Brodies LLP has been awarded a gold ranking in the World Trademark Review’s prestigious list of the world’s 1,000 leading trademark professionals for the fourth consecutive year and is, again, the only Scottish law firm listed in the gold category.
World Trademark Review 1000 2017 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (WTR1000) describes Brodies as “the leading Scottish IP practice”, adding: “Brodies will never let you down – you feel safe and secure in its hands, and nothing is too much trouble”. Brodies’ IP team is commended for having a “can-do attitude” and for working “extremely quickly on time-sensitive matters”.
Brodies IP partner Gill Grassie, who receives an individual gold ranking for her expertise in enforcement and litigation in this year’s guide, is praised for “resolving disputes sooner rather than later”, with the guide adding: “The pre-emptive strategic advice of ‘fantastic’, ‘technically excellent’ lawyer Grassie is like gold dust for those keen to avoid courtroom combat; her exceptional experience will carry the day when cases do go the distance, however.”
Fellow Brodies IP partner Robert Buchan, who is awarded a silver individual ranking in the guide’s enforcement and litigation category, is commended for being “commercially savvy”, while Grant Campbell, Head of Brodies’ Commercial Services Division, who is ranked as a leading individual in the transactional IP category, is described as an “invaluable asset for those seeking to monetise their intellectual property”.
Commenting on the team, the guide adds: “With them, it is about responsiveness and flexibility – and they can turn their hands to any IP issue.”
WTR 1000 is an independent ranking of “outstanding” firms and individuals in 60 countries based on a rigorous research process involving interviews with hundreds of clients and trademark specialists. Firms and individuals ranked in the gold band are, according to the magazine, “the crème de la crème”.
Ranked top tier in both the independent legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, Brodies’ IP team has represented household names in some of the most high-profile disputes and commercial transactions over the past year. Clients included Krispy Kreme, SQA, PRS for Music, the Scotch Whisky Association, DC Thompson, Oil States International Inc., the University of Edinburgh and BAE Systems.
Commenting on Brodies’ rankings in the new guide, Gill said: “We are delighted to have once again been singled out by WTMR as Scotland’s premier IP / Trade Mark firm. We would like thank all our clients for their support in achieving this prestigious, independent recognition. Our continuing focus is on supporting all our clients in advancing their commercial ambitions and in dealing with the increasing competition they face in a global environment in which IP protection and exploitation is key to success.”
The gold ranking comes after Brodies was named Scotland IP Firm of the Year at the prestigious Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards 2016 for the third year running.
Brodies LLP is Scotland’s largest law firm, delivering legal services of the highest quality to Scottish, UK and global organisations. With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Brussels, the firm offers legal advice to private and public sector clients both in the UK and internationally in its core business areas of corporate and commercial; energy (both renewables and oil & gas); property; litigation; banking and financial services; employment, pensions and benefits and trust and tax. Brodies has 37 practice areas that are ranked top tier by the UK's independent legal directories and more lawyers ranked as leading individuals than any other firm in Scotland. The achievements of Brodies and its partners have been recognised with numerous independent awards in recent years. These include Brodies being named Scotland Law Firm of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2016, UK Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016 at the Lawyer Awards, UK National/Regional Law Firm of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2015, UK Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards 2014, and Legal Advisor of the Year at the Business Insider Deals and Dealmakers Awards 2014.