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8 New Square Intellectual Property
8 New Square


Barrister specialising in all aspects of intellectual property, IT, and media and entertainment, including patents, trade marks and passing off, confidential information, designs, copyright and performer’s rights; also specialises in jurisdiction disputes under the CJJA 1982/Brussels Convention. Please see website entry at for recent cases.


Called 1993, Gray’s Inn. Co-author ‘The Modern Law of Copyright’ (3rd ed, Nov 2000).


IP Bar Association (PBA); Chancery Bar Association.


Seaford Head Comprehensive; Kings College, Cambridge (1991 BA Physics and Theoretical Physics 1st); College of Law (1992 Common Professional Examination distinction); ICSL (Bar Vocational Course).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Intellectual property

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Adrian Speck QC8 New SquareHe is at the top of his game.

8 New Square is ‘one of the strongest IP sets in terms of depth of talent’, with barristers that are ‘very strong on all aspects of IP law, from the most junior to QC level’. The set is particularly known for complex patent litigation; Adrian Speck QC and Isabel Jamal are instructed by Unwired Planet while Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC is representing Huawei in high-profile litigation relating to FRAND terms for a global standard essential patent license that is set to be appealed to the Supreme Court next year. In recent Supreme Court cases, Speck QC acted for Actavis, Mylan and Teva, alongside new silk Mark Chacksfield QC in patent litigation against Eli Lilly, while Lindsay Lane QC, who also took silk this year, and Jaani Riordan represented British Telecommunications plc and EE against Cartier International AG in a dispute relating the conditions of an order requiring internet service providers to block or attempt to block access to websites infringing registered trademarks.

London Bar > IT and telecoms

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

Adrian Speck QC8 New SquareHe is particularly strong for FRAND licensing disputes relating to standards essential telecommunications patents.

8 New Square, which has been highlighted as ‘one of the best sets in the IP world’, is also considered ‘at the top of its game in IT’. The ‘excellent set’ has expertise in contractual disputes, as well as on those relating to domain names, and data rights and protection. High-profile instructions include Conversant Wireless Licensing Sarl v Huawei Technology Co Ltd, in which Jaani Riordan is instructed for Huawei and Adrian Speck QC for Conversant, and Argos Ltd v Argos Systems Inc, which includes Jonathan Hill for the claimant and Jaani Riordan for the defendant.