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Seven partners from across Herbert Smith Freehills’ global intellectual property practice have been named in the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) 2020 leaders list.

Based on nominations from their peers and clients the partners from Herbert Smith Freehills were recognised for their industry expertise, strategic advice and ability to optimise brand value whilst enforcing rights and protecting competitive market positions. The London, Paris and Milan teams were highlighted for the strength of the integrated way in which clients’ issues are understood and resolved.

Individual lawyers ranked in ‘WIPR Leaders 2020’ were:

- Sophie Rich, London-based partner, for her expertise concerning technically complex patents and her experience managing multi-jurisdictional patent enforcement actions

- Sue Gilchrist, head of intellectual property (Australia), for her track record across designs, copyright, and trade marks, particularly in consumer law matters

- Alexandra Neri, Paris-based partner, for her focus on infringement cases involving patents, domain names and unfair competition and her advice on cyber criminality and privacy

- Kristin Stammer, Sydney-based partner, for her focus on IP agreements, structuring and the IP and technology aspects of company sales and acquisitions

- Laura Orlando, managing partner of the firm’s Milan office, for her ability to navigate cross-border disputes, particularly in the life sciences, consumer products and electronics industries

- Mark Shillito, global head of intellectual property, recognised for his expertise in sectors as diverse as life sciences, FMCG, media and telecoms

- Shaun McVicar, Melbourne-based partner, for his focus on patent validity and infringement with an emphasis on the pharmaceutical industry, trade marks and copyright.

Widely regarded as a one-stop guide to the leading IP practitioners across the globe, the WIPR handbook highlights leaders recognised for sustained success, involvement in notable cases and additional responsibilities, such as educating future IP practitioners.

Herbert Smith Freehills global head of intellectual property, Mark Shillito, said: “To have seven members of our global practice recognised in this way is an achievement for which we can be justifiably proud. Being placed alongside some of the most recognisable lawyers across the world is testament to our commitment to continuously develop our capabilities and provide the highest level of service for our clients.”

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