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Helen Newman


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Helen is a partner in the Intellectual Property Team at CMS London.  Helen is well known for advising on all issues relating to brands. With experience of acting for high profile brands from FMCG to cartoon characters, Helen works with clients in the fashion and luxury goods market. Helen's strategic approach to developing and protecting brands, covering commercial and contentious issues, is well regarded.

Helen' s experience spans complex commercial acquisitions and licensing arrangements to managing cross border litigation relating to trade marks, copyright and design right.

Helen is also an active supporter of the firm's corporate responsibility programme and a member of the pro-bono committee, providing pro-bono legal advice to a number of charities and volunteering on the lawyers in schools programme.

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"Helen Newman advises both large and small fashion and luxury brands on a wide range of contentious and commercial matters. One client says: "She believes in British fashion and has arguably done more than anyone else to help young designers."

Chambers, 2017

"Helen Newman is a renowned trade mark specialist with an impressive client base across a range of industries, with a particularly large following among fashion and luxury goods companies."

Chambers, 2016

"Helen Newman is commended for her magisterial knowledge of trade mark law, at national and international level. Sources say she is "a problem solver - not someone who just gives you a list of issues to wrestle with"."

Chambers, 2015

"Helen Newman maintains a well-respected practice in advising luxury brand and fashion clients."

Chambers, 2014

"Helen has been recognised by Thomson Reuters in its 2015 London Super Lawyers lists."

Super Lawyers, 2015

"Helen has been recognised by Thomson Reuters in its 2014 London Super Lawyers lists."

Super Lawyers, 2014

"Helen Newman has won the 'Best in trademark' title at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2013."

Europe Women in Business Law Awards, 2013

"Brand protection expert Helen Newman is a highly esteemed figure in the fashion and luxury goods sectors in particular. In this field she assists clients such as the Richemont Group - owners of Chloé, Cartier, Dunhill and Mont Blanc - with the defence of IP assets from infringement and passing-off."

Chambers, 2013

Relevant experience

  • A major consumer goods group on cross border litigation strategy based on 3D trademarks and related designs.
  • A high profile international fashion company in the fragrance and cosmetics sector on the negotiation of significant long term licence agreements.
  • A luxury good group on international anti-counterfeiting strategy including seizure proceedings in the EU and at manufacturing source in the Far East.
  • A long established British fashion brand on strategy for diversifying its brand given third party registrations in many countries.
  • A high profile fashion designer on design collaboration.
  • A celebrity on the structuring and implementation of a global trade mark filing programme to protect their.
  • A major UK based fashion label on supply chain issues, including conducting litigation to prevent the sale of unauthorised products and assisting with internal investigations within the group.
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  • 1979 - LLB, AKC King's College London, London
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Olswang wins Lux­ury Goods Brands Law Firm of the Year
This art­icle was pro­duced by Olswang LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.In­ter­na­tion­al TMT law firm Olswang has been re­cog­nised by the In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Awards and awar­ded the Lux­ury Goods Brands...