DAC Beachcroft Recruits New IP Team in Bristol
Published 3 December 2014
International law firm DAC Beachcroft has boosted its Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology team by recruiting Andrew Allan-Jones as a partner together with IP Associate Kate Loxton.
The pair joins from Bond Dickinson where Allan-Jones was a partner having previously been Head of IP at legacy firm, Bond Pearce. Allan-Jones started his career with six years at Linklaters before moving to Bristol where he spent seven years at Burges Salmon.
After first cutting his teeth by advising on international IP disputes and corporate transactional work, his practice now encompasses technology, brand management, life sciences, media and retail.
In his new role at DAC Beachcroft, Allan-Jones will provide strategic advice on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters with a particular focus on patent litigation, a 360º approach to brand and IP risk management, licensing, R&D collaboration and copyright.
One of the pair's key clients is Royal Mail Group Limited, which has recently reappointed DAC Beachcroft on its panel. Allan-Jones leads the IP licensing and enforcement work for Royal Mail's Stamps & Collectibles Team, working on a variety of high-profile stamp issues and merchandising deals.
Commenting on the appointments, DAC Beachcroft Bristol partner, John Williams, said: "We are delighted to welcome lawyers of Andrew and Kate's expertise and calibre to the firm. They are an excellent addition to our existing capability advising clients across our key sectors on brand and media work."
He added: "Andrew's specialist skills in patent litigation will be of particular appeal to our technology clients. We look forward to working with him to build on our strong reputation within technology by developing a patent practice to fit with our existing commercial and disputes offering."