United Kingdom: England

As multiple Brexit deadlines come and go, UK trademark practitioners maintain their constant state of high alert. On the prosecution side, the political situation may even have created a temporary uptick in UK filings as some clients look to protect their key marks in the event of a no-deal exit. However, it continues to appear as though solely UK-based agencies will not be able to file or represent before the EUIPO after the United Kingdom’s departure – a significant knockback that is becoming more difficult to avoid as avenues such as Irish qualification are closed off. Harder to quantify is the level of investment that Brexit-related uncertainty has prevented and the knock-on effect that will surely be felt on innovation in the coming years. Besides Brexit, there have been a number of other interesting developments in the market. The transposition of the EU Trademark Directive (2015/2436) into UK law in January has broadened the scope of rights that can be protected, expanding the list to include sound or motion marks as MP3 or MP4 files, rather than graphic representations only, which was previously the case. Infringers can also now be pursued in civil court for preparing packaging or labels before actually making counterfeit goods. In addition, rights holders can take legal action against trademark licensees under trademark law, as well as contract law, as before, if the licensee fails to observe certain provisions. In other news, Chinese trademark squatters are becoming bolder, forcing UK professionals to invent new strategies to protect client rights in Asia.

Firms: solicitors

  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • Baker McKenzie 
  • Bird & Bird LLP
  • Bristows LLP
  • CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Taylor Wessing
  • Wiggin LLP
  • Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Fieldfisher LLP
  • Gowling WLG 
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Lewis Silkin
  • Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • RPC
  • Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Blake Morgan LLP
  • Brandsmiths
  • Burges Salmon LLP
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Clifford Chance
  • Dentons
  • Fox Williams LLP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Howard Kennedy LLP
  • Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Osborne Clarke
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Powell Gilbert LLP
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Stevens & Bolton LLP
  • Waterfront Solicitors

Firms: trademark attorneys

Abel & Imray

Bath-based trademark attorney outfit Abel & Imray is the firm that clients call on for their trickiest trademark matters, often when other practices have failed to secure a result. A top choice for oppositions and infringement advice across the entire technical spectrum, the team’s filers and strategists are described as “wonderful” by one overseas affiliate. Dynamic dyad Caroline Brooks and Simon Bentley jointly lead the line. Trusted adviser Brooks is “super-efficient, always clearly explaining issues that arise and offering practical solutions on a timely basis”. Bentley’s excellence and practical approach stand him in good stead for both UK and EU trademark and design work.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy’s London IP group is essentially a boutique practice set inside one of the world’s top full-service commercial law firms – a true one-stop shop. The “top-quality litigation outfit” is underpinned by two outstanding practitioners who win copious praise throughout the market. Global head of intellectual property David Stone needs no introduction. “He is incredibly accomplished and highly intelligent, yet commercial too. He is also a huge champion of diversity in the profession and a global thought leader.” The former in-house attorney for Coca-Cola naturally brings remarkable acuity on both the contentious and the non-contentious side of trademark practice, capturing an astonishing list of clients that includes Gibson Brands, 20th Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros and Manchester United Football Club. Enforcement ace Neville Cordell is “both a lovely person and a top-notch practitioner”. “He is incredibly professional to have on the other side; he will not misunderstand your argument and focuses only on the things that really matter. Sensible, knowledgeable, reasonable, intelligent and personable – a genuine star in the firm’s excellent IP group.” The London-based transactional trademark practice also has much to shout about. Jim Ford and Nigel Parker are “exceptionally gifted” practitioners. Ford is kept extremely busy by the likes of 21st Century Fox, which has enlisted him for a global matter involving the recent release of Bohemian Rhapsody, Marks & Spencer Group in connection with a joint venture with Ocado Group, and Virgin Money for brand licensing. Parker, meanwhile, is an IP, data protection and privacy maven trusted by News UK to handle a complex joint venture with other top UK-based media groups.

Appleyard Lees IP LLP 

“Appleyard Lees brings creativity, responsiveness and effective solutions to the table every time. On top of the matter in hand and accommodating, the firm just gets it.” The specialist IP outlet has offices across the United Kingdom in Cambridge, Halifax, Leeds and Manchester, and serves as technically diverse a mixture of trademark owners as possible. Italian luxury brand Moncler, distribution service UP Global Sourcing and Coty-owned haircare product manufacturer Jemella (GHD) are among the companies relying on the side’s signature mix of precisely targeted work and attentive client care. Robert Cumming is a brand strategist par excellence. An archetype for the firm, he is both “high quality and thoughtful”. Meanwhile, dual-qualified Chris Hoole is, in the words of one UK peer, “a very talented young lawyer and one to watch for sure – technically excellent and working to a very high standard”.

Baker McKenzie 

Baker McKenzie needs no introduction – even to the most casual observer of global intellectual property – and its London practice is one of the principal reasons why. Eminently capable of dealing with complex trademark licensing, prosecution, strategy and enforcement matters at the drop of a hat, the team has enough expertise to attract clients for its IP offering alone – a relative rarity for a worldwide full-service outfit. Its “phenomenal international reach” is multi-polar and evenly spread across the globe, while its prosecution offering is bolstered by sophisticated, technology-heavy support offices in Belfast and Manila – a first among major law firms. The set has a treasure trove of riches on its roster, especially on the enforcement side. “Easy-going, effective and knowledgeable” solicitor Ben Allgrove possesses particular expertise in AI matters. He is an inspired choice for courtroom battles and boardroom deals in this space, as well as many others. Hardcore brand litigator Hiroshi Sheraton is “adored by his clients”. This year he has acted for US pharmaceutical company Abbott, Australian medical manufacturer Cochlear and innovators across a plethora of other fields to boot. Senior associate Julia Dickenson focuses on the luxury and fashion sectors. She takes the lead in the group’s relationship with world-renowned LVMH, supplying outstanding, detail-oriented counsel whenever required and smoothing the brand’s path across jurisdictions worldwide. Michael Hart heads the London office’s IP department. Active in matters contentious and non-contentious alike, he has accrued invaluable experience of big-ticket technology litigation in the High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Combining with him superbly on the prosecution side are Jessica Le Gros and Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy. Head of trademarks Le Gros continues to leverage her insights gained at Baker McKenzie and in-house at Unilever to drive the team forwards. Described as “pure gold” by one overseas associate, she carries out valuable work for leading names including Swarovski. Trademark attorney Wilkinson-Duffy is a rising star: “Prompt and precise, her knowledge of trademark law and practice is superb, and she is adept at managing competing deadlines.” Michelle Blunt completes the London offering; a transactional sage, her advice is inestimable for patrons of the calibre of HSBC, Google and Rio Tinto. Tribute must be paid to global chair and IP specialist, Paul Rawlinson, who sadly passed away in April 2019.

Barker Brettell LLP 

Birmingham-based boutique Barker Brettell specialises in obtaining unusual trademarks on behalf of patrons that trust no one else to prosecute them correctly. Adept at working with companies of all sizes and at all stages, the firm is “experienced, results-driven and used to giving great service”. “Conscientious, quick to respond to business needs and flexible, everyone at Barker Brettell has a friendly approach to IP guidance.” The technically wide-ranging team contains four outstanding practitioners who are included in this year’s WTR 1000. Catherine Wiseman, Lucy Walker, Rosalyn Newsome and Tracy Arch combine to superb effect. “Pragmatic, commercially astute and a pleasure to work with,” Wiseman is an impressive character. “Measured, careful and calculated, she doesn’t miss a trick. A natural leader, her confidence and knowledge are unmatched. Not only can she get the work done right, but her authenticity and strength of character make her an unbelievable asset. She truly cares about her clients and their wellbeing and has a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw on.” Domain name and infringement expert Walker is “a concise and trustworthy adviser for clearance and opposition work, both in the United Kingdom and the European Union”. Newsome “goes above and beyond to protect IP rights”. “Pragmatic, responsive and able to come up with novel solutions, she is truly excellent – someone you want on side. A real expert, her efficiency and level of thinking is fantastic.” Head of the food and drink sector group, Arch is “responsive, practical and cost effective” – an ambitious rights holder’s dream trademark partner, as those such as Newell Brands and Reslosound would doubtless attest.

Beck Greener

Beck Greener’s ability to dig deep in trademark cases while strategically manoeuvring clients around any looming disputes is truly spectacular. With a raft of patrons including PwC Legal, the Estée Lauder Group, MPL Communications Ltd (Sir Paul McCartney’s brand business) and media conglomerate Condé Nast, its aptitude to deal with media big wigs is self-evident. Leading trademark attorney and trained barrister Ian Bartlett exudes quality and control. “Firm but fair, he is great at formulating strategy and very smart.” Overseas associates also attest to his quality, with one claiming that he and Beck Greener are “crushing” bigger names in the UK scene. Duncan Morgan is a qualified IP litigator with the skill for crafting and prosecuting outstanding trademark applications and negotiating commercial licences. “His due diligence and attention to detail is second to none. Extremely helpful, knowledgeable and clear, he always keeps clients updated at every stage.” Alicante-based Rowland Buehrlen “grasps the nettle, sees the big picture and is inventive in his arguments”. Fluent in French and German, he has been tasked with heading up the firm’s EUIPO capabilities on the spot in Spain – a vital task, given the ongoing uncertainty that surrounds Brexit.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird is a world-renowned purveyor of joined-up, globally relevant and wholly outstanding trademark counsel – and London is one of its top-tier hubs. The group’s UK trademark and design portfolio management practice has grown by 600% in four years, which says a lot about how keen clients are to enlist the side. “The firm has the experience to deal with matters in a strategic way; there is absolutely no naivety. The team is admirable, and it is actually quite refreshing to work against it.” “Collectively excellent, the practice houses a number of very high-powered individuals. You can’t get anything past them – it is a truly impressive outfit.” “The advice that the firm delivers is short, precise and pragmatic. Bird & Bird takes a commercial view, always managing to deliver value by minimising costs or maximising protection.” As one courtroom competitor puts it, Bird & Bird’s London-based litigation offering “always seems to pop up when one is dealing with a client of a certain stature”. Enforcement and prosecution guru Peter Brownlow is “classic – the bedrock of the firm’s trademark litigation outfit”. “Universally well regarded, he is a safe pair of hands. Very accomplished in his role, he is widely respected.” This year, he has been busy managing the Daily Mail Group’s global trademark portfolio, coordinating European and Asian prosecution strategies for Monster Beverage Corporation and acting successfully for Merck KGaA in a complex Court of Appeal matter against Merck Sharp & Dohme as part of the famed international naming dispute. IP litigator Ewan Grist is a genuine expert on regulatory and technical requirements for the manufacturing, testing and labelling of products. Throughout 2019 he has been advising tobacco conglomerate Philip Morris International, Qatar Airways and Chinese travel and tourism giant Ctrip (owner of Skyscanner) with aplomb. On the non-contentious side, Mark Holah continues to wow rights holders and fellow professionals alike. “One of the very best IP solicitors in the United Kingdom, he is clearly a gold-tier practitioner. He has a very technical style, which works perfectly for his clients. He gives simply exceptional advice.” Trademark attorney Patricia Collis has a special talent for protecting unusual marks, whether moving images, colours or sounds. “A very well-accomplished lawyer, she has extensive experience in all aspects of brand protection. Her knowledge of the sports sector, among others, is truly excellent.” Allan Poulter is “a strategic expert on UK and EU trademark matters, who is always able to find effective solutions”. His multifaceted experience as a barrister, trademark attorney, private practice solicitor and in-house counsel has attracted top names including UK Anti-Doping Ltd. Bird & Bird’s transactional capability is underpinned by top talents Mark Abell and Felicity Reeve. Abell has advised leading names for more than 35 years while writing 13 books and too many articles to count, while commercial guru Reeve has been busy advising Arsenal Football Club and petrochemicals retailer PKN Orlen on sports sponsorship deals.

Blake Morgan LLP

Elite IP strategist and one-stop shop Blake Morgan has enjoyed impressive growth this year, on the back of its well-established reputation for accessibility, commercial astuteness and personable advice delivered by top-notch practitioners. Head of intellectual property and international arbitrator par excellence Jill Bainbridge is “reliable, professional, timely and efficient – just a joy to work with”. Recently, she has been active for insurer Be Wiser, business publisher Shard Financial Media Ltd and now-defunct broadcaster Ace Hosting Ltd in a range of matters from passing off to opposition appeals. Brand strategist Ben Evans is “super-smart, diligent and reachable even on weekends and after hours”. “He gives clear, straightforward advice that allows clients to make cost-effective, sensible decisions and only pursue avenues that are worth pursuing.”

