The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise
Silver - Individuals: prosecution and strategy
HGF is an elite-level IP firm with offices throughout Europe, including in the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands. Its experts can cover almost any industry and together can form integrated multi-disciplinary teams to support each client’s unique needs. The UK practice is one of the largest in the country, and Brexit has only expanded the group’s workload, taking on 18,000 cloned rights in 2021 alone. Heading the department is the “extremely knowledgeable and practical” David Potter, who has recently been working with The Hut Group, owner of the Myprotein brand in an IP dispute. Joining him on this brief is Martyn Fish, who now operates as CEO. He has also been acting for one of the world’s leading animal protein processors on an infringement matter. Jonathan Thurgood is another top expert at the ensemble. “Jonathan is a go-to attorney for all needs related to IP in the UK and EU. He is very knowledgeable on the law, provides comprehensive and well-considered advice and is always available for discussions.” Also receiving praise is Lee Curtis. “Lee has a broad knowledge of the law in multiple jurisdictions and across many industries, especially retail and fashion.” Next up are Rigel McGrath, Richard Wylie, Geoffrey Smith and Stephanie Loeffler-Reading. McGrath specialises in the food and drink, healthcare, pharmaceutical and retail sectors; Wylie provides strategic and commercial advice to his diverse clientele; Smith is a dual-qualified solicitor and trademark attorney with an aptitude for handling trademark and design issues; and Loeffler-Reading combines her educational background in pharmacy with her in-house experience to advise her long list of pharmaceutical patrons. Two more names that feature in the guide this year are Lauren Somers and Claire Jones. “Lauren’s advice is pragmatic and her responsiveness is impeccable. She is also very personable, making working with her an absolute pleasure. Lauren is extremely popular with her clients and is an asset to her firm.” Jones supports fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger with all of its trademark needs. She is also skilled in the area of non-traditional marks. Handling litigation mandates are Antony Gold and Marie McMorrow. Gold remains a consultant at the set, offering his expertise in the internet and retail arenas while McMorrow has overseen complex cross-border litigation in the European Union, China, the United States and New Zealand during her career.