Consultant, Solicitor London
Profile of Ian Starr

One of the most exciting things about my role is having the opportunity to work with people and businesses that are at the forefront of technological and marketing innovation from all over the world. It’s also great to be part of a team that really understands IP and its importance to our clients.

Before joining D Young & Co as a partner in 2011, I was a partner in two leading solicitor firms based in London (1984-93 and 1993-2010) and also worked in Hong Kong for two years. When I arrived at D Young & Co, I helped to establish the firm's litigation practice.

Over the years, I’ve represented (and continue to represent) a number of household names in commercial advice and litigation, both in the High Court and internationally, in trade mark, design right, copyright and patent cases. I’ve also acted in several ICC and LCIA arbitrations involving complex legal and technical issues. On top of all this, I’m an accredited mediator and have been involved in many cases, both as a mediator and as a client’s solicitor.


  • MA in Law, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, Scholar 1977.
  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney 1990.
  • International Trade Mark Association Mediator.
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales 1979.
  • Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) Qualified 2003.


  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).
  • International Trade Mark Association (INTA).
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).
  • Law Society of England and Wales.
  • City of London Society IP Committee.
  • Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association.
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
He takes a practical approach to advising clients and never fails to keep their business interests in mind.
World Trademark Review 1000
Starr brings deep insight into the pharmaceutical, fast-moving consumer goods and broadcasting markets to the table.
IAM Patent 1000
He has an enviable client following in the FMCG, life sciences and media sectors.
Leading individual in intellectual property 2018.
A seasoned litigator of the highest calibre, Ian is incredibly knowledgeable about international trademark law.
World Trademark Review 1000
Equally at home in patent office spats and full-blown global disputes.
IAM Patent 1000
Best Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law 2018
Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom ©
Ian is a seasoned IP litigator of the highest calibre.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
Ian Starr is the top name on the litigation fight card.
World Trademark Review 1000
When it comes to handling IP disputes, Ian and Tamsin are two of the best lawyers out there.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
He has put in some stunning performances before the High Court.
IAM Patent 1000
He is a calm, insightful guy, but courageous, too – and he loves what he does.
World Trademark Review 1000