Hogarth Chambers

Intellectual Property Department

London (Bar)
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Hogarth Chambers offers an impressive trade mark, copyright and designs practice, and can boast a particularly impressive roster of specialist juniors active in the field. The set is regularly instructed in widely publicised disputes in various industry sectors including media, fashion and manufacturing. The barristers have additional capability covering patent cases, including those arising in the context of cutting-edge TMT technology. A source describes it as "an excellent chambers with a phenomenal depth of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of IP law."

Client service: "The clerks are very approachable, user-friendly and always ready to help." "The clerking service is efficient and responsive." "Chambers director Ian Bowie is brilliant - he will sort anything you need, and his experience and influence have rubbed off on others at the set." Clive Nicholls is the senior clerk.

Amanda Michaels

Highly experienced and pragmatic junior highlighted for her expertise in trade mark law. She is recommended for the quality of her courtroom advocacy and is sought after for opinion work. She provides adept representation in cases concerning trade mark and copyright infringement and passing-off claims, as well as opposition actions. She has acted in numerous cases relating to trade marks used in highly recognisable brands.
Strengths: "She is fantastic at trade mark law and is very good at both the technical and legal sides of things. She is a pleasure to work with." "Her advice is always sensible and commercial." "She is extremely experienced and has amazing judgement."
Recent work: Acted for Bentley Motors in a claim of trade mark infringement brought by Bentley Clothing, a small firm, in respect of the use of the BENTLEY mark in clothing. The case raised issues of honest concurrent use, and considered the construction of the transitional provisions of the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Andrew Norris QC

Consistently recognised for his excellent manner with clients, the quality of his advocacy, his commerciality and his experience handling IPEC proceedings. He is known for his representation of luxury brands and entertainment clients. He also has experience acting in cases involving mechanical patents and complex litigation related to licensing agreements.
Strengths: "Andrew is a confident and measured advocate who is clear and succinct in his arguments. He is easy to work with and takes a pragmatic and commercial approach in his advice." "He is extremely client-friendly, very experienced and really knows the courts and the judges well, which is a great help." "He is an excellent barrister who takes the time to understand the clients."
Recent work: Acted in Tullianan Burlington v Burlington Fashion, a case that went to the CJEU regarding the scope of trade mark rights in shopping arcades.

Benjamin Longstaff

A respected junior with a strong reputation for trade mark disputes including passing-off claims and EUIPO registration appeals. He is also noted for his presence in high-value patent infringement proceedings involving electronics and medical device companies. His strong capabilities in these fields are informed by his previous career in scientific journalism.
Strengths: "He gives really good and commercially sensible advice."

Charlotte Blythe

A fast-emerging talent who cultivates a busy soft IP practice. She focuses on trade mark infringement cases including those heard by the IPEC, as well as appellate matters. She also has a strong design rights practice.
Strengths: "She is always clear and concise with her advice, and during hearings she makes arguments persuasively." "She is a strong advocate and good communicator." "She is always willing to go the extra mile, and her advice is on point and commercially focused."
Recent work: Acted for Bentley Motors in a claim of trade mark infringement brought by Bentley Clothing, a small firm, in respect of the use of the BENTLEY mark in clothing. The case raised issues of honest concurrent use, and considered the construction of the transitional provisions of the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Guy Tritton

A highly responsive barrister with excellent client service skills, who stands out for his knowledge of pan-European trade mark matters. He is well practised in the handling of registered design, copyright and parallel import matters.
Strengths: "Guy is a sensible, experienced and technically capable barrister with a persuasive advocacy style. He is responsive, thinks commercially and is good with clients." "He's great on the detail of cases - you can't get anything past him. His pleadings are super impressive and he's quite a strategic thinker."  "He is incredibly knowledgeable about the complexities of trade mark law."
Recent work: Acted in Beverly Hills Teddy Bear v PMS, a case concerning the Community Unregistered Design Right and whether or not it subsists if its first publication takes place outside the EU.

