International Access

Clients outside England and Wales have long been entitled to consult a barrister under the Bar’s International Practice Rules.

Even though most of our clients are small businesses there has always been an important international dimension to our work. That includes transactional work such as drafting manufacturing agreements with companies in China and reviewing joint venture agreement with businesses in India. It also includes contentious work such as litigation, arbitration and ADR in this country or overseas.   Since the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in C-4/03 Gesellschaft für Antriebstechnik mbH & Co. KG v Lamellen und Kupplungsbau Beteiligungs KG [2006] ECR I-6509, [2006] EUECJ C-4/03,[2006] FSR 45, [2007] ILPr 34 infringements of European patents in more than one member state of the EU have had to be pursued in the courts of each of each state in which an infringement is alleged to have taken place.

To assist our clients who wish to protect and exploit their intellectual assets or to enforce their intellectual property rights we have very good working relations with lawyers and patent and trade mark attorneys in Argentina, Australia, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Gambia, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Turkey, New Zealand, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States.