Boult Wade Tennant LLP

Boult Wade Tennant is a large, technically gifted and growing practice with the quality required to appeal to blue-chip clients of all persuasions. The trademark and domain name group comprises 29 fee earners and has the capability to act across Europe’s top IP hotspots in its pursuit of rights holders’ commercial objectives. Peers have a lot to say about the partnership. “What I really like about Boult is the fact that it’s not a factory – everyone there thinks acutely about what they’re doing, all the time. Extremely nice and delightfully unstuffy, you know that they all live your business and your trademark.” “The firm has a refreshingly modern approach that is extremely collaborative, open and accessible. There’s an excellent team culture, which clearly projects itself in the way that everyone there handles themselves.” The outfit has an embarrassment of riches on its roster, with six of its leading practitioners recognised in this year’s WTR 1000. Managing partner and complete prosecution expert John Wallace has “extensive knowledge of UK, EU and international trademark procedure”. High-end restauranteur Azumi Ltd and innovator Herbal Health Ltd have been top clients this year. Former Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys (CITMA) president Catherine Wolfe is “very intelligent indeed, with a brain the size of Texas”. “She is amazing, has a great work ethic and is honest, fair and scrupulous. She does things the right way and is so straightforward, as well as being seriously clever.” Worldwide co-ordinator Tony Pluckrose is a “top-notch UK counsel – reliable, thoughtful and very bright”. Cross-sector specialist Emma Pitcher is beyond excellent: “A delightful person, she is incredibly intelligent and pragmatic. She is also constantly available and always ready to jump on an emergency.” Felicity Hide’s superb knowledge and application of trademark law also extends to domain names, a technical area in which she maintains a thriving practice. Renowned portfolio manager Charlotte Duly has supported clients before the High Court, the CJEU, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and the EUIPO.

Brandsmiths

Innovative boutique litigation firm Brandsmiths is firmly committed to its clients’ cause; “creative and aggressive” in equal measure, the entrepreneurial partnership has a “great raft of decisions in its favour”. Adam Morallee and Andrew Lee are inspired choices for must-win cases. Both outstanding oral advocates able to craft watertight arguments, with their expertise stretching far beyond the courtroom.

Bristows LLP

There are not even a handful of UK firms that can claim to have the breadth and depth of Bristows. The top-tier trademark ensemble carries out every aspect of IP work with consummate ease, effortlessly serving patrons in the media and advertising (The Financial Times, The Guardian, WPP and Vice Media), retail (FatFace), food and drink (Mondelez, in the famous KitKat shape battle) and pharmaceutical (Vectura Group) spaces. “A pleasure to work with, the team is technically excellent. Everyone there makes a real effort to understand their clients, managing complex portfolios and relationships worldwide with minimum fuss and always within budget. A top-notch IP firm.” The leading one-stop shop has been strengthened in recent years by the arrival of a group from Berwin Leighton Paisner, which included Ian Gruselle and Simon Clark. Head of trademark portfolios Gruselle is “extremely responsive and always on the ball”. “Friendly, strategic and very visible on the UK market, he is collaborative and efficient.” Clark wears two hats: active on both the brand portfolio management and the litigation sides of the practice, he is described as “bright and likeable”. In fact, one European associate deems him to be “one of the best UK trademark and design lawyers we’ve ever had the pleasure of working with”. Paul Walsh is also active on both sides of the contentious divide. A strategic maven who can establish IP rights as easily as he can litigate to protect them, Walsh maintains a booming dispute resolution practice. “He is second to none in the trademark field – the person you want onboard when you head into litigation matters. His counsel is commercial, pragmatic, clear, succinct and timely.” Paul Jordan is also a multifaceted practitioner; “innately commercial”, he knows his way around brands like the back of his hand. Litigator Jeremy Blum, meanwhile, has an “encyclopaedic knowledge of trademark law”, which he combines with “a clear understanding of commercial and strategic objectives”. “His no-nonsense, sensible approach results in a stellar service.”

Browne Jacobson LLP

As comfortable acting on behalf of top luxury brands as it is for fast-moving consumer goods owners, Midlands-based Browne Jacobson has a truly elite trademark offering on both sides of the contentious divide. “A go-to firm due to its expertise and user-friendliness, it is able to offer exactly the same quality as the London firms, but at much better value.” A deep bench of top-drawer litigators awaits all who approach it. Cerryg Jones has pleaded before the highest courts in the land; he advises Slimming World and KLK Forte Industry Inc, the latter in an interesting ‘evergreening’ matter, whereby minor changes are made to a mark to extend its monopoly protection. Mark Daniels has particular experience in the automotive sector and is arguably best known as the litigator who acted for the London Taxi Corporation in the widely reported 2017 3D trademark case. “Highly intelligent, legally astute, responsive and confident, he always knows the best course of action. He has the ability to grasp scenarios and understand issues very quickly.” The “organised, clear and precise” Bonita Trimmer is a steadfast partner of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, having acted in the battle to protect its rights in the iconic wolf’s-head badge. Cool-hand litigator Giles Parsons is “highly pragmatic in his advice, responsive and a pleasure to work with”. The non-contentious practice also has two outstanding individuals recognised in the WTR 1000 for 2020. Head of the IP and commercial group Declan Cushley is extremely commercially focused. “Ideal for brand issues of all types, he is excellent at advising clients on how they can improve their systems, for instance, in data protection. Proactive and always on the lookout for creative solutions, he is sensible and cost-effective.” London-based advertising and marketing maven Alex Watt specialises in IP-heavy commercial transactions; he currently works for luxury brands of the calibre of Tag Heuer and De Beers.

Burges Salmon LLP

The client roster of Bristol-based boutique Burges Salmon is truly enviable, reflecting its outstanding commitment to driving brands forward on every possible front while building lasting relationships. Giants such as BBC Studios, Starbucks and Yeo Valley have recently appointed the firm as their sole UK trademark attorney – which should give some idea of its progression in recent years. The “slick operation” that clients see is underpinned by the group’s “ethical and fair” culture, much of which is due to excellent leadership. Head of intellectual property Jeremy Dickerson has counselled many of the United Kingdom’s top brands over the course of his 27-year career. An “experienced IP litigator with a pragmatic approach”, he is “commercial, user-friendly and accessible”. “Business-savvy and eminently practical, he resolves sticky matters with a deft touch, often with the help of his excellent overseas network.” Together with Dickerson, transactional partner Helen Scott-Lawler is intimately involved with the BBC Studios portfolio, which she fits alongside her work with Yeo Valley, Waitrose/John Lewis and the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 

Carpmaels & Ransford’s offering encompasses the entire trademark lifecycle, protecting clients’ rights from cradle to grave. It is extremely rare to see as close-knit a collection of litigators and trademark attorneys under one roof – a combination which leads to a truly seamless service that is described as “best in class” by one patron. “Carpmaels delivers solutions to complex issues and manages our diverse international portfolio with great dexterity and professionalism. The firm never lets us down – simply the best.” The partnership recently won the portfolio of the world’s largest entertainment company, which now sits alongside the likes of Celgene Corporation and Xeros Ltd as proof of the group’s quality and connections. The enforcement side of the practice has been established for around five years and continues to go from strength to strength. Ian Kirby and Jonathan Day fly the flag. Kirby’s 25 years’ experience in managing trans-Atlantic and pan-European IP disputes means that he is exceptionally well placed to tackle the most challenging mandates. Already having made a name for himself in the field due to his role in the famous Da Vinci Code copyright litigation, he is a shrewd solicitor who knows how to get the best out of a team. The dual-qualified Day is active on both sides of the practice. “He cuts out the time wasting and gets to the point. Efficient, knowledgeable and responsive, he is great at both offering and taking advice.” Securing trademark rights for biological innovator 4D Pharma, combined with international anti-counterfeiting strategy work for Manzanita Capital, are current focuses of his. Roger Lush is a prosecution, strategy and office action specialist with a diverse technical field of operation – while in commercial agreements, data protection and e-commerce, Jake Marshall is a lock for IP-heavy transactional matters.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Despite losing two gifted practitioners recently, Charles Russell Speechlys maintains its quality and reputation as one of the premier London-based full-service trademark offerings. The firm is excellent at establishing long-term relationships, having worked with some companies for longer than their own in-house teams. Perfectly balanced on both the strategic and contentious sides, the outfit counts Rapha Racing, Honest Burgers, Hachette, Fitbit International and Moore Stephens International as clients. Head of intellectual property Mary Bagnall has a talent for enforcing the trickiest trademarks; on her CV sits Cadbury’s epic quest to protect the colour purple as a trademark. “Greatly respected and well liked, she is absolutely superb at what she does. Her broad range of skills make her very good at trademark work; she is experienced, clear and concise.” Digital specialist Nick White is a non-contentious ace whose practice spans a variety of arenas, including sports, e-commerce, betting and regulatory. He has been busy this year advising the International Tennis Federation on a multi-billion-dollar investment in the 118-year old Davis Cup brand.

Cleveland Scott York

Cleveland Scott York provides exceptional counsel to those with which it works. “Each matter is personally addressed by an expert with specific technical knowledge, which is brilliant in terms of professionalism and cost-effectiveness. The firm acts proactively, providing an excellent standard of advice and swift response times. A quick, reliable, insightful and valued service. It inspires confidence, with its deep bench of knowledgeable and experienced trademark practitioners.” Trademark attorney of 30 years’ vintage Jonathan Clegg “knows trademarks inside out”. “Practical and strategic, he is the consummate trademark attorney. With the ability to handle a broad range of sophisticated prosecution, global portfolio management and complex opposition proceedings work in the United Kingdom and the European Union, he is unflappable in his demeanour and widely respected within the trademark community.” Peter Houlihan is a 360-degree operator who “knows his cases well and has a contingency plan for every eventuality”. “He offers sound legal advice without losing track of the overall business goals, manages cases meticulously and responds extremely quickly.” Lorna Hobbs works with patrons including infrastructure firm Asset International Inc, providing equally assured counsel on matters contentious and non-contentious alike.

Clifford Chance

Full-service global titan Clifford Chance is a familiar name to anyone even vaguely acquainted with the international legal market. With particular strength in the technology arena, the firm has an unusually strong invalidations and oppositions niche, and is a frequent visitor to the EU General Court. “The overall level of service at the partnership is great: outstanding legal advice, brilliant knowledge and responsiveness.” Patrons choose Clifford Chance primarily for the cross-border, complex trademark mandates that they cannot afford to lose. One representative piece of IP-rich licensing work undertaken by the side involved the purchase of coffee chain Costa on behalf of Coca-Cola; another was Clydesdale Bank’s takeover of Virgin Money. Trademark maven Vanessa Marsland excels in both the courtroom and the boardroom. She is active across the entire spectrum of IP rights, from copyright matters to patents, trademarks and designs.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

CMS’s London trademark practice is a rarity among law firms these days – a full-service, platinum-plated trademark offering of spectacular quality, set within a global law firm with the connections and scope required to act anywhere on the globe. “Thorough IP knowledge and a perfect ability to organise complex cases and coordinate strategy” characterise the practice, which revolves around complex, cross-border, high-value pieces of the kind that only an outfit of CMS’s vintage can undertake. The “efficient and approachable team gives solid advice from a strong commercial viewpoint”. One client points out that CMS is “at the forefront of diversity and inclusion issues” as well – “because it wants to, not because it has to”. Head of intellectual property Sarah Wright has built strong relationships with an illustrious range of names, including Microsoft, Cambridge Weight Plan and Thomas Cook Group. “Commercial, intelligent and personable, she is passionate about her work and takes the time to get to know clients’ products inside-out. Super-dedicated and dynamic, she always does her homework.” She is one of few UK practitioners to feature on three different WTR 1000 tables, which is a sure sign of her importance to the wider group. Adroit litigator Tom Scourfield is “the man, so to speak – he is extremely well connected with big companies”. “He is omnipresent in the market. A safe pair of hands, he is a superb all-rounder and a nice guy to boot.” European-qualified contentious ace David Parrish is accustomed to leading complex trademark, design and copyright litigation. His versatility and considered approach have proven invaluable to rights holders that rely on him for the very best advice. Louise Gellman is “an excellent communicator and strategist” whose practical and commercial style ensures fantastic outcomes. “Approachable and thorough, she takes the time to really understand clients’ businesses. She’s so reliable – just phenomenal to work with.”

Cooley LLP

Cooley’s UK trademark team fires on all cylinders, all of the time – standard practice when 20 or so of the world’s leading brands in the technology, automotive, apparel and food and beverage industries call on you every day for all of their trademark needs. This year saw significant developments at the firm, including Nicholas Bolter becoming global head of the trademark practice and the recruitment of former Hogan Lovells lawyer Charlie Winckworth. Bolter, one of the top trademark professionals in the world, is now bringing the long-term strategic thinking that he rigorously engages in for his clients to his management of the practice. “Nick is extremely energetic and client focused, and top companies trust him unequivocally – and with good reason.” Winckworth’s hire is a strategic one and amps up Cooley’s trademark litigation practice at a time when it is getting engaged on bigger cases.”

