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D Young & Co

Patent case studies show the firm handled EPO oppositions for clients such as Nestle, Toyota and UCL. The firm welcomed telecoms/electronics specialist Bénédicte Moulin in October 2019, while biotech specialist Jennifer O’Farrell joined in September 2020.


Kerry Rees and Nicholas Manley joined the firm as partners in the first quarter of 2020. Rees was previously with WP Thompson. Patent director Nienke Lubben was promoted to partner in May 2020. Patent director Joanna Deas left the firm in January 2020. In July 2020 the firm announced its strategic partnership with Nexus, the innovation hub at the University of Leeds.

Potter Clarkson

Patent case studies show the firm dealt with office proceedings and prosecution for clients such as BioInvent International and Douglas Scientific. In 2019, Stephen Smith succeeded chemistry specialist Colin Baker as managing partner and welcomed Camilla Kiørboe, Fiona Stevens and Peter Finnie as partners. Kiørboe is based in its Copenhagen office.

Trade mark
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Following the departure of former CITMA President Kate O'Rourke in March 2019, the firm hired European trade mark attorney Charlotte Duly in November 2019 to lead its brand protection practice in London.

D Young & Co

Case studies show the team dealt with trade mark oppositions and advisory work for a number of clients. The firm moved to a new office in Munich, Germany, in September 2020. 


The firm welcomed Rigel Moss McGrath as a partner in its trade mark department in February 2020. Jennifer Good was promoted to director in January 2020. Glasgow-based trade mark attorney Rachel Denholm left the firm in June 2020. Notable associate Liz Cooper and legal director Tom Nener left in 2019.

Potter Clarkson

Case studies show the firm acted in trade mark oppositions for a number of brand owners such as A&H Sportswear Co. In 2019, trade mark attorney Emmy Hunt joined the firm while John Peacock retired from the partnership. Hunt was promoted to partner in 2020. Lars Karnøe and two associates joined the firm's Danish practice in July 2020. The firm launched Potter Clarkson Legal in Denmark in 2020.


The team retained Managing IP's Firm of the Year award for copyright work in the UK. Copyright star Rachel Alexander was featured in the Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP (2020) publication. In July 2020, former Barclays’ head of IP and corporate IP star Calum Smyth joined as a partner while Anna Carboni became an IP consultant. 2019 Rising Star John Colbourn was promoted to partner in April 2020. IP transactions star Simon Chalkley left the firm in July 2020.

In November 2020, the firm welcomed digital entertainment lawyer Jas Purewal as a partner and hired Gordon Moir and Michaela Lodlová to lead its new telecoms practice.