Our team of transactional solicitors work seamlessly with HGF’s patent and trade mark attorneys to provide advice about the commercial aspects of intellectual property at all stages of the IP lifecycle with the aim of realising the full potential of your IP assets. 

We provide commercial advice on the successful structuring, review and negotiation of collaborations, consortium agreements, funding agreements, joint ventures, licensing, distribution and agency agreements, merchandising agreements, franchising agreements, data protection and the assignments of rights.  We also conduct IP audits and strategic IP reviews, as well as advising on data protection issues, freedom to operate issues and due diligence around a transaction.  We work with all types of businesses, from multinational corporations, national organisations to SMEs, as well as universities, other educational institutions and their respective spin-outs across all of HGF’s industry groups.  We have a pragmatic commercial approach that tailors advice to your business needs and stage of development and seeks to provide solutions quickly and effectively.    

Our transactions team has significant expertise in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare  industries and has a deep knowledge of the regulatory, competition and IP implications of commercial life sciences transactions.  The team works with clients from early R&D phases through clinical trials and commercial manufacturing and advises on all related agreements and associated acquisitions.

Our team also advises on all aspects of brand management, portfolio development, sponsorship, royalty provisions, merchandising and acquisitions or disposals of IP assets, with significant expertise is in the Retail and Fashion  industry.  

To learn more about the team, see below or contact enquiries@hgf.com, who will be able to put you in touch with an attorney working within your industry.

What others say about us

Our team

Our team of solicitors is recognised in Chambers & Partners as National leaders where we are recognised for

“Sophisticated commercial and contentious brands and patent work”

MIP IP Stars patent editorial 2017 states

“The firm offers IP-related legal services through its sister law firm HGF Law, where you will find experienced IP lawyers such as Rachel FetchesJanet Knowles and Martyn Fish.

Chambers & Partners & Legal 500 recognise our regional offices as leaders in their filed, with our Leeds office being ranked in tier 1. They make the following comments about our IP team:

"Very responsive to what we need, and nice people to deal with," says a client, adding: "I can't praise them enough."

“Excellent service geared towards sophisticated contentious and non-contentious IP matters in a range of sectors.”

 “According to one client, HGF Limited ‘is the best law firm for intellectual property in the West Midlands”


Janet Knowles is listed as one of MIP’s IP Stars 2018 for IP transactions, patent strategy and counselling.

MIP IP 2017 states: Knowles "ensures a thorough understanding of the context and objectives of each transaction" and ensures "agreed timescales are always met".

Martyn Fish,  Antony Gold and Marie McMorrow are all ranked by Chambers & Partners as Band 1 in their respective regions.

Antony Gold and Marie McMorrow are also listed in World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

Legal 500 list Marie McMorrow  as a “Leading Individual”.

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