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What do you do with 13 years of Nectar points?

For the last 13 years, Anderson Law’s office administrator, Linda Olley, has been collecting Nectar points when she buys office supplies from Viking Direct. Who knew that a small firm’s purchases of photocopy paper, biros and the like would accumulate over 43,000 points during that time?

As a charitable act before she retires, Linda has redeemed them with Oxfam, who will provide 86 units of water purifiers for use in developing countries.

A typical act from our excellent administrator – we will miss her.

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Vacancy for IP/commercial lawyer

Anderson Law LLP would like to recruit another IP/commercial lawyer. Our preference is for someone in the 2-5 years PQE range, but we would consider applications from people outside this band.

Our workload has increased steadily in the 24 years since Anderson & Company (our predecessor firm, until we converted to an LLP in 2011) was formed. We now employ 10 lawyers, and we are ready to increase this to 11. Most of our work is non-contentious, including drafting and negotiating IP-related agreements. We also have some regulatory work and a small amount of litigation. Our clients are mostly a mixture of technology-based companies and universities, in the UK and overseas.

Our firm is the only small firm to be recommended in Chambers UK Directory as a national leader for life-science transactions, and as a national leader outside London for IP. We are highly recommended by IAM Patent 1000.

If you are interested in doing high-quality work in a small-firm environment, please let us know. Our headquarters are in South Oxfordshire, but we would consider someone who wants to make London their main base. Please contact mark@andlaw.eu, enclosing a CV and a letter indicating why you think you would be a good candidate for our firm.

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Lawyer rankings for IP transactions 2018

Your name is on the list

It’s that time of the year again, when the international rankings for patent lawyers, produced by IAM Patent 1000, are published.

IP Draughts’ firm makes submissions to IAM Patent 1000 and to Chambers Directory. These guides, together with the Legal 500, have some credibility and value, in IP Draughts’ view. They take up references from clients, and ask lawyers in the sector for their views on their peers and competitors. If IP Draughts were looking for a lawyer in another discipline or jurisdiction, he would use these guides to assist him to find someone. (Some of the other guides, he would simply ignore.)

He is delighted to see that the UK chapter of IAM 2018:

  • lists Anderson Law LLP as “highly recommended” for transactions (along with 5 very large and well-known firms);
  • lists Mark Anderson as “highly recommended” for transactions; and
  • lists Lisa Allebone PhD as “recommended” for transactions.

And describes Anderson Law as follows:

“Anderson law provides excellent support on contractual arrangements with third parties, including licence and shareholder agreements and consultancy and revenue-sharing contracts. Its service is very professional, with clear, prompt responses to all enquiries and excellent knowledge not only of the legal issues but also of the long-term commercial implications actions might have.” Name partner Mark Anderson is the go-to lawyer for entrepreneurs, start-ups, research institutes and private companies in the United Kingdom seeking top-notch transactional support. “A real thought leader,” he has three decades’ experience under his belt. His teammate Lisa Allebone has her fair share of fans; a seasoned pro at setting up spin-out companies for universities, life sciences is her favourite technological space.

It is also good to see that some of IP Draughts’ colleagues on his annual course on IP transactions, held at UCL Laws, are recommended in IAM, including:

  • Chris Shelley
  • Sally Shorthose
  • Matthew Warren
  • Mark Lubbock

On the international stage, it is good to see that some of IP Draughts’ fellow members of the BioLaw Europe referral network are listed in their country chapters of IAM, including:

  • Denis Schertenlieb (France)
  • Stefan Kohler (Switzerland)

And that some of the non-UK contributors to his looseleaf work, Drafting Agreements in the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries are recommended by IAM, including:

  • Pamela Cox (USA)
  • Christine Kanz (Germany)

If you are looking for an IP lawyer, we may be able to help you in the search.

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IP transactions course

IP Draughts spent last week in London, convening and speaking at a 5-day course on IP transactions, which is run annually at University College London’s Faculty of Laws. This is the 6th year that the course has run.

The law faculty has very recently returned to its building in Endsleigh Gardens, after a 2-year period of major building renovations. We were delighted to be one of the first conferences to use the new facilities. Although the builders still need to do some “snagging” and finish off cosmetic works, the atmosphere of the building was fantastic, and undoubtedly helped both teachers and students to get into the right frame of mind for our intensive course. Our lecture room had the name “Hong Kong Alumni Room”, which probably means that thanks are due to UCL Laws alumni based in Hong Kong who helped pay for the renovations.

The feedback that IP Draughts has seen so far has been exceptionally good. Here is an example:

Fantastic course. The only course of this type – truly transactional law and practice. Genuine speakers who are still currently practising. Really enjoyed it. Great location and venue – love the renovations. Well done, Mark and Sir Robin!

Thanks are due to our speakers, listed below. IP Draughts would also like to thank Lisa Penfold of UCL Laws, who organised and administered the event, and IP Draughts’ associate Christopher Pollard who helped organise it on behalf of Anderson Law. The speakers and workshop facilitators were:

Mark Anderson, Anderson Law
Christopher Bates, Ashurst
Christine Bendall PharView Limited

Gina Bicknell, Freshfields
Michelle Blunt, Baker McKenzie
Stephen Brett, Anderson Law
Ruth Burstall, Baker McKenzie
Toby Crick, Bristows
Sam de Silva, CMS
Braeden Donnolly, Ashurst
John Enser, CMS
Faye Harrison, Bristows
John Hull, Farrers
Inbali Iserles, Ashurst
Professor Sir Robin Jacob, UCL
Steven James, Brown Rudnick
Tomos Jones, CMS
Charles Kerrigan, CMS
Mark Lubbock, Brown Rudnick

Sam Oustayiannis, CMS
Chris Shelley, Pennington Manches
Sally Shorthose, Bird & Bird
Jeff Skinner, London Business School
Adrian Toutoungi, Evershed Sutherland
Joanne Vengadesan, Pennington Manches
Philip Wareham, Government Legal Service
Matthew Warren, Bristows
Tara Waters, Ashurst
Tim Worden, Taylor Wessing
Cerys Wyn-Davies, Pinsent Mason

The dates for next year’s outing of this course have already been set. Put them in your diary! They are: 8-12 April 2019. Hopefully the snagging will be completed by then.

Now he just has to write this year’s exam…

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