Trade Mark Director

Leeds Office Sheffield Office

Telephone. +44(0) 113 233 0100
Mobile. +44(0) 738 546 8194
Email. [email protected]


“[Katie] makes my job easier by balancing a detailed and thorough understanding of the law with real commercial nouse. Unlike other trade mark agents I have dealt with, Katie always strives to 'value add' when advising”. (Global thought leader, General Counsel)

Katie provides recommendation-led advice based on a strong understanding of clients’ commercial risks and objectives. She has in-depth experience of all aspects of brand protection, from clearance and registration to enforcement, online monitoring and domain name proceedings. Owing in part to her advocacy training at the Bar, she particularly excels in contentious matters, including settlement, and in securing favourable outcomes at ex parte hearings. She has a formidable track record in overcoming distinctiveness objections at the UK and EU IPO.

Some of Katie’s highlights include:
• Securing registration of one of the UK’s most-loved TV titles
• Integrating with the in-house teams at market leading FMCG brand to develop an IP Policy and Strategy
• Securing favourable decisions for a world esteemed luxury shoe designer in WIPO domain name proceedings
• Giving clearance advice on an experiential pop-up installation for a heritage footwear and outerwear brand

Katie has provided commentary and articles to leading fashion/retail and FMCG industry media including Drapers magazine, Campaign, FashionUnited and The Grocer, as well as IP media including World Trademark Review (WTR), World IP Review (WIPR), Intellectual Property Magazine and the CITMA Review.

She provides tailored training to in-house design, marketing and legal teams and is a regular speaker at HGF’s IP in Retail Conference.


  • Trade marks


  • Food & drink icon Food & drink
  • Retail icon Retail


  • Designs & design rights
  • Due diligence
  • Strategy
  • Trade marks
  • Transactional IP & commercial support


Trade Mark Attorney

Chartered (UK)


Law with German


WIPR's Influential Women in IP 2019, Trailblazer

This publication profiles the leading female IP practitioners from around the world, including 20 Trailblazers, identified as rising stars in the industry.

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WIPR Leaders 2021

WIPR Leaders 2021 is a directory of some of the world’s most talented IP lawyers. Leaders were chosen after a four-month nomination process, in which World IP Review sought views from 12,000 IP professionals.

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Harnessing Change, Intellectual Property Magazine

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Industry Insight: Is your brand protection fit for the future?, Drapers

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Luxury Resale Leads the Way for Growth

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