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Adrian Speck QC

 


Year of call: 1993
Year of silk: 2012

Adrian Speck QC is a Scholar of King's College Cambridge where he took a first class degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics. He obtained a Distinction in the Common Professional Examination before being called to the Bar in 1993 with the Wilfred Parker Prize.

Practice: Adrian's practice covers all aspects of Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment and Information Technology law. His clients vary from large biotechnology and pharmaceutical corporations, substantial brand owners, broadcasters, television production companies and record companies to small businesses and private authors inventors and composers. He is co-author of The Modern Law of Copyright and Designs with Sir Hugh Laddie, Peter Prescott QC, Mary Vitoria QC and Lindsay Lane.

Important and Recent Notable Cases: In the field of media and entertainment, Adrian acted for JK Rowling and her publisher in obtaining a 'John Doe' injunction to restrain unknown persons from publication of the then unpublished Harry Potter book, a copy of which had been stolen from the printers. Recently he also acted for the BPI in its claim against CD WOW, including at the hearings after settlement relating to representations being made by CD WOW regarding the case and its settlement. He also acted for Associated Newspapers in its action to prevent Express Newspapers launching a paper under the title of Evening Mail. Adrian regularly acts in disputes relating to television formats. He acted for Granada and ITV in the Survivor/I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here dispute and in the Pop Idol/X Factor litigation which settled at the door of the Court in November 05. He also represented Guinness in the leading modern case on copyright and dramatic works in a case concerning a television advert for Guinness.

In the biotechnology and pharmaceutical field, Adrian acted for Medeva in the first case concerning genetic engineering to reach the House of Lords, Biogen v. Medeva. He regularly advises and appears in pharmaceutical cases. He has also acted in judicial review proceedings in the field of regulation of medicines and genetically modified crops. He appeared in the leading judicial review case on GM crops (ex p. Watson) where an organic farmer unsuccessfully challenged the legality of permission granted by the Minister and sought an order that GM corn near his farm be destroyed prior to it pollinating.

Adrian has appeared in a number of other leading IP cases including Scandecor v. Scandecor the first case under the 1994 Trade Marks Act to reach the House of Lords and in several cases concerned specifically with jurisdiction challenges over different IP disputes including Fort Dodge v. Akzo and Pearce v. Ove Arup, the latter being the first time an English court entertained an action for infringement of a foreign copyright.

A significant part of Adrian's practice is concerned with information technology disputes. He has acted for Via in various major pieces of litigation against Intel concerning the design and operation of chipsets and processors. Other major IT disputes have concerned SDRAM devices and RAID technology. Adrian has acted for Sony in a variety of disputes concerning PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games consoles, including disputes relating to chipping consoles to circumvent copy protection measures.

Recent Activity

» IPCom GMBH & Co KG v (1) HTC Europe Co Ltd (2) Brightpoint Great Britain Ltd (3) HTC Corp.
» Hospira AG v Novartis UK Limited [2013] EWCA Civ 583
» JW Spear & Sons Ltd and Mattel Inc v. Zynga [2012] EWHC 3345 (Ch)
» Motion Picture Association v BT (Newzbin 2)
» The Estate of Adrian Jacobs v Bloomsbury Publishing and JK Rowling
» Cephalon v Orchid & Mylan

What the Directories Say

"He has a formidable intellect." "An outstanding new silk, who is highly commercial and very practical."
Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

"an excellent IT lawyer, who is a pleasure to work with."
Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2014

"Very good on technical copyright cases." "He's very sharp, very personable, and not at all arrogant."
Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2014

The "extremely bright" Adrian Speck QC had his talents recognised with his appointment to silk in March 2012. According to one source, "he stands out due to his incredible knowledge of technology – he really understands content platforms, and gets to grips with a case very quickly."
Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2013

Adrian Speck QC is "Able to simplify complex cases that others cannot fathom," he has an unwavering instinct for what the key points in a matter are".
Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2013

