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Our litigation team

Margaret Arnott | Partner

Margaret qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and has 25 years’ experience as a trade mark, patent and design litigator. Her role includes advising in a full range of contentious work, including litigation in court and domain name UDRP proceedings.

Margaret’s background as a commercial solicitor is invaluable in her conduct of contentious intellectual property proceedings and in negotiating settlements. Margaret conducts litigation in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) and the Higher Courts. She has played an instrumental role in each of the firm’s cases and is an important part of our litigation success.

Margaret has litigated in numerous IP cases in both the High Court and the IPEC, and has been recommended by the latest edition of The Legal 500 . She actively helps her clients achieve commercially beneficial settlements in the majority of those cases, including through various forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation.

According to The Legal 500, the ‘excellent Margaret Arnott’ is ‘a delight to work with’, and she is ‘hardworking, sound, and has common sense and good presentational skills’.

Chris Hamer | Partner

Chris is a patent attorney with 20 years’ experience of contentious IP matters. He has worked on several High Court matters including QinetiQ v GEODynamicsTech 21 v Design Blue LimitedDynaEnergetics v GEODynamics (multi-jurisdictional proceedings including the US and Germany), where his expertise played a vital role in proceedings. He has also been involved in numerous contentious issues relating to ownership of IP rights, inventorship and licence/JV agreements.

He has been involved in various alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration and mediation. He was instrumental in ensuring a successful outcome.

The Legal 500 recommends Chris for being ‘an outstanding lawyer’ thanks to his ‘combination of industry knowledge and attention to detail’. Clients have also praised his ‘excellent service’ and ‘quality’ advice.

Ilya Kazi | Partner

Ilya has experience of handling litigation in the High Court of England & Wales and in the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. He is qualified as a Higher Courts Litigator.

Ilya was part of the team which successfully defended British Gas against a £30 million patent infringement claim from a non-practising entity in Meter-Tech LLC & Anor v British Gas Trading Ltd [2016] EWHC 2278, and achieved a substantial award of costs from the other side.

He also has experience of alternative dispute resolution, including negotiating several commercially advantageous settlements, particularly in cases where clients have been threatened by non-practising entities.

Ilya is recommended in the latest edition of The Legal 500, and clients have commented that he is ‘great for recognising the wider application for inventions than the creators ever anticipated’.

Paul Cozens | Partner

Paul qualified as a patent attorney in 1991 and is a qualified Higher Courts Litigator with considerable litigation experience. Paul was a key part of the team that successfully represented Memco (now Avire) v Strack in patent infringement proceedings in the IPEC. He was also a core member in the team that successfully secured favourable terms in a confidential settlement between Eckoh plc and Semafone.

He has been recommended by The Legal 500 and it has been noted that Paul ‘combines excellent technical skills with good business acumen and pragmatism’.

Monika Rai | Partner

Monika is a solicitor, and prior to joining the IP profession in the UK over a decade ago, qualified and practised as an Advocate in India.

She has been involved in pan-European litigation strategies and has experience of conducting hearings and litigation in India as well as in the UK Patents Court. Her litigation experience in the UK includes pre-action correspondence and providing litigation management in infringement actions before the UK Patents Court.

Monika has been actively involved in training newly qualified UK patent attorneys in litigation skills in her capacity as a Principal Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorney’s Litigation Skills Course. She is mentioned in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500.

Miranda Kent | Associate

Miranda has experience of handling litigation in the High Court of England & Wales and in the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

She was part of the team which successfully defended British Gas against a £30 million patent infringement claim from a non-practising entity in Meter-Tech LLC & Anor v British Gas Trading Ltd [2016] EWHC 2278. Miranda was responsible for the day-to-day management of the case, which included working with in-house commercial and technical teams and independent technical experts.

Miranda has been described as having ‘a gift for project management in large-scale litigation’ in The Legal 500.

Laura West | Managing associate

Laura West is a chartered trade mark and design attorney and holds a Higher Courts Litigation Certificate allowing her to handle litigation in the High Court of England & Wales.

Her experience includes Chelsea F.C. v Benetton Holdings Limited where she played an active role in the case management and preparation of the supporting evidence. Throughout this case, Laura was responsible for managing a set of over twenty co-pending proceedings at the UK Intellectual Property Office and European Union Intellectual Property Office.

Laura has been recommended in The Legal 500 for being ‘exceptionally efficient and responsive’ and for providing ‘sensible and practical advice’.

Daniel Ramos | Associate

Daniel is an associate in our trade mark team in London. He has extensive experience of working on complex multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, having worked for several years at a leading boutique disputes firm. Daniel also worked as a legal consultant in Brussels for a leading international trade and EU regulatory firm.

Daniel’s experience includes working on high-value banking litigation (one of which was featured on the Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases) against a leading financial services provider; advising a major oil company on litigation strategy concerning an USD 850 million investment in an oil field in Latin America; and acting for Unwired Planet Inc. in patent-related competition law proceedings valued in excess of £1 billion.

Most recently, Daniel assisted in negotiating a settlement in high-value patent litigation proceedings before the High Court, and advised a food industry software client regarding potential copyright infringement and breach of confidence proceedings before the UK courts.