UK

South West

Intellectual Property


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Intellectual Property - South West

 - 

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners 
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Offers notable strength in brand protection, with an international trade mark portfolio management practice supplemented by a growing contentious IP workload. Also experienced in transactional IP matters, especially for technology clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've been really on-the-ball and very responsive." 

"Their advice is of the highest quality." 

Work highlights Continues to manage the worldwide trade mark portfolios of L'Artisan Parfumeur and Penhaligon's, comprising around 1,000 trade marks and designs across the globe.

Worked with colleagues across the firm to advise Sensus on its agreement with the Department for Energy & the Environment, concerning the provision of smart meters across the North of the UK. 

Notable practitioners  

Firm chairman Mark Lomas maintains a busy IP practice, leading many of the firm's non-contentious mandates. Recent highlights include leading the team on its management of L'Artisan Parfumeur and Penhaligon's worldwide trade mark portfolio. One client remarked: "Mark is very astute and has great commercial awareness."

Partner and trade mark attorney Carl Steele is head of the team's trade mark practice, and handles a busy contentious IP workload. Commentators highlight his technical skill and responsiveness. His key clients include Wasabi Frog, owner and operator of boohoo.com.

Significant clients The University of Plymouth, London Borough of Ealing, South West Grid for Learning Trust, Day Pitney, CrowdCube. 

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Provides expertise and experience in assisting clients in the retail and media sectors with their IP concerns. Works alongside the firm's busy trade mark filing and prosecution practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were pragmatic and understood the solutions that the business really wanted, rather than point-scoring or making complicated legal points."

"I can't fault them at all. Very efficient. Very hands-on." 

Work highlights Advised Carlsberg on the £10 million launch of Somersby Cider, and continues to manage the client's trade mark portfolio.

Continued to advise Post Office on various IP matters, including passing off, domain names and Google adwords registered trade mark infringement.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Pearce heads the department and is a key practice contact.

Significant clients Royal Mail, B&Q, Kingfisher Sourcing & Offer Organisation, Immediate Media, Sainsbury's.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 trade mark attorney
- 1 trade mark manager
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for A market-leading practice spanning contentious and non-contentious mandates. It represents household-name brands in high-profile disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is impeccable and just doesn't make mistakes: they're on top of everything." 

"You have to be on your game when they are your opponents, as they don't miss anything."

Work highlights Continued to act for Discovery Channel on its successful defence of a trade mark and passing-off claim in the High Court brought by A&T Television Networks and AETN. The case culminated in a nine-day trial, with Discovery being awarded indemnity costs.

Acted for RAC on the IP aspects of two major transactions: appointing BGL Group to offer RAC-branded car insurance, and outsourcing its motor accident claims handling service to Quindell.

Notable practitioners  

Contentious IP specialist Jeremy Dickerson continues to command the respect of market sources. Interviewees explain: "He's on-the-ball and very, very practical. He does have a very technical mind too, and knows how to apply the law." His client list includes Discovery Channel, Starbucks and new client Victoria's Secret.

Clients say transactional IP specialist Helen Scott-Lawler "has a lot of common sense and communicates in a way that is very easy to understand." Her recent mandates include transactions for RAC and advising the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on IP restructuring following the winding-up of BNFL.

Senior associate Emily Roberts impresses commentators with her very commercial approach and excellent communication with peers and clients. She has built up experience of both contentious and non-contentious IP, and worked with clients including Starbucks, Harrods and Virgin.

Significant clients Discovery Channel, RAC, Tata Steel, FirstGroup, Lidl. 

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Offers considerable expertise in brand protection work, particularly for clients in retail and leisure. Also adept in technology disputes, with a focus on the software industry.

Work highlights Acted for Sudarshan Chemical Industries in patent litigation with Clariant Produkte. The case ended up in the Court of Appeal, where the court gave important guidance on actionable threats.

Notable practitioners  

Patrick Gearon is head of the firm's IP practice, and the key contact for clients.

Significant clients Nike International, 1E, Cobham/MMI Research, Solange, Arcadia.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Brand management and protection remain key areas of strength, aided by the team's ability to file and prosecute trade marks for clients. Growing practice in media rights.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very good, and have a commercial, business-focused approach." 

Work highlights Advising Silvergate on numerous IP issues concerning a proposed agreement with an Irish animation company for the production of a second television series of Peter Rabbit, based on Beatrix Potter's books.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Cuell is a key contact for the practice.

Significant clients Associated Newspapers, Interplay UK, BIS, Tate & Lyle, South West Highways. 

