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8 New Square Intellectual Property
8 New Square


Barrister (QC) specialising in all aspects of intellectual property, media and entertainment, and information technology. IP areas include patents, trade marks, copyright, passing off, confidential information, registered and unregistered designs, M&E areas include broadcasting (terrestrial and satellite), publishing, performers’ rights, moral rights. IT specialisms include internet law, database rights, telecommunications. Also specialises in jurisdiction disputes relating to all of the above. Recent cases include Unwired Planet v. Huawei (telecoms patents; FRAND); Conversant v. Huawei & ZTE (telecoms patents; FRAND; jurisdiction); Regeneron v. Kymab (transgenic mouse patent); Actavis v. ICOS (pharmaceutical patent); Warner Lambert v. Generics & Actavis (second medical use patent); and Cartier v. BskyB (trade mark infringement over the Internet; injunction against ISPs). For comprehensive CV visit chambers website at


Called 1993, Gray’s Inn. Co-author Modern Law of Copyright 3rd-5th Ed.


Patent Bar Association (PBA); Chancery Bar Association.


Born 1969. Educated at Seaford Head Comprehensive; Kings College, Cambridge (1991 BA Physics and Theoretical Physics – 1st Class); College of Law 1992 (Common Professional Exam with distinction); ICSL 1993 (Bar Vocational Course). Called 1993, Appointed QC 2012.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > IT and telecoms

(IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Adrian Speck QC8 New SquareA standout silk.

At 8 New Square, barristers balance IP and IT expertise to handle a wide range of technology and telecoms disputes. In a notable highlight, Daniel Alexander QC is representing the defendants and Adrian Speck QC is acting for the claimants in Unwired Planet/Conversant v Huawei/ZTE in the Supreme Court relating to FRAND determinations in the telecoms sector. Other key instructions include Martin Howe QC and Jaani Riordan acting for Argos Systems in the Court of Appeal in Argos Ltd v Argos Systems Inc relating to the targeting of website advertisements operated by a company outside the UK and related trade mark issues; Jonathan Hill is acting for the claimant.

London Bar > Intellectual property

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Adrian Speck QC8 New SquareA standout QC who is highly rated by clients.