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Vanessa Lawrence

Consulting Attorney

A.A. Thornton & Co

Vanessa Lawrence is Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Consulting Attorney of the firm. Vanessa handles a wide range of UK and international trade mark cases and works across various commercial sectors including fashion, food & beverage, travel and telecommunications.


  • Copyright
  • Design Rights
  • Domain Names
  • Trade Marks
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing
  • Anti-Counterfeiting

Core Responsibilities

  • Deals with all aspects of trade mark work from clearance searches to enforcement issues
  • Specialising in the management of global Trade Mark portfolios as well as handling UK, EU and international trade mark filing and prosecution cases for smaller clients
  • Filing Community design registrations for cutting edge fashion designs, as well as being involved in anti-counterfeiting measures
  • Recording IP rights with Customs authorities around the world
  • Prosecuting domain name complaints targeted at cyber-squatters


  • Vanessa joined the trade mark profession in 1989
  • She joined AA Thornton as a UK Chartered Trade Mark attorney in 1994
  • She became a partner in 1997
  • Vanessa became a Consulting Attorney for the firm in December 2018


  • IT & Communications
  • Retail


  • BSc Hons Science, Nottingham University
  • MSc Intellectual Property Law & Science, London University
  • Qualified as a Chartered Trade Mark attorney in 1991
  • European Trade Mark and designs attorney

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
  • International Trademarks Association (INTA)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
  • European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)

Awards / Accolades

  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK – “Vanessa Lawrence is ‘a true shining star’, who has ‘exceptional knowledge of trade marks’ and delivers ‘commercially sensible solutions in terms of results and budget’”
  • Ranked in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2018

  • Recommended in WTR 1000 World’s Leading Trade Mark Professionals 2018 –Vanessa Lawrence is another accomplished partner with a deft touch on global portfolios. Gaining an intimate familiarity with her clients’ businesses and industries is part of her modus operandi and “she provides pragmatic and commercial solutions” as a result.”
  • Recognised in Who’s Who Legal 2018 Trademarks

Related News

AA Thornton Partners recommended in the World Trademark Review 2019

AA Thornton Partners Ian and Vanessa are mentioned in the 2019 edition of the World Trademark Review We are thrilled to announce that Partner Ian Gill and Consulting Attorney Vanessa Lawrence, have been, once again, recommended in the 2019 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, in the “prosecution and strategy” category…. Read more »

AA Thornton ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2019

  The Legal 500 2019 edition has now been published and we are delighted that the firm has once again been ranked as a leading firm for both patents and trade marks, and that our level of service was recognised, once again, as “outstanding”:  “The ‘excellent’ A.A. Thornton & Co. ‘goes the extra mile to provide outstanding customer service’ and has… Read more »

A.A. Thornton & Co. ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2017

The Legal 500 2017 edition has now been published and we are delighted that the firm has once again been ranked as a leading firm for both patents and trade marks, and that our level of service was recognised as “outstanding”.   The editorial sections for each of our entries in the directory are reproduced below:  “A.A. Thornton & Co.’s level… Read more »

Related Events

  • 140th Annual Meeting – International Trade Mark Association

    Partners of the firm and Registered Trade Mark Attorneys Ian Gill and Vanessa Lawrence along with Senior Associate, Sarah Darby, will represent the firm at the INTA 140th Annual Meeting, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from 19 – 23 May 2018. With the increasing importance of brands to consumers, companies and the global economy, the… Read more »

Related Publications

  • J. Choo Limited v Liangliang Ren

    “If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything.” – Iris Apfel   Introduction Not according to the EUIPO in the recent decision in Opposition No. B002757717 of J. Choo Limited v Liangliang Ren, when the Opposition Division handed down a decision to reject the mark:  … Read more »

  • “It’s immoral!” Pitfalls of failing to register your trademarks; increased risks in China.

    “It’s immoral!” Pitfalls of failing to register your trademarks; increased risks in China. Background: For a number of reasons, it is generally recognised as best practice is to secure a trade mark registration for your brands. Despite your best endeavours, however, trade mark applications can be rejected on a range of different grounds, including “absolute”… Read more »