Experienced support for businesses who sell and create jewellery and luxury goods

The jewellery and luxury goods sector is as dynamic as it is fast growing. The challenges you may face within this sector are varied; from defending your intellectual property (IP) rights, to putting in place astute agency and distribution agreements, through to securing the best retail space to fit your brand.

You need support from a legal team that can move as quickly as your fast-changing industry and understands these challenges. Our multidisciplinary team of specialist lawyers can help you keep up with consumer appetite and secure opportunities for future growth.

Our team has a genuine interest and expertise in the jewellery and luxury good sector. The work we do spans from advising small and growing businesses on their agency and distribution agreements through to domestic and multi-state litigation cases defending the intellectual property rights of global brands.

UKAJ logoWe are pleased and honoured to announce that we have been shortlisted for Service Supplier of the Year in the 2018 UK Retail Jewellery Awards.

The ceremony celebrates the very best in British jewellery and contributions made to the industry.

Intellectual property rights

Our services are tailored to your needs and include:

  • registering, monitoring and licensing trade marks
  • trade mark oppositions and passing off actions
  • managing trade mark portfolios
  • identifying and protecting intellectual property – including trade marks, patents, design and confidential information
  • design and copyright infringement.

We have supported leading global luxury watch brands in complex arbitration/litigation lasting several years as well as small businesses in their local markets. We operate the successful CopyWatch® scheme for the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) and the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association (BTAA).

Our intellectual property and commercial lawyers regularly attend the main exhibitions such as the Spring Fair in Birmingham or International Jewellery in London, where we provide on-the-spot immediate advice to exhibitors and visitors who are concerned about design and copyright infringements. As IP legal partners to the NAJ, we provide advice to all members of the NAJ and are a contributor to The Jeweller Magazine and the NAJ website.

Agency and distribution agreements

For brands looking to enter the UK market, our commercial lawyers can advise on agency and distribution agreements. We provide an easy to read, plain English guide covering:

  • direct or indirect entry into the UK market
  • the differences between agency and distribution
  • deciding on the best arrangement to suit your business needs
  • what to do once you have found an agent/distributor
  • key issues when negotiating agency and distribution agreements
  • typical problems with agency and distribution agreements.

Retail space

Whether you are looking to open a single outlet in a prime West End site or establish a chain across the UK , our team of commercial property lawyers can guide you through the process of purchasing, leasing or sub-letting retail space.

Other areas

Our employment lawyers are frequently called upon to advise on issues relating to contracts for directors and employees and our commercial lawyers frequently advise on supplier and technology agreements – both internationally and in the UK.

Clients in the jewellery and luxury goods

We have a significant number of clients – in the UK and overseas – in the jewellery, watch and luxury goods markets, including:

  • National Association of Jewellers
  • British Travelgoods and Accessories Association
  • Christie & Co
  • Design Council
  • Rotary Watches
  • Tresor Paris

Renowned jewellery designers and former UK jewellery designers of the year

  • Shaun Leane
  • Paul Spurgeon
  • David Marshall
  • Sarah Jordan
  • Andrew Geoghegan

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Contracts and intellectual property: a business lifecycle

Contact us now to find out how our lawyers can help to keep you and your business ahead of the curve.

‘[The team has an] "outstanding reputation for contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Excellent ties to the media, technology and creative sectors. Recognised expertise in branding matters." [Clients say that] "they give a gold star service and are very easy to work with."
Chambers & Partners UK

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