McDaniel & Co

Niall Head-Rapson

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Practice Areas

Niall specialises in all aspects of intellectual property law, advising clients on their intellectual property rights, potential infringement claims and strategies for IP policy and enforcement. Niall also has significant experience in commercial matters and litigation generally.

Professional Memberships

Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. Law Society.


Niall graduated from Kings College, University of London in Biotechnology (B.Sc. (Hons)) before commencing the Common Professional Examination and Law Society finals course at Nottingham Law School and undertaking his articles at Gouldens. During his articles Niall attended Queen Mary College where he secured a diploma in Intellectual Property Law.

Niall has worked at Gouldens (now Jones Day), Freshfields (now Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer), McKenna & Co (now CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP) Eversheds (now Eversheds Sutherland), and has been a partner at Martineau Johnson (Shakespear Martineau) and Ward Hadaway. In his previous positions Niall was involved in several notable cases including Hadley Industries Plc v. Metal Sections Limited, Metsec (UK) Limited [1998] EWHC Patents 284, the first patents trial to take place outside London. Niall founded McDaniel & Co. in 2005 since when the firm has gone from strength to strength attracting well-known brands and designers from across the UK and abroad.

Niall has previously lectured on the Intellectual Property Diploma at Nottingham Law School and is currently a guest lecturer on the Post Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property law at Bournemouth University.


In his spare time, Niall volunteers as a rugby referee.