One Essex Court

Intellectual Property Department

London (Bar)
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A quality chambers offering counsel who regularly act for claimants and defendants in complex trade mark cases, particularly those that cross borders both in and outside the EU. For example, members recently obtained a favourable result for Sky in its long-running litigation with SkyKick. The set also offers considerable expertise in pharmaceutical patent disputes. A solicitor says: "The set is very good at combining a commercial approach with an accurate and quick turnaround of documents and knowledge of the law."

Client service: "Deputy senior clerk Jackie Ginty is highly efficient and in fact is one of the best clerks in the business." "The clerks are very efficient, responsive and savvy."


Alaina Newnes

A well-respected barrister who is noted for her strength in trade mark, passing-off and design rights disputes. She handles matters before the IPO and the courts.
Strengths: "She is really strong at reviewing evidence as well as preparing and delivering on the results." "She is very diligent, careful and approachable."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants, including bringing counterclaims, in Battat and Another v Addo Play and Another, a trade mark infringement and passing-off claim concerning the use of a B FRIENDS mark for dolls.


Emma Himsworth QC

Recognised as an expert on trade mark law, with a strong work ethic and a user-friendly approach. As well as handling high-end and technically complex trade mark and copyright litigation, she is effective in digital platform infringement claims, invalidation attempts and licensing disputes. She has appeared in a number of high-profile matters before the General Court of the EU.
Strengths: "She is an extremely diligent trade mark litigator who leaves no stone unturned. She has few equals in her grasp of the law, and her case strategy is very well considered." "She works very collaboratively to make sure to get the best results for the client."
Recent work: Acted for the Gie Avions de Transport Régional, in easyGroup v EasyFly, resisting an application for joinder to these proceedings for trade mark infringement, passing off and conspiracy.


Geoffrey Hobbs QC

An exceptionally talented IP litigator, particularly highly thought of for his work in trade mark disputes, having acted in numerous infringement claims for clients who are household names. He also practises in patent cases and has experience acting for pharmaceutical companies in matters arising from the marketing of 'skinny label' products.
Strengths: "Geoffrey is an icon in the world of IP and in particular has an encyclopedic knowledge of trade marks." "He is a phenomenally clever person who thinks creatively and has a broad way of looking at complex legal issues." "He is really good at simplifying everything and reducing it to the absolute bare essentials, and then walking you through it. He inspires enormous confidence."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Sky in a CJEU reference arising from its trade mark infringement claim against SkyKick, a producer of software, data migration and back-up for use with Microsoft Office 365. A CJEU judgment in January 2020 led the High Court to determine that Skykick had infringed Sky's trade mark.


Guy Hollingworth

A popular junior among instructing solicitors for his composure, polished courtroom presentation and first-rate knowledge of trade mark matters. He regularly handles infringement and opposition claims, with additional expertise in copyright and design rights disputes. He is also experienced at handling cases concerning contentious licensing agreements, and possesses additional expertise in database right claims.
Strengths: "He provides thorough, concise and commercial advice." "He is really bright and technically able and is a real pleasure to work with." "He has an eye for detail and presents very well."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in The Crown Estate Commissioners v Emedia Development, a trade mark invalidity and passing-off claim concerning the use of the name Rushden Lakes for a shopping centre.


Philip Roberts QC

Known for his technical background and his skill representing clients in contentious trade mark proceedings involving media clients and retailers. He is also experienced at advising on design rights infringement claims and disputes concerning deprivation of IP, and possesses expertise in the registration of EU trade marks.
Strengths: "He is really hard-working, has a great technical mind and is excellent on his feet." "He has a really broad and insightful understanding of trade mark law." "He is very commercial and provides good strategic advice."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in The Carphone Warehouse v Barings, a trade mark infringement claim regarding the CARPHONE WAREHOUSE mark in connection with the defendant's compensation claims services.