International law firm CMS continues to strengthen and grow its northern intellectual property offering with the appointment of senior patent attorney Sarah Klaczynska and senior trade mark attorney Katie Goulding.
Sarah Klaczynska joins CMS after spending five years at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines where she led the patent team supporting GSK’s R&D centre in Siena, Italy. During this time she gained considerable expertise in vaccine technologies, and in developing IP strategies to protect vaccine innovation. Sarah has over 15 years’ experience of advising clients in the life sciences sector.
Katie Goulding joins the firm after spending ten years at IP specialist firm HGF Limited in Leeds. Recognised as a ‘Leader’ and ‘Influential Woman in IP’ by global publication World IP Review, Katie has established a steadfast reputation helping start-ups secure IP funding and grow their IP, to collaborating with a market-leader FMCG brand to develop its internal IP Policy and Strategy. Katie has considerable experience of managing and developing IP strategies for businesses of all sizes, domestically and internationally.
Eleanor Merrett, CMS intellectual property partner, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Sarah and Katie to our rapidly growing IP team here in Sheffield. Both bring world class expertise to the firm, and they will be key to the continued growth and success of our IP offering in Sheffield, and across the North. Sarah and Katie will support and strengthen our client offering as clients capitalise on the opportunities both here in the North and further afield.
“In the last 18 months, we have grown our IP practice in Sheffield to nine practitioners, from a standing start. Our team is advising start-ups and many of the world’s best-known brands, from right here in Sheffield. Our client roster includes the likes of Sainsbury’s, Dune and Sanofi.”
These hires are part of an aggressive growth strategy for CMS in the region, where revenues have more than doubled in the last four years. The hires follow a series of new appointments and promotions strengthening our northern offering, across a range of disciplines. In the last month alone, Helen Johnson and Helen Balliger joined the Sheffield office as partners in construction and real estate, respective, with David Hardy joined the Sheffield Planning practice as partner. Separately, Dave Lawson and Martin Garner were promoted to partner in May, in real estate and real estate disputes respectively. In addition, numerous other hires at of counsel and senior associate levels have increased the firm’s strength in areas like real estate, construction planning, banking & finance and commercial litigation.