IP & Commercial

Our IP & Commercial lawyers are skilled at helping UK-based and international clients navigate this increasingly complex area of law to achieve their commercial goals.

Our highly experienced IP & Commercial group provides a ‘one stop shop’ for UK and overseas clients. We have considerable expertise in handling contentious and non-contentious work relating to intellectual property, information technology, commercial, media, data protection and competition law matters.

We are proud that we have been able to build long-term commercial relationships with clients ranging from well-known multinationals and FTSE 100 businesses through to SMEs, entrepreneurs and celebrity individuals. Many of these clients have chosen to instruct us over a period of years and never hesitate to come back to us whenever they need help.

The law in this area is constantly changing. So our task is to help clients find a way through the legal minefield, exploiting any opportunities that arise to achieve their commercial objectives – whether that’s in relation to a piece of litigation, a licensing scheme, a commercial agreement or the protection of a new brand.

Regardless of the brief, we always approach our job in a practical and commercial manner which delivers genuine value for money.

Comprehensive IP practice, equally expert on commercial and contentious matters involving all core IP rights. Advises clients large and small on IP issues connected with business on the internet. Additional expertise in copyright matters concerning royalties.

— Chambers UK, 2022

Wedlake Bell have a good range of skill sets to draw on. They're comfortable with open and uninhibited discussion of the issues.

— Chambers UK, 2022

Wedlake Bell LLP has a diverse client base which includes political parties, household name retailers and comparative websites. Michael Gardner has a track record of successfully pursuing domain name and trade mark infringement claims through WIPO. In the retail sector, the team provides strategic advice on parallel trading. Adrian Heath-Saunders leads on commercial IP and licensing matters.

— Legal 500, 2022

Wedlake Bell is a very good example of a partner-led firm. It is very much focused on its clients’ needs.

— Legal 500, 2022

Consistently reliable and efficient.

— Legal 500, 2022

They are very responsive and their key strength is an ability to contextualise their knowledge, thus making it easy to understand.

— Chambers UK, 2021

The team is highly capable and delivers depth of expertise in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP.

— Chambers UK, 2020

'Wedlake Bell stands out for its attention to detail and willingness to properly understand the commercial dynamics to not only effectively advise but also support the client on a personal level.'

— Legal 500, 2020

Adrian Heath-Saunders leads a team of IP, IT and commercial specialists, including Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who has particular expertise in large-scale projects and services agreements.

— Legal 500, 2020

"They know their stuff and are good at managing litigation teams."

— Chambers UK, 2018

"Wedlake Bell LLP’s clients include Tesco, Jaeger and Jumeirah Group. Practice head Michael Gardner represented Lacoste in successfully opposing Chanel’s application to registering the trade mark 11.12, and is acting for Which? in a dispute with the owners of Which Law pertaining to the alleged infringement of a trade mark."

— Legal 500, 2017