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We’re a top tier firm in The Legal 500

Alan Fiddes

By Alan Fiddes


We’re delighted to have been recognised as a Tier One firm in the latest edition of The Legal 500 rankings for our trade marks practice and a Tier Two firm for our patents practice. This accolade, and in particular the acknowledgement of our “second to none” client service, confirms our place as one of the very best IP firms in the UK — an achievement of which we’re very proud.

A huge thank you goes to our fantastic clients, many of whom were interviewed by The Legal 500’s research team to give feedback on our attorneys and our all-round offering as a firm. Your contribution and kind words are hugely appreciated.

Trade marks

In its new trade mark rankings, The Legal 500 references the significant expansion of our trade mark practice, particularly with regard to UK applications. Our sector teams across food, fashion, sport and the creative industries are singled out for their efforts over the past year.

Our clients commented:

  • 'Alison Cole is extremely professional and will always advise on the most cost-effective route to achieve the maximum protection for us as a business, our brand and our associated products.'
  • 'Alison Simpson has exceptional clarity on all trade mark matters which means that we do not waste time and money chasing lost causes, but equally can robustly defend our valuable marks.'
  • 'Perfect balance of technical expertise and practical advice, delivered in a very commercial and user-friendly way.'

Congratulations to our ‘recommended lawyers’ 2020 for trade marks, who are: Alan Fiddes, Alison Cole, Alison Simpson, Anna Szpek, Ian Byworth, Gareth Price, Mark Green and Sharon Kirby.


According to the latest edition of The Legal 500, our patents practice “offers wide-ranging technical expertise”, particularly within the life sciences, automotive, telecoms, software and games sectors.

Our clients commented:

  • 'Jonathan Morris’ technical knowledge is excellent. Customer service is second to none. Feels like a personal service and that they care.'
  • 'Very strong technical skills married with practical and tailored advice which allows us to make cost-effective and actionable decisions. Good understanding of our industry and our specific needs.'

Congratulations to our ‘recommended lawyers’ 2020 for trade marks, who are: Andrew Alton, Garry Stuttard, Karen Fraser, Jonathan Morris, Simon Mitchell, Simon Raynor, Terence Broderick and Tom Baker.

Our commitment

Our status as a Tier One firm in The Legal 500 is a fantastic recognition of our commitment to providing our clients with the highest quality of advice and service. These core strengths have been at the heart of our firm for many years and have enabled us to build and maintain long-term client relationships. It also demonstrates the effort and commitment of every one of our people.

Need support from leading intellectual property attorneys? Get in touch with us today by emailing hello@udl.co.uk.

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