Hugh specialises in commercial intellectual property law issues.
Before founding Sipara with two of his fellow Rouse colleagues, Hugh headed the Rouse Commercial IP team in the UK. He has established a strong reputation for commercial IP work. He has significant experience in a wide range of industry areas and for clients in a number of different jurisdictions with particular experience in relation to the IP aspects of commercial transactions, merchandising, franchising, licensing, advertising, sponsorship, endorsement, media and entertainment law.
Hugh acts for international brand owners in relation to the management and exploitation of their portfolios worldwide. His advice includes formulating brand management and filing strategies; clearance of rights; international franchising and licensing projects; and infringement issues.
Hugh has led teams conducting intellectual asset management projects for clients, including carrying out intellectual property audits/due diligence and developing IP strategies to complement and enhance clients’ general business plans and management of their intellectual property portfolios generally.
Hugh has also advised clients in relation to: the distribution of entertainment products; and the aggregation, licensing and supply of digital content.
"Sources applaud his ability to 'take ideas and run with them":
Chambers UK - A Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2008.
“He is noted for providing practical advice in commercial IP matters”:
Legal 500, 2009 Edition.
Listed as a key individual in Chambers UK – A Guide to the Legal Profession , 2009.
“Has a can-do approach”:
Legal 500, 2011 Edition.
Listed as a leading individual for UK Intellectual Property – Chambers UK 2012.
Listed as expert under Intellectual Property, IT, Media & Entertainment – Legal Experts 2012.
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Biggest Inspiration: My Father (the funniest and most honourable man I know and who has an incredible way with people) and my four children (who inspire me every day with their quirky, individual and energetic approach to life).
Scariest Moment in your career: When I was a newly qualified solicitor with Slaughter & May, discovering a ‘deal-breaker’ clause in a licence that had been disclosed late in a sale and purchase. I had to interrupt the ‘final’ negotiation and reveal what I thought was a big problem. The whole deal was put on hold for six months as a result.
Favourite Gadget: My telescope. Helps me to keep perspective.
Wine or beer? I agree…never mix.
Favourite sports: Cricket and rugby (sadly no longer playing), squash and golf (still attempting to play – plenty to learn).
Best ever journey: Oxfam Trailwalker. I walked 100 km in 25 hours across the South Downs with three friends to raise money for Oxfam and the Gurkhas. It was tough going but it taught me a lot about friendship and myself.
How Do You Relax? Walking my Border Terriers, ‘guiding’ my children through their homework and listening to a wide range of music – although not often all at the same time.
Favourite Film: Blade Runner, Cinema Paradiso or Withnail & I depending on my mood.
1990 – 1995: Slaughter & May, London - trainee solicitor qualifying into Intellectual Property Department in 1992; assistant solicitor 1992-1995.
1995 – 1997: Dallas Brett, Oxford – assistant solictor in Intellectual Property department. Dallas Brett dissolved in 1997.
1997 – 2010: Rouse & Co International/Rouse Legal: 1997 – 1999 senior assistant; Partner in Rouse Legal and Executive with Rouse & co International in 1999.
2010 – date: Sipara: Partner at Sipara
BA (Hons), MA, St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge
Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales
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