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Reinvention of Lupton Fawcett’s IP and Commercial Law team


Lupton Fawcett, the Leeds, Sheffield and York-based commercial law firm, is delighted to announce the promotion of Clive Lawrence to Director and to head the firm’s Intellectual Property and Commercial department and to welcome Senior Associate Ben Clay, former In-house Counsel at the UK’s largest dairy company Arla Foods, back to the fold.

Clive, who has worked at Lupton Fawcett for the last 2 years as a Consultant, has more than 20 years’ experience across the full range of intellectual property law, sports law and media law.  He has acted for numerous household name companies (including football governing bodies and Premier League clubs) and individuals on both the commercial aspects of intellectual property and in disputes. He has been listed as an expert in intellectual property, media and sports law in numerous guides to the profession, including the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Legal Experts.  Clive has also published extensively on intellectual property and sports law and was a board member of Leeds Media.

Ben Clay first joined the firm in 2004 before leaving in 2009 to spend 8 years in-house at Arla Foods, gaining valuable experience of life on the inside of a large international organisation. Ben has studied and worked in Germany, and was part of a pan-European legal team at Arla handling cross-border matters daily.

Ben was most recently the sole in-house counsel for Arla’s £2bn-turnover UK business advising on a vast range of matters from building the world’s largest fresh milk dairy to promoting leading brands such as Lurpak and Anchor, via a broad array of other commercial and intellectual property issues encountered when manufacturing and selling the goods you see on your supermarket shelves.

Richard Marshall, Managing Director, comments: “Clive and Ben are a tremendous addition to our Intellectual Property and Commercial team.  Alongside John Sykes, both make a formidable team and provide top drawer advice to our clients and achieve good commercial outcomes for them.  All are highly skilled and experienced individuals who will be able to meet the growing needs of our clients in this uncertain business environment.

“With the amalgamation of our commercial law department into our Intellectual Property department and these new appointments, we have an exceptional pool of talent and wealth of knowledge only a few of the other larger law firms in the region can rival, and that can only benefit our clients.  Why wouldn’t you instruct us?”

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Photo L to R: Michelle Rock, Darren Carter, Ben Clay, John Sykes and Clive Lawrence

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