I am a senior brand protection lawyer in the London Intellectual Property team. I help clients build, exploit and rationalise portfolios of trade mark and design rights around the world. I also handle related disputes and contentious proceedings.

I work with clients across a broad range of industries - from telecoms and media, to sport, fashion, food & beverage, and financial services - to devise and implement global clearance and protection strategies.

In addition to traditional branding, I help clients protect the design of innovative products and packaging, and other key brand elements, including colours, sounds and moving images.

On the contentious side, I have considerable experience of opposition and cancellation proceedings both at Registry level and on appeal to the courts. I often handle complex contentious matters, including cases with Registry disputes running alongside related litigation. However, I recognise that commercial considerations are a key driving factor for all businesses so often counsel clients on amicable settlement.

I thoroughly enjoy finding a solution to a difficult problem, be it working through the different legal requirements for design protection around the world to ensure a client can effectively protect the appearance of their new product in all their key markets, to finding creative ways of resolving seemingly intractable disputes.

Although the core focus of my practice is on trade mark and design matters, I have experience in relation to other soft IP matters, including domain names, customs recordals and seizures, company name disputes and copyright.

I regularly speak and write on technical IP matters, as well as on issues regarding entry to the legal profession. I am co-author of the book 'The European Union Trade Mark: A Practical Guide', and co-editor of the CITMA & CIPA Community Designs Handbook. I am also part of the editorial team for the Bird & Bird DesignWrites online publication, and sit on ECTA's Design Committee and CITMA's Events Committee.

  • I handle the global trade mark portfolios of a number of high profile brands across a range of industries, including high end jewellery (Faberge), mattresses & bedding (Simba), and telecommunications (GSMA).
  • I have significant Registry level advocacy experience, having appeared in front of both the UKIPO and the Appointed Person in dispute matters for clients including Philip Morris, Faberge and Monster Energy.
  • I have acted in a large number of Registry disputes for a range of clients, including cancellation and oppositon proceedings at the UKIPO and EUIPO, as well appeals to the High Court and General Court.
  • I regularly advise clients on international design protection issues, and have carried out a number of multi-jurisdictional design filing projects for clients including Qatar Airways and Aspinal of London. These projects required strong analytical and project management skills.
  • I have experience of design invalidity proceedings at the EUIPO, both at first instance and at Board of Appeal level.
  • Advising the International Paralympic Committee on brand protection issues.
  • Assisting UK Anti-Doping with protection for key brand elements following a brand refresh and introduction of new initiatives.
  • Successfully negotiating the sale of a number of a client's existing trade mark registrations for a defunct brand.
  • Advising a client on brand-hijacking and trade mark infringement issues in China, in conjunction with local colleagues.
  • Advising a trade association on issues relating to extended passing off, collective trade marks, and the protection of 'sensitive words and expressions' under Company Law.
Education
  • University of Cambridge, MA (Cantab) in Law
  • University of Cambridge, LLM in International Law
Admissions
  • Intellectual Property Regulation Board (Chartered Trade Mark Attorney), 2011
  • Irish Patents Office (Registered Trade Mark Agent), 2017