Lupton Fawcett promotes intellectual property specialist to partner

Intellectual property specialist Ben Clay has been promoted to partner at Yorkshire law firm Lupton Fawcett.

Clay helps clients to obtain, exploit and enforce all forms of IP. He also defends them from any claims of infringement.

He joined Lupton Fawcett in May 2017 after spending eight years working for the UK’s largest dairy company, Arla Foods, where he gained first-hand experience of a broad range of commercial and legal issues faced by the food industry, including brand management and advertising.

Clay recently demonstrated his expertise in advertising regulation when he addressed the Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster.

In addition to his IP and food sector experience, Clay provides advice on other commercial arrangements, from the drafting and negotiation of many forms of contract to compliance with legal requirements.

Clive Lawrence, head of IP and commercial law at Lupton Fawcett, said: “Ben’s considerable knowledge and expertise in IP adds strength and depth to the first-class advice we provide to clients, and offers real world experience of the strategic and commercial considerations of their businesses.”

Clay said: “The move from industry back into private practice isn’t a common one, but I think my new role is a testament to how well it has gone and the benefits of my in-house experience to both the firm and its clients.”

Pictured: Clive Lawrence, partner and head of IP; Alison Pharoah, paralegal; Michelle Rock, trade mark portfolio assistant; Christine Simmons, trainee solicitor; David Baines, senior solicitor; and Ben Clay, partner