Herbert Smith Freehills



Key contacts:

Joint Global Head of Intellectual Property, London: Sophie Rich
Joint Global Head of Intellectual Property, Sydney: Rebekah Gay

Quick facts:

Established: 1882
Number of partners: 18
Number of practitioners: 78
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Greek

Our intellectual property lawyers help the world's leading businesses to use intellectual property to protect their investment, secure competitive advantage, and obtain successful commercial outcomes. We have acted on some of the most complex IP portfolios, transactions and disputes in our markets.

Intellectual property is increasingly a differentiator amongst global businesses, and changes in the IP landscape are gathering pace. In competing for growth in mature markets, global players are increasingly looking to their brands and innovations.

Whether you are looking to monetise your innovations, protect revenue streams, or structure your intellectual property effectively, our lawyers combine technical expertise and commerciality to achieve optimum outcomes for our clients. We help our clients protect and commercialise their innovations across sectors and continents, and are trusted with the most complex "bet the company" IP disputes and transactions. 

We manage worldwide portfolios for many leading brands and advise on strategy, protection and enforcement. We assist with strategic portfolio overview, rationalisation of intellectual property protection, clearance advice on use and registration of marks, and provide watching and monitoring services.




Last updated 21st October 2020


Practice Areas: Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (contentious), IP transactions, Life sciences IP, Patent, Patent contentious, Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution

Sector Expertise: Advertising, Agriculture, Artificial intelligence, Biotechnology, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, E-commerce, Fashion & luxury goods, Financial services, FMCG, Food & beverage, Gaming, Hospitality & leisure, ICT & software, Industrials, Life sciences, Manufacturing, Media, Medical device, Oil & gas, Pharmaceutical, Publishing, Retail, Robotics, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Internet, Electronics, Aerospace, Automotive