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Matthew Siddaway

Specialises in intellectual property

Matthew joined Waterfront as an Associate in August 2017. Matthew qualified as a solicitor in May 2016 having trained at boutique intellectual property firm, Palmer Biggs IP Solicitors.

Matthew has experience in a variety of trade mark, passing off, copyright and design right matters from advisory to enforcement of client's IP rights. He has also worked on disputes concerning domain names and has experience acting for leading brands in brand protection and anti-counterfeiting matters. Matthew has acted for clients in litigation in both the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the High Court.

Matthew is a graduate of the University of Southampton and completed the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. In September 2017 Matthew will begin studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice at Oxford University.

Matthew has written articles for a number of legal publications including Leading Internet Case Law and Digital Business Lawyer.

Why did you decide to join Waterfront?

Having trained at a niche IP firm I was keen to ensure that my next firm were also specialists within this area. It was immediately clear that this could be said for Waterfront! I was particularly encouraged by the firm’s focus on technology and the exciting work on offer. The staff at Waterfront also came across as friendly and the culture of the firm struck me as refreshing, especially for London.

Why did you choose to specialise in IP?

During my studies intellectual property immediately stood out as an interesting and fast developing area of law. IP is important to all businesses regardless of industry or sector which means that day-to-day work can be incredibly varied and challenging.

What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?

No one wants to be involved in litigation so the most rewarding aspect of my job has to be helping resolve disputes. It is a great feeling when you achieve a successful result for a client which allows them to return their focus to the day-to-day running of their business.

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