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- 3 patent attorney consultants
- 1 trade mark attorney consultant
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Broad IP offering with sector strength in areas including retail, software development and engineering. The practice is bolstered by the recruitment of in-house patent attorneys.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very pragmatic and always looking for what is best for the client. They consider what is important to achieve commercial objectives and thus deliver balanced legal advice." 

Work highlights Acted for European manufacturer Lisca in an IP dispute with Austique concerning an underwear range. The case was one of the first to be heard in the High Court following the Jackson reforms, and it was successfully argued for the client that it should remain in the High Court, on a costs budgeting basis.

Notable practitioners  

Partners Adam Finch and Tim Walker are key contacts for the practice.

Significant clients Contact Sales & Marketing, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Entnet, Direct Sight, Food is Art.

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for A busy practice in trade mark prosecution work for clients nationally and internationally, particularly from the Middle East. Also recognised for IP disputes involving passing off, trade marks, copyright and design rights.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give good, sound advice, and a good, quick turnaround. I really appreciate their service." 

"They're good at recognising the difficulties, and then treading the line between the legal position and what the client wants/needs."

Notable practitioners  

Senior partner Robert Humphreys heads the firm's IP offering, and provides expertise in a broad range of matters. He "is a real expert in IP, who has been doing it a very long time," according to one leading peer.

Senior associate Ruth Annand remains a well-known figure in the IP world, held in high esteem by peers and clients. Sources highlight her technical skill and knowledge, particularly concerning trade marks. She is widely published, and is one of the Lord Chancellor's Appointed Persons.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for A well-respected patent and trade mark attorney firm. Specialises in life sciences, handling matters for market leaders in areas including pharmaceuticals, nano-material and biotechnology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I was very impressed by the high standard of the work undertaken, applying experience from other transactions and using a very clear, approachable communication style."

"They're always on-the-ball and know their stuff." 

What's new? Sean Jauss was promoted to the partnership.

Work highlights Advised Innovative Carbon Group and its subsidiary, Haydale, on commercial and transactional matters relating to the development, manufacture and supply of nano-materials such as graphene.

Acted for Italian biopharmaceuticals company Philogen on providing a significant patent licence to Pfizer. 

Notable practitioners  

Partner Sean Jauss is a well-respected figure in the market, highlighted for his background in microbiology and his thorough approach. He specialises in advising clients in life sciences, and handles a growing number of research and development collaboration agreements.

Significant clients Innovative Carbon Group and Haydale, Philogen, Sarepta Therapeutics.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Continues to develop an international dimension. Strong in structuring major IP commercialisation projects for clients in the public and private sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide robust and sensible advice, and look for a long-term relationship with the client."

"They very quickly grasped the true essence of our products and how they might be developed further." 

Work highlights Advised and acted for NHS Improving Quality on the commercialisation of major cancer care planning software. The tool was sold to Varian, a leading US company in radiation oncology software and equipment. 

Advising on IP aspects of the management buyout of the Otter House Group, including Calendar Club.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Rehman Noormohamed is the central figure in the team's strong track record for cross-border and domestic IP commercialisation projects. In one significant example, he led the team's work for NHS Improving Quality on the commercialisation of cancer care planning software. Clients praise his leadership and negotiation skills.

Associate David Thompson continues to impress clients, who report that "he will provide you with a robust point of view and a practical approach," in addition to being "very quick on the uptake on complex problems." He recently handled the IP aspects of the management buyout of the Otter House Group. 

Significant clients TOMY Europe, University of Plymouth, Metropolitan Police, Met Office, Landmark Information Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Key sectors include technology and digital business, retail, financial services and defence. Adept across the full spectrum of IP mandates, with highlight matters in the last year including passing-off litigation, trade mark portfolio management and significant commercial contacts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a strong, well-managed team who are not afraid to dive in at short notice into complex matters."

Work highlights Handled a range of matters for Danone, including complex High Court litigation concerning alleged passing off.

Acted for Activision on protecting its IP rights, following unauthorised modifications to games in the 'Call of Duty' franchise.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Clare Robinson is a contentious IP specialist, and of late has handled disputes for clients including Danone, Eurostar and Activision. Market commentators highlight her leadership skills and tenacious approach to disputes.

Significant clients EE, Nutricia, Virgin Media, Mulberry, QinetiQ.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for Fast-growing practice, with a busy brand protection workload. Clients include a number of government-funded schemes, and businesses in the food and drink, agriculture and manufacturing industries. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I find them very accessible - they are able to communicate easily in layman's terms rather than legal terms."

"Everyone seems very down-to-earth, understanding and willing to listen to what you require." 

Notable practitioners  

Ben Travers leads the team. Clients are unanimous in praising his knowledge, practical advice and ability to build strong relationships with them.  

