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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
Senior Associate

Phone
0203 709 9001

Email
andy@brandsmiths.co.uk

Andy is an experienced IP litigator. He has a particular specialism in trade marks, 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.  Andy has been asked to teach on the course again in February 2018. 

The Legal 500 2017 edition states that Andy is "noted for his expertise in complex trade mark and passing-off matters"

Andy was listed as the "Associate to Watch" for Intellectual Property in London in the Chambers & Partners 2018 Guide. The entry states: Andrew Lee of Brandsmiths is highly regarded for his work on trade mark and database rights cases. Sources say he is "a very efficient, sensible litigator."



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Amy Brooks
Trainee Solicitor

Phone
0203 709 8959

Email
amy@brandsmiths.co.uk

Amy became a Trainee Solicitor in September 2016 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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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.

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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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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Yannis Makridis
Trainee Solicitor

Phone
0203 709 8957

Email
yannis@brandsmiths.co.uk

Yannis is a trainee undertaking a variety of contentious and non-contentious work.
 
Yannis spent five years at Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, where he managed and negotiated disputes involving corporate piracy and the distribution of unlicensed/counterfeit software products. 

Sam Flack
Paralegal

Phone
0203 709 8957

Email
samuel@brandsmiths.co.uk

Sam joined Brandsmiths in May 2017 and provides assistance on all matters. 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
Senior Associate

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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David Frearson
Consultant

Phone
0203 709 8957

Email
davidf@brandsmiths.co.uk

David is consultant solicitor for the firm specialising in litigation.  

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.