Murgitroyd expansion continues with addition of leading intellectual property practice, UDL

Dylan MacdonaldMurgitroyd

Deal creates one of the UK and Europe’s largest IP firms

Murgitroyd, the global intellectual property company, announces the latest move in its international expansion strategy with the addition of UDL Intellectual Property (“UDL”), the highly respected UK-based IP practice. This follows its recent acquisition of Ireland’s pre-eminent IP practice, Hanna Moore + Curley*.

UDL, founded over 100 years ago, is headquartered in Leeds, with offices in Bristol, Cardiff, London, Milton Keynes, and Newcastle, and specialises in the preparation, filing and prosecution of patents and trade marks, representing clients before the UK, European and international intellectual property offices.

UDL has a total of 80 staff, including twelve partners, and all staff will remain with the enlarged business.

The deal creates one of the largest IP practices in the UK and Europe, increasing Murgitroyd’s headcount to 440 and reinforcing its position as a leading consolidator in the international IP sector.

Gordon Stark, CEO of Murgitroyd said:

“This is a significant step forward in enhancing the scale and reach of Murgitroyd in the UK and strengthens our overall presence in Europe. UDL has an excellent reputation for advising innovative companies and its focus on legal excellence, deep sector knowledge and strategically focused, pragmantic advice will complement Murgitroyd’s client-centred approach. Like Murgitroyd, UDL’s people are at the heart of its business and our strong cultural alignment will ensure that the teams are stronger together, creating a more compelling and attractive client offering.

“This advances our strategic ambitions, as we continue to grow Murgitroyd through a blend of organic development and carefully selected additions, to create the European leader in IP professional and support services. This growth will enhance our client capabilites and the associated scale enables us to support the IP needs of even the largest of businesses.

“We are leading an emerging trend of consolidation within the IP sector, where scale brings a greater depth of technical and legal expertise and breadth of services as, increasingly,

clients require a one stop, multi-sector, multi-service approach in meeting their businesses needs.”

Dr Neil Pawlyn and Alison Simpson, Managing Partners from UDL said:UDL can trace its roots back over 100 years, but innovation and development is key to our future, just like our clients. Joining Murgitroyd is an exciting step to the future.

“We have prided ourselves on the quality and depth of expertise we can share. Our strong personal client relationships have been a key differentiator. Joining forces with a company as passionate as we are about innovation and client success is what takes UDL Intellectual Property into the next chapter of our story, within Murgitroyd.

“We’re excited to show our clients the full benefits of being part of the Murgitroyd business.

*Today’s announcement follows the recent acquisition by Murgitroyd of Hanna Moore + Curley (HMC), one of Ireland’s leading patent and trade mark attorney firms, announced on 2 September, 2021.

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