UK Bar: Intellectual Property 2019

This year’s research recognises 38 silks and 23 juniors with a wealth of technical and industry knowledge, and who draw praise for their outstanding work in high-value intellectual property disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
1. Andrew Waugh QC  3 New Square 
2. Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC  8 New Square
3. Iain Purvis QC  11 South Square
4. Richard Meade QC 8 New Square
5. Tom Mitcheson QC  3 New Square
Juniors
1. Isabel Jamal  8 New Square
2. Miles Copeland  3 New Square
3. Kathryn Pickard  11 South Square

Silks

8 New Square dominates the IP Bar with 12 silks recognised here.
Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC is praised as “a thorough silk” by peers who commend his work representing clients in a wide range of IP disputes on a domestic and international level.
Richard Meade QC has extensive experience in the IP market and stands out for his impressive expertise in patent litigation proceedings.
Michael Tappin QC is well recognised in the UK market for his top-tier handling of complex patent litigation, an area in which he is considered a go-to silk.
Daniel Alexander QC is a long-standing presence in the IP market. Sources consider him a “number-one pick” and “an effortlessly effective advocate”.
Charlotte May QC acts for clients in sophisticated IP matters and is recommended by interviewees for her “highly detailed work”.
Adrian Speck QC has decades of experience in IP and particularly stands out for his impressive track record of representing clients from the biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.
Head of chambers James Mellor QC is “an unflappable and charming advocate” who possesses extensive experience in litigation and arbitration that runs the gamut of IP matters.
James Abrahams QC is well versed in handling complex IP disputes, and is known for his work on high-profile patent proceedings in the telecoms sector.
Tom Moody-Stuart QC impresses sources who praise his “excellent relationship with clients” and “very personable” manner. His IP practice is varied and spans a wide range of trademark and copyright matters.

11 South Square is another leading set in the market and has seven extraordinary silks listed here.
Iain Purvis QC is celebrated by peers as “an excellent advocate who is calm under fire” and “a star of the profession”, particularly when it comes to high-stakes disputes.
Piers Acland QC is “brilliant at life sciences work” say peers who consider him a top name for IP-related issues and highlight him as “a very effective advocate”.  
Michael Silverleaf QC has “massive experience” in complex IP matters, and is recognised for his impressive work on trademark litigation.
Hugo Cuddigan QC is “a passionate advocate” who possesses deep knowledge of patent disputes and regularly acts in cases at the highest domestic courts.
Mark Vanhegan QC is a well-known barrister who has extensive experience acting in high-level IP disputes. Peers note that “he has some very high-profile litigation matters, establishing him as a go-to silk”.

Three New Square has six silks highlighted.
Tom Mitcheson QC is highlighted by peers as “a very accomplished silk” and specialises in IP disputes, representing clients in a wide range of matters in UK and EU courts.
Simon Malynicz QC is described by interviewees as “a trademark specialist” and stands out for his work in sophisticated IP disputes for high-profile, cross-border proceedings.
Thomas Hinchliffe QC focuses his first-rate practice on complex patent disputes, often in the context of the pharmaceutical and telecoms sectors.
The "hugely diligent" Andrew Waugh QC is "at the top of his game" and "unstoppable on the right case", according to effusive sources. He stands out as one of the most impressive silks in the IP sector once again this year.

One Essex Court is home to three impressive silks.
Geoffrey Hobbs QC is praised by sources who describe him as “an encyclopaedia of trademarks law”, adding “he is a real pleasure to work with and an excellent advocate”.
Emma Himsworth QC is “an excellent silk” and widely recognised by sources as a go-to name in trademark and passing off disputes.
Philip Roberts QC also gains recognition for his impressive work handling a range of IP disputes across the IT sector.

Scotland

At Axiom Advocates, Heriot Currie QC possesses vast experience in IP matters and is recognised for his deep knowledge of patent, trademark and copyright disputes.
Roisin Higgins QC is described by peers as “a true leading IP expert at the Scottish Bar with huge experience in dealing with all types of cases”. She is said to be “very commercial and able to summarise complex matters”.

Juniors

11 South Square has eight juniors recognised for their standout work in this chapter.
Kathryn Pickard is praised by peers as “a star” who is “focused and detailed” in her work on IP disputes. She is well versed in patents, trademarks and copyright issues.
Anna Edwards-Stuart garners respect from sources who highlight her as “excellent” and “a much sought-after barrister” for complex IP disputes across an array of sectors.
Tom Alkin is described by respondents as “a hard worker” who “always takes a calm and objective approach” to trademark and infringement cases.
Chris Aikens centres his practice on IP matters and is highlighted for his “great attention to detail and excellent management of deadlines” as well as his “detailed legal knowledge”.

8 New Square achieves four listings here.
Isabel Jamal leads our research in the juniors list, distinguishing herself as a go-to player in the market. She is regarded by peers as “an excellent barrister” with particularly impressive expertise in complex patent disputes.
James Whyte has deep technical knowledge of the life sciences space and stands out for his “excellent” work representing clients in complex patent cases in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.

Three New Square sees three juniors highlighted.
Miles Copeland is an impressive barrister who is well respected for his work in contentious IP matters. Sources are quick to describe him as “very clever and creative in coming up with legal solutions”.
Stuart Baran receives praise from peers who note “he is one of the best barristers of his generation” and a “highly impressive as an advocate” in the IP sphere.
Joe Delaney is recognised as “an excellent junior” whose practice spans a wide range of IP matters with a focus on the pharma and telecoms sectors.

At Hogarth Chambers, Amanda Michaels is a standout barrister who is described as “phenomenally bright and quick” and recognised as “one of the leading senior juniors who is very easy to work with”.
Michael Hicks draws high praise from market sources who note he “does excellent work” when it comes to handling trademark infringement proceedings.   

Scotland

Usman Tariq at Ampersand Stable is “an excellent negotiator” who excels in IP disputes pertaining to the media sector. One source notes, “I only hear good things about him.” 

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