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Taylors Strengthen IP Team

» Posted on: 30 May 2007
» Posted by: Tony Catterall
» Service area: Intellectual Property

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North west commercial law firm, Taylors, have appointed Joanne Shelley as partner and Steve Kuncewitz as solicitor to assist her, to their Manchester office intellectual property team. Joanne joins the firm from the Liverpool office of Brabners Chaffe Street, where she was a partner leading the contentious IP team. Steve joins from Cobbetts’ IP team.

Joanne is a leading intellectual property specialist who advises clients in varied industries including science and technology, IT, health and beauty, entertainment, retail and manufacturing, amongst others. Previously Joanne worked as a life scientist as part of a specialist biotechnology team providing support to biotechnology companies across the region.

Concentrating on brand protection and advising both claimants and defendants, Joanne will work alongside Tony Catterall (senior partner and Head of IP) who is recognised as one of the leading copyright and design lawyers in the UK. Joanne will complement the team’s existing strength in copyright, patents, designs and trademarks.

Commenting on her decision to join Taylors, Joanne Shelley said, “I have regularly found myself on the other side of disputes to Taylors. They impressed me with their level of expertise and their high calibre client base. Tony is one of only a handful of experts in this field throughout the country”.

Steve is a well respected young lawyer with an excellent network of clients and contacts. Hailing from North Manchester, Steve studied at Bury Grammar School and is a graduate of Sheffield University. He trained and gained experience with Cobbetts, working out of both their Leeds and Manchester offices, with former Taylors partner, Susan Hall.

Speaking of the appointments, Tony Catterall said, “These appointments are a further example of the firm developing its presence in the north west and beyond through recruitment and development of highly-regarded specialist lawyers. Joanne and Steve’s appointments demonstrate our continued commitment to developing a strong national reputation whilst offering a direct, results-driven approach. Joanne and Steve’s wide range of skills will greatly complement our existing IP team – they are excellent additions and we are delighted to welcome them on board. We are continuing to expand our niche IP team which has an international reputation”.

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