SMEs and Entrepreneurs

Being an active part of the start-up and SME community is important to us. Many of our clients do not have in-house IP expertise and we work alongside them to advise on the best course of action, that will make the most commercial sense.

Understanding the value of a potential innovation or a brand is as important as understanding the technology or marketing behind it, and our thorough analysis will not necessarily always recommend proceeding with protection. We will never take a client and simply charge them for something that they may not need. Clients in this space value our honesty and we are well-known for the robust and practical advice that we give.

More information about managing IP in a start-up business can be found here.

As companies grow, we will continue to advise on their portfolio and ensure that further protection is taken if required. Working with many other suppliers in this space has given us a network of relevant contacts and we regularly work with clients to facilitate valuation and finance based on their IP.

Our experience of due diligence projects in this space is highly regarded and we work with a number of leading law firms on M&A and exit planning strategy. Our understanding of large corporations has also given us a great deal of experience working on licensing deals and JV’s. We have worked with a number of SME’s to successfully ‘find a home’ for a particular product or a brand.

Making the most of Patent Box and R&D tax credits is also an area where we are active. Many SME sized clients are unaware of the tax relief that is available to them, and have not taken advantage of the various grants and schemes supported by the UK Government. We take our role in this community seriously and are currently working on a number of projects to raise awareness of the value of IP for smaller sized businesses, across all sectors.

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We are fully committed to working with companies in the start-up or early stages of innovation and development and understand the need to give practical, commercial advice

Meet the
team 

Harvey Adams
Partner
Peter Arch
Managing Associate
Margaret Arnott
Partner
Anthony Ball
Associate
Nadège Beynon
Technical Assistant
Catherine Booth
Partner
Edd Cavanna
Associate
Michael Charlton
Technical Assistant
Jane Clark
Partner
Laura Clews
Associate
Douglas Cole
Managing Associate
Clare Collins
Technical Assistant
Paul Cozens
Partner
Olivia Creemer
Associate
Charlie Dempster
Associate
Rosalind Drywood
Managing Associate
Siobhan Durran
Technical Assistant
Alex Elder
Technical Assistant
Jane Evenson
Of Counsel
Samuel Flahive
Trade Mark Assistant
Thomas Fraser
Technical Assistant
Stephen Garner
Partner
Peter Garratt
Partner
Bethany Gibbs
Associate
Sam Giles
Technical Assistant
Daniel Goldberg
Technical Assistant
Lauren Gregory
Associate
Anna Gregson
Partner
Philippa Griffin
Partner
Christopher Hamer
Partner
James Hamp
Technical Assistant
Bethany Harriss
Technical Assistant
Robert Hawley
Partner
Annabel Hector
Of Counsel
Christopher Hirsz
Of Counsel
David Hobson
Managing Associate
Dean Houston
Technical Assistant
Peter Humby
Technical Assistant
Richard Jaszek
Managing Associate
Gary Johnston
Partner
Ilya Kazi
Partner
Miranda Kent
Associate
Dani Kramer
Partner
Ekaterina Langford
Associate
Sean Leach
Partner
Lianne Leith
Associate
Alan MacDougall
Partner
Martin MacLean
Partner
Matthew Maitland
Managing Associate
Andrea McShane
Associate
David Miller
Partner
Svilen Mirtchev
Associate
Samantha Moodie
Associate
Dylan Morgan
Technical Assistant
Matthew Morton
Associate
Juliana Murray
Technical Assistant
Lionel Newton
Technical Assistant
Abigail Nicholls
Litigation Associate
Amy Nick
Technical Assistant
Oliver Parish
Technical Assistant
James Pitchford
Partner
Monika Rai
Partner
Daniel Ramos
Trade Mark Assistant
Juliet Redhouse
Managing Associate
Joanna Rowley
Technical Assistant
Toby Simpson
Partner
Jeremy Smith
Partner
Thomas Smith
Associate
Graham Spenceley
Managing Associate
Andrew Spurr
Managing Associate
Michael Stott
Partner
Norbert Szalai
Associate
Max Thoma
Associate
Craig Titmus
Managing Associate
Aymeric Vienne
Managing Associate
Caroline Warren
Partner
Laura West
Managing Associate
Andrew White
Managing Associate
James Wilding
Partner
Annabel Williams
Associate