Firm Profile > Swindell & Pearson Ltd > Derby, England

Swindell & Pearson Ltd

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 3

Swindell & Pearson Ltd primarily acts for SMEs, but also counts major international corporations, academic institutions and start-ups as its clients. The team is well versed in cutting-edge patent prosecution, including AI, autonomous vehicles, telecoms standards and blockchain, with services covering the development and implementation of patent portfolios, including the drafting of patent applications, representation in contentious proceedings, and the conduct of audits and due diligence in the context of corporate transactions. The Derby-based Paul Higgin is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):


‘High-quality work product. Very competitive fee schedule.’

‘Swindell’s practice delivers excellent, cost-efficient patent advice.’

‘Scott Harrison has a careful eye for detail and excellent judgement.’

‘They always clearly detail the technicalities of the process and the pros and cons of any proposed action. This give a clear decision-making framework to make technical and commercial decisions for our business.’

‘Attention to detail, responsiveness and pragmatism.’

‘Swindell & Pearson are extremely service oriented. They make working with you so easy. They anticipate the relevant questions and are armed with answers.’

‘Scott Harrison is terrific. He is smart and thoughtful in his approach. For US applicants, he is extremely familiar with US practice and is able to explain the UK practice in terms that make sense.’

‘A wealth of experience, good reputation, friendly and welcoming approach, and detailed attention to the needs of our business.’

‘Tim Gilbert is extremely customer focused, open to feedback and responsive to our requests. Our positive experience of S&P has so much to do with the way he has personally managed our account. We are most grateful for his attention to detail and his prompt actions, which have kept us on track over the past few years.’

‘Scott Harrison is very professional, knowledgeable and competent in his field. He remained calm, confident and looked for compromise in a way that both maintained and enhanced our professional relationship.’

‘Simon Foster is extremely bright, technically excellent and always on hand with commercially sound advice. Also, he responds to any queries raised very quickly – in a litigation context, this is invaluable.’

‘Paul Higgin provides excellent advice for us and makes himself available to engage with our team and inventors. He considers some tricky points of law and provides not only recommendations, but clear reasoning and helpful advice too.’

‘Paul Higgin’s calming influence is invaluable. He has seen it all before, he has dealt with many critical situations before and he has overseen our process with great knowledge. He is a top guy.’

Key clients

Nokia Technologies

Jaguar Land Rover


North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC)


T-Mobile USA

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Swindell & Pearson Ltd combines a strong UKIPO opposition practice with longstanding experience in the development and management of domestic and international trade mark portfolios, disputes expertise and a busy design rights caseload. Recently, the practice saw an increase in UK trade mark filings and in UKIPO and EUIPO opposition proceedings. It also handles appeal proceedings before the High Court. The group acts for regional, national and international clients. Nick Womsley directs the practice from the Derby head office.

Practice head(s):


‘Kieron Taylor communicates in a manner that I can easily understand, and his knowledge of IP is excellent and very up to date. If an issue arises he reacts to it professionally and promptly.’

‘Kieron Taylor is excellent. He manages and protects our whole portfolio and treats it as if it were his own. He is extremely trustworthy, reliable and commercially astute.’

‘Professional approach. Broad knowledge.’

‘Profound legal knowledge combined with knowledge of how businesses really work.’

‘Nick Womsley and Katy Fuggle are both personable, professional, knowledgeable and grounded in the real world. They are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘We’ve worked with Swindell and Pearson for many years now and have always had great service. Staff are always very polite and responsive. Both trade mark and patent attorneys are extremely knowledgeable and have helped our company build a IP portfolio which is well maintained and managed.’

‘I favour the team because of its professionalism, responsiveness and willingness to help.’

‘Kieron Taylor and Shaun Sherlock are excellent attorneys. They always manage to respond to my inquiries in a timely manner, understand my position so well and are willing to go the extra mile to exceed my expectations.’

‘The work is always done quickly and efficiently. The firm doesn’t require endless reminders to acknowledge our instructions and to act upon them.’

‘Kieron Taylor always provides timely and comprehensive instructions for all matters. If he believes that a brief discussion is warranted regarding a matter, he doesn’t hesitate to pick up the phone for a quick call. This makes him both accessible and available which can’t always be said about other law firms.’

Key clients

The Mentholatum Company

We are experts in securing and enforcing intellectual property rights across the world, in the form of patents, trade marks and designs. We have served our clients’ intellectual property needs for over 140 years. Local, national and multinational companies trust our attorneys with their patent, design and trade mark portfolios.

We aim to build long-term, enduring relationships with our clients
We have long-term relationships with many of clients. Some of these client relationships have been built over decades. This is because we care about helping our clients develop and grow their businesses. We believe this is demonstrated in the services that we provide and the trust that has been built up with our clients over the years.

We care about our clients
We go beyond the transactional, learning about what our clients’ plans are for the future and how we can support them in achieving their goals. Sometimes our clients contact us with knowledge of exactly which intellectual
roperty services they need. Other times, they know where they want their businesses to be, but they need our practical knowledge of the intellectual property landscape to identify how intellectual property can help them to get there. We know that this can only be done with a thorough understanding of a client’s business.

We are dedicated specialists in technical and legal matters
Our attorneys have obtained degrees in a wide variety of science and engineering subjects from some of the world’s leading universities. It’s not unusual to encounter an attorney that has a higher degree or PhD.

As a community of experts, we work hard to remain on the cutting edge of technical and legal matters so that we can best serve our clients. We organise monthly internal seminars to share best practice. We travel the globe to speak at international conferences and learn from others.

The firm: Swindell & Pearson offers intellectual property services comparable to the very best firms in Europe. Its quality control is exceptional whilst its Midlands based location allows it to deliver genuine value for money for the benefit of clients. As a mid-sized firm, Swindell & Pearson is able to provide a flexible and accommodating approach for the benefit of clients.

