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Appleyard Lees

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

Specialist IP firm Appleyard Lees has a ‘deep scientific understanding’ in the patent arena with offices in Cambridge, Halifax, Manchester, and Leeds. It supports clients from a plethora of industries, including life sciences and pharmaceuticals, electronics and software, chemistry, engineering, and physics. Its client roster includes emerging innovators and start-ups, as well as well-established, international companies, and the practice handles an increasing number of patent filings. Managing partner of the firm’s Manchester-based office David Clark leads the team, and is supported by chartered biologist Simon Bradbury, who has an academic background in genetics and oncology. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Barbara Fleck (Cambridge) is another notable name with substantial expertise across a wide range of technologies in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical spaces, with a strong focus on antibody therapeutics and agri-sciences. In March 2023, Bill Lister retired from the partnership and now supports the firm from a consultancy role. Impressively, the team has grown by two thirds in the past five years.

Practice head(s):

David Clark

Other key lawyers:

Simon Bradbury; Barbara Fleck; Claire Devine; Richard Bray; Kate Hickinson; Paul Beynon; Julia Gwilt; Ean Davies; Dick Waddington; Bobby Smithson; Adam Tindall; Howard Read


‘The team at Appleyard Lees has a fundamental level of understanding of the requirements for a start-up company’s IP portfolio. As well as having a deep scientific understanding, it also provides expert tailored advice and shows flexibility in its approach, which reflects the client’s needs rather than the client needing to adhere to the firm’s standard procedures.’

‘Paul Beynon is a go-to person on all filing matters. He always speaks with a smile and is quick to get to the facts and form a pragmatic landscape for any consideration or new filing. His technical excellence is inbuilt.’

‘The team is warm, amenable, open-minded, and receptive to new working methods.’

‘The team at Appleyard Lees are very professional, easy to communicate with, and they work flexibly.’

‘They are efficient and proactive.’

‘Barbara Fleck and her team, including Claire Devine, are extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘Kate Hickinson always follows client instructions and give proper suggestions.’

‘David Clark and Richard Bray are always very quick to give responses to inquiries.’

Key clients

Crescendo Biologics

Samsung Electronics


Quantum Base

Smith & Nephew

Owlstone Medical

Cancer Research

Work highlights

  • Assisting Owlstone Medical with building their global patent portfolio.

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

Specialist IP firm Appleyard Lees regularly represents emerging and high-potential innovators and start-up companies, in addition to well-established international enterprises, in their trade mark-related matters. Its team of dual-qualified trade mark and patent attorneys is located across offices in Leeds, Halifax, Cambridge, and Manchester, and it assists clients from a wide range of sectors, including fashion, sports, consumer goods, technology, food and beverage, and manufacturing. Managing Partner David Clark sits at the helm of the team in Manchester, and Leeds-based Robert Cumming is another name of note. Dual-qualified solicitor and attorney Chris Hoole ‘is dynamic and enthusiastic’, and acts for clients in High Court litigation, and advises on UK and European trade mark registries.

Practice head(s):

David Clark

Other key lawyers:

Robert Cumming; Chris Hoole; David Moy; Bill Lister; Paul Brandon; Beverley Robinson; Daniel Bailey


‘The team at Appleyard Lees is very knowledgeable and efficient, and it gives clear advice that we can either action ourselves or pass on to our clients in turn. They are very flexible on how they report matters and use technology.’

‘Robert Cummings is the hallmark of a truly great lawyer: skilled, efficient, and ruthless in litigation and other contentious matters while still very calm and pleasant to work with.’

‘Chris Hoole is dynamic and enthusiastic and embraces new clients very well.’

‘The team is very responsive and efficient.’

‘I find them to be very business-focused.’

‘Well located to service the needs of start ups and established businesses.’

‘Beverley Robinson is great to work with and an excellent attorney.’

‘Chris Hoole is a great part of the Appleyards team.’

Key clients

Ivy Farms


Crescendo Biologics


Bolt Taxis

Cranswick Plc


Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm, with approximately  70 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
Managing Partner David Clark +44 (0)161 835 9655
Photo Name Position Profile
Chris Hoole photo Chris Hoole Partner / Solicitor
Bobby Smithson photo Bobby Smithson Partner / Patent Attorney
Dick Waddington photo Dick Waddington Partner / Patent Attorney
Partners : 20

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.

Intellectual Property Firm Appleyard Lees Appoints New Partner

(UK, April 2024) Appleyard Lees is delighted to announce that patent attorney, Paul Beynon (MEng, CPA, EPA), joined the partnership on 1 April 2024.

Intellectual Property Firm Appleyard Lees Appoints New Managing Partner

(UK, 1 January 2024) Bobby Smithson, Partner at leading intellectual property law firm Appleyard Lees, has been appointed as the firm’s Managing Partner, effective 1 January 2024.