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HGF is ranked as a top tier firm in Legal 500 UK 2024

October 2023

HGF has been recommended as a top-tier firm in UK PATMA Trade Mark Attorneys – Tier 1.

We also continue to be highly ranked in Tier 2 in the regions of:

The firm is also ranked in Tier 4 for Yorkshire and the Humber for Law and Tier 6 for London Trade Marks, Copyrights & Designs – Law

We would like to congratulate Marie McMorrow who is listed in the “Hall of Fame”, as well as Jennifer Uno, Janet Knowles and Antony Gold who are listed as “Leading Individuals” and Michelle Davies who is listed as a “Next Generation Partner”.

The success and the below testimonials are an indictment of our mission to provide our clients with the highest quality service, technical excellence, and commercial advice.


PATMA – Trade Mark Attorneys

The guide states: ‘HGF Limited has a significant geographical footprint, with offices in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, France, and Ireland; its teams collaborate to provide well-known, multinational companies with a seamless trade mark offering, which encompasses IP inception, filings, and commercialisation, as well as enforcement and defence proceedings and portfolio management. It is notably strong in the pharmaceutical, automotive, food and drink, media and entertainment, retail, and aerospace sectors. In February 2023, the firm opened a new office in Belfast, and it is therefore well-positioned to service entrepreneurial clients across Northern Ireland. Leeds-based David Potter sits at the helm of the practice with expertise in strategic protection and management of trade mark portfolios. Also in Leeds, CEO Martyn Fish and chairman of the firm Jason Lumber are key members of the team, as well as Richard Wylie, who advises food and beverage brands on trade mark-related mandates. In London, Jonathan Thurgood has significant experience in European brand protection, and Geoff Smith is skilled in assisting clients from the fashion, veterinary, software, and engineering industries. In Manchester, Lauren Somers is a ‘stand-out individual’.’

North West

The guide states: ‘HGF Law‘s IP practice has significant capability in the life sciences, retail and education sectors. Practice head Michelle Davies previously worked in the life sciences space and trained in pharmacology before becoming a lawyer. This first-hand industry experience and expertise makes her well-placed to advise on strategic and transactional intellectual property matters in the pharma and life sciences arena, including licensing transactions and co-development. Janet Knowles, who stepped down as partner in October 2022 and now acts as a consultant, also has transactional life sciences IP experience alongside an education sector specialism. Fellow consultant Antony Gold is also key.’

West Midlands

The guide states: HGF Law provide a ‘common sense approach’ to a wide array of IP matters, including both contentious and transactional matters, with a focus on the life sciences, advanced manufacturing, retail and food and drink sectors. The team routinely advises on IP protection, strategy and litigation. Practice head and ‘great collaborator’ Marie McMorrow is active in litigation and on transactions, often advising clients in the food and drink sector. Other key names in the team include Holly Lovack and Christie Batty.

PATMA – Patent Attorneys

The guide states: HGF Limited has ‘diverse expertise’ across the engineering, electronics, physics, chemistry, and life science sectors. With offices spread across the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, and Ireland, it has a strong and integrated European offering. The team has demonstrable experience in handling the IP portfolios and EPO oppositions and appeals of multi-national companies, in addition to assisting UK universities with their original patent drafting matters. In Leeds, Martyn Fish sits as the CEO while Jason Lumber is the firm’s chairman. Manchester-based Chris Benson heads up the electronics practice, Lucy Johnson sits at the helm of the engineering group in Newcastle, and Kate Taylor chairs the life sciences offering from York. Other key members of note include head of the chemistry team Andrew Wells in Manchester, Birmingham-based Chris Moore, who leads the oppositions practice, and London-based Rachel Fetches, head of law. Jennifer Uno is also praised by clients as a ‘stand-out attorney‘.

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