New Partner joins HGF London Office

September 2015

HGF is delighted to announce the arrival of Rachel Fetches from Bird & Bird LLP. Rachel joined HGF as a Partner on August 17th in the firm’s London office.

Paul Sanderson, CEO of HGF commented “Rachel is part of our ambitious growth strategy for our IP litigation practice.  She has a wealth of experience across our key market areas and we are excited to welcome her to the firm.”  

Rachel joins our existing IP litigation practice which includes partners Martyn Fish, Antony Gold, Michael Varvill and Alice Gould.

Rachel will advise clients on a range of contentious IP matters and complements HGF Law’s offering, particularly ahead of the launch of the UPC.

Rachel commented “HGF is a growing and dynamic practice and I am looking forward to working alongside the law team as well as the patent and trade mark attorneys across HGF’s office network”.  

Further Information:

Rachel Fetches is an intellectual property litigation partner at HGF and has worked with clients in the life sciences, chemicals, food and beverage, aviation, media and telecommunications industries.  She has a wide range of expertise in IP litigation before the Patents Court as well as in patent and trade mark oppositions before the UKIPO, EPO and OHIM.  Rachel also has extensive experience with developing and coordinating pan-European IP strategy. 

Rachel’s decided cases before the Patents Court include:

Nestec SA v Dualit Ltd [2013] R.P.C. 32; Virgin Atlantic Airways v Air Canada & ors, [2013] R.P.C. 10; Appeal [2014] R.P.C 18; Actavis UK Ltd v Novartis AG [2009] EWHC 41 (Ch); Actavis UK Ltd v Novartis AG [2010] F.S.R. 18; Actavis UK Ltd v Eli Lilly & Co Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 43; Baxter Healthcare Corporation v Abbott Laboratories [2006] EWHC 3185 (Pat); and Ranbaxy UK Ltd v Warner-Lambert Co, [2006] F.S.R. 14.

Rachel joined HGF in 2015 after training and working at a leading international IP litigation practice for over 10 years.  

Rachel has a BSc in Cell Biotechnology from the University of Alberta, Canada and a Masters in Health Care Ethics from the University of Leeds.  Rachel completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Law and LPC at the College of Law and further completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property at the University of Bristol.