Chambers & Partners 2012
11 South Square is a byword for excellence and range when it comes to advocacy and opinions concerning IP matters. The members here are famed for their skill at handling heavyweight patent litigation, and high-stakes copyright, trade mark and soft IP cases are undertaken and prosecuted with the same precision. Clients and instructing solicitors queued up to lavish praise on the clerks, deeming them “helpful, switched-on and efficient.”
Henry Carr QC is ”a smooth, first-class performer who makes it look effortless.” “An excellent advocate who easily gets to grips with complicated issues,” he is a seasoned veteran of significant copyright, patent, trade mark and design rights cases before courts of all levels. He is also deputy chairman of the Copyright Tribunal.
Iain Purvis QC is ”unflappable, highly intelligent and very effective in court” according to sources. “Unfazed by the Bench,” he excels at all manner of contentious IP matters, from pharmaceutical and telecoms patent battles to trade mark and copyright disputes.
Praised for his “great determination and drive” and his “first-class ability to get to the core of an issue and to give a confident opinion,” Michael Silverleaf QC is widely considered one of the finest senior barristers at the IP Bar, not least for cases which have a media and entertainment bent to them. He is widely revered as is patent and trade mark specialist Mark Vanhegan QC, a man lauded for his “great attention to detail” and “good court manner,” as well as his “creativity and astute commercial analysis.” He has had years of experience litigating in the sports and media arenas, and his recent cases have involved the likes of Lady GaGa and the FA Premier League.
Piers Acland QC is quickly making strides following his appointment to silk, and is hailed as a go-to barrister for life sciences patent work. “Technically astute and very accomplished at European Patent Office (EPO) oral proceedings,” he is lauded by solicitors and clients for having “a very good feel for how to present a case to a judge.”
Hugo Cuddigan is consistently applauded for his “no-nonsense, commercial approach.” Solicitors like him for his practicality as “almost before he looks at the legal aspects, he assesses the value of the matter to the client.” Cuddigan is well known for his adroit management of high-profile music disputes as well as cutting-edge mechanical and electronic patent matters. His recent cases have included Football Dataco v Sportradar and the long-running Omega SA v Omega Engineering.
The “knowledgeable and consistently reliable” Giles Fernando excels in matters relating to the spectrum of IP rights. He is often chosen to lead in trials and is celebrated for his success in matters involving interim injunctions and in winning Norwich Pharmacal orders. He recently represented William Hill in 32Red v WHG.
Benet Brandreth impresses all round. Although an IP generalist, his knowledge and application of trade mark law is singled out for approbation. One source described him as “a very bright and determined advocate who is very good at persuading judges of the merits of his case.” Brandreth has been instructed by one of the co-defendants in Force India Formula One Team Ltd v 1Malaysia Team & Ors.
Anna Edwards-Stuart is “an exceptionally hard-working, committed team player who really gets stuck into the hardest of cases.” Commentators note that her keen intelligence attracts work normally considered above the level of her call. Adept at the full range of IP work, she is noted for her strength in anti-counterfeiting and life sciences patent matters.
Instructing solicitors find Richard Hacon‘s written opinions “clear and powerful,” whilst further noting that he is “calm and thorough.” His practice takes in all aspects of IP law, and he has recently undertaken a number of biotechnology-related oppositions and appeals before the EPO.
Kathryn Pickard, in spite of her relatively recent call (2001), has fought cases as sole counsel at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the High Court and the Patents County Court. As such she is in high demand, and solicitors say it is “fantastic when she lends a hand” in a case.
Tom Alkin is tipped to be “a future star of the Bar.” ”Technically adept, thorough in his preparation and exceptionally driven,” he receives instructions in cases ranging from life science patent disputes to music publishing and copyright actions.
Jacqueline Reid is perhaps best known for her work in the fashion and beauty sectors, and has recently acted for clients such as L’Oréal and Jimmy Choo. She is also an authority on confidential information and data protection law. Solicitors favour her along with Heather Lawrence, who is a woman of unimpeachable scientific credentials with a keen awareness of a client’s commercial position. Commentators are consistently impressed with her “intellectual yet pragmatic approach to litigation.” Others at the set to gain praise include Brian Nicholson, who is universally acknowledged as an expert on patent cases concerning electronics, telecoms and software. His “mental acuity” is such that sources say he provides “the most thorough analysis you can dream of.” He has been instructed by IPCom in various disputes with the likes of Nokia and HTC.
Legal 500 2012
Within Intellectual property, 11 South Square (Michael Silverleaf QC) is a first tier set,
11 South Square’s barristers regularly appear in leading cases across the IP spectrum, including the recent Apple v Samsung patent action, the Dyson v Vax registered design right case and the long-running L’Oréal v eBay trade mark dispute. Michael Silverleaf QC is highly respected, as are Henry Carr QC, who has ‘a real understanding of what it takes to win’, and Iain Purvis QC, who impresses with his ‘calm and considered approach to complex cases’. The ‘intelligent and analytical’ Piers Acland QC and Mark Vanhegan QC (who ‘gets to grips with details very quickly’) are also silks to note. Recommended juniors include Brian Nicholson, who has a ‘thorough technical understanding of chip patent cases’; Richard Hacon, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’; and Benet Brandreth, who is ‘a real asset to have on your side’. Anna Edwards-Stuart is ‘impressive on her feet’, and Giles Fernando is ‘determined and persuasive’.