Davenport Lyons, Memery Crystal in Boateng face-off

The Court of Appeal will hear a licensing dispute between fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and brand owner Marchpole Holdings in November, boosting the IP teams at Davenport Lyons and Memery Crystal advising on the long-running battle.

Boateng licensed his name to Marchpole, who wanted to use his reputation to market a line of casual clothing , but the parties fell out over the licensing agreements and ended up in the Court of Appeal for the first time in July last year.

Boateng won the case and then needed a High Court decision to terminate the licence agreement, but Marchpole is appealing the termination of the licence agreement.

Davenport Lyons head of IP Simon Tracey is advising Boateng, while Memery Crystal litigator Harvey Rands is acting for Marchpole. The case has yet to be assigned to a judge.

Tracey said: “My guess is the judge will be Lord Justice Jacob. We had him last time round and he was spot on.”

Boateng has been Tracey’s client since 2000, when the lawyer worked at Buchanan Ingersoll. The designer stayed with Tracey when he joined Davenport Lyons in 2001.

Davenport Lyons has instructed Richard Arnold QC of 11 South Square Chambers, while Memery Crystal is using Daniel Alexander QC of 8 New Square.