Gwilym Harbottle

Year called:
1987
Practice areas:
IP, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, Media & Entertainment, Chancery & Commercial
Mediation & Arbitration:
Mediator
Public Access:
Instructions accepted

‘He is not only extremely knowledgeable on copyright matters but very good in court.’ Legal 500 2017

‘A hardworking, intelligent and approachable advocate with a good eye for detail.’ Legal 500 2017

"He is intelligent, available and very down-to-earth. He provides high-quality work and is very professional."  Chambers & Partners 2017

"He has a good eye for detail and makes clear submissions." Legal 500 2016 


 

Profile

Most of Gwilym Harbottle’s practice is in IP and Media and Entertainment. His IP practice covers copyright (a particular expertise), trade marks and similar rights, designs and data protection. He draws on both his IP and his Chancery/Commercial expertise when acting in Media and Entertainment disputes.

He has advised and represented many of the leading copyright collecting societies and major brand owners, with a particular emphasis on enforcement (including criminal enforcement) and committal applications.

He has extensive experience in High Court and IPEC litigation but has also been instructed in the Copyright Tribunal, as an expert witness on UK copyright law and by trade bodies to advise on proposed and new legislative developments.

He continues to have a significant caseload in the Chancery/Commercial field, with a particular interest in real property law.

He is an editor of Copinger on Copyright (17th edn) published March 2016.

 

Directory & Testimonial Quotes

World Trade Mark Review 2017

"Exceptionally smart, while also commercial and practical".

 

Chambers & Partners 2017

In Intellectual Property: "He is intelligent, available and very down-to-earth. He provides high-quality work and is very professional." 

In Media & Entertainment: "He is razor-sharp, with an impressive grasp of substantive and highly complex detail."

 

Chambers & Partners 2016 "One of the Bar's most eminent authorities on copyright law ..."  "He is very experienced in the field of copyright across the board and provides clear and concise advice".  

In Intellectual Property: "He is very experienced in the field of copyright across the board and provides clear and concise advice".  "An elegant draftsman of pleadings and other documents".

In Media & Entertainment: "He is very knowledgeable, very dependable and a very effective advocate."  "He really knows his stuff".  "He gives you exactly what you need in a client-focused manner".

 

Chambers & Partners 2014

In Intellectual Property: "Praised by commentators for his prowess in copyright cases, he undertakes other types of soft IP in addition. He's an experienced practitioner with 25 years in the field." "He has a complete command of copyright law and is a go-to person for anything on copyright."

In Media & Entertainment: "A seasoned hand at record company contract disputes, who is much sought after by the major collecting agencies for contentious copyright disputes." He is valued for his "very calm and sensible" approach. "He is very experienced in the field of copyright and provides clear and concise advice."

 

Chambers & Partners 2013

In Intellectual Property: "has an "immense reputation for copyright work," with one source saying: "What he doesn't know about copyright isn't worth knowing." He is also called upon frequently for instructions concerning design rights and trade marks.”

In Media and Entertainment: “offers valuable input into high-level copyright and collecting society disputes, .... His key strengths include being "extremely bright" and "very good at nailing down complicated academic copyright points."”

 

Chambers & Partners 2012

In Media & Entertainment: Gwilym "is "terribly clever and always takes an intellectual approach to his work." He regularly advises and acts for PRS, and was recently involved in a copyright claim by artist Roger dean, who is best known for designing record covers for prog rock legends like Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep." 

 

Legal 500 2016

In Intellectual Property: "He has a good eye for detail and makes clear submissions."

In Media & Entertainment:  "Hardworking, intelligent, approachable and reliable."

 

Legal 500 2015

In Intellectual Property: "Very knowledgeable on complex IP issues."

In Media and Entertainment: "A great communicator who is also practical and efficient."

 

Legal 500 2013

In Media, Entertainment & Sport: "user-friendly and thorough."

 

Legal 500 2012

In Intellectual Property: “highly regarded ... ‘very good on matters where there is a criminal element’”

In Media, Entertainment and Sort: “The ‘thorough, user-friendly’ Gwilym Harbottle and Amanda Michaels handle trade mark and copyright matters.”

 

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

Career

Gwilym Harbottle read Modern History at Oxford before studying Law at City University, London. He was called to the Bar in 1987 and joined 5 New Square in 1992.

Talks

Gwilym has recently spoken on a variety of IP issues including:

  • Copyright exceptions including quotation, parody and temporary copying
  • Orphan works
  • European jurisdiction in copyright cases
  • Hyperlinking and copyright infringement
  • Blocking injunctions
  • Marks with a reputation
  • Civil and criminal IP enforcement in the digital environment
  • Criminal IP offences

Cases

Membership

Chancery Bar Association

IP Bar Association

British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association

 

Qualifications and Regulations

Qualifications

Gwilym Harbottle read Modern History at Oxford before studying Law at City University, London. He was called to the Bar in 1987. He is an accredited mediator through ADR Chambers.

 

Regulation

Gwilym 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: 22468)

He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/020). Please refer to the BMIF website  for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.

 

Publications

Human Interest

Gwilym’s interests include literature, art, photography and walking.