About Me

I am an associate in our London Intellectual Property team, specialising in brand management.

I have experience in advising clients at different stages within the lifecycle of their brand, from start-ups choosing a new brand name, to larger, established brands with historic trade mark portfolios, so I understand the diverse range of legal issues brand owners may face.

My day-to-day work involves advising on clearance searches, international filing strategies, assignment and co-existence agreements, as well as trade mark oppositions and enforcement proceedings. I also advise clients on design protection and copyright.

I am an editor of Bird & Bird's monthly contribution of reports on recent trade mark cases to the CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) Journal. In addition, I contribute to the CITMA (Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys) Review and Bird & Bird's international brands publication, BrandWrites.


  • University of Cambridge, BA, Law
  • Queen Mary University of London, Postgraduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice
  • Nottingham Law School, Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice


  • The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys in 2020
  • Intellectual Property Regulation Board in 2020
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'Ciara Hughes might as well be a member of my team, such is her understanding of us as a client, our needs, and the often highly compressed timelines to which we are working.'

Client Quote: Legal 500 UK 2022

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