United Kingdom: England

Although its future involvement in the UPC was ratified by the Privy Council in February 2018 and confirmed by the secretary of state in April of that year, it is still not guaranteed that the United Kingdom will take part in the scheme after Brexit. Since the UPC will be subject to the European Court of Justice, it has been suggested that the inclusion of non-member states is legally impossible. Nonetheless, preparations are well underway for any eventuality, with some firms reportedly taking strategic steps to ensure ongoing profitability. Meanwhile some particularly noteworthy patent litigation battles have been turning heads in the UK courts. The legal ramifications of cases such as Unwired Planet v Huawei and Warner-Lambert v Generics (UK) Ltd will be felt for years to come, and the courts continue to enjoy a robust reputation for quality abroad. In other news, burgeoning areas, including battery technology, artificial intelligence and robotics look set to provide ongoing work for patent practitioners in the United Kingdom. Although the future is uncertain to a large degree, there is much to be optimistic about in 2019.

Firms: litigation

Firms: prosecution

  • Highly recommended
  • Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • D Young & Co LLP 
  • Dehns
  • Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • JA Kemp
  • Kilburn & Strode LLP
  • Marks & Clerk LLP
  • Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Recommended
  • Abel & Imray
  • Cleveland Scott York
  • EIP Europe LLP
  • HGF Ltd 
  • Keltie LLP
  • Mathys & Squire LLP 
  • Murgitroyd
  • Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Reddie & Grose LLP
  • Schlich Ltd
  • Slingsby Partners LLP
  • UDL Intellectual Property
  • Venner Shipley LLP

Firms: transactions

  • Highly recommended
  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • Anderson Law LLP
  • Bird & Bird LLP
  • Bristows LLP
  • Gowling WLG 
  • Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Recommended
  • Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Linklaters LLP
  • Marks & Clerk LLP
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
  • Pinsent Masons 
  • Reed Smith LLP
  • Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Taylor Wessing
  • Wiggin LLP 

Abel & Imray

Abel & Imray is a standout name for filing, prosecution, European oppositions and much more besides. Covering a wide range of sectors, from aerospace to transport and logistics, the firm possesses the talent to produce sparkling and bespoke drafts time and time again. The main draw is Paul Brady, whose “outstanding” life sciences prosecution practice is relied on by clients of all stripes, but especially those with a need for outstanding supplementary protection certificate (SPC) expertise.

Allen & Overy LLP

Every single one of Allen & Overy’s seven London-based IP partners features in this year’s guide, an astounding achievement, which demonstrates the sheer depth of talent that the firm possesses. Even following the 2018 departure of Nicola Dagg, the group has more than enough firepower – with clients and peers alike keen to sing its praises. As one espouses: “It’s a team of very good lawyers, with strong client links and a collegiate feel. One of the United Kingdom’s strongest IP teams within a full-service firm, with incredible worldwide support. where boutique firms are left floundering, the IP team at A&O can simply pick up the phone to a renowned expert anywhere in the world.” Allen & Overy’s London office specialises in IP litigation and transitional work. Electrical engineering maven Mark Ridgway has been on the team the longest and his cross-border contentious capabilities are legendary. “He really worries on behalf of his clients. He is an intellectual heavyweight who is always concerned with ensuring that the team puts forwards the best possible point. A first-class litigator, Mark is highly dedicated and will work all night to advance his client’s case.” Involved alongside Ridgway, in the Huawei v Conversant FRAND battle are Neville Cordell and Mark Heaney. Cordell’s “superb experience and likeability” are major assets for any client. He is described as “a seasoned professional, able to keep a steady hand on the tiller and effortlessly sail home to victory” – as he demonstrated recently, acting for Regeneron in a fiendishly complex biopharmaceutical case at the Court of Appeal. Meanwhile, Heaney is an “exceptional” telecoms patent brawler. “He is ready to fight fearlessly when it counts, he is really an excellent strategic litigator who provides a first-rate service at every turn.” Life sciences impresario Marjan Noor also maintains her fantastic standing among fellow professionals. “She stands out – she can be tough but is very nice and extremely easy company. She doesn’t flap around and remains focused under pressure, she is driven but never panicked.” Consumer products and life sciences ace Marc Döring’s talents are considered elite; his skills are in demand among high-calibre clients, such as the Gillette Company. On the transactional side of the practice, Jim Ford and Nigel Parker have enhanced their already glistening reputations. This year, Ford has been working on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline in connection with its sale of nutritional drinks brand Horlicks – while Parker has been busy counselling the likes of software giant HP Inc.

Anderson Law LLP

With a razor-sharp focus on technical mastery, Anderson Law provides cutting-edge transactional IP support that hits the spot for clients in terms of quality, responsiveness and value. “The firm’s practitioners always provide a considered and prompt response to queries, considering the legal and commercial implications of each question carefully. Work is always in good hands with them.” Founder Mark Anderson is a “big name” in the field whose academic prowess is married with a wealth of hands-on experience that runs the gamut of IP matters. He has been instrumental in the creation and running of University College London’s (UCL’s) IP transactions: law and practice course, considered by many to be the “premier” model of its type in the United Kingdom. His colleague Lisa Allebone has 13 years of experience in intellectual property and is well placed to turn her gimlet eye to all manner of transactional agreements.

Bird & Bird LLP

“Obviously at the top of the pile, Bird & Bird is characterised by consistently high levels of expertise across the firm – it’s a place where clients can confidently instruct the whole group and not just certain individuals.” The side’s London IP group is characterised by an extremely strong emphasis on developing innovative tools for clients, a very deep bench and broad technical coverage. Redoubtable IP litigator Morag Macdonald continues to deliver the goods and has a career-long record of outstanding courtroom success as the ultimate proof of her quality. Robert Williams leads the IP group in London – a veritable polyglot with multi-jurisdictional capabilities, he is described as “bright, good company and able to provide solutions time and time again”. Heading up the life sciences and healthcare group, Mark Hilton receives rave reviews from clients and fellow practitioners alike. “He is a calm, clear-headed litigator with a keen grasp of the commercial implications of his work. Mark is an astute counsel with a very deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry – he’s measured in his approach, speaks with considerable authority and always stays calm under pressure. There is no better life sciences patent litigator in the United Kingdom.” Neil Jenkins, Patrick Kelleher and Jennifer Jones also play instrumental roles in Bird & Bird’s formidable life sciences offering. Jenkins has been busy with a hefty instruction from Teva concerning blockbuster drug Copaxone, while Kelleher’s pharmaceutical legal opinions are well regarded by all connected to the field. “Personable and a genuine team player,” Jones counts clients such as the Broad Institute as her own. Bird & Bird’s telecoms and high-tech offering is equally well received, with Richard Vary and Jane Mutimear major magnets for clients. Vary is “uniquely qualified to advise on global patent litigation strategy in the mobile telecoms arena”, having spent 10 years on matters of the highest import at Nokia. While Mutimear is similarly “well-connected” and “highly knowledgeable” in the industry. Katharine Stephens’s finely honed advocacy is not confined to any one technical area; in the electronics, computer and engineering spheres, her “broad EU coverage” is sought out by discerning clients. On the transactional side of the practice, Sally Shorthose brings 11 years of in-house experience to the table; her detail-driven advice never fails to consider the broader picture.

Boult Wade Tennant LLP

Offering “excellent patent prosecution across a range of industries”, Boult Wade Tennant is widely seen as a “great, commendable” firm and “one of the pre-eminent IP outfits in the country”. The firm’s patent attorneys enjoy a sterling market reputation for their technical breadth, accessibility and ability to become an indispensable part of their clients’ commercial operations. Senior partner Nick McLeish’s filing and oppositions expertise takes in a number of mechanical and high-tech fields, from nuclear physics to packaging technology. Chemicals and materials sage Rohan Setna holds a superb record in EPO oppositions, which makes him one of the key contacts for clients who urgently need to create some breathing space on the market. Oxford-based partner Adrian Hayes operates in similar technical fields, with his European advocacy considered to be among the very finest in the chemicals sphere. His opposite number in the Cambridge office, the “very effective and knowledgeable” Matthew Spencer, specialises in biotech drafting and prosecution. Tony Pluckrose, Nina White and Jennifer O’Farrell are all based in the London office. Pluckrose is, in the words of an overseas peer: “A shining star, adept at the management of complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.” He is most potent when working with technologies sitting at the intersection between mechanical and electrical engineering. White heads up the biotech and life sciences practice group, offering  virtually every type of non-contentious patent advice, with no deviation in quality across her services. O’Farrell is a fantastic IP communicator who pairs her elite EPO oppositions practice with appearances at a variety of industry lectures and events. Over in the Reading office, client magnet Jonathan Palmer’s “commendable” telecoms prosecution practice is one of the best in the business.

