Our Leadership Team

Gordon Stark

Chief Executive Officer

Helen Archibald

Chief Operating Officer

Keith Young

Chief Financial Officer

Jamie LeLiever

Chief Marketing Officer

John Gillies

Global People Director

Keith Jones

Managing Director, Patents

Joanne Lecky

Managing Director, Trade Marks

Michael B Chernoff

Managing Director, Strategic IP Services

Dr Thomas Gibb

Head of Professional Practice

Dr Russell Thom

Regional Head, Patents UK

Barry Moore

Regional Head, Patents Ireland

Neil Pawlyn

Director, Patents and Trade Marks

Guido Zerbi

Regional Head, Patents Europe

Wendy Crosby

Director, Patents and Head of Designs Group

James D Brown

Commercial Director

Mary Quinn

Director, Human Resources

Dr Laura Fè

Director, Patents

Jacqueline McKay

Director, Trade Marks

Kevin Toner

Corporate Communications Director

The Company

Murgitroyd now ranks among the largest groups of patent and trade mark attorneys in Europe, with over 125 patent and trade mark professionals and more than 440 staff. From one Glasgow office, we now have 19 offices throughout Europe, in the UK, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland, from which we provide local and European representation. We also have direct representation rights in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, two client liaison offices in the United States, an office in China and an office in Managua, Nicaragua which handles docketing and patent searching.

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What Makes Us Different?

Years of Experience
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Our People
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Extensive Direct European Representation
18 Global Offices
Global IP Buying Power for Best Rates and Quality
Global IP Buying Power for Best Rates and Quality
A One Stop Firm
A One Stop Firm: All Global IP Needs Managed in One Place
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ISO 9001 : 2015 Accredited for Quality
Innovation: We are Prolific Problem Solvers
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Unrivalled Commitment to Client Service and Responsibility


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ISO Accreditation

We’re one of just a handful of legal groups who have ISO accreditation. We’re proud to have held the ISO 9001 certification since 1994, and we continually strive to maintain that approval. ISO accreditation means everything we do meets the same exacting quality criteria. We follow a strict, pre-formulated set of procedures, resulting in consistently high quality service.

Financial Times Europe's Leading Patent Firms 2021

Murgitroyd are delighted to hit the FT’s top tier for the third year running in their Survey of Europe’s Leading Patent Firms. The results are based on feedback and testimonials from clients and industry peers, with independent research being carried out by Statista, who invited close to 10,000 individuals to take part in the survey.

We would like to thank our valued clients and peers for participating in the survey, and our talented and hardworking staff for their efforts day in, day out, in producing world class service to our clients.

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Legal 500

Legal 500 independently analyses the capabilities of law firms across the world and update their research on an annual basis to provide a benchmark standard for legal firms. Its research is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide. Legal 500 has commented as follows on Murgitroyd's strengths and capabilities:

“The firm has a progressive approach to serving clients and has an established reputation for providing practical, commercially relevant and technically accurate advice. It places great emphasis on superior service, anticipating potential areas of difficulty and resolving problems effectively. The firm’s systems and procedures are based on a quality management system accredited under ISO 9001:2015. Together with rigorous external reviews, this underlines the firm’s commitment to maintaining the highest technical and quality standards.”

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Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) Magazine conducts a global survey of all intellectual property attorney firms each year, and Murgitroyd is proud to be featured in their survey results. The survey involves MIP speaking directly to clients of Murgitroyd, and we were pleased to report that quotes made by clients included the following:

"They provide us with timely filing notices to ensure we take action for successful completion. We highly respect the legal opinion they provide as it allows us make informed decisions."

"Very thorough and extremely client-friendly."

"Very strong commercial acumen."

World Trademark Review 1000

The World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 recognises attorney firms and individual trade mark practitioners worldwide for excellence in this sector, and Murgitroyd is pleased to have received the following comments in the Review:

“Fiercely uncompromising when it comes to quality.”

“An important player on the global stage, with boots on the ground in the United States and a wide web of reputable international contacts.”

“Well positioned to manage and develop brands with the broadest horizons.”

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Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000

The Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 is a global ranking of leading patent professionals in 41 of the world’s key jurisdictions. It is recognised as a leading guide dedicated to listing, and writing about, best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis.

Murgitroyd’s Scottish offices were proud to receive a Gold status ranking from IAM, and we were further pleased to be discussed in the following terms:

“The individuals at Murgitroyd always impress – they are commercial operators with a ‘can-do’ attitude."

"Especially impressive credentials in the oil and gas sphere."

“Murgitroyd has a truly international outlook.”