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Doug Locke - Partner & Intellectual Property Lawyer - VWV Law Firm


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Head of Corporate, Commercial and Charities & Intellectual Property Lawyer

How Can Doug Help You?

Doug is an international lawyer who advises on all aspects of intellectual property law, from protecting it, licensing it and enforcing it, to preparing and negotiating contracts (in plain English!)

Doug trained at City firm Nabarro, and qualified into their intellectual property team before moving to VWV in 2001. Doug has a broad range of skills and experience which he offers to clients.

Meeting Your Needs

His extensive knowledge of all things intellectual property, means he is seen as the go to person for IP. As well as working with corporate and commercial clients, Doug has advised many UK schools, working with them to establish licensee schools throughout China, the Middle East and elsewhere in Asia.

With a lot of repeat business, Doug develops long-term, trusting relationships with clients.

What Others Say

"Doug is wise, calm and experienced. He takes the trouble to understand the issues and respond thoughtfully and patiently, pitching his answer at the level of understanding of his audience." - Chambers & Partners 2021

Chambers & Partners recognise Doug as "very bright and capable" and is praised for being able to "think around problems and make very useful suggestions." One impressed client said that "he takes the trouble to understand what it is exactly you're trying to achieve as opposed to the best legal position."

"Doug Locke leads the team. One impressed peer commented that 'he is very accessible in two ways: first, you can get hold of him when you need him. Secondly, his style is very accessible. He's practical and gets to the nub of things."

Legal 500 recognition:

  • Doug Locke is "excellent".
  • "Doug Locke ('sound, thoughtful and pragmatic') is recommended."
  • "Doug Locke is consistently commended by clients."

Bursar of independent school: "Thanks again for your support on this [international school] project –– it has been a pleasure working with you on it and the advice and support you and your team have given us has been invaluable."

Chairman of £80m turnover company: "I would just like to say a personal thank you to you and your team for the tremendous effort you have put in to bring this project to completion."

Bursar of independent school: "As ever, your advice is invaluable."

Attendee at IP seminar: "Excellent speaker. Well modulated, lucid and interesting. Great delivery."

What You Might Like to Know

Doug is a longstanding member of the Association of European Lawyers. His work has seen him travel to 16 countries in 4 continents in the last 10 years. Outside of work, Doug plays football and cycles, and he coaches the Bradford-on-Avon under 8s football team.