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Diversity statistics 2019

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We are required by our regulator (the SRA) to publish certain diversity statistics for our firm, which appear below. Data published in two previous years can also be found on this website. Two important caveats: (1) due to the small size of our firm (11 lawyers at the time the latest data was collected), the data is of limited statistical value. Since the data was collected, we have recruited additional fee-earning staff whose data would alter the report. (2) in view of the small numbers of people who responded to […]

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Vacancy for IP/commercial lawyer

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Anderson Law LLP would like to recruit another IP/commercial lawyer. Our preference is for someone in the 2-5 years PQE range, but we would consider applications from people outside this band. Our workload has increased steadily in the 24 years since Anderson & Company (our predecessor firm, until we converted to an LLP in 2011) was formed. We now employ 10 lawyers, and we are ready to increase this to 11. Most of our work is non-contentious, including drafting and negotiating IP-related agreements. We also have some regulatory work and […]

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New report: University spinouts – an imperfect ecosystem

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The start of April 2018 marked the official launch of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), an amalgamation of the seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England. With this, UK universities’ ability to turn research into innovation is once again under the spotlight. This is an important issue. After all, some highly successful companies can trace their origins to UK university research. However, nobody has really scrutinised the way the system works before. We felt the time was ripe for that to change, especially with the government’s industrial strategy recognising […]

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Diversity statistics 2017

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Periodically, we are required by our regulator, the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, to collect and publish diversity data on our staff. There is an exception to the obligation to publish if it might identify individuals, and as a small firm we have taken the decision to omit certain details. Staff are invited, but not required, to complete the diversity questionnaire. Of our 11 lawyers (including 3 partners), 10 completed the diversity questionnaire, and the following statistics are based on their replies. Where a member of staff has not replied to a […]

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Our rankings in Chambers Directory 2016

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Chambers UK Directory 2016 was published last week. As in recent years, Anderson Law LLP is recommended for both intellectual property and life sciences work. Chambers reports some very kind comments from clients and peers. Intellectual property Chambers recommends firms for IP on a regional basis. We feature in the Thames Valley section. In the firm rankings, Anderson Law LLP is ranked in the top band (band 1). Three of our lawyers feature in the individual rankings, the largest number from any of the recommended firms. Mark is ranked in […]

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Diversity data 2015

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Anderson Law LLP is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). The SRA requires regulated firms to collect diversity data from their employees (though the employees are not required to provide that data), and to publish the data that is collected, or a summary of it. As Anderson Law is a small firm, publishing full details runs the risk of disclosing personal data about individuals. Therefore we have decided to publish a selected summary in relation to the lawyers who provided data to us early in 2015. Please note that […]

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Mark Anderson becomes Chairman of Law Society Committee

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We are delighted to announce that the Law Society of England and Wales – the professional body for English solicitors – has appointed Mark as the next Chairman of its Intellectual Property Committee (IPLC). The appointment takes effect from 1 September 2015 and continues for 3 years. Mark has been a member of the IPLC for the last 10 years. The IPLC makes representations on matters affecting IP law and practice. Recent projects of note include its 9 year campaign to revise the law on “threats” in IP legislation, which […]

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