What can I do for you?
I’m a specialist in the complex but fascinating technology sector. My work includes helping clients, such as multinational companies whose business depends on technology, negotiate and manage their licensing deals on a worldwide basis. A significant amount of my day-to-day work also involves advising on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property. As part of one of the UK’s largest and most successful technology and commerce teams, I also advise on issues emerging from major research and collaboration deals between commercial sponsors and public sector organisations such as universities and NHS bodies.
Supporting my clients’ ambitions
A real highlight for me was the work we did for one of our listed clients on a multimillion-pound project involving advice on licensing issues in the oil industry in Europe, Japan and the Far East. Our IP and technology experts helped the client to focus on the most important issues and we used our experience and judgement to get the most beneficial commercial agreement for them. As a project, it had everything: a vast number of people involved, different jurisdictions and a whole range of technology issues. However, we got a great outcome for our client and they were impressed by how quickly we could tap into our international connections to get the deal done quickly and without pain.
What do others say?
One of the most common things we hear is that our team is approachable and friendly. Legal 500 also says that we’re “efficient, prompt, incisive and have an in-depth understanding of the sector”.
I was particularly pleased with this comment in Chambers UK: “Isabel Napper impresses with her straightforward approach and clear advice”, as this is exactly what I’m aiming to achieve!
What else should you know?
I started life as an accountant before changing to law – this means that I enjoy looking at the commercial/financial side of the deals that I’m working on as well as the legal issues. I’m also an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. Within my team, we also run a blog called the Technology Law Update, which acts as a discussion forum for the technology sector.