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Dispute resolution & legal

The D Young & Co Dispute Resolution & Legal Group has extensive experience in all forms of IP enforcement and exploitation, particularly alternative dispute resolution and general litigation. Particular areas of expertise include luxury goods, fashion industry, FMCG, engineering/construction, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, financial services and media/publishing.

"A very responsive service and clear, accurate legal advice"..."surpasses expectations on contentious IP work, fielding an in-house team of IP attorneys and solicitors." Legal 500

"If you have an IP dispute in the UK and are looking for a firm that can deliver great results at a reasonable price, we strongly recommend D Young & Co. They are exceptionally effective and will surpass your expectations." Managing IP (MIP).

"The firm's metamorphosis into a comprehensive litigation and prosecution service provider has been a widely followed story on the UK trademark scene and the near-unanimous verdict is that it has managed the transition with phenomenal success. Getting the right people on board to kick-start its contentious division was of paramount importance...Brand owners come to the ensemble's London office not only for matters of domestic consequence, but also for its dexterous coordination of multi-jurisdictional disputes in Europe." World Trademark Review 1000.

The team is headed up by IP 'super lawyers' Ian Starr, Tamsin Holman and Richard Willoughby, regarded as leaders in the IP litigation field by all the major legal and professional directories. Ian Starr is "a seasoned IP litigator of the highest calibre, whose advice on contentious and strategic issues is first class." He "has an outstanding intellect and is very well respected". Tamsin Holman is a "key figure" highlighted by the World Trademark Review as being "excellent" with "a great track record of success". IAM Patent 1000 notes that Richard Willoughby "works in all technical fields, but his life sciences contribution is legendary". Chambers describes Richard as "a seasoned IP litigator who has acted for market leaders from across the industrial landscape. He is particularly effective in patent and design rights cases."

D Young & Co is the first firm of patent and trade mark attorneys to establish a Legal Disciplinary Practice (LDP) in the UK, strengthening and streamlining the services we are able to offer to our clients. The group works on a wide range of contentious IP and commercial matters, including:

  • Trade marks
  • Passing off
  • Parallel imports
  • Repackaging cases
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Comparative advertising
  • Patents
  • Copyright
  • Database rights
  • Design rights
  • Licensing and contractual disputes
  • Advertising law issues
  • Domain names
  • Company names
  • Trade secrets
  • Confidential information

In addition to advising on UK matters, the Group also has considerable expertise and experience in co-ordinating and running multinational disputes all over the world.

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