Partner at Reddie & Grose LLP
Helen Wakerley is responsible for the trademark portfolios of clients in many sectors, with particular experience in the automotive industry. She also represents clients in the gifts and toys sector, as well as celebrities looking to protect their business interests and prevent misuse of their names and brands.
Ms Wakerley’s experience ranges from clearing marks for use, through to preparing worldwide filing programmes and dealing with inter partes issues pre and post-registration. She has significant expertise in prosecuting applications, taking the difficult ones to hearings and appeals. She has dealt extensively with settlement agreements, consent and co-existence arrangements. Her approach is responsive, supportive and creative, offering advice which is praised for its client-focused angle. She handles contentious proceedings in a way to avoid escalation where possible, while bringing in the best outcome for the client. Clients welcome her pragmatic approach to trademark opposition proceedings in particular.
Comments from her clients include: “Helen takes a common-sense approach to matters; she is great at analysis and strategy, but cuts right to the point. She has an excellent understanding of the UK and European trademark systems and is down to earth and enthusiastic”; and “her tenacity and smarts are secret weapons in resolving potential conflicts”.