Gwilym Harbottle

Recognised for his experience acting in copyright proceedings for clients in the recording industry. His copyright experience extends to disputes over IP rights in software. He also has experience assisting with trade mark and design right infringement claims, as well as multi-jurisdictional licensing disputes.
Strengths: "He is a very robust advocate in court." "He understands the difficulties faced by clients in complex cases and makes things very clear in a really straightforward way. He is undoubtedly an expert in this field, but wears it lightly." "He is very intelligent, and working with him feels like a collaborative team effort."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Response Clothing v Edinburgh Woollen Mills, a claim for the infringement of copyright in a fashion design.

Jeremy Reed

An accomplished junior offering vast experience in copyright infringement and related matters. He is regularly instructed by media, retail and leisure clients.
Strengths: "He is so insightful and pragmatic and he really puts in the mileage to get the right outcome for clients." "He is technically very good." "He is very responsive and thorough."
Recent work: Acted in Faulty Towers v Phil McIntyre Entertainment, a case involving passing-off claims concerning productions of Fawlty Towers and Only Fools and Horses. The case also had a counterclaim for copyright infringement in respect of the script of Fawlty Towers.

Jonathan Moss

Forthright and practical junior noted for his involvement in high-profile Community trade mark litigation. He has additional experience handling passing-off claims and revocation actions. His recent caseload includes matters concerning mechanical patent infringements.
Strengths: "He provides pragmatic advice and is creative in his arguments." "He is good at identifying the key points in a case and presenting them." "He is perfect when you need a robust advocate or adviser."

Michael Hicks

A highly regarded senior junior who earns plaudits for his client care and excellent courtroom advocacy. He acts in litigation arising from the misuse of confidential information, as well as patent and trade mark infringement claims. He is also experienced in cases concerning royalties, design rights and copyright matters. He is respected for his representation of clients across a broad range of industries, including fashion and technology.
Strengths: "Michael is intelligent, sensible and tactically astute. He is a real team player." "He gives very good advice and is a good advocate." "He makes complicated matters easy to understand, he drafts beautifully and he is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Geofabrics in a patent infringement claim regarding a geocomposite product for use in the construction of railway track.

Nicholas Caddick QC

Known for providing strategic advice as well as representation in relation to copyright and trade mark infringement, particularly for clients in the media sector.
Strengths: "He is a cerebral and robust advocate. He is quick to grasp the really important points and is good at building a rapport with the lay client." "He has a calm, reassuring demeanour and provides clear, practical advice." "He is a creative thinker."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in TBD (Owen Holland) v Simons and Others, a confidential information, copyright and conspiracy claim.

Richard Davis

Well regarded for his advocacy skills and technical knowledge in the software space. He is recognised for his involvement in high-value electronics, pharmaceutical and electrical patent infringement disputes. Sources draw attention to his background as a patent attorney.
Strengths: "He is always ready to give practical, helpful advice on strategy. He is also excellent on his feet, especially in cross-examination." "A patent guru whose experience practising as a patent attorney lends to his ability as a great advocate." "He is a first-rate junior to have working alongside you."
Recent work: Acted for TOT in claims against Vodafone, regarding patents and confidential information relating to power control technology in the mobile phone standard.

Roger Wyand QC

Well regarded by sources for his strong courtroom presentation and his abilities in handling high-stakes litigation, including appellate proceedings. He has significant experience in trade mark and patent litigation infringement disputes. He has acted in cases relating to EU IP law.
Strengths: "He is pragmatic and accessible and performs well in court. He has the considerable advantage of sitting as a deputy judge - it gives him an edge." "He has a wealth of experience and he really is an expert in this field. He sees the bigger picture, which is invaluable." "He is extremely helpful, accommodating and quite flexible in the way he works. He is also very good on his feet, and his advocacy is very clear and well researched."
Recent work: Acted in Becton Dickinson v Braun Melsungen, an infringement action concerning a patent for IV catheters.

Thomas St Quintin

Offers commercially-minded advice and takes a strategic approach to litigation, attracting praise from peers and solicitors for the quality of his courtroom presentation. He handles trade mark, design right and copyright litigation, including infringement claims and ownership disputes. He is noted for his handling of contentious UKIPO proceedings. He has recently handled a number of cases relating to IP rights in the fashion industry, with additional experience in cases considering the IP-related obligations of online platforms.
Strengths: "He is brilliant at everything from his manner in court to his written work and his creative and clever arguments." "He is extremely technical and good at advocacy." "He gives very detailed advice and is very responsive and proactive."