Joel McDonald


Joel qualified as a Registered Trade Mark Attorney in 2014 going on to acquire Chartered status along with the rest of the profession in 2017. He advises on a wide range of issues on a global scale including clearance and protection of new brands, dispute management and resolution, and exploitation of existing brands.

Joel has worked with clients of all sizes ranging from single person operations to multinational corporations, always ensuring he keeps commercial implications and realities at the forefront of his advice. He believes that this is key in making certain his clients receive tailored and comprehensive advice.

Joel has had numerous blog pieces published with a particular focus on the impact on intellectual property in sport. This work has resulted in Joel being asked for comment in intellectual property law publications, including on the granting of live blocking injunctions to the Football Association Premier League for their broadcast of Premier League football matches.

Outside of work, Joel tries to spend as much time as he can with his young family. Beyond that, he is a lover of almost any sport where he can work out what is going on and choose a competitor or team to cheer for, but with a particular love for rugby and football. He also enjoys sampling rum and real ale.

His qualifications include:

LLB (Hons) Law with Politics, Keele University
PGCert Intellectual Property, Bournemouth University
PGCert Trade Mark Law & Practice, Nottingham Law School
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
European Union Trade Mark and Design Attorney