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Intellectual Property

For many organisations, their intellectual property is one of their most valuable assets, increasing the amount they are able to charge for their goods and services and placing them above their competitors. After spending considerable time and money in growing your name and business, it is only logical that you want to protect your brand, designs, inventions and other intellectual property rights.

The more that you do to protect your intellectual property, the more valuable it becomes (making it a greater asset for you and any potential investors, partners and/or anyone looking to buy your business in the future). It also offers you the comfort of knowing that you can enforce these rights against anyone looking to use your intellectual property without your permission.

We can help you to maintain and protect your intellectual property portfolio (including your trade marks, designs, patents and copyright). We are able to identify the rights that you have, whether and how you can register or otherwise protect these rights, and how you can exploit your intellectual property through licensing it to others in the UK, EU and further afield.

Trade secrets and confidential information are also intrinsically linked to intellectual property. Laceys are experts in drafting non-disclosure agreements and advising on the protection of such information to help ensure that it stays secure and confidential.

We are also able to assist where others are using your intellectual property without your consent, setting out your remedies and options to you in order that you can make an informed decision about how to deal with these third parties. On the other side, we are able to help businesses in respect of any claim that they have infringed the intellectual property rights of another organisation.

For any further advice on Intellectual Property please contact one of our team today to see how we can help.

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Luke English

Senior Solicitor — Corporate and Commercial / Media and Technology

Direct dial: 01202 205022
Switchboard: 01202 557256

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  • “Laceys Solicitors have been great support throughout the development of FILM EXPO SOUTH. Continuous legal support and advice from Luke gave me peace of mind during the different implementation processes from venue contracts, competition T&C's, ticket sales etc. Luke will make sure you've covered the Do's and Don'ts for your Contracts.”

    Gillian Tully, CEO & Founder FILM EXPO SOUTH

  • “ Tweet from LRW Films (@lrwfilms)

    04/02/2017, 17:52
    A pleasure to meet Luke @filmexposouth very helpful and knowledgeable, so if you need help with a contract. @Englishmedia #mediacopyright”

    LRW Films

Luke works in both the Commercial and Media and Technology departments.

For Commercial work, Luke advises individuals and companies on their contracts from Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies to Distribution and Manufacturing Agreements. Luke specialises in advising Start-ups and entrepreneurs and helping them to succeed in launching their businesses and building their brands.

For Media and Technology Luke advises companies or individuals for a variety of media contracts including; Management Agreements, Producer Agreements, Record Label Agreements, Publishing Agreements, Distribution Agreements, Performance Release Forms, Acting Agreements, Director Agreements, Film/Still/Music Clearances, Writer Agreements.

Luke loves meeting new clients in the creative industry and helping them to protect their projects.

Away from work Luke DJ’s (he has a vast music collection of vinyl, CD’s and MP3’s) so loves to host a good house party! He also loves live music so whether in the south coast or in London he can be found at live gigs supporting his clients.

You can find out more about Luke here, from an interview he did with the Big Music Project.

http://www.thebigmusicproject.co.uk/tbmp-meets-music-lawyer-luke-english/

 

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Edwina Young

Associate — Corporate and Commercial

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  • “We have always received excellent, concise advice from Laceys which was invaluable help when starting our brand and securing our trademarks. Not only that but Edwina is a pleasure to work with and made sure everything was as simple and easy as possible for us.”

    Neil Bowler, Secretary of Astrid Andreassen Ltd

  • “The expertise, patience, professionalism and understanding provided by Edwina was exactly what we needed. The guiding hand and excellent advice helped us navigate the legal implications of a new business activity and we're extremely grateful for that.”

    Anonymous

  • “It’s a pleasure working with you – just thought I’d tell you!”

    Claire Timbrell, Managing Director, Bebop Strategic

  • “Edwina Young has provided invaluable advise and assisted in numerous areas including contract creation, trade mark registration and international company formation. All delivered in a clear and detailed way, in the time frame we needed.”

    Warren Ayrton, Mobius International UK Ltd

Edwina works within our Corporate and Commercial team and advises an entire spectrum of clients, from start up businesses through to large international corporations, on a wide range of commercial and corporate issues. Her areas of expertise include commercial contracts, intellectual property, charity law and regulatory law.

Having been described as both “knowledgeable” and “a great IP lawyer” in recent years Legal 500 results, Edwina enjoys building an ongoing relationship with her clients, understanding their business in order that she can offer practical and tailored advice.

Outside of the office Edwina’s interests include yoga, trying new fitness classes and exploring new countries (when she finds the time). She is also a Grade 8 standard pianist.

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Brendan Herbert

Partner — Dispute Resolution

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“Brendan has been really great on a whole range of professional negligence issues. I highly recommend him.”

Cressida Granger, Perspex Pension Fund/Mathmos Ltd

Brendan is part of our Dispute Resolution Team, working with both private individuals and businesses to either avoid or resolve disputes. With over 10 years experience he has helped clients deal with a wide variety of issues from professional negligence claims and breach of contract disputes, to more specialist areas including construction disputes, intellectual property work, licensing applications and inheritance claims.

Brendan has a very approachable manner, and places great importance on client relationships. He enjoys tackling all matters directly, and always looks to provide clients with practical, cost effective solutions. Outside of work Brendan runs a hugely successful music festival in the Cotswolds.

When he is not knee deep in mud at a festival, he enjoys travelling (especially in Africa, where he worked as a safari camp manager for a year),  golf, photography and getting out and about in the Dorset countryside.

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