Barker Brettell LLP > Birmingham, England > Firm Profile

Barker Brettell LLP
B16 8QQ

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 1

Praised as ‘responsive, knowledgeable and always dependable’, Barker Brettell LLP has demonstrable experience acting before the UKIPO and the EUIPO, and remains one of the most active filers of trade marks. Led by Birmingham-based Catherine Wiseman, the team’s expertise spans the automotive, software, cosmetics, food and beverage, consumer goods and higher education sectors. The filing and prosecution of applications, global portfolio management, counterfeiting issues, as well as contentious matters such as opposition, cancellation and enforcement proceedings, make up the practice’s all-encompassing caseload. With an office in Sweden, the team is well-placed to provide an ‘excellent service’ to its roster of clients, including multinational corporations, start-ups, entrepreneurs, leading brands and technology companies, across Europe on post-Brexit matters. The practice also continues to maintain long-standing relationships with US law firms. In the firm’s Birmingham office, other key members of the team include Tracy Arch and Lucy Walker.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Wiseman

Other key lawyers:

Tracy Arch; Lucy Walker; Rosanne Farmer; Louis Pittortou; Ian Pearce; Lisa King; Rosalyn Newsome; Stephen Lowry


‘The BB team know their stuff. They are responsive, knowledgeable and always dependable. I have worked with the BB team for over 20 years and they have consistently been my go-to firm in the UK and Europe.’

‘Lisa King and Rosalyn Newsome are both top notch attorneys. I really enjoy working with them and know that my matters will receive prompt attention.’

‘Barker Brettell offers excellent service and comprehensive recommendations. Its attorneys are very skilled and knowledgeable, and they are responsive. I entrust my clients’ matters to them because of these attributes.’

Key clients



Amouage SAOC

Aston Manor

Automobile Club Di Brescia

British Racing Motors Limited

Carma Laboratories, Inc, – Carmex


Compass Banca

CSME Technology


Epson Europe B.V

Etihad Airways

Femme Luxe Fashion

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

Fine Agrochemicals (De Sangossi)



Grenade (UK) Limited


International Flavours and Fragrances

Keller Group

Kingston Technology Corporation

Liberty Group

LVMH / Fresh. Inc

Marston’s Brewing Company (Carlsberg Marston) and Marston’s PLC


National Express

Panasonic Avionics


Pizza Hut UK Limited

Schlumberger (UK & EU)

SEH International Limited

Severn Trent Water

Sheltered Wings dba Vortex

Spectrum Brands (Russell Hobbs and Remington)


The Binding Site Group Limited

The Boots Company Limited

University of Chicago

University of Notre Dame

Wolseley Group

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Work highlights

  • Approached by Amouage SAOC to devise a search and filing strategy that delivered clearance and enabled the client to utilise the International Madrid system to full effect.
  • Assisting The Boots Company Limited on various matters, such as conducting global clearance searches for new brands, and reviewing, and approving the Christmas Gift Catalogue.
  • Advising on and implementing enforcement work for LVMH, specifically the house and international luxury cosmetics business Fresh, Inc.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 2

Noted for its capability in the computer-implemented technologies, physics and material sectors, Barker Brettell LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable’ team also has demonstrable experience across the life sciences and chemistry, medical devices, artificial intelligence and electronic fields, and counts the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications in its workload. Senior partner John Lawrence, who heads up the aerospace group and assists US law firms with patent prosecution, leads the practice alongside managing partner Andy Tranter and Alan Wilson. Yvonne Johnson leads the EPO oppositions and appeals team, while Jennifer Atkinson is a key contact for the practice’s roster of UK universities and Nicholas Braddon focuses on inventions relating to materials science, physical sciences and engineering. Members of the practice operate from the firm’s offices in Birmingham and Southampton.

Practice head(s):

John Lawrence; Andy Tranter; Alan Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Yvonne Johnson; Jennifer Atkinson; Nicholas Braddon; Mark Thurston; David Combes; David Pearce; Neil Kilpatrick


‘Extremely knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Very personal and supportive. Extremely competent.’

