Bird & Bird's international Patent and Sports teams win global recognition at the Who's Who Legal Awards 2018

09 May 2018

Last night Bird & Bird was awarded 'Patent Firm of the Year' and 'Sports Firm of the Year' at the 5th annual Who's Who Legal Awards in London. This achievement showcases the international strength and quality of Bird & Bird's teams and confirms our market-leading position in both these areas.

Jonathan Taylor, Head of our Sports group, said "It is fantastic for our Sports team to once again be recognised by Who's Who Legal and we thank the many clients who have given us the opportunity to support them and help them achieve their ambitions."

Co-head of our London IP practice Katharine Stephens concurred saying "For Bird & Bird to be Patent Firm of the Year for two consecutive years is a stunning achievement and testament to the expertise of all our lawyers worldwide. We are very grateful to our clients, both new and old, who have helped us to be trailblazers in this area."

Six of our lawyers were also singled out at the awards as Thought Leaders:

  • Mark Hilton, Partner, Life Sciences
  • Melissa Murray, Partner, Franchise
  • Peter Brownlow, Partner, Trademarks
  • Mark Abell, Partner, Franchise
  • Jan Byok, Partner, Government Contracts
  • Jonathan Taylor, Partner, Sport

Who's Who Legal's researchers spend months collecting hundreds of thousands of recommendations from private practitioners and in-house counsel in order to identify the global legal market's most widely recognised and accomplished firms and individuals.