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.

"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

"Adrian Heath-Saunders advised design consultancy PearsonLloyd on a design and royalty agreement with furniture design and manufacturing business Teknion."

— Legal 500, 2017

"Jonathan Cornthwaite is assisting BJU International with the administration of an international portfolio of trade mark applications and registrations. Other key figures include senior associate Harry Jupp and associate Sarah Mountain, who specialise in contentious IP matters."

— Legal 500, 2017

"Adam Edwards acts for owner-managed businesses located in the UK, US and Europe."

— Legal 500, 2017

"Christopher Tite undertakes a significant amount of commercial work for clients in the automotive, legal services and ports sectors."

— Legal 500, 2017

"Jonathan Cornthwaite assists BJU International with pro-forma e-commerce terms, conditions and policies."

— Legal 500, 2017

"Wedlake Bell LLP’s recent work included team head Adrian Heath-Saunders acting for Axpo Power in negotiations with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority over the provision of nuclear waste reprocessing services at Sellafield."

— Legal 500, 2017

"They are very responsive and give very good, common-sense advice."

"They are commercially minded and put the client's interests first."

— Chambers UK, 2017

"Wedlake Bell LLP’s ‘strong’ team includes Adrian Heath-Saunders, who advised property developer Almacantar on a merchandising collaboration with Anglepoise, and assisted Hugo Boss with a proposed Black Friday promotion. The ‘excellent’ Adam Edwards acted for Badminton England in connection with sponsorship matters."

— Legal 500, 2016

"An excellent IP firm."

"We have looked at other firms but have always preferred Wedlake Bell for their efficiency and professionalism."

— Chambers UK, 2016

"They all have an extremely thorough knowledge of trade mark law and are capable of in-depth analysis of complex global situations and the impact locally."

— Chambers UK, 2015