D Young & Co LLP 

Leading one-stop shop D Young & Co is home to a number of the United Kingdom’s wonderful experts, whose quality is supplemented only by their network of experienced foreign agents. Clients are extremely positive about the way in which the group handles complex, international portfolios without charging huge fees – a capability that is largely a result of its genuine commitment to the personal touch, as one satisfied patron confirms. “D Young has provided high-level trademark dispute, clearance, prosecution, transaction and counselling services to us for almost 15 years now. During this time, I have come to regard Jeremy Pennant and the firm as the gold standard for foreign counsel. They are very responsive, capable, knowledgeable, efficient and thorough. The level of work and attention to matters that we see from them is extraordinary. They provide the perfect mix of legal expertise and guidance on the one hand, and practical, business-oriented solutions and recommendations on the other.” Trademark and domain name maven Pennant is further described as “outstanding – professional, timely, efficient, commercially astute and practical”. “He steers conflicts towards reasonable resolutions, although he can also be a truly formidable opponent in court and is generally a pleasure to work with.” Also active on the contentious side are litigators Tamsin Holman and Anna Reid. “Professional, diligent and forward-thinking, they both provide excellent value and always consider the business aspects of each matter. They are exceptional IP lawyers of the highest calibre, delivering high-quality advice at a very reasonable price. They and their colleagues are a cut above the rest.” Matthew Dick bridges the litigation and prosecution offerings. “Diligent, knowledgeable and responsive,” he acts for a list of top players including sporting retailer Grays of Cambridge, in defence of which he recently mediated in a design and trademark infringement claim. The set’s non-contentious arm also boasts an array of talent in addition to Dick. Trademark attorney Gemma Kirkland is “proactive, responsive, concise and practical, and understands UK law extremely well”. Time spent in-house at BP has given her practice a granular, commercial edge. Moreover, Southampton and Munich-based Helen Cawley has “a tremendous amount of expertise in UK and EU trademark law”. “Efficient and pleasant to work with, she really earns the trust of her partners. Responsive and results-driven, she always takes business needs into account.” In addition, seasoned filer and pleader Jackie Johnson operates with great facility across Europe. She is in great demand, with top patrons including Sky UK continuing to enlist her services.

Dehns

It is easy to see why Dehns manages to maintain client relationships that last for 25 years or more. The firm tracks down infringers from around the world as easily as it provides top-notch prosecution and strategy across much of the globe. Its thorough, timely practitioners focus primarily on growing businesses and have helped to nurture various UK household names from their infancy. Elaine Deyes and Clare Mann lead the line in London. “Switched on and excellent at identifying where tricky issues will arise,” Deyes gives “practical advice that allows clients to move forward and meet their goals”. Fellow trademark attorney Mann “is very professional, gives sound counsel and communicates clearly”. “Relaxed and unflappable under pressure, she has a great manner with clients.”

Dentons

Global giant Dentons’ seamless international reach combines with a London office capable of fulfilling ambitious patrons’ every trademark wish. Sterling filing, strategy, litigation and transactional work comes to those that join the firm’s stable of clients, which already boasts technology, retail and entertainment giants such as Virgin, Nokia, Waitrose, Warner Music and Home Box Office. Partner Anna Copeman spearheads the IP practice in the UK capital. “Competent and pragmatic, she brings a can-do attitude and really knows her stuff. She is the strategic mind behind courtroom tactics and is able to coordinate the field of battle across multiple jurisdictions.” She is still involved in the famous SkyKick v Sky litigation case, which is under reference to the CJEU, and was recently engaged in a High Court infringement action on behalf of Lottoland against Camelot, which raised complex questions around comparative advertising.

DLA Piper UK LLP

Worldwide IP player DLA Piper spreads its talent intelligently across the United Kingdom, maintaining its high standard in every office from Sheffield to London. The “deeply insightful guidance and thoughtfully prepared documents” received by one satisfied client are characteristic of the firm’s joined-up, holistic approach to its portfolios and briefs. With Heineken UK, Boston Consulting Group and the University of Sheffield on the books, the portfolio management practice is booming. “Keen and imaginative” Désirée Fields puts constructive solutions forward as a matter of course. She specialises in finding a way around UK and EUIPO obstacles that few others would be able to circumnavigate. In addition to his work on the abovementioned Heineken and University of Sheffield portfolios, Birmingham and Sheffield-based partner Richard Taylor has been kept busy of late by a complex, market-sensitive nuclear diagnostics deal on behalf of GE Healthcare. Meanwhile, in Leeds, Leigh Martin is trusted by the likes of Lululemon Athletic Canada Inc for his well-rounded IP knowledge and talent for advocacy to stop infringing EUIPO applications in their tracks. On the litigation side, Ruth Hoy and John Wilks act as effective customer magnets. Contentious ace Hoy is “a first-class IP attorney”. “Extremely knowledgeable and experienced, she has very deep, specific experience in trademark infringement and passing-off matters. She develops strong arguments, manages her team well to meet deadlines and succinctly assesses the probability of success at every stage.” Wilks’ expertise in internet-related trademark issues is well demonstrated, sitting on the MARQUES Cyberspace Committee.

EIP Europe LLP

EIP straddles the Atlantic with consummate ease, having built itself a reputation for fine trademark strategy and prosecution in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The London office has been undertaking work for tourist board Fáilte Ireland, offering clearance advice and paving the way for further international expansion, as well on behalf of a long list of other big names. Expansion is the name of the game at EIP. Having brought ex-Cooley sharpshooter Claire Lehr on board in 2018, the firm recently strengthened its trademark offering further still by picking up associate Nora Fowler from Novagraaf UK. Lehr continues to build on her fantastic market reputation: “Responsive, knowledgeable and switched-on, she provides practical and legally sound solutions, and always has clients’ best interests at heart.” “A go-to counsel, she is highly intelligent and commercial. A trusted set of hands for all IP matters, she also spends a lot of time giving back to the trademark community. Her sharpness, attention to detail, realism, honesty and empathy make her a delight to meet and work with. In addition to all this, she is a warm person who doesn’t treat clients as business transactions.” UK and European patent and trademark attorney and fluent German speaker Paula Flutter also applies her expertise on a global scale, with excellent results.

Fieldfisher LLP

Fieldfisher’s London IP offering is the cream of the crop. Eminently commercial, sometimes aggressive and always reasonable, the team “provides top-quality legal advice and guidance, at speed and in a pragmatic form”. “In the licensing and franchising fields, the firm is a leader. With a broad awareness of current issues and trends, and a strong network of global contacts, Fieldfisher is professional and efficient on both sides of the contentious divide.” “The outstanding trademark set, in addition to its stellar legal expertise, is characterised by its commercial acumen, approachability and combination of genuinely friendly individuals.” Perhaps best known for its trademark litigation outfit, Leighton Cassidy is “the team heavyweight, able to manage significant international portfolios for major brands”. He recently acted successfully for Omega Flex Ltd in a highly contentious matter against the British Standards Institute, concerning the famous BSI Kitemark. John Linneker jointly heads the IP and technology practice alongside Cassidy. “Insightful and intelligent, he is smart, dedicated, focused and very knowledgeable.” Like many of the country’s highest practitioners, he lectures on the Oxford postgraduate IP diploma course. The “cooperative and strategic” Nick Rose has been at the cutting edge of trademark issues for more than 30 years. Dual-qualified strategist Hastings Guise is well positioned to assist rights holders across various industries and has especially strong experience in the medical devices, energy, financial services and footwear arenas. Also active on the prosecution side is Harriet Seymour, who garners rave reviews from those with which she has worked, especially in the United States. “She’s awesome – very smart and has excellent judgement. I can’t say enough good things about her.” “She is an excellent problem solver. A very good in-depth strategic thinker, she handles some truly global issues.” Licensing and franchising ace David Bond specialises in guiding companies through their expansion plans. He recently helped to prepare a new template media buying contract for ISBA, the United Kingdom’s leading trade association for advertisers, which has now been adopted in key markets, including across the Atlantic.

Fox Williams LLP

First-class firm Fox Williams is a major domestic trademark player with the international network required to choose the best foreign associates possible for every case. With expertise in the fashion and technology arenas, the one-stop shop is the first choice for a long list of top portfolio management patrons, including sports nutrition supplement producer Glanbia, lifestyle apparel manufacturer Fenix Outdoor AB and luxury designer Salvatore Ferragamo. On the contentious side, the group is currently fighting a David versus Goliath battle on behalf of UK heritage clothing brand Bentley against automotive manufacturer Bentley Motors, in addition to the sterling transactional work that it is carrying out for a range of rights holders. According to one international affiliate, partner Simon Bennett is “knowledgeable, responsive, on top of all deadlines, creative and easy to work with – one of the best foreign associates that I have worked with across 50 countries”. “He is a humble genius and an excellent trademark litigator. Incredibly bright, he is a walking encyclopaedia. An experienced expert with a commercial outlook, he specialises in technically difficult and international cases.” Prosecutor par excellence Sarah Redmond is “super-efficient and fast – a true filing wizard”. Active across all non-contentious trademark issues, she also makes time to contribute to the wider industry through her outstanding participation at INTA and CITMA. Transactional sage Stephen Sidkin, meanwhile, has been busy working with luxury baby clothing retailer Aden + Anais to prevent counterfeit goods and illegal parallel imports from entering markets worldwide. He is a known expert on distributorship and agency disputes and a go-to operator.

Gill Jennings & Every LLP

Despite having lost talismanic member Rowena Price recently, Gill Jennings & Every remains one of the very top UK and EU joint patent and trademark attorney outfits. With offices in London and Munich, the partnership is ideally positioned to service a roster of clients, which includes game-maker Hasbro Inc, MasterCard, Under Armour and Lindt Chocolate, as well as new addition luxury streetwear brand Palace. The side prides itself on never sitting on the fence; clients always receive a decisive recommendation and are never left in any doubt as to the best course of action and its probable consequences. Department head Alasdair MacQuarrie specialises in contentious and strategic trademark advice. “Straight and direct in terms of his advice,” he is widely respected by his fellow professionals. New partner Edward Carstairs is especially sought after for his enforcement strategies against inappropriate internet users. He has “absolutely stepped up” his practice this year. “Ed works hard to understand your business and priorities, gives his advice a commercial slant, is innately honest and genuinely cares about clients and relationships.”

Gowling WLG 

Major international player Gowling WLG is “one of the go-to teams for contentious design and trademark matters” in the United Kingdom. The sheer breadth of the worldwide offering that prospective clients can access in London stands out even when set against other international firms, with deep IP expertise nested in its offices from Canada to China. “Client-focused, commercially relevant advice on all litigation matters” makes the courtroom team stand out. Head of intellectual property Gordon Harris is “a pleasure to deal with and very knowledgeable”. A litigator of 30 years’ vintage, he has been instrumental this year in furnishing major client Aston Martin Lagonda with the very finest in global enforcement strategy. Fellow litigator John Coldham’s “extreme efficiency and litigation prowess” is well recognised. He was recently involved in a case on behalf of Pear Technologies Ltd against technology giant Apple, Inc, where he successfully argued that his client’s abstract mark in the shape of a pear was dissimilar to Apple’s existing mark and that the generic term ‘fruit’ was only evoked in an indirect manner to apply to both. “Excellent and hardworking” Alexandra Brodie jointly spearheads the outfit’s global focus on technology. She is au fait with many future-facing areas, including autonomous cars, cryptocurrency and cyber issues. Birmingham-based head of UK trademarks, brands and designs Kate Swaine is active across the contentious divide. “A firm, effective and tough litigator, she is also highly knowledgeable, commercial and friendly. Swaine gives straight answers to specific questions. She knows business partners well and just gets it. Her blend of in-depth legal advice and strategic thinking is significant to clients.” Household names such as Weetabix, Mothercare and Major League Baseball rely on her for sparkling trademark counsel. Last but not least, the acquisition of Huw Evans – formerly of Norton Rose Fulbright and Allen & Overy – bolsters the already-stacked team. “A heavy hitter with a great practice, getting him was a real coup.”

