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Durham Grigg

Director | Commercial

Durham is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and established businesses from start-ups to established SME, medium and even global businesses. Capturing, recognising and managing their most valuable business asset: their 'Intellectual Capital'.

He brings many years of transactional, contentious and advisory knowledge and experience (both national and international), gained while supporting public and private sector businesses and organisations, operating across a wide-range of industries and industry sectors.

In summary, Durham works with businesses and organisations to engage in their various commercial activities and achieve their business outcomes on a day to day basis.

In doing so, he focuses on how intellectual property assets of a business (whether home-grown, or licensed in from third parties) can be most effectively managed and exploited by each business, using the IP assets and integrating them into every aspect of a business’s strategic and day-to-day decision-making and activities.

He focuses on organisational IP Life-cycle Portfolio Management, including:

  • IP best practice and brand management
  • IP value recognition and advice
  • IP review, audit and risk management
  • IP involvement in all Commercial deals and transactions
  • IP involvement in specialist Research & Development and investment activities
  • IP due diligence and recognition in corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
  • IP in commercial bankruptcy, insolvency and administration
  • IP in commercial export and import activities.


Previously Durham worked as a Fleet Legal Officer reporting directly to the Fleet Commander in the lead up to Gulf War 1.  He then moved into civilian practice both Government and Private sector, working in various senior roles including Regional Defence Client Manager, delivering legal support for Navy and Army Training command equipment and services competitive tendering, procurement, major capital acquisition and logistic support as well as commercial outsourcing projects.

In private practice, he has worked for two major telecommunication and IT companies, banks, insurers, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers across a wide-range of industry sectors. Delivering legal advice and support for both commercial infrastructure and content contracts.

Durham has also led project teams providing legal support for Severn Trent plc with a whole-of-business IP Audit and Valuation project.

Durham is dual-qualified as both a UK and Australian legal practitioner, and has over 20 years working with globally focused clients, focusing particularly over the past 10 years in providing UK businesses and organisations with commercially-focused legal support combined with specialist expertise in technology and intellectual property management, licensing R&D and commercialisation opportunities both in the UK and globally.

Most recently he has been working with the Manchester Metropolitan University in-house legal team and as a Commercial and Intellectual Property visiting lecturer for the Manchester Law School’s LPC program.  He has also been regularly working with and providing business IP and commercial law focused master-classes for other NW based universities and business support organisations (including the Business Growth Hub and Innospace).  He provides targeted commercial and specialist IT and IP advice and support to start-ups and more established UK businesses seeking to build and develop their business product offerings.

One interesting thing

Durham’s non-legal passion is MUSIC.   – composing, playing his clarinet, or singing in the Halle choir. For many years, he has been an active pro-bono lawyer supporting the creative Arts sector, including for the Arts Law Centre of Australia and for other UK Arts organisations.