Swindell & Pearson

Ewe Rams sponsored

One of Derbyshire’s most successful companies has thrown its support behind women’s football in the county.

Pattonair, the aerospace and defence industry’s leading global supply chain service provider, has agreed to become a partner of Derby County Ladies’ Football Club – and the club’s under-16s team will wear Pattonair’s name on its shirts for the 2019/20 season.

The news is a boost for women’s football locally at a time when interest in the sport is at an all-time high, following the success of the England Lionesses in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

It is also a further underscoring of Pattonair’s backing for sport in the region. Earlier this year it signed a deal to become principal partner of Derbyshire County Cricket Club, with the club’s home being renamed the Pattonair County Ground.

Pattonair’s support of Derby County Ladies will help the ‘Ewe Rams’, as the club is nicknamed, develop talent and assist the careers of budding sportswomen.

Wayne Hollinshead, Chief Executive of Pattonair, said of the link-up: “We are really pleased to be teaming up with Derby County Ladies FC for the season ahead.

“It’s impossible to ignore the buzz there has been following the FIFA Women’s World Cup. It has been capturing the imagination of the country and, more importantly, is inspiring young girls into the sport.

“This is something that the DCLFC academy programmes do – they champion the women’s game and open the doors for young girls with ambitions to play professionally. We are proud to be a part of this process.”

Headquartered in Derby, where it employs 600 staff, Pattonair operates a global service though facilities in the UK, Singapore, China, Poland, Brazil, France, Italy, Canada and the USA and counts household names like Rolls Royce amongst its customers.

DCLFC chief executive Duncan Gibb is delighted to have a company of Pattonair’s stature involved with the club.

“We are thrilled to have Pattonair join us. Bringing another partner on board and adding to the Ewe Rams family is more welcome news and demonstrates that more global companies are seeing the potential in local sporting endeavours,” he said.

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Newly qualified attorney for Swindell & Pearson

Bondholder Swindell & Pearson is delighted to announce that Natasha Hybner has recently qualified as a Chartered UK and European trade mark attorney.

Natasha initially joined the team in the formalities department in 2012 and in 2014 was offered the opportunity to train and qualify as a trade mark attorney; since  then she has helped clients protect their valuable brands.

IP Director and Trade Mark Attorney Nick Womsley commented on Natasha’s success: “Natasha’s worked hard to progress through the firm and to establish herself as a valued member of my team. As a fully qualified Chartered UK and European Trade Mark Attorney, Natasha’s now looking forward to building on this success.”

Natasha commented: "I am delighted to have qualified as a Chartered UK and European Trade Mark Attorney. The firm has really supported me throughout my training and I’m especially thankful to my supervisors for all of their time and patience in helping me gain the relevant experience necessary to qualify. I am excited to see what the future holds as I continue to develop my skills and experience as a Trade Mark Attorney.”


Swindell & Pearson Expand into new Offices

Bondholder Swindell and Pearson has opened its new offices, housed in a Grade II* listed building of 49 Friar Gate. The new office will accommodate the firm's growth in staff. 

To help mark the occasion, Member of Parliament for Derby North, Chris Williamson came down for the official opening.

Chris commented: “It was great to be invited to the opening of Swindell and Pearson's office in Derby. I found it both enjoyable and enlightening to hear about the work that they do and the highly specialised nature of intellectual property law.

"It is a pleasure to see them thrive in Derby and I am glad that they have decided to continue the services that they provide to clients both domestically and abroad through improving and expanding their office space".

Reflecting on the successful opening, IP Director Robert Sales said: “The additional office space is most welcome as it gives us room for future hires to help accommodate our growth plans. We’re working with a growing number of local businesses as well as individual inventors and brand owners who are increasingly recognising the importance and benefits of securing their valuable intellectual property rights”.

Global Expansion for Tidyco

Bondholder Tidyco has completed a Trade Mark project which will allow it to export with international brand protection through WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization).

Finance manager Jay Bhundia and marketing manager Barry Aldridge MCIM were instrumental in the project which will see the firm become a global brand. The firm has also worked closely with Bondholder Swindell & Pearson on this project. 

Tidyco has been  a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the UK rail industry for over 40 years.

Bhundia said: “To support organisational plans for export growth, Tidyco recognised the need to protect the brand on an international level. By working with local Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firm Swindell & Pearson, Tidyco has Trade Marked its brand through the Madrid System.”

Barry Aldridge added: “This has been a fantastic project to be involved with. From a marketing standpoint, re-positioning a local corporate identity as a well known global brand is a marketer’s dream come true."

