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

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

What the team is known for High-quality international trade mark protection work and noted expertise in transactional IP matters, particularly within the technology sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They have a really good understanding of our business and the response time is excellent. They always e-mail back very promptly."

Client service: "They give clear, precise advice, react promptly to our enquiries and offer proactive support to our company."

What's new? Recent panel appointments include Cornwall Council, North Yorkshire County Council and Sensus USA.  

Work highlights Advised the Thank Heavens Partnership on the sale of its registered designs and trade marks portfolio to a USA-based corporation.

Advises online retailer Wasabi Frog for its worldwide trade mark filing, prosecution and infringement claims.

Notable practitioners

Mark Lomas is head of the team and is best known for his work in transactional matters. One client noted that "he was very strategic in thinking and came across really well." He was lead partner in the Thank Heavens IP sale.

Carl Steele maintains a broad IP practice and regularly handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is best known for his work involving trade marks, and is the relationship partner for the firm's work for Wasabi Frog. Clients note that he "works well under pressure" and is "very knowledgeable."

Significant clients University of Plymouth, L'Artisan Parfumer, Youngs International, Toffee Rivers Entertainment.

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

What the team is known for Capacity to help clients with a full range of IP matters, including trade mark infringement, franchising and licensing. Noted for its close relationship with the retail sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Their ability to make members of the team available on short notice during the difficult period of innovation and product launch is an invaluable support to both the legal team and wider business."

Efficiency: "A high-quality, prompt, hassle-free service."

What's new? The arrival of new partner Kim Walker strengthens the team's international franchising and expertise in the retail sector.

Bond Pearce merged with Dickinson Dees in 2013 resulting in a boosted contentious IP offering with greater geographical reach.

Work highlights Advised Royal Mail Group on the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics series of commemorative gold medal winners stamps, each produced within 24 hours of the medal win.

Acted for Carlsberg UK in connection with a trade mark infringement claim.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Allan-Jones heads the IP team and concentrates his practice on helping clients with contentious matters. He is described by clients as "calm under pressure" and as a "fount of industry knowledge."

Significant clients Royal Mail Group, B&Q, Carlsberg, Marks & Spencer.

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

What the team is known for Strong offerings in both contentious and non-contentious matters. High-quality advice regarding corporate restructurings and M&A. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of service: "I think they're very good, great value for money. Everyone is very competent and responsive. They work very well as a team. It's a real pleasure working with them."

Work highlights Defended Discovery Communications Europe against claims of trade mark infringement and passing off brought by A&E Television Networks and AETN UK.

Continual assistance to Virgin Enterprises concerning the exploitation, enforcement and protection of its IP rights.

Notable practitioners  

Head of IP litigation Jeremy Dickerson is regularly called upon for some of the biggest IP cases in the UK. Client note that "he gets to grips with the risk very quickly so the advice is very tailored to our needs." Sources add that "it's the commercial awareness coupled with legal acumen that sets him apart." Notable recent work includes the Discovery Communications Europe litigation.

Helen Scott-Lawler primarily works in the non-contentious side of IP, and regularly advises clients on matters ranging from brand protection to restructurings. She was recently lead partner for the firm's work with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

Associate Emily Roberts assists clients with both contentious and non-contentious matters. Clients relate that you "never have to wait more than a day to get a response." In addition, her "advice is always very solid" and she is "always very thorough, very business-savvy and practical."

Significant clients Coca-Cola Hellenic, Harrods, Starbucks.

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

What the team is known for Respected trade mark enforcement practice with expertise across a number of different industries. Highly regarded for its work with technology clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I think they're brilliant. They're on the ball, they understand our business, they understand how we work and how we want to work."

Work highlights Assisted International Dance Supplies on a variety of IP both nationally and internationally.

Manage the trade mark portfolio of Northcliffe Media, and enforce the client's trade mark rights.

Notable practitioners  

Marlene Howels is a key contact.

Significant clients Associated Newspapers, National Marine Aquarium, Zenex Technologies.

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

What the team is known for Broad proficiency in IP matters on a national and international scale. Particularly noted for its expertise in trade marks, including prosecution, contentious matters and registrations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are very efficient and precise in what they do. To date they have been perfect for my needs. I'm not sure how they could improve!"

Notable practitioners  

Robert Humphreys is well versed in all aspects of IP law. He is regularly called upon to assist clients on issues surrounding design rights, copyright and passing off.

Ruth Annand is a "grandee in the trade mark world," say sources. Peers remark that "it's difficult to think of someone with a stronger all-round reputation." Annand routinely assists clients with all issues surrounding IP rights, and has a recognised expertise in trade mark issues.

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

What the team is known for Advises clients on all aspects of IP law, from exploitation through to licensing and protection. Acts for a broad range of clients, with a particular focus on the life sciences sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "I was very impressed by the high standard of the work undertaken, applying experiences from other transactions and using a very clear, approachable communication style."

Client service: "I have been very impressed with the level of service. Response times are swift - often the same day - and timescales for delivery have always been made clear."

Work highlights The team continues to provide ongoing IP advice to Innovation Carbon Group and its subsidiary Haydale, who are involved in the newly emerging graphene market.

Notable practitioners  

Sean Jauss is a highly regarded non-contentious IP lawyer. Clients observe that he "very quickly understands the strategy and detail in a very complex contract, and uses his extremely good communication skills to make constructive comments for discussion." Other sources note that he "is extremely commercially astute, dedicated to his clients and a pleasure to work with. He explains complex issues in a coherent and concise way, and is able to offer high-level advice in a cost-effective manner."

