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Intellectual property specialist McDaniels expands into North West

A North East law firm specialising in intellectual property has expanded for the first time opening new offices in Cumbria.

Founded in 2005, McDaniels is led by Niall Head-Rapson and helps businesses in the identification, protection, exploitation and commercialisation of intellectual property.

The firm counts various household names as clients, particularly in the furniture and homewares sectors.

Following the return of managing associate Adam Turley, McDaniels has continued its growth aspirations opening offices at Warwick Mill Business Centre in Carlisle.

Adam will take the lead on building a strong North West presence for the firm.

The decision to expand into Cumbria was an easy one given the number of businesses working in the county’s hospitality, manufacturing and engineering sectors combined with Adam’s knowledge of the local economy and business community.

Commenting on the move, Niall said: ‘We are a successful business with a profile in the North East for nearly 20 years, and the largest specialist intellectual property team in the region.

“When Adam came on board with his knowledge of the vibrancy of the Cumbrian economy it was an absolute no-brainer to bring our expertise to the market.

“With North West businesses producing so many exciting products and brands there is a real need in the region for specialist intellectual property advice, including advice on patents, which we can now provide without having to travel outside of the region.”

The news follows a raft of activity at McDaniels in the face of coronavirus lockdowns and restrictions.

This includes a full rebrand and the launch of a new website. In addition, the firm has joined Transmit Start-up’s online marketplace as a ‘tried and tested’ company.

Transmit Start-up is a delivery partner of the British Business Bank for start-up loans, a government-backed scheme to encourage budding entrepreneurs by providing loans, support and mentoring.

The firm has also worked closely with Newcastle University’s School of Law to establish The McDaniels Law Scholarship supporting law students each academic year who have demonstrated a commitment to an extra-curricular activity such as sport, music or art.

Legal 500 2021 recently ranked the firm in the top tier for intellectual property law in the North East.