Aaron Wood

WTR Research

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Bronze - Individuals: enforcement and litigation

Keystone Law continues to generate conversation on the market thanks to the innovative, non-hierarchical structure of its team, which encompasses a host of talented practitioners, many of whom have previously led IP departments at other renowned firms. While it provides the gamut of trademark services, disputes are a forte, with food and drink companies, online retailers and pharmaceutical multinationals all looking to it for contentious support this year. “Strong, experienced and capable” patent and trademark lawyer Rebecca Halford-Harrison focuses on chemistry-based industries such as food and beverages and life sciences. She has lately been a valued adviser to Secret Smokestack Ltd, a company whose customers include Fortnum & Mason and the Ritz. Working shoulder to shoulder with Harrison is Anthony Misquitta, who dispenses thoughtful IP counsel to a raft of software and technology start-ups, and also has niche insight on the issues affecting museums and their assets. “Anthony is extremely knowledgeable, intelligent, kind and great at breaking down complex legal issues into actionable points.” On the non-contentious side, Keystone Law has lately been advising FTSE 100 company Reckitt Benckiser on its vast portfolio of brands, including Durex, Finish and Vanish. In the lead on this task is “knowledgeable, pragmatic and decisive” commercial lawyer Karen Fong. “Karen can step in on projects and cases with ease and add value with her hands-on approach. Her specialised knowledge in UK IP legislation and domain names is highly valuable, and she is skilled at building strong relationships with businesses.” A new arrival is consultant Simon Chalkley, who has been assisting major UK and international brands for the last three decades with licensing, distribution, franchising and technology transfer agreements.

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