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11 South Square

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Head of Chambers: Iain Purvis QC
Senior Clerk: Ashley Carr
Tenants: 17

THE CHAMBERS 11 South Square is a leading set, specialising in all areas of intellectual property law. In addition, it is well known for its media and information technology work. Members are often singled out for the excellent quality of advice and advocacy provided. Chambers currently has six Queen’s Counsel and ten junior counsel, together with two leading Professors in the area of intellectual property law. The Head of Chambers is Iain Purvis QC. Former members include Mr Justice Henry Carr, who was appointed a High Court Judge sitting in the Patents Court in 2015. He joins the long list of former members appointed to the Bench including current Patents Court Judge Mr Justice Arnold, the current Presiding Judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court His Honour Judge Hacon, current Court of Appeal Judge Lord Justice Floyd, as well as the late Lord Justice Pumfrey.

WORK UNDERTAKEN Patents; copyrights and designs; trademarks and passing off; confidential information and privacy; computer law and other technical litigation; data protection and freedom of information; entertainment and media law; performers rights; and European Community law.

Members of 11 South Square regularly appear before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, as well as the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the UK Intellectual Property Office. Members also appear before the European Patent Office in Munich, and the General Court and Court of Justice in Luxembourg. In addition, representation and advice in intellectual property matters is an important part of Chambers’ work. The command and conduct of such cases requires a thorough understanding of the science and technology involved. Due to their technical expertise, many members act in complex computer software and IT/ telecommunications disputes.

ADDITIONAL WORK Members of Chambers are often involved in arbitrations and mediations, as advocates, mediators and members of the panel.



Iain Purvis QC (1986) (QC-2006)

Michael Silverleaf QC (1980) (QC-1996)

Mark Vanhegan QC (1990) (QC-2009)

Dr Piers Acland QC (1993) (QC-2010)

Hugo Cuddigan QC (1995) (QC-2015)

Benet Brandreth QC (1999) (QC-2018)

Dr Heather Lawrence (1990)

Jacqueline Reid (1992)

Dr Brian Nicholson (2000)

Dr Anna Edwards-Stuart (2002)

Kathryn Pickard (2001)

Tom Alkin (2006)

Chris Aikens (2005)

Christopher Hall (2010)

Dr David Ivison (2014)

Dr Adam Gamsa (2015)

Professor David Vaver **

Professor Lionel Bently (2009) *

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**Associate Member