HGF is the fastest-growing IP firm in the North West.
We have the largest biotech team in Manchester, and our professionals' collective experience and expertise allows us to provide our clients with a winning combination of technical and commercially sound advice.
We also have a specialist trade mark team who provide practical advice on brand management and protection, an issue which is currently of paramount regional importance with the growth of Media City.
HGF Manchester is a full-service practice, with the full range of our trade mark and patents teams available alongside the IP solicitors of HGF Law. We have strong relationships within the local business community and are active members of Bionow, Chemicals North West and Pro Manchester.
Our HGF Manchester office can help you with any queries pertaining to trade marks, law, engineering, electronics, chemistry, life sciences, bio sciences and pharmaceuticals, as well as putting you in touch with people across the company who specialise in your specific industry.
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Dr Andrew Wells Partner
Andrew’s patent practice is principally in the pharmaceutical and chemical fields. He has extensive experience in securing patent protection for pharmaceuticals and specialises in drafting and prosecuting patent applications covering new chemical entities, salts, polymorphs, formulations (including advanced drug delivery technologies), manufacturing processes, medical uses, and medical devices.
Michelle Davies Legal Director
Michelle joined HGF Law as Legal Director in March 2017 and is a highly experienced solicitor and transactional IP specialist. Michelle provides strategic and transactional IP advice to clients in a wide range of sectors but has specific expertise within the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Sector having worked 11+ years with AstraZeneca and with a BSc in Pharmacology & Physiology.
Dr Laurence Gainey Patent Director
Laurence is a highly-experienced commercially-minded European and UK qualified patent attorney with over 20 years’ experience handling pharmaceutical and biotechnology subject matter, with a specialism and interest in large-molecules (biologics) and personalised healthcare (PHC). Laurence joined HGF’s Manchester office as a Patent Director in September 2017.
Nathan Hinks Patent Director
Since beginning his training as a patent attorney, much of Nathan’s work has concerned the drafting and prosecuting of patent applications across a broad spectrum of technical areas, including both chemical and mechanical disciplines. Nathan also has experience in handling oppositions as well as the restoration of patent rights across Europe.
Dr Mike Holmes Patent Director
Mike’s patent practice is focused in the chemical field but also extends to include mechanical and more general technical areas. In particular, he has acted for clients, ranging from start-ups and SMEs through to multinationals, in areas such as pharmaceuticals, oil additives, detergents, surface coatings, along with diagnostic equipment, automotive components, manufacturing apparatus and machinery.
Dr Paul Banford Consultant
Paul’s practice covers a wide range of life science technology clients, ranging from start-ups to multinationals. He provides his clients with proactive, strategic advice and a significant proportion of his time is spent assisting start-ups (particularly academic spin-outs) to develop the type of patent portfolios that will attract private investment and satisfy the requirements of parties to initial public offerings on stock exchanges.
Dr Alex Colman Senior European Patent Attorney
Alex’s experience covers a variety of subject-matter in the field of mechanical engineering. Practice areas include medical devices, automotive and aerospace technologies, engineering for construction, textiles, packaging and consumer products.
Matthew Dean Trainee Patent Attorney
Matthew is a graduate from Newcastle University having obtained an MChem Master of Chemistry with study abroad. Matthew was part of two research teams in both Munich and Newcastle where he developed a broad knowledge for fluorescent technology