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Adam Morallee
Partner

Phone
0203 709 8956

Email
adam@brandsmiths.co.uk

Adam founded Brandsmiths in 2014. He is a strategic advisor to clients in the IP, Sports and Tech sectors, specialising in litigation. Adam is  a recommended leader in his field in Chambers and Legal 500, and is a London Super Lawyer. He is liked by clients for his "excellent advice and consistent follow-up" and regularly appears on TV and radio.
 
Adam has also founded businesses outside law, and holds a variety of non-executive director positions with organisations in the Tech and FMCG sectors.

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Hayley Griffin
Associate

Phone
0203 709 8957

Email
hayley@brandsmiths.co.uk

Hayley helped found and launch Brandsmiths. Associate intellectual property, sport and commercial lawyer with both in house and private practice experience. Hayley has led and / or been involved with a number of reported cases with a particular focus on IP, mainly trade marks, designs and copyright. Hayley also advises and acts on privacy matters.   

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Andy Lee
Partner

Phone
0203 709 9001

Email
andy@brandsmiths.co.uk

Andy is an experienced IP litigator. He has a particular specialism in trade mark, passing off and copyright matters. Andy has led a number of reported, high profile IP cases including the famous Red Bus copyright case. Andy has also developed a practice in defamation, harassment and privacy matters.

He is the firm's IPLA representative contributing to submissions on both the effectiveness of current laws and proposals to change the law. A recent example being Andy taking the lead on a working group , and the subsequent drafting of proposed amendments to CPR 45, in respect of Part 36 and how that rule interacts with the scale costs in the IPEC as provided for under CPR 45. 

Andy taught at UCL law faculty in January 2017 as part of a two day course " Privacy Online and Offline: The citizen, the Personal and the Public Interest" alongside a number of distinguished speakers and again in February 2018.  Andy will be delivering this course again in 2019.

Andy delivered an overview of copyright lecture in May 2018 as part of the CITMA Paralegal Course 2018. 

The Legal 500 2019 edition lists Andy as a next generation lawyer and also comments that Andy has "excellent technical ability and client-friendly manner" and as being "pragmatic and very knowledgeable" who "always fights his clients’ case with energy and enthusiasm"

Andy was listed as the "Up and Coming" Partner for Intellectual Property in London in the Chambers & Partners 2019 Guide. The entry states: Andrew Lee of Brandsmiths concentrates mostly on copyright, designs and especially trade mark disputes. A client says: "He has very detailed knowledge of IP law and procedure and is very personable. He can make the most difficult of clients feel happy!"



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Amy Brooks
Associate

Phone
0203 709 8959

Email
amy@brandsmiths.co.uk

Amy qualified with the firm as a solicitor in April 2018 and undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work. She has experience of working with high profile clients on IP and commercial matters, and has assisted closely on cases to obtain injunctive relief. 


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Ben Polak
Associate

Phone
0203 709 8958

Email
ben@brandsmiths.co.uk

Ben helped to found Brandsmiths after qualifying at an International firm. He advises clients across the Sports, Tech and IP sectors, acting for many of them in the High Court and before a range of sporting tribunals. Ben also specialises in the drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements.  

Ben provides sports law analysis for media outlets such as Sky Sports and is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French.  

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David Seligman
Associate

Phone
0161 457 1685

Email
davids@brandsmiths.co.uk

David is an Associate in our Manchester office.  David’s practice focuses on Sports Law and all areas of Commercial Litigation with a strong emphasis on Intellectual Property.
 
David has advised and represented various football clubs, players and agents/intermediaries on a host legal issues. His knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations coupled with his experience within the industry means he is fast becoming the ‘go to’ solicitor in football related matters. David is experienced in recouping unpaid agents fees and player salaries as well as advising on employment matters, image rights, sponsorship and other commercial opportunities. David has represented clients in front of various sports arbitration bodies including the Football Association, Court of Arbitration for Sport and the National Anti-Doping Panel.
 
David’s practise encompasses both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property, commercial and corporate legal matters. David’s contentious work has included; High Court intellectual property, defamation and commercial disputes as well as a number of other IPEC and County Court matters. His non-contentious work includes drafting commercial agreements such as; distribution agreements, copyright assignments, joint venture and shareholder agreements as well as undertaking due diligence projects for those clients acquiring new businesses.  
 
David is often sought after by national and international media outlets for his views on Sports Law issues and has been featured by BBC Sport and BBC Radio 5Live, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. 

You can follow him on twitter, using the handle @FootballLawDS 


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Rob Foote
Consultant

Phone
0203 709 8957

Email
rob@brandsmiths.co.uk

Rob has both extensive commercial and litigious experience. Prior to joining Brandsmiths, Rob was Legal Counsel at a FTSE60 constituent for over 3.5 years.  
 
With a mix of litigious and commercial work, Rob's specialism includes advising on all aspects of international and domestic commercial arrangements and dispute management, along with handling: Sport, Insolvency, Asset-Finance recoveries, and Consumer Credit Act related matters. Rob often acts as out-house general counsel for many clients, providing a practical approach in a down-to-earth manner.

John Battersby
Associate

Phone
0161 457 1686

Email
john@brandsmiths.co.uk

John advises on a range of IP, media and commercial matters with a particular focus on litigation.