Key clients

Angiocrine Bioscience

Astex Therapeutics Limited

ATG (ATG Gloves)

CMC Materials

Corindus. Inc



Hughes Network Systems

Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies

Inflight Peripherals

International Flavors & Fragrances

Kangxin Partners, P.C., Chofn Intellectual Property Agency Co. Ltd., Beijing East IP Ltd., Leader Patent & Trademark Firm

Locate Bio

Lockheed Martin




Neptune Subsea Engineering

NXP (Semiconductors)

OSI Systems

Oxford University Innovation Limited


Royal College of Art

S&C Electric Company


STG Aerospace





University of Birmingham

University of Loughborough

University of Nottingham

University of Southampton

Venator Materials

Williams Advanced Engineering

WOTCH Creations

ZF Automotive / TRW


Barker Brettell is one of the UK’s largest specialist intellectual property firms with 60 specialist patent, trade mark, design and copyright attorneys and a large team of professional support staff. The firm offers a full range of IP related services from the strategic management of global patent and trade mark portfolios to advising inventors on how to best protect their ideas and products.

The firm: Barker Brettell has a leading reputation for being highly responsive, results-focused and flexible when it comes to adapting its approach to meeting clients’ needs. The firm currently employs 148 attorneys and support staff based in its Birmingham, Southampton and Stockholm offices to ensure the efficient delivery of client services across a range of sectors. The team consists of highly skilled, technically excellent attorneys with a track record in securing first place in their IP qualifying examinations.

With particular strength in the higher education sector, the firm advises several of the most innovative Russell Group universities in the UK including Oxford University Innovations, Nottingham University, Alta Innovations at the University of Birmingham, Warwick University, Sheffield University and Southampton University.

Other sectors of significance include automotive and advanced manufacturing, food and drink, medical and healthcare, construction and engineering, fashion and cosmetics. Clients include Williams Advanced Engineering Limited, LEVC, ZF, Renishaw, Marston’s, Compass Group, IMI, Keller and Boots UK Ltd.

Strong alliances have been developed with a large number of tried and tested IP attorneys worldwide to complement the firm’s own understanding of IP overseas law and practice. This provides clients with a highly experienced global network covering in the region of 200 countries.

Types of work undertaken: 

Patents: The patent team comprises experts in the following four technical specialisms: life sciences and chemistry; computers and electronics; mechanical engineering, plus physics and materials. Work includes IP strategy; audits; innovation spotting; drafting and prosecution work; representing clients at the EPO during oppositions and appeals, and advising on validity, infringement and litigation cases.

Trade marks:  The 25-strong team is one of the largest in the UK. Its attorneys are renowned for providing creative but commercially focused solutions, prosecution work and the management of global and European filing programmes. They also advise many clients on domain names, customs matters, queries regarding Companies House and watching services.

Designs: Barker Brettell has one of the UK’s largest specialist design teams. Working with large corporate clients, it has an impressive track-record on several high-profile design matters.

Renewals and validations: An established in-house renewals department offers an efficient and reliable service to ensure registered rights are effectively maintained, with attorneys providing portfolio alignment and rationalisation. Validations experts liaise with overseas attorneys to secure validation documentation quickly and cost-effectively.

Other offices:  London, Munich, Nottingham, Southampton, Stockholm.

Senior partner John Lawrence
Managing partner Andy Tranter
Patents and designs John Lawrence
Trade marks Catherine Wiseman
Renewals and validations Andy Tranter
Lucy Trueman
Becky Knott photoMs Becky KnottTrade mark attorney working with startups, SMEs, large corporates and international corporates.…
Stephen Lowry photoMr Stephen LowryTrade marks attorney working with startups, SMEs and multinational corporations. Client trade…
Number of UK partners : 24
Number of other UK fee-earners : 26