John specialises in intellectual property law. His work covers the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property, including trade marks, passing off, copyright, designs, patents, confidential information, and domain names.

John is a dual-qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). John is particularly experienced in advising on the protection and enforcement of trade marks, brands and copyright. He handles trade mark applications, oppositions, revocations, cancellations, and related proceedings around the world.

John worked in the music industry for several years before becoming a lawyer. He takes a highly pragmatic ‘no fuss’ approach to solving legal problems and seeks favourable commercial deals and solutions for his clients.

John has a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law & Practice from Oxford University. He was awarded a distinction in Trade Marks Law & Practice from Queen Mary University, and achieved a distinction in the Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice.

John has a strong track record of resolving intellectual property disputes in a client-focused, efficient way. He has won numerous cases in the courts and trade mark registries, including cases in the UK courts relating to passing off, copyright, and design rights. Recent cases include trade mark oppositions, revocations, and complex trademark disputes relating to keyword advertising and comparative advertising.

How do you help clients?

I help clients to protect, manage and enforce intellectual property rights including copyright, trade marks, designs, patents, confidential information and domain names.

I deal with queries relating to contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. I give clients clear, commercial advice in plain English.

I am a dual-qualified trade mark attorney and solicitor, and advise on all kinds of trade mark registrations in the UK and internationally, and on trade mark registry disputes such as trade mark oppositions, revocations and cancellations.

I help clients to manage risk in filing trade marks, by identifying potential risks in advance and advising on strategies to minimise risk but secure the broadest possible rights.

I help clients to prepare and negotiate effective IP licences and contracts in a pragmatic and business-focused way, to get the deal they are looking for without getting distracted by legal points that don’t affect them.

I help clients to deal with IP disputes in an efficient and commercial way. I have a high success rate in resolving disputes, especially relating to trade marks, passing off and copyright infringement.


  1. Advising a leading international window company on the protection of its intellectual property rights, with particular focus on trade marks and copyright.
  2. Advising a leading UK vaping business on the protection of its trade mark portfolio, dealing with numerous successful oppositions and applications.
  3. Advising an international pharmaceutical company on the protection of its trade mark portfolio. 
  4. Successfully defended numerous trade mark applicants facing third party oppositions.