Sara Sefton


Sara is now an associate in the brands, designs and copyright team, having completed her training contract at Bristows. Sara works on advisory and contentious matters relating to all “soft” IP rights as well as advertising regulations. She is currently undertaking a part-time secondment at a luxury goods holding company where she is assisting the in-house legal team to provide IP support to several of their high end brands.

Recent litigation experience includes successfully defending a client in the High Court Shorter Trial Scheme in an action for infringement of both registered and unregistered UK and community design rights. She has also successfully represented clients at the UK Court of Appeal.

During her time training at Bristows, Sara gained exposure to a number of other practice areas at the firm including EU & competition, patent litigation, commercial IP/IT and data protection. Sara was also seconded to a multinational digital entertainment company, where she gained valuable commercial experience in different aspects of IP and exposure to issues faced by the TMT sector.


  • MA (Hons) Geography and International Relations, University of St Andrews
  • GDL and LPC – College of Law
  • Postgraduate Diploma, Intellectual Property Law & Practice, University of Oxford
  • Qualified 2018


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