John has a wide breadth of experience; successfully advising international corporations to start-up businesses. He has also acted for a number of sports and media personalities. 

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Sam Flack
Trainee Solicitor

Phone
0203 709 8957

Email
samuel@brandsmiths.co.uk

Sam joined Brandsmiths in May 2017 and began his training contract in August 2018. Sam has previously worked at a magic circle law firm and in-house for a Fintech company.

Emma Caldwell
Consultant

Phone
0203 709 8959

Email
emma@brandsmiths.co.uk

Emma has many years of experience advising UK and international clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including asset and share sales, start up and later stage investments, including SEIS and EIS funding rounds. Emma also drafts and negotiates contracts for clients, at all times advising on potential commercial risks.       

Michael Forrester
Partner

Phone
0203 709 9002

Email
michael@brandsmiths.co.uk

Michael helped found the Manchester office and provides pragmatic, results focused advice across a range of IP, media and commercial legal matters. 

Michael has particular expertise in contentious IP, Sport and injunction matters (including harassment orders). Michael also prepares and implements agreements for clients ranging from world renowned brands to companies in their first years of trading. Michael provides media commentary on IP issues for BBC One, BBC 5Live and The Guardian. 

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Imani Modahl
Paralegal

Phone
0161 457 1685

Email
imani@brandsmiths.co.uk

Imani is a paralegal in our Manchester office. 

Katie Mills
Operations Assistant

Phone
0203 709 8957

Email
katie@brandsmiths.co.uk

Katie joined in January 2018 and is involved in the operations side of the firm on a day to day basis. 

Jacob O'Brien
Associate

Phone
0161 457 1685

Email
jacob@brandsmiths.co.uk

Jacob is an Associate in our Manchester office. Jake headed up the Technology, Digital and Creative team at a leading Manchester firm, before choosing to join Brandsmiths in 2017.

Jacob works with clients across a range of sectors, with a particular expertise in intellectual property, commercial agreements and data protection. Jacob advises his clients strategically on the protection of their position in terms of both intellectual property and commercial arrangements.

Jacob has acted as General Counsel at global fashion brand Missguided, leading their in-house legal team and advising on their international franchise expansion.

Testimonials

“Jake’s a brilliant lawyer to have on our side. He listens to our needs and opinions whilst also offering direct and commercially pragmatic solutions. He’s a great technical lawyer and genuinely a joy to work with.”
Melissa Gülcimen, Legal Counsel at Missguided

“We work closely with Jacob to ensure that all of our brands are fully protected and enforced. His attention to detail, responsiveness and strategic view is a real asset to us.”
Sandy Chadha, Managing Director of Supreme Imports

“Jacob is a key partner of MUSO. He always provides us with quick, practical and to-the-point solutions to what can be complex legal issues that we face as a fast-moving technology company.”
Andy Chatterley, CEO of MUSO

Maia Duffield
Paralegal

Phone
0203 709 8955

Email
maia@brandsmiths.co.uk

Maia is a paralegal in our London office having joined the firm in January 2018 from Powell Gilbert.

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Tom Keane
Associate

Phone
0161 457 1686

Email
tom@brandsmiths.co.uk

Tom is an Associate in our Manchester office having joined Brandsmiths in July 2018.
 
Tom specialises in all aspects of intellectual property and advises clients across a range of sectors.  Whilst Tom regularly advises on non-contentious matters, he has particular experience in litigation where he has been involved in a number of reported cases, some of which have reached the Court of Appeal.
 
Tom also has vast experience in the football industry where he has become a trusted advisor and representative for a number of household name players, managers and pundits.

Matt Green
Associate

Phone
0203 709 8957

Email
matt@brandsmiths.co.uk

Matt qualified in 2018 and undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work. 
 
He has experience representing a multinational internet service provider and broadcaster against a US cloud migration firm in a trade mark dispute, as well as various high fashion brands in the prevention of sales of counterfeit goods, and a Kenyan conservancy on the implementation of a live stream and virtual reality initiative.
 
He has also worked in the legal departments of a niche record label and television production firm.
 
Matt is the co-editor and co-founder of a legal news website www.ipharbour.com, where he writes about intellectual property, data protection, technology and music law stories, as well as edits contributors’ works and manages content. He is also a director of IP Harbour Ltd which owns the the website.
  

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Victoria Willetts
Senior Associate & Operations Director

Phone
0203 709 8959

Email
victoria@brandsmiths.co.uk

Victoria is a corporate and commercial lawyer with experience both in-house and in private practice. Victoria advises on investments, acquisitions and disposals, AIM listings and commercial contracts. 

Victoria acts as Operations Director. 

Suzanne Small
Paralegal

Phone


Email
suzanne@brandsmiths.co.uk

Suzanne is a paralegal in our Manchester office. 

Aimee Hassell
Consultant

Phone
0203 709 8957

Email
aimee@brandsmiths.co.uk

Aimee has extensive corporate experience and has worked for multi-national brands, fashion houses, designers and start-ups alike. Qualifying in 2006 for an international firm, Aimee specialises in mergers and acquisitions and helped raised finance for domestic and international clients. She also spent time in Paris working in International Arbitration. Her clients speak of her understanding of commercial aspects of starting a business and building up brands. Her clients have included Umbro, LOVE magazine, Alexa Chung, Mulberry and SpaceNK