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Axiom Advocates ranked band 1 in intellectual property by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

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Axiom Advocates ranked band 1 in intellectual property by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

02 November 2017

THE SET – Intellectual Property (Band 1)

Axiom advocates receives plaudits across the board for the outstanding intellectual property work it undertakes at the Scottish Bar. Its impressive advocates receive instructions in matters of significant value and complexity, and have demonstrable industry expertise pertaining to numerous sectors, including retail and technology. Typical cases handled by Axiom include trade mark opposition proceedings, patent infringement disputes, and copyright and design rights cases. The stable demonstrates versatility through its handling of cases straddling the intersection between IP and other market areas, such as IT and employment law.

Client service: "The clerks are very approachable and commercial." "A top-notch service; they are very efficient and proactive." Lesley Flynn leads the clerking team.


Heriot Currie QC
A highly respected silk with a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of IP matters. He is noted for his courtroom gravitas, which is best demonstrated in patent infringement disputes.
Strengths: "Heriot Currie is an excellent senior counsel whose skill lies in homing in on the key issues in the cases, and in skilful cross-examination. He has a great command of the courtroom." "A very experienced and knowledgeable heavyweight silk."

Jonathan Lake QC
Exceptional IP practitioner who receives instructions on some of Scotland's most high-profile cases. He is a go-to silk for many major corporate and commercial entities.
Strengths: "A very experienced and astute IP practitioner."

Roisin Higgins QC
Newly minted silk who is widely respected for her broad expertise and adroit handling of complex IP disputes. She is regularly instructed by clients from the oil and gas, pharmaceutical and sports industries, among others.
Strengths: "She combines true IP expertise with a pragmatic commercial approach." "She is very capable and very user-friendly. Her knowledge is unrivalled."


Kathryn Pickard
Dual-qualified English advocate with extensive experience dealing with sophisticated IP disputes. She is adroit at a range of IP-related cases, including patents, trade marks, designs, copyrights and trade secrets.
Strengths: "She has an excellent grasp of her subject and is extremely likeable." "She is a clever, diligent patent specialist who is very much a team player and very thorough. A pleasure to work with."

Paul O'Brien
Well regarded junior counsel known for his technical expertise and breadth of knowledge. He advises on the full spectrum of IP matters, including trade mark and copyright matters.
Strengths: "The pre-eminent practitioner at the junior Bar." "He is very intelligent – he can deal with complex cases very quickly, and he can explain things very clearly."
Recent work: Acted for Thomas Taylor in successfully resisting an attempt by Aero Bowls to obtain an interdict blocking the launch of a new design of lawn bowls, on the grounds of alleged infringement of a registered design.