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HGF ranked highly in The Legal 500 UK 2022 rankings

September 2021

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 are delighted to have moved up this year in a number of key areas and are proud to be ranked Tier 1 in PATMA Trade Mark Attorneys and in the North West in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2022 rankings.

The firm continues to be highly ranked in Tier 2 in the regions of:

  • PATMA – Patent Attorneys
  • Midlands – Law
  • Yorkshire & The Humber – Law

The firm is also ranked in Tier 6 for London Trade Marks, Copyrights & Designs

For full rankings see here. 

We would like to congratulate our CEO Martyn Fish, Janet Knowles and Antony Gold who are listed as “Leading individuals” as well as Marie McMorrow who is listed in the “Hall of Fame” and Michelle Davies who is listed as a “Next generation Partner”.

This 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

‘They are extremely responsive, and provide pragmatic and practical advice that is always suited to the needs of our business. Their knowledge and understanding of our business is invaluable in prosecuting our trade marks.  They work closely with their litigation department, and bring significant knowledge and value to any litigation we have. Excellent knowledge. Practical advice. Quick responses and cost-effective.‘

‘Clear-eyed, organised, helpful.‘

‘Lauren Somers is extremely approachable and a really good sounding board on both trade mark and design issues faced by the business. Her advice is always solution-focused and practical. Personable and excellent understanding of the client and its operation – which in turn means quick, practical and cost-effective advice.’

‘Rebecca Field is a clear communicator.‘

HGF Law Manchester – North West

‘The IP team has a broad breadth of skills and I found great expertise within to support a variety of patent filings. I have also found their advice on contractual matters to be most thorough particularly in respect of IP protection.’

‘We deal predominantly with Janet Knowles and Balvinder Matharu. I have worked with Janet for over 20 years across various businesses and have always found her advice to be of significant value in particular for high value contractual arrangements.’

‘Fantastic understanding of the needs of in-house clients: practical, pragmatic and non-theoretical approach. Good understanding of scientific aspects of client work.’

‘Great support from Michelle Davies in particular. Slots in seamlessly with in-house teams and advises in a clear and comprehensible manner. Explains legal matters in simple layman’s terms. Extremely flexible in terms of schedule. Calm but firm negotiation skills on behalf of client.’

‘Janet Knowles-highly experienced lawyer’

‘Good awareness and sensitivity to our preferred way of working. Good industry and sector knowledge.’

PATMA – Patent Attorneys

‘Excellent technical knowledge and communication skills, the ability to express complex technical ideas clearly and concisely, an eye for detail, excellent interpersonal skills. HGF go above and beyond what I would expect from law firms. I feel our IP is in safe hands, so we can deal with the day to day running of the company.‘

‘Outstanding is partner Claire Irvine, by far the most intelligent, proactive and helpful individual I have met (and I have met quite a few Oxford professors and Nobel Prize winners). She is the sharpest tool in the box and a pleasure to work with.‘

HGF Law Birmingham – Midlands

‘A stellar intellectual property litigation practice with huge experience.’

‘HGF have provided expertise that is specific to our requirements across a broad range of needs. From IP litigation to international contracts for distribution and sales, HGF have proved to be proactive and rigorous when providing the services we need in a timely manner. The costs are very competitive in comparison with other law firms, and the broad range of expertise has allowed HGF to handle the diverse elements of law through a single partner for clarification and ease of communication.’

‘Marie McMorrow has been the legal adviser and partner of our business for over sixteen years and has always been relevant to our changing needs. Marie has acted as both adviser and partner for her specialties and has brought in other specialists where required. Regardless of the time or day, Marie is always there to help, and having been the lead solicitor in the High Courts for our business, has proved her worth under the most rigorous examination of our position and succeeded in bringing about a positive outcome in all instances.’

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