Sarah Hadland trained and worked for over 10 years in the City of London (at Bird & Bird and Eversheds) and she has practised for over 25 years, including as a partner at Pitmans and Boyes Turner in Reading. In 2015 she founded S.H. & Associates IP Ltd (SH&A). She has acquired a significant reputation in intellectual property law, with a focus on design rights, trade marks, copyright and confidentiality. She is listed in both Legal 500 and Chambers as a leading individual who “continues to command the respect of peers and clients. One client enthused: “It’s great to have someone like Sarah – you can have complete faith in everything you need to have faith in: her judgement, her acumen and her ability to get a good result.” [Chambers]. Clients have said that “she seems to know instinctively when to fight and when to settle” (ILO client choice awards 2013).
Sarah is also listed annually as a leading trade mark professional in the World Trademark Review 1000.
SH&A advises a number of high profile clients. These include multi-nationals, fabric and clothing designers and retailers, food manufacturers and retailers and scientific enterprises, authors and financial services providers. Clients include Gü Puds, Ty Inc. (the makers of Beanie Babies and Beanie Boos), Urban Outfitters and Next Retail. SH&A’s practice areas cover the protection of intellectual property rights including dispute resolution, civil litigation in the High Court and IPEC, criminal matters such as counterfeiting and HMRC seizures, as well as investigations and claims from collecting societies and licensing agencies such as BSA and Getty images. Sarah’s notable cases include Teleworks Limited -v- Telework Group; Gucci -v- Next Retail and Unilever Plc -v- General Housewares Corp.
The practice advises on the protection and registration of trade marks and designs and manages trade mark and design right portfolios for clients such as Ty Inc and Gü Puds. In addition, Ms Hadland advises clients in the negotiation and drafting of agreements including service agreements, head and sub-contracts, contracts relating to the development, maintenance and licensing of software, contracts relating to the global licensing of intellectual property rights and publishing and merchandising contracts.
In respect of copyright, she has advised clients in cases of infringement and in respect of licensing and protection of copyright works, in in respect of copyright arising from goods and services as diverse as software, jewellery designs, fabrics and clothing, music, lyrics and packaging designs.
Ms Hadland has an interest in assisting start-up companies and sole traders who have received complaints of infringement from third parties or who require advice on choosing and protecting a brand name or logo or who need a suit of agreements including NDAs, T&Cs and service agreements.
S.H. & Associates is dedicated to understanding its clients’ businesses, and to providing solutions which are proportionate and relevant to the business’ commercial imperatives.