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Any instruction that comes Ashurst’s way is dealt with “professionally and swiftly”: “No issue is too big for the team to take on and they are great at educating clients on the steps necessary to achieve their commercial goals.” The IP group has been growing in both workload and esteem in recent years, thanks to the leadership of astute strategist and litigator David Wilkinson. “Responsive, concise in his advice and commercial in the way he approaches issues”, Wilkinson “suggests practical ways to handle matters and takes into account any cost sensitivities”. The solicitor-advocate has recently been assisting Teach First with portfolio management; brokering branding collaborations for the likes of Google; representing General Nuclear System Ltd in a trademark infringement and passing-off dispute; and advising on the IP aspects of asset sales following Thomas Cook’s entry into administration. The latter was a complex, high-profile project that involved the sale of over 20 IP and IT assets – including trademarks, domain names, Microsoft licences and IP addresses – to a range of different parties. Also acting on this brief was counsel Don McCombie, a master of IP exploitation and a smooth negotiator of IP-related deals. Alongside Wilkinson, he has been advising McLaren Group on the investment in McLaren Racing by MSP Sports Capital – a multi-disciplinary mandate which drew resources from across the full breadth of Ashurst’s commercial law practice.

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