About Us

Kempner & Partners

We founded Kempner & Partners in 2009 because we thought there was a better way of offering our clients world class advice on all aspects of Intellectual Property law and practice. Operating from a single site in Leeds, we provide a one stop shop for all IP legal services. We started with three nationally recognised leaders in the field, determined to provide personal service (not service delegated down to the lowest affordable level) at a cost that would make sense to our clients; no unnecessary overheads, no flashy offices.

Quite simply, we deal with all aspects of IP and, more widely, the way IP dovetails with the rest of your business. We recognise that IP, though intangible, can be your most important asset. We advise and assist across the whole IPR Lifespan® from initial concept and registration to exploitation, enforcement and expanding your rights. We adopt an innovative approach to infringement matters, focusing on commercial outcomes. We understand that the way you protect your reputation is part of your reputation. We are happy to work with your in-house team or external firms to ensure that any agreement with an IP element is concluded in the most beneficial and future-proof manner.

Partner-led, Personal Service

At Kempner & Partners, not only is the Partner you meet an accessible key-contact, but it is the Partner who works for you. Yes, more junior colleagues work on matters as appropriate in order to minimise costs, but it is Partner involvement that sets us apart. We seek to build long term relationships with our clients and this is a two way street: we get to know you and your business so that we can serve you better and we like you to get to know our team so you can pick up the phone to one of our people and resolve any queries quickly and simply.

All Your IP Needs Under One Roof

We understand the frustration of having to instruct separate firms to handle different facets of IP when what you really need is a one stop shop. A Trade Mark Agent might be great for registering your new brand name, but not deal with copyright issues or protecting confidential information. You need an experienced solicitor to deal effectively and proportionately with enforcement issues and that solicitor can be far more effective if he or she is already familiar with your portfolio and your business. If your business has a single team responsible for managing IP issues, doesn’t it make sense to have one IP legal team in one place? At Kempner & Partners, we’ve got IP covered.

Global Reach

As you would expect, we routinely deal with all aspects of IP within this jurisdiction, register rights throughout the European Union and in other foreign jurisdictions. For detailed local advice and to assist with cross-border issues and taking action outside the jurisdiction, we have a network of trusted best friend firms. We are not tied-in to any agreements and we do not pay or receive referral fees, so we are free to select firms on quality and value, getting you the best possible service wherever and whenever you need it.

The Partners

Richard Kempner, Partner

Richard is recognised as one of the UK’s leading Intellectual Property specialists with over twenty five years experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP law. As the former Practice Group Head of the Addleshaw Goddard’s Intellectual Property Group, his range of work to date has been extensive and often high profile. Examples include: acting successfully for Asda in the first supermarket look-alike case to go to trial, acting successfully for IBM in the first Community Trade Mark infringement and revocation case to be heard in the UK and obtaining simultaneously for BASF, a UK record of 37 interim injunctions for patent infringement.

Jason Dainty, Partner

An IP specialist solicitor, Jason also advises on brand protection and strategy, files trade mark applications for clients in the UK and Europe and manages worldwide trade mark portfolios using his wide network of associated firms. He is experienced both in bringing and defending trade mark opposition actions in the High Court and at the UK and European Union Trade Mark Registries, as well as managing disputes involving, trade marks, passing off, patents, design rights, database right, domain names and copyright. He is particularly experienced in the field of ex-employee confidential information cases, and has brought a number of actions in the High Court, and obtained several injunctions in this field. Jason also drafts and offers advice on a wide variety of commercial IP agreements including R&D agreements, confidentiality agreements and IP licences.

Martin Delafaille, Partner

Martin is a dual qualified solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Martin advises on all aspects of intellectual property law with particular experience of advising brand owners on the registration and exploitation of their trade marks and designs, both in the UK and internationally. As head of the firm’s trade mark filing practice, Martin manages the international trade mark portfolios of Farrow & Ball, Regus, and Jet2.com as well as those of Gucci and Bank of America in the UK. Martin provides clients with strategic advice on how best to protect their global brands, advising them on clearance searches and coordinating global filing and recordal programmes. He also has substantial trade mark disputes experience, including handling trade mark oppositions and cancellation actions before both the UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices.

