Richard Kempner

Partner at Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

Richard Kempner is recognised as one of the United Kingdom’s leading IP lawyers with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP law, with particular emphasis on dispute resolution, relating to patents, trademarks, copyright, designs, passing off and confidential information. Mr Kempner has led the way in pioneering a better approach to delivering IP advice based on his conviction that earning trust, building long-term client relationships (appreciating that you are only as good as your last game) and delivering the best advice can always be done at a fair price.
While he is a senior partner of the firm and is widely known in the industry, he remains heavily engaged with clients, supervising much of the firm’s most complex work.
His range of work to date has been extensive and often high profile. Examples include: 

  • acting for Asda in the first UK supermarket look-alike case to go to trial (United Biscuits v Asda);
  • acting for IBM in the first EU trademark infringement and revocation case in the United Kingdom (IBM v Web-Sphere); and
  • obtaining for multinational company, and simultaneously, 37 interim injunctions for patent infringement (a UK record) against 19 companies at the BCPC International Crop Science Exhibition in Glasgow, the world’s largest agrochemicals fair.

Mr Kempner is a solicitor and described by Chambers and The Legal 500 as “extremely bright”, “positive and terrific”, “extremely knowledgeable and calm under pressure, intelligent, knowledgeable and a lateral thinker, incredibly well organised and efficient, innovative, proactive, practical, a sagacious star partner who doesn’t sit on the fence, a leading individual in the intellectual property field”, and “nationally recognised as one of the field’s most eminent practitioners” and seen as having “a down to earth manner”.
As a result of Mr Kempner’s acclaimed expertise, he has been interviewed for television and radio by (among others) BBC News 24, Radio Leeds and “Panorama”, and is regularly invited to speak at specialist conferences and is the author of a number of articles.

Professional associations

  • CIPA
  • Law Society

Sample client list

  • Farrow & Ball
  • Jacobacci
  • JD Sports
  • Mayer Brown
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Tesco
  • Versace

Firm details

Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP
Fountain House
4 South Parade
Leeds LS1 5QX
United Kingdom

Contact details

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