Bevan Ashford beats City to English Heritage IP contract

Leading south-west firm Bevan Ashford has been selected as sole adviser to English Heritage on intellectual property issues, winning the work against competition from City firms.

A spokeswoman for English Heritage's legal department refuses to name the other firms involved in the tendering process, but says that a number of leading regional and City firms and a top 10 City firm were involved.

The organisation has Ashurst Morris Crisp and Norton Rose among its panel members.

The work requires Bevan Ashford lawyers to protect and promote the IP interests of English Heritage on a national basis and act as the first external point of call for inquiries and advice on IP issues.

Head of the firm's IP group Mark Lomas says: “It proves that location is not an obstacle for west country practices that can successfully prove both expertise and capability.”

English Heritage's legal director Howard Carter says: “Having been on the English Heritage panel since 1996, Mark Lomas and his team at Bevan Ashford undertook a full intellectual property audit of our organisation and successfully demonstrated the expertise and professionalism needed to meet our IP requirements on a national basis.”