LONDON – Lewis Silkin LLP today announces the appointment of Abigail Wise as Legal Director in its IP practice group.

A Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Abigail has worked in IP law since 2001 and has over 17 years' experience working with iconic brands across a wide range of industries, including world renowned media businesses, public institutions and household name FMCG brands.

She advises on all aspects of UK and EUTM trade mark and design law and practice, including portfolio management, filing and prosecution as well as contentious matters, and liaises with foreign agents on a regular basis.

Abigail sits on the Education, Qualification and Standards committee of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and the International Trademark Association.

Abigail Wise, Legal Director at Lewis Silkin said:

"It is an exceptionally exciting time to be joining the IP team at Lewis Silkin. Businesses increasingly rely on IP assets as core sources of value and revenue generation, and face numerous challenges and opportunities, not least ensuring international brand protection in light of Brexit, and the drive to commercialise, and protect, brands online and in the burgeoning metaverse. Lewis Silkin's IP practice has an exceptional reputation and track record, and I am eager to start working alongside the team to help our clients thrive and unlock new opportunities for their brands."

Abigail's appointment follows Lewis Silkin adding Erica Coccia-Peers to the team as a Senior Trade Mark Attorney. Taken together, the firm's IP team, headed by partner Tom Gaunt, now consists of more than 40 professionals working across the firm's London, Dublin, Belfast, Cardiff, Oxford and Hong Kong offices.

Tom Gaunt, partner and Head of IP at Lewis Silkin, commented:

"In what continues to be a real period of growth for Lewis Silkin's IP practice, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Abigail, and Erica, to the team. We are all thoroughly looking forward to working with them both as we continue to expand our full-service IP360 solution. IP360 provides clients with access to a true one-stop-shop of contentious and non-contentious IP expertise, and incorporates our specialist in-house patent and trademark attorneys alongside commercial IP practitioners based in the UK, EU and Hong Kong."