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Partner joins law firm to develop commercial IP offering in East Midlands and South Yorkshire

Partner joins law firm to develop commercial IP offering in East Midlands and South Yorkshire

Leading full-service law firm Shakespeare Martineau has welcomed partner Selina Hinchliffe to lead its East Midlands and South Yorkshire commercial intellectual property (IP) team.

Selina specialises in transactional and advisory IP matters, including drafting and negotiating a range of agreements such as innovation R&D, sponsorship, merchandise and publishing agreements. She also advises on IP strategy and policy, regularly working on the IP aspects of wider commercial deals, corporate transactions and joint ventures.

With more than 16 years’ post-qualified experience, Selina has joined Shakespeare Martineau after almost seven years as a partner at Browne Jacobson. Prior to this, she spent more than 11 years at Eversheds Sutherland, working her way up from associate to principal associate.

In her new role, Selina will lead the commercial IP offering in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire across Shakespeare Martineau’s Nottingham, Lincoln, Leicester and Sheffield hubs, supporting the growth of the firm’s offering nationally.

Selina said:

“I am really excited to be joining a well-respected law firm in order to help grow, develop and bolster its IP and commercial function in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.

“Shakespeare Martineau has an excellent reputation and a strong presence in the regions. I feel privileged to be joining a fantastic team and I am looking forward to helping to strengthen our offering as part of the firm’s wider strategy.”

Selina has spent the majority of her career advising clients in the education, energy and TMT sectors. More recently, she has supported a top UK university on the licensing of its emission-cutting technology; a major international utilities provider on patentable technology developed and used in its offshore wind farms; and a successful YouTuber and influencer on their merchandise deals.

She said:

“IP is a great area of law as it allows you to mix with a very diverse client base, always be looking at something new and creative, and you also get to see your work in everyday life.

“I’m a real people person so I love getting out in the market and getting to know clients, which also goes hand in hand with my passion for growing and developing teams; I like to see individuals achieving their potential and getting what they want from their own careers. That’s really fulfilling for me and gives me great job satisfaction.”

Shakespeare Martineau is proactively seeking talented people to join the firm on its growth journey, including mergers, team recruitment and lateral hires nationally. Selina’s appointment is the latest in a string of new partner hires as part of the firm’s growth strategy, broadening its footprint both north and south.

Nicholas Briggs, partner and head of intellectual property at Shakespeare Martineau, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Selina to the firm; her technical knowledge and broad experience will be a real asset to our team as we look to grow our intellectual property offering and cement our reputation in the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.”

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