Nicole Bollard > Chambers of David Berkley QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of David Berkley QC

Work Department

Property and Estates; Commercial



Nicole is a specialist Intellectual Property (IP) barrister. She is regularly instructed in cases in the High Court, IPEC and the UKIPO. Nicole’s practice covers all areas of IP and she has recently been instructed in claims concerning trade marks, designs, copyright, passing off, patents and breach of confidence. Nicole has also recently appeared in the Company Names Tribunal.

Nicole’s IP practice is complimented by her extensive experience in commercial litigation. She is regularly instructed in a wide range of commercial matters, both independently of and in conjunction with IP disputes.

Examples of recent work

  • Scott Hallsworth v Kurobuta Limited – KUROBUTA (O/359/19) Appeal to the Appointed Person (waiting judgment).
  • Lease Comparison Limited v Carparison Limited (IP-2019-000052) – IPEC claim for passing off.
  • Visual Foods Limited v New Harvest Wholesale Limited and another (IP-2019-000182) – IPEC claim concerning trade mark infringement.
  • Examples of copyright cases: alleged copying of a crime fiction novel; use of rap lyrics by another artist; and ownership of architects’ plans and models.
  • Examples of trade mark cases: skin care brand; international magazine; Chinese martial art; coffee shop branding.
  • Examples of design right cases: sports kit; safety harness; domestic utility cupboard; lunch box.
  • Examples of patent cases: construction device involved in the manufacture of roads; construction tool involved in building walls.
  • Kirk Silo Installations Limited v Mansfield Garage Doors Limited  (0/676/19) and(0/012/20) – successfully obtained an order for the change of the Respondent’s company name.


Nicole practices in all areas of property law and is regularly instructed to advise and represent clients in the High Court, County Court and First Tier Tribunal as well as at meetings within the ADR sphere. Nicole’s experience covers the broad spectrum of real property, including nuisance, trespass, boundaries and easements. Nicole also has good expertise in landlord and tenant matters, including: commercial leases, possession hearings, rent arrears and service charges, disrepair and forfeiture.  Nicole regularly advises and represents clients in matters involving TOLATA (Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustee Act) issues, and is known for giving clear strategic advice to resolve matters as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Nicole has substantial experience in cases involving right to light, property damage, access injunctions (including those for utility services), mortgages and charging orders.

Recent cases

  • Advising on numerous claims for nuisance, arising from rights of way and rights to light.
  • Advising in relation to the parties’ respective beneficial interests in a property owned solely by one party, which involved considering TOLATA claims and proprietary estoppel.
  • Successfully defending a claim for breach of covenant for quiet enjoyment.
  • Obtaining an interim injunction in the High Court to prevent interference with the right of way of a property developer.
  • Obtaining an interim injunction requiring a landlord to allow a commercial tenant to re-enter the property.
  • Obtaining an access injunction to allow a utility company to access their services on farm land where the landowner was refusing access.


Nicole has a wide range of experience in commercial matters including advising, drafting and representing clients in a range of general contractual and commercial matters.  Nicole has extensive experience representing clients in the following matters:

  • Breach of contract
  • Agency
  • Insolvency & bankruptcy
  • Sale and supply of goods & services
  • Misrepresentation, undue influence & duress
  • Professional negligence
  • Intellectual property

Intellectual Property

Nicole’s Intellectual Property practice includes copyright, trade marks, passing off, designs and confidential information. Examples of Nicole’s recent work includes the following:

  • Achieving a favourable settlement in a claim for infringement of a sports kit design
  • Advising in a trade mark dispute concerning an international magazine
  • Advising in relation to the copying of music lyrics
  • Drafting pleadings in a design case in connection with a toy
  • She also has experience of advising and acting in matters concerning domain names and database rights.

In August 2017 Nicole attended the Cambridge University Intellectual Property Law Summer School. Hosted by well-known senior IP lawyers the one week course included lectures and various practical exercises including an application for injunctive relief.

Nicole completed her pupillage under the supervision of IP specialist Victoria Jones, and continues to work closely with counsel in a broad range of intellectual property matters including copyright, trade marks and passing off.


Nicole also accepts instructions in non-contentious matters and has experience in drafting and advising on:

  • Share holder agreements
  • Manufacturing agreements
  • Standard terms and conditions
  • Data protection notices

Recent cases

  • Advising and drafting a skeleton argument in relation to a claim concerning the restriction of a former employee’s use of a personal LinkedIn account which involved issues of restrictive covenants and general contractual arguments.
  • Advising on a claim in relation to the ownership of a domain name which involved issues of undue influence and mistake.
  • Successfully obtaining an interim injunction to restrain the presentation of a winding-up petition.
  • Drafting a defence to a claim for breach of contract and misrepresentation concerning the sale of a dentist practice.
  • Advising in respect of solicitor’s negligence in advising on settlement.
  • Instructed in relation to a claim for a preference under s.239 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Acting as a junior in an arbitration concerning the installation of industrial fittings.


Year of call 2012


  • IP Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association (TECBAR)


  • BA Hons. English, University of Oxford
  • GDL, City Law School
  • BPTC, City Law School

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Intellectual property

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Nicole Bollard3PBNicole has the ability to build strong and personable relationships with clients from the outset, and provides excellent and concise advice.