Bristows LLP

According to one competitor: “Bristows is obviously at the top and its professionals are highly skilled in all IP areas – it has an excellent team and is very competent when it comes to cutting-edge technologies.” The firm’s depth of expertise means that virtually no technology falls outside its remit, it is “at the top of its game and able to offer unrivalled experience with many of the profession’s leading experts” to clients who come calling. With 18 partners and around 100 professionals based in London, Bristows is one of the largest IP practices in the United Kingdom. The firm has significant contentious strength in the life sciences arena. Co-head of patent litigation Brian Cordery garners rave reviews for his multi-jurisdictional work: “He’s a national treasure, with a fantastic litigation practice and extremely loyal clients. He’s definitely one of the guiding lights of the English patent profession, clients love him.” News of Dominic Adair’s life sciences proficiency has also travelled far and wide: “He’s a great strategist, thoroughly knowledgeable about the main European jurisdictions. He’s prompt, reliable and exceptionally professional – a go-to counsel.” Edward Nodder draws praise from all over Europe for his experience and finely-honed cross-border strategy, he has particular proficiency in life sciences but is not confined to this technical area. With a PhD in molecular biology to his name, Robert Burrows has, in addition to his multi-jurisdictional patent practice, acted in an assortment of plant variety rights matters. Liz Cohen is an equally sought-after adviser in the life sciences and medical devices arenas; her prescient advice on the potential advent of the UPC attracts clients from afar. Leading the group alongside Cordery is Myles Jelf, a high-tech patent litigator with a docket that most practitioners would kill for. Known as “a good networker who provides the highest quality advice”, Jelf has most recently represented ZTE against Conversant, in the widely anticipated follow-on from Unwired Planet v Huawei. Alan Johnson is also seen as a trailblazer within the practice, he is “a leading patent litigator with a key role in the analysis of the new UPC”. His finely balanced sense of the relationship between UK and European litigation makes him worth his weight in gold. Andrew Bowler’s “highly effective” practice spans a diverse range of sectors, from fast-moving consumer goods to medical devices and telecoms. James Boon, as one client points out: “Just goes from strength to strength – he keeps a close eye on the smallest details of a case, leaves nothing to chance, and never loses sight of the overall commercial picture.” Bristows’ transactional arm is also impressive, with Matthew Warren, Fiona Nicolson and Laura Anderson bringing in clients aplenty. Warren is an “obvious name” for licensing deals and was instrumental in setting up UCL’s market-leading IP transactions course. Nicolson and Anderson are known to be “seasoned and effective operators”, the former is a past president of the Licensing Executive Society Britain and Ireland, while the latter is described as being “highly competent and very good to deal with” across key technical areas.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson not only meets its clients’ needs but exceeds their wildest expectations on a regular basis. “Highly professional, adaptable and agile,” the firm is now “up there with the best, which is very impressive since it didn’t even have a London office until a few years ago.” Browne Jacobson’s reputation for litigation and transactional work is flying high, largely as a result of the dynamism, appetite for learning and exceptional hunger for business exhibited by its professionals. Litigators Mark Daniels, Kathleen Fox Murphy and Giles Parsons embody the firm’s quality offering. The “extremely knowledgeable and helpful” Daniels has “sound judgement and is not afraid to get into the detail”. Fox Murphy has over 17 years of complex litigation experience and brings considerable technical versatility to the table. Parsons is “good at dealing with difficult opponents without losing his cool” and possesses a truly elite technical mind. On the other side of the practice, Browne Jacobson’s main transactional pull is Nottingham-based partner Selina Hinchliffe, her metier lies in the utilities, energy and technology sectors.

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 

Carpmaels & Ransford is “a great firm that is especially strong on the life sciences prosecution scene” but with serious credentials in other technical areas as well. The firm has been diversifying its practice recently, and its push to provide litigation capabilities to match its renowned non-contentious offering has proven extremely successful. As one satisfied client expounds: “Carpmaels & Ransford is tremendous, very good at prosecution, but where it really stands out is in complex opposition and SPC work.” The firm’s litigation offering is led by David Wilson, an “extremely diligent pharmaceuticals and telecoms litigator who is excellent to work with internationally” and has acted in cases all the way to the Supreme Court. Ian Kirby is “an old school IP litigator; persuasive, effective, measured in tone and guided by knowledge, reasoning and experience”. Camilla Balleny’s life sciences advocacy is no less coveted; described as being an “outstanding solicitor”, she is “wonderful to work with, responsive, intelligent and organised”. On the prosecution side of the practice, Carpmaels & Ransford has an embarrassment of riches. Recent addition Harvey Adams is an “excellent lateral hire”, he is renowned for his ability to flawlessly defend drug patents in proceedings before the EPO. His acquisition adds to an already stacked life sciences team. Hugh Goodfellow captains the squad; a crucial link within the firm, he combines his booming prosecution practice with regular EPO visits. Medicinal chemistry ace James Warner is used to facing large and formidable teams on the other side of an EPO opposition; he is “extremely good at digging into the technical details of a case” and never falls short with his arguments. Edward Oates focuses on pharmaceutical matters and possesses a forensic knowledge of SPC law that has attracted a slew of new clients. As one illustrates: “Edward is technically very astute and understands complex science in the biotech area that would be beyond many other patent attorneys – he sets the bar extremely high for his colleagues.” In the words of one leading continental practitioner, Cameron Marshall “is a very strategic analyst”. Biologics and pharmaceuticals wizard Daniel Wise is yet another seasoned EPO strategy specialist, while Susan Kirsch’s know-how spans many chemical fields: “she is excellent at understanding inventions technically, as well as being clear, convincing and easy to follow.” Carpmaels & Ransford’s engineering and technology group is also going great guns, with three practitioners in particular standing out. Richard Jackson is the firm’s managing partner, he is a “first-class” patent attorney of 30 years’ vintage whose advice is always “pragmatic and professional”. Physical sciences guru Chris Tunstall is a “very talented, proactive counsel who gives timely and sage advice regarding European patent practice”. The versatile John Brunner has an impressive reputation in cutting-edge fields, including fintech, drug delivery and artificial intelligence. Overall, it is not difficult to understand why one client deems Carpmaels & Ransford to be “the best law firm I have worked with in Europe, and possibly worldwide”.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys has a sixth sense when it comes to client service, and never fails to appreciate the wider commercial context of a transaction or litigation brief. No dispute is too technically niche or geographically unwieldy for the experienced team; clients this year have ranged from chemical manufacturer Deepak Nitrite to motor technology company Protean Electric. On the contentious side of the practice, Ian Wood and David Fyfield represent clients with consummate skill and care. Wood is most at home in the materials science, pharmaceuticals and telecoms arenas, while Fyfield works predominantly on cases involving healthcare, food and drink, engineering and financial services.

Cleveland Scott York

The “outstanding prosecution practice” at Cleveland Scott York tailors its services to all clients. Its patent agents are known for their agility, responsiveness and dedication to the cause when filing in front of UK or European authorities. As one recent contented customer comments: “the firm’s broad base of expertise means that no brief is outside its ambit.” Tom Faulkner is described as a “grade-A boffin” by a peer “there’s no-one better for drafting patent applications for difficult-to-understand technology”. “A highly-skilled attorney who’s a pleasure to work with,” Faulkner’s technical expertise stretches from mechanical to electrical and software inventions. Colleague Adrian Bradley focuses on medical devices and pharmaceuticals drafting. His SPC and data exclusivity knowledge is sure to interest those looking for a well-rounded practitioner who covers all angles. Having trained in London and Munich, Andrew Mackenzie is comfortable appearing in proceedings across Europe. His automotive and motorsport sector credentials are absolutely top-notch. Material science maestro Fraser Brown’s advice is always mindful of the bottom line, whether it is delivered in connection with drafting or transactional matters.

Cooley LLP

US giant Cooley LLP has built up a “significant” non-contentious practice in London – as one peer notes, they are now “doing very well” for themselves on this side of the pond. Chartered and European patent attorney Colm Murphy has an enviable broad life sciences drafting practice, which he maintains in addition to his outstanding oppositions work before the EPO. On the transactions side, John Wilkinson and Nicola Maguire stand out from the crowd. They also ply their trade in the life sciences arena and can each boast a stable of market-leading, pan-European patrons.

Covington & Burling LLP

International player Covington & Burling may be headquartered in Washington DC, but it extends a personal touch to its clients over in London – each of whom receive a world-class service, in addition to access to the firm’s profound well of global IP expertise. Transactional support is the name of the game for the London office, which houses three renowned practitioners who draw clients to the firm like moths to a flame. Life sciences sage Daniel Pavin “knows his industries extremely well and is quick to ascertain which arguments will be useful” in any upcoming deal. Lucinda Osborne inhabits the same technical area; clients should look no further for any complex strategic collaborations or technology transfers. Of counsel Morag Peberdy “is an excellent lawyer and a decent person, with a strong traditional IP background – she’s phenomenally good technically and probably doesn’t get the visibility she deserves”.