Significant clients Rochford Garden Machinery, Fridgesco, TJ International, Whetman Pinks, Zero Carbon Future.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Recognised for its abilities in international brand management and complex licensing agreements. Increasingly popular with luxury brand owners and manufacturers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very commercial and really know what they are doing." 

Work highlights Advised the World Nuclear Association on a range of IP and commercial issues, including international trade marks and a brand licensing agreement.

Advised Carte Blanche Greetings on a merchandising licence to allow it to produce toys under the popular Moshi Monsters brand.

Notable practitioners  

With more than 20 years of experience, Andrew Braithwaite is an experienced and well-respected figure in the market. He is a non-contentious IP specialist and plays a key part in the team's work for technology and innovation clients. He led the team in advising Carte Blanche Greetings on a merchandising licence to produce Moshi Monsters toys. 

Significant clients Lovehoney, Miller Harris, Eatec, MAN Truck & Bus, TPS Rental Systems.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 associates
- 1 trade mark attorney
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Remains the team of choice for several household names with brands requiring protection across the globe. The team has the capability to handle the full range of trade mark and copyright issues, including an increasing number of disputes.

Work highlights Represented Merlin Entertainments Group in its dispute with the BBC, following allegations made concerning games at Thorpe Park.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department James Touzel is the practice's key contact.

Significant clients WHSmith, BGL Group, Bonmarché, Titan Containers, Vitamins Direct (Bermuda). 

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Traditional firm-wide focus on the educational sector. Trade marks also remain an area of strength.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"All my dealings with them have been extremely efficient and practical. I feel I have been well advised and given all the options."

"From a technical point of view they are very sound. They look at things in the round, and can come up with creative solutions, meaning you don't feel they will miss anything." 

Work highlights Offered IP and commercial advice to the Grand Appeal, a charity raising money for the Bristol Children's Hospital and Special Care Baby Unit. This included the charity's highly successful Gromit Unleashed campaign, in which 80 statues of Gromit were decorated by artists, displayed around Bristol, then auctioned.

Managing the international trade mark portfolio for the Royal Mint, and advising on IP aspects of its major new iSIS coin technology project.

Notable practitioners  

Doug Locke leads the team. One impressed peer commented that "he is very accessible in two ways: first, you can get hold of him when you need him. Secondly, his style is very accessible. He's practical and gets to the nub of things." Recent standout matters include advising the Royal Mint and the Grand Appeal.

Associate Paula Williams focuses on trade mark work, and recently advised the Joint Council for Qualifications on combating fake A-level and GCSE exam certificates. Sources say that she is very easy to work with, responsive and good at building a rapport with clients.

Significant clients Yankee Candle, University of East London, Cranleigh School, Beyond the Bean, Seasalt.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Handles high-profile High Court litigation for IP-reliant clients. Also active in non-contentious work, advising clients in sectors including technology, IT and engineering.

Work highlights Acting for Total Ltd in trade mark infringement proceedings in the High Court against YouView TV. This follows a high-profile appeal to the High Court in 2012.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Gordon heads the department.

Significant clients Excelerate Technology, Lakes Bathrooms, Poundstretcher, Spirax-Sarco, Total Ltd. 

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Bath

What the team is known for Handles contentious and non-contentious mandates in the branding, media and technology spheres. Clients are typically medium-sized businesses across the South West, in addition to individuals, charities and listed companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We always find the staff to be extremely proficient, knowledgeable and personable."

"They give a gold star service and are very easy to work with."

Work highlights Advised Arco on oppositions to its Community trade mark application for its candle brand True Grace.

Advised furniture company Neptune on a number of oppositions to trade mark applications it had filed in the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Jessica Bent leads the team and has a broad IP practice. Her recent clients include Adam Matthew Digital, Arco and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. "She understood the issues very well, was very focused and took a pragmatic approach to what was a complex problem," said one satisfied client. 

Significant clients Airsprung Group, WRc, Applicable, Triumph International, Whale & Dolphin Consultation.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Clients are quick to praise Andrew Allan-Jones of DAC Beachcroft LLP because "he's very passionate about what he does" and is "very good at giving practical advice and putting it in plain language." He leads many of the team's most significant mandates, including recently acting for John Lewis in a patent infringement claim.

Edmund Probert of Probert Legal is well regarded for his advice to charities and SMEs in the software and computer technology field on IP and general commercial matters.

Rebecca Steer of Steer and Co maintains a busy IP workload, particularly for clients in social media and technology. She recently advised key client SecondSync on a major agreement with Facebook, under which Facebook will license data for SecondSync's social TV analysis dashboard. One satisfied client explained: "She understands our business and is able to provide insightful advice that is tuned to our business needs."

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.

Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

Other Noted Practitioners are individuals who have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Other Noted Firms

Other Noted Firms are firms that have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.