Philip Partington


Before joining Virtuoso Legal, Philip studied Law at Durham University and trained as a solicitor with another boutique intellectual property firm before moving to London in 2012 where he continued to specialise in intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on the technology sector. Philip completed the intellectual property diploma at Oxford University and guests lectures on the subject of intellectual property at a number of London Universities.

Philip specialises in high stakes intellectual property disputes and has acted on a large number of intellectual property cases in both the High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), together with the Court of Appeal. He also deals with intellectual property oppositions and invalidity proceedings in both the UK Intellectual Property Office and the EU IPO. Philip’s particular interest is the protection of leading brands.

Philip is particularly famous for his successes in the Red Bus case, Argos vs Argos and being the first to ‘break the glass ceiling’ for the uncapped recovery of his client’s costs in the IPEC.

Philip also assists our non-contentious fee earners in relation to safeguarding their client’s intellectual property rights in order to avoid future litigation, or (if litigation is unavoidable) to make sure the clients are best placed and prepared for the same. Philip also assists on company IP audits and advises businesses on their IP strategy and management on a daily basis.

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Contact details

0113 237 9900

Areas of Practice


Year Qualified



LLB (Hons) Law–Durham University
Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice–Oxford University