Strong growth in sector
Burness Paull builds team as IP work rises
Pomotions in the contentious team include Neeraj Thomas to senior associate and Megan Briggs to senior solicitor.
They have been joined by recently-qualified lawyer Rebecca Ablett in Glasgow.
In the non-contentious practice, Jen Kantharia joins as solicitor in Glasgow with Joanne Snedden promoted to senior solicitor in Edinburgh. In Aberdeen Ross McKenzie is promoted to senior associate and newly qualified lawyer Grant McGregor joins the firm.
Burness Paull’s IP/IT practice has witnessed a significant increase in instructions outwith the domestic market and from oil and gas sector clients, citing a reaction to challenging market conditions as the catalyst.
In line with a growing number of instructions, the practice has become one of the largest in Scotland, with the new appointments and promotions bringing the team to 16.
Colin Hulme (pictured), partner, said: “We are experiencing strong growth in the oil and gas sector out of Aberdeen. In particular we have seen an increase in IP and commercial disputes involving misappropriation of confidential information and instances of patent infringement. In some cases this may be the industry adapting to commercial pressures, in others it is more blatant opportunism.
“The value and importance of protecting IP is increasingly acknowledged at senior board level across our client base. It is no longer just the preserve of those in the media or tech sectors.”
The team is also managing patent disputes in Sweden, New Zealand, Finland and Germany, as well as other IP disputes in the Republic of Ireland, China, Japan and the US.