Piers Strickland

Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution

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Piers has over 20 years’ experience of advising clients on all aspects of intellectual property (IP) law.

He is a recognised expert in areas including:

  • Trade marks
  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Passing off and design rights

Piers has extensive experience in the areas of confidential information and data protection.  He also advises clients – of all sizes and from a broad spectrum of business sectors – on more general IT disputes, often relating to computer software.

In addition, Piers is adept at managing competition law cases, particularly those that involve an element of IP law. He represents both international and UK-based clients, who come to depend on his wide-ranging knowledge of business and his impressive track record when it comes to litigating in the High Court, including the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC).

His achievements and abilities have been recognised by both national and international legal guides.

The Legal 500 has praised his responsiveness and called him first-rate and knowledgeable, as well as “robust and tough when necessary”. It has said he “combines great commercial acumen with first-rate legal skills’’ and is a “pragmatic and knowledgeable practitioner who delivers a great product for his clients at a very reasonable price point” . The most recent Legal 500 calls him “robust and tenacious” and “exceptional”.

The 2022 Chambers UK Guide says: “Piers Strickland is very analytical and focused on providing the right solutions in terms of what the business needs. He is very commercially focused and thorough in delivering his work.” Chambers has also said he is known for having “deep knowledge of the law’’ and being “tactically and commercially astute.  Extremely detail-orientated and really responsive.” It has called him unflappable and “strong across all areas including negotiation, strategic thinking and commercial awareness”.

The World Trademark Review has described Piers as “an excellent IP solicitor with the ability to undertake demanding pieces of litigation” and “very responsive, always accessible, very focused on clients’ commercial imperatives and very tactically aware.’’

Piers is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is currently serving on its Emerging Issue sub-committee, focusing on blockchain issues.

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Piers Strickland

Joint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution

Client Feedback

  • For me, the legal situation I found myself in was incredibly stressful and I was losing sleep over it until speaking with Piers and Maria at Waterfront Solicitors. Far from the image I might have had of a remote and cold legal agency, Piers and Maria were warm, caring, and most of all, reassuring. (Internet Dispute Client) 
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Emerging Issue sub-committee
  • Robust and tenacious and exceptional The Legal 500 2022
  • Piers Strickland is very analytical and focused on providing the right solutions in terms of what the business needs. He is very commercially focused and thorough in delivering his work. Chambers UK Guide 2022
  • A seasoned solicitor advocate noted for his representation of media, entertainment technology companies in disputes involving all core rights.” He is described by clients as having a “deep knowledge of the law and is tactically and commercially astute.  Extremely detail-orientated and really responsive. Chambers UK Guide 2021
  • Pragmatic and knowledgeable practitioner who delivers a great product for his clients at a very reasonable price point. The Legal 500 2021
  • An excellent IP solicitor with the ability to undertake demanding pieces of litigation. World Trademark Review 2020
  • He is very responsive, always accessible, very focused on clients’ commercial imperatives and very tactically aware. He is simply a pleasure to work with, as are his colleagues. World Trademark Review 2020
  • Strong across all areas including negotiation, strategic thinking and commercial awareness. Chambers 2019
  • Very responsive Legal 500 2019
  •  First-rate litigator who is robust and tough when necessary Legal 500 2017
  • Highly experienced litigator, combines great commercial acumen with first-rate legal skills. Legal 500 2016
  • First-rate litigator. Legal 500 2015
  • Unflappable and praised for excellent commercial judgment. Chambers 2015
  • Tenacious yet pragmatic. Chambers 2014
  • Very commercially focused and thorough in delivering his work.
    Chambers 2022
  • Pragmatic and knowledgeable practitioner who delivers a great product for his clients at a very reasonable price point
    Legal 500 2021
  • An excellent IP solicitor with the ability to undertake demanding pieces of litigation
    WTR 2020