Appointment of Adam Mackinnon follows round of internal promotions in April

Specialist IP law firm Powell Gilbert LLP announces that it has expanded its market-leading team of IP lawyers with the appointment of Adam Mackinnon as an Associate.

Adam has a background in the life sciences and holds a master’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. He joins Powell Gilbert from Simmons & Simmons where he trained and qualified as a lawyer. He has experience over a range of contentious IP matters, including patent litigation in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications fields and trademark litigation.

His appointment follows the internal promotions on 1st April of Dr Tess Waldron and Dr Joel Coles to the firm’s partnership, and Dr Richard Fawcett to Of Counsel, as well as three previous lateral hires in 2021, reflecting the firm’s commitment to cultivating its team of first-rate legal talent.

Dr Penny Gilbert, Partner at Powell Gilbert LLP, commented:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Adam Mackinnon to our team to assist with the great demand for IP expertise that we are currently experiencing. His background in biological sciences and wider IP knowledge is an ideal fit for the firm.”

Powell Gilbert LLP  is one of the UK’s leading law firms specialising in intellectual property (IP) litigation, including patents, trademarks, design rights, copyright and confidential information. It advises a wide variety of household brands on major UK and international IP-related issues across a range of sectors including FMCG, mobile and telecommunication as well as in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology.

The firm and its lawyers are frequently recognised among the world’s top legal advisers in IP, including featuring in The Times top 3 law firms in IP Law; receiving the IAM Global IP Awards UK Patent Law Firm of the Year in 2020 and 2019 and 2020 and Managing IP’s UK Patent (Contentious) Firm of the Year Award in 2021, 2019 and 2018, winning several awards at the LMG European Life Sciences Awards including Firm of the Year in 2021 and 2020.  The firm features in the top tier for patent litigation in the leading directories, including Chambers & Partners, the Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000 and in the JUVE- patent rankings.

Powell Gilbert supports and encourages diversity. It has won the best firm in the UK (national firm) award at the European Women in Business Law Awards on several occasions including in 2019, and its women feature in the MIP IP Stars Top 250 Women in IP and WIPR’s Influential Women in IP.  Members of the firm regularly participate in ChIPs and IP Inclusive events.


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