This regular award winner runs “the leading Scottish IP practice”. “Brodies will never let you down – you feel safe and secure in its hands, and nothing is too much trouble. The team has a can-do attitude and works extremely quickly on time-sensitive matters.” Resolving disputes sooner rather than later is a forte of Gill Grassie
and the “commercially savvy” Robert Buchan
. “With them, it is about responsiveness and flexibility – and they can turn their hands to any IP issue.” The pre-emptive strategic advice of “fantastic”, “technically excellent” lawyer Grassie is like gold dust for those keen to avoid courtroom combat; her exceptional experience will carry the day when cases do go the distance, however. Heading the IP section – as well as the technology and outsourcing practices – Grant Campbell
is an invaluable asset for those seeking to monetise their intellectual property.
Burness Paull LLP
Burness Paull is in the thick of the action when it comes to IP litigation, appearing on one side or the other in the vast majority of high-profile disputes playing out on Scottish soil. Its horizons are not purely domestic, though – it also does a great job leading on international cases. Colin Hulme
provides strong leadership to the dispute resolution department and is a top litigator all round. He specialises in intellectual property and technology – areas in which he provides “practical, clear and commercial advice”. The driving force behind the firm’s transactional practice, David Goodbrand
is a whizz with all kinds of commercial contracts and IP licensing deals.
CMS opened a new chapter in 2014 when it combined with Dundas & Wilson, one of Scotland’s longest-established legal practices. The firm appears in the WTR 1000
Scotland section in recognition of its finely honed local IP expertise and the international resources it can bring to bear for Scottish and global clients. The senior partner here is Laurence Ward
; best known for his technology transactions prowess, he is also in tune with trademarks and other aspects of intellectual property.
Maclay Murray & Spens LLP
Maclay Murray & Spens has a well-rounded A-to-Z trademark practice and “good strength in depth in the area”. Clients appreciate the team’s continuity: “It’s not a case of, one day you’ll be speaking to one person and the next day with another – you don’t have to constantly reinvent the relationship, which is very helpful.” “It is also great at international relations and giving joined-up legal advice across multiple jurisdictions.” Alison Bryce
, Ross Nicol
and Susan Snedden
form a triumvirate of experienced professionals who understand all sides of the business of brands. Bryce heads the group and is much appreciated for her astute portfolio management and development; “commercial and responsive” transactions ace Nicol is “good at providing advice that non-IP specialists can understand and digest, and at giving headline thoughts that enable you to better decide what to drill down on”; while the “technically and legally extremely sound” Snedden is one of the few IP litigators and accredited IP specialists in the country.
“Pinsent Masons has a quality IP practice in Scotland” and, in James Cormack
, “one of the country’s top litigators”. The solicitor-advocate knows how to present in court and does so regularly, which makes his background preparation tighter and more thorough than those who aren’t on their feet in front of a judge. The accredited mediator knows how to put a case to bed without ruffling too many feathers, but “he can be a tough guy when the situation demands”. He dines on a varied diet of IP and commercial work.
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP
Shepherd and Wedderburn is best known for its real estate, energy and financial practices but, recognising the importance of a distinctive brand in the business world, it has built up significant IP capabilities, too. In Scotland, these are vested in Paul Carlyle
and Joanna Boag-Thomson
. A perspicacious all-round counsellor, Carlyle heads the media and technology team and divides his time between London and Edinburgh. He overlays his knowledge of IP law with a fine-grained understanding of the commercial drivers of clients’ industries. Boag-Thomson focuses on transactions and brand exploitation in the media and technology fields.