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HGF continue to be highly ranked in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 rankings

September 2019

HGF ranked Tier 2 in the regions of PATMA, Yorkshire & The Humber, West Midlands and North West, in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 rankings. HGF are also proud to have 17 “Lawyers” recommended, with Partners Martyn Fish and Marie McMorrow listed as elite “Leading Lawyers”.

The Legal 500 provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage on recommended Law firms, Lawyers, Attorneys, Advocates, Solicitors and Barristers. The rankings are based on a series of criteria including providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. HGF have been ranked in Tier 2 and are proud to have 17 “Lawyers” recommended with Martyn Fish and Marie McMorrow listed as elite “Leading Lawyers”.

North West – Intellectual Property
West Midlands – Intellectual Property
Yorkshire and The Humber – Intellectual Property
PATMA – Patents
PATMA – Trade Mark Attorneys
HGF Law Leeds – Yorkshire & The Humber

The guide states – IP boutique HGF Law has a broad practice, which is particularly noted for its trade mark and patent litigation capabilities in the healthcare and retail sectors. With a breadth of experience, practice head Martyn Fish is frequently instructed on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters relating to patents, trade marks, copyright, design rights and misuse of confidential information. The team benefits from the addition of digital and technology-focused solicitor James Talbot from Berwins.

HGF Law Manchester – North West

The guide states – IP specialist firm HGF Law advises on both transactional and contentious IP, with key client sectors including life sciences, pharmaceutical, retail, engineering and education. Co-head of team Antony Gold specialises in design, branding, advertising and promotions advice, as well as contentious patent work. The ‘skilled and pragmatic’ Janet Knowles, who also co-heads the team, focuses on transactional IP law.

HGF Law Birmingham – West Midlands

The guide states – HGF Law’s team of specialists is particularly active in the retail, manufacturing, engineering and consumer goods industries. Marie McMorrow stands out as an ‘exceptional lawyer’ and leads the team. The ‘well organised and committed’ practice has expertise in complex patent and trade mark litigation, including a focus on the nuances associated with mechanical and physical technologies.

PATMA – Patent Attorneys

The guide states – HGF Limited specialises in chemistry-, electronics-, engineering- and life sciences-related instructions and combines strong oppositions expertise with a powerful drafting and filing practice and litigation roster. The key patent attorney practitioners are: senior partner and head of electronics Harry Hutchinson in Sheffield; London-based head of engineering Matthew Dixon; chemistry practice head Gary Wilson in Glasgow; Kate Taylor in York, who directs the life sciences group; pharmaceutical team head Andrew Wells in Manchester; head of oppositions and appeals Chris Moore in Birmingham; energy practice head Craig Watson in Aberdeen; and Vanessa Stainthorpe in Sheffield, who leads the medical device department. The group opened a new Nottingham office in January 2018, led by Gareth Probert, who joined from Potter Clarkson LLP, and also increased its international presence in Germany, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands and Switzerland by adding several partners to the bench. Susan Keston in Glasgow and Kieran Killough in Manchester made partner.

PATMA – Trade Mark Attorneys

The guide states – HGF Law continues to be among the most active filing practices in the market, with EU trade mark application filings as a particularly busy line of work. One of the largest teams in the market, even without the deep litigation and patent benches, the firm impresses with its comprehensive trade mark offering and its broad sectorial range, including the retail and fashion, charity and automotive sectors as core areas. The group’s expansion in Europe, namely in Germany, Austria and Ireland, in addition to the opening of its new office in Nottingham attest to the firm’s popularity with international and domestic clients alike. The Leeds-based David Potter directs the practice. Claire Hutchinson retired.

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