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Debra is a qualified solicitor who advises on the protection, management, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including copyright, designs, trademarks and patents. Debra is adept at helping brands and individuals maximise the value of their intellectual property. She is very comfortable working with a wide variety of different clients and works with fashion brands, technology start-ups, product developers, manufacturers, lifestyle and well-being brands, business consultants, authors, illustrators, photographers, writers, publishers, production companies, clothing and footwear designers, greeting card designers and producers, furniture designers, interior designers, graphic designers and others. In addition to intellectual property law, Debra has a detailed understanding of and a wealth of experience advising clients on media, data protection, privacy, harassment and commercial law.
EXPERIENCE / QUALIFICATIONS:
Before joining Briffa, Debra gained experience in Commercial law, Commercial Litigation and and all areas of Media law and Privacy at a top international law firm based in London. She completed her training at a boutique firm in Soho. Debra is qualified to practice law as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Law Society of England and Wales, IPSOC, Norwood Young Lawyers Charity Committee.
Briffa is a highly regarded practice, specialising in intellectual property, information technology, media, data protection and commercial law. Margaret Briffa is assisted by a highly experienced team of specialist lawyers.
The firm focuses in particular on intellectual property protection and enforcement and has an excellent track record of providing clients with clear advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Briffa acts for a wide range of clients across all industries, from start-ups to household names. The firm has a loyal following of clients who benefit from the firm’s pragmatic approach and winning solutions. The firm has a particularly strong reputation for assisting start-ups and SMEs to protect all aspects of their business, giving clear advice on intellectual property matters and commercial/contractual arrangements.
Briffa is a member of the Knowledge Quarter, which is a focal point for one of the greatest knowledge clusters anywhere in the world (partners include Google and the Guardian), and regularly presents on intellectual property and information technology law issues of interest and relevance to its clients. Most recently, the firm presented at Google Campus on the significance of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation for businesses, and hosted a panel discussion with EVCOM on the protection and enforcement of copyright and other intellectual property rights in the film and music industries.
The firm also regularly presents to start-ups at the monthly Digital Business Drop-In hosted at the Digital Catapult Centre in London by Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network.
Briffa has recently been invited to sit on the editorial board of The Copyright Lawyer Magazine, the sister publication to The Patent Lawyer Magazine and The Trade Mark Lawyer Magazine, and the firm also frequently writes articles for the ITMA Review and a range of other specialist trade publications.
NOTABLE CASES AND CLIENTS
In the field of copyright, leading cases in which the firm has acted include Norowzian v Arks Limited & Guinness Brewing Worldwide Limited (1999, Court of Appeal) and Maltez v Lewis (1999, High Court).
In the field of designs, notable cases in which the firm has acted include Parker v Tidball (1997, High Court), Green Lane Products Limited v PMS International Group plc & Others (2008, Court of Appeal), PMS International Group plc v Magmatic Limited (2016, Supreme Court).
Briffa also acted in Future New Development Limited v BNS Patente und Marken GMBH (2014), a leading case in relation to jurisdiction.
Notable clients include Anorak, Chartered Society of Designers, Farfetch UK, Heathcote & Ivory, Touchtunes, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Spectrum Brands.
“Briffa have been great support getting our business sorted out on the legal side giving us a firm foundation on which to build.”
Jonathan Matthew, Sollilas
Knowledgeable and attentive. Would willingly recommend to others.