We advise on a broad range of intellectual property issues including protection and exploitation of intellectual property, intellectual property infringement and domain name disputes.

We act for both claimants and defendants, providing clear, commercially astute and realistic advice on your position.

Our experience includes:

  • copyright
  • trade marks
  • patents
  • registered and unregistered design rights
  • database rights
  • data protection
  • trade secrets and know-how
  • website and domain names

We are retained by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), Sky UK and other international rights holders in relation to intellectual property protection.

We have brought successful prosecutions under the Trade Marks Act 1994 on behalf of organisations who investigate the sale of counterfeit goods on behalf of rights holders such as Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Pandora. Numerous convictions have been obtained in these cases and sentences against the convicted sellers include a 'Banning Order' preventing the seller from working in all markets across England and Wales for a period of two years.

The team has extensive experience in both the civil and criminal jurisdictions. See our intellectual property page for non-contentious IP services.

Cases in which we have acted recently include:

  • acting for a company in a dispute with a major high street retailer over the use of our client's registered trade mark
  • acting for a client in relation to the use of an unregistered mark by another company in another jurisdiction
  • advising a client in relation to a dispute over the use of website/domain names by way of the nominet dispute resolution procedures
  • acting for a client in proceedings including a claim for infringement of trade mark
  • acting for a client in relation to passing off against a competitor and successfully persuading the competitor to withdraw its packaging.

ADR Group

Francesca Kaye and Richard Frimston trained as mediators with ADR Group qualifying in 1996. Jason Hunter trained as a mediator with ADR Group qualifying as a mediator in 1997.


Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

We also have a flexible and innovative approach to litigation funding which enables us to offer our clients, in appropriate cases, a series of funding choices tailored to their particular requirements. For further information please read our commercial litigation funding information sheet