Piers StricklandJoint Head of Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution
- Ex-Bristows, Charles Russell and Dewey & LeBoeuf
Piers specialises in advising clients on disputes involving all forms of intellectual property law including trade marks, copyright, patents, passing off and designs. Piers also has extensive experience in the areas of confidential information and data protection. In addition, he regularly advises clients on more general IT disputes, often relating to computer software.
Piers also has experience in competition law cases, particularly those that interface with intellectual property law.
Piers services both international and UK-based clients with a broad ranging industry focus.
He has substantial experience of litigating in the High Court, including the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.
He is now routinely recommended by the leading global directories, Legal 500, Chambers and IP Stars:
- Piers is described as 'strong across all areas including negotiation, strategic thinking and commercial awareness' (Chambers 2019).
- 'very responsive' (Legal 500 2019).
- Piers is recommended for litigation involving all core rights and is an experienced solicitor advocate (Chambers 2018).
- Particular mentions are made of ‘first-rate litigator’ Piers who is ‘robust and tough when necessary’ (Legal 500 2018).
Why did you choose to specialise in IP law?
IP instantly appealed to me as being the most fascinating and varied areas of law. As a businessman myself, I love to analyse how my clients can get an edge over their competitors by using IP law to their advantage. In my day-to-day practice, this usually involves providing strategic business advice in a dispute / litigation context.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your job?
Dispute and litigation work is not for the faint-hearted and this maxim applies equally to lawyers and clients alike. The most rewarding aspect of my job is guiding and supporting a client through a stressful dispute resolution process to a successful conclusion. Stress is inevitable in high-stakes litigation, but I believe that it is a vital part of my role to provide digestible commercial advice throughout, so that my clients sufficiently understand the issues at stake and make the correct decisions according to their business objectives.
What do you like about being part of a team?
As a keen sportsman, the feeling of all pulling in the same direction towards a shared objective resonates. Oh, and the victory celebrations…
What would you say has been your career highlight to date?
The most important decision in my career to date was to leave” Big Law” and set up my own law firm specialising in IP. I subsequently merged my practice with Waterfront in 2010. (This was the second best career decision to date!) Being an entrepreneur is genuinely liberating and in many ways was the making of me as a lawyer. An additional benefit of this experience was being able to identify more closely with my owner-manager clients.
What’s your favourite piece of tech?
I seem to have acquired virtually every piece of Apple hardware available, so I will have to say anything with an Apple operating system. As far as I am concerned, they simply produce the most intuitive and effective devices around.
What do clients say about you?
Tenacious, but commercially pragmatic.