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When the need arises to safeguard your intellectual property - often a critical business asset - swift action from an experienced legal team is a must.

Our intellectual property specialists and chartered trademark and design attorneys has expertise in disputes relating to trade marks, passing off, patents, copyright, confidential information and domain name issues. We act for a range of clients including SMEs, Plcs, NHS Trusts and public bodies.

Most importantly we have strong relationships with leading overseas law firms, enabling us to provide top quality expertise through one point of contact when dealing with cases involving an international element. We also regularly deal with applications for emergency injunctive relief.

Safeguard your business intelligence through our specialist team. We’re here to help.

Our experience
  • Advising an IT company in a software copyright infringement claim, securing a successful settlement ultimately by negotiation
  • Acting for a company in the oil and gas sector in a multi-million pound international dispute relating to patent infringement. The dispute concerned entitlement to a European patent and proceedings were issued in a number of foreign jurisdictions
  • Defending a major packaging manufacturer against claims of alleged infringement of registered and unregistered design rights
  • Acting for a large technology PLC on potential disputes relating to domain names and registered trademarks.
  • Acting for a software supplier in a claim for copyright infringement arising from the alteration of file structures to assist data migration from a legacy system.
  • Acting for an NHS Trust in relation to alleged breach of Licence claims and threatened termination of key IT services.
  • Acting for a US packaging supplier on issues around ownership of IPR and recovery of world-wide sales by a UK based company.ju

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Peter Hornsey

Partner | Head of Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3314

+44 (0)792 149 8908

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Robert Glassford

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3313

+44 (0)752 522 4545

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Nichola Evans

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3335

+44 (0) 773 330 6502

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Tim Toomey

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3317

+44 (0)773 802 8207

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What people say

  • They offer unparalleled legal knowledge and advice to clients at critical moments during disputes providing practical effective solutions including unparalleled litigation expertise.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The Manchester team are dynamic. They have excellent client management whilst, at the same time, maintaining great relationships with counsel and experts to ensure that the litigation team are joined up throughout. The team are affable and down-to-earth with a broad and growing practice.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team have top-to-bottom talent. Their client care, especially over the past 12 months, has been great. I have been really impressed with the way in which cases have been kept on track and there has been continuous client engagement. The expertise and ability to handle complex, multi-party litigation is really impressive. Additionally, there is real focus on achieving the clients’ objectives and an eye on strategy.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Their expertise and ability to handle complex, multi-party litigation is really impressive.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway are absolutely first rate - they are an excellent firm for litigation, regionally, nationally and, increasingly, internationally.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This team earns strong market endorsement for its deft handling of a wide range of commercial litigation matters including director and shareholder disputes, professional negligence and IT claims.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This is ‘a go-to team for clients with big commercial claims’… the team's lawyers ‘combine legal aptitude with common sense’.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • An exceptional and wide-ranging presence in high-value commercial litigation in the North East and Northern England. Enviable bench strength with the capacity to handle matters including shareholder disputes, professional negligence, insurance disputes and fraud.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Highly sought-after to handle complex litigation, including contractual claims, shareholder disputes and debt recovery. Regularly called upon to act for public sector bodies in addition to its local and national corporate client base.

    Chambers & Partners

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