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills’ London IP practice is known for its ability to take must-win, top-slice trademark briefs and convert them into the kind of results that keep patrons coming back for more. The side has formidable strength on its commercial and litigation wings, both of which are bolstered by a conscious and ongoing focus on innovation. The Global Legal Operations project, which aims to institute best practices in project management and automation, sits alongside HSF’s Innovation 10 scheme, which allows employees to spend up to 10 days a year working on projects involving everything from AI tools and blockchain to document automation. Global head of intellectual property Mark Shillito has returned to full-time practice, much to the delight of his clients. The heavyweight litigator has been involved in cases of the calibre of Cisco v Apple, in which he defended the iPhone mark in 2007 against an infringement claim brought by the telecoms conglomerate. Head of UK intellectual property Joel Smith is universally adored by patrons and colleagues alike. “A seasoned and senior practitioner, nobody has a bad word to say about him. He has always been great but has managed to grow even more in stature recently.” “Attentive and thoughtful, he listens intently and is willing to make fee concessions as a gesture of goodwill. Confident in the face of aggressive opposition, he deftly manoeuvres through complicated IP issues and negotiates superbly. He even responds to emails on Christmas Day if needed.” “Client-oriented, responsive and highly experienced, he provides deep knowledge, great strategic thinking and outstanding service.”

HGF Ltd 

Leeds-based specialist HGF Ltd aims to be Europe’s leading IP filer – a goal which does not look out of reach considering the rate of growth that it has enjoyed across the continent of late. A March 2019 merger with Patronus IP strengthened and expanded the firm’s German and Austrian capabilities, while its Amsterdam-based trademark team continues to grow and to attract top-level patrons. Offering the full range of trademark attorney services, from opposition actions to clearance searches, there is little that HGF cannot do in Europe. Leading peers across the United Kingdom in particular report that they hear from the side a lot; it is clearly also expanding its domestic presence and reach at lightning speed. This growth has in no way come at the expense of attention to detail: “Pragmatic and attuned to business requirements, HGF is able to adapt itself well to clients’ preferred ways of working.” Head of trademarks David Potter hoists the standard aloft in Leeds. Having joined the profession in 1994 and HGF Ltd in 2003, he is amply experienced in the field and has been instrumental in shaping the way in which the outfit operates. Fellow trademark attorney Lee Curtis is a former winner of the John Parker Memorial Award for the highest mark in the UK trademark practice paper. “A good sounding-board on matters of legal risk, he is both talented and knowledgeable. His combination of thoroughness and pragmatism is impressive. He explores all options, proposes a firm course of action and goes the extra mile to provide insight on the likelihood of success – a truly trusted adviser.” London-based Stephanie Loeffler-Reading is renowned for her professionalism, dedication and speed. “She is a rock star – one of the fastest responders out there. Extremely pleasant to work with, she creates a great rapport.” “She takes the time to fully understand commercial realities and is always available – her email response time is amazingly quick.” Headquartered in the same office, all-rounder Jonathan Thurgood has mastered the art of tough trademark negotiation. The open-minded practitioner makes every rights holder feel as if it is his only concern. Leeds and Newcastle-based Richard Wylie is especially popular with overseas affiliates, in part due to his ability to “look for the best business outcomes, think about portfolios holistically, and consider how events in Europe have an impact on the United States”. An overpass between the ensemble’s contentious and non-contentious offerings, dual-qualified Geoffrey Smith is known as a “highly experienced EU trademark practitioner”. Alongside Smith, enforcement capability is invested largely in Antony Gold and Marie McMorrow, who are based in Manchester and Birmingham, respectively. Gold wins plaudits for his internet-related work and recently acted in a seven-figure dispute for a leading automotive accessory company concerning a complex international branding issue. McMorrow is an internationalist with experience of coordinating litigation across China, Europe, New Zealand and the United States.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells needs no introduction in the field of global intellectual property. Quality in its international offices is high across the board, and London is one of the jewels in the partnership’s crown. The firm prides itself on providing a single-stop service that takes care of brands from every angle – meaning that once patrons find themselves inside the front door, they tend not to leave. A forward-thinking group of practitioners covers all the major thematic issues, including Brexit and the advancement of digital tools, and are thus able to make things easy for those that rely on them for advice. London brands practice leader and commercialisation maven Sahira Khwaja has continued her outstanding work for Merck Sharp & Dohme against Merck KGaA in the world’s largest ongoing same-name dispute. She has also taken the lead advising on beer giant Asahi’s acquisition of Fuller’s – a much-publicised deal with a crucial trademark licensing element.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy is primarily known for its sterling work in the creative and retail industries, but in fact has the capability to monetise, protect and strategise in most conceivable technical trademark arenas. Firmly plugged in to the industries in which it operates, the outfit delivers a straightforward, first-rate service with a human touch. Practice leader Robert Lands has excellent connections in various worlds; as a voting member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and worldwide chair of the IP section of Meritas, the global alliance of 177 independent law firms, there are few better contacts for creative trademark issues. “Responsive, accurate, practical and appropriately creative, he is a true go-to in for UK trademark work.”

J A Kemp

J A Kemp is a practice stacked high with patent and trademark attorneys experienced in heavyweight litigation, giving it an edge on prosecution offerings familiar with only one side of the divide. “A very sharp firm, nimble on its feet and able to really deliver, J A Kemp is timely, professional and excellent value for money.” The outfit marches onwards, developing its Paris offering at a rate of knots and making excellent UK hires, including the amply qualified Aaron Newell. A Canadian barrister and solicitor, Australian solicitor and trademark attorney, and UK-qualified solicitor, Newell is well positioned to shape strategy across three continents and is in his element when dealing with international domain name disputes. “He has incredible attention to detail, acts fast and comes up with creative solutions to complex challenges. He goes above and beyond in analysing an issue and attacks problems posed from multiple angles. He is also knowledgeable and cost-effective.” Head of trademarks James Fish deserves much of the credit for assembling such an outstanding team. “An impressive counsellor and individual, he is an excellent practitioner of his art. A go-to for all forms of trademark work, he receives uniformly positive feedback from clients.” The dual-qualified practitioner specialises in registering unusual marks that many do not deign to touch. Tom Albertini is “smart, responsive, flexible and great at coming up with creative solutions”. “Efficient and detail-oriented, he is able to focus on the essential aspects of a portfolio or brief. Timely, professional and excellent value for money, he is simply an indispensable resource.” Meanwhile, Ben Mooneapillay is, in the words of one partner, “one of the most knowledgeable, rigorous and reliable attorneys out there”. “He gives his clients confidence that they are getting a first-rate service. With only a hint of humour, I often refer to him as the best trademark attorney in the country.” Clearance, filing and registration maven Charlotte Stirling has built a reputation for rendering laser-sharp, crystal-clear trademark counsel.

Keltie LLP 

Patent and trademark attorney outfit Keltie is a place where partners and associates feel energised by one another – a fact that translates into brilliant outcomes for patrons. Nimble, commercial, collaborative and enthusiastic, the firm takes the view that it is far better to address trademark issues early, through constant monitoring, than to wait for problems to get serious. “The partnership is willing to offer generous amounts of help and advice to the tiniest of companies, despite being one of the pre-eminent IP prosecution firms in Europe. All the employees are charming, knowledgeable and excellent communicators. They have the knack of understanding a complex problem quickly and offering thoughtful and reassuring advice as soon as they can.” UK and EU strategic wizard Alistair Gay exemplifies this approach. “Efficient, proficient and knowledgeable, he is a great mix of personable and commercial.” He works across a wide range of industries, excelling in gaming, entertainment, software and healthcare matters especially. Trademark, copyright and design sage Rosemary Cardas is “highly skilled, great at resolving thorny disputes and working through complex IP issues”. “She can help way beyond just filing an application and offers advice that works practically as well as theoretically.” A true pioneer of the firm, she helped to found Keltie in 1988. Global search specialist Ben Britter is a tireless advocate for IP owners’ rights before the UK and EU trademark authorities. Having been at the set for 17 years, he knows the internal structures like the back of his hand. Manuela Macchi “always gives thought to alternative ways to solve an issue, even if that means she does not gain financially”. “She respects clients’ wishes and decisions, and in no way treats them as just a fee earner. Well connected in the trademark sphere, she will respond wherever she happens to be in the world.” Azhar Sadique is an accomplished practitioner and speaker on trademark topics. One of his myriad areas of specialty is the preparation of customs applications, many of which the UK Border Office uses to help identify potentially counterfeit goods.

Kilburn & Strode 

Kilburn & Strode is on a rocket ride right now, having grown both its anti-counterfeiting practice and its European footprint rapidly this year. In January 2019 the Dutch office, based in Hilversum, opened for business – signalling ambitions as one of Europe’s top trademark attorney firms. The core strength of the UK practice is still built on two demonstrably outstanding and highly experienced practitioners: Iain Stewart and Carrollanne Lindley. “They are first-class trademark attorneys with a similar breadth, which means that they can work on both prosecution and dispute resolution matters. They have different styles but complement each other very well; clients are guaranteed to love working with either one.  Responsive and engaging, they make you feel as if you are their only priority.” Stewart receives glowing praise from patrons and fellow practitioners alike. “He is genuinely brilliant, both at managing complex portfolios and at fighting office actions.” “Thorough, professional and tenacious, the quality of his advice is always good – a premier UK and EU trademark attorney.” As one overseas client says: “It is imperative for us to have creative, unique and solid recommendations from a professional who can provide unfailing advice in a foreign market. Iain is this individual. Responsive, ingenious and compelling, he has helped us to register marks we thought would be impossible. He is nothing short of a powerhouse of ideas on how to succeed before the UK trademark office. Our number-one, favourite attorney worldwide.” “He is the absolute best of the best for global strategy. He leads a high-calibre team cast in his own image – a true star.” Lindley is equally adored by the market. “She is quick witted, commercially savvy and always a pleasure to deal with. It makes no sense to use anyone else; her advice is commercial and the team she leads is great.” Partner Ryan Pixton is rapidly establishing a reputation for himself as a true internationalist from his twin bases in London and Hilversum. “Responsive and practical, you can be sure that projects sent to him will always be well handled.”

Lane IP

Lane IP “has a commercial, modern way of approaching filing and prosecution that is not always present in lesser firms”. “Pragmatic in its approach and responsive in getting matters dealt with, it is a full-service IP law outfit with an international reach. The team comprises an incredibly competent group of lawyers who execute at a very high level. They do this at great rates, which clients love.” Quarterback Steve Lane is accomplished on both sides of the contentious divide. “Steve is Steve – he isn’t like anyone else. Super-responsive, he is a strategic thinker, great analyst and practical adviser. He doesn’t send long memos, but instead gives practical insight on how cases are likely to play out and what the best approach is.” He is ably complemented by fellow managing partner Natalie Clare, a thorough practitioner whose in-house experience at major sporting brands enables her to step into others’ shoes.

Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin’s principal strength is to be found in the completeness of its offering; the firm has combined a team of solicitors and trademark attorneys in a way that means clients need never look anywhere else. Two major developments took place at the partnership in 2018: the opening of its Dublin office and the acquisition of AdSlogans, a unique search provider for straplines and slogans. Both have continued to succeed admirably, as has the group in general, which has been kept busy by clients of the calibre of Aston Martin Lagonda, Metallica, Deliveroo and Lush. Department head Dominic Farnsworth founded the trademark and portfolio team. “Easy to work with, he is helpful and responsive. He never seeks to score unnecessary points.” Farnsworth has undertaken litigation, prosecution and transactional work throughout the course of his career and is an especially astute choice for sports and creative matters. Joint managing partner Giles Crown is a “seasoned, bright campaigner” who has been involved in some truly huge cases, including a comparative advertising brief for mobile operator 3 which went all the way to the ECJ. What is more, he has recently been engaged to manage Bupa’s global portfolio. Efficient and cost-effective Steven Jennings boasts “enormous industry experience”. A multifaceted operator, he began his career at the UKIPO, before arriving in private practice via a spell at industry giant Gillette. Simon Chapman leads the dispute resolution wing. “Pragmatic and organised,” his procedural knowledge of how to lead trademark litigation is second to none.

Marks & Clerk

Trademark attorney outfit Marks & Clerk is “a reliable group adroit with all manner of complex matters”. One of its greatest strengths is its close relationship with the firm’s contentious arm – the two share an office and believe in tackling intractable problems together. Operating regionally across the United Kingdom in an almost-unrivalled fashion, as well as abroad from its nine international offices, the set enjoys significant reach. Head of trademarks Tom Farrand knows how to commercialise brands better than anyone. His 30 years’ experience have left him with a sixth sense for how to play whatever hand he is dealt. Birmingham-based trademark attorney John Ferdinand delivers finely tuned counsel in an impressive number of languages; fluent in Spanish and French, he also has some proficiency in Japanese and Catalan. Now found in Birmingham, Esther Gottschalk used to head up the Cambridge office, so is familiar with the UK trademark scene in a broader geographical sense.

Marks & Clerk Law LLP

Marks & Clerk’s solicitors’ arm works seamlessly with its non-contentious wing to form a sophisticated and comprehensive all-round trademark service. “Responsive, with reasonable rates, the firm can engage clients with top counsel in other jurisdictions too – it is an excellent partner.” Head of trademarks and brand protection Kirsten Gilbert has been instrumental in the side’s success. Having recently worked alongside partner Gina Lodge on a successful opposition for Chivas Holding (IP) Ltd – part of the Pernod Ricard Group – she is flying high. Vicky Butterworth is a similarly seasoned global adviser. Used to helping multinationals and SMEs alike tackle their trickiest IP problems, she is a solicitor advocate with the power to change the courtroom fortunes of rights holders through her refined pleading.

