Firm Profile > Appleyard Lees > Leeds, England

Appleyard Lees

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

Appleyard Lees has taken its patent prosecution practice to a new level in recent years, with 2020 confirming the increase in the number of granted patents in spite of the challenges caused by the pandemic. Present in Northern England and Cambridge, the firm is close to several key UK innovation hotspots. The group is among the most active advisors on chemistry patents, in particular those involving speciality and commodity chemistry. Other core areas are the food and beverage sector, the electronics and software sectors, and the heavy industry sectors. The life sciences practice is developing well, with pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and biotechnology clients choosing the firm for prosecution work. In addition to its work for corporate clients, the practice also frequently handles patent prosecution matters for technology transfer offices and research institutions. Managing partner David Clark is the head of the practice. Howard Read in Manchester, who holds a PhD in metallurgy, made partner in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

David Clark

Other key lawyers:

Julia Gwilt; Simon Bradbury; Bobby Smithson; Howard Read; Ean Davies; Adam Tindall; Barbara Fleck; Jennifer Delaney; Paul Beynon; Dick Waddington


We have always found Appleyard Lees to be utterly professional, reliable and competent. It is without a doubt a go-to firm for us.

I personally believe there are not enough words to describe how amazing the team has been to work with. They have worked above and beyond, worked crazy hours in order to complete everything in a timely manner, but the quality of the work has never been compromised ! I have worked with many firms and personally this team has stood out the most. They truly listen to what you need and what you are aiming for. Not only do they listen but they support you in achieving your visions and goals!’

Over the years that we have used Appleyard Lees, they have continually made the effort to keep up-to-date with our technology developments meaning that whilst they can’t necessarily anticipate our next move, their responses are rapid and relevant resulting in highly constructive outcomes. Appleyard Lees have been able to successfully support our growth.

Bobby Smithson and Dick Waddington are highly skilled and a pleasure to work with. Bobby not only demonstrated a deep understanding of the legal and procedural aspects, but also an uncanny grasp of the technology and flaws presented in the patent being opposed.  Bobby provided us with indispensable guidance at every juncture and did so in his characteristically personable and approachable manner.  I must add that Bobby has an extraordinary comprehension of client expectations. I have nothing negative to say about either of them.

I will begin by saying that every single person from this team have provided nothing but exceptional service from receptionists, admin, accounts team, associates all the way to partners of the firm. Each person I have worked with or spoken to is a true credit to the firm and have provided nothing but a positive experience.

Adam Tindall provides exceptional service and knowledge to myself and my team, has worked above and beyond to work on strong collaboration between ourselves and his team. Truly understands what we require and has provided us with nothing but genuine advice that really benefits our business. He does not impose a decision like most attorneys, but provides guidance and support. His ability to work with anyone in the room is exceptional.  I personally have not found a partner in another firm that matches his skill set, experience and understanding and the work he has done with us speaks volumes in itself.

Paul Beynon has very kindly participated in workshops to increase visibility of IP in the business. I personally believe his service has played a fundamental role in core elements of collaboration within our organisation. He has supported us and provided us with exceptional support, he also has incredible patience. His understanding and guidance is highly appreciated!

The strength of the personal relationships that Appleyard Lees’ partner has developed with our team has been the key to our successful partnership. Jennifer Delaney’s willingness to fully prepare, then listen and subsequently apply the outcomes with speed is highly valued and would be difficult to replicate.

Key clients

Owlstone Medical


Clasado Biosciences

WEIR Minerals

PPG Industries

SNC Nanofibers

British Steel

Samsung Electronics

CCm Technologies

FeTu Roticulate

Smith & Nephew Medical

Mondelez International

Cancer Research UK

Mitsubishi Chemicals UK

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

Appleyard Lees is a specialist IP firm with a strong presence in the North of England and Cambridge. The team is composed of attorneys and solicitors, including many dual-qualified practitioners, for example Chris Hoole in Leeds who made partner in April 2020. The practice assists with strategic portfolio management matters as well as contentious proceedings, opposition and appeal proceedings, anti-counterfeiting matters and litigation, both in the UK and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Managing partner David Clark and Robert Cumming in Leeds head up the practice. In April 2020, the firm launched Greenshoots, a series of IP-related insights published through different channels, including a podcast and a digital library and platform.

Practice head(s):

David Clark; Robert Cumming

Other key lawyers:

Chris Hoole; David Moy; Rachel Garrod


Responsive and informative. Keep explanations simple.

Knowledgeable and lots of relevant examples to draw on when devising a strategy of problem-solving. Experts in a very specialist field.’

Rachel Garrod and David Moy are a pleasure to deal with, communicate well,  provide expert advice.

David Moy provides clear and consistent advice which is simple to understand and (mostly) jargon-free.  Responsive and happy to help.

Robert Cumming is excellent with clients, very reassuring and quietly confident in his own abilities. An expert in his field, he seamlessly aided my firm through multi-jurisdictional matters on time and to budget. Robert also provides excellent accessibility, and with quick responses.

Key clients

Moncler S.p.A


Fit Kitchen Ltd.

British Steel

Jemella (GHD)/Coty

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
 Chris Hoole photo Chris Hoole Partner / Solicitor
 Bobby Smithson photo Bobby Smithson Partner / Patent Attorney
 Dick Waddington photo Dick Waddington 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.