Partner, Trade Mark Attorney Southampton
Profile of Gemma Kirkland

Helping clients develop their brands is incredibly rewarding. As a trade mark and design attorney with experience of acting both before the EUIPO and the UKIPO, it’s really satisfying to see a new brand arrive on the market, knowing I played a part in getting it there.

Before joining the firm in 2007, I gained invaluable professional experience working in-house for BP plc’s Group Trade Marks Department. I act for a variety of clients, from start-ups and sole traders, through to multi-national corporations. My clients’ portfolios are highly varied and as such, my practice spans diverse sectors ranging from beauty and personal care products, household products, luxury consumer products, fashion, and consumer electronics, through to financial services, music and entertainment services, automobile services as well as travel and tourism services.

I became a partner at D Young & Co in 2016 and have a particular focus on trade marks, handling the full spectrum of IP matters concerning such rights, including clearance, prosecution, oppositions, invalidity and revocation actions, enforcement issues, and company and domain names. I enjoy the challenge of coming up with new, creative solutions, whatever I’m working on.



  • BA (Hons) Legal Studies, University of Greenwich, London.
  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney 2009.
  • Trade Mark Attorney Litigator 2013.


  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).
  • International Trade Mark Association (INTA).
Gemma is creative in advantageously negotiating resolutions and gives an outstanding and reasonably priced service.
World Trademark Review
Delivering an exceptional prosecution, Richard Burton, Gemma Kirkland and Jackie Johnson earn rave reviews from the market.
World Trademark Review 1000
Highly recommended 2018.
Legal 500
Kirkland brings hand-on experience from her time in-house at BP and receives [...] illustrious reviews: "I have enormous confidence and trust in Gemma’s professionalism and ability to faithfully protect our brands and trademarks throughout the world. She is a huge asset to her firm and her clients."
World Trademark Review 1000
Gemma is a very experienced trade mark practitioner who demonstrates clear and pragmatic thinking, a high degree of organisation, and excellent communication skills.
World Trademark Review 1000
Gemma provides high-quality, commercially minded advice in a clear and unambiguous manner.
World Trademark Review 1000
Gemma is responsive, a great communicator and an expert in trademark law. She is an excellent team player and provides quick and insightful strategic advice.
World Trademark Review 1000
Gemma is particularly helpful when moving matters forward and provides quick feedback on strategy.
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Recommended by Legal 500 2020
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