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Bill Lister

Bill is a partner based in our Manchester office.

Bill has a wide range of experience advising UK, US, European and global clients, with a substantial 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 established himself as a specialist within his field, with his involvement in high profile cases such as ‘Nike and Rugby Football Union – v – Cotton Traders Ltd’ and ‘Scoredraw Limited – v – Finch’ allowing him to explore and study IP rights associated with national emblems.

Bill has a wealth of experience representing media clients in matters with the BBC Regulatory Department, OFCOM and IPSOS. He is also 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.

Listed 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.