Andrew Stone Intellectual Property Solicitor Clarke Willmott Manchester

Andrew Stone

Senior Associate – Intellectual Property, Clarke Willmott Solicitors, Manchester

"Andrew is “very diligent and very hard-working," according to one market source, while a client adds: "The attention to detail is fantastic." He is noted for his expert handling of trade mark enforcement, passing-off disputes and anti-counterfeiting." - Chambers & Partners 2017

Andrew is a Senior Associate in the Intellectual Property team specialising in brand protection.

Andrew’s expertise includes many aspects of both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property law.  He has acted for many of the world’s best known brands in relation to both domestic and international disputes.

Andrew has acted before the Court of Appeal in the case of Fred Perry (Holdings) Ltd v Brands Plaza Trading Ltd & Anor [2012] EWCA Civ 224 following proceedings brought by Fred Perry for trade mark infringement and passing off in the High Court.  The Judgment highlighted the recent changes to the CPR Rules in particular dealing with relief from sanctions such as a strike-out for non-compliance with a Court Order.  This case has been widely cited and referred to in recent cases dealing with similar issues.  Andrew also recently acted in the High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) in proceedings brought by Jemella, the owner of the “ghd” trade mark and also in relation to both High Court and IPEC proceedings which have been brought by other clients. Andrew also recently acted in the case of AMS Neve Ltd & Ors v Heritage Audio S.L. & Anor [2016] EWHC 2563 (IPEC) for a Spanish client, Heritage Audio SL, in an application in the IPEC to contest jurisdiction in respect of allegations of infringement of an EU trade mark by the trade mark owner. The Judgment, which has been widely reported, confirmed that the English and Wales Courts did not have jurisdiction to hear this part of the claim. AMS Neve Ltd were not given permission to appeal by the Judge but have recently applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal. The remaining parts of the case involving the UK trade marks will continue in the IPEC pending the outcome of the application for permission to appeal.

Andrew qualified in February 2009 focusing exclusively on intellectual property matters.  Andrew joined Clarke Willmott in 2010.

Andrew is a member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group.  Andrew has also co-authored articles on Intellectual Property law which have been published in legal journals.

“Recommended as “an extremely efficient character” who is “reliable and accurate with his legal guidance.” He is also highlighted for being “very good at representing trade mark owners and working on passing-off disputes” – Chambers & Partners 2016


  • Drafting and negotiating licence agreements, distribution agreements, franchise agreements, agency agreements and assignments.
  • Conducting trade mark, copyright, design right and patent litigation.
  • Advising on breach of privacy and breach of confidence claims.
  • Advising brands, including many globally recognised names, on implementing anti-counterfeiting strategies both in the UK and internationally.
Service areas
  • Intellectual property
    Intellectual property
  • Anti-counterfeiting