP development, licensing and structuring. Recent highlights include being appointed to advise the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on its IP portfolio. Other clients include Virgin Care, which it advises on campaign launch materials, and Discovery Communications, which it is advising on the launch of new UK TV channels, new programme names, merchandising and trade mark infringement issues.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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