D Young & Co LLP 

With offices in London, Southampton and Munich, D Young & Co has its finger very much on the pulse of mainstream European patent prosecution. Clients looking for legal, technical and procedural excellence will find it in spades here; D Young & Co is a mixed firm of attorneys at law and patent attorneys, which pays attention to process as well as outcome. The group is composed of “strong, consistent performers” who “should be on the list of any small and medium-sized enterprise looking for top-tier all-around IP services”. D Young & Co’s chemical, biotech and pharmaceutical prowess is especially renowned. Charles Harding’s 25 years of experience in front of the IP courts in Germany, the United Kingdom, France and South Africa mark him out as an extraordinarily seasoned oppositions and appeals expert. Kirk Gallagher specialises in turning tricky pharmaceuticals briefs into sure-fire wins – his advocacy in EPO oral hearings can turn the tide of any proceeding. Catherine Mallalieu garners praise for her work rate and clarity: “She is able to take on a lot of work and still respond quickly, giving clear opinions every time.” Neil Nachshen’s biochemistry and pharmacology practice is truly elite – it is no coincidence that Teva – and other major industry players – have trusted him to take care of their patents. Simon O’Brien’s EPO contentious experience means that he can turn a weak biochemical patent into an unimpeachable one before the examiners, while Aylsa Williams brings an extra dimension to proceedings as an accredited mediator. Garreth Duncan provides “dynamic and pragmatic advice”, especially concerning SPCs and other patent term extensions; his in-house stint at Pfizer demonstrates his outstanding industry connections. On the mechanical side of the practice, Anthony Albutt represents clients across multiple fields, utilising the experience he gained working in Germany to produce watertight arguments every time. Having been at Sony Corporation before joining D Young, Jonathan Jackson is the real deal when it comes to a granular understanding of electronics-related technology. As one client professes: “He is the best professional I have met in a career of 40 years – he will deliver what he says, in the timeframe he’s stated.” D Young’s contentious arm has been going from strength to strength, and now provides the perfect opportunity for prosecution clients to consolidate their work into one neat package. Ian Starr and Richard Willoughby are the go-to guys. Starr has a background of working at other top London firms, while Willoughby has an outstanding knack for swiftly familiarising himself with new technologies.

Dehns

Dehns is a “very good” firm that “goes the extra mile” for its clients. Offering first-class quality, value and personal service as a standard, the firm is home to a group of patent attorneys who can translate any invention into a cogent and crystalline draft. Philip Webber specialises in helping small and medium-sized pharmaceutical enterprises get off the ground; his expertise extends to cutting-edge technologies, including CRISPR and recombinant vaccines. Christopher Davies is a certified litigator as well as a qualified patent attorney, making him a fantastic choice for clients seeking resolute physics, engineering and electronics representation before all courts in the United Kingdom.

DLA Piper UK LLP

Offering “broad coverage” on both sides of the Atlantic, global titan DLA Piper is the perfect choice for internationally minded clients for whom litigation does not stop at borders. The firm is extremely well-prepared for the potential advent of the UPC and excels in providing clear advice on this thorny issue to companies needing far-sighted reassurance. Richard Taylor is in the know on everything concerning the UPC, in addition, his articulate, commercially minded transactional advice and cross-border litigation capabilities are prized across a range of technical fields. Bonella Ramsay co-chairs the firm’s global life sciences group; a commercial agreement connoisseur, she has been busy working with clients including Anthony Nolan and Novo Nordisk this year.

EIP Europe LLP

Growth is firmly on EIP’s radar – having opened its Colorado office in April 2018, the firm is looking to capitalise on its exceptional UK reputation. Although this reputation was built largely on the momentous Unwired Planet v Huawei Technologies lawsuit, EIP is no one-trick pony and the market has since been impressed at the remarkable quality of its all-around offering. Flexible, practical and accommodating, the set never goes to court before having assessed the patent portfolios in question in considerable depth. One client enthuses: “Maybe the most impressive aspect of EIP’s work is its ethos and ability to just get things done – the ability to press on without hand-holding, even based on sometimes-imperfect instructions, is a key reason we’d recommend the firm.” On the contentious side of the practice, involvement in the much-observed Conversant v Huawei/ZTE has been yet another feather in EIP’s courtroom cap. Chemistry PhD Robert Lundie Smith is “easy to work with and very analytical” according to one customer, while another practitioner describes him as “charming, intelligent and massively hardworking – what else could you want?”. As a solicitor of 30 years, Gary Moss is a FRAND genius; he understands the nuances of the terms intimately. “An excellent strategist,” he possesses an “elite understanding of telecoms patent litigation”. Matthew Jones spent time as senior counsel for Teva Pharmaceuticals in Europe, so his percipient understanding of life sciences litigation strategy is informed by deep industry knowledge. On the patent attorney side, the talent is equally high grade. The “commendable” Darren Smyth leads the elements practice group, possessing expertise in most chemistry fields out there. Jerome Spaargaren heads up the digital group and is renowned for his outstanding telecoms and medical technology insight. Laurence Brown qualified as a UK patent attorney with the highest mark in his year, which should provide some measure of the level of his engineering knowledge. Bath-based Matt Lawman has worked in-house at both BT and Hewlett-Packard, which gives him an acute appreciation of what industry professionals need to hear. Heather McCann is an oracle when it comes to European filing strategy; her wireless systems acumen has helped many technology-rich companies gain an IP foothold in Europe.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

The 2018 acquisition of heavy-hitting litigator Christopher Stothers has bolstered Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s UK IP offering considerably. The Magic Circle outfit now has genuine multi-jurisdictional litigation capabilities, to accompany the refined commercial awareness of the successful full-service outfit. “A highly-regarded pharmaceutical litigator,” Stothers does not confine himself to the life sciences field. He has cross-border experience in spades and is adept at complex oppositions work before the EPO. In the words of another practitioner: “Chris is a first-class patent litigator with an excellent strategic brain.”

Gill Jennings & Every LLP

The patent attorneys at Gill Jennings & Every are well-known for their “excellent prosecution practice across a range of industries”, but not enough attention is given to their courtroom capabilities. As a noted European player, the firm specialises in providing “relevant, commercially driven advice that allows clients to make better decisions”, in both the contentious and non-contentious arenas. Robert Skone James has served as chairman of the firm since 2014, combining solid leadership with his notably astute post-grant advocacy at the EPO. Telecoms, hardware and software are his technical fortes. Life-sciences sage Fiona Stevens is highly sought after for her skill in obtaining SPCs – according to one client, she is also a pleasure to collaberate with: “I have considerable experience myself in these areas after 40 years in the industry, yet I still learn from Fiona. She is highly collaborative and a lovely person to work with.” Peter Finnie is another cogent choice for start-ups and investors rich in intellectual property in the engineering sector: “He has a very business-like attitude which is rare among patent attorneys – he does not see his job as an academic exercise.” Physics and electronics authority Peter Arrowsmith is a true expert when it comes to computer-implemented inventions and is therefore ideally positioned to stay at the cutting edge of future developments in the IP market. Versatile chemist Arnie Clarke is trusted by household names, including Mylan, who have enlisted him on an EPO oppositions procedure pertaining to Teva’s blockbuster multiple sclerosis treatment Copaxone. EPO oppositions also fall squarely within Lucy Samuels’s ambit; clients would struggle to better her proficiency matters concerning chemical engineering and fast-moving consumer goods.

Gowling WLG 

Canadian full-service giant Gowling WLG “is great at litigation – friendly and down-to-earth, it gets the job done and doesn’t waste time with things that don’t help it achieve results”. When clients engage the London office, they also gain access to Gowling WLG’s sprawling network of leading patent solicitors – which partly explains the explosion in work the firm has been enjoying over the last couple of years. Leading the courtroom practice is Gordon Harris, whose all-sector advocacy is spoken of in reverent tones by other members of the profession: “He is a very experienced and competent patent lawyer, who is also a real team player in the sense that he is willing to listen to and consider everyone’s view. This can be quite rare among top lawyers.” “Gordon has a substantive knowledge of UK patent law, he doesn’t sugar-coat anything, and has a genuine concern for the client’s business.” “Brilliant” telecoms, software and electronics litigator David Barron is “highly qualified and detail-oriented”, which is part of the reason why he maintains a stunning 90% career courtroom success rate. Alexandra Brodie is considered to be a “brilliant adviser” by her clients, with one lauding her “deft coordination of teams across geographies and topics” and her “constant reference to the bigger picture”. Life sciences whizz Paul Inman has a profoundly international outlook, having been involved in litigation action as far afield as South Africa, the Philippines and Malaysia. On the transactional side, Patrick Duxbury has a name which has become synonymous with elite IP licensing in the United Kingdom; for many leading lights of the profession, he is the first person to spring to mind in the area.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

“A great, classic top-end litigation shop,” Herbert Smith Freehills is “accessible, responsive, prompt with its advice and has a fantastic understanding of the level and depth required”. High-stakes, high-profile and high-difficulty litigation is the firm’s bread and butter. Mark Shillito is the global head of intellectual property at the firm. A partner and solicitor-advocate with 30 years’ worth of life sciences litigation experience, he is an assured choice for the most intractable patent problems. Sophie Rich is, according to one peer: “Without question the top life sciences litigator in the country. Others just litigate, but she gives global, strategic C-suite advice to the small number of clients who are lucky enough to share her time. She is simply head and shoulders above the rest.” Sebastian Moore is an SPC guru and a truly elite litigator whose pharmaceutical advocacy must be seen to be believed. Moore’s “strong sense of urgency and excellent industry understanding” make him a powerful practitioner. Joel Smith’s practice cannot be confined to either side of the contentious/non-contentious divide, but his transactional advice – especially on plant variety rights – is widely extolled. “Prompt in his responses, technically excellent and always available at short notice,” he is a client favourite.

