Lianne Shaw-Gray is a highly-experienced contentious intellectual property lawyer with particular specialisms in branding, copyright, design rights, domain names and related rights. She has assisted clients from numerous sectors throughout her career but in recent years her clients have been significant and well-known brands within the retail, media, travel, leisure and sport sectors.

    Lianne’s experience ranges from providing organisations with initial strategic advice on avoiding intellectual property issues to being primarily responsible for the organisation and management of high-value litigation in the EU and UK courts and before the EU and UK Intellectual Property Office.

    Furthermore, Lianne organises and participates in numerous presentations and client seminars in relation to brands, she has recently written articles for the World Trade Mark Review (WTR) Daily and the INTA Bulletin. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).

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    • Acting for a global car rental company in relation to trade mark litigation proceedings before the High Court of England and Wales and the Court of Appeal, which also involved the consideration and interplay of trade mark registry proceedings between the parties across the world.
    • Acting for a global manufacturer of garden and household products on numerous IP issues, including acting in proceedings before the CFI (now the General Court) in relation to an appeal against the decision of OHIM’s Board of Appeal.
    • Providing trade mark protection and enforcement advice to numerous organisations including numerous international high street retailers, an organisation which is responsible for the most popular sporting event in the World, an international financial services company, a global document destruction company and a UK government department.
    • Acting for a US company defending UK trade mark infringement proceedings, which involved the careful consideration of unregistered and registered rights across numerous jurisdictions and the interplay of OHIM proceedings taking place at the same time as proceedings before the national court.
    • Advising a global company providing secure power solutions and a large international retailer in relation to the assignment of a significant portfolio of their trade marks.
    • Acting for a well-known UK charity, a successful online travel agency, a major events organiser, a major bathroom product manufacturer and numerous advertising agencies in relation to the recovery of domain names before both ICANN and Nominet.
    • Acting for an international financial services company, a major UK publisher of greetings cards and a software company in separate copyright disputes in the High Court and in the latter case, the High Court of Justice of the Isle of Man.
    • Advising advertising agencies on copyright, trade mark and design right issues in connection with the use of third party media in advertisements.
    • Advising a major UK manufacturer, designer and retailer of household products on its distribution and licensing agreements.
    • Advising on the IP elements of numerous corporate transactions, including the sale of a global chemicals company with a significant patent and trade mark portfolio.


    • Nottingham Law School, L.P.C.
    • Nottingham Law School, Postgraduate Diploma in IP
    • University of Bristol, B.Sc.


    • England and Wales, 2004

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

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    • “Court of Appeal thwarts counterfeiters via ISPs,” INTA Bulletin, September 2016.
    • “What a Pandemonium!” WTR Daily, 29 April 2016.

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