Managing IP’s Rising Stars

Managing IP launched its official Rising Stars publication in 2018 (read more here). This special publication, which is produced by the IP STARS research team, recognises some of the best up-and-coming intellectual property practitioners in private practice who have contributed to the success of their firms and clients. Although selection is primarily based on an individual’s contributions and expertise, we can also take account of their activities in the IP community.

This publication is based on information obtained during the research for the 2021 edition of IP STARS rankings and Managing IP Awards programme. The number of practitioners, firms and jurisdictions featured each year is subject to change. We expanded our coverage this year, featuring more than 50 jurisdictions, some of which are listed below. Our aim each year is to find new talent and expand the publication.

This publication complements the Corporate IP Stars list (for in-house IP practitioners) and the Top 250 Women in IP list (the leading female IP practitioners in private practice), all of which are produced by the IP STARS research team.

To see the 2021 IP Stars, go to a firm/company or jurisdiction page and click on the ‘Practitioners’ tab.

Congratulations to all the practitioners ranked this year.


Some of the jurisdictions








Hong Kong SAR




New Zealand



Dominican Republic

South Korea





United States












South Africa










UK (England)


UK (Scotland)


For enquiries

If you require the latest ranking logos or wish to publish your profile, please contact Nick Heath.

If you have feedback or enquiries about the research or rankings please contact our research team here.


Research methodology

Each year, we obtain information from thousands of practitioners/firms and their clients through interviews, emails and online surveys. Our research analysts review all the information and conduct their own independent research, including an analysis of publicly available information (such as court or IP office data) and previous research data, before producing the rankings. Where appropriate, they can rely on independent research findings alone to rank practitioners and/or firms.

The individuals we select as Rising Stars typically have less than 10 years’ post-qualification experience and are below the position of partner or equivalent level. In certain circumstances, we can consider and rank individuals with more than 10 years of experience and new or junior partners.

The individuals we normally select as IP Stars are partners (or equivalent) in their firms. We do not select non-partners or junior practitioners to be ranked as IP Stars, except in very special circumstances. After selecting the IP Stars, we assign at least one practice area ranking, e.g. patent star, to reflect what we reasonably believe to be their main area(s) of expertise.

The 2021 practitioner rankings are based on the information available at the time the core research was completed (February 2021). Except for firm name changes, any subsequent developments or information that could influence this year’s rankings will be considered during the research for the 2022 edition. Our research analysts regularly monitor firms and their practitioners throughout the year and therefore Managing IP reserves the right to change any ranking and/or remove a firm or individual from our website at any time.

For the avoidance of doubt, the ranking tag does not suggest or indicate that the expertise of the practitioner is limited to the practice area in question. Because many practitioners will have experience in different areas of IP law and practice, we offer them the opportunity (for a fee) to publish detailed information about their practice. Managing IP does not recommend or endorse any practitioner or firm for IP work. Please read the terms of use concerning our content here.

The research for the IP STARS rankings is conducted rigorously and impartially. No firm or individual can pay to be ranked, and there is no fee to participate in our research. Firms and individuals can, however, pay to publish their IP practice profile on our website. The IP STARS rankings are not influenced by any commercial relationship, including advertising, with Managing IP or IP STARS. The rankings are subject to change each year: the fact that an individual was mentioned in our firm editorial or ranked in a previous edition does not guarantee ranking in a future edition.

For the avoidance of doubt, Managing IP’s Rising Stars publication is a separate research project which is not connected to or influenced by the Euromoney's LMG Rising Stars Awards programme.

Learn more about our methodology for the firm and practitioner rankings here.



Managing IP published its first legal directory in 1994 and rebranded it in 2013 as IP STARS. The publication quickly established itself as the leading specialist guide to IP law firms and practitioners worldwide. The research for IP STARS covers several IP practice areas and more than 70 jurisdictions, making it the most comprehensive and widely respected guide in the IP profession.