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Data & Intellectual Property

Efficient intellectual property services for busy people.

For our clients, protecting and leveraging intellectual property (IP) assets as-well as ensuring compliance with the ever dynamic data protections is at the vital heart of their business plans.

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Intellectual Property

For our clients, protecting and leveraging intellectual property (IP) assets is at the heart of their business plan.  Working with you throughout the lifecycle of your business, our best-in-class IP Solicitors in London will help you develop your IP strategy, acquire the right protection, defend against any IP infringements, and ensure that when you approach investors, apply for tenders, venture into new markets, scale-up, and ultimately sell – your IP is a well-represented asset.

If you want to enquire about protecting your IP, please call us on +44 203 026 0300.

We understand the desire to get your creation swiftly to market.  Our IP law specialists will provide the advice you need to balance getting your product in front of customers/investors and obtaining the right protection.  Getting your IP strategy right at the outset will mitigate the risk of costly, resource-draining disputes in the future.

Our team also advise investors on the robustness and scope of the IP protection enjoyed by companies of interest, providing you with the data required to evaluate the potential ROI.

What gives us the edge?

We are a boutique firm with City law expertise.  Our lawyers all have years of experience in complex, cross-border, high-value matters.  However, unlike many law firms, several members of our team have experience in creating start-ups and obtaining finance.  We know the pressures you face, the opportunities that can present themselves, and the need to action matters fast.  Our ethos focuses on building deep relationships with our clients, truly understanding their business and market sector, and celebrating their success.

The advice we give is sharp, practical, and bespoke to your commercial ambitions. Our agility and investment in technology mean many of our processes are automated, reducing fees and ensuring your investment as our client is primarily directed towards acquiring our expertise, getting solutions to your problems, and putting you in a position to action opportunities.

What is intellectual property?

IP is a set of intangible assets such as an invention, design, artistic creation, sound, name, or even smell that is owned by an organisation and afforded legal protection.  The four main types of IP are:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Design rights
  • Copyright 

Obtaining a patent, trademark, or design right is time-consuming, complex, and requires considerable financial investment.  We will ensure your applications are meticulously prepared, with the correct searches regarding similar patents or marks completed.  Our IP Solicitors will also advise you on your IP strategy to ensure your patent, trademark, and/or design right enjoys protection in all the required jurisdictions earmarked for current and future expansion.

Why should I invest in a trademark?

If you are committed to building a strong brand, investing in trademarks is essential.  A trademark is used to distinguish one trader’s goods from another.  The overlapping C’s of Chanel, the Adidas ‘triple stripes’, and the moustached ‘Pringles man’ are examples of famous trademarks.  A trademark can comprise many forms, including words, slogans, logos, shapes, colours, and sounds.  If you are committed to creating a strong brand, trademarks are essential to your strategy.  If you choose not to trademark your brand and someone copies your products, you can use the law of passing off.  This is where one business misrepresents its product or service as being that of another company. The underlying principle of passing off is that:

“A man is not to sell his own goods under the pretence that they are the goods of another man” (Perry v Truefitt (1842)).

Passing off cases are expensive and because the contested rights are unregistered, the risk of losing your case is high.  Therefore, it is always advisable to trademark your brand.

Can I patent my app?

It is extremely difficult (but not impossible) to patent an app in the UK and EU because mathematical methods/equations/algorithms, as well as computer programs and software/code, are specifically excluded from protection.  This is not the case in the US.  Our team can advise you on applying for a US patent.

To protect your app-related IP in the UK and EU, you can apply for a trademark and/or design rights.  Software is also protected by copyright in the UK and EU.  

As part of understanding your business, our Solicitors will swiftly establish what type of IP protection you need and advise on and action a dynamic strategy to ensure you can capitalise on your IP assets.

To talk to our IP Solicitors please phone us on +44 203 026 0300.

Privacy & Data Protections

No matter what stage your business is at, you need to have privacy and data protection compliance policies and procedures in place.  Following several high profile scandals, including the Facebook data harvesting by Cambridge Analytica and the British Airways breach that saw the credit card details of thousands of customers released, the general population is becoming more conscious of their privacy rights.  

Our Data Protection and Privacy Solicitors will help you get the right policies and procedures in place and advise and represent you should a compliance breach occur.


If you want to enquire about privacy and data protection matters, please call us on +44 203 026 0300.

What gives us the edge?

We are a boutique firm with City law expertise.  Our lawyers all have years of experience in complex, cross-border, high-value matters.  However, unlike many law firms, several members of our team have experience in creating start-ups and obtaining finance.  We know the pressures you face, the opportunities that can present themselves, and the need to action matters fast.  Our ethos focuses on building deep relationships with our clients, truly understanding their business and market sector, and celebrating their success.


The advice we give is sharp, practical, and bespoke to your commercial ambitions. Our agility and investment in technology mean many of our processes are automated, reducing fees and ensuring your investment as our client is primarily directed towards acquiring our expertise, getting solutions to your problems, and putting you in a position to action opportunities.

What is the UK GDPR and the EU GDPR?

Up until 1 January 2021, the UK referred to simply the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  These are EU regulations that were adopted by all EU Member States in May 2018.  Before the end of the Brexit transition period (31 January 2020 – 31 December 2020), the British Government transposed most of the GDPR into UK law and renamed it the UK GDPR.  The GDPR that applies to the EU/EEA is referred to as the
EU GDPR.

Here’s how they work together.

If a UK organisation is dealing with personal data from an EU/EEA Member State, they must comply with EU GDPR principles as well as the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.  EU based organisations processing personal data from the UK must comply with both UK GDPR and EU GDPR principles.

Do I need a GDPR Personal Representative?

If your company is processing data from an EU/EEA Member State you must appoint a Personal Representative who resides in one of the Member States that the data you deal with comes from.  The Personal Representative can be an agency or law firm and your agreement with them must be in writing.  Your representative acts as a direct contact to the EU/EEA-based GDPR authorities and data subjects and is authorised to receive any legal documents on your behalf.

What is a Subject Access Request (SARS)?

Anyone has the right to gain access to the personal data you hold relating to them.  This right is contained in Article 15 of the GDPR which states:

“The data subject shall have the right to obtain from the controller confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning him or her are being processed, and, where that is the case, access to the personal data”.  

If your business receives a SAR, you will normally have one month to respond.  There are penalties for non-compliance with SARs; therefore, you must have a robust data map that is regularly updated so you understand where your data is stored and how it is being used.  

Our London-based GDPR Solicitors will give you practical, current, expert advice on all matters relating to privacy and data protection compliance.

To make an appointment, please call us on +44 203 026 0300.

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