Very easy to deal with and inspires confidence in clients

The Legal 500, UK

Sarah is a consultant in the Corporate and Commercial team, specialising in commercial Intellectual Property law.

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in general commercial contract and Intellectual Property law, before that her practice focused on IT and IP litigation for 15 years. Prior to joining Blaser Mills Law, Sarah was the managing director and founder of Touchstone Legal Services, a law firm that provided commercial contract, intellectual property, data protection and IT law advice to UK based businesses.

Sarah regularly advises clients on a wide range of matters that have IP rights at their core, including helping clients to identify, protect and exploit the intellectual property within their business, often by way of a combination of registration, practical ringfencing, licensing (including franchise models), and collaboration arrangements. Her advice can often involve helping clients protect (or manage) trade secrets and technical know-how.

Her assistance can also involve identifying and pulling together a portfolio of IP for commercial clients, agreeing arrangements for IP protection, together with drafting and negotiating supply/procurement agreements for the manufacture of products and licenses/permissions for others to exploit the IP rights identified. This help can often lead to the enhanced valuation of a business on sale.

Sarah has also acted for writers, publishers, photographers, designers and inventors.

Sarah has a special interest in e-commerce, computer software/software as a service, and the law relating to A.I. Another area of related work is for Social Media “influencers” who often need to consider protection for their brand and image rights.

Throughout her practice Sarah has worked with a variety of clients, including large corporates, SME’s and OMB’s in many different sectors (in fact Sarah always maintains that one of the pleasures of working in IP law is that you get to learn about an infinite number of different products and services in various markets and business sectors). Sarah has advised an enviable list of well-known national corporates by way of monthly retainer, providing direct day to day advice and assistance.

Career history

2020: Consultant, Blaser Mills Law
2009 – 2020: Solicitor Principal, Touchstone Legal Services
2005 – 2009: Partner and head of Commercial IP/IT Law, Sherrards Solicitors
1982 – 2005: FILEX, Solicitor, Partner, Pictons Solicitors
1975 – 1982: Commercial Business Administrator, in various roles in the UK and Toronto, Canada