Our People

Built on a foundation of great minds and experts

At HGF, we hire the best minds and make them better through strong training, communication and collaboration.

Without this firm focus on the individual strengths of our people, we would not be able to deliver successful solutions to clients from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds. HGF's people are not defined by their location; our network of lawyers, attorneys and patent specialists can integrate into any organisation's outlook, and this true flexibility has allowed us to grow to compete on a global scale.

Our experts, bolstered by our formalities and renewals teams, are always on hand to ensure clients can always access support and advice when they need it. To learn more about each team member's individual strengths in the intellectual property industry, click on any of the profiles below.

  • Dr Jonathan Atkinson Partner

    Jonathan’s practice involves providing commercially focused advice to business managers and to R&D groups on all aspects of patent strategy and portfolio management. This includes obtaining and defending patent rights, providing opinions on freedom to operate where third party intellectual property rights exist, challenging third party patent rights and conducting due diligence to support corporate acquisition and licensing deals.

  • Rosemary Barker Partner

    Rosemary’s practice is primarily in the field of mechanical engineering. She has wide-ranging experience of preparing patent applications and taking them through to grant in the UK, EPO and elsewhere in respect of domestic/low-tech products, medical devices, non-woven textiles, aircraft and vehicle parts, papermaking machinery, filtration equipment, security equipment, products used in building and DIY and many other types of product.

  • Dr Christopher Benson Partner

    Chris principally handles patent matters in the areas of electronics, computer software and physics. Chris has prosecuted and advised on patents relating to electronic circuits and systems, including computer processors and semiconductor devices, computer based inventions, such as graphics processing, computer algorithms and computer communications, consumer electronics such as navigation devices and home electronics, and also carbon nanotube-based inventions.

  • Dr Anthony Chalk Partner

    Tony’s professional interests are in the areas of organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, water treatments, cleaning technologies and the chemistry of nuclear materials. He has particular expertise in imaging technology and colour chemistry, resulting both from his educational background and his earlier careers in the dyestuffs and imaging industries, where he worked for over 20 years as a research scientist, information manager and patent associate.

  • Hsu Min Chung Partner

    Hsu Min specialises in patents in the fields of chemistry, material science and pharmaceuticals. Her experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a wide range of technologies, including those relating to pharmaceuticals, catalytic processes, household products, electrochemistry, petrochemicals, osmosis, medical devices and polymers.

  • Jonathan Couchman Partner

    The cornerstone of Jonathan’s practice is the pharmaceutical industry, where Jonathan’s clients include a top ten major and two smaller European companies, one a formulations development company and the other a university spin out whose technology is in the field of biologicals and synthetic peptides.

  • Duncan Coutts Partner

    Duncan joined the Manchester office of HGF as a Partner of HGF Services in January 2000. He is responsible for all aspects of formalities in HGF Manchester and provides formalities support to HGF’s Glasgow office.

  • Lee Curtis Partner

    Lee is a Partner and Trade Mark Attorney in HGF's specialist trade mark group, having joined the Firm in November 2009. Lee has over 20 years’ experience of trade mark and design protection both in the UK and overseas, and advises on all aspects of design and trade mark protection.

  • Matthew Dixon Partner

    Matt’s expertise covers the technical areas of physics, engineering, electronics and software, with specialisations in telecommunications, wireless communication, photonic devices and semiconductor technology.

  • Robert Harrison IT Director and Partner

    Robert Harrison initially joined HGF in 1995, during the summer break, whilst studying for his degree in Computer Science at Leeds University. As well as being responsible for the day today running of the IT infrastructure, he developed a bespoke case management system for use by the attorneys to help manage an ever increasing caseload.