Gary is the firm’s Risk & Compliance Manager and works closely with the firm’s COLP (Compliance Officer for Legal Practice), COFA (Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration) and the Risk Management Committee on risk, regulatory and compliance matters.
He draws from his background as an Associate and later a Professional Support Lawyer in the Intellectual Property & Commercial practice area to provide legal advice, internal guidance and support within the firm. His responsibilities include: Lexcel accreditation; claims and complaints handling; professional indemnity insurance matters; the management and enforcement of the firm’s internal office guidance, client care materials, the firm’s Terms of Engagement, and internal policies and procedures; raising risk awareness; advising on client risk acceptance procedures; ensuring the firm’s compliance requirements are understood; dealing with outside counsel guidelines; and conducting internal file reviews.
Gary also has broad experience in the protection and enforcement of IP matters and brand protection programs with particular expertise in litigious patent, trade mark, copyright and design matters in the technology and life sciences sectors. Gary’s experience includes High Court litigation dealing with patent infringement (coronary stents and handheld mobile email systems), registered design and copyright infringement (steam mops), and patent entitlement (monoclonal antibody anti-cancer drugs and oilfield drilling tools).
He has written numerous articles on a wide range of Intellectual Property subjects and has completed the University of Bristol’s Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice. Gary was seconded as legal counsel to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe during his training contract and more recently on a part-time basis to the University of Oxford's Legal Services Department to advise on IP and commercial matters.