Powell Gilbert is to be ranked in Chambers UK, 2014: Intellectual Property gaining notable recommendations in both IP: Patent Litigation and IP: General.
Simon Aryton is recommended for IP: General whilst Penny Gilbert, Tim Powell, Zoë Butler, Alex Wilson, Ari Laakkonen and Tim Whitfield are all recommended for IP: Patent Litigation.
Chambers recognises the team as an IP boutique that has swiftly become one of the foremost firms for patent litigation, trade mark and copyright matters, and includes an impressive cast of litigators and a number of prominent clients.
Peers and clients alike comment on Powell Gilbert’s strengths and market standing saying "Powell Gilbert are absolutely excellent. If I were a client, I'd think about instructing them." A client comments further on their strategic planning, saying "They're very thorough and creative in coming up with ideas on how to strategise."
Chambers describes the recognised partners as follows:
Penny Gilbert is described by hugely effusive sources as "a legend in her area" and "very good on every metric you can think of." She has particular expertise in life sciences and biopharma work.
Simon Ayrton is someone "you definitely want on your side" for all matters across the IP spectrum.
Zoë Butler is a well-regarded patent litigator with broad experience in electronics and pharmaceutical work.
Solicitor advocate Tim Powell is a "fantastic" patent litigator whose "strategic overview can cut to the heart of the matter."
Ari Laakkonen's patent practice is largely centred around the IT and electronics industries, with sources saying "he really fights on your behalf."
Alex Wilson is a "real details person who is good with the technical stuff," and is noted for his ability to give "precise explanations."
Tim Whitfield is a "very diligent" up-and-coming partner who has impressed clients with his advisory skills and responsiveness.