Mathys & Squire LLP 

Leading trademark attorney outfit Mathys & Squire serves a troupe of top brand owners with distinction from its seven UK bureaux, three European offices and team based in China. This broad footprint gives it an edge over most UK practices and quality is always spot on: “Mathys’ advice is plotted on a spectrum of risk to cost and is always formulated with sensitivity to the wider commercial and industry context.” UK and European trademark and design attorney Gary Johnston “sees the big picture and is able to plan and execute sensibly and reliably”. Based in Manchester, he leverages his 25 years’ experience in anti-counterfeiting, global portfolio management and filing to his patrons’ best advantage. London-based Margaret Arnott heads up the litigation team. “Her incisive and pragmatic approach, combined with her strong grasp of current market trends, saves clients time and money. Reasonable and level-headed, Margaret is adept at curtailing situations in which adrenaline and emotions are running high.” “She is a privilege to work with. A true accelerator of businesses, she is knowledgeable, approachable and proactive.”

Mewburn Ellis LLP

Mewburn Ellis is a firm on the move, both literally and figuratively. The Munich office has relocated to larger premises, as have the Bristol and Cambridge bureaux – a sure sign of the considerable, growing demand for the outfit’s services. Change has also been on the menu in other areas; the recent pickup of former CITMA president Kate O’Rourke has been widely remarked on by the market, while the partnership has also rebranded itself to reflect shifts in the commercial legal environment and rights holders’ evolving expectations. Dual-qualified O’Rourke is especially focused on the leisure and retail industries, but also maintains a significant not-for-profit practice and has earned an MBE for services to education. “She has done some phenomenal work on Brexit. Very active on IP committees, she is a strong all-round trademark professional with particular skills in commerciality and business development. The breadth of her international experience is impressive – it’s not a coincidence that she has enjoyed such success in her Brexit-related activities.” Another recent innovation concerns the group’s internal structures and processes. This year, the new role of director was announced for the benefit of partner-level practitioners looking for greater flexibility in the ways in which they operate. The first to make use of this offer has been Bristol-based trademark director Sofia Arenal. With a strong interest in Japan – where she gives regular updates on aspects of EU and UK trademark law – and a secondment to a US law firm under her belt, she is a true internationalist. “Highly commercial and very professional, she gives as good as she gets.”

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Hard-hitting commercial solicitor outfit Mishcon de Reya specialises in high-level, strategic advice, delivered to clients that have knocked on the door at a time when they simply cannot afford to lose. As a “leading UK firm with a vibrant trademark practice, especially in the fashion and entertainment industries”, the full-service partnership knows the importance of intellectual property and prioritises it as part of its overall offering. “Efficient and aggressive,” the practice boasts a strong, large and capable litigation team, which exerts maximum force on behalf of those that it serves. Head of intellectual property Jeremy Hertzog is “a renowned expert in trademark and unfair competition matters, both litigious and non-litigious”. “Pragmatic and experienced, he always keeps the budget in mind – which makes it easy to work with him.” A litigator through and through, he knows how to manage international disputes and anti-counterfeiting mandates at every stage. Enforcement partner David Rose is “knowledgeable and competent”. “His advice is invariably thoughtful and thorough, demonstrating a strong working knowledge of UK and EU law. He develops and embraces forward-thinking approaches and creative strategies, while acknowledging which fights are worth it and which ones to avoid. The skilful, attentive and nuanced manner with which he handles all trademark matters makes him a delightful person to work with.” Currently engaged in the momentous Sky v SkyKick battle before the CJEU, he is routinely trusted with the most important mandates going. Master strategist Sally Britton leads the brands group. “She is very impressive and is able to see legal issues clearly, as well as weaknesses in her own clients’ cases. Strategic and canny, she knows how to approach situations procedurally to achieve the desired outcome.” Transactional ace Lewis Cohen is commercial to the core. His blue-chip patrons include Tesco and Harrods, yet he also works fantastically well with smaller clients. He recently helped challenger brand Castore Sportswear win an endorsement deal with tennis legend Andy Murray.

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

The combination of blue-sky thinking and technical implementation that goes on behind the scenes at Norton Rose Fulbright has resulted in a culture of innovation that is clear for all to see. The international player is a leader in using legal technology to streamline processes, with the aim of lifting as much weight as possible from clients’ shoulders. Head of trademarks Clare Jackman can search, file, manage and commercialise marks without breaking a sweat. Having worked at the world-renowned Wellcome Institute, she knows what makes in-house lawyers tick.

Osborne Clarke

International legal practice Osborne Clarke has built a reputation for quiet excellence in the trademark space. Established in Bristol in 1748, the firm has grown to include three UK offices and a well-spaced international network that spans Asia, Europe and the United States. The UK trademark litigation arm is highly revered. “Sensible and commercial” head of IP disputes Arty Rajendra is “much liked by her peers”. A litigator whose expertise spans patents and trademarks, she was engaged by Unwired Planet to act in its famous 2018 fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory patent licensing dispute against Huawei, alongside a host of top trademark owners looking to enforce their claims in court. Robert Guthrie is a multifaceted courtroom advocate accustomed to making sophisticated arguments in fast-moving, technology-driven matters. He has been called on to act all the way up to the UK Supreme Court. Mark Foreman “is extremely good at high-level strategy”. “He’s so experienced and a very safe pair of hands. Responsive and always available, he has a fantastic client base and is extremely well known in the industry.” Transactional sage Tamara Quinn has a range of skill sets from which to choose. Qualified as both a solicitor and a barrister, she sees commercial trademark agreements from all angles.

Pinsent Masons

Full-service international player Pinsent Masons’ UK IP offering is fully plugged into its formidable worldwide network, which comprises an army of more than 3,000 lawyers across the globe. German and English-qualified solicitor Florian Traub joined the group via the London office in April 2018. Adept at both trademark litigation and portfolio management, he heads the brand protection team and provides the firm with its genuine one-stop-shop capability. “His enormous intelligence, precise legal analyses, convincing strategic advice, quick comprehension and responsiveness set him apart. His German fluency is also very valuable for German-speaking clients, as he understands their concerns perfectly and implements their wishes under English law in an optimal way. He is someone who, quite simply, knows how to get a result.” Courtroom warrior Iain Connor is described as “calm and commercial”. “A creative thinker with expertise across all areas of soft intellectual property, he has not pigeonholed himself into solely handling trademarks. Highly responsive and generous with his time, he has a very collaborative approach.” A list of brand owners featuring Cath Kidston Ltd, Fujitsu UK, Warburtons and The Knowledge Academy is testament to the pair’s quality.

Potter Clarkson LLP

Nottingham-based patent and trademark attorney firm Potter Clarkson meets and exceeds client expectations every time. Offering the full package of trademark services – from filing to litigation – in 2018 the “responsive, cost effective and collaborative” partnership branched into London through its acquisition of established offering Wildbore & Gibbons. European expansion has also been on the agenda of late, with Potter Clarkson’s Nordic bureaux rapidly growing in reputation. Former Unilever in-house practitioner Sanjay Kapur keeps the show on the road. “Easy to deal with, straightforward, to the point and commercial, he truly understands the industry sectors within which he works.” Recent acquisition Emmy Hunt was an astute choice; well versed in handling tricky non-traditional marks, her lateral thinking achieves results where many others would fail.

Powell Gilbert LLP

Blue-chip IP litigator Powell Gilbert is among the best in the business for trademark and patent disputes. Having forged itself a formidable UK reputation for patent litigation matters, its outstanding trademark litigation capability may have gone slightly under the radar. However, the firm functions as a well-oiled machine thanks to the familiarity of its practitioners with courtroom procedures on all levels. Dual-threat Simon Ayrton leads the group’s trademark offering. With the likes of Procter & Gamble relying on him for sparkling anti-counterfeiting and parallel import counsel, he is a fully established leader in the United Kingdom’s trademark troubleshooting space.

Reddie & Grose LLP

Leading trademark attorney firm Reddie & Grose is an attentive, conscientious and detail-oriented adviser to IP-rich businesses of all shapes and sizes. Able to offer all non-contentious trademark services in-house while putting together excellent external teams for contentious matters, the outfit sees IP portfolios as practical puzzles rather than academic exercises. A trademark attorney with 30 years’ experience, Alice Findlay “is absolutely amazing – calm and experienced; you’ll never see her looking flustered”. “Very knowledgeable in both patent and trademark law, she provides clients with all the options and gives great guidance.” Outside her practice, she serves as chair of PAMIA Ltd, the mutual insurer of UK and Irish IP practitioners. Non-contentious ace Helen Wakerley has particular expertise in the automotive sector. “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.” “Her tenacity and smarts are secret weapons in resolving potential conflicts. Responsive, supportive and creative, she makes sure to offer advice that is always pithy, practical and client-focused.” Versatile herder of portfolios Tom Sharman is “a solid up and comer” who has clearly learned from the very best. “One of the few practitioners who still does both patent and trademark work, he is smart and sensible – a good guy and a good lawyer.”

Reed Smith LLP

“Clever, responsive and client-focused, Reed Smith is an excellent choice for big-ticket cases that are both commercially critical and difficult.” The team has an especially strong track record of representing companies in a range of sectors, including media, and is experienced at connecting copyright, trademark and libel arguments in an interdisciplinary way. Michael Skrein is “a true grandee of the profession”. “Exceptionally well connected in the media industry, he is a font of knowledge in relation to IP law as it applies there. He is also a great strategic thinker with the ability to coordinate diverse groups of clients in a coherent way.” No-nonsense Carolyn Pepper “is a star in her own right”. Her 20 years’ experience spans libel, privacy, advertising and IP law. Meanwhile, trademark and patent maven Jonathan Radcliffe “combines the ability to give good practical advice with technical know-how – a rare talent”. “He has wide litigation experience, is efficient and has the ability to identify and summarise the things that are really important in a case.”

RPC

Contentious and transactional hub RPC focuses its thriving trademark practice on the hottest areas, with retail, technology, media and sport featuring prominently among its favourite battlegrounds. Boasting a client list which includes Pernod Ricard,  Sports Direct and Hiscox, the firm is riding high. Its London offering and Bristol office are premium services, but rights holders looking to save money on more routine matters have the option of a lower-cost package. Head of trademarks Jeremy Drew operates primarily on the enforcement side of the practice. His work this year for Sports Direct in its acquisition of Evans Cycles has been wide ranging and of critical business importance. “Excellent tactical lawyer” David Cran is adept at piecing together enforcement strategies that are equally effective in Asia, Europe and the United States – a skill that serves him well when working for global giant Coca-Cola. IP and technology litigator Ciara Cullen heads the food and drink sector group. One client describes her as “one of the best lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with; she gets what I need and delivers”. “She is knowledgeable about all IP rights, commercial and practical.” Litigation and licensing sage Paul Joseph is active in trademark matters on both sides of the contentious divide. “He always gives exceptionally pragmatic and quick advice. A sharp, logical thinker who is good at navigating difficult problems, he is calm and easy to work with. Client-focused, he gives advice that is tailored and easy to understand.” Oliver Bray leads the commercial team. Able to view a brand from every angle, he is also relied on by Coca-Cola for elite advice.

Simmons & Simmons LLP

One-stop titan Simmons & Simmons acts for some of the world’s largest and most successful brands, as well as a range of exciting, innovative challengers. Up-and-coming bank Monzo is among its clients, as is The Collective, a co-living start-up with its ambitions set on further international expansion. No one is better placed to shepherd a mark through every stage of its lifecycle than the ensemble of experts residing in the London office. “Honest, precise and understanding, the team is always very clear on risks, the prospect of success and how to protect brands. It offers simply tremendous support – just the most reactive, creative and business-minded group of practitioners.” Adrian Smith is instrumental in everything that the firm does. “A trusted senior practitioner with a great depth and breadth of experience, he is not only a skilful professional but one who consistently adds tremendous value as a result of his willingness to incorporate sound counsel in every piece of work.” His extreme versatility lands him a place in three of the WTR 1000 individuals tables this year; Smith has truly mastered all aspects of his craft. Recent international instructions for innovative medical cannabis client Aphria confirm the fact that he works on cutting-edge mandates. Cross-border enforcement specialist Darren Meale is adored by those that have experienced his work. “Incredibly enthusiastic, knowledgeable, technical and fun, he is extraordinarily eloquent. His pragmatic advice when the going gets tough is impressive. Not only is Darren a bright and respected legal professional, he is also very humble and really gives it his all.” “Very good tactically, his knowledge of trademark law is second to none. Responsive and customer-friendly, he is genuinely innovative – as his Financial Times award for Young Innovator of the Year shows.” Contractual ace Michael Gavey is a natural leader. As head of the IP department, UK healthcare and life sciences practices, and digital health group, he is a key figure in setting the future course of the partnership.

