Spotlight on our solicitors – meet Jill Bainbridge

Spotlight on our solicitors – meet Jill Bainbridge

Our Spotlight on our solicitors series gives us the chance to showcase the talent of our legal professionals. With these interviews, we get to know more about the people behind the expert advice. This time, we caught up with Jill Bainbridge, an Intellectual Property Partner who joined Harper James in September 2023 following her time at top-50 law firm Blake Morgan.

‘I was lucky enough to spend some time doing work experience in a solicitor’s office when I was 15. The solicitor I sat with was really inspiring – she took me to court and let me loose drafting all sorts of documents (I am sure she didn’t use them!), but it did inspire me to pursue a career in law.’

What attracted you to Harper James?

‘Some of my former colleagues were already at the firm and were very positive about their experiences here. When I learned more about the firm and the refreshingly clear strategy, I was keen to join.’

What are your main areas of intellectual property expertise?

‘I specialise in the full spectrum of intellectual property rights, including trade marks, copyright, design rights and patent disputes, passing off, trade mark protection and brand strategy and reputation management.’

Can you recall any key moments from your career so far?

‘Conducting a trial in the High Court on behalf of Italian clients where the opponent was a Portuguese company. The claim was subject to Portuguese law but to be tried in the English courts.’ says Jill. ‘Each party had lawyers from their own jurisdiction present plus English lawyers and counsel and we had an expert on Portuguese law. I have never seen so many lawyers in one court room!’

What do you think your clients value most about the way you work with them?

‘I always take the time to understand a client’s business and objectives and with this, I try to give clear, practical and commercial advice at all times.’

Do you have any practical intellectual property advice for businesses that are looking to expand internationally?

‘Carrying out clearance searches can save you a lot of time and expense in the long run.’ says Jill. ‘It’s vital that you protect your intellectual property in the relevant jurisdictions before you make any other strategic moves.’

‘Emerging technologies are in many ways moving more quickly than intellectual property law – that’s why it’s important for businesses to consider all options for intellectual property protection.’

About our expert

Jill Bainbridge

Jill Bainbridge

Partner and Head of Intellectual Property
Jill is a Partner and Head of Intellectual Property at Harper James and has specialised in intellectual property protection, dispute resolution, brand and reputation management for over 20 years, having qualified as a intellectual property solicitor in 1994. Prior to joining Harper James she was a Partner with Blake Morgan who she joined in 1999.

Our offices

A national law firm

A national law firm

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Head Office

Floor 5, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
Regional Spaces

Stirling House, Cambridge Innovation Park, Denny End Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9QE
13th Floor, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
10 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5HP
Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QG
1st Floor, Dearing House, 1 Young St, Sheffield, S1 4UP
White Building Studios, 1-4 Cumberland Place, Southampton, SO15 2NP
A national law firm

To access legal support from just £145 per hour arrange your no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your business requirements.

Make an enquiry