Our team: IP&IT

Meet the team who create and maintain our resources

Roger Wesson

Roger Wesson trained at Slaughter and May and worked in their corporate and commercial department for two years after qualifying. He then practised media and IP law for two years with Denton Hall (now Dentons), before moving to Allison & Humphreys (which later merged with Field Fisher Waterhouse), where he was a partner for five years, specialising in media and IP&T law. He is Head of Practical Law Data Protection, Practical Law IP&IT and Practical Law Media & Telecoms. Roger is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Michelle Wheeler

Michelle Wheeler trained at Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills) and practised in their IP department for two years after qualifying, concentrating on contentious work. She then joined the College of Law, where she spent five years as a lecturer in IP and commercial law. Since joining Practical Law, her role has included writing and delivering Practical Law training courses in the fields of IP and commercial law. Michelle holds the diploma in IP law from Bristol University. She is Deputy Head of Practical Law IP&IT and Practical Law Media & Telecoms. Michelle is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Lucy Lowry

Lucy Lowry trained with Denton Hall (now Dentons) and practised as a solicitor there for six years, specialising in IP&IT law. During this time she was seconded for a period to the toy manufacturer, Hasbro UK, where she acted as intellectual property counsel. She is part-qualified as a trade mark attorney, holds the diploma in IP law from Bristol University and is a former plain-English officer for a leading insurance company. Lucy is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Jacqui James

Jacqui James trained at Slaughter and May and then moved to Bird & Bird, where she practised as a solicitor specialising in contentious IP law for four and a half years. She has worked on a range of high-profile cases, including Sean Sweeney v Macmillan, involving the copyright in James Joyce’s Ulysses. Jacqui has a first in law and the BCL from Oxford University, and holds the diploma in IP law from Bristol University. She is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Hilary Pearson

Hilary Pearson joined Bird & Bird as a partner in 1995, initially in the IT group and then in the IP department. Prior to that, she was called to the Bar in 1976 and, after a tenancy in London patent chambers, spent ten years practising as a US lawyer and US patent attorney, first in Silicon Valley and then in Texas. She returned to the UK in 1990 and became head of IT law at Simmons & Simmons, before joining Bird & Bird. In 2006, she retired from Bird & Bird to return to Oxford University to study for a DPhil (PhD) in Medieval History, which she completed in 2010. She has extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious IP and IT law. Her degree in physics from Oxford University has equipped her to deal with the complex technological issues arising in her contentious work, in which she has managed patent litigation for leading IT hardware and software companies. Hilary is not practising at Practical Law.

Elizabeth Newman

Elizabeth Newman trained and qualified with Lovells (now Hogan Lovells) where she worked in the intellectual property department on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and information technology matters. While there, she did secondments with Granada Media and with Standard Chartered Bank. She subsequently worked as the in-house lawyer for TalkTalk Direct, a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse. She has written chapters for Law and the Internet, edited by Lilian Edwards and Charlotte Waelde (Hart Publishing, 3rd ed., 2009) and for Telecommunications Law and Regulation, edited by Ian Walden (Oxford University Press, 4th ed., 2012). She holds the diploma in IP law from Bristol University. Elizabeth is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Tim Gunn

Tim Gunn practised as a solicitor in Australia before qualifying as a solicitor in the UK, where he practised at Norton Rose. He then spent 11 years in roles as in-house counsel with British Technology Group, Astra Zeneca and Shell International, before working for six years as a professional support lawyer with City law firms including Ashurst and Simmons & Simmons. Tim holds a post-graduate diploma in IP law from Queen Mary College, University of London and has worked as a tutor in notarial practice business law studies at the University of Cambridge, where he designed and conducted coursework and examinations. He joined Practical Law IPIT & Communications in September 2009. Tim is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Alex Batterson

Alex Batteson worked as a patent examiner at the European Patent Office in The Hague for eight years, before being called to the English Bar in 1995. He joined Freshfields' IP and IT practice in 1997 and two years later moved to Bristows as a patent litigator. He became the professional support lawyer for the IP group at DLA Piper in 2004 and then with Linklaters in 2007. Alex has experience across the full range of IP rights and has been involved in a number of high-profile patent cases, including Haberman v Jackel, Intel v VIA and Cranway v Playtech. His degree in physics gives him a full understanding of complex technological issues. Alex is currently a non-practising barrister and solicitor.

Charlotte Murphy

Charlotte Murphy graduated from the University of Leeds in 2010 with a BA Hons in English Literature and Language (International), which included a year’s study at the Australian National University as part of the Worldwide Exchange programme. Following two years’ experience in the technology industry, she went on to complete her GDL at the Manchester Metropolitan University and was called to the Bar in 2015. She joined Practical Law in January 2015 and is an assistant editor for the Commercial, IP&IT, Media & Telecoms and Data Protection teams.

Niovie Constantinou

Niovie Constantinou graduated from the University of Reading in 2012 with a law degree. She subsequently completed a postgraduate degree on Corporate Law at University College London in 2013, and the LPC at the University of Law (London, Bloomsbury) in 2014. Niovie joined Practical Law Corporate as a paralegal in 2014 and is an assistant editor for the Commercial, IP&IT, Media & Telecoms and Data Protection teams.

Peter Clemons

Peter Clemons studied History at the University of Warwick, graduating with a BA Hons degree. He subsequently completed a Master's Degree in Modern History at Warwick. Following two years' experience in the critical communications industry, he went on to complete his GDL and LPC at Kaplan Law School, achieving a Distinction and a Commendation respectively. He joined Practical Law in 2016 as an Assistant Editor in the Life Sciences team.

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