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  David Stone



David works with the world’s leading businesses to protect their most valuable asset: their brands. Leading the A&O global brands practice, he is a distinguished IP litigator specialising in trade marks and registered and unregistered designs.

A solicitor advocate, David also has the benefit of judiciary experience, having been authorised to sit part-time as a Deputy High Court Judge in England and Wales in May 2017; and of in-house experience having worked in-house with Coca-Cola for a number of years.

He is regularly sought after to speak at a range of events, providing unparalleled narrative and advice around the most crucial brands issues. David is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and teaches IP, including at the Universities of Oxford and Alicante.

The second edition of David's book, European Union Design Law: A Practitioners' Guide, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016.

David is recognised as a leader in his field by both clients and market commentators. “The ‘incredibly bright and effective’ David Stone is rated ‘extremely highly’ by those in the market”, (Chambers UK, IP, 2018). “One of the world’s most legally gifted lawyers in intellectual property”, “a solicitor with the mind of a judge, he leads large litigation teams with great skill and tactical nous”, “if I could clone him in every jurisdiction, I would”, (WTR 1000, 2018). In 2018 David was ranked in The Lawyer’s Hot 100.

Professional qualifications

Admitted as a solicitor, Republic of Ireland, 2016

Admitted as a Notary Public, 2008

Solicitor Advocate Higher Courts Civil Proceedings (England & Wales), 2005

Admitted as a solicitor, England and Wales, 2002

Admitted as a solicitor and barrister of the High Court of Australia, 1997

Admitted as a solicitor, New South Wales, 1996

Academic qualifications

Graduate Diploma in Notarial Practice, Cambridge University, 2007 

BCL, Oxford University, 1995

BA and LLB(hons), Sydney University, 1992

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