Sipara Ltd

Sipara’s “fantastic, dynamic and commercially astute team” is a trusted resource for IP owners seeking to-the-point advice that takes the bottom line into account. Comprised largely of dual-qualified practitioners who know how to navigate their way through the trickiest trademark snares, the firm is a lock for strategic matters that require careful thought and a steady hand. Practice spearhead and co-founder Rebecca Kaye is known as “an excellent all-round IP professional” who is “great with clients”. Her experience of working for top retailers has given her a unique insight into the sector. Director Robert Furneaux also helped to establish the group; the former head of trademarks at Rouse brings valuable international experience of practising in Dubai to the table. Versatile operator of 30 years’ vintage Nick Baker gives “quick, practical and insightful advice”.

Squire Patton Boggs

Cross-border IP outfit Squire Patton Boggs marshals its far-flung trademark expertise to great effect, dispatching complex, cross-border trademark mandates with consummate ease. The firm is present wherever the action is, boasting offices on five continents and a strong Chinese anti-counterfeiting and investigations practice. Manchester and Brussels-based brand manager Kerry Lee is “efficient, effective and available”. “Helpful and diligent, he is the consummate professional.”

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood is a breath of fresh air for its clients. Offering the very best in contentious trademark work with a human touch, the splendid collective is routinely lauded by those that have experienced its services first-hand. “Creative, responsive, strategic and completely engaged, the outfit produces excellent work. The service you receive there is impeccable.” “The group is really very practical. Great at early assessment of disputes, it will give you a candid assessment of the likelihood of success – and offers clever solutions to enhance the odds, if they are not good.” Eifion Morris has recently been appointed chief executive of the entire firm – an unusual move that demonstrates both Stephenson Harwood’s genuine emphasis on intellectual property and Morris’ “first-class management capabilities”. “Calm and sensible, he is extremely talented at managing complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation. He takes decisions with a clear mind and an acute focus on what is practical and has a particular talent for devising novel strategy.” Anti-counterfeiting, litigation and transactional ace Alexandra Pygall continues to develop her sterling market stature. According to a top UK associate: “She is wonderful – someone you can introduce to clients directly.” “Alexandra provides the most thorough, calmly reasoned litigation advice and avoids the type of overspend that makes some people worry about going to court. She is a great communicator.” Chemist Rob Jacob’s level of experience and gravitas belies the fact he has been a partner for only three years. As one overseas peer intimates: “I respect Rob very highly; he is a quieter guy by nature, but he is absolutely tremendous. He listens to people and does what is needed, through very reliable analysis.” “A bright lawyer with a deep understanding of trademark law, he deals with high-maintenance clients perfectly.” The commercially adroit Naomi Leach rounds off the set’s exceptional list of practitioners; seasoned and detail-driven, she handles all manner of IP-rich agreements with ease.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton houses a bean-to-cup trademark offering that leaves patrons that are willing to look outside London stunned by its quality-to-cost ratio. As one explains: “The IP team there is exceptional across the board. My go-to solicitor for all things intellectual property, it is easy to work with, approachable and swift to respond. I can honestly say that I would not go anywhere else.” Although the group does not file per se, it tackles every other type of trademark work with gusto. Physicist and seasoned litigator Tom Lingard leads the line. “Solid, sensible and down to earth, he combines top-tier training with more reasonable prices. Tom has an ability to explain the legal process in a very pragmatic way and to understand business drivers innately. He also has very strong tactical awareness.” Former Herbert Smith lawyer and transactional specialist Charlotte Tillett “is technically excellent and good on strategy”. “Exceptionally knowledgeable and articulate, she is super-sharp and provides sensible, commercial counsel.” In addition, head of franchising and retail Nicola Broadhurst is the dream partner for any ambitious business; well versed in all areas of franchising, she has been the key to international expansion for many.

Stobbs IP

“Dynamic, highly focused, slick and sophisticated” boutique Stobbs IP has a distinctive model, which is founded on a desire to usher in a more holistic approach to brands and provide a bespoke, individual and exceptional service to each and every client. The result of this has been spectacular growth across the United Kingdom. “Stobbs is not a normal practice, because it understands the commercial aspects of every decision. Clients don’t feel like they’re talking to a salesperson, but rather a firm which genuinely cares about their brands and which takes a practical approach to ensure the best outcomes.” “It is the most stacked trademark firm in the United Kingdom – for a smaller outfit, it packs a huge punch. The depth and variety of experience provided by each attorney there is unparalleled. The service is incredibly personal and Julius Stobbs really sets the tone.” Stobbs himself is a powerful force on the trademark scene. “Not only is he incredibly smart, but he also has fantastic judgement in complex enforcement cases. Sound and thoughtful in his advice, he is a generally pleasant person to be around as well.” “He has changed the game with this new business model. Obviously smart, he is altering the way in which outside firms work with commercial clients.” “Julius is the visionary there, the driving force. Deeply strategic, he always looks at matters with a fresh pair of eyes. Charismatic and impressive, he’s a great guy. He’s comfortable delegating but if you need him there around the clock, he will be.” Head of the solicitor team Chris Sleep is adept at forming watertight commercial strategies. On the trademark attorney side of the practice, EU trademark ace Emma Pettipher is a key player. “One of the most methodical lawyers around, she is both detail oriented and incredibly laid back. She never disappoints.” Claire (Jenkins) Breheny appreciates branding from every angle, having started her career on the other side of the fence, working for a major department store chain. Domain name sage Jessica Wolff is thoughtful and thorough; her extensive UK and European experience makes her a seasoned adviser. Louise Goodsell is head of culture at the firm – a role which takes advantage of her personable and pragmatic nature. Meanwhile, associates describe filer and prosecutor Harpreet Dhaliwal as “one of the sharpest lawyers operating today”. “Her advice combines the pragmatic with the expertise of outside counsel; she is an in-house lawyer’s dream.”

Swindell & Pearson

Derby-based trademark attorney outfit Swindell & Pearson has been filing, prosecuting and strategising with distinction for more than 140 years – and has built up a reputation for understated excellence in the process. The group specialises in building and nurturing long-term relationships, which enable it to get closer to the client than most others ever do. Head of trademarks Nick Womsley has honed his skills both in private practice and in-house at a global pharmaceutical company. An office talisman, he has led the team for the past 15 years. European and UK trademark attorney Kieron Taylor “understands the essence of client communication; his correspondence is easy to read, well structured and even covers things that clients haven’t asked but should have”. Former solicitor-cum-trademark attorney Katy Fuggle is “knowledgeable, informative, experienced and professional”. “She knows how to be highly effective, even on tricky applications.”

Taylor Wessing

Global player Taylor Wessing is not just large and well connected, but thoughtfully so. Its pan-European coverage is truly impressive, with lawyers tucked away in all corners of the continent, tackling work in most European languages. The firm boasts an excellent brands practice – especially when focused on its signature technology patrons – and provides a superb service that is arguably at its strongest on the contentious side. Versatile and incisive head of brand management Roland Mallinson is featured in three WTR 1000 tables this year. He is a hook for complex anti-counterfeiting, litigation and prosecution matters. “Roland is a sensible, pragmatic litigator who will try to find a commercial response. An impressive person who is hard wired into all of the associations and pressure groups, he does a lot for the industry in general. He has a community-minded approach and is extremely visible.” Mark Owen heads the group’s UK IP and media practice. A member of INTA’s internet committee, he is especially well connected to top Silicon Valley clients. “An exceptional adviser in IP, advertising and unfair competition matters, Mark is insightful, pragmatic and to the point. For contentious UK trademark matters, he should be at the top of the list.” The highly seasoned France Delord is jointly qualified in the United Kingdom and France. She serves as a partner for Orange and Europcar – two of the side’s biggest patrons – and maintains a “strong international presence in brand management, litigation and transactions”. Senior counsel and franchising sage Christopher Benson is “a business-minded lawyer who always comes prepared with a thoughtful, real-world solution to a problem”. “Technically excellent” fashion and luxury brands head Jason Rawkins “is commercial, clear and overall superb”. One in-house counsel states: “The advice that he gives is some of the best I have ever received.” Last but not least, the “thoughtful and responsive” Charles Lloyd is an integral part of Taylor Wessing’s first-rate anti-counterfeiting, enforcement and prosecution strategy capability. “A leader on the global trademark stage, he provides savvy advice on matters related to UK and EU brand enforcement.”

Venner Shipley LLP

Five-office UK powerhouse Venner Shipley remains ahead of the curve. “Professional, responsive and dependable,” it has created an in-house solution, which allows IP owners to enjoy secure access to their trademark portfolios 24/7 and is one of the first firms to combine patent and trademark attorneys, solicitors and barristers under a single roof to provide truly comprehensive coverage. With a bench of patrons that includes Aviva, TalkTalk and the Black & Decker Corporation, the group is used to meeting the demanding requirements of some of the world’s biggest names. UK and Irish-qualified solicitor and trademark attorney David Birchall leaves clients “with no doubt at all that they are in good hands”. His combination of personal contact and technical acuity is a sure-fire win. Barrister James Tumbridge is a valuable resource in the partnership’s top-tier dispute resolution practice. As vice-chair of INTA’s geographical indications committee, he is at the centre of one of the hottest IP areas around. His courtroom skills have been used to great effect recently on behalf of Roarr Norfolk Dinosaur Park against London’s globally famous Natural History Museum in a matter concerning South Kensington stalwart and children’s favourite Dippy the Diplodocus. Paul Harris’s 35 years of contentious IP experience make him an inspired choice for the most procedurally complex disputes. He maintains a market-renowned confidential information practice.

Waterfront Solicitors

Litigation outfit Waterfront Solicitors has built a streamlined, partner-led offering that is fast becoming one of London’s premier sources of “high-quality, specialist IP advice”. As one patron explains: “A highly knowledgeable, helpful, approachable and effective litigation partner, Waterfront compares extremely favourably to other medium-sized IP solicitor firms. It has an easy-going attitude and is mercifully free of jargon and pretence. In terms of expertise, commercial nous and tactical awareness, it is a highly recommendable practice. We have nothing but praise for it!” Dynamic duo Matthew Harris and Piers Strickland are big-ticket litigators and advocates with a wealth of experience at the highest levels. Harris is “always totally prepared, with a clear idea of what to do”. “He is a solicitor with an extraordinary eye for detail, but he never loses sight of the big picture either. Knowing that he is on the other side of a case causes opponents to up their game.” Strickland, meanwhile, is “an excellent IP solicitor with the ability to undertake demanding pieces of litigation”. “He is very responsive, always accessible, very focused on clients’ commercial imperatives and very tactically aware. He is simply a pleasure to work with, as are his colleagues.”

Wiggin LLP

One-stop IP powerhouse Wiggin is one of the top addresses in London for contentious and non-contentious work – with anti-counterfeiting, complex litigation, brand strategy, portfolio management and transactional assistance all being particular areas of specialty. The dust has now settled after the merger with Redd in late 2017 and the two groups have gelled perfectly. “Sound professional expertise, responsiveness and well-thought-out strategy” await all who approach Wiggin for trademark assistance. The firm also continues to push boundaries technologically. In addition to his client work – which recently included representing Richemont in a famous Supreme Court appeal that established the precedent that UK internet service providers must block access to counterfeit websites – Simon Baggs is co-founder and CEO of INCOPRO, Wiggin’s industry-leading affiliate technology company. The personable anti-counterfeiting guru is regarded as “a pioneer in litigation against intermediaries”. Head of intellectual property Anna Carboni is a litigator of 30 years’ vintage. “You can’t find anyone with a bad word to say about her – she’s user-friendly and very sharp, which means that people love working with her.” “Sensible and personable, she has huge expertise in trademarks. One of the brightest attorneys practising, she is a truly eminent practitioner.” Technically broad IP litigator Sara Ashby helped found Redd; a “meticulous thinker”, she is “diligent, smart and energetic, does not miss important case angles, and provides complete and understandable advice”. Accomplished transactional sage Simon Chalkley is another Redd co-founder. He currently serves as president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Britain and Ireland – a fact that speaks volumes about his superb industry connections. IP solicitor and international franchising maven Michael Browne is swiftly building a fantastic reputation among his peers. “Part of the next generation of skilled trademark litigators, he is both very effective and very well connected.” All-round enforcement and contractual lawyer John Colbourn completes the former Redd quartet. His “thoroughly thought-through, practical recommendations” are frequently the first step in tackling persistent, multi-jurisdictional infringers. A rising star of online litigation, Rachel Alexander is already a sought-after name in the trademark space. Having been involved in the Cartier International v British Telecommunications and EE Limited case, she is not short of big-game experience. Prosecution pro Gurminder Panesar founded Wiggin’s in-house filing practice in 2011. “Pleasant to work with and a strategic thinker,” he has been busy this year with a client list that includes Endemol Shine Group and Addison Global.

