Firm Profile > Appleyard Lees > Manchester, England

Appleyard Lees
M2 5NT

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 2

Appleyard Lees stands out for the proximity of its office network to clients from different industries: the Halifax, Leeds and Manchester offices are close to clients from manufacturing and other traditional industries, while the Cambridge office serves to facilitate relationships with clients from the technology, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. In addition, the firm's presence at the BioHub at Alderley Park underlines its experience in patent prosecution work for emerging life sciences companies. Thanks to its client technology platform and flexible work approach, the firm also attracts major multinationals without a UK base as clients. Leeds-based managing partner Dick Waddington is the head of the practice, which includes a high number of practitioners who are dual-qualified as patent and trade mark attorneys. Howard Read in Manchester and Adam Tindall in Halifax made partner in April 2020 and 2019 respectively.

Practice head(s):


‘In simple terms, they get the job done.’

‘They quickly get to grips with and understand the areas that we believe are key for protecting our business moving forward and then work hard with us to ensure that those areas are covered.’

‘Feedback is always strong and we are always able to get someone on the end of the telephone.’

‘Bobby Smithson is experienced and calm.’

‘They respond very quickly to any form of communication.’

‘A highly skilled and regarded team. Easy to work with and very responsive. They offer excellent breadth and depth of skills.’

‘Knowledgeable, proactive and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Aberystwyth University


Blueberry Therapeutics

Cancer Research UK

Lucite International (Perspex)

Manchester University

Mondelez International Inc.

PPG Industries

Smith & Nephew Medical Limited


Walmart Inc.

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

Appleyard Lees offers a combined bench of trade mark attorneys and solicitors, including several dual-qualified patent and trade mark attorneys, allowing for the provision of the full range of trade mark prosecution services, from strategic portfolio advice, the filing of trade mark applications and representation in potential opposition and appeal proceedings all the way to litigation matters and transactional work. With four Northern English offices in Manchester, Leeds, Halifax and Alderley Park and another office in Cambridge, the firm counts a string of renowned British companies as well as start-ups among its clients, but its client roster also includes a substantial number of well-known international brands. Leeds duo Dick Waddington and Robert Cumming direct the practice.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

British Steel

DName-iT NV


Smile Direct Club LLC

Jemella (GHD)/Coty


Pukka Pads 2000 Ltd


Walmart Inc./Asda

Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm, with over 50 patent and trademark attorneys and litigators.

Who we are, and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive.

Our commercially intelligent approach to client service incorporates flexibility and adaptability. We strive to be agile, to respond to specific client requirements in a way that suits them.

We help a broad range of IP owners and creators, including in-house teams, R&D specialists, owner-managers and branding professionals, protect and monetise their intellectual property. We also support clients manage post-grant challenges, should they arise.

Our clients include some of the world’s most exciting innovators, largest companies and household names, with a number of clients obtaining Fortune 500, Fortune Global 2000, FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and Forbes Global 2000 status. Our clients operate across a diverse collection of industries, including chemicals, retail, consumer goods, electronics, software, bio and life sciences, pharmaceuticals, metals and heavy industry, higher education and hospitality, leisure and tourism.

In addition to our catalogue of multinational and multimillion-pound clients, Appleyard Lees is equally proud of the role we have played in the growth of start-up businesses.

The firm recruits the very best professionals who have a passion for their individual areas of specialism, and supports staff throughout their career development. Providing expert training, we ensure our staff can deliver outstanding service.

With offices in UK innovation hotspots, we are positioned to give clients expert strategic IP advice in the UK and worldwide.

Department Name Email Telephone
Management David Clark +44 (0)161 835 9655
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon  Bradbury  photo Simon  Bradbury Partner / Patent Attorney 
 Howard Read photo Howard Read Partner / Patent Attorney
Partners : 19

COMPANY/FIRM: Samsung Electronics
TESTIMONIAL: Recognised globally as an industry leader in technology and now ranked as a top 10 global brand.

TESTIMONIAL: Cranswick plc is a leading UK food producer and supplier of premium, fresh and added-value food products.

COMPANY/FIRM: Mondelez International Inc.
TESTIMONIAL: American multinational confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate, comprising former Kraft Foods, Cadbury’s confectionery business, Oreo and Nabisco.

TESTIMONIAL: The global leader in retail and world’s largest company.

COMPANY/FIRM: British Steel
TESTIMONIAL: Manufacturer of high-quality steel products serving markets around the world, with a network of metal centres and service centres across the UK and Ireland.

COMPANY/FIRM: Smith & Nephew Medical Limited
TESTIMONIAL: Portfolio medical company, with a range of surgical devices and wound care.