William advises on a broad range of intellectual property matters with a focus on contentious work. He specialises in particular on trade mark, design rights, copyright disputes, passing off claims and domain name complaints.
He regularly prosecutes and defends matters at the UK Intellectual Property Office, EU Intellectual Property Office, Nominet Domain Name Registry, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the High Court (Chancery Division). William also has significant experience with both arbitration and mediation.
William’s clients operate in a broad range of industries, including fashion, product design, food & drink, software, robotics, finance and events. He has a particular interest in complex disputes, brand protection and deal-making.
Background & Qualifications
William completed his legal studies with a distinction from the College of Law, Guildford. He joined Briffa in 2014 after training and qualifying at a boutique litigation practice where he acted for a wide variety of clients including international hair care brands and highly acclaimed sports personalities.
William is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and Ireland. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the Law Society of Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA).
William also acts as Briffa’s liaison with a number of our affiliate trade associations, including the British Footwear Association and the Greetings Card Association, speaks regularly on the topic of intellectual property and has written for The Copyright Lawyer Magazine and the CITMA Review.
“There is nothing more satisfying than achieving an excellent outcome for a client and watching their business grow as a result.
IP lawyers have the good fortune of dealing with a hugely diverse set of industries and no day is the same, but by specialising in this particular area of the law, we can provide expert advice on issues that impact every organisation, large and small.
Our aim is to be an extension of your business, a trusted advisor and confidant. We’ll even laugh at your jokes, so there’s that. “
– William Miles