Withers & Rogers LLP

“Withers & Rogers has a great team, which can easily handle multiple large disputes simultaneously. People there work closely with their foreign associates and feel like they’re part of the in-house team. Extremely responsive, adaptive and strategically smart, the firm understands its clients’ concerns and the different ways in which they do business. Everyone on the team is absolutely top-notch, so you can trust the side completely.” One of the premier trademark filers at the UKIPO and the EUIPO, the partnership is expanding rapidly, with a Munich office (its first outside the United Kingdom) opening in June 2019. CITMA president and trademark prosecutor par excellence Tania Clark is the cream of the crop. “She is a very strong practitioner with a great reputation.”

Other recommended experts

The “broad experience, high proficiency and trademark know-how” of Paolo Andreottola at Locke Lord LLP have built him a truly impressive stable of multinational patrons. Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s Emma Armitage “handles complex cases with ease”. A strong trademark litigator, she is also highly adept at advising on the non-contentious side. Arthur Artinian of K&L Gates is “a well-rounded IP lawyer with vast contentious and non-contentious experience, gained all over the world”. “People rave about his efficient and clear advice.” For technology-rich and architectural matters of all hues, there are few more globally minded or better connected. The superb Gary Assim is an outstanding trademark enforcer whose combination of legal and commercial knowledge draws great feedback from Shoosmiths’ patrons. “Just saying his name puts a smile on my face. When you talk about brand messaging as well as the law, he really gets it. He can transition between US and European approaches easily and knows how to tailor his message to clients based on their needs and strategy. I have so much respect for him.” Collyer Bristow’s Tim Bamford is a solicitor advocate whose crowning expertise lies in cross-border IP disputes with a high degree of technical difficulty. Rachael Barber is a luxury, fashion and retail guru who guides clients through anti-counterfeiting, trademark and design cases effortlessly. She can be found at Kemp Little. Margaret Briffa, of the eponymous BRIFFA, is the ideal contentious partner for creative SMEs. “Bright and efficient, she knows that stratum of clients, looks after them and is always able to find cost-effective solutions for them. Her good intuition and clear thinking make for a top service.” The “friendly, cost-effective and smart” Nicholas Briggs is a notable strategist at Shakespeare Martineau. “If you work with him, you’ll get the quality that you want – and if you’re against him, you’ll get a good courtroom battle.” Womble Bond Dickinson’s Patrick Cantrill is “a very experienced lawyer, a great problem solver and a clear-cut adviser”. A UK council member of the LES, he is able to view and monetise a mark from all angles. Clare Cornell is US giant Finnegan’s leading trademark presence in London – many large multinationals have her on speed-dial for their trickiest portfolios. James Cornish is “efficient in his response time, diligent in his coverage of portfolios and cost-effective in resolving matters”. He has been active in the brand management space since 1994 and is located at Page White and Farrer. Clyde & Co’s Rebecca Costen is described as “client-focused and excellent” by a fellow top peer. She is especially renowned in the retail, manufacturing, food and drink and health sectors. Paul Cox heads up the IP practice at Foot Anstey. “A super business developer and a very good trademark litigator, he significantly boosts the firm’s strength. He’s an excellent expert in all things intellectual property.” Chartered trademark attorney Sharon Daboul supplies exemplary prosecution and portfolio management advice to discerning businesses of all shapes and sizes that knock on the door of Harbottle & Lewis. Haseltine Lake Kempner’s Jason Dainty is any IP-rich business’ dream partner. “Knowledgeable, practical and easy to work with, he’s a delightful person who takes care of clients wonderfully.” Louisa Dixon leads Taylor Vinters’ trademark practices in London and Cambridge. Those that rely on her for sparkling counsel include tyre supplier Bridgestone Americas, outdoor activity company Adventure Forest Group Ltd and the Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking. “Everything you need,” Wilson Gunn’s Michael Douglas is “aggressive but co-operative and a very nice guy who negotiates well. He is top-notch - proactive, user-friendly and very commercial.” Kate Ellis is “an excellent practitioner who always exceeds expectations” at Eversheds Sutherland and beyond. Throughout her career, she has been firmly at the cutting edge of trademark and design decisions. Keystone Law’s Karen Fong is “an excellent all-round IP professional”. When it comes to anti-counterfeiting and enforcement mandates, there are few in the United Kingdom on her level. Nemone Franks is routinely trusted with Linklaters’ highest value commercial contracts, negotiating IP separation issues, corporate transactions and cross-border mergers with ease. Dummett Copp’s head of trademarks Claire Freeman is a font of “reliable and sensible advice”. The Nottingham-educated biologist is active primarily on the non-contentious side of the fence. AA Thornton’s chartered UK and EU patent, trademark and designs attorney Ian Stephen Gill is a “highly skilled professional, who deals with matters fast and provides continuous updates on proceedings to his clients”. Sarah Hadland works out of Oxfordshire-based SH & Associates. Her 20 years’ experience have moulded her into an adroit practitioner, equally at home filing and litigating in the United Kingdom’s premier commercial courts. Rebecca Halford-Harrison is “a very good, creative finder of technical solutions”. “She gives highly commercial and strategic advice, thinks about a business’ wider requirements, is very responsive and takes care of clients excellently. Well networked and very good value, she is someone you want onside in a litigation – especially when a matter is complicated and multi-jurisdictional.” She can be found at Keystone Law. Mark Heritage of Bear & Wolf excels both at office actions and at registering the most technically complex marks. “He has a great eye for detail, is really good at breaking down complex issues and takes a methodical approach to everything. He is very comprehensive in his analyses.” Acting for the United Kingdom’s largest pharmaceutical company for the past 20 years, Murgitroyd’s Mark Hickey has been a true pioneer in some ground-breaking cases, including helping to secure a shape mark for Viennetta and BP’s green colour mark. Mark Hiddleston, at the eponymous Hiddleston Trade Marks, receives a superlative level of market and client feedback. “Mark has the ability to foresee which issues will arise in plotting a trademark programme, to develop a brand with a marketing team and to operate as an excellent team player. His wisdom and assistance are immensely reassuring.” “Responsive and pragmatic, he combines legal and business perspectives in a strategic and thoughtful way. He is a true joy to work with, a go-to and an obvious choice for inclusion in the WTR 1000.” Simply unflappable, Locke Lord LLP’s Ben Hitchens “provides no-nonsense advice”. “An outstanding lawyer and IP specialist, he is especially potent when enforcing European trademarks.” For clients at Albright IP, Julia House is “highly capable, and nice with it”. “Practical and focused, she provides top-notch, outstanding trademark prosecution work. She is a pleasure to work with.” Joshi Worldwide IP founder Manish Joshi runs a “young and dynamic” practice with a refreshing attitude to trademarks, patents and designs. Reliable and confident, he has some outstanding international links. A renowned international developer of businesses, Paul Kavanagh at Dechert LLP is “experienced and hands-on, gives pragmatic, pithy advice and gets to the point”. Richard Kempner, formerly of Kempner & Partners, now operates out of recent collaboration Haseltine Lake Kempner. “He has a great range of clients and is hard as nails when it comes to litigation. Down-to earth, accessible and good to deal with, he is also a true industry expert with unquestionable technical expertise and plenty of pragmatism.” Kounoupias IP luminary and campaigner Nick Kounoupias’ “expertise in the UK criminal courts is second to none”. His industry involvement was instrumental in making the copying of registered designs a criminal offence. Manchester-based Anne Lacaze dishes up “prompt, efficient, effective and good-value advice, which allows her clients at Harrison IP Ltd to roll out prosecution plans strategically across Europe”. AA Thornton’s Vanessa Lawrence works across a broad range of commercial sectors, including travel, telecommunications, fashion and food and beverages. Christopher Lewis is perennially able to find ways to break the deadlock when it really counts. “Straightforward and helpful, he comes up with some genius ideas. Chris is extremely creative at solving problems for clients of Dolleymores.” Sheridans’ top portfolio manager Christiana Loizides is “diligent, smart, savvy and personable”. “She may be the friendliest person in the industry – it is not surprising that she serves a great calibre of clients.” Over at Elkington and Fife LLP “Chris McLeod is diligent to the point of pedantry, which means that his clients get a thorough and thoughtful service. An experienced, creative, calm and pragmatic trademark attorney, he gives considered, strategic advice on prosecution issues which is delivered with a wit drier than a footballer’s hair after a half-time team talk from Sir Alex Ferguson.” Consultant solicitor Anthony Misquitta is “clever, responsive and very good with clients that require a great degree of hand holding”. He is available at Keystone Law. Jeremy Newman leads INTA’s online anti-counterfeiting project team – an appointment that clearly demonstrates his fellow professionals’ collective opinion of his skill in this area. The Rouse practitioner has made a name for himself as one of the best in the business. Albright IP’s Cheltenham-based Katie Oliver is “responsive, commercial and always focused on the client’s ultimate goals; she understands the big picture”. Representing Locke Lord LLP, John Olsen sits atop the WTR 1000 UK luminary table. “Very few lawyers can match his outstandingly strategic mind and tenacious commitment to clients. He has a loyal following.” Steve Palmer of Palmer Biggs IP is an anti-counterfeiting guru with a knack for apprehending criminal infringers. Patrons of the likes of Daniel Wellington and BMW look to him to stamp out their toughest issues. Suffolk-based Jeffrey Parker is a “brilliant, well-known sole practitioner”, leveraging a remarkable 45 years’ experience to provide the finest brand strategy. Maucher Jenkins’ Tim Pendered is equally adroit working with patents and trademarks. He dispenses crystalline drafting and advisory services from his bases in Farnham, London and Munich. Transactional ace Jennifer Pierce has recently taken her considerable talents to McCarthy Denning. A past president of LES Britain and Ireland, her ability to monetise IP rights is unparalleled in the jurisdiction. “Sheridans’ Colin Sawdy’s research skills make him an excellent resource.” Dual-qualified in the United Kingdom and the United States, and fluent in Japanese, he is a disputes and anti-counterfeiting practitioner with a global mindset. Julia K Sutherland runs a stellar practice out of US giant Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s London office. Her strength across diverse areas including trademark clearance, domain name and ex parte proceedings has earned her a devoted following. Jones Day partner Rebecca Swindells supplies the finest in contentious and non-contentious trademark counsel to a host of patrons, including publisher Penguin Random House and global streaming company Deezer. IP-rich businesses seek out Andrew Terry at Eversheds Sutherland for guidance through every stage of their development. His trademark practice is reinforced by his expertise in defamation, privacy and reputation management law. The particular brand of blue-sky strategic thinking that Bear & Wolf’s Simon Tracey offers complements his partner Mark Heritage nicely. “A great strategist, Simon always gives you an answer and is able to reduce complex situations down to two sentences. He often takes a step back, avoids getting lost in the detail and takes a very broad perspective.” David Wilkinson of Ashurst LLP is “a very experienced and highly regarded solicitor, who is used to thinking outside the box to get a commercially viable solution”. “Business-minded, client-friendly and a pleasure to work with, he is a terrific lawyer with a wealth of experience.” At Keystone Law, new recruit Aaron Wood is one of a handful of trademark attorneys with the same rights of audience as a barrister before the UK IP courts. The IP Enterprise Court and High Court regular’s results “speak for themselves”, according to one satisfied client. Trevor Wright is known for his enthusiastic approach and client-friendliness at Groom Wilkes & Wright LLP. “He is responsive, business-driven and pragmatic – if you require a short, quick answer rather than a 20-page memo, he will supply it.”

