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Appleyard Lees

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Partner / Solicitor


Chris is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered trade mark attorney, experienced in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property (IP) matters, including trade marks, designs, copyright and patents.

Working closely with a range of businesses, from blue-chip multinationals to SMEs, Chris provides tailored strategic and commercial advice to help IP-conscious businesses better protect and police their IP rights.

Chris has capitalised on his experience and commercial know-how to build and establish the firm’s highly-respected disputes team, and has acted for and advised clients in the High Court, the IPEC, and the UK and European trade mark registries. Chris is also experienced in formal mediation.

Acting for clients across a spectrum of sectors, Chris specialises in fashion, sports, consumer goods, technology, food and beverage, and manufacturing sectors. He frequently works with clients to establish and maintain successful global anti-counterfeiting campaigns, both on and offline.

Recommended by the WTR 1000 Leading IP Professionals globally, Chris is highly commended by his clients, one client comments: “Chris Hoole has been an invaluable asset to ‘the fabl’ and ‘Toolally’ over the last five years. His expertise in IP matters has meant that I trust him implicitly.”

Chris is a frequent global speaker and editorial contributor, and is a member of both the Copyright Committee and the EU Intellectual Property Office Link Committee for ECTA, liaising directly with the EUIPO. He is also a member of the Anti-counterfeiting Group.

Chris is the learning and development officer for Cambridgeshire Law Society and is a mental health first aider.

Chris has contributed to various publications and consultations, and regularly writes for the CITMA Magazine and LexisNexis.


LLB (Europe), MCITMA, Solicitor (England & Wales), Solicitor (Irish Roll)

Lawyer Rankings

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

Specialist IP firm Appleyard Lees assists multinational companies and household names, such as Moncler and Puma, as well as academic institutions, with strategic trade mark portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting matters, branding issues and litigation, often involving a cross-border element. With offices in Leeds, Halifax, Cambridge and Manchester, the team houses both attorneys and solicitors, in addition to dual-qualified practitioners, and has demonstrable experience in opposition proceedings at the UKIPO and the EUIPO. In Manchester, managing partner David Clark jointly leads the practice alongside Leeds-based Robert Cumming, while dual-qualified solicitor and attorney Chris Hoole, who operates from the firm’s office in Cambridge and is praised as ‘reliable and responsive’, was promoted to partner in April 2021. The team’s expertise spans the fashion, consumer goods, education and entertainment sectors.