The firm is commercially minded, attentive and responsive. Clients always know who has done a piece of work and they are able to speak to that person directly. The firm doesn’t have unnecessary partner layers between clients and its attorneys.

Attorneys like to get to know their clients and adapt to their needs. Every client is important to the firm and attorneys are committed to developing long-lasting, trust driven relationships that deliver genuine value for both sides. It’s why so many of its multinational clients trust and rate the firm so highly.

“Provides excellent, professional, and timely service”.

“Brings sanity and a path forward to a sometimes chaotic and constantly changing landscape”.

“Very professional and dedicated team always thinks outside of the box and comes up with different options to solve any issue”.

Just some of the ways in which clients have recently commended the firm which reflect its focus on providing exceptional client care.

Swindell & Pearson boasts one of the UK’s top advanced technology patent teams and is proud that multinational companies seek out the firm to represent them in their valuable patent matters.

The firm’s trade mark team is praised by clients as “Packed with experience, it knows what client care is all about and what it takes to create and drive IP value”. Alongside providing a full range of trade mark services in the UK, Europe and worldwide, the firm also represents clients in the High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) on the most intricate and complex of trade mark disputes.

Several of the firm’s attorneys bring experience of working in-house whilst recently attorneys have been posted on secondment at clients’ offices. This informs the firm’s commercially focused approach to intellectual property and ensures attorneys truly understand their clients’ requirements.

The firm has significant strength in depth in the semiconductors, nanotechnology, telecommunications, automotive and software fields. Several attorneys have also recently developed technical knowledge within the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence and are already working with their clients to protect valuable inventions within these areas.

Types of work undertaken: Swindell & Pearson’s patent practice provides exceptional patent drafting, filing, prosecution and case management services. With considerable knowledge and experience of drafting patents before the European Patent Office (EPO), attorneys are not only able to draft high quality patent applications and prosecute them successfully to grant with advantageous claim scopes but also have experience in using EPO oppositions to its client’s advantage.

Expertise includes drafting applications suitable for UK, European and international patent prosecution, managing international patent portfolios, advising on patent infringement and third-party conflicts, contentious proceedings including infringement and revocation proceedings, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO, patent auditing, patent assignments, licensing and due diligence.

The firm regularly drafts valuable patent applications for prosecution across the world as well as responding to office actions. Attorneys are familiar with the different requirements of many jurisdictions and are therefore able to draft and prosecute applications to the best effect in multiple regions. Swindell & Pearson handles many large, complex families of applications and attorneys are particularly experienced in providing strategic advice to help clients obtain the strongest protection that is most appropriate for them.

Swindell & Pearson’s trade mark practice has a very strong reputation for assisting clients in relation to their trade mark requirements throughout the world. Expertise includes advising on trade mark infringement and third party conflicts, filing and registration of trade mark applications in the UK, Europe and worldwide, managing large international trade mark portfolios, trade mark clearance searches, oppositions, revocation and invalidation proceedings, advising on the effective use and exploitation of trade marks, watching services, advice in relation to trade marks on the internet, advice on counterfeit products, assignments and licensing.

The firm also provides additional services for designs and industrial copyright.

Department Name Email Telephone
Patents Paul Higgin +44 1332 367 051
Trade Marks Nick Womsley +44 1332 367 051
Photo Name Position Profile
 Christine Anglesea  photo Christine Anglesea Christine is an IP director and member of the firm’s tech and…
 Scott Harrison  photo Scott Harrison Scott is an IP director in the firm’s tech and engineering practice…
 Paul Higgin  photo Paul Higgin Paul Higgin is an experienced UK and European patent attorney. Paul likes…
 Kieron Taylor  photo Kieron Taylor Kieron Taylor is an IP director and a member of the firm’s…
 Martin Terry  photo Martin Terry Martin Terry is an IP director and member of the firm’s tech…
 Nick Womsley  photo Nick Womsley As an IP director and head of the firm’s trade mark practice…
Association of European Trade Mark Owners (MARQUES)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)

CLIENT: Anthony Ashbrook
COMPANY/FIRM: Mobile Acuity
TESTIMONIAL: Patent protection has been critical to growing the value of our business as we are operating in the same space as large multinationals. Being first to market is not enough in itself when faced with significantly better-resourced competition. Paul Higgin’s advice throughout the lifetime of the company has been invaluable.

CLIENT: Chris Ison
COMPANY/FIRM: Codemakers
TESTIMONIAL: Swindell & Pearson have helped us secure both the Codemakers and Shipmate brands, guiding us through the often complicated world of trade mark protection. They clearly explained to us the options for protecting our brands, both nationally and internationally, and kept us informed at all stages of the process. We take the protection of our IP extremely seriously and Swindell & Pearson gave us peace of mind, knowing that our brands are protected now and into the future.

As part of its commitment to diversity, Swindell & Pearson Ltd is a member of IP Inclusive which is an organisation that promotes diversity throughout the UK’s intellectual property (IP) professions. Swindell & Pearson Ltd is also a charter signatory of IP Inclusive’s Charter for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. By signing up to the charter, Swindell and Pearson Ltd has made a public endorsement of diversity within the UK’s IP professions. As part of its diversity initiatives, Swindell & Pearson Ltd also provides diversity and inclusivity training to all new staff members.

Martin Terry, a director at Swindell & Pearson Ltd and the firm’s diversity lead, is a member of IP Inclusive’s Senior Leaders’ Diversity Think Tank which brings together senior leaders from the private sector patent and trade mark professions to identify practical steps for making the IP sector more diverse and inclusive.  Martin is also a founding signatory of IP Inclusive’s Senior Leaders’ Pledge for effecting positive change with regards to diversity and inclusivity.