Sophie Peat

Senior Associate at HSM IP

Sophie Peat’s practice at HSM IP includes IP protection, enforcement and dispute resolution. She manages a team of specialist IP paralegals and oversees the full breadth of IP prosecution work, with a focus on the Caribbean, Central and Latin America and offshore jurisdictions.

Ms Peat joined HSM IP in 2015 after working as a solicitor specialising in IP litigation at King & Wood Mallesons’ London office (formerly SJ Berwin) since 2010. At HSM IP, Ms Peat’s responsibilities include IP portfolio management, advising clients on all aspects of IP law, drafting and reviewing assignments, licences and settlement agreements, and handling IP-related disputes.

Ms Peat works on the Cayman Islands government committee responsible for drafting new IP legislation. She has held workshops on the implications of the new IP laws for local enforcement agencies, spoken on IP topics before the Caymanian Bar Association and regularly runs seminars at the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce.

Ms Peat has recently authored the following:

  • New Data Protection Law Comes Into Effect” – INTA Bulletin (October 2019)
  • "Antigua and Barbuda: New law, new opportunities" – WIPR (June 2019);
  • “Good news, despite some gaps” – WIPR (May 2018);
  • “Cayman Islands: New Trademarks Law to Become Effective in August” – INTA Bulletin (July 2017);
  • “New and Updated IP Laws in Cayman: Designs, Patents, Trademarks” – SMD Group, Country Index (January 2017);
  • “All Change in the Caribbean” – World Trademark Review (January 2017);
  • “Registered design right protection coming to the Cayman Islands” – WIPR (October 2016);
  • “A guide to trademarks in the Caribbean” – WIPR (May 2016); and
  • “Critically needed: intellectual property modernisation and reform in the Cayman Islands” – Cayman Financial Review (January 2016).

Ms Peat’s qualifications are:

  • University of Oxford, postgraduate diploma in IP law (2011-2012);
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course (2006-2007);
  • BPP Law School, graduate diploma in law (2005-2006); and
  • Cambridge University, MA (hons) and BA (hons), music (2002-2005).

Ms Peat was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2010 and to the Cayman Islands Bar in 2015.

Professional associations

  • INTA
  • IPCA
  • MARQUES

Firm details

HSM IP
68 Fort Street
George Town
PO Box 31726
Grand Cayman KY1-1207
Cayman Islands

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