HGF Ltd 

HGF Ltd has been on a blistering growth trajectory over the past few years – the firm now boasts 17 offices across Europe and there will no doubt be more in the pipeline if word of its outstanding quality attracts yet more clients. Covering all key sectors and types of non-contentious patent work, HGF’s patent attorney team aims to create pragmatic, bespoke solutions that consistently dazzle clients. Partners at the firm collaborate closely and instinctively know how to assemble teams that are more than the sum of their parts. Based in the Sheffield office, Harry Hutchinson is the firm’s senior partner; his high-tech prosecution and filing prowess – especially when it comes to telecoms, three-dimensional printing and processor architecture – leaves rivals in the dust. Birmingham-headquartered Chris Moore has his fingers in many technical pies. From chemistry to plastic electronics and fuel cells, his is the number to call for impeccable oppositions and appeals representation. Fellow chemist Jonathan Atkinson is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemists and head of HGF’s Asia team. His pharmaceuticals practice continues to thrive on both contentious and non-contentious sides. Andrew Wells inhabits the same technical universe as Atkinson. One of his highlights this year has been helping to coordinate a successful bid to join Imperial Innovation’s IP panel, a major client win for the firm. Co-leading this bid alongside Wells was London-based Matthew Dixon, whose broad technical coverage of the physics, engineering, electronics and software realms is a client magnet. Among other distinctions, Dixon won the Gill Prize for the highest aggregate mark in his year when sitting the UK patent attorney examinations. Dixon’s colleague Matthew Cassie is another former winner of this prestigious award; his filing and prosecution skills are refined and his client care is superb. Newcastle-based Lucy Johnson is an exceptionally versatile mechanical engineering patent strategist, as well as a qualified mediator. Last but not least, noted negotiator Janet Knowles draws positive accolades for her rarefied life sciences licensing dexterity. “Thorough and personable, she forms productive relationships easily, communicates well and always takes the trouble to understand the wider context before issuing her advice.”

Hogan Lovells

The “consistently strong” Hogan Lovells garners effusive praise from the wider market for its IP prowess. As one interviewee raves: “As a firm, it is hugely experienced in the IP field, and patent litigation in particular. It brings technical knowledge to every litigation, as well as a good dose of plain common sense. It is not a firm for histrionics or over-aggression, and the length of time for which it has retained some of its pharmaceutical clients speaks volumes.” An ever-present fixture in the Supreme Court, Hogan Lovells is trusted with the most important patent matters; following on from the momentous Eli Lilly v Actavis, the team has been busy representing HTC, Vodafone and Merck Sharpe & Dohme in crucial matters this year. Electronics and telecoms master Paul Brown has been taking centre stage on the HTC mandate. “He is undoubtedly one of the top patent litigators in the country. His ability to run a case, tactical intelligence, attention to detail and work rate are second-to-none in this field.” His colleague Stephen Bennett can often be found “quarterbacking cases in far-away countries” – he is regarded to be a “first-rate litigator” and a compelling choice for the most difficult pharmaceutical and high-tech briefs. Client favourite Daniel Brook is “reasonable, reliable, knowledgeable and heads up one of the strongest IP teams in the country”. He completes Hogan Lovells’s formidable trio of life sciences litigators in emphatic style.

JA Kemp

Based in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Paris and Munich, JA Kemp is one of the leading filers at the EPO, which is also a happy hunting ground for its renowned European opposition practice. The firm enjoys a considerable reputation among US and Japanese clients, who appreciate its unified team culture, deep concentration of technical expertise and ability to effortlessly switch to another gear in times of extreme need. An impressive stable of patent attorneys continue to drive the firm forwards, leading by example. Mike Nicholls heads the IT and engineering group, leveraging his all-around patent proficiency to achieve the finest commercial results for clients. Patrick Campbell is “a strategic thinker who offers great value”; his life sciences prosecution is truly global and has extended to patent protection in over 70 countries throughout his career. The “talented, knowledgeable and articulate” Mark Roberts has a special focus on medical devices and machines, although his net is cast much wider and also includes various mechanical engineering fields. “He is a valuable and reliable sounding board who provides organised, well-researched counsel of the highest quality.” Ravi Srinivasan is a “highly-skilled” pharmaceuticals patent attorney and an “excellent professional with outstanding attention to detail, great understanding of European case law and the ability to come up with credible and creative arguments in EPO proceedings”. Simon Wright is, in the words of one peer, “a leading light of the UK profession” whose reputation for first-rate biotech drafting has spread far and wide. Sarah Roques manoeuvres within the same technical area; her broad experience of acquiring antibody patents before the EPO makes her a go-to in the field. Solicitor Tom Carver covers pharmaceuticals, mechanical devices and electronics. He specialises in giving peace of mind to the clients who need it most. “Tom is clear, calm, thorough and to the point. He is especially adept at asking the right questions of Chinese manufacturers, using cultural insight gained through living there. Overall, his general demeanour is very calm, even in scary situations.”

Keltie LLP

The “extraordinary” Keltie LLP is a place of “egalitarianism, cooperation and social responsibility”, with a strong culture of appreciating effort that shines through into the work it carries out. The firm’s drafting and prosecution is ever-meticulous and the relationships it creates – even at the junior level – tend to lay the foundations for “outstanding IP partnerships” with clients. Keltie’s dynamic culture starts right at the top. Shakeel Ahmad helms the IT, telecommunications and electronics practice with a steady hand. His drafting, prosecution and strategy encompass future fields, including fintech, 4G and microprocessor design – work that is unlikely to dry up soon, given his outstanding reputation in the market. Life sciences supremo Devanand Crease is also richly valued by clients. “Extremely knowledgeable and diligent, he has a strategic mindset that deftly balances legal issues and business goals. Devanand is passionate about his craft, which shows in his strategic outlook and positive demeanour.” Michael Moore mans the tiller at the firm’s new Cambridge office; his outstanding blend of life sciences experience – gained in academia, start-ups and private practice – makes him a magnet for those seeking a 3D view of their patent portfolio.

Kilburn & Strode LLP

Kilburn & Strode knows that first-rate patent prosecution is, at heart, a people business. The firm has “an excellent team”, which is adept at forging the kind of long-term connections with clients that transform them into strategic partners. Kilburn & Strode’s attitude towards working culture is as bright and unstuffy as the new office it now inhabits; few partners have fixed desks –  a practice that encourages flexibility and the free flow of technical knowledge to those more junior in the firm. Market sources are “extremely impressed by the way in which the firm continues to hit the highest standards and maintain its remarkable quality, despite having been around for ever”. “Kilburn & Strode goes from strength to strength – its modern and effective operation is underpinned by a depth of experience and talent which is exceptional.” Kilburn & Strode is now the first European patent attorney firm to have a physical presence in California, a development that US clients have noted with approval. Managing partner Richard Howson has been instrumental in establishing the San Francisco office. With particular expertise across a wide range of mechanical and engineering fields, he is “loved by clients” with good reason: it is almost impossible to find his blend of technical mastery and client skills anywhere else. Gwilym Roberts combines “a wealth of experience, attention to detail and a sound sense of judgement” – small wonder that his name is synonymous with fantastic engineering and physics advice across Europe. Mechanical maven Jim Miller is praised for his ability to form “strong client relationships – he’s wise and always does the right thing”. Nick Bassil combines his “outstanding prosecution practice” in the life sciences and chemistry arenas with strategic adroitness in post-grant EPO proceedings. Kristina Cornish manoeuvres in the same technical landscape and possesses “excellent technical knowledge” capable of swinging any EPO procedure in her client’s favour: Janssen, Novira Therapeutics and Honeywell International are just some recent recipients of her sparkling service. Alexander Korenberg specialises in implementing truly transformative patent strategies across a range of fields, from artificial intelligence to cloud services. Nick Lee is a biosciences buff whose EPO advocacy in complex nanotechnology, immunology and diagnostics matters has to be seen to be believed.

Linklaters LLP

Complicated and interesting matters are the mainstay of Linklaters LLP’s outstanding litigation and transactional IP practices: Sanofi, Regeneron, Shire Takeda, UBS, Reckitt Benckiser and Unilever have all benefited from the firm’s global connections recently. Linklaters is trusted with briefs that require board-level attention and cannot possibly be mismanaged; its practitioners are constantly on the phone with CEOs anxious to throw everything at the opposition in order to win. Ian Karet spearheads both arms of the practice. A solicitor-advocate, qualified arbitrator and mediator, he knows that there is more than one way to resolve a crucial case in his client’s favour. Nemone Franks is a go-to name for high-value commercial contracts involving intellectual property; her diligence, attention to detail and work rate should not be underestimated by those on the other side of a deal. Yohan Liyanage may be relatively new to the partnership, but his reputation for bioscience, pharmaceutical and high-tech work is that of a grizzled veteran. One client comments: “He is an outstanding, strategic counsel whose poise, intellect and communication skills are impressive. He grasps the big picture, is familiar with the nuances of the law in other jurisdictions and comprehends business objectives readily. He is one of the most impressive attorneys I have worked with.”

