Amanda Michaels

Year called:
1981
Practice areas:
IP, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, Media & Entertainment, Chancery & Commercial
Mediation & Arbitration:
Mediator

‘She is very pragmatic and is prepared to think outside the box.’ Legal 500 2017

"Fantastic on trade mark matters; she knows all there is to know." Legal 500 2017

"She is extremely practical, very commercial, tells it as it is, and is great with clients." Chambers & Partners 2017

"A formidable technician with an encyclopaedic knowledge of trade mark law." Legal 500 2016

 

 

Profile

Amanda has a wealth of experience in a broad field of practice, ranging from trade marks and passing off, copyright and designs, breach of confidence and related commercial disputes in the media and entertainment field, to broader contractual and Chancery disputes. She has acted for multinational brand and copyright owners, film, TV and record companies, and collecting societies, as well as for SMEs and individuals in disputes in the music/record industry, films, advertising, television, and publishing, often involving issues of contract or partnership law. She deals with a wide variety of copyright and design disputes, many in the fashion industry, and contractual/property disputes of all kinds.

Amanda is especially well-known as a trade mark specialist, dealing with trade mark and passing off matters at all levels, in UK and Community Courts.

Amanda is a persuasive and confident advocate, highly praised for her practical and commercial approach, for her client care skills and for the clarity of her arguments and written work. She has for many years been recommended by the major independent legal directories as a leading barrister for IP and Media and Entertainment, for instance as ‘something of a guru when it comes to trade mark law’, as ‘client friendly and wonderful on her feet,’ as ‘superb on paperwork and well-liked by all the judges’ and as ‘an absolutely outstanding senior junior with a fantastic capacity for assimilating information. She cuts to the chase and is a real pleasure to work with.'

Amanda is the author with Andrew Norris of ‘A Practical Guide to Trade Mark Law.’ The 5th edition of this popular textbook was published by OUP in March 2014.

Whilst remaining in full-time practice at the Bar, Amanda is a Recorder and has been appointed under s 9 of the Senior Courts Act to sit part-time as a Deputy Enterprise Judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. Amanda is also an Appointed Person under the Trade Marks Act 1994, hearing appeals from the UKIPO. 

Amanda is an experienced mediator of IP, Chancery and wider commercial disputes; she has a high rate of successful outcomes.

 

Directory & Testimonial Quotes

World Trade Mark Review 2017

"She has a "well-developed international perspective" on trade marks and understands how to run multi-jurisdictional cases so that results in one country benefit proceedings in another. "Her forensic approach works well for the trickiest cases."

Chambers & Partners 2017

In Intellectual Property: "She is an ideal choice for opinion work. Her oral presentation is forthright and persuasive."  "She is extremely practical, very commercial, tells it as it is, and is great with clients."

In Media & Entertainment: "She finds solutions that get to the heart of the client's concerns." 

Legal 500 2016

In Intellectual Property: "A formidable technician with an encyclopaedic knowledge of trade mark law." 

In Media & Entertainment: "Super-efficient, clear and very approachable."

Chambers & Partners 2015 recommends Amanda for intellectual property and media & entertainment:

“Considered an oracle with regard to trade mark law, she is one of the most popular senior juniors for brands, media and passing-off cases. Sources speak highly of her clear, careful and practical advice.”

 

Who’s Who Legal for the UK Bar 2015: Media & Entertainment 

"Most highly regarded" leading junior.

 

The World Trademark Review World’s Leading Trademark Professionals Guide 2015

The “robust” Amanda Michaels is “very straightforward in her approach and clients really value her judgement. She is concise and incredibly knowledgeable”. 

 

 Chambers & Partners 2014

"A highly rated junior who quite literally wrote the book on trade mark law. She is particularly noted for her clarity of argument and ability to explain complex issues to clients."

"One of the leading trade mark barristers in the country. Even if you're on the other side, you feel convinced by her arguments."
 

Chambers & Partners 2013

In Intellectual Property: Amanda Michaels is "known as something of a guru when it comes to trade mark law, and features in the rankings on the strength of highly enthusiastic feedback from her clients. Commentators say she is an "absolutely outstanding senior junior with a fantastic capacity for assimilating information. She cuts to the chase and is a real pleasure to work with."


The World Trademark Review World’s Leading Trademark Professionals Guide 2013

This guide recommends Amanda as a “stellar” junior, saying that Amanda’s “pragmatic advice, commercial awareness and great intelligence” set her apart. “She is in court frequently and shows brilliant advocacy skills; it is a real advantage to us to be represented by someone with her level of experience."

Legal 500 2015 recommends Amanda for intellectual property and media & entertainment:

"She provides excellent support and is held in high regard by the judges."

"Very practical and hands-on, and great with clients."

 Legal 500 2013

"Amanda Michaels inspires confidence."

 

Amanda is regarded in Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks 2015 for sports and entertainment.

 

Career

Amanda read law at the University of Durham. Her interest in IP arose from her post-graduate studies of EU law at the College of Europe in Bruges, funded by Belgian Government scholarships, and then as a trainee in the Legal Department of the EU Commission. She wrote her master’s thesis on trade mark law.

Amanda’s practice encompasses litigation at all levels and covers almost the full breadth of chambers’ work.

On the IP side, Amanda does a full range of IP and media work, save for patent validity/infringement actions, but she does have experience of disputes relating to patent licences and ownership. For many years she has acted for the collection societies, PPL and PRS. In addition to trials and interim hearings of all kinds, she has acted in many committal applications and has experience of arbitrations and mediation. On the Chancery side, Amanda has experience of a wide range of disputes, particularly of a contractual nature; she regularly acts in Family Provision, probate and proprietary estoppel actions and frequently achieves excellent settlements of such disputes without going to trial.

Since 2007, Amanda has combined her practice with part-time judicial work. She has been an Appointed Person, hearing appeals from the UKIPO in trade mark matters. Her judgments may be found on the UKIPO website. She was appointed as a Recorder in October 2010 and as a Deputy Enterprise Judge of the IPEC in 2015. She has heard a variety of civil cases as well as cases in the Patents County Court and now the IPEC. Her judgments are online at www.bailii.org<http://www.bailii.org

Amanda also acts as a mediator in a wide variety of disputes.  She is happy to conduct conferences and mediations and read documents in French.

Cases

Membership

Chancery Bar Association

IP Bar Association

ADR Chambers

 

Qualifications and Regulations

Qualifications

BA (Dunelm) Law
Certificat d’Hautes Études Européennes (Bruges) 
MA (d’Hautes Études Européennes) (Bruges)
Called to the Bar, Gray’s Inn, 1981
Appointed Person, 2007
Recorder, 2010

Deputy Enterprise Judge 2015

 

Regulation

Amanda is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. She is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 16719)
 
She has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/011). Please refer to the BMIF website  for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.

 

Publications

Human Interest

Amanda is a keen singer and an enthusiastic cook.