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Areas of expertise: Intellectual property, Commercial, Retail


Rachael is a partner in the Oxford office specialising in design, trade mark and copyright litigation. She predominantly advises clients in the retail industry and is well versed in IP protection and enforcement, interim injunctions, damages inquiries and representing clients at complex multi-party mediations, in addition to managing their counterfeiting policies and trade mark portfolios.

Her client base includes Jimmy Choo, Alexander McQueen and IKEA. Her understanding of the retail industry allows her to tailor her advice to meet their needs, delivering it in their language rather than that of a lawyer. She is recognised in Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession for her 'exceptional client service' and clients have commented that she is 'very approachable' and has 'unquestionable expertise in the retail sector... Providing a first rate service'.

The Legal 500 has described Rachael as 'the best design right litigator in the business and Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession accredits her as having extensive 'knowledge of the retail sector combined with an in-depth understanding of the law' with many considering her to be a fashion industry expert.  Rachael is frequently invited to speak at a wide variety of events and is often asked to comment on various IP issues raised in the media.

Recent work highlights

  • Obtaining transfer of a domain name for IKEA, using the Nominet process.
  • Advising and negotiating a settlement for Jimmy Choo regarding registered and unregistered design right infringement, which included obtaining substantial damages.
  • Working with Alexander McQueen and negotiating a favourable settlement regarding a copyright infringement action.
  • Advising on a search and seize order and subsequent proceedings regarding breach of confidence and copyright issues.

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