Marks & Clerk Law LLP

“Competent, efficient and open-minded”, the team at Marks & Clerk Law are no strangers to high-profile work of the highest importance. Many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies have been known to entrust the firm with blockbuster cases, which it litigates with consummate skill, charm and a laser focus on the client’s commercial objectives. Mike Gilbert is “always at the top of the pile, especially for pharmaceutical matters”: “personable, approachable and user-friendly, he is a tenacious litigator able to take an objective view of a case at all times.” Will James “impresses with his attention to detail, extremely reliable planning and case management”. For biotech, pharmaceutical and electronics patent issues including SPCs, plant protection and pure litigation, he is an inspired choice. All-sector scientific sage Graham Burnett-Hall is comfortable operating anywhere on the planet: “very thorough, technically knowledgeable and able to simply explain the key issues”, he unfurls multi-jurisdictional litigation strategies with control and ease. “Conscientious, hard-working and thoughtful” senior counsel William Cook has a broad base of expertise in the technology, media and telecoms sector, which he continues to translate into flawless litigation and licensing. Michael Moore is likewise extremely active on matters both contentious and non-contentious. He heads the London transactional practice, and has been described as “efficient, easy to get along with and down-to-earth”. Transactional maven Simon Portman dispenses his own brand of business-savvy, focused patent advice from the Cambridge office; he has been published in the Financial Times and written two business textbooks, so clients can be assured that he knows what he is talking about. Firmly ensconced in our luminaries table, of counsel Gregor Grant is one of the standout UK patent practitioners of his generation.

Marks & Clerk LLP

Marks & Clerk’s non-contentious arm has eight offices spread across the United Kingdom and a formidable overseas network, which makes it a clear choice for work too complex for one office to handle. The firm is well-versed in creating bespoke cross-office and cross-border teams as a direct response to specific technical conundrums – agile, technically superb and collaborative, it delights clients every time. Sheila Wallace is “well prepared for all unexpected situations” – her all-around chemical mastery the result of a sterling career spent at the cutting-edge of private practice in London. Cambridge-based Philip Martin heads the electronics patent practice, specialising in drafting, filing, prosecution and infringement clearance searches. His interest in complex mathematical technologies is infectious and his EPO success rate of over 90% is sure to turn heads. Philip Cupitt draws clients from far and wide, as a result of his refined, intelligent software, telecoms and manufacturing counsel.

Mathys & Squire LLP 

Broad-based patent attorney firm Mathys & Squire is always concerned with finding the right commercial answer for clients and will not hesitate to veto ill-thought-through courses of action in favour of a more nuanced approach. Its 2017 acquisition of Coller IP – itself a leading expert in IP strategy and valuation – marked a serious step forward on the strategic front and allowed the firm to broaden its offering yet further. With a long list of clients spanning various industries from video games (Square Enix Co) to biotech (Celgene/EngMab) and automotive (Sevcon), Mathys & Squire is no one-trick pony. Chemistry adept Chris K Hamer is a world-leader in ionic liquid technologies patents – and many more specific areas besides. “An anchor in the toughest negotiations, he is consistent and concise with his advice. Chris is a truly remarkable combination of technical talent and client care.” Martin MacLean is a highly skilled patent attorney, at his best when working with biochemistry and biotech inventions. Electrical and mechanical all-rounder Ilya Kazi is “trusted to handle commercially vital disputes” and has been described by one peer as “probably the best EPO oppositions attorney in Europe”. Craig Titmus garners rave reviews for his life sciences adroitness. “He is generous with his time, experience and perspectives, incredibly knowledgeable and always helps us think through the commercial aspects of what we are trying to achieve. He has become a true strategic partner, helping clients far beyond the scope of their existing engagements.”

Mewburn Ellis LLP

Mewburn Ellis has a long and venerable history in UK intellectual property but this has never got in the way of it being at the very forefront of technological development. The firm continues to enjoy strong growth, which is in large part built on its continental reach, gold-plated technical ability and searingly honest advice. Mewburn Ellis’s European procedures practice is perhaps the jewel in its crown, with companies such as Second Sight, Regeneron and Genentech trusting it to take care of their EPO business. Robert Watson and Simon Kremer hold the fort superbly in the London office. Watson is a chemistry and materials savant described as “a pleasure to work with” by one satisfied client; Kramer’s silky life sciences prosecution skills allow him to work wonders on EPO judges. Christopher Denison and Simon Kiddle operate out of the firm’s Bristol base, both focusing predominantly on pharmaceutical matters. Denison has, in addition to his EPO representation work, contributed to a report on functional foods that transformed the way the Japan Patent Office deals with patentability in this area. Kiddle is a cleantech guru, with the ability to craft spotless patents and defend the least promising EPO cases with remarkable success. Cambridge-based partners Nicholas Sutcliffe, Stephen Gill and Seán Walton cut the mustard with clients time and time again. Sutcliffe is a patent attorney litigator whose work for KuDOS Pharmaceuticals demonstrates his superb ability to negotiate patent-term extensions. Gill has a focus on materials in general and transport, power generation, medtech and cleantech in particular; his filing practice is widely admired. Biotechnologist Walton boasts a stable of top pharmaceutical clients for good reason – his astutely drafted patents sidestep all manner of obstacles with ease. Simon Parry dispenses top-notch engineering counsel from his headquarters in Manchester.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Sprawling, multi-jurisdictional patent cases are Mishcon de Reya’s bread and butter. Offering sterling IP litigation, the full-service outfit has significantly expanded its capabilities in recent years. In December 2018, Mishcon de Reya achieved a high-profile SPC revocation on behalf of Lupin Ltd (which was opposed by Gilead Sciences, Inc) for blockbuster HIV treatment Truvada – one of the firm’s most impressive IP victories to date. Masterminding the strategy was the “responsive, pragmatic and committed” David Rose, whose outstanding experience in this arena makes him a force of nature in the courtroom. Fellow dispute resolution partner Martyn Hann leads the firm’s life sciences group, bringing valuable regulatory knowledge to bear on the most intractable patent problems.

Murgitroyd

UK-wide and global patent powerhouse Murgitroyd has made an excellent acquisition this year, adding Southampton-based boutique Chapman IP to its portfolio of UK offices. The firm is on a growth trajectory, with word of its agility, top-notch client care and technical quality spreading fast. “Pragmatic, timely and good value,” it serves clients the full menu of patent protection, from filing to litigation support and oppositions. The side’s global reach is also notable; with offices in Silicon Valley, Munich, Geneva and Helsinki, Murgitroyd is in a position to provide bean-to-cup support across multiple jurisdictions worldwide. Leading the charge at the Southampton office is Helga Chapman, “an asset and a gem to the IP profession in Europe”. Her engineering and materials science nous has been put to good use for clients of all sizes this year, with Saint Gobain, Scot Young Research Ltd and the University of Minnesota all reaping the benefits of her eye for detail.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is extremely strong on both sides of the pond, which means that opposing parties have nowhere to hide when engaged in complex patent litigation with its army of dedicated practitioners. Saab Seaeye, Oxford Nanopore Technologies and Harvard University have been recent beneficiaries of the firm’s far-sighted, globally sourced patent advice  and there is more high-stakes litigation in the pipeline. Huw Evans is a litigator with 25 years’ experience whose advocacy across the life sciences, healthcare and high-tech fields has cemented his reputation as a “very capable IP lawyer with a business-oriented mindset” and “a very pleasant chap” to boot. Biochemist Jonathan Ball brings experience gained working as a forensic scientist in the Metropolitan Police to bear on his meticulous litigation practice. Mike Knapper is the firm’s head of intellectual property for Europe, the Middle East and Africa; “efficient, professional and easy to work with”, there are few types of IP transaction he has not conquered on his search for patent perfection.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper is a powerhouse for IP transactions. With eight UK offices, 110 partners and an extending global presence, the firm is ideally situated to reach the clients that other outfits cannot. Oxford-based partner Chris Shelley is especially vaunted for his life sciences, publishing and engineering work. He is one of the “obvious names” for IP transactional work in the United Kingdom – partly due to his sterling efforts to share his knowledge with up-and-coming professionals enrolled on University College London’s IP transactions course.

Pinsent Masons 

Pinsent Masons specialises in pleasing clients that know what good patent litigation looks like: Teva, for instance, trusts the firm with some of its key briefs, including a matter against Eli Lilly concerning erectile dysfunction drug Tadalafil. One client deems the side “a genuine one-stop shop for all IP needs”, adding that “the team is at the forefront of digital health litigation in the United Kingdom and also comprises a skilled transactional group”. Pinsent Masons specialises in so-called ‘clearing the way’ exercises for generic pharmaceutical manufacturers, an area in which it is “hugely experienced and phenomenally successful”. At the apex of the team sits Clare Tunstall, a practitioner who attracts high praise from those who rely on her services. One says: “Her expertise in litigation strategy and management of litigations from a generic perspective is, in my opinion, unrivalled in Europe. Her success rate is phenomenal when considered over several years and her counsel can be relied upon to be insightful and pragmatic. The strategy that Clare develops in Europe is usually used as the gold standard for pan-global litigation.” According to another: “She has achieved an amazing record by hard work and building a great team around her. She is a really nice person as well.” Pan-European life sciences litigator Charlotte Weekes also impresses: “She is an excellent patent litigator, very tenacious, hardworking and absolutely focused on getting the best possible result for her client. Also friendly, personable and a pleasure to work with.” Transactional titan Allistair Booth deals with the most complex life sciences collaboration agreements without breaking a sweat.

