Transatlantic law firm acquires James Love Legal

James Love and Patrick Cantrill

Womble Bond Dickinson has acquired Harrogate-based James Love Legal, which was set up a decade ago by James Love, the former head of Intellectual Property at Pinsent Masons.

Patrick Cantrill, who heads the IP team at WBD in the UK, said: “I am delighted to welcome James and his colleagues to our Leeds office.  We are focused on attracting the best people to the firm.  I have known James for many years and he and his highly regarded practice will add valuable expertise and experience to our existing group of IP lawyers which in October 2018 was voted Best IP Practice at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.  We are also looking forward to pooling our contacts and knowledge in the pursuit of opportunities both across the UK and overseas.”

James Love said: “I am hugely looking forward to working with both the practice here in the UK and with US colleagues. Womble Bond Dickinson appealed to me because of the scale of its IP operations,  its unique transatlantic presence and because it is a large general firm that puts IP centre stage.”

Throughout the UK and USA, WBD has more than 150 specialist IP attorneys working across its 27 offices.  Its IP practice  continues to grow and attract an expanding roster of brand rich and technology rich global companies.

Ranking in the UK’s top 20 law firms, WBD provides legal expertise in eleven key sectors from across eight offices in the UK, including London, and 19 offices in the US. The firm’s key sectors include Financial Institutions; Real Estate; Insurance; Energy & Natural Resources; Healthcare; Manufacturing; Retail & Consumer; Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure; Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences; Technology and Private Wealth