Andrew Norris

Year called:
1995
Practice areas:
IP, Patents, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, IT, Media & Entertainment

'‘Great on all forms of IP.'' Legal 500 2017

"He is a very experienced and savvy trade mark specialist." (IP) "He is helpful, keen, very bright and hard-working. He has a lot to offer on difficult cases." (IP)

"He is straight-talking and commercial." (Media & Ent) Chambers & Partners 2017

"He can cut through the legalese to the crux of commercial issues." Legal 500 2016

 

Profile

Andrew's practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law and related commercial litigation. His clients range from individual rights holders to multinational brand and patent owners, and include record companies, performing artists, high profile individuals, broadcasters and intergovernmental organisations. He has acted for clients in a wide variety of tribunals including the Court of Justice of the European Union, the General Court, all levels of the High Court, the Trade Mark Registry, as well as other tribunals in the UK Intellectual Property Office.

He has extensive experience of substantial and complex IP litigation and has recently acted in various high-profile cases including representing Rihanna in her successful claim against TopShop, Jack Wills in its claim against House of Fraser, the TV broadcasting rights cases of Football Association Premier League (FAPL) v QC Leisure.

Andrew’s experience in contractual disputes involving IP includes Novaerus v Quest technologies, a complex dispute about the sale and cross-licensing of various patents relating to ‘cold’ plasma technology for sterilising air. Another example is Doosan v Babcock, a case about a licence to use of the name Babcock in civil nuclear engineering following the sale of part of a business using that name.

Andrew is regularly engaged in patent disputes. Most recently Andrew was junior counsel in the Stretchline v H&M patent litigation, which included a High Court trial and two Appeals. He also advises on a wide range of patented technologies, such as mechanical and electrical engineering. Other patent litigation includes acting for Unilever in its successful revocation action against SC Johnson & Son and acting for one of the successful defendants in Convatec v Smith & Nephew and others.

Directory & Testimonial Quotes

Trade Mark Review 2017

""goes the extra mile" and is "a leading light of the IP Bar"."He provides a perfect balance of technically sound yet commercially practical advice" and has "a great sense of humour"."

Chambers & Partners 2017

In Intellectual Property: "He is a very experienced and savvy trade mark specialist."  "He is helpful, keen, very bright and hard-working. He has a lot to offer on difficult cases."

 In Media & Entertainment: "He is straight-talking and commercial."

Legal 500 2016

In Intellectual Property: "He can cut through the legalese to the crux of commercial issues." 

In Media & Entertainment: "He has an informal style, which is very appealing to commercial clients."

Legal 500 2015

In Intellectual Property: "He is commercially focused and really speaks a language that clients understand."

In Media & Entertainment: "Very user-friendly and approachable, and good at looking at things from a commercial angle as well as a legal angle."

Andrew is regarded in Who’s Who Legal 2015.

Chambers & Partners 2014

In Intellectual Property: "A senior junior with a respected practice predominantly in design right, copyright and trade mark work. Sources are quick to point out his commercial and practical approach. Excellent strategic barrister who goes straight to the issues. His client service is fantastic."

In Media & Entertainment: Recommended for "messy, knockabout cases involving IP and contract law." He represents household-name brand owners, artists and film and record production companies in often high-profile cases. "He really knows his subject, is very collegiate, great in conference, and is an excellent advocate."
 

Legal 500 2013

In Media, Entertainment & Sport: Andrew is a "Clear, convincing advocate."

In earlier editions of Chambers and Partners, Andrew is considered “brilliant, responsive, quick, commercial and practical," and is admired by instructing solicitors for the fact that he is "very personable, and easy to have conversations with." In Media and Entertainment, he is regarded as “a real expert in format rights" and has built up a very healthy media practice. Andrew is commended as someone who "recognises the commercial realities of every situation and doesn't sit on the fence." He "gets the job done quickly and with finesse" (2010). He was also noted for his "fusion of IP and media and entertainment expertise" and "wonderfully effective" approach (2008).


The Legal 500 reports that Andrew is considered to be ‘approachable and great with clients’ (2012), ‘solid’, ‘popular’ (2010), ‘reliable’, ‘approachable’ (2009) and a leading junior in the field (2011).

In Media and Entertainment, he is regarded as “a real expert in format rights" and has built up a very healthy media practice. He continues to be involved in litigation concerning copyright and broadcasting rights of Premier League football matches and the use of overseas satellite cards.”

 

Career

Andrew commenced practice at 5 New Square in 1998 and has remained at that address since then. In the first few years Andrew undertook work in a wide range of areas such as company law, particularly directors’ duties, in addition to more broadly based commercial and contractual disputes. The major part of Andrew’s practice has, however, always been intellectual property related disputes. The reported cases in the early part of Andrew’s career were intellectual property disputes, such as Vermatt v Boncrest [2001] F.S.R. 43 a trial of a preliminary issue about the subsistence of copyright in fabrics) and the Rugby Football Union and v Cotton Traders Ltd [2002] E.T.M.R. 76 (a trial about the rights in the RFU rose). Despite the heavy bias towards intellectual property disputes, Andrew continues to undertake broad a range of commercial work.

 

Cases

Membership

Intellectual Property Bar Association 

Chancery Bar Association

 

Qualifications and Regulations

Qualifications

B.Sc (St. Andrews) 
Dip Law (College of Law)

 

Regulation

Andrew is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 34568). 

He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/029). Please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.

 

Publications

Human Interest

Andrew is married with two children. When not with his family Andrew is skiing, playing tennis or ice hockey for the London Rangers, one of London’s leading ice hockey clubs.