Intellectual property firm, Appleyard Lees has announced the appointment of a new partner to its Manchester office. Bill Lister joins as a protection and enforcement specialist in intellectual property and media law, with a wide range of experience advising UK, US, European and global clients. Bill joins from Fieldfisher LLP where he was head of the Manchester Intellectual Property team and a partner in their IP, Technology Protection and Enforcement Group.
With a reputation spanning branding issues, registered and unregistered trade marks, copyright, design, patents and trade secrets, Bill advises a number of global household names, in conjunction with public and private companies, and public sector organisations. He has been involved in high profile cases dealing with rights in national emblems.
Bill has a wealth of experience representing media clients in matters with the BBC Regulatory Department, OFCOM and IPSOS.
Bill is a regular contributor to both hard copy and online legal journals, and is the author of well received practitioners’ work on High Court Practice and Procedure. Bill is also a past Chairman of the former Independent Broadcast Authorities (now OFCOM) Local Advisory Committee on Radio.
Described as ‘highly rated’ by Chambers UK, Bill has been listed each year since 2005 as a ‘Leader in the Field’ and by The Legal 500 as a ‘Leading Individual’. Described by Legal 500 as a ’highly experienced IP lawyer who is very talented at reacting quickly to complex problems and then producing an excellent outcome for his clients. He knows his stuff inside out’, Bill has also been ranked as a leading practitioner by the World Intellectual Property Review since 2017.
Joanne King, managing director at Appleyard Lees comments: ’We are delighted that Bill joins us to strengthen our disputes team. His appointment as partner demonstrates our commitment to providing our clients with the highest quality expertise, advice and support in all aspects of IP.’
Speaking on his new appointment, Bill added: ’I am really pleased to be joining Appleyard Lees which is an exciting opportunity for me. Their reputation will enable me to provide added value to my clients and a one-stop service covering all areas of IP.’