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D Young & Co LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

D Young & Co LLP demonstrates broad sectorial strength, ranging from the telecoms, manufacturing and electronics sectors to the aerospace, biotechnology and especially the pharmaceutical sectors as key case generators. In addition to a strong patent drafting and portfolio management practice, often chosen by major international clients as well as prestigious universities and research institutes, the group impresses with its powerful UK and European opposition and appeal practice and complementary litigation offering. The team is also well versed in due diligence instructions, often acting for investment funds and venture capital players. Anthony Albutt and Kirk Gallagher direct the practice. In Southampton, physics and electronics specialist Nicholas Malden, electronic technology expert Jonathan Jackson and chemical and pharmaceutical professional Garreth Duncan are key contacts. Neil Nachshen, who focuses on biochemistry and pharmacology, is also noted. Rachel BatemanTamara Milton and Southampton's Alan Boyd and Cathrine McGowan made partner. Rooted in London and Southampton, the firm is continuing the expansion of its Munich office. Unless otherwise stated, all practitioners are based in London.


Great team, well coordinated and effective.

D Young & Co is very client-attentive and does exactly what it promises, which saves much of our time and effort to communicate.

The most professional team I have ever worked with. Excellent advice delivered in a laid back way that enables us as clients to participate in the most productive way.

The D Young & Co team is not only strong on patent strategy and management, but, critically for us, they have done an outstanding job of understanding our technology, products and end-use markets, and this understanding has helped them to provide directly relevant advice.

Anthony Albutt is very dedicated and service-minded.

Nicholas Malden takes a good care of client needs and is always willing to accommodate the client’s requests.

Key clients

Allergy Therapeutics

GKN Aerospace

Juniper Networks

Lush Cosmetics


Oxford University Innovation Limited



Toyota Motor Corporation

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 1

D Young & Co LLP is especially active in the fashion, luxury, pharmaceutical and consumer product sectors, but also fields a busy caseload in the sports, entertainment, and food and drink sectors. The group impresses with its longstanding experience in the management and development of key trade mark portfolios for prestigious clients, many of which also profit from the firm's powerful in-house dispute resolution practice. Additionally, the group is well versed in domain name disputes. Jeremy Pennant in Southampton directs the practice. The firm also has offices in London and Munich.


D Young & Co has a fantastic team of trade mark professionals who are experts in EU and UK trade mark law. They represent many large companies, so they know what in-house trade mark counsel are looking for. They provide practical solutions, and don’t “over-lawyer”.’

I often point to D Young’s trade mark team as the gold standard for foreign local trade mark counsel. The firm consistently provides superior and efficient business-friendly advice.

Responsive, clear, concise and pertinent advice.

The D Young & Co team is unbelievably responsive in their practice. They, of course, have an excellent grasp of the legal issues that I present to them and they deliver high-quality analysis that is easy to digest.

Jeremy Pennant is extremely experienced, and always provides practical, excellent advice. Matthew Dick is very thorough, and similarly, looks for a practical solution, from both a legal and business perspective.

Jeremy Pennant is a great resource for EU and UK trade mark practice. He and his team are very responsive and provide great, business-relevant and practical advice.

Jeremy Pennant’s cost-effective work shows a deep understanding of trade mark law and recognition of practical and business interests that impact client decision making. His supporting team is similarly excellent.

Key clients

Burger King

Crockett & Jones Shoes

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Grays of Cambridge

Hard Rock International

Johnson & Johnson

Marriott Hotels




Intellectual property Tier 5

D Young & Co LLP's 'dedicated and careful team' has 'notable depth of insight and experience in IP' and is highlighted for its litigation expertise. The group counts a number of large corporates among its client roster and is also 'a perfect partner for cost-conscious mid-sized TMT companies'. The group benefits from its ability to handle a range of intellectual property disputes; practice head Tamsin Holman and recently promoted partner Anna Reid 'always provide solid and clear advice' on contentious trade mark, passing off, copyright, design and domain name matters; while Antony Craggs  is a name to note for patent litigation.


The team’s strengths are its accuracy, while at the same time avoiding unnecessary formalities or ‘red-tape’.

‘With a mixture of solicitors and patent attorneys, D Young is able to assist clients with all their patent prosecution, maintenance and litigation needs at very cost-effective London rates.’

D Young & Co is very professional yet approachable and never ceases to impress with its technical knowledge and strategy in tricky situations.

Antony Craggs is very conscientious and friendly to work with; he has a great eye for detail.

Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid both stand-out from their competitors.

Antony Craggs loves getting right on top of the detail of a case and ensuring that nothing is missed.

