Hammonds LLP appointed to advise Cath Kidston Limited

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    Hammonds LLP has won the mandate to advise homeware, fashion and accessory retailer, Cath Kidston Limited, on its intellectual property, branding and trade mark strategy.

    Founded in 1993 in London by the designer Cath Kidston, the company has expanded to become a global lifestyle brand, operating through multiple channels. Currently there are 28 Cath Kidston shops and concessions in the UK, two shops in the Republic of Ireland and seven in Japan. In addition, the company has a very successful website, publishes a bi-monthly magazine/catalogue and has a large number of licensing and wholesale partners. The company has achieved phenomenal success, with profits growing from £22,000 in 2005 to £4.6 million in 2009, and it is now seeking further expansion both in the UK and in International markets.

    Hammonds' pan-European Brands group won the work following a series of presentations made to the company's directors. The firm's team advising Cath Kidston will be made up of Corporate partner Nick Allen, Commercial and Intellectual Property partners Robert Wegenek and Carl Rohsler, and director of Trade Marks, Chris McLeod.

    Nick Allen said: "Cath Kidston is planning major international expansion and the time was right for it to overhaul its intellectual property and branding strategy. We're delighted that the company has chosen Hammonds to help it to develop and implement this new strategy."

    Julian Ghinn, Finance Director of Cath Kidston, commented: "We have ambitious expansion plans and needed to appoint a team of lawyers with international intellectual property expertise and a track record in providing strategic legal advice to major brands.

    "We were impressed by Hammonds' understanding of our business and the energy and enthusiasm shown by the team to work on our behalf."

    Ranked number one in the category of brand management in the 2009 edition of the UK Legal 500, Hammonds' pan-European Brands group specialises in providing expert advice in all aspects of brand protection, from brand creation through to registration to promotion, exploitation and enforcement. The group acts for some of the world's best known brand owners and has extensive experience in devising and implementing large scale, multi-jurisdictional strategies to combat unauthorised brand use.

    For further information contact:

    Nicola Woodmass, Head of Communications, Hammonds LLP, on 0121 222 3690 or email: nicola.woodmass@hammonds.com

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