Significant clients Alliance Pharma, Genentech, Pernod Ricard Europe.

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

What the team is known for Full-service offering, including both contentious and non-contentious matters. Increasing international focus, with cross-border work ranging from Asia through to Australia.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Very knowledgeable and comprehensive advice."

Work highlights Ongoing work assisting Plymouth University develop a comprehensive IP strategy, including policy and a commercialisation system.

Helping Centek navigate the legal elements involved in establishing a new US arm. 

Notable practitioners  

Rehman Noormohamed enjoys an increasingly national reputation for his work for significant public sector clients. He is best known for his commercialisation practice and was the lead partner working with Plymouth University.

Associate David Thompson concentrates his practice on assisting clients with commercial contracts. He is praised by clients because "he cuts to the chase and gives me the commercial option." In addition, "he's got a very good commercial eye on what we need to deliver," say sources.

Significant clients Haynes Publishing, Flybe, University of Plymouth, National Cancer Action Team.

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

What the team is known for Assists clients with all IP matters, including contentious and non-contentious work in both soft and hard IP. Noted for its work with the technology, media, fashion and telecoms sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Their advice has been pragmatic and for the real world. They advise in a normal commercial manner and it doesn't feel like I get advice and have to assimilate it into something intelligible that I can present. I just get good, solid, commercial advice."

Industry knowledge: "They generally try to understand not just our business, but business in general. That is the real way that a law firm adds value. It's not all about the big-ticket items - it is about understanding the day-to-day needs of your client, and that means having a genuine interest in what they are doing."

Work highlights The team has continued to advise Ultra Electronics regarding all of its patent protection, software licensing and IP disputes.

Notable practitioners  

Clare Robinson is a highly regarded litigator who is described by clients as both "responsive and practical." She anchors the firm's relationship with Ultra Electronics.

Significant clients Eurostar, Fat Face, Mulberry.

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

What the team is known for Expertise in a wide variety of matters, with recognised excellence in international trade mark advice. Noted experience with respect to the defence, media and technology sectors.

What's new? Alex Pyatt, an experienced non-contentious IP lawyer, has joined the firm.

Work highlights Assisted Lovehoney with its successful bid to secure the rights to produce and sell official Fifty Shades of Grey merchandise.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Braithwaite maintains a broad non-contentious IP practice assisting clients with a variety of issues ranging from sponsorship for sports teams to endorsement agreements. One client notes that he "is someone who is very commercial, and takes the time to get to know your brand and what you're trying to do with it."

Significant clients Bath Rugby Club, Hamptons International, University of Bristol.

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

What the team is known for Heavy focus on IP work for brands with an international scope. Expertise in soft IP, with a significant trade mark practice which includes applications and disputes.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They've got personable lawyers who are diligent and professional. They manage the relationship well, they're proactive and reactive."

What's new? Nick Fenner joins from Shoosmiths. He has experience with both IP litigation as well as work on non-contentious matters such as structuring licensing arrangements.  

Notable practitioners

James Touzel heads the department.

Significant clients Aardman Animations, Accolade Wines, WHSmith.

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

What the team is known for Strong track record in IP matters concerning the educational sector, in addition to a thriving trade mark filing practice.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The quality of their work has been good. Those in the firm respond quickly to requests and provide sensible answers to questions."

Commercial awareness: "Veale Wasbrough Vizards offers exceptional advice truly understanding the nature of the client’s business and the client’s commercial strategy. Consequently its advice and action, even in tricky circumstances, is outstanding, delivering prompt and excellent results."

Technical ability: "The advice was clearly laid out and reliable. Their legal writing was clear, concise and easy to understand."

What's new? New partner Sue Malthouse has rejoined the firm from her previous role as group director of legal at Clarks Shoes.

Work highlights Assisted Malvern College in licensing project partners to establish a school in China under its brand.

Notable practitioners  

Doug Locke maintains a broad practice which encompasses patents, copyright and design rights. He is described by clients as "very bright and capable" and is praised for being able to "think around problems and make very useful suggestions." One impressed client said that "he takes the trouble to understand what it is exactly you're trying to achieve as opposed to the best legal position."

Significant clients Airbus, Beyond the Bean, The Royal Mint.

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

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Excellent ties to the media, technology and creative sectors. Recognised expertise in branding matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We have found them to be very practical and effective, and their actions resulted in our interests being protected."

What's new? Simon Clegg joins the firm as a partner, and is particularly experienced working with clients in the media and television sectors.

Work highlights Assisted Forces Reunited with a cybersquatting issue and successfully argued for the transfer of the disputed domain name to Forces Reunited.

Notable practitioners  

Jessica Bent assists clients with a broad range of matters, including branding, patent licensing and infringement, and research agreements. She took the lead in the Forces Reunited domain name dispute.

Significant clients Applicable, Professional Jockeys Association, Triumph International.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Clare Jackman of Norton Rose Fulbright 

Edmund Probert of Probert Legal counts among his clients a significant number of technology companies.

Rebecca Steer, of Steer and Co in Bristol, helps clients on a variety of matters, including patents and general advice on IP rights. Among her clients are Iain Sinclair Designs, for whom she helps protect IP rights and contest counterfeit products.

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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