Murgitroyd expansion continues with addition of UDL
Murgitroyd has announced its acquisition of of UDL Intellectual Property (UDL), a UK-based IP practice. This follows its recent acquisition of Hanna Moore + Curley in Ireland.
UDL, founded over 100 years ago, is headquartered in Leeds, with offices in Bristol, Cardiff, London, Milton Keynes, and Newcastle, and specialises in the preparation, filing and prosecution of patents and trade marks, representing clients before the UK, European and international intellectual property offices.
UDL has a total of 80 staff, including 12 partners. All staff will remain with the enlarged business.
Gordon Stark, CEO of Murgitroyd said: “This is a significant step forward in enhancing the scale and reach of Murgitroyd in the UK and strengthens our overall presence in Europe. UDL has an excellent reputation for advising innovative companies and its focus on legal excellence, deep sector knowledge and strategically focused, pragmantic advice will complement Murgitroyd’s client-centred approach. Like Murgitroyd, UDL’s people are at the heart of its business and our strong cultural alignment will ensure that the teams are stronger together, creating a more compelling and attractive client offering.
“This advances our strategic ambitions, as we continue to grow Murgitroyd through a blend of organic development and carefully selected additions, to create the European leader in IP professional and support services. This growth will enhance our client capabilites and the associated scale enables us to support the IP needs of even the largest of businesses.
“We are leading an emerging trend of consolidation within the IP sector, where scale brings a greater depth of technical and legal expertise and breadth of services as, increasingly, clients require a one stop, multi-sector, multi-service approach in meeting their businesses needs.”
Dr Neil Pawlyn and Alison Simpson, managing partners from UDL said: “UDL can trace its roots back over 100 years, but innovation and development is key to our future, just like our clients. Joining Murgitroyd is an exciting step to the future.
“We have prided ourselves on the quality and depth of expertise we can share. Our strong personal client relationships have been a key differentiator. Joining forces with a company as passionate as we are about innovation and client success is what takes UDL Intellectual Property into the next chapter of our story, within Murgitroyd.
“We’re excited to show our clients the full benefits of being part of the Murgitroyd business.”