Nick Womsley > Swindell & Pearson Ltd > Derby, England > Lawyer Profile

Swindell & Pearson Ltd


As an IP director and head of the firm’s trade mark practice group, Nick is a chartered UK trade mark attorney, a fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a European patent attorney. He is also a member of various IP professional organisations including INTA, PTMG, ECTA and Marques.

With 30 years of assisting his clients in complex and intricate intellectual property matters, Nick has a wealth of experience that his clients benefit from on a daily basis. His clients continually test the existing boundaries of intellectual property law, particularly in the area of trade marks and allied rights. This ensures that Nick and his team stay right on top of their game, not only in the ever-developing intellectual property law itself but in how these laws can help, protect and integrate with constantly evolving business practices and e-commerce environments.

Nick’s work is on a truly international scale, involving the preparation, acquisition and enforcement of his clients’ IP rights around the globe. Having filed many hundreds of applications, fought countless oppositions, revocations, cancellations and legal actions, and negotiated hundreds of settlement and licence contracts for his clients over the years, he brings an unsurpassed wealth of experience and pragmatism that his clients have come to expect and respect.

Nick has always held the belief that it is invaluable to develop a deep understanding of a client’s business so that advice can be as tailored, relevant and valuable as possible. This sound philosophy has meant that Nick has worked with the majority of his clients for very many years.

Outside work, Nick enjoys a game of badminton and indulging his passion for motor cars.


Trained Swindell & Pearson; qualified: 1994/1995; partner in present firm 1999. Nick entered the IP profession as a trainee patent and trade mark attorney in 1989 – qualifying in both disciplines in 1994/95 as UK and European patent attorney and trade mark attorney. Nick then spent 2 years (1996-1998) with Zeneca plc before rejoining Swindell & Pearson in January 1999 as a partner. Nick managed the transition of the business from a partnership to a limited company becoming a shareholder and director. Current directorships: Swindell & Pearson.




Marshlands High School; Sheffield University; biochemistry (special honours) – first class.



Lawyer Rankings

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

Swindell & Pearson Ltd expanded its trade mark filing and its UKIPO and EUIPO opposition hearing activity in 2020. Practice head Nick Womsley in Derby and his team specialise in strategic trade mark matters for a wide range of clients, including regional, national and international companies. The group is especially experienced in the fashion and food and beverage sectors, but is active in a wide range of industries. The complementary design prosecution and litigation practices are other key assets.