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Practice Summary

Geoffrey Hobbs QC is an advocate and advisor specialising in intellectual property law and related aspects of competition and commercial law. Winner of the IP/IT Silk of The Year 2012 Award at the Chambers Bar Awards, he is recommended as a Leading Silk by both Chambers UK (IP) and The Legal 500 (IP, Information Technology and Media, Entertainment & Sport).  He is authorised to sit as a Deputy Judge in the High Court of England & Wales (Chancery Division).  He is also the senior Appointed Person hearing Appeals from the UK Registrar of Trade Marks under s76 Trade Marks Act 1994.  He has acted as Arbitrator in both ICC and LCIA proceedings.

Comments in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500:

At the very summit of excellence and experience with regard to trade mark law. He is a lawyer with a keen eye for strategy and a truly original mind, who is often the first port of call for solicitors who have complex and potentially market-changing brands disputes. "Fluent, urbane and charming with clients." (Chambers & Partners 2016, Intellectual Property)

An experienced IP practitioner who is regularly instructed in trade mark issues which overlap with media and entertainment matters. He was recently involved in the highly publicised case of Rihanna v Topshop. "He is one of the best trade mark lawyers in England. Allied to that he's an overall brilliant lawyer and forceful advocate." (Chambers & Partners 2016, Media & Entertainment)

A walking legal lexicon on trade mark law; he knows the law inside out and upside down.’ (Legal 500 2015, Intellectual Property)

Variously lauded for his “stellar” and “encyclopaedic” knowledge of trade mark law, and also its application to the internet. He is particularly sought after for representation before the higher courts. “Provides strategically focused advice and has a very high technical understanding of the issues as well as outstanding advocacy skills.” “Fluent, urbane and charming with clients.” (Chamber & Partners 2015, Intellectual Property)

‘Unparalleled knowledge of trade mark case law’ (Legal 500 2014, Intellectual Property)

‘Even judges defer to his knowledge of the law.’ (Legal 500 2014, Media and Entertainment)

‘His IT practice benefits from his market-leading expertise in soft IP matters.’ (Legal 500 2014, IT and Telecoms)

Remains one of the top go-to-barristers at the IP Bar for complex trade mark and passing-off work, and has a wealth of experience and a mastery of the area that few can match. Outstanding advocacy and strategic advice are guaranteed with him, according to sources. “The absolute first choice for the most difficult trade mark cases.” “Imperious when presented with difficult facts and law” (Chambers & Partners 2014, Intellectual Property)

Hailed as ‘the trade mark guru’. (Legal 500 2013, Intellectual Property)

‘exceptionally talented’ (Legal 500 2013, Media, Entertainment and Sport)

Is variously described as being “stunning” at, and a “world authority” on, trade mark law. He is commended for being “very good with clients” and for his “fantastic all-round knowledge.” It is therefore unsurprising that he is instructed in the most prominent trade mark actions of the day. (Chambers & Partners 2013, Intellectual Property)

An expert in IP and particularly trade mark disputes. He is known for his “bullish advocacy style that really gets results.” “He always has such a clear understanding of the law, and even the judges seem to defer to him in their judgments, such is his depth of knowledge.” (Chambers & Partners 2012, Intellectual Property)