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UK Bar: Intellectual Property 2016

This year 30 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Daniel Alexander QC 8 New Square
Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC 8 New Square
Iain Purvis QC 11 South Square
Andrew Waugh QC 3 New Square
James Mellor QC 8 New Square
Leading Juniors
Mark Chacksfield 8 New Square
Denise McFarland 3 New Square


An impressive nine silks are featured from 8 New Square, the UK’s largest intellectual property specialist set. Daniel Alexander QC boasts over 20 years of litigation and advisory experience in the sector, and is praised for his “strong expertise” and “unflappable nature”. Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC is a “brilliant advocate” who has acted in front of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. His ability to “get the judge to see things his way” is lauded by peers. James Mellor QC specialises in all areas of intellectual property law, and is noted for his “technical expertise” and “solutions-oriented approach”. Martin Howe QC practice encompasses intellectual property and extends into wider fields of EU law and commercial and public law. His “vast experience” and “international outlook” makes him a “valuable asset” to clients. Michael Tappin QC is a patents specialist who is “great on his feet” and always offer clients “straightforward and practical advice”. Charlotte May QC is an “incredibly talented” adviser whose “quick thinking” has led her to become a “leading light” at the bar. Adrian Speck QC is “greatly respected” by peers for his “tremendous understanding”, while Richard Meade QC impresses with his “resolute focus” and “strategic approach”. James Abrahams QC became a silk in 2016 and is a “powerhouse of knowledge” whose ability to “tailor advice to clients’ needs” makes him a “first port of call for many”.

Five silks garner inclusion from 3 New Square, with Andrew Waugh QC recommended for his expertise in patents, copyright and designs and interrelated aspects of EC law. He is a “consummate professional” with an “international reputation”. Tom Mitcheson QC is a contentious IP specialist whose clients are “consistently impressed” by his “insightful solutions” and “astute legal mind”. Justin Turner QC has a technical background in immunology which had helped to inform his practice with a “strong expertise” in pharmacology and biotechnology matters. Thomas Hinchliffe QC has a particular expertise in high-tech patent work and is recommended for his “detailed advice” and “careful handling”. Simon Malynicz QC boasts a “prestigious practice” and is “technically excellent” and “meticulous” in all matters he handles for clients.

From 11 South Square, Iain Purvis QC is an “outstanding litigator” whose ability to quickly understand complex technical matters” has made him a “firm favourite” with clients. Piers Acland QC enjoys an “enviable reputation” for his “exceptional” patents work, which his background in biochemistry giving him “a particular edge in pharma cases”.

At Blackstone Chambers, Michael Bloch QC has advised and appeared in a wide range of high-value and high-profile domestic and international disputes, and is recommended for his “no-nonsense approach”.

Geoffrey Hobbs QC from One Essex Court is an advocate and adviser specialising in intellectual property law and related aspects of competition and commercial law. He has “invaluable sector experience” and is noted for his “impressive roster of clients”.

Roger Wyand QC at Hogarth Chambers boasts wide ranging experience across the full range of trade marks, patents in all areas of technology, designs and information technology at all levels. His “ability to make the judge see things his way” is particularly commended by peers.


Jonathan Lake QC at Axiom Advocates is an IP disputes specialist and a “true leader at the Scottish bar”. His “wealth of expertise” and “unflappable nature” make him popular with clients and peers alike. Roisin Higgins QC gained silk in 2015 and  has been involved in a significant number of IP cases throughout her career, giving her “the deep understanding that clients are looking for”.


There are three juniors recommended from 8 New Square. Mark Chacksfield has a “great reputation as a leading IP junior” and impresses with his “forensic approach” and “intricate knowledge”. Lindsay Lane is an “IP all-rounder” who is particularly noted for her “impressive record” with patent cases. James Whyte is a “patents expert” who is a “force to be reckoned with” according to clients.

Two junior members also feature from 3 New Square. Denise McFarland has a “wealth of experience” in contentious and non-contentious work and alternative dispute resolution and impresses with her “excellent style of delivery”. Joe Delaney has garnered praise for his “creative approach” and is someone clients “wouldn’t hesitate to recommend”.

From 11 South Square, two junior members garner inclusion. Anna Edwards-Stuart boasts a diverse IP practice which sees her lauded as a “first-rate junior” and a “great asset to clients”. Brian Nicholson particularly specialises in cases involving substantial or complex electronic and or computing content and is noted for his “invaluable sector experience”.

Michael Hicks from Hogarth Chambers is a “rising star” who specialises in all areas of intellectual property and information technology law as well as other cases with a high technical content.

Nicholas Saunders at Brick Court Chambers has an IP practice with an EU law specialty which give him an “international outlook” on client cases.

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