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We’re recommended by The Legal 500 for 2019

New rankings for UK patent and trade mark attorneys were released yesterday by The Legal 500. We’re pleased to have retained our position in both practice areas and to have a significant number of our attorneys listed as ‘recommended’.

Well done to all our recommended attorneys and the wider team for a great performance over the past year, as we’ve gone through a period of major change with a rebrand and the launch of our new website. We’re continuing to make great strides forward as a firm and this is reflected in The Legal 500’s comments.

We also want to say a huge thank you to our clients, many of whom gave up their time to be interviewed by The Legal 500’s research team for feedback. Your kind words are always much appreciated.

Trade marks

Our trade marks practice was singled out for providing “a very professional and comprehensive service” and having “an exceptionally good reputation in the marketplace”.

Leading individuals

Our trade mark practice heads and managing partners Alan Fiddes (“an expert in trade mark portfolio management and exploitation”) and Alison Simpson (“a standout trade mark attorney who provides clear and pragmatic advice”) both received high praise.

Mark Green was recognised for his “strong expertise in the pharmaceuticals sector” and defence of Revolution Beauty. Ian Byworth “provides excellent and sound advice” and received a mention for his management of Go-Ahead’s trade mark portfolio. Gareth Price was picked out for his representation of Geely Holdings and for being “reliable and very responsive”. Anna Szpek was said to offer “practical advice which is clear even in potentially complicated negotiations”.


Our patents practice was highlighted for “very in-depth technical and commercial knowledge” and having “a successful track record in getting patent applications accepted”.

Leading individuals

Neil Pawlyn was recommended for his “strong expertise in mechanical and chemical engineering-related work” and Mark Green was again mentioned for being “very responsive and thoughtful in his advice” and having “a great understanding of European patent law”. Simon Mitchell for his work with FVG "on its oppositions against two of Nettforsk's animal health patents". Alan Jones was listed as "a key figure" who "is heavily involved in cases relating to automotive engineering". The “very experienced and practical” Martin Vinsome also received praise, alongside Simon Raynor, Martin Neilson, Garry Stuttard, Andrew Alton and Mark Davies.

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