22 August 2023

VS News

Our people

We are friendly and easy to work with – something that sets us apart in our field. We also value team work so no surprise we chose a team challenge for our annual Summer Party. We also participated in this year’s London Standard Chartered race in July, competed in CIPA’s 5-a-side football and softball tournaments.

This year’s promotions

Yoann Rousseau, one of our Trade Mark Directors who has been with Venner Shipley since 2012, has been promoted to Partner.

In addition to Yoann’s promotion to the partnership, Nick Barrow, Henry Aldridge and James Plunkett were promoted to Senior Associate.

Exam success

It has been another year of outstanding results for our trainees and associates on their journey to complete their qualifications to become patent and trade mark attorneys.

Congratulations to Associates, Tasmin Bluck, Hugh Crook, Rachel Challands, William Grace, Alexandra Gregory, Claire Lightfoot, Mark Pearce, Charlotte Wilding and Ting Wu who have now completed all the necessary exams to become European Patent Attorneys.














Congratulations also to Rachel Challands who was awarded the Strode prize for achieving the highest mark in the country on the advanced IP law and practice paper.

Partner, Peter Thorniley comments: “I’m delighted to see the hard work pay off for so many of our associates this year. With nine candidates now having completed their European qualifications, this has been a truly spectacular year. We look forward to continuing to support out talented team as their careers flourish in the future”.

We also congratulate Fabian Bor, Kyle Burgess, Emily Hofmann and Phil Reid for completing the Queen Mary Certificate in IP Law.

In addition, we extend our congratulations to Vivek Patel who has recently passed the Trade Mark Law and Practice Certificate course at Queen Mary University of London.

Many congratulations to all those below on their results and to all of our exam candidates who received exam passes!

What others say about us

IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners for Litigation and Prosecution

We have been awarded Silver for Patent Prosecution, Bronze for Patent Litigation and recommended for work at the European Patent Office.

The guide describes Venner Shipley as “Venner Shipley attorneys consistently demonstrate strong technical skills and are in tune with policy developments and changes at the EPO. Venner also appears to be highly successful at recruiting strong candidates to form the next generation of attorneys for the firm. They are developing a deep bench of practitioners with particular expertise in the computer science and software space. As such, Venner is a consistent, valued partner for servicing one of our primary clients. We can rely on Venner to provide timely, high-quality work. We are very impressed with their prompt service, and depth of knowledge about our diverse technical requirements during negotiations about patent infringements. The Venner attorneys with whom we interact are very responsive and a pleasure to work with”.

We are delighted to see twelve of our partners acknowledged Pawel Piotrowicz, Alex Brown, Paul Derry, Allie Elend, Siân Gill, Stephen Johnson, Richard Kennedy, Catrin Petty, Tim Russell, Peter Thorniley, James Tumbridge and Jan Walaski. Read our full IAM Patent 1000 recommendation here.

IP Stars

We are delighted that we have been recognised by Managing Intellectual Property in its annual publication of IP STARS.

Congratulations to Pawel Piotrowicz, David Birchall, Paul Derry, Sian Gill, James Tumbridge, Jan Walaski and Matthew Handley for being recognised again as 2023 IP Stars. Simor Taor is a Notable Practitioner. Click here to view the full rankings.

WTR 1000 2023

We have once again been recognised by World Trademark Review in their World’s Leading Trademark Professionals rankings for prosecution and strategy and enforcement and litigation. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

WTR 1000 2023 commented “Venner Shipley’s practitioners are highly knowledgeable, commercially minded, responsive and provide a service that is great value for money.”

Partner Robert Peake and Trade Mark Director Camilla Sexton are newly ranked. Partners David Birchall, Jane Martin, Clare Turnbull, James Tumbridge as well as Trade Mark Directors Gloria Parmesan and Yoann Rousseau are listed as Recommended Individuals.


JUVE Patent recommended us in its fourth annual UK patent rankings for two key fields of expertise within the Patent filing category: Digital communication and computer technology and Electronics.

The JUVE Patent rankings are compilations of patent law firms that, according to JUVE Patent research, have a leading reputation in their field. Produced annually, these rankings are independently researched and complied by an editorial team producing rankings for the patent markets in Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands and Austria.

Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms 2023 by the Financial Times

We have also been named a leading European patent law firm for another consecutive year by the Financial Times (FT) as one of only 38 UK firms to be recognised among the list of 177 European patent law firms that have been recommended.

We received special recognition for our work in the industry categories of biotechnology, food and healthcare and chemistry and pharmaceuticals.

The list, compiled by the Financial Times and Statista, is based on feedback by clients. Click here to view the 2023 list