Timeline 1995 - 2016
We're proud of our beginnings and the constant growth we've enjoyed since we were first founded in 1995. Take a look at our timeline to learn more about how our firm has expanded over the years.
HGF acquires Brewer & Sons, London
Brewer & Sons provided a launch pad for HGF’s London business. Brewer & Sons came with a wonderful history including patenting the Wright Brothers aeroplane, the Whittle jet engine, Barnes-Wallis’s Bouncing Bomb and Concorde.
HGF’s sister law firm, Sanderson Lumber, is launched (now HGF Law)
HGF creates a one-stop-shop IP law group with the launch of its specialist law firm, Sanderson Lumber (now HGF Law).
- HGF acquires Brewer & Sons, London
HGF Glasgow office is expanded
Glasgow represents innovative SMEs and universities, both groups of which have been expanding rapidly - allowing our own offices to grow and develop alongside them.
HGF York office is expanded
HGF's York office serves the North Yorkshire area and focuses on a wide range of practises from electronics to life sciences - and as the city becomes more innovative our office has expanded to accommodate for our growing client base.
HGF Aberdeen office opens
HGF Aberdeen is opened in response to demand from North Sea Oil & Gas clients.
- HGF Glasgow office is expanded
HGF Edinburgh office opens
Following on from the success of our Glasgow and, more recently, our Aberdeen offices, HGF opened an Edinburgh office in early 2012 to provide a base for servicing the many companies and universities we act for in the east coast area.
HGF Oxford office opens
Situated in the Oxford Science Park, our HGF Oxford office is perfectly placed to work with the city's universities and businesses, particularly in the chemistry and life science industries.
HGF London office is expanded
HGF London moved to larger offices to make room for more staff as our business in the capital increased.
HGF Birmingham office opens
Our relatively new Birmingham office was set up to provide services to clients based in the Midlands, with teams specialising in engineering, chemical fields, trade marks as well as providing a liaison with experts across the company.
- HGF Edinburgh office opens
HGF acquires Grant Spencer, London
Trade mark specialist firm Grant Spencer was acquired by HGF as part of a move to expand our expertise and provide a more efficient trade mark service to clients across all offices.
HGF Law Manchester office opens
HGF Law joined our existing teams in Manchester to ensure we could provide a fully integrated law and IP service in the North West.
- HGF acquires Grant Spencer, London
HGF Basel office opens
In February 2016 HGF opened their second office outside of the UK.
HGF Law Birmingham office opens
HGF Law joined our existing teams in Birmingham to ensure we could provide a fully integrated law and IP service in the West Midlands.
HGF Newcastle office opens
Following on from the success of our York office, HGF opened a Newcastle satellite office on May 2nd 2016 to provide a base for servicing the many companies and universities we act for in the north east area.
- HGF Basel office opens