Marks & Clerk needs no introduction in the IP filing and portfolio management market. The firm has strong patent teams in several technical fields across the UK. Edinburgh-based patent attorney Maureen Kinsler is the firm's international chairman while David Ward, a patent attorney based in Birmingham, is managing partner. Other notable senior European patent attorneys based in England are Thomas Prock, David Robinson, Sheila Wallace and Will Nieuwenhuys. Peers also recommend patent attorneys such as Mark Kenrick, Philip Martin, Daniel Talbot-Ponsonby and Tim Watkin. The firm strengthened in 2018 by hiring engineering specialist Philip Cupitt. In Scotland, its key European patent attorneys include Richard Gibbs, Graham McGlashan, Andrew Docherty and Paul Chapman.
The 2018 rising stars David Grant, Mash-Hud Iqbal and Matthijs Branderhorst are now partners in the firm. Other newly promoted partners to watch are electronics specialist Esther Ford and chemistry specialist Jonathan Stafford, both of whom were noted as rising stars in 2017. This year's rising stars are David Murray, James Stott, Jennifer Bailey, Lara Sibley and Rhyan Probert. Other notable senior associates in the firm are former in-house practitioners Steven Gurney and Andrew Hartley. The firm's legal arm Marks & Clerk Solicitors rebranded as Marks & Clerk Law in April 2019.