The nights are drawing in, a log is burning in IP Draughts’ fireplace, and it is time to reveal our table of UK transactional IP lawyers for 2019.
As in previous years, the table is simply the overlap in the Venn diagram of lawyers who are recommended for licensing in the UK chapter of IAM Patent 1000, and the lawyers who are recommended in Chambers Directory in the UK-wide category of transactional life science lawyers (published today). This continues to be the closest we can find to a reliable set of independent recommendations. There is no national list of transactional IP lawyers in Chambers Directory. There is a list of national leaders in IP outside London, and Anderson Law LLP is included, but it doesn’t recommend individuals.
The IP Draughts list turns out to have the same names as last year, namely:
Laura Anderson, Bristows LLP
Mark Anderson, Anderson Law LLP
Malcolm Bates, Taylor Wessing LLP
Richard Binns, Simmons & Simmons LLP
Allistair Booth, Pinsent Masons
Alison Dennis, Fieldfisher
Patrick Duxbury, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP
Jim Ford, Allen & Overy LLP
Michael Gavey, Simmons & Simmons LLP
Mark Lubbock, Brown Rudnick LLP
Nicola Maguire, Cooley LLP
Lucinda Osborne, Covington & Burling LLP
Daniel Pavin, Covington & Burling LLP
Chris Shelley, Penningtons Manches LLP
Sally Shorthose, Bird & Bird
John Wilkinson, Cooley LLP
As in previous years, the list omits a few of the leading transactional IP lawyers practising in England and Wales, who only feature in one of the two source lists, such as Matthew Warren of Bristows, and IP Draughts’ partner Lisa Allebone. But overall, it continues to be a fair selection of the most prominent transactional IP lawyers in the country.