Margaret advises on all aspects of intellectual property protection and enforcement with a particular emphasis on dispute resolution.
Boutique practice noted for portfolio management and rights strategy. Recommended also for its cost-effective and experienced litigation practice which handles cases involving all core rights before the EPO, the IPEC and the Court of Appeal. Well regarded for anti-counterfeiting actions and particularly noted for expert handling of registered Community designs disputes.
Background & Qualifications
- 1985: London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM
- 1986-1987: Fitzhugh Gates
- 1987: Admitted as a solicitor
- 1987-1991: Boodle Hatfield, Intellectual Property Department
- 1991-1992: Clifford Chance, Computer and Telecommunication Department
- 1992-1995: Rouse and Co (now Willoughby & Partners), Anti-Counterfeiting
- 1995 to date: Briffa, Founding Partner
Memberships & Recognition
- Member of The Law Society of England and Wales
- Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
- Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
- Co-Author, Law Society Publication ‘Design Law’
- Recommended Lawyer, Legal500
“Margaret Briffa is well known for representing small creative businesses in infringement litigation concerning all core rights, in particular trade marks and designs. She also advises on anti-counterfeiting strategies.
An effective communicator who stays focused on results. She gives clear explanations of the steps to take and is client and solution-focused.”
- Represented Rattan Warehouse in a dispute concerning unregistered designs in relation to garden furniture.
- Set legal precedent in the following cases:
- Magmatic v PMS Group International Limited
- Future New Developments v Green Lane Products v PMS International Limited
- Farmers Build v Carriers Bulk Handling Limited (2008)
- Parker v Tidball
- Norowzian v Arks & Guinness Brewing Worldwide
“I have the perfect job. We work mainly directly with business owners to help them realise their business objectives. Clients rely on us for commercial sensible and cost-effective advice. We are 100% behind them and able to deliver the support they need.
There is immense satisfaction from seeing things work out well for clients and their business go from strength to strength. Our work challenges the perception that having lawyers on board is a ‘grudge purchase’ to one where we play a very important role in making tomorrow’s success stories.”
– Margaret Briffa