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11 South Square

Information Technology

3 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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11 South Square offers great depth of expertise in IT and telecoms-related intellectual property matters, and is consistently recognised as one of the top IP chambers. Its tenants are sought out by major technology companies and corporate clients for some of their most substantial patent disputes, and barristers from the set have excellent knowledge of FRAND licensing matters. For example, members recently appeared for IPCom in its claim that Vodafone infringed patents for 4G emergency network technology.

Client service:

Ashley Carr is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Brian Nicholson QC
Brian Nicholson QC is a highly regarded silk who has particular strength in handling patent and trade mark disputes. He is especially valued by technology clients as he has both commercial awareness and a comprehensive understanding of the technical aspects of his cases. He is particularly noted for his work in telecommunications, where his prior industry experience serves him well.
"Brian Nicholson is technically very capable and extremely sharp."
Recent work: Defended Apple in claims by Unwired Planet, Optis and PanOptis that it had infringed seven of Optis' essential patents.

Strengths:

Mark Vanhegan QC
Mark Vanhegan QC has a broad practice covering the technology aspects of patent, telecommunications and media law. He is also an experienced mediator and arbitrator, who draws on his strong technical knowledge to aid resolution. His client list includes household-name technology companies and visual entertainment studios.
"A good advocate, who's excellent for knotty disputes."
Recent work: Represented Facebook in a dispute with Voxer regarding the alleged infringement of patents used in Facebook's live communication features.

Strengths:

Michael Silverleaf QC
Michael Silverleaf QC handles the most complex aspects of both IT and IP law, and is able to advise clients on the commercial and technical considerations of cases including software licensing disputes. He also acts as a mediator, and is an expert on strongly contested patent disputes.
"He is really clever, he has huge skill in absorbing technical issues and he's understated in his style, with enormous authority and control." "He's extremely experienced, and I greatly value his expertise in tech disputes and his ability to lead a team in a high-value and complex piece of litigation."
Recent work: Advised the Secretary of State for Defence on an intervention into an appeal in the case IPCom v Vodafone, concerning government liability for the compensation of the patentee.

Information Technology

11 South Square

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Location

11 South Square

Gray's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

WC1R 5EY

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Information Technology


Brian Nicholson QC
Band 3
Mark Vanhegan QC
Band 2
Michael Silverleaf QC
Band 3