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Senior Solicitor

Alicia West


Alicia is a Senior Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution department and joined Owen White in September 2014.

Alicia works on a broad range of matters including franchising and commercial contract disputes for franchisors and franchisees, as well as owner managed businesses and individuals. Her work involves litigation, alternative dispute resolution and general advisory work.

Alicia has a wide range of experience in commercial disputes involving breach of contract, misrepresentation, enforcement of restrictive covenants and franchise agreements.

Alicia has significant experience on advising clients on brand protection, intellectual property and data protection matters.

Alicia has experience of preparation and filing of trade mark applications in addition to enforcement of IP rights including trade mark opposition and invalidity actions at the Trade Mark Registry. Her work also involves assisting clients with passing off, copyright and domain name disputes.

Alicia has also advised clients on social media removals and takedowns, the right to be forgotten and search engine removals.

Recent Client Work

  • Acting for a franchisee in proceedings issued in the High Court for fraudulent misrepresentation of financial projections in the franchisor’s prospectus.
  • Acting for a franchisor in urgent interim injunctive proceedings following breach of post-termination obligations.
  • Acting for a franchisor of a UK domiciliary care provider defending interim injunction proceedings and a claim for breach of contract and contract terminations.
  • A & Others –v- Major High Street retailer [2017] High Court trial in a fraudulent misrepresentation claim. Settled confidentially after a 10-day trial.
  • Acting for a franchisor in claims by franchisees involving post-termination obligations and buy-back clauses contained within their franchise agreements.
  • Acting for an estate agent brand in insolvency proceedings involving setting aside of statutory demands.
  • Successfully defending opposition and invalidity proceedings brought against a UK fast food restaurant chain.
  • Drafting trade mark applications and advising on their intellectual property portfolio for a well-known care brand.
  • Sharn Panesar Ltd and another v Pistachios in the Park Ltd and another [2020] EWHC 194 (QB). Successfully appealed an order made in the County Court following a preliminary issues trial, in which the judge made findings of fact which went beyond the list of preliminary issues.

Authored Articles

CPR Part 36 Offers

Insights

Part 36 offers are a useful tactical step a party can take in legal proceedings to attempt to focus the other side on settling proceedings. It can put pressure on an opponent to come to the table and settle a case whilst importantly protecting the offeror’s position on costs.

How effective are Personal Guarantees in Franchise Agreements?

Insights Franchising

A guarantee is a contractual promise to pay the liabilities of another.
When a franchise agreement is entered into between a franchisor and a corporate franchisee, such as a limited company, it is usual for the franchisor to require at least one individual, such as a company director or key shareholder, to provide a personal guarantee that they will satisfy the obligations and liabilities of the franchisee, in the event that the franchisee fails to meet those obligations and liabilities under the franchise agreement.

Brexit and Trade Marks: An Update

Insights Brand Protection

From 1 January 2021 all EU trade mark registrations will no longer cover the UK.
However, all EU trade marks that have been registered before 31 December 2020 or ‘IP Completion Day’, will be automatically converted by the UK Intellectual Property Office into their own fully independent UK trade mark holding the original EU trade mark filing date. There will be no additional fees to pay.

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