Commercial Law and IP - Burley Law
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The base for business success?
A solid legal foundation.

Our approach is simple: support the protection and commercialisation of your innovations and IP in a way that fits your business. We manage international IP portfolios for our clients from various sectors, including universities and online-learning, fashion, e-commerce, SaaS providers and technology innovators.

  • ‘their advice is personal, relevant and first-hand’

    Des and Liz have acted as integrated members of our team.  This flexible approach attracts clients, like us, who need experienced and specialist lawyers who prioritise our time, interests, and objectives as a business. 

    Their legal knowledge and experience in setting up their own business means their advice is personal, relevant and first-hand.  They understand that we need results and deliver every time.

    Matt Jones, Founder & MD, Oxbridge Ltd
  • ‘Focused answers’

    Des anticipates and identifies our commercial responsibilities quickly and, most importantly, highlights any traps. 

    I don’t have to read through pages of law and interpret it, I get focused answers which I can rely on, saving both time and cost.

    Dr Nayan Patel, Head of Commercialisation & Contracts, Birmingham City University
  • ‘attentive, intimate firm’

    Burley Law are an attentive, intimate firm.  Direct access to Des and Liz ensures our work is handled personally and efficiently so that we feel appreciated. 

    Chris Dalton, CEO, Jobmate Ltd
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  • ‘didn’t get lost by the lingo’

    From the first phone call I felt very at ease, Des was very calm and personable and I didn’t get lost by the lingo with which many companies blind you with. 

    Christy Windle, Crafty Pods UK
  • ‘They understand our collaborative culture and share our values.’

    Mike Brooman, VANTI
  • ‘like having your own in-house legal team’

    Burley Law goes the extra mile to embed themselves in your strategic thinking and corporate aspirations.

    It’s like having your own in-house legal team but without the full-time cost. They quickly align with what you’re trying to achieve and where you’re trying to get to commercially.

    Renaissance Management Consultancy Ltd
  • ‘service is genuinely personal’

    There is an open line of communication throughout.  Burley Law’s service is genuinely personal and we are looking forward to working with them as we grow.

    Chris Dalton, CEO, Jobmate Ltd
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  • ‘Burley Law have mastered client service by fostering an in-house feel to their firm. We see Des as an integrated member of our team.’

    Christopher Heidt, Contracts & Operations Manager, ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY


    Prepared for success within an ever-evolving sector.

    • IT/Software
    • Cloud contracts
    • Online trading
    • Licensing
    • Websites
    • Information and Data Protection
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    Technology excites and energises us.

    We love seeing new ideas drive our clients on. While the law often struggles to catch up with new technology, we don’t. The legal issues constantly evolve and can be very varied and technology-specific. We love doing the difficult thinking for you so that you can focus on what’s important for your business.

    Our technology law services in more detail


    The commercial and contractual eco-system for IT and software has become increasingly complex.  We help you cut through the complexity and identify what you need contractually to manage the various risks.

    Cloud contracts

    Cloud-based services are ever more prevalent. We have extensive experience across sectors and regularly draft cloud terms and update them to meet current requirements. 

    Online trading

    E-commerce and m-commerce have unique contractual and regulatory requirements. We make sure you are covered legally, of course – but we also recognise the importance of clarity and the language being ‘on-brand’. We don’t simply give you a standard document. We make sure it suits you.


    Licence agreements have different purposes. They can underpin collaborative innovation or leverage intellectual property to unlock income. Whatever you need, we are able to draft the agreements or help you negotiate terms.

    Websites and Apps

    We draft all the terms for websites and apps including online selling; cloud terms; app terms; content sharing; online forums; marketplaces; user generated content; streaming services; software as a service; platforms as a service; online service provision; privacy policies; cookie regulations; and website terms. If you are doing something novel, we love to help you identify the risks and unpick what you need to do.

    Information and data protection

    Our deep experience of data protection and information law – from its birth – means we can offer practical advice to anyone grappling with it. This ranges from staff training and policy implementation, Data Protection Officer services, privacy policies, looking after employee, customer or medical information, data sharing and responding to requests for information.

    IP Law

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      IP is the essence of your business

      Our personal approach means we support the protection and commercialisation of your IP in a way that fits your requirements. We manage international IP portfolios for our clients. Sectors include universities and online-learning, fashion, e-commerce, SaaS providers and technology innovators across a variety of fields.

      Our IP services
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      Trade Marks

      Every trading business has a brand.  Everything you do supports it so getting proper protection is crucial.  We do the lot: UK and international trade mark registration, clearance searches, oppositions, licensing your marks and stopping infringers – online and real world.  


      Copyright is powerful.  It underpins huge chunks of the economy as it covers performances, and written media as well as sound, vision and software.  It lasts for decades and is automatically recognised internationally.  We help our clients identify these rights, secure protection, enforce their rights and commercialise them effectively.


      A bundle of legal rights protect 3D and 2D designs. Some require registration and some don’t. We support our clients in optimising their strategy for design protection.


      Patents protect new products and processes. We cover patent licences, employee ownership issues, assignments and disputes.  We work closely with patent attorneys as required on patent filing.

      International IP Strategy

      We assist new entrants and established businesses in formulating and realising their global IP strategy.  


      Intellectual property rights can stop others from competing with the technology or branding of your products.  Licensing can turn this right into an income stream. The right licence agreements optimise this income whilst protecting the underlying IP.


      IP rights are valuable, but do get copied. There are a range of strategies that can be used to stop infringers and we advise on the options that will work for you.

      IP Registration

      IP rights such as patents, designs and trade marks can be registered. We register trade marks and designs in the UK directly for our clients and also overseas attorneys. We manage IP registrations globally via an international network of firms.

      IP Audits

      IP Audits identify protectable IP in a business and ways to secure ownership as a platform for improved protection and commercialisation. Public funding is available for qualifying UK businesses. Get in touch for details.

      IP Grants

      Your business may be able to obtain publicly funded grants for legal advice around intellectual property to support your growth.

      Open to qualifying UK businesses – IP Audits plus scheme. £3000 of advice to cover an IP audit report. The grant is £2500 and the business pays £500.

      Open to qualifying West Midlands businesses – IP Enabler scheme. £5000 of advice to cover an IP audit report and legal work to carry out the recommendations in the report. The grant is for £4300 and the business pays £700.

      Burley Law qualify as advisers under these schemes. Terms and conditions apply. Numbers are limited. Subject to availability. Do get in touch if you are interested in applying for these grants.

      Empowering women in IP

      At Burley Law, we are fully committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity within the legal profession, with a specific focus on empowering women in intellectual property (IP). As IP lawyers, we deeply value the contributions that women bring to this field, and we actively support their advancement. We believe in unlocking untapped potential and embracing diverse perspectives. Women offer unique insights, innovative thinking, and exceptional talent to the IP sector. By providing equal opportunities, mentorship, and career development support, we create an inclusive platform for women to thrive and make significant contributions in IP.

      Additionally, we are determined to bridge the gender gap in the industry. Historically, women have been underrepresented in the IP field, and we are committed to changing this narrative. Through our initiatives, we break down barriers, challenge biases, and inspire future generations of women to pursue rewarding careers in IP. Through our support, mentorship, and commitment to equal opportunities, we strive to create a legal profession that celebrates and acknowledges the valuable contributions of women in the intellectual property industry.