"outstanding", "a safe pair of hands with good tactical sense",
Legal 500 (Media and Entertainment) 2012

Adrian Speck is "a very clever and highly regarded lawyer" who is noted for his expertise in publishing and broadcasting.
Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2012

Adrian Speck is a "frighteningly quick, shrewd tactician" and an exceptionally capable junior barrister who is universally agreed to be a star performer when it comes to highly technical IP litigation.
Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Propoerty) 2012

Commended for his "deep understanding of IP law". "He delivers astute tactical and technical advice and is the guy to go to if you have something really tricky".
Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2011

A "bright guy who is perfect for complex disputes involving databases."
Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2011

"A shrewd technician" with "excellent tactical sense". Allied to this he is hugely diligent: "Hard - working doesn't describe him - he's Stakhanovite in his appraoch".
Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2010

Adrian Speck advises large biotech and pharmaceutical corporations, broadcasters, television production and record companies on a variety of technology matters. Although properly a superstar IP brief , he can nevertheless turn in a more than handy performance on the IT front.
Chambers and Partner (Information Technology) 2010

"One of the best juniors at the Bar", and "a man with the brain power to deal with the most convoluted of cases". He demonstrated his talents in headline grabbing fashion when he acted for JK Rowling and her publisher in obtaining a 'John Doe' injunction to prevent the publication of the then unpublished Harry Potter book.
Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2010

'Hugely impressive' Adrian Speck, possesses an 'encyclopedic knowledge'.
Legal 500 (Intellectual Property 2010)

 

 

  • What the Directories Say
  • "He has a formidable intellect." "An outstanding new silk, who is highly commercial and very practical."
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2014

    "an excellent IT lawyer, who is a pleasure to work with."
    Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2014

    "Very good on technical copyright cases." "He's very sharp, very personable, and not at all arrogant."
    Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2014

    The "extremely bright" Adrian Speck QC had his talents recognised with his appointment to silk in March 2012. According to one source, "he stands out due to his incredible knowledge of technology – he really understands content platforms, and gets to grips with a case very quickly."
    Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2013

    Adrian Speck QC is "Able to simplify complex cases that others cannot fathom," he has an unwavering instinct for what the key points in a matter are".
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2013

    "outstanding", "a safe pair of hands with good tactical sense",
    Legal 500 (Media and Entertainment) 2012

    Adrian Speck is "a very clever and highly regarded lawyer" who is noted for his expertise in publishing and broadcasting.
    Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2012

    Adrian Speck is a "frighteningly quick, shrewd tactician" and an exceptionally capable junior barrister who is universally agreed to be a star performer when it comes to highly technical IP litigation.
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Propoerty) 2012

    Commended for his "deep understanding of IP law". "He delivers astute tactical and technical advice and is the guy to go to if you have something really tricky".
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2011

    A "bright guy who is perfect for complex disputes involving databases."
    Chambers and Partners (Information Technology) 2011

    "A shrewd technician" with "excellent tactical sense". Allied to this he is hugely diligent: "Hard - working doesn't describe him - he's Stakhanovite in his appraoch".
    Chambers and Partners (Intellectual Property) 2010

    Adrian Speck advises large biotech and pharmaceutical corporations, broadcasters, television production and record companies on a variety of technology matters. Although properly a superstar IP brief , he can nevertheless turn in a more than handy performance on the IT front.
    Chambers and Partner (Information Technology) 2010

    "One of the best juniors at the Bar", and "a man with the brain power to deal with the most convoluted of cases". He demonstrated his talents in headline grabbing fashion when he acted for JK Rowling and her publisher in obtaining a 'John Doe' injunction to prevent the publication of the then unpublished Harry Potter book.
    Chambers and Partners (Media and Entertainment) 2010

    'Hugely impressive' Adrian Speck, possesses an 'encyclopedic knowledge'.
    Legal 500 (Intellectual Property 2010)