Potter Clarkson LLP

Potter Clarkson has enjoyed yet another transformative year of growth. The firm has immense faith in the quality of its work, which its clients clearly share. As one reports, precision is never lacking in Potter Clarkson’s drafts: “the firm is extremely conscientious – it gets the details correct and provides a draft that is globally acceptable – that is, not just an EPO draft but a Patent Cooperation Treaty one that considers the US and China too”. Another mentions the “great pride the firm takes in doing a good job.” Senior partner Richard Bassett belongs to the biotech patent team and is arguably the fulcrum of the practice’s fee-earning staff. Clients have only excellent things to say about him: “Richard is probably the best patent attorney I have seen advocating before the EPO Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal. He analyses highly complex subject matter, un-complicates it, finds just the right arguments and presents them convincingly and clearly.” Saiful Khan is “one of the best”; he handles a varied portfolio, which includes mechanical, telecommunications and computing patents. Applied computer tech sage Ray Charig knows how to shepherd a patent past the EPO’s watchful guardians. A trio of chemists give Potter Clarkson significant strength on the life sciences side. Stephen McNeeney maintains a wide client base, operating with particular ease in the Nordic region and the United States. As a former winner of the Moss Prize, awarded for the highest mark on the United Kingdom and overseas patent attorney qualifying papers, he wields top-notch procedural knowledge. Ian Dee began his research career at a large chemical corporation, before turning his hand to crafting arguments before EPO examiners. Charlotte Crowhurst is a key link between the firm and Asian clients; she has a track record of sharing her knowledge with eager audiences in China, Korea and Taiwan.

Powell Gilbert LLP 

The IP litigation firm in the United Kingdom – established market leaders, who deserve to be at the top.” Powell Gilbert is the “best and brightest”, a team of pure IP litigators who achieve the very highest standards time and time again. The firm’s giant reputation far outstrips its size; it gathers plaudits from an army of fellow practitioners based all over Europe and the world. Name partners Tim Powell and Penny Gilbert guarantee their firm’s quality. The technically versatile Powell is, according to one source, “simply one of the best UK lawyers I have ever seen”. His powerful advocacy has seen him appear in the very highest courts in the land. Gilbert is a “perfect” life sciences litigator “with great contacts in the pharmaceutical industry”. One European practitioner deems her “the benchmark” for this type of advice in the United Kingdom, with another simply stating that “her reputation is deserved”. Simon Ayrton is another heavyweight litigator with a talent for multi-jurisdictional briefs, whose work for Huawei on the epic telecommunications saga against Unwired Planet confirms him as a leading light in the UK scene. Also involved in the case were Zoë Butler and Peter Damerell. Butler is a “fantastic IP litigator with a strong technical background” which spans biotechnology, electronics and software, among other things. Damerell is a “truly excellent patent lawyer with the ability to home in on the key issues and develop sound strategies for winning lawsuits”. Alex Wilson “is one of those knowledgeable people, an attentive litigator who speaks the same language”, both literally and metaphorically, as the top European practitioners he works with so seamlessly. Ari Laakkonen has truly global capabilities, having masterminded briefs on four continents. Last but by no means least, Bethan Hopewell undertakes a volume of work that some firms’ entire patent departments would struggle to match. “Extremely knowledgeable in biotech and pharmaceuticals”, she is “sensible and easy to work alongside – someone you can do business with”.

Reddie & Grose LLP

Dedicated IP boutique Reddie & Grose boasts a team of over 60 patent practitioners, 17 of whom hold PhDs in their respective technical areas. The firm can cover it all and often does, offering the full gamut of non-contentious patent advice to clients. Last year saw the opening of its first overseas office, in Munich, to complement its existing hubs in London and Cambridge. This move puts it even closer to the heart of European patent prosecution, cementing its status as an expansionist firm with its sights fixed on the horizon. Life sciences ace Michael Roberts possesses valuable plant variety experience, which combines with his well-rounded prosecution services to make him highly in demand. He is described as “flexible, focused, insightful and attentive”, with the ability to provide “invaluable input” and add value to everything he does. The “highly sophisticated” Nick Reeve handles electronics, electrical devices and computer-implemented inventions; a fluent Japanese speaker, he gives lectures on Japanese patent law at Queen Mary University outside his practice. Paul Loustalan stays ahead of the curve in the automotive and control systems fields, which might explain why his EPO oppositions practice is enjoying such great success.

Reed Smith LLP

Pittsburgh-based global titan Reed Smith has been involved in more than its fair share of complex, interesting multinational patent litigation and transactional work over the past year. Although much of its more intriguing activity must remain shrouded in secrecy at the time of writing, the firm has been active for Volvo, mining giant Anglo American, GE Healthcare, medical technologist Stryker Corporation and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to name but a few. Technical sophistication, trusted-adviser relationships and the global touch are hallmarks both of Reed Smith’s UK practice and that of its leader, Jonathan Radcliffe. The technically versatile “master of English IP law” has a “fun, analytical brain”, which is ideally suited to complex life sciences, healthcare and manufacturing briefs. A practitioner with fingers in many pies, he is also believed to be one of only two solicitors to have had both a patent and a trademark appeal to the UK Supreme Court. Partner Philip Thomas brings his considerable experience in data privacy matters to bear in every IP transaction he completes, making him a valuable asset to clients smart enough to enlist him.

Schlich Ltd

South coast patent attorney firm Schlich Ltd is living proof that you don’t need to be located in London to be take centre stage in some of the hottest European patent debates. The “meticulous, highly responsive and pleasant” side has been instrumental in the CRISPR EPO oppositions that will help determine the regulatory future of the revolutionary gene-editing technology. It also carries out work for leading pharmaceutical outfit AbbVie in relation to oncology and antibody-drug conjugate technologies. Its talisman is George Schlich, a Cambridge-educated natural scientist with a well-rounded command of most life sciences and mathematical areas. Peers and clients hold him in high regard. “He provides outstanding, high quality answers to complex questions in the CRISPR arena.” “George has built up an enviable reputation – he is a competitor that I greatly admire for his strong work ethic, quality and ability to build up a practice and company on his own.”

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons is a name treated with reverence by the rest of the market; for years, the full-service firm has been a gilt-edged address for complex IP litigation and transactional support. Following the acquisition of patent attorney Kevin Cordina in 2018, the firm has also been looking to build up an elite prosecution offering – and the early signs are good. Simmons & Simmons’s London office is strengthened by its partners’ willingness to pick up the phone to colleagues and tap into the rich seam of IP talent available worldwide. Michael Gavey has assumed the leader’s mantle and continues to offer outstanding transactional counsel to top clients across a range of sectors. Richard Binns also possesses significant strength in the licensing and technology transfer spaces, with Genmab and Alzheimer’s Research UK taking up much of his time this year. The practice’s litigation arm is home to Scott Parker and Michael Burdon, who are well used to handling complex, cross-border mandates. Parker is a “very skilled” pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices maven whose astute counsel never disappoints. Burdon is a technically versatile courtroom operator who aims to please, and always succeeds. Luminary Kevin Mooney is a doyen of the UK patent scene and the only UK lawyer to be a member of the Expert Group, which advises on the implementation of the UPC.

Slingsby Partners LLP

Slingsby Partners is a prosecution boutique whose sole focus is on patents. Superb at drafting bespoke applications to fit any engineering, electronic or physical sciences invention, it eschews a ‘cookie-cutter’ approach in favour of targeted, commercially sensitive advice. As one client says: “The firm’s technical understanding is extremely high, and it is extremely efficient – the best patent attorney firm I have worked with in my career.” Name partner and founder Philip Slingsby established it in 2013 and has built it into the outfit it is today. He is “not only excellent in his execution, but a valuable strategic partner: a scientist first and a lawyer second”. Prosecution partner David King is a software, electronics and mechanical maven whose advice is “invaluable”, to the point where he is essentially trusted as an “in-house adviser” to his clients.

Stephenson Harwood LLP

When clients enlist Stephenson Harwood for a litigation battle, they know that the firm is pulling hard in the same direction as them at all times. The firm’s professionals have a fantastic ability to make everyone they work with feel valued and never fail to impress with their sheer dedication to the cause. Dual-threat Eifion Morris exploits IP rights as well as he enforces them, as one client testifies. “He is the complete IP litigator: knowledgeable, tenacious and thorough. His ability to run a truly global case is unparalleled, and he heads a formidable team both in London and more widely. He is immensely pragmatic – the key question he always addresses is ‘what does the client need to achieve’ – and his work and advice are totally outcome-oriented. Whether you want a good old-fashioned UK scuffle, or a worldwide campaign, he is just the lawyer for you!” On the transactional side, Alexandra Pygall is “sensible and easy to work with”; “extremely professional, pragmatic and business orientated”, she “swiftly grasps the science behind each project and translates it into a clear, concise argument”. It is hard to disagree with one peer’s assessment that Pygall and her firm “deserve far greater recognition than they currently get: both should be on any client’s shortlist”. Litigator Rob Jacob is “quick to spot the key points, very diligent and overall good to work with”: a client’s dream.

