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Oliver Fairhurst

Oliver FairhurstSenior Associate

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I advise on contentious and non-contentious issues, primarily relating to intellectual property, EU and UK competition law, and reputation management (including defamation and privacy).

I advise a wide range of clients across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, and particularly in retail, advertising & marketing and media. I have assisted clients in a number of reported cases, including before the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and EU courts.

Dispute Resolution

Examples of my work include:

  • Intellectual property: I act for both rights holders and those who claim that their rights have been infringed. Notable cases include Jack Wills v House of Fraser [2016] EWHC 626 (Ch). I also advise regularly on comparative advertising issues
  • Reputation management: I have acted for individuals and companies whose reputations are threatened or harmed, as well as for publishers. This includes before the Independent Press Complaints Organisation and in the High Court and Court of Appeal. I worked on the Lachaux v AOL libel action that was the first case to reach the Court of Appeal (and subsequently the Supreme Court) since the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013
  • Competition: I have advised various clients in relation to compliance with competition law, dealing with investigations by the regulatory authorities, and private litigation. I have also completed the King’s College London Postgraduate Diplomat in EU Competition Law
  • Regulatory investigations: I have advised in relation to investigations by the Serious Fraud Office, Competition & Markets Authority and various sector focused regulators such as the Advertising Standards Authority and Ofcom

Brands & Intellectual Property

  • My experience includes the following:Intellectual property: I advise on the intersection between intellectual property rights and the businesses of brands. This includes advising on trade marks (including comparative advertising), copyright, passing off and designs, including in relation to the use of IP rights in advertising, licensing of IP rights, and the registration & management of IP rights
  • Reputation management: I have acted for brands and individuals whose reputations are threatened or harmed, as well as for publishers
  • Competition: I have advised various clients in relation to compliance with competition law, including dealing with investigations by the regulatory authorities. I have also completed the King’s College London Postgraduate Diplomat in EU Competition Law

Trade Marks & Designs

I am a solicitor and work closely with trade mark attorneys and other IP specialists to advise on registration of trade marks and designs, portfolio management and enforcement of rights (and defence of such claims). I am regularly involved in proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office, EU Intellectual Property Office, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, High Court and EU General Court.

Advertising & Marketing

I have particular experience in working with clients involved in the Advertising & Marketing sector, including brands, advertising agencies, media owners and publishers. Specifically, this includes advising on:

  • Intellectual property disputes
  • The contractual relationships between advertising agencies and their clients
  • Risks involved with particular campaigns
  • Disputes between brands, including in relation to comparative advertising
  • Regulatory investigations and clearance, including compliance with the CAP and BCAP Codes
  • Intellectual property considerations involved in advertising

Please take a look at our Adlaw blog showcasing our insights into developments in the sector.

Media & Entertainment

I am part of the Media & Entertainment sector group, focusing on the specific issues relating to the media and entertainment industry. In particular, I advise on:

  • Intellectual property, including copyright, trade marks and other rights
  • Complaints about online and print publications, including defamation and privacy

Please take a look at our Media & Entertainment blog showcasing our insights into developments in the sector.

Dispute Resolution

Examples of my work include:

  • intellectual property: I act for both rights holders and those who claim that their rights have been infringed. Notable cases include Jack Wills v House of Fraser [2016] EWHC 626 (Ch). I also advise regularly on comparative advertising issues
  • reputation management: I have acted for individuals and companies whose reputations are threatened or harmed, as well as for publishers. This includes before the Independent Press Complaints Organisation and in the High Court and Court of Appeal. I am currently involved in the Lachaux v AOL libel action that is the first case to reach the Court of Appeal since the introduction of the Defamation Act 2013
  • competition: I have advised various clients in relation to compliance with competition law, dealing with investigations by the regulatory authorities, and private litigation. I have also completed the King’s College London Postgraduate Diplomat in EU Competition Law

Brands & Intellectual Property

My experience includes the following:

  • intellectual property: I advise on the intersection between intellectual property rights and the businesses of brands. This includes advising on trade marks (including comparative advertising), copyright, passing off and designs, including in relation to the use of IP rights in advertising, licensing of IP rights, and the registration & management of IP rights
  • reputation management: I have acted for brands and individuals whose reputations are threatened or harmed, as well as for publishers
  • competition: I have advised various clients in relation to compliance with competition law, including dealing with investigations by the regulatory authorities. I have also completed the King’s College London Postgraduate Diplomat in EU Competition Law

Trade Marks

I am a solicitor and work closely with trade mark attorneys and other IP specialists to advise on registration of trade marks and designs, portfolio management and enforcement of rights (and defence of such claims). I am regularly involved in proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office, EU Intellectual Property Office, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, High Court and EU General Court.

Advertising & Marketing

I have particular experience in working with clients involved in the Advertising & Marketing sector, including brands, advertising agencies, media owners and publishers. Specifically, this includes advising on:

  • intellectual property disputes
  • the contractual relationships between advertising agencies and their clients
  • risks involved with particular campaigns
  • disputes between brands, including in relation to comparative advertising
  • intellectual property considerations involved in advertising

Media & Entertainment

I am part of the Media & Entertainment sector group, focusing on the specific issues relating to the media and entertainment industry. In particular, I advise on:

  • intellectual property, including copyright, trade marks and other rights
  • complaints about online and print publications, including defamation
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