Clare Turnbull > Venner Shipley LLP > Tunbridge Wells, England > Lawyer Profile

Venner Shipley LLP
Windsor House, 6-10 Mount Ephraim Road
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Work Department

Trade Marks


Clare is a chartered UK trade mark attorney and heads up Venner Shipley’s trade mark team. She has been working in trade marks since 2001 but has a lifetime of experience in the legal profession. Prior to training and qualifying as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Clare worked and qualified as an Associate of the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen. Her experience with legal costs gives her valuable insight into controlling and managing costs for her clients, who value not only this but the pragmatic and strategic advice she gives them. Although her passion lies with Trade Marks, Clare also has interests in and advises on designs and plant variety rights. Clare is a contributor to the UK Trade Marks Handbook.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Venner Shipley LLP is praised as a ‘go-to firm for any UK trade mark matters’ and has demonstrable experience in managing global portfolios and prosecution mandates for a wide range of clients, including FTSE100 companies, global corporations, in addition to SMEs, and start-ups. Practice head Clare Turnbull is based in Tunbridge Wells and regularly represents clients before the UKIPO, EPO, and WIPO due to her significant experience in oppositions and invalidity proceedings, and Jane Martin also sits in Tunbridge Wells. In the firm’s London office, chartered UK trade mark attorney David Birchall is fluent in French and is also qualified as a solicitor. Birchall is active in working alongside foreign trade mark attorneys in prosecution and registration matters.

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

Venner Shipley LLP covers a broad range of IP mandates, with notable expertise in handling registered designs and direct advocacy experience in the British Overseas territories, the USA and Canada. Alex Brown is well-versed in EPO oppositions and appeals, while Ian Grey advises on matters concerning design rights. Robert Peake has recently handled a registered design right infringement claim, with James Tumbridge focusing on IP disputes. Clare Turnbull, who advises on trade mark strategies, is another key contact in the group.