Meet the team

Nicholas WomsleyIP Director


  • BSc (Hons), EPA, CPA, MCITMA, ETMA
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Trade Mark Attorney
  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
  • BSc Biochemistry (1st Class Hons)

Nick began his career in Intellectual Property in 1989 joining the firm with a first class degree in Biochemistry from the University of Sheffield. He was awarded the 1995 prize for Patent drafting by the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents. After achieving full qualification in both Patents and Trade Marks as separate disciplines, Nick spent a couple of years as an in-house Attorney in the Intellectual Property Department for the international biosciences company Zeneca (now AstraZeneca).

Nick re-joined the firm as a Partner at the beginning of 1999 and for the last 15 years has lead the firm’s Trade Mark Team which has again been praised in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500. The team has previously been commended with “handles portfolios as well as disputes and its clients are routinely impressed by its industry knowledge and ability to do the work”.

Nick is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, a European Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark Attorney. He is also a member of INTA, PTMG, ECTA and Marques and has lectured to students of the profession on formal qualification courses.

Nick has over 25 years of experience in assisting his clients in often complex and intricate intellectual property matters. His work is on a truly international scale involving the preparation, acquisition and enforcement of his clients’ IP rights around the globe. Nick has always held the belief that it is invaluable to develop a deep understanding of a client’s business so that his advice can be as tailored, relevant and valuable as possible. With such sound philosophy Nick has worked with the majority of his clients for many years, in disciplines as diverse as pharmaceuticals, composites, materials science, FMCG, ceramics, confectionery and the service industries. Nick enjoys his time outside of the office with his wife and two sons.


  • 2018 Legal 500: "A very experienced and knowledgeable senior IP lawyer".
  • 2017 WTR 1000: "A top-class leader of the team".
  • 2017 Legal 500: "Very good at communicating legal terminology into easily understood English and explain everything clearly and precisely, without ambiguity".
  • 2016 Legal 500: "Clients are routinely impressed by industry knowledge and ability to do the work".
  • 2015 Legal 500: "Very professional and friendly".


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