Individuals: anti-counterfeiting

  • Gary Assim - Shoosmiths LLP
  • Simon Ayrton - Powell Gilbert LLP
  • Simon Baggs - Wiggin LLP
  • Jeremy Hertzog - Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Nick Kounoupias - Kounoupias IP Ltd
  • Charles Lloyd - Taylor Wessing
  • Roland Mallinson - Taylor Wessing
  • Jeremy Newman - Rouse
  • Steve Palmer - PBIP
  • Alexandra Pygall - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Colin Sawdy - Sheridans
  • Simon Tracey - Bear & Wolf

Individuals: enforcement and litigation

  • Sara L Ashby - Wiggin LLP
  • Mary Bagnall - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Simon Bennett - Fox Williams LLP
  • Nicholas Bolter - Cooley LLP
  • Peter Brownlow - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Anna Carboni - Wiggin LLP
  • Neville Cordell - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Roland Mallinson - Taylor Wessing
  • Eifion Morris - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • David Rose - Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Tom Scourfield - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • David Stone - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Paul Walsh - Bristows LLP
  • David Wilkinson - Ashurst LLP
  • Gary Assim - Shoosmiths LLP
  • Simon Ayrton - Powell Gilbert LLP
  • Simon Baggs - Wiggin LLP
  • Jill Bainbridge - Blake Morgan LLP
  • Ian Bartlett - Beck Greener
  • Jeremy Blum - Bristows LLP
  • Alexandra Brodie - Gowling WLG
  • Leighton Cassidy - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Simon Chapman - Lewis Silkin
  • Simon Clark - Bristows LLP
  • John Coldham - Gowling WLG
  • Iain Connor - Pinsent Masons
  • David Cran - RPC
  • Giles Crown - Lewis Silkin
  • Jonathan Day - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Jeremy Dickerson - Burges Salmon LLP
  • Jeremy Drew - RPC
  • Huw Evans - Gowling WLG
  • Sarah Hadland - SH & Associates IP Ltd 
  • Gordon Harris - Gowling WLG
  • Matthew Harris - Waterfront Solicitors
  • Michael L Hart - Baker McKenzie
  • Jeremy Hertzog - Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Tamsin Holman - D Young & Co LLP
  • Ruth Hoy - DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Rob Jacob - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Cerryg Jones - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Ian Kirby - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Tom Lingard - Stevens & Bolton LLP
  • John Linneker - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Charles Lloyd - Taylor Wessing
  • Vanessa Marsland - Clifford Chance
  • Darren Meale - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Jeremy Newman - Rouse
  • Jeremy Pennant - D Young & Co LLP
  • Alexandra Pygall - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Arty Rajendra - Osborne Clarke
  • Jason Rawkins - Taylor Wessing
  • Nick P Rose - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Michael Skrein - Reed Smith LLP
  • Adrian H Smith - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Joel Smith - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Julius Stobbs - Stobbs IP
  • Kate Swaine - Gowling WLG
  • Simon Tracey - Bear & Wolf
  • Florian Traub - Pinsent Masons
  • Charlie Winckworth - Cooley LLP
  • Rachel Alexander - Wiggin LLP
  • Ben D Allgrove - Baker McKenzie
  • Emma Armitage - Addleshaw Goddard LLP
  • Margaret Arnott - Mathys & Squire LLP 
  • Tim Bamford - Collyer Bristow LLP
  • Rachael Barber - Kemp Little LLP
  • Margaret Briffa - BRIFFA
  • Nicholas Briggs - Shakespeare Martineau
  • Michael Browne - Wiggin LLP
  • Vicky Butterworth - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • John Colbourn - Wiggin LLP
  • Anna Copeman - Dentons
  • Rebecca Costen - Clyde & Co
  • Paul Cox - Foot Anstey LLP
  • Ciara Cullen - RPC
  • Robert Cumming - Appleyard Lees IP LLP 
  • Mark Daniels - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Matthew Dick - D Young & Co LLP
  • Julia S Dickenson - Baker McKenzie
  • Karen Fong - Keystone Law
  • Kirsten Gilbert - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Antony Gold - HGF Ltd
  • Ewan Grist - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Robert Guthrie - Osborne Clarke
  • Rebecca Halford-Harrison - Keystone Law
  • Paul A Harris - Venner Shipley LLP
  • Mark Heritage - Bear & Wolf
  • Ben Hitchens - Locke Lord LLP
  • Chris Hoole - Appleyard Lees IP LLP 
  • Richard Kempner - Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP
  • Andrew Lee - Brandsmiths
  • Marie McMorrow - HGF Ltd
  • Adam Morallee - Brandsmiths
  • David Parrish - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Giles Parsons - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Carolyn E Pepper - Reed Smith LLP
  • Jonathan Radcliffe - Reed Smith LLP
  • Anna Reid - D Young & Co LLP
  • Hiroshi J Sheraton - Baker McKenzie
  • Mark Shillito - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Chris Sleep - Stobbs IP
  • Piers Strickland - Waterfront Solicitors
  • Julia K Sutherland - Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Rebecca Swindells - Jones Day
  • Andrew Terry - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
  • Bonita Trimmer - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • James R Tumbridge - Venner Shipley LLP
  • John Wilks - DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Aaron Wood - Keystone Law
  • Sarah Wright - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Individuals: prosecution and strategy

  • Nicholas Bolter - Cooley LLP
  • Jonathan Clegg - Cleveland Scott York
  • Elaine Deyes - Dehns
  • James Fish - J A Kemp
  • Alistair Gay - Keltie LLP
  • Mark Hiddleston - Hiddleston Trade Marks 
  • Mark Holah - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Steven Jennings - Lewis Silkin
  • Steve Lane - Lane IP
  • Jessica Le Gros - Baker McKenzie
  • Carrollanne Lindley - Kilburn & Strode
  • Roland Mallinson - Taylor Wessing
  • Chris McLeod - Elkington and Fife LLP 
  • Kate O'Rourke - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Jeremy Pennant - D Young & Co LLP
  • Tony Pluckrose - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Allan Poulter - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Iain Stewart - Kilburn & Strode
  • Julius Stobbs - Stobbs IP
  • David Stone - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Paul Walsh - Bristows LLP
  • Catherine Wolfe - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Tom Albertini - J A Kemp
  • Tracy Arch - Barker Brettell LLP 
  • Margaret Arnott - Mathys & Squire LLP 
  • Arthur Artinian - K&L Gates
  • Ian Bartlett - Beck Greener
  • Simon Bennett - Fox Williams LLP
  • Sally Britton - Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Peter Brownlow - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Rosemary Cardas - Keltie LLP
  • Leighton Cassidy - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Simon Clark - Bristows LLP
  • Tania Clark - Withers & Rogers LLP
  • James Cornish - Page White and Farrer
  • Lee Curtis - HGF Ltd
  • Declan Cushley - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Jonathan Day - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • France Delord - Taylor Wessing
  • Matthew Dick - D Young & Co LLP
  • Dominic Farnsworth - Lewis Silkin
  • Alice Findlay - Reddie & Grose LLP
  • Paula Flutter - EIP Europe LLP
  • Mark Foreman - Osborne Clarke
  • Robert Furneaux - Sipara Ltd
  • Louise Gellman - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Ian Gruselle - Bristows LLP
  • Sarah Hadland - SH & Associates IP Ltd 
  • Mark Hickey - Murgitroyd
  • Felicity K Hide - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Lorna Hobbs - Cleveland Scott York
  • Paul Jordan - Bristows LLP
  • Rebecca Kaye - Sipara Ltd
  • Sahira Khwaja - Hogan Lovells
  • Gemma Kirkland - D Young & Co LLP
  • Robert Lands - Howard Kennedy LLP
  • Claire Lehr - EIP Europe LLP
  • Roger Lush - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Manuela Macchi - Keltie LLP
  • Alasdair MacQuarrie - Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • Ben Mooneapillay - J A Kemp
  • Aaron Newell - J A Kemp
  • Mark Owen - Taylor Wessing
  • Jeffrey Parker - Jeffrey Parker & Company
  • Emma Pitcher - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Ryan Pixton - Kilburn & Strode
  • David Potter - HGF Ltd
  • Jason Rawkins - Taylor Wessing
  • David Rose - Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Adrian H Smith - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Charlotte Stirling - J A Kemp
  • Kate Swaine - Gowling WLG
  • Simon Tracey - Bear & Wolf
  • Florian Traub - Pinsent Masons
  • Helen Wakerley - Reddie & Grose LLP
  • Lucy Walker - Barker Brettell LLP 
  • John M Wallace - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Charlie Winckworth - Cooley LLP
  • Catherine Wiseman - Barker Brettell LLP 
  • Sarah Wright - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Richard Wylie - HGF Ltd
  • Paolo Andreottola - Locke Lord LLP
  • Sofia Arenal - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Jill Bainbridge - Blake Morgan LLP
  • Nick Baker - Sipara Ltd
  • Rachael Barber - Kemp Little LLP
  • Christopher Benson - Taylor Wessing
  • Simon Bentley - Abel & Imray
  • David Birchall - Venner Shipley LLP
  • Claire (Jenkins) Breheny - Stobbs IP
  • Ben Britter - Keltie LLP
  • Caroline Brooks - Abel & Imray
  • Edward Carstairs - Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • Helen Cawley - D Young & Co LLP
  • Natalie Clare - Lane IP
  • Patricia Collis - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Anna Copeman - Dentons
  • Clare Cornell - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  • Paul Cox - Foot Anstey LLP
  • Sharon Daboul - Harbottle & Lewis LLP
  • Jason Dainty - Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP
  • Harpreet Dhaliwal - Stobbs IP
  • Louisa Dixon - Taylor Vinters LLP
  • Michael Douglas - Wilson Gunn
  • Charlotte Duly - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Kate Ellis - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
  • Ben Evans - Blake Morgan LLP
  • Tom Farrand - Marks & Clerk
  • John Ferdinand - Marks & Clerk
  • Désirée Fields - DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Claire Freeman - Dummett Copp
  • Katy Fuggle - Swindell & Pearson
  • Ian Stephen Gill - AA Thornton
  • Louise Goodsell - Stobbs IP
  • Esther Gottschalk - Marks & Clerk
  • Hastings Guise - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Robert Guthrie - Osborne Clarke
  • Michael L Hart - Baker McKenzie
  • Mark Heritage - Bear & Wolf
  • Peter Houlihan - Cleveland Scott York
  • Julia House - Albright IP Ltd
  • Emmy Hunt - Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Clare Jackman - Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Jackie Johnson - D Young & Co LLP
  • Gary Johnston - Mathys & Squire LLP 
  • Manish Joshi - Joshi Worldwide IP
  • Sanjay Kapur - Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Paul Kavanagh - Dechert LLP
  • Anne Lacaze - Harrison IP Ltd
  • Vanessa Lawrence - AA Thornton
  • Kerry Lee - Squire Patton Boggs
  • Christopher Lewis - Dolleymores
  • Charles Lloyd - Taylor Wessing
  • Stephanie Loeffler-Reading - HGF Ltd
  • Christiana Loizides - Sheridans
  • Clare Mann - Dehns
  • Leigh Martin - DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Duncan J Morgan - Beck Greener
  • Rosalyn Newsome - Barker Brettell LLP 
  • Katie Oliver - Albright IP Ltd
  • Gurminder S Panesar - Wiggin LLP
  • Tim G Pendered - Maucher Jenkins
  • Emma Pettipher - Stobbs IP
  • Sarah Redmond - Fox Williams LLP
  • Azhar Sadique - Keltie LLP
  • Colin Sawdy - Sheridans
  • Harriet Seymour - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Thomas Alexander Sharman - Reddie & Grose LLP
  • Geoffrey Smith - HGF Ltd
  • Julia K Sutherland - Seyfarth Shaw LLP 
  • Rebecca Swindells - Jones Day
  • Kieron Taylor - Swindell & Pearson
  • Richard Taylor - DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Andrew Terry - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
  • Jonathan Thurgood - HGF Ltd
  • Nick White - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy - Baker McKenzie
  • Jessica Wolff - Stobbs IP
  • Nicholas Womsley - Swindell & Pearson
  • Trevor Wright - Groom Wilkes & Wright LLP

Individuals: transactions

  • Mark Abell - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Ben D Allgrove - Baker McKenzie
  • Arthur Artinian - K&L Gates
  • Simon Bennett - Fox Williams LLP
  • Michelle L Blunt - Baker McKenzie
  • David Bond - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Oliver Bray - RPC
  • Nicola Broadhurst - Stevens & Bolton LLP
  • Michael Browne - Wiggin LLP
  • Patrick Cantrill - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
  • Simon Chalkley - Wiggin LLP
  • Lewis Cohen - Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Ciara Cullen - RPC
  • Declan Cushley - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Jim Ford - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Nemone Franks - Linklaters LLP
  • Michael Gavey - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Paul Joseph - RPC
  • Sahira Khwaja - Hogan Lovells
  • Robert Lands - Howard Kennedy LLP
  • Naomi Leach - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Jake Marshall - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Vanessa Marsland - Clifford Chance
  • Anthony Misquitta - Keystone Law
  • Nigel Parker - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Jennifer Pierce - McCarthy Denning Ltd
  • Alexandra Pygall - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Tamara Quinn - Osborne Clarke
  • Felicity Reeve - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Helen Scott-Lawler - Burges Salmon LLP
  • Stephen L Sidkin - Fox Williams LLP
  • Adrian H Smith - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Joel Smith - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Charlotte Tillett - Stevens & Bolton LLP
  • Alex Watt - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Nick White - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Charlie Winckworth - Cooley LLP
  • Sarah Wright - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP

Luminaries

  • John Olsen - Locke Lord LLP