Financial times certificates 2019-2022


What HLK's clients have to say

‘HLK have become an extension of our legal team, not merely an external resource. The practice have developed their own relationships with key stakeholders in our business and have worked extensively to understand our business as a whole.’

‘Excellent technical knowledge and easy to deal with.’

‘HLK provides fantastic legal service. They have the experience and legal expertise across the European region to provide top customer service and high-quality work product. I work with many law firms around the world for a multinational corporation and I can state that HLK is one of the best.’

‘Rarely does a firm put out such high-quality work product so consistently for such good value.’

‘Deep expertise and outstanding advocacy in patent oppositions.’

‘All of the partners and associates I have worked with are accomplished experts in their own technical field, as well as being skilled patent attorneys.’

‘Excellent support, always available and clear advice.’

‘The patent team are all extremely competent engineers and can quickly understand and analyse new technologies. We see this as critical to assessing the novelty of new technologies and obtaining the broadest, most robust protection that is practicable.’

‘HLK combine technological expertise with a highly efficient organisation which is capable of working with accuracy.’

‘They are extraordinarily responsive and knowledgeable and are my go-to firm for matters in the UK and the EU.’

‘High-quality patent agents who can understand the technology and science as well as drafting accurate patents.’

‘HLK is creative, responsive and demonstrates the utmost professionalism, legal knowledge and attention to detail. In addition, the practitioners are wizards when working with specifications written for the US.’

‘Very knowledgeable on their subject matter. Excellent response times.’

‘A top-tier practice, a boutique which punches above its weight.’

‘Excellence in subject matter and client service very strong. Approachable lawyers and reasonably priced.’

‘Very good knowledge of UK trademark practice, and their advice is commercially minded.’

‘Good client relationship and communication. Friendly and professional.’

‘I can tell that HLK strives to stay on top of developments in European practice to better inform their clients.’

‘They deliver high quality patent applications with good lead times and at reasonable costs. Also, the handling of formal matters is very good, with timely reporting and quick response times.’

‘Outstanding is the technical competence and the ability to quickly get accustomed to new technical areas. Further, the competence in handling computer implemented inventions (cloud systems, virtualization, artificial intelligence, just to name a few) is remarkable.’

‘They are excellent scientifically and hold an impressive grasp of the procedural aspects of opposition and appeal proceedings.’

Whatever the technical, scientific or engineering field, HLK provide patent attorneys who are able to quickly grasp the most difficult concepts. Further, they have a range of linguists who are able to assess non-English documents and undertake conversations with foreign attorneys in their own languages.’

‘Very attentive, quick turnaround, cost effective and understand our business.’

‘Commercially minded advice at reasonable rates.’

‘I rate HLK highly for their breadth. They are capable of assisting with oppositions, appeals, patent drafting and strategy in technical areas ranging from chemistry through biotech to AI. They’re also very quick to grasp our commercial priorities and tailor their advice accordingly.’

‘HLK provide excellent support for all our IP and legal matters in UK and are able to answer to any kind of legal questions immediately. They provide top-quality recommendations that always take our strategic interests into account.’

What legal directories say

The Legal 500

‘HLK focuses on longstanding direct client relationships, partnering with clients in strategic matters and handling a substantial amount of original patent application drafting. Both in the UK and before the EUIPO, the firm is among the most active filers of applications, with the EPO oppositions and appeals practice tying in well for European matters.’

‘The practice impresses in advisory and contentious matters alike, consistently appearing among the most active UK and EU trade mark filers as well as among the most active representatives in contentious hearings at the UKIPO.’

Chambers and Partners

‘Specialist boutique of solicitors working closely with trade mark and patent attorneys, able to advise on the full spectrum of IP rights and matters, including prosecution proceedings, commercialisation transactions and infringement disputes. Acts for leading brands and innovators around the world. A destination of choice for foreign law firms in need of UK IP advice for their clients.’

‘HLK has a large patent and trade mark attorneys team offering a full range of IP services, including global trade mark and patent portfolio management, brand protection, oppositions and appeals, as well as enforcement. The team is directly instructed by leaders in all conceivable fields of industry and technology. The firm is particularly praised for its capabilities in handling a wide range of complex and cross-border issues. In addition to its UK offices, HLK also has offices in Munich, the Netherlands and Guangzhou in China.’


‘Prosecution outfit Haseltine Lake made headlines in 2019 when it merged with litigation practice Kempner and Partners, and the resultant outfit has been going from strength to strength ever since, winning new clients constantly thanks to its truly comprehensive IP offering.’

‘The group is distinguished by its relationships with patrons, its direct patent drafting work, and its ability to adapt its services to the needs of businesses.’

World Trademark Review (WTR)

‘In the three years since Haseltine Lake merged with Kempner & Partners, the firm has gone from strength to strength, with trademark attorneys and solicitors working in tandem to secure copper-bottomed IP protection for clients.’