Taylor Wessing

“Premier” IP outfit Taylor Wessing is “formidable” in the courtroom and meticulous in the backroom, with its London office renowned for unimpeachable work on both sides of the contentious divide. Nigel Stoate leads the patent group and specialises in the very hottest technical areas: pharmaceuticals, engineering and telecoms. His courtroom advocacy can swing a case. James Marshall roams the same technical landscape. A “first choice for generics disputes and electrical cases”, he also possesses genuine licensing nous. Matthew Royle is a canny and highly trained harvester of SPC extensions – a “well-known, longstanding presence in intellectual property”. Simon Cohen is “a fantastic professional, deeply strategic and familiar with how to put a great case together”. He is especially sought out for life sciences briefs. On the transactional side, Malcolm Bates operates out of the Cambridge office. His life sciences and high-tech scrutiny is second to none.

UDL Intellectual Property

Leeds-based UDL Intellectual Property has been around for over 125 years and boasts six offices dotted around the United Kingdom. A prolific filer of crystalline patent applications, the firm makes life easy for clients of all sectors, by going out of its way to be responsive and provide the personal touch. Head of the technology practice Andrew Alton considers the complex physics and electronics areas his personal fiefdoms. Formerly an examiner at the UKIPO, his patents are guaranteed to contain everything that the authorities are looking for. Simon Mitchell leads the life sciences team; he translates post-doctoral research carried out at UCL, Cornell and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge into flawless drafts, time and time again. Cardiff-based Cerian Jones has an unusual blend of talents, having moved from an English undergraduate degree to a PhD in artificial intelligence; her insight into clients’ inventions is uncommonly deep.

Venner Shipley LLP

With locations in London, Cambridge, Guildford, Manchester and Munich, Venner Shipley is perfectly positioned to harness whatever currents might emerge next in the European patent ocean. The firm has outstanding capabilities on both the contentious and non-contentious sides: unusually, it instructs a mixture of in-house barristers as well as solicitors alongside its well-drilled team of patent attorneys. Clients note the “clear, succinct advice” and outstanding responsiveness that result from this arrangement, while also highlighting the “terrific team atmosphere” that makes Venner Shipley an ideal one-stop shop. Much of the firm’s strength lies within its patent attorney practice. Jan Walaski oversees patent filings for some of Samsung’s key technologies – the firm’s managing partner, his electronics and engineering savvy is matched only by his strong communication skills and outstanding leadership. Pawel Piotrowicz operates from the electronics and engineering group; his ability to “understand a client’s technology with ease and articulate it in a well-structured application” is second to none. Paul Derry is “thoughtful and meticulous”, “easy to get along with” and always willing to delve deep into different electronics areas to produce the finest drafts. Venner Shipley’s contentious arm is younger than the other side of the practice, but no less distinguished in terms of quality. All-sector solicitor Paul Harris is a “thoroughly straightforward person who manages to get right into the issues that need to be addressed – he responds quickly, works within budgets and is always easy to understand”. Barrister James Tumbridge is also a qualified mediator and a technically versatile courtroom practitioner, whose crystalline advocacy combines with his fantastic government contacts to great effect.

Wiggin LLP 

A “top-notch firm with a team of dedicated professionals”, Wiggin LLP is renowned for its soft IP prowess but also does fantastic patent work, both in the courtroom and at the drafting desk. The firm is composed of specialists with laser-sharp technical focus, an excellent example of which is litigator Sara Ashby. “Forward-thinking and very effective,” she is described as “professional, calm and always able to defuse a heated situation”. “She goes far beyond the normal call of duty in keeping up with the details of a case, while also retaining a broad commercial overview.” Fellow litigator Michael Browne is an “extremely helpful lawyer who never fails to speedily return a good answer”, a “knowledgeable, creative and personable litigator” whose courtroom acumen is second to none. Transactional maven Simon Chalkley is “always available to provide crucial input in a speedy and official manner” on any type of IP-rich transaction; his advice is invaluable to clients.

Other recommended experts

Ben Appleton of Wilson Gunn is a patent attorney whose in-house experience enriches his practice immensely; stints at Cadbury and Kraft Foods have given him an appreciation of commercial decision making that few colleagues can hope to match. Barker Brettell’s Jennifer Atkinson is known as a “solid” practitioner with a sky-high reputation in the universities sector, having worked for institutions of the calibre of Oxford and Birmingham. Baker Botts’ Neil Coulson is an all-sector patent practitioner whose litigation, prosecution and strategy consistently exceed clients’ wildest expectation. Ralph Cox of Clyde & Co knows his way around a life sciences patent like few others; his “superb attention to detail” and “calm” demeanour make him a sought-after strategist. Pharmaceutical and life sciences maven Duncan Curley of Innovate Legal has a wealth of experience at top global firms, which draws clients from far and wide. Big-ticket life sciences litigator Nicola Dagg’s move to US giant Kirkland & Ellis from another leading firm has been the talk of the town this past year. “She is probably the market’s standout litigator – her client skills are second to none.” “She is an extraordinary generator of work, with the astonishing ability to reinvent her practice to suit the next major trend in life sciences litigation. She is creative, aggressive, picks out the important information very quickly and is very highly regarded as a result.” As head of Fieldfisher’s life sciences and healthcare sector group, Alison Dennis has developed a sixth sense for matching portfolios to the perfect practitioner. Her own expertise in the medical devices arena makes her the ideal partner for companies looking to keep on top of regulations in this fast-moving field. Richard Dickinson of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is an all-sector transactional specialist with a knack for dissecting complex IP acquisition and licensing agreements. Page White and Farrer’s Virginia Driver is an electronics, electrical engineering and information technology maven whose portfolio management is unfailingly astute and well-researched. A patent litigator with “significant experience of pharmaceutical patent and regulatory matters” according to another top practitioner, Dentons’ Campbell Forsyth is most at home at the crucial intersection between regulatory and patent law. Jon Gowshall of Forresters is a biochemist with a truly stand-out EPO opposition and appeal practice. BRYERS’ Matthew Greenwood clients 360-degree support, which hits the mark every time. Patent guru Peter Hale joined Haley Giuliano LLP in 2018, bringing with him a depth of technical expertise in communications and control systems that is unmatched in the field. Justin Hill heads up Dentons’ prosecution and opposition practices across Europe, a difficult brief possible only for a seasoned strategist of his calibre. Litigator David Knight at Fieldfisher “has an excellent engineering background, a sharp mind and gets on well with clients – he’s an easy recommendation and a very safe and effective pair of hands”. Brown Rudnick’s Mark Lubbock shepherds technology transfer agreements across the line with consummate ease. Alastair McCulloch at Jones Day is “a fine strategist” whose pharmaceutical, biotech, chemical and medical device expertise is highly sought after by some of the world’s top companies. Transactional titan Susie Middlemiss at Slaughter and May is “top notch”, with “nobody above or besides her” when it comes to complex IP licences and distribution agreements. Transactional maven Jennifer Pierce’s “extremely practical approach” ensures that every single angle of a deal is scrutinised before it leaves her desk. The former Charles Russell Speechlys partner recently joined McCarthy Denning. Osborne Clarke’s Arty Rajendra “deserves special mention” for her involvement in the landmark Unwired Planet v Huawei, which demonstrates just how highly regarded her finely tuned dispute resolution skills are. Beatriz San Martin of Fieldfisher brings academic and practical adroitness to every IP brief: a Wellcome Trust PhD and a Cambridge post-doc stand as testament to her biology pedigree. Baker McKenzie’s Hiroshi Sheraton is “highly experienced in coordinating multi-jurisdictional proceedings”, having overseen disputes in every corner of the globe. CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang’s Robert Stephen is a “very good colleague”, a patent attorney of over 20 years’ vintage whose PhD in molecular genetics marks him out as a genuine technical expert. Anthony Tridico of Finnegan is a leading patent prosecutor and manager of complex portfolios – as head of the London office, he is a vital link between the firm’s European and US offerings. Patent attorney par excellence Craig Turner of AA Thornton is an inspired choice for all manner of chemistry, biotech and pharmaceutical oral proceedings. WilmerHale’s Justin Watts is “a sensible litigator who is extremely generous with his time”. He excels in a wide variety of sectors, ranging from medical devices to computer hardware. “Bright, conscientious and extremely able”, David Wilkinson of Ashurst IP handles patent disputes and transactions alike with consummate skill and judgement.

