Margaret has been a trade mark specialist in private practice since 1992. She is a registered UK and European trade mark and design attorney and a member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. Margaret has considerable experience in advising a broad range of clients, including multinational corporations, in the development, management, exploitation, protection and enforcement of their trade mark portfolios. She is an experienced advocate. Margaret is commended in Legal 500 (2016) 'for possessing the ‚Äėrare qualities of reasonableness and level-headedness as a litigator‚Äô, and described as 'hardworking, sound, and has common sense and good¬†presentation¬†skills.‚Äô Margaret is also ranked in¬†World Trademark Review 1000 2018 ‚Äď The World‚Äôs Leading Trademark Professionals - who note that Margaret 'handles meaty trademark litigations very effectively ‚Äď she remains strong for her clients, but is a respectful opponent who you can have a punchy conversation with‚ÄĚ. She also displays ‚Äúa keen eye for commercial resolutions‚ÄĚ.'
Year joined: 1998
Qualifications: BA CTMA, High Courts Litigation Certificate in Intellectual Property
Margaret has over two decades of experience in trade mark protection and an impressive track record of representing a diverse range of clients, including multinational corporations, in the development, management and protection of their trade mark portfolios.¬†In particular, Margaret has extensive experience of filing and prosecuting trade mark and design applications in many jurisdictions, and managing large portfolios of trade marks on behalf of her clients.¬† Margaret‚Äôs background as a commercial solicitor, as well as her High Courts Litigation Certificate in Intellectual Property, is invaluable in her conduct of contentious intellectual property proceedings and in negotiating the settlement of such proceedings.¬†Her role includes advising on brand name selection and clearance, trade mark prosecution and a full range of contentious work including oppositions, cancellation actions, domain name UDRP proceedings and litigation in court.¬† She routinely advises on the settlement of contentious proceedings and drafts any necessary co-existence/delimitation agreements.¬†A member of the team that secured one of the first pan-European trade mark injunctions for infringement of a Community Trade Mark, Margaret has successfully protected the interests of her clients in proceedings in the IPEC and the High Court.¬†She also provides regular IP seminars and training for large multinational clients to help improve IP awareness amongst their marketing and legal teams.
Margaret recently¬†successfully defended British Gas, alongside Ilya Kazi and Miranda Kent, against a ¬£30m claim in Meter tech v British Gas. To read more about the case please click here.¬†
Margaret has an honours degree in law from Nottingham Trent University. She originally qualified as a solicitor in 1987, before going on to qualify as a UK and European trade mark and design attorney.
Membership & Organisations
Margaret is a member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.
Swatchball (Case T-71/14)
Currently acting as lead partner in one IPEC case and one High Court case.
L.A. Motorcycles and Bar & Shield Device (Opposition No. B2281585)
Settlement of High Court infringement action on the 1st day of the trial in March 2015.