Essex law firm goes international

Essex law firm, Birkett Long, has opened a new office in Malta, ensuring its clients continue to be in the best position following Brexit. In particular, intellectual property clients will benefit from the firm’s international reach.

With its European presence, Birkett Long can help companies overcome issues they may have with post-Brexit trading.

The office in Malta means the firm has a European footprint and will be able to perpetuate its rights  of audience in front of the EU IPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) for European trademark and design matters, now that the United Kingdom has left the European Union.

Jonathan Perlmutter, Head of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) team has said: “From an IP perspective, the opening consolidates our position as a provider of intellectual property rights all across the world, by maintaining the ability to represent clients in the European forum, which many firms will have lost as a result of the Brexit settlement.”   

In addition, Birkett Long has invested in the recruitment of Dr Rachel Genovese, a Maltese IP specialist who will work closely with our European clients to develop the firm’s profile as a provider of legal and IP services. She will add strength to the already robust team.

Jonathan Perlmutter said: “I am delighted to announce the opening of this new office. We are really pleased with the rapid, COVID-defying growth of the Intellectual Property offering at Birkett Long, which has recently seen us undertaking work for leading car manufacturers, technology and infrastructure giants and the US government, as well as companies of all sizes across the county and the country.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer such a sophisticated and multi-faceted service to our local clients, having established the department based on the insight that Essex provides a corridor between London and mainland Europe and is one of the entrepreneurial and industrial heartlands of the country. This is a situation which is sure to subsist far, far into the future, and it is to the enduring success of which we strive daily to contribute.”