We regularly advise leading high street fashion retailers and designers on how they can best protect, manage and exploit their brands, designs, trade marks and copyrights.

Our 'one stop' service enables us to advise our fashion clients, for example, on the registration of brands and designs, the drafting and negotiation of licensing, franchising and other commercial agreements and on how to enforce and protect their IP rights when they have been infringed. We also have considerable experience of advising clients on all aspects of the advertising, marketing and promotion of their brands as well as on property, corporate, employment and tax-related issues.

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Simon Clark



French Connection in successfully defending an action against the FCUK trade mark

Gieves & Hawkes on the licensing of their trade marks in the Far East, the establishment of concessions in various department stores, their terms of business and supply chain issues

Gap Inc. on the IT aspects of the launch of Banana Republic in the UK

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What others say

“Excellent knowledge of trade mark law and how that applies to practical commercial situations.”

Legal 500 2023

“The team has demonstrable capability across a range of sectors, including the publishing, food and beverage, health, hospitality, fashion and retail industries.”

Legal 500 2023

“Bristows LLP’s fully integrated team of attorneys and solicitors handles the full range of trade mark mandates, from brand creation with clearance searches to brand protection and global portfolio management, as well as opposition proceedings before the UKIPO and cancellation actions.”

Legal 500 2023

“With their wealth of experience, most questions can be handled with a quick call.”

Legal 500 2023

“I value the practical nature of the advice the team gives.”

Legal 500 2023

Recent rankings and awards

Media & Entertainment: Advertising & Marketing - Band 3
Chambers and Partners UK 2023

Intellectual Property - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2023

Intellectual Property: Trade Marks, Copyright and Design - Tier 1
Legal 500 2023