Swindell & Pearson to Expand

Given our own historic roots here in Derby, we were pleased to be able to commit to the city and its professional quarter with the purchase of this property.
— Martin Terry, Director

Bondholder Swindell & Pearson is expanding its headquarters by purchasing Number 49 Friar Gate, located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter. The three storey Grade II* Listed building (built around 1841) provides Swindell & Pearson with the perfect opportunity to continue its expansion plans.
Martin Terry, Director, said: “We’re seeing increased demand in our intellectual property services with some impressive growth and new client acquisitions.  It was most fortuitous that 49 Friar Gate, located right next door to our current premises, came on the market just at the right time as we were starting to look for additional office space.
“It’s great to have a property with character and quite a lot of history – much like our firm!  We are now undertaking extensive refurbishment of the property, which has seen some unique uses over the years having variously served as premises to: a school of music, a laser skin clinic and a hotel - it even has a basement bar. Though unfortunately our refurbishment plans don’t include keeping the bar!”

New IP Director Joins Swindell & Pearson


Bondholder and patent and trade mark attorney firm Swindell & Pearson has appointed patent attorney Marcus Cavalier as IP director, as part of their continued growth plans.

A qualified European and UK patent attorney as well as a patent litigator; Marcus entered the patent profession in 1994 and has worked in-house at Black and Decker as well as in private practice. 

I’ve found Derby to be a very welcoming and friendly city and I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the professional set up of Swindell & Pearson. This opportunity was exactly the right fit for me and I’m looking forward to helping local businesses protect their valuable inventions.
— Marcus Cavalier, IP Director

Paul Higgin, head of Swindell & Pearson’s hi-tech team, said: “Marcus is a key hire for our firm and brings a great range of skills and experience that will fit in well with our existing team.

"We were looking for someone who had the right blend of commercial acumen and commitment to high-quality that all of our clients have come to expect of us. We’re very pleased that Marcus has joined us”.

Swindell & Pearson have also promoted Patent Advisor Tim Gilbert to associate.

Derby Law firms top the Legal 500

The Legal 500 is an annual publication of leading law firms in the UK across regions and sectors.  Bondholders Flint Bishop, Freeths, Geldards, Nelsons SolicitorsSmith Partnership and Swindell and Pearson are all celebrating the latest edition which scores the profession across multiple disciplines.

Managing Partner of Commercial Services and Head of Litigation at Flint Bishop, Qamer Ghafoor, said: "I'm pleased with this year's Legal 500 results and for the recommendations across both the commercial and private areas of the firm."

Freeths maintained its strong regional reputation, which continues to leverage the firm's expertise in contentious matters to attract a steady work flow in the commercial litigation and insolvency areas across its offices in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham.

Geldards chief executive, Jeff Pearson, said: "Legal 500 gives us a benchmark of where we are as a law firm and this year's ranking shows we are continuing to compete strongly, in a very competitive market."

Derby partners at Nelsons Solicitors Simon Waterfield and Kevin Modiri are highlighted for their work in property litigation and insolvency and corporate recovery respectively.

Russell Davies, partner at Smith Partnership said: "Our performance this year has exceeded all our expectations again and we are so pleased for our teams of professionals, who work so hard every day for our clients, across all areas of private and commercial law."

Patent and trade mark attorney firm Swindell & Pearson were delighted to be named as one of the UK's top intellectual property firms and several of their attorneys were also specifically recommended for the quality of their work.


For an overview and to view all results visit the Legal 500 website

Exam success at Swindell & Pearson

Left to right: Natalie Dyer and Simon Foster.

Patent and trade mark attorney firm and Bondholder Swindell & Pearson has announced members of its team have been successful in exams, furthering their development.

Patent advisor Simon Foster has passed the European Qualifying Examination and is now a European Patent Attorney whilst trade mark advisor Natalie Dyer was awarded with the Postgraduate Certificate in Trade Marks Law & Practice. 

Natalie's excellent results also led to her being presented with the Best Designs and Copyright Prize award by the Queen Mary University of London's Examinations Board Committee.

In addition, Intellectual Property Administrator James Newton recently passed the IMTA Trade Mark Administrators' Exam.


University patents revolutionary technology

Bondholder Swindell & Pearson has worked with the University of Derby to obtain patent protection for a revolutionary new method of diffusion bonding.

Diffusion bonding is a welding technique whereby similar or dissimilar metals can be fused through the application of heat to create new structures. During the process atoms diffuse across the edge of two separate metals to create a solid state joint. This form a very strong joint between different metals without deforming them and so can be used to bring together physically and chemically different metals in a wide range of applications. These include aerospace fabrication, heat exchangers, laminate die tooling and cellular material fabrication to name just a few.

The current processes used are time-consuming and expensive. With such wide spread application, a simpler, cheaper and quicker method has the potential to open up a whole host of new opportunities leading to rapid advances in technology.

Professor Richard Hall, Director of Research, Innovation & Impact at the University of Derby, said: "This invention was borne out of a combination and integration of technologies, people and expertise. Between us we have more than 20 years' experience of hot working and joining of performance materials, and worked with a partner (Ajax Tocco) who had a non-contact heating process. The idea couldn't have worked without computer simulation to aid the development process. We are seeking to demonstrate further prior to seeking further investment to commercialise."