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Piers Strickland

Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution
  • Ex-Bristows, Charles Russell and Dewey & LeBoeuf
  • Solicitor-Advocate

 

Piers specialises in advising clients on disputes involving all forms of intellectual property law including trade marks, copyright, patents, passing off and designs.  Piers also has extensive experience in the areas of confidential information and data protection.  In addition, he regularly advises clients on more general IT disputes, often relating to computer software.

Piers also has experience in competition law cases, particularly those that interface with intellectual property law.  

Piers services both international and UK-based clients with a broad ranging industry focus. 

He has substantial experience of litigating in the High Court, including the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

He is now routinely recommended by the leading global directories, Legal 500, Chambers and IP Stars:

  •  “a trade mark star” (IP Stars, 2016)
  • Chambers (2016) described him as a “solicitor advocate with a strong track record in actions before the High Court and IPEC. Sources say: "He offered clear, reassuring and pragmatic advice and delivered the outcome we had hoped for."”
  • "first-class litigator" (Legal 500, 2015).
  •  "unflappable" and has "excellent commercial judgement” (Chambers, 2015)
  • “recommended” (Legal 500, 2014)
  • “tenacious yet pragmatic” (Legal 500, 2013)
  • as providing both “a pragmatic approach” and “valuable advice succinctly and efficiently” (Legal 500, 2012).

Why did you choose to specialise in IP law?

IP instantly appealed to me as being the most fascinating and varied areas of law.  As a businessman myself, I love to analyse how my clients can get an edge over their competitors by using IP law to their advantage.  In my day-to-day practice, this usually involves providing strategic business advice in a dispute / litigation context. 

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Dispute and litigation work is not for the faint-hearted and this maxim applies equally to lawyers and clients alike.  The most rewarding aspect of my job is guiding and supporting a client through a stressful dispute resolution process to a successful conclusion.  Stress is inevitable in high-stakes litigation, but I believe that it is a vital part of my role to provide digestible commercial advice throughout, so that my clients sufficiently understand the issues at stake and  make the correct decisions according to their business objectives.

What do you like about being part of a team?

As a keen sportsman, the feeling of all pulling in the same direction towards a shared objective resonates.  Oh, and the victory celebrations…

What would you say has been your career highlight to date?

The most important decision in my career to date was to leave” Big Law” and set up my own law firm specialising in IP.  I subsequently merged my practice with Waterfront in 2010. (This was the second best career decision to date!)  Being an entrepreneur is genuinely liberating and in many ways was the making of me as a lawyer.  An additional benefit of this experience was being able to identify more closely with my owner-manager clients.

What’s your favourite piece of tech?

I seem to have acquired virtually every piece of Apple hardware available, so I will have to say anything with an Apple operating system.  As far as I am concerned, they simply produce the most intuitive and effective devices around.

What do clients say about you?

Tenacious, but commercially pragmatic.

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