Andrew Norris

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

"He is exceptional at providing commercial and pragmatic advice."  ​Legal 500 2019

"He is approachable, flexible and fantastic at delivering sensible commercial advice." "He provides a perfect balance of technically sound yet commercially pragmatic advice."  Chambers & Partners 2018


"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 UK and EU Trade Mark Registries and the UK Patent Office.

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

Andrew co-authors a Practical Guide to Trade Mark Law and regularly tutors and lectures on Intellectual Property law.

A large part of Andrew’s practice relates to trade mark and passing off disputes. The Rihanna and Jack Wills cases being two recent examples.

Andrew is often involved with large scale commercial disputes involving technical or scientific aspects. Novaerus v Quest technologies is a complex dispute about the sale and cross-licensing of various patents relating to ‘cold’ plasma technology for sterilising air.

Andrew is regularly engaged in patent disputes too. Most recently he acted for the successful claimant (Curt Joa) in its patent revocation claim based on added matter, lack of clarity and obviousness. Previously, he was junior counsel to Nicholas Caddick QC in the Stretchline v H&M patent litigation. This included a High Court trial and two Appeals. Andrew advises on a wide range of patented technologies.

Directory & Testimonial Quotes

Chambers & Partners 2019
​Intellectual Property: "He's very professional in his approach and likes to get involved in the strategic side of things. Definitely one to watch." "His advocacy is clear and crisp and his common-sense approach goes down well with judges."  
Media & Entertainment: "He's a very solid performer."

Chambers & Partners 2018
Intellectual Property: "He is approachable, flexible and fantastic at delivering sensible commercial advice." "He provides a perfect balance of technically sound yet commercially pragmatic advice."
​Media & Entertainment: "​He's very good at advocacy as he's measured and gets straight to the core issues."

Chambers & Partners 2017
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."
Media & Entertainment: "He is straight-talking and commercial."

​Chambers & Partners 2016
Intellectual Property: 
​"Extremely client friendly and someone who makes difficult legal issues easy to understand."  "He's more than happy to look at things from a commercial rather than a pure legal angle."
Media & Entertainment:  ​"He's wonderfully user-friendly, great in conference and consultations, knows his field really well and knows exactly what's required."

Chambers & Partners 2015
Intellectual Property: 
​"An excellent strategic barrister who goes straight to the issues."
Media & Entertainment: "Incredibly knowledgeable, user-friendly, quick-thinking and creative."

Chambers & Partners 2014
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."
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."

In earlier editions of Chambers and Partners in Intellectual Property, 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).

Legal 500 2019
​Intellectual Property: "A very persuasive, practical advocate who is good on complex trade mark matters."
​Media & Entertainment: "He is exceptional at providing commercial and pragmatic advice."

​Legal 500 2017
​Intellectual Property:
"Incredibly bright and very commercial."
Media & Entertainment: "Great on all forms of IP."

Legal 500 2016
Intellectual Property: "He can cut through the legalese to the crux of commercial issues."
Media & Entertainment: "He has an informal style, which is very appealing to commercial clients."

Legal 500 2015
Intellectual Property: "He is commercially focused and really speaks a language that clients understand."
Media & Entertainment: "Very user-friendly and approachable, and good at looking at things from a commercial angle as well as a legal angle."

Legal 500 2013
Media, Entertainment & Sport: Andrew is a "Clear, convincing advocate."

In earlier editions of Legal 500 in Intellectual Property, 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.”

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."

Andrew is regarded in Who’s Who Legal 2015.​

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.