I am a senior associate in Bird & Bird's Intellectual Property Group in London. I have experience of contentious and non-contentious matters across a range of intellectual property rights with a focus on patents.

Before I studied law, I graduated with an MEng in materials science. This background has meant that most of my work is highly technical in nature.

For instance, I have acted for clients in relation to patent disputes relating to medical devices, technologies used in catalytic converters and audio watermarking technology. Many of the patent matters that I work on involve disputes across a number of jurisdictions and I have co-ordinated these on a number of occasions.

In addition to patent disputes, I regularly advise clients on non-contentious IP matters including freedom to operate advice and the agreements required for major development projects.

Earlier in my career, I spent six months working in-house at a leading UK defence contractor, where I was involved in a wide range of litigation matters and I am currently on secondment to Anglo American. Both secondments have given me valuable insight into how in-house counsel use their external advisors.

  • Advising on the commercial aspects of a major development project for a medical devices company including the drafting of NDAs and a Joint Development Agreement.
  • Advising in relation to a number of settlement agreements including in relation to aspects of IP licencing and co-existence in the telecoms, media, pharmaceuticals and chemicals sectors.
  • Advising on a number of Freedom to Operate opinions in relation to a range of products including in the medical devices and food and beverages sectors.
  • Advising a developing country on their existing IP law and the implications of the TRIPS agreement and other international laws including meeting with the Minister of Health.
  • Acting for Neo Europe Ltd defending patent infringement and bringing patent revocation actions in the UK High Court and subsequent damages inquiry and appeal to the Court of Appeal in relation to its high surface area cerium oxide product.
  • Acting for Deluxe Entertainment Services and Technicolor SA defending patent infringement actions in the UK High Court relating to their audio watermarking technology.
  • Acting for a multinational telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics company in relation to a long term multi-jurisdictional multi-patent dispute with IPCom & Co GmbH.
  • Acting for Eugen Seitz in an appeal to the Court of Appeal against a decision for patent infringement relating to a piston product.
  • Acting for DS Smith Plc in bringing and defending patent infringement actions in the UK High Court against Polymer Logistics (UK) Limited relating to returnable transit packaging.
  • Acting for Allergan Botox in patent infringement proceedings in the UK High Court against Ipsen Biopharm Limited relating to the manufacture and supply of Botox to treat urinary incontinence.
  • Advising in relation to alternative dispute resolution including acting on a number of mediations.
Education
  • University of Oxford, Diploma Intellectual Property Law & Practice
  • BPP Law School, GDL and LPC, Law
  • In addition to my legal qualifications, I graduated with a Masters of Engineering in Materials Science, Economics and Management from Oxford University.
Admissions
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2012