For several years, this blog has produced a table of leading IP licensing lawyers, created by the simple but imperfect method of identifying all the lawyers who are recommended in both of the following directories for that year:
(a) the IAM Patent 1000 list of leading UK patent licensing lawyers; and
(b) the Chambers Directory list of leading UK transactional lawyers in the field of life sciences.
The latter list was published earlier today; the IAM list was published some months ago.
So, who is on the IP Draughts list for 2017? Drum roll…
|Laura Anderson||Bristows LLP|
|Mark Anderson||Anderson Law LLP|
|Malcolm Bates||Taylor Wessing LLP|
|Alison Dennis||Fieldfisher LLP|
|Patrick Duxbury||Gowling WLG|
|Jim Ford||Allen & Overy LLP|
|Michael Gavey||Simmons & Simmons LLP|
|Mark A Lubbock||Ashurst LLP|
|Nicola Maguire||Cooley LLP|
|Lucinda Osborne||Covington & Burling LLP|
|Daniel Pavin||Covington & Burling LLP|
|Stephen Reese||Olswang LLP|
|Chris Shelley||Penningtons Manches LLP|
|Sally Shorthose||Bird & Bird LLP|
|John Wilkinson||Cooley LLP|
Most of the names on this list have been on the list for several years. A few names have dropped off but there are no new names. As a result, there are 15 names on the above list compared to 20 last year.
An advantage of this list over the Chambers Directory list is that this list omits some individuals who are really corporate lawyers rather than IP lawyers. A disadvantage of this list is that it omits some fine IP lawyers who are not particularly focused on life science work, eg Matthew Warren of Bristows, or who are up-and-coming (eg IP Draughts’ partner Lisa Allebone, who has been named in the IP section of Chambers Directory for the first time).
Despite these defects, the list continues to be a fairly good indicator of the leading technology licensing lawyers in England and Wales.
Congratulation to all who appear!