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A book you can keep under your hat

Untitled-1Nestling in IP Draughts’ inbox this morning was an email from Law Society Publishing, inviting him to purchase the recently published, third edition, of a book, Drafting Confidentiality Agreements. Written by some lawyers called Anderson and Warner, apparently.

It is a small book, so it may fit under your hat, or in your loved one’s Christmas stocking.

Details here.

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A common name for common lawyers?

andlaw-logo1One of the downsides of our firm having a very common name – Anderson – is the possibility of being confused with others. A year or two back, this caused us problems with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which seemed to think we were a High Street firm from Liverpool that was in dispute with a local taxi driver. They insisted on knowing what our defence was to various allegations of regulatory misconduct. We had to work quite hard before the SRA eventually accepted that they had the wrong firm.

Having recently adopted a new logo, we hope it is clear that we are not the following firms:

anderson1This fourth-dimensional firm from Minnesota.


anderson2 This firm from Michegan, which sounds rather ruff!




anderson3This firm from Montana, which seems to have a rather varied practice.


anderson4This firm from Massachusetts, which asks a very pertinent question.




anderson5This firm from Canada, which employs a small town lawyer providing small town service in a …small town.





anderson6This firm from Australia, which employs real people!


anderson7This faceless (but Scotland-loving?) firm, Anderson Browne, from England (“next to McDonalds”), which seems to let their clients take the lead.





anderson13Well, it’s a start…


anderson12Perhaps too far in the other direction?





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Looking for a training contract with a specialist IP firm?

andlaw-logo1Anderson Law LLP has a vacancy for a trainee solicitor, to start later this year. Details on how to apply can be found on our snazzy new website.

This will be the 7th trainee that our firm has taken on. Five of the previous six trainees remain with the firm, and two of them are now partners.

Are you interested in doing the highest quality of transactional work in a pleasant, small firm environment where there are no billing targets, where suits are only worn when necessary, and where you will have plenty of direct responsibility for advising clients (but with plenty of support from more experienced lawyers)?

sidOr do you know someone really good (intellectually able, personable, diligent) who falls into the above category? Ideally with previous experience of science or industry. If so, please let them know about the vacancy!


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New partner for Anderson Law

&Law logoWe are delighted to announce that Lisa Allebone has accepted an invitation to become a partner (member) of Anderson Law LLP, with effect from April 2014.

Lisa joined the firm’s predecessor, Anderson & Company, in January 2008 and she has worked with us since that date. She had previously worked for two years in a contracts role at Imperial Innovations Limited, the technology transfer company of Imperial College. Before that she had earned a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, which included time spent working at CERN in Switzerland.

Lisa’s clients include leading UK universities and technology-based companies, including companies in the life sciences sector. She is the author of the chapter on pharmaceutical regulation in our publication, Drafting Agreements in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries (Oxford University Press, loose-leaf, 2008 onwards).

Lisa joins Mark Anderson and Paul Maclennan as the third partner in Anderson Law.

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