Leigh Smith

Leigh Smith

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Leigh Smith has considerable experience of advising in respect of all aspects of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, with a particular focus on the protection and exploitation of brands.

Leigh advises clients on brand protection strategies, including the clearance, registration and enforcement of trade marks. Leigh has experience conducting disputes before the UKIPO (and EUIPO) as well as before the English High Court. He also advises on the licensing of brands, endorsement and sponsorship agreements, and on UK advertising law.

Leigh Smith has considerable experience of advising in respect of all aspects of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, with a particular focus on the protection and exploitation of brands.

Leigh advises clients on brand protection strategies, including the clearance, registration and enforcement of trade marks. Leigh has experience conducting disputes before the UKIPO (and EUIPO) as well as before the English High Court. He also advises on the licensing of brands, endorsement and sponsorship agreements, and on UK advertising law.

In addition, Leigh has worked on a number of significant transactions in the consumer goods and retail sectors as well as the banking, insurance and technology sectors, including some of the largest transactions in the United Kingdom over the past few years.

The recipient of many recognitions and awards, Leigh was named a leading Trade Mark Professional in the WTR 1000 in 2021 and 2022, to Legal 500 UK 2022 and Legal 500 UK 2021 for IP: Trade Marks, Copyright and Design and to Managing Intellectual Property’s list of IP Stars 2021.

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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Intellectual Property Law and Practice‎, Oxford University, 2011
  • LL.M., Intellectual Property Law, Stockholm University, 2007
  • LL.B., European Legal Studies, Durham University, 2005
Awards & Recognitions
    • Ranked, Leading Trade Mark ‎Professional, WTR 1000 (2021-2022)
    • Recognised, Legal 500 for IP: Trade ‎Marks, Copyright and Design (2022)
    • Recognised, Rising Star, Managing ‎Intellectual Property's IP Stars (2021)