Press release

Farrers expands IP & Commercial team with hire of John Hull

Posted by : Peter Wienand | Date posted : 09/05/2012

Farrer & Co is delighted to announce the appointment of John Hull, who joins as a Consultant attached to the firm's IP & Commercial Team.  He is also a member of the firm's Higher Education Group.

John, who joined the firm on 1 May, has over 30 years experience in the areas of contentious and non-contentious Intellectual Property and IT, including data privacy and freedom of information.  John has been involved in numerous significant IP cases including Cantor Fitzgerald v Tradition (software infringement); Sony v easyInternetcafe (music downloading) and Dranez Anstalt v Hayek (patent ownership / directors' duties).

He also has considerable expertise advising the Higher Education sector, including student discipline, judicial review, inquiries into scientific fraud and plagiarism, and public law matters and has been involved in high profile cases such as R v UCL (Idriss) (student admissions) and QMUL v HEFCE (Funding).

John’s appointment continues the growth of the IP & Commercial team which has recently been involved in some exciting projects both in the UK and internationally, such as advising Imperial College London on establishing a joint medical school in Singapore, the British Library on its newspaper digitization project with brightsolid, and the National Gallery on the Google Art project.

Peter Wienand, Head of the IP & Commercial team said: “John's appointment gives us access not only to his extraordinary knowledge of IP and confidentiality law, but also his very significant experience acting for Universities, research establishments and similar bodies. This valuable knowledge will therefore benefit clients across the firm, within a wide range of sectors.”

John Hull said: "The opportunity to join Farrers was simply too good to miss.  I look forward to helping the IP & Commercial Team to enhance its reputation in the technology sector".


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Notes to Editors

John Hull

John Hull has specialised in IP and IT for over 30 years. He has held a range of positions including most recently as Head of Intellectual Property at Memery Crystal; Lead partner at Eversheds and as a partner at Denton Wilde Sapte (now SNR Denton).


John is an established academic lawyer with a particular interest in the commercialization of IP. He has also lectured widely both in the UK and abroad and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars.


John is a Visiting Professorial Fellow in IP, Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London; Visiting lecturer in IP at King's College London; Visiting lecturer in IP at the Institute of Brand and Innovation (IBIL) at UCL; Visiting Lecturer at the IP Academy, Singapore and Visiting Fellow, Monash University.


John is listed as a Leader in his Field in Chambers and Partners 2012.


About IP & Commercial at Farrers

Our clients include universities and schools, publishers, software companies, museums and galleries, technology and engineering manufacturers and sports organisations, giving us a huge amount of experience in these sectors, and issues that are common to all.

Our service also includes enforcing the rights of the client and advising on the infringement of IP or defending clients against such claims from third parties.

We also provide advice on trade mark portfolio management, brand licensing arrangements, exploitation, protection and enforcement, actions for passing-off, breaches of confidentiality.

Recent examples of our work include transatlantic trade mark exhaustion litigation, advice on the mass digitisation of archives, and the exploitation of public sector information, TV shopping channel design right disputes, the misappropriation of customer database, patent entitlement disputes and the structuring of complex brand licenses.


About the Firm 

Farrer & Co provides a range of specialist legal advice to business, charities & not-for-profit and private clients and is recognised as a leader in many of the services it offers. 44 of its partners are recognised as “Leading Individuals” by independent directory Chambers and Partners 2012 (nearly 60% of our fee-earning partners).


In October 2011 the firm was awarded the Lexcel accreditation which is the Law Society’s international practice management scheme.


Over the past five years the firm has successfully retained 96% of its trainees.


The firm has recently been recognised in awards as:

  • London Legal Team of the Year – STEP Private Client Awards 2011/12
  • Law Firm of the Year – Citywealth 2011
  • Private Client Team of the Year 2011 – The Lawyer
  • Charity Adviser of the Year – Citywealth 2011
  • Best Candidate Experience – Recruiter Awards for Excellence 2012
  • Best Legal Employer – Legal Week Employee Satisfaction Report 2011
  • Best Recruiter Medium City Firm – Training & Recruitment Awards 2011
  • Shortlisted: Best Strategic Leadership – Managing Partners’ Forum (MPF) European Leadership Awards 2012