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Intellectual Property

For many organisations, their intellectual property is one of their most valuable assets, increasing the amount they are able to charge for their goods and services and placing them above their competitors. After spending considerable time and money in growing your name and business, it is only logical that you want to protect your brand, designs, inventions and other intellectual property rights.

The more that you do to protect your intellectual property, the more valuable it becomes (making it a greater asset for you and any potential investors, partners and/or anyone looking to buy your business in the future). It also offers you the comfort of knowing that you can enforce these rights against anyone looking to use your intellectual property without your permission.

We can help you to maintain and protect your intellectual property portfolio (including your trade marks, designs, patents and copyright). We are able to identify the rights that you have, whether and how you can register or otherwise protect these rights, and how you can exploit your intellectual property through licensing it to others in the UK, EU and further afield.

Trade secrets and confidential information are also intrinsically linked to intellectual property. Laceys are experts in drafting non-disclosure agreements and advising on the protection of such information to help ensure that it stays secure and confidential.

We are also able to assist where others are using your intellectual property without your consent, setting out your remedies and options to you in order that you can make an informed decision about how to deal with these third parties. On the other side, we are able to help businesses in respect of any claim that they have infringed the intellectual property rights of another organisation.

For any further advice on Intellectual Property please contact one of our team today to see how we can help.

Laceys are recognised in the Legal 500, an independent guide to leading law firms in the UK, for their Intellectual Property expertise.

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    Charlotte Mitchell

    Consultant — Corporate and Commercial

    Direct dial: 01202 377800

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    Charlotte Mitchell

    Charlotte is a Commercial/Contracts lawyer and is Bournemouth born and bred.

    Having gained experience working both in top regional firms and In-House for a FTSE 100 Plc, an AIM listed national IT company and a global engineering company, Charlotte has a wealth of knowledge within IT, Supply of Goods and Services, Intellectual Property, Engineering, Telecoms and Privacy/Data Protection.

    Although a Commercial lawyer, she is also qualified as a Commercial Litigator, providing her with the unique advantage of knowing where contracts go wrong, and the ability to evaluate risk and advise accordingly.

    Outside work, Charlotte loves to play tennis, horse ride, windsurf and ski. 

    Tiff Elmer

    Solicitor — Corporate and Commercial

    Direct dial: 01202 377814

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    Tiff joined Laceys in July 2021 as a paralegal and qualified as a Solicitor in 2023 deciding to specialise in Corporate and Commercial law. Tiff has relocated back home to Bournemouth after living in Bristol for four years where she completed her LPC at the University of Law, and worked in a large commercial law firm as a trade mark paralegal. Before moving to Bristol, Tiff completed her Law LLB Hons degree at Southampton Solent University in 2016 graduating with a 1st.

    Tiff has particular experience in intellectual property law and assists her team to advise a range of businesses in various sectors in relation to intellectual property matters and commercial contracts, and is enjoying expanding her knowledge and skills within the commercial field. 

    Outside of work Tiff enjoys being outdoors by going for long runs, hikes and paddle boarding around the beautiful South Coast with family and friends.

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    Edwina Bones

    Senior Associate — Corporate and Commercial

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    Edwina has returned to Laceys after working for Womble Bond Dickinson in Southampton and is a Senior Associate within our Corporate and Commercial team. Edwina specialises in commercial contracts, intellectual property and charity law and has experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on a variety of agreements. Since qualifying in 2011, she has advised a range of businesses in various sectors. This includes a secondment working in-house for a well-known multi-national retailer.

    Edwina has been listed in the Legal 500 as having an “incredible knowledge and a drive to do things right’. She enjoys getting to know a client’s business in order that she can provide tailored, practical advice.

    Outside of work Edwina enjoys practising yoga, walking her energetic Labrador in the beautiful Dorset countryside and generally keeping active as well as spending quality time with her family and friends.

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    Brendan Herbert

    Partner — Dispute Resolution

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    Brendan Herbert
    • “Brendan has been really great on a whole range of professional negligence issues. I highly recommend him.”

      Cressida Granger, Perspex Pension Fund/Mathmos Ltd

    • “Brendan is an excellent support and shows empathy when dealing with difficult situations. He explains clearly costs and possible outcomes and makes me feel like I have somebody on my team.”

      Jacqueline Entwistle

    • “Always professional and prompt on a wide range of legal matters.”

      Matthew Hornsby

    Brendan has a BSc in Zoology and Psychology from the University of Liverpool, and went on to obtain his Post Graduate Diploma in Law, and Legal Practice Course at the College of Law (now the University of Law), in Chester.  Brendan completed his training with a national firm in Manchester and London, and was admitted as a solicitor in 2005.

    Brendan is part of our Dispute Resolution Team, working with both private individuals and businesses to either avoid or resolve disputes. With over 10 years experience he has helped clients deal with a wide variety of issues from professional negligence claims and breach of contract disputes, to more specialist areas including construction disputes, intellectual property work, licensing applications and inheritance claims.

    Brendan has a very approachable manner, and places great importance on client relationships. He enjoys tackling all matters directly, and always looks to provide clients with practical, cost-effective solutions. Outside of work Brendan runs a hugely successful music festival in the Cotswolds.

    When he is not knee-deep in mud at a festival, he enjoys travelling (especially in Africa, where he worked as a safari camp manager for a year),  golf, photography and getting out and about in the Dorset countryside.

    To find out more about Brendan being described in the 2021 Legal 500 as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ and what this means to him here;

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