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Chambers & Partners 2017


An excellent set, regarded as a leader for IP matters due to its “strength and depth at all levels.” It is host to a skilled bench of impressive QCs and juniors, who are well known for their client care, courtroom presentation and abilities handling complex patent litigation. Members are also highlighted for their representation of TMT and pharmaceutical clients, as well as those embroiled in high-profile copyright, design right and trade mark disputes. 


Michael Silverleaf QC
The head of chambers, with far-reaching expertise in intellectual property and IT law. He receives instructions from prestigious design houses, broadcasters, social media companies and other media entities, who value his expertise in brand and image rights protection.
Strengths: “There are few if any people who are as authoritative as him.”
Recent work: Acted for Fresh Trading in a copyright ownership claim against Deepend relating to an Innocent Smoothies logo.

Hugo Cuddigan QC
An IP specialist with expertise in all aspects of intellectual property law, including copyright and trade mark. He has a wealth of experience in representing music industry clients in complex copyright disputes.
Strengths: “He’s good with clients: he’s polished, commercial and astute.” “He is clever and tenacious and good even with the most challenging clients.”
Recent work: Acted for The Prodigy in copyright infringement proceedings initiated by Anthony James.

Legal 500 2016


For many, 11 South Square is ‘the leading intellectual property set’. ‘There is talent from top to bottom and no weak links’; ‘if your first-choice counsel is unavailable, it is rare that a suitable substitute cannot be found in chambers’. ‘The clerks provide by far and away the best service’; ‘they are honest, transparent and recognise the importance of putting the client’s needs first’. In particular, senior clerk Ashley Carr is ‘a commercial pragmatist, who always strives to provide a first-class service’. ‘Rarely does a problem come up that he can’t fix’, and ‘when the pressure is on and a request for help goes out, he is on it like a shot’. The clerking team also includes Michelle Carter, who is ‘superb and could not be more helpful’.

Within Media and Entertainment, 11 South Square (Michael Silverleaf QC) is a second tier set.

Known for IP and media work, 11 South Square houses ‘very strong individuals’. In 2015, members handled several music contract cases and copyright infringement disputes for film companies.

Michael Silverleaf QC‘He’s an extremely competent advocate, who is particularly able to articulate difficult points simply.’

Iain Purvis QC‘Insightful, very clever and relaxed.’

Mark Vanhegan QC‘A joy to work with and excellent with clients.’

Tom Alkin‘Conscientious, hardworking, and good with clients.’



Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 

IP/IT Set of the Year
2005, 2007, 2009, 2011 & 2013

IP/IT Junior of the Year
Brian Nicholson
(awarded 2013)

IP/IT Silk of the Year
Piers Acland QC
(short listed 2015, awarded 2010)
Iain Purvis QC
(awarded 2014)
Henry Carr QC
(awarded 2013)

Legal 500 Awards

IP, IT & Media Set of the Year
(awarded 2013, short listed 2014 & 2015) 

IP, IT & Media Silk of the Year
Michael Silverleaf QC
(short listed 2013 & 2014)
Henry Carr QC
(short listed 2013)

IP Inclusive Charter