Simmons & Simmons is a full-service international firm with a UK IP team that can advise on IP disputes, protection and transactional matters. IP star Michael Gavey heads the firm’s IP practice. Gavey primarily deals with IP transactions but he can also advise on patent disputes. The key well-established patent litigators in the practice are Michael Burdon, Kevin Mooney and Scott Parker. Other notable IP litigators are Andrew Hutchinson and Priya Nagpal. Kevin Cordina is the key contact for the firm’s patent prosecution work. The partners are supported by a team of associates, notably managing associates Amy Crouch (for litigation) and Lydia Torne (for transactional work). Recent patent case studies show the firm advised clients such as Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline and Bose.
Adrian Smith and Darren Meale are the key contacts for soft IP work, particularly trade marks. Another notable practitioner for trade mark work is Rebecca Heard, who is a qualified trade mark attorney. Angus McLean, who heads the FinTech group, is also recommended for IP transactions. Soft IP clients include Hermes, Monzo, Virgin, and Samsung.
Some of the notable developments in the practice in 2019 are as follows: James Agnew and Lydia Torne were recognised as rising stars; IP star and partner Richard Binns and Nicholas Fox left the firm; and Priya Nagpal was promoted to partner.