Prof Lionel Bently > Chambers of Iain Purvis KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Iain Purvis KC
11 South Square


Professor Lionel Bently has gained invaluable experience and knowledge in all areas of IP law through his academic roles. Since joining Chambers as a Door Tenant in 2011 he has regularly provided advice in complex cases that require a thorough understanding of the law.


Called 2009, Inner Temple. Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge ( He is also a Professorial Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 2007 he was the Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property law at the National University of Singapore, and for the spring semester of 2008 he was the visiting BNL Professor of European Law at Columbia University. He was called to the bar (IT) in 2009, and completed his pupillage in January 2011. He joined 11 South Square in February 2011. Publications of note: He is author of ‘Intellectual Property Law’ (Oxford, OUP, 2001; 2nd ed, 2004; 3d ed, 2008) (with Brad Sherman); ‘The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law – The British Experience, 1760-1911’ (Cambridge: CUP, 1999) (with Brad Sherman); ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Problems Facing Freelance Creators in the UK Media Market-Place’ (London: Institute of Employment Rights, 2002); and ‘Gurry on Breach of Confidence: The Law of Trade Secrets and Confidentiality’ (with T Aplin, P Johnson & S Malynicz) (OUP, 2012). He is co-editor of: ‘Trade Marks and Brands: An Interdisciplinary Critique’ (Cambridge: CUP, 2008) (with Jennifer Davis and Jane Ginsburg); ‘Intellectual Property in the New Millennium: Essays in Honour of W R Cornish’ (Cambridge: CUP, 2004) (with David Vaver); ‘Privilege and Property: Essays on the History of Copyright’ (eds Deazley, Bently & Kretschmer) (Cambridge: OpenBook, 2009); ‘Copyright Infringement and Piracy: An Interdisciplinary Critique’ (eds Jennifer Davis, Jane Ginsburg and Lionel Bently) (Cambridge: CUP, 2010); ‘The Common Law of Intellectual Property: A Festshcrift for David Vaver’ (eds Ng, Bently & D’Agostino) (Oxford: Hart, 2010); ‘Global Copyright: From 1710 to Cyberspace’ (Edward Elgar, 2010) (with U Suthersanen and P Torremans).


Stamford School, Lincolnshire; Pembroke College, Cambridge (1986 BA (Law)).