Antony Craggs has no hesitation in squaring up to the big guns and providing his clients with strong and robust representation.

Antony Craggs makes addressing patent litigation much less daunting and seemingly easier.

Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid are highly specialised in international design and trade mark disputes, providing excellent legal and commercial to the point advice in a timely fashion.

Key clients


Babcock International Group Plc

Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd

Fortune Brands

GKN Aerospace

Guinness World Records

Lifestyle Products LLC

Marriott Hotels

Metro Bank

Procter & Gamble

Radiator & Bathroom Gallery Ltd

Rothamsted Research




Turner Entertainment Network

Wykamol Group Ltd

D Young & Co is one of Europe’s best known IP firms, setting the standard for legal expertise and technical knowledge with its top-tier partnership, and highly-qualified, client-focused team.

The firm: D Young & Co is proud of its heritage, built through supporting innovative organisations of every shape, size and type. Established in 1891, D Young & Co LLP has grown to become one of Europe’s largest IP firms, serving clients throughout Europe, the US, Asia and all global markets.

Clients choose the firm for its intellectual property services, confident in the knowledge, experience and dedication that have characterised its work throughout the firm’s history. The firm’s attorneys and solicitors have a deep knowledge and understanding of the science behind patented inventions, how brands operate in different markets and of the legal landscape underlying IP rights.

D Young & Co aligns the services of IP attorneys, solicitors and Rechtsanwälte in order to provide a streamlined, cost-effective service to clients that advises and assists not just on UK, German and EU IP rights, but also on global portfolio management and enforcement.

As one of Europe’s largest and best known IP firms, it sets the standard for legal expertise and technical knowledge, and has been ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500, WTR 1000, IAM Patent 1000Chambers & Partners , the Financial Times and IP Stars. The firm was also named UK Trademark Attorney Firm of the Year in the inaugural Global IP Awards ( IAM Patent & WTR 2019) and won UK Trade Mark Prosecution Firm of the Year in the 2017 MIP Global Awards.

The firm has published three acclaimed books in recent years: European Design Law, EPO Board of Appeal Decisions and European Trade Mark Decisions.

Types of work undertaken: Patents: D Young & Co has one of the most respected and largest patent teams in Europe, providing a full range of patent services including patent drafting, filing and prosecuting, and representing clients at oppositions and appeals). Attorneys are highly qualified in a wide range of technological fields and can deal with a broad range of subject matter.

Trade marks: the D Young & Co trade mark team has an impeccable track record, setting the standard in trade mark protection. The firm’s trade mark attorneys and solicitors can help with all trade mark requirements, including clearance searches, trade mark registrations and opposition, invalidation and cancellation actions.

Designs: D Young & Co’s highly regarded team of design experts is experienced in advising on the full range of issues relating to product design, packaging, branding and copyright across all commercial sectors. As well as filing registered design applications in the UK, Germany and EU, the team also files them worldwide through its foreign design attorney network.

Dispute resolution and legal: D Young & Co’s solicitors and Rechtsanwälte have extensive experience in all forms of intellectual property dispute resolution including litigation, mediation and arbitration. They have acted in high-stakes cases relating to all technical areas. In addition to conducting litigation in the UK and Germany, the firm has extensive experience in co-ordinating and supporting multi-country disputes involving courts across Europe, Asia and the US.

Other offices: Munich, Southampton

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of BD Jo Hodson 020 7269 8550
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anthony Albutt  photo Anthony Albutt
 Rachel Bateman  photo Rachel Bateman
Dr Zöe Clyde-Watson  photo Dr Zöe Clyde-Watson
 Antony Craggs  photo Antony Craggs
 Matthew Dick  photo Matthew Dick
Dr Kirk Gallagher  photo Dr Kirk Gallagher
 Tamsin Holman  photo Tamsin Holman
 Jackie Johnson  photo Jackie Johnson
 David Meldrum  photo David Meldrum
 Tamara Milton  photo Tamara Milton
 Neil Nachshen  photo Neil Nachshen
Dr Simon O’Brien  photo Dr Simon O’Brien
 Anna Reid  photo Anna Reid
 Ian Starr  photo Ian Starr
Dr Kit Wong  photo Dr Kit Wong
Number of UK partners : 35
Number of other UK fee-earners : 50+
Total staff : 200+
Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association)
European Patent Institute
Intellectual Property Owners (IPO)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
Law Society of England and Wales
German Association for the Protection of Industrial Property and Copyright Law (GRUR)
Charter Institute of Arbitrators CIArb
Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group (PTMG)