Stuart Jackson, Consultant

Stuart is a Chartered Chemist with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry from Imperial College and Master’s degree from Oxford. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor he spent 17 years in R&D in the health care industry, where he was responsible for developing new products and is the named inventor on a number of patents. Stuart’s particular specialism is in patent law involving a high technical or scientific content. He undertakes both litigation and non-contentious work for clients including universities and major multinational corporations. Key cases include: acting successfully for Asda in defence of a malicious falsehood, successfully acting for BASF in revoking the major part of a competitor’s patent for a blockbuster antidepressant, and defending Teva Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement action, avoiding an interim injunction and revoking the claimant’s patent.

Other Team Members

Amanda Mallon, Senior Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Amanda is a qualified European Trade Mark Attorney with over 15 years of experience in the field of trade marks and designs. As the former Head of Trade Marks & Designs in her previous role, Amanda brings a wealth of experience in protecting and exploiting brand owners’ rights in the UK, EU and overseas. She advises on all aspects of trade marks and designs including brand clearance and selection, filing strategies, portfolio management, opposition and cancellation matters and domain name acquisition and management. Amanda trained and qualified at specialist trade mark and patent firms in London and Sydney before moving to Leeds in 2005. Amanda is a member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and the International Trade Marks Association.

Dr Brian Whitehead, Senior Solicitor

Brian focuses on IP law issues in the technology sectors, particularly licensing, enforcing and litigating patents. Prior to becoming a solicitor, he obtained a first degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry. He worked as a research chemist in the Netherlands and as a scientific publisher in the biotechnology sector. Prior to joining K&P, he gained experience with Pinsents and Addleshaw Goddard. Brian is also active in speaking and writing on IP issues, and has published more than 25 articles on diverse topics within IP law and practice. Brian has recently been appointed a Deputy District Judge (part time). Key cases include: Electrocoin v Coinworld, Nova v Mazooma, Select Healthcare (UK) Ltd v Cromptons Healthcare and AP Racing v Alcon Components.

Sanjeet Plaha, Solicitor

Sanjeet is a specialist in intellectual property having also trained at a niche intellectual property firm before joining Kempner & Partners in 2009. She assists with all areas of the firm’s practice including trade mark filing, prosecution and opposition work as well as assisting with the management of trade mark portfolios and providing non-contentious advice to clients. Her degree in Biomedical Sciences further bolsters the firm’s credentials in relation to the highly technical matters it handles. Sanjeet is also a key member of the litigation team and notable contentious work includes BASF SE v Makhteshim-Agan (UK) Ltd, Triumph Actuation Systems v Aeroquip-Vickers Ltd & Eaton Ltd and WL Gore & Associates (UK) Ltd v Laboratoire Perouse Implant.

Jake Campbell, Solicitor

Jake read History at Durham, Oxford and California before undertaking his GDL and LPC at the College of Law in Manchester. He trained at international law firm DLA Piper in Leeds. On qualification in September 2013 he joined Kempner & Partners where he assists the partners on a range of IP matters, from breach of confidence claims, to trade mark infringement and patent ownership.

Kayleigh Walker, Solicitor

Kayleigh has a first class honours degree in Human Physiology from the University of Leeds. She assists with all areas of the firm’s practice and is a member of the trade mark team. Kayleigh trained with Kempner & Partners and spent part of her time on secondment to two of our major clients, where she gained further valuable commercial experience.

Gabrielle McGuigan, Formalities and Renewals Manager

Gabrielle is an ITMA Qualified Administrator. She is responsible for all our in-house trade mark and design renewals, and maintaining our in-house trade marks and designs database. Gabrielle liaises with clients to secure renewal instructions each year and oversees all renewals in the UK, EU and around the world either directly or through our network of trusted overseas firms.