Clarke Willmott hires in for Manchester launch

Clarke Willmott is to open its fifth UK office, with a base in Manchester planned for later this year.

The office will open on 1 November with the arrival of a two-lawyer IP team from Manchester firm JMW Solicitors, in the form of the firm’s former head of IP Roy Crozier and associate Andrew Stone.

Crozier will act as IP ­co-head alongside Southampton-based trademark specialist Paul Cox. The pair trained together at Baker & McKenzie.

Crozier, who ­specialises in anti-counterfeiting matters, brings a client relationship with Jemella, the company behind the GHD brand and Fred Perry.

Cox, whose biggest clients include easyGroup and easyJet, said: “Having Roy and his team join Clarke Willmott is a huge boost. Our working styles and strengths complement each other and we’re delighted to be working together again. As the opportunity arises we may take more people on in Manchester.”

Clarke Willmott chief executive Stephen Rosser commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for us as we’re entering a new market and strengthening our national and international IP offering and client base. Our ambition is to become the firm of choice for IP outside London and provide a cost-effective, first-class service.”

Clarke Willmott, which also has offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and Taunton, is the latest of a number of firms to open in Manchester. HBJ Gateley Wareing launched in the
city in July after hiring a 40-­partner team from Halliwells, while Barlow Lyde & Gilbert opened there in 2009 with personal injury duo Rob Muttock and Mark Hemsted from DLA Piper.