Partner, Trade Mark Attorney Southampton
Profile of Helen Cawley

I became a partner at D Young & Co in 2011 and deal with all aspects of trade mark work. My job is always varied and exciting and I particularly enjoy problem solving, giving strategic advice and improving a client’s negotiating position.

Before I joined the firm, my professional experience included working in-house for Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine Limited, and also in private practice. I have extensive expertise in filing and prosecuting trade marks before the UKIPO, EUIPO and the Madrid Protocol system.

I also focus on contentious matters including oppositions, cancellation and invalidation actions before the UKIPO and EUIPO. My direct clients include multinationals in television/broadcasting, consumer care goods, chemicals, manufacturing and a global licensing company, plus several charities. Their global locations and activities mean regular visits to Japan and the US. Most of all, I love working with clients who are as passionate about protecting their IP as I am.


  • BA (Hons) Law & Geography, Oxford Brookes University.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), Cardiff University.
  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney 2005.
  • European Trade Mark Attorney 2005.
  • European Design Attorney.


  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).
  • International Trade Mark Association (INTA).
  • MARQUES Association.
Oppositions and cancellations ace Helen Cawley draws on her in-house background to craft protection strategies that meet and exceed clients’ commercial needs.
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Trade Mark Expert 2018.
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Helen Cawley lends added firepower to the team, with a string of illustrious portfolios under her supervision.
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Highly rated.
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Legal 500
She provides consistently excellent advice on matters from initial registration to conflict resolution and can be recommended without hesitation.
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Recommended by Legal 500 2020
Legal 500
The very knowledgeable Helen Cawley balances practical implications and legal requirements nicely.
Legal 500
Can always be relied on for sound advice that considers both business and legal needs.
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Efficient and pleasant to work with, she really earns the trust of her partners. Responsive and results-driven, she always takes business needs into account.
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Helen Cawley is another notable trade mark practitioner who is respected by her peers in prosecution work.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
Helen Cawley has “a tremendous amount of expertise in UK and EU trademark law”.
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Cawley is one of the group’s star performers on oppositions and cancellations.
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Cawley works wonders in administrative contentious proceedings and registers trademarks around the world with poise and precision.
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Helen boasts in-house experience on her résumé and specialises in contentious administrative proceedings.
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