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Jonathan Hill


Year of call: 2000


Jonathan graduated from Oxford University with a first class honours degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn, October 2000.
Qualified to accept direct instruction under the Bar’s Public Access Scheme.

Areas of specialism:
All substantive and procedural areas of:

Intellectual property law, including:
trade marks and passing off
copyright, performers’ rights, database rights, copyright protection measures, and other related rights
registered and unregistered design rights

confidential information and privacy
plant breeders’ rights

Media law, including:
book and magazine publishing
music publishing
film and TV development and finance

Commercial and professional negligence actions featuring IP, IT or media related issues.

Appears and/or drafts written submissions in proceedings before:

High Court – Patents Court, general Chancery Division, Technology and Construction Court, general Queen’s Bench Division
Intellectual Property Enterprise Court/Patents County Court
Court of Justice of the European Union and General Court (written and oral procedure)
UK IPO (patents, designs and trade marks)
OHIM (trade marks and designs)
Domain name dispute resolution services (Nominet, WIPO)
UK Company Names Tribunal

Non-contentious work includes:
Advice and drafting services in relation:
Intellectual property licences and assignments
Media contracts
Franchising contracts


Additional Information


Available for talks/lectures in any of the areas of specialism listed above. Recent talks have included talks on the Jackson costs reforms, the Unified Patent Court and the developments in the Community design law.


Author of the Patents section of Aitkens' Court Forms



1999-2000: Inns of Court School of Law (99-00), Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent

1998-1999: City University Dipoloma in Law (CPE), Merit

1994-1998: Oxford University (Oriel), BA Physics and Philosophy, Class: 1st

1989-1994: Winchester College, A/AS Levels, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Greek, Latin, Biology



Lincoln's Inn: Kennedy scholarship (pupillage)
  Mansfield scholarship (BVC year)
  CPE award and Hardwicke entrance award
Oriel College: Scholarship 1997
Winchester College: Scholarship 1994

Additional Legal Experience

Hilary Term 2002

Assigned to assist the Chancery LJs (particularly Mummery and Arden LLJ) by conducting legal research. Also prepared memoranda for the bench on cases involving litigants in person

Other relevant experience and skills

Working knowledge of French. High degree of computer literacy.


  • What the Directories Say
  • "He works extremely hard, gets a good practical understanding of cases and is a very effective cross-examiner." "He is amazingly bright with an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law. He is deeply commercial and brings a brilliantly analytical focus on the points that really matter"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "A very impressive advocate."
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2017

    "He has a first-rate legal brain and his knowledge of the law is second to none"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2016

    "Has good technical skills and offers balanced pragmatic advice." "Responsive and commercial"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "He provides sensible, solid advice"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2015

    "An IP law all-rounder, who is spoken of in glowing terms by instructing solicitors. He is often favoured for matters involving particularly abstruse and challenging points of law."
     "An incredibly bright and determined advocate who knows this area of law backwards and who takes a very welcome commercial approach; he's a breath of fresh air."
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015