David Birchall

Partner, Head of Trade Marks, Trade Mark Attorney


David is a solicitor (non–practising) and a chartered UK trade mark attorney.  He is head of our trade marks team and has been working in trade mark prosecution and related intellectual property fields since 2000.  He specialises in the management of trade mark portfolios, prosecution of UK, European Union and international marks and co-existence arrangements. He works closely with trade mark attorneys in foreign countries in relation to the prosecution and management of trade mark registrations in those countries and has particular expertise in the field of worldwide licence recordals. David also handles domain name disputes and formal complaints to domain name authorities.

David started his career as a solicitor in a London law firm where he specialised in trade mark licensing and prosecution. He then spent three years working as an in-house trade mark adviser for well known sports brands before joining Venner Shipley at the beginning of 2012.


David studied for a degree in Modern Languages at Trinity College, Dublin where he majored in French.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Member of the Law Society

Recognition and Awards

  • WTR Trademark 1000 – The World's Leading Trade Mark Practitioners - 2019
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars - ranked in Trade Marks, 2017 and 2018