Individuals: litigation

  • Dominic Adair - Bristows LLP
  • Stephen Bennett - Hogan Lovells
  • Neville Cordell - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Brian Cordery - Bristows LLP
  • Nicola Dagg - Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
  • Huw Evans - Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Mike Gilbert - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Penny Gilbert - Powell Gilbert LLP 
  • Mark Hilton - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Myles Jelf - Bristows LLP
  • Morag Macdonald - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Sebastian Moore - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Edward J Nodder - Bristows LLP
  • Marjan Noor - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Tim Powell - Powell Gilbert LLP 
  • Sophie Rich - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Justin Watts - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Alex Wilson - Powell Gilbert LLP 
  • Sara Ashby - Wiggin LLP 
  • Simon Ayrton - Powell Gilbert LLP 
  • Camilla Balleny - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • David Barron - Gowling WLG
  • James Boon - Bristows LLP
  • Andrew Bowler - Bristows LLP
  • Daniel Brook - Hogan Lovells
  • Paul Brown - Hogan Lovells
  • Michael Burdon - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Zoë Butler - Powell Gilbert LLP 
  • Simon Cohen - Taylor Wessing
  • William Cook - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Peter Damerell - Powell Gilbert LLP 
  • Marc Döring - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Gordon Harris - Gowling WLG
  • Mark Heaney - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Bethan Hopewell - Powell Gilbert LLP 
  • Paul Inman - Gowling WLG
  • William James - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Neil J Jenkins - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Alan Johnson - Bristows LLP
  • Ian Karet - Linklaters LLP
  • Ari Laakkonen - Powell Gilbert LLP 
  • Eifion Morris - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Gary Moss - EIP Europe LLP
  • Jane M Mutimear - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Scott Parker - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Katharine Stephens - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Nigel Stoate - Taylor Wessing
  • Christopher Stothers - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • James R Tumbridge - Venner Shipley LLP
  • Clare Tunstall - Pinsent Masons 
  • Richard Vary - Bird & Bird LLP
  • David Wilson - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Jonathan Ball - Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Alexandra Brodie - Gowling WLG
  • Michael Browne - Wiggin LLP 
  • Graham Burnett-Hall - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Robert Burrows - Bristows LLP
  • Tom Carver - JA Kemp
  • Liz Cohen - Bristows LLP
  • Neil Coulson - Baker Botts LLP
  • Ralph Cox - Clyde & Co
  • Duncan Curley - Innovate Legal
  • Mark Daniels - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Campbell Forsyth - Dentons
  • Kathleen Fox Murphy - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • David Fyfield - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
  • Martyn Hann - Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Paul A Harris - Venner Shipley LLP
  • Rob Jacob - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Jennifer Jones - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Matthew Jones - EIP Europe LLP
  • Patrick Kelleher - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Ian Kirby - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • David Knight - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Robert Lundie Smith - EIP Europe LLP
  • James Marshall - Taylor Wessing
  • Alastair J McCulloch - Jones Day
  • Susie Middlemiss - Slaughter and May
  • Michael Moore - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Giles Parsons - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Jonathan Radcliffe - Reed Smith LLP
  • Arty Rajendra - Osborne Clarke
  • Mark Ridgway - Allen & Overy LLP
  • David Rose - Mishcon de Reya LLP
  • Matthew Royle - Taylor Wessing
  • Beatriz San Martin - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Hiroshi J Sheraton - Baker McKenzie
  • Mark Shillito - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Ian C Starr - D Young & Co LLP
  • Richard Taylor - DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Charlotte Weekes - Pinsent Masons 
  • David Wilkinson - Ashurst LLP
  • Robert Williams - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Richard Willoughby - D Young & Co LLP
  • Ian Wood - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Individuals: prosecution

  • Harvey Adams - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Richard Bassett - Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Adrian Bradley - Cleveland Scott York
  • Kristina Cornish - Kilburn & Strode LLP
  • Devanand Crease - Keltie LLP
  • Tom Faulkner - Cleveland Scott York
  • Peter Finnie - Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • Hugh Goodfellow - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Richard Howson - Kilburn & Strode LLP
  • Alexander Korenberg - Kilburn & Strode LLP
  • Cameron Marshall - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Nick McLeish - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Jim Miller - Kilburn & Strode LLP
  • Gwilym Roberts - Kilburn & Strode LLP
  • Rohan P Setna - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Jerome Spaargaren - EIP Europe LLP
  • Shakeel Ahmad - Keltie LLP
  • Anthony Albutt - D Young & Co LLP
  • Andrew Alton - UDL Intellectual Property
  • Ben Appleton - Wilson Gunn
  • Peter Arrowsmith - Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • Jennifer Atkinson - Barker Brettell LLP
  • Jonathan Atkinson - HGF Ltd
  • Nick Bassil - Kilburn & Strode LLP
  • Paul Brady - Abel & Imray
  • Fraser Brown - Cleveland Scott York
  • Laurence Brown - EIP Europe LLP
  • John Brunner - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Patrick Campbell - JA Kemp
  • Matthew Cassie - HGF Ltd
  • Helga C Chapman - Murgitroyd
  • Ray Charig - Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Arnie Clarke - Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • Charlotte Crowhurst - Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Philip Cupitt - Marks & Clerk LLP
  • Christopher Davies - Dehns
  • Ian Dee - Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Christopher Denison - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Paul Derry - Venner Shipley LLP
  • Matthew Dixon - HGF Ltd
  • Virginia Driver - Page White and Farrer
  • Garreth Duncan - D Young & Co LLP
  • Kirk Gallagher - D Young & Co LLP
  • Stephen Gill - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Jonathan Vallance Gowshall - Forresters
  • Matthew Greenwood - BRYERS
  • Peter Hale - Haley Guiliano LLP 
  • Chris K Hamer - Mathys & Squire LLP 
  • Charles T Harding - D Young & Co LLP
  • Adrian Hayes - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Justin Hill - Dentons 
  • Harry Hutchinson - HGF Ltd
  • Jonathan Jackson - D Young & Co LLP
  • Richard Jackson - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Lucy Johnson - HGF Ltd
  • Cerian Jones - UDL Intellectual Property
  • Ilya Kazi - Mathys & Squire LLP 
  • Saiful Khan - Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Simon Kiddle - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • David King - Slingsby Partners LLP
  • Susan Kirsch - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Simon Kremer - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Matt Lawman - EIP Europe LLP
  • Nick Lee - Kilburn & Strode LLP
  • Paul Loustalan - Reddie & Grose LLP
  • Andrew Mackenzie - Cleveland Scott York
  • Martin MacLean - Mathys & Squire LLP 
  • Catherine Mallalieu - D Young & Co LLP
  • Philip Martin - Marks & Clerk LLP
  • Heather McCann - EIP Europe LLP
  • Stephen McNeeney - Potter Clarkson LLP
  • Simon Mitchell - UDL Intellectual Property
  • Chris Moore - HGF Ltd
  • Michael Moore - Keltie LLP
  • Colm Damien Murphy - Cooley LLP
  • Neil Jacob Nachshen - D Young & Co LLP
  • Michael Nicholls - JA Kemp
  • Simon Warwick O'Brien - D Young & Co LLP
  • Jennifer O’Farrell - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Edward Oates - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Jonathan Palmer - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Simon Parry - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Pawel Piotrowicz - Venner Shipley LLP
  • Tony Pluckrose - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Nick Reeve - Reddie & Grose LLP
  • Mark Roberts - JA Kemp
  • Michael Roberts - Reddie & Grose LLP
  • Sarah Roques - JA Kemp
  • Lucy Samuels - Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • George Schlich - Schlich Ltd 
  • Robert Edmund Skone James - Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • Philip Slingsby - Slingsby Partners LLP
  • Darren Smyth - EIP Europe LLP
  • Matthew Spencer - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Ravi Srinivasan - JA Kemp
  • Robert Stephen - CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • Fiona Stevens - Gill Jennings & Every LLP
  • Nicholas Sutcliffe - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Craig Titmus - Mathys & Squire LLP 
  • Anthony C Tridico - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Chris Tunstall - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Craig Turner - AA Thornton & Co
  • Jan Walaski - Venner Shipley LLP
  • Sheila Wallace - Marks & Clerk LLP
  • Seán Walton - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • James Warner - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Robert Watson - Mewburn Ellis LLP
  • Philip Webber - Dehns
  • Andrew Wells - HGF Ltd
  • Nina White - Boult Wade Tennant LLP
  • Aylsa Williams - D Young & Co LLP
  • Daniel Wise - Carpmaels & Ransford LLP 
  • Simon Wright - JA Kemp

Individuals: transactions

  • Laura Anderson - Bristows LLP
  • Mark Anderson - Anderson Law LLP
  • Malcolm Bates - Taylor Wessing
  • Richard Binns - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Richard Dickinson - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Patrick Duxbury - Gowling WLG
  • Jim Ford - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Michael Gavey - Simmons & Simmons LLP
  • Susie Middlemiss - Slaughter and May
  • Daniel Pavin - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Jennifer Pierce - McCarthy Denning
  • Alexandra Pygall - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Chris Shelley - Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
  • Sally Shorthose - Bird & Bird LLP
  • Joel Smith - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Matthew Warren - Bristows LLP
  • John Wilkinson - Cooley LLP
  • Lisa Allebone - Anderson Law LLP
  • Allistair Booth - Pinsent Masons 
  • Simon Chalkley - Wiggin LLP 
  • Alison Dennis - Fieldfisher LLP
  • Nemone Franks - Linklaters LLP
  • Selina Hinchliffe - Browne Jacobson LLP
  • Ian Karet - Linklaters LLP
  • Mike Knapper - Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Janet Knowles - HGF Ltd
  • Yohan Liyanage - Linklaters LLP
  • Mark A Lubbock - Brown Rudnick LLP
  • Nicola Maguire - Cooley LLP
  • Michael Moore - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Eifion Morris - Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Fiona Nicolson - Bristows LLP
  • Lucinda Osborne - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Nigel Parker - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Morag Peberdy - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Simon Portman - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Jonathan Radcliffe - Reed Smith LLP
  • Bonella Ramsay - DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Richard Taylor - DLA Piper UK LLP
  • Philip Thomas - Reed Smith LLP
  • David Wilkinson - Ashurst LLP

Luminaries

  • Gregor Grant - Marks & Clerk Law LLP
  • Kevin Mooney - Simmons & Simmons LLP