Sara Sefton


Sara is an associate in the brands, designs and copyright team, advising on matters relating to all ‘soft’ IP rights including trade marks, designs, copyright and passing off as well as advertising compliance.

Sara deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters including IP litigation in UK and EU Courts, domain name disputes and company name disputes, as well as advising brands in relation to anti-counterfeiting and strategies for social media and online infringements.

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.

In addition to her experience in private practice, Sara has also completed secondments with several high-profile clients, including a luxury goods holding company and a multinational digital entertainment company, where she provided intellectual property advice and assisted with brand protection matters. This has provided her with valuable commercial experience in the TMT and consumer product sectors.

Sara completed her training contract at Bristows, gaining exposure to a number of other practice areas at the firm including EU & competition, patent litigation, commercial IP/IT and data protection.


  • 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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