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Our team of intellectual property solicitors

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World Class Intellectual Property Solicitors

At Virtuoso Legal we pride ourselves on our compact team of highly specialised intellectual property solicitors. Our team’s singular focus and expertise is unique and helps us exceed client expectations every time commercially and in the courtroom.

In order to achieve extraordinary results for our clients, we recruit and train top legal talent into leading IP solicitors.

Our team convene to become more than the sum of their parts – offering truly world-class advice in partnership with our clients.

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Elizabeth Ward

Founding Director and IP Solicitor

Elizabeth Ward is the Founder and Principal of Virtuoso Legal, having established the firm in 2007. Elizabeth has operated as a leading international intellectual property solicitor for over 30 years. Elizabeth has an academic background in science and prior to founding Virtuoso Legal worked for a number of international law firms where she specialised exclusively in IP. Elizabeth did note, however, that intellectual property was neglected within larger firms and that there was an opportunity for a commercially-focused and technical IP specialist practise to enter the market. Elizabeth now leads a team of uniquely talented specialists who offer some of the most straight-forward, transparent and impactful intellectual property strategy available today. Elizabeth has been sought after for comment on intellectual property issues from the BBC, Forbes and MSNBC.

  • Consecutively ranked as “Leader in their Field” by Chambers and Partners for over a decade
  • Recognised by media outlets such as the BBC and Forbes as a “go-to” IP expert
  • Owner of Bonnie, the office dog and Virtuoso Legal official mascot

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Ross Hood

Registered Foreign Lawyer

Ross earned his stripes as a young lawyer while gaining invaluable experience with top Scottish firms Brodies, Bird Semple, McGrigor Donald and corporate law specialists Dickson Minto before branching out in his own firm Hood Dunlop, which he ran for seven years, latterly from his office in Edinburgh’s prestigious Charlotte Square. Head-hunted by Scottish firm Morisons during the late 1990s, he reached the top of his profession in Corporate Practice as their Senior Partner in Corporate Law, before leaving to concentrate on providing a more focused, advisory service to a smaller number of businesses.

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Jordan Davies

Senior Associate Solicitor

Jordan Davies is an associate solicitor who helps drive forward the firm's IP dispute caseload - as well as overseeing the work of the junior members of the team. Jordan trained as a solicitor with the team from 2017 to 2019, then continued her development at a series of other firms before rejoining the team in 2022 as an associate. During this time, Jordan has assisted a whole host of businesses from startups to global players with maximising the value of their IP.

  • Worked on notable VL cases during her training, including Invista v VideraBio and Glencairn v Dartington Crystal
  • Jordan received a first-class LLB and a distinction in her MA in Law focused on IP.
  • Proud owner of Katie, the French bulldog.

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Chanel Jones

Trainee Solicitor

Chanel brings a wealth of experience to the Intellectual Property team at VL. Beginning her journey as a paralegal in Leeds, she moved back to her hometown of Manchester to start working in a boutique corporate team. She then ventured to Sydney, Australia where she expanded her legal skills in the sunny jurisdiction, working on more commercial disputes, real estate and corporate transactions. Fueled by a passion for art, music, creativity and innovation, Chanel has found her niche in IP law. Aiming to specialise in protecting the dynamic worlds of music, fashion, and art. Drawing from her extensive experience as a paralegal in various firms, she is committed to delivering timely support and guidance to clients at VL. She enjoys attending gigs and eating a plethora of cuisines in her spare time.

  • Chanel's Masters degree from Leeds Beckett University focused on Intellectual Property Law in the fashion industry.
  • Chanel is passionate about music with a growing vinyl collection.
  • Chanel is a keen foodie and enjoys trying new places to eat.

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Joe Foote


Joe joined Virtuoso Legal in July 2023 all the way from New Zealand. He finds it very funny when people tell him that’s a long commute. Joe completed his LLB at Victoria University of Wellington, and has always had a very strong interest in IP. In his spare time Joe is always outdoors. He’s very into his Cricket, Golf and loves heading into the Yorkshire Dales. Mostly though, Joe likes to talk about New Zealand.

  • Joe completed his LLB from the Victoria University of Wellington, following along from this he has completed his NZ professional legal studies course and awaits admission as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand
  • Joe feels very at home in Yorkshire, everyone he meets loves cricket, golf and rugby.
  • Joe is not used to living inland, he once swam in the ocean everyday for a year.

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Sarvenaz Naeli

Trainee Solicitor

Sarvenaz is a law enthusiastic, she enjoys working on complicated legal issues and in a parallel world, she would be a Kim Wexler or an Erin Brockovich. She successfully completed her bachelor of law in 2019. She became interested in intellectual property during a summer course hence she studied her masters in Intellectual Property Law at University of Leeds in 2021. She has a diverse legal backgrounds, from Immigration and Family Law to Property and Conveyancing and she is now focused on learning all there is in intellectual property. She is an SQE Candidate, and most of her time outside office is allocated to studies, but during the little time she gets, she likes to cook and learn Spanish.

  • Sarvenaz studied for her Masters in Intellectual Property Law at Leeds University, completing her studies in 2021.
  • Sarvenaz speaks Persian and English, and a bit of Turkish.
  • While living at home Sarvenaz had cats as pets and is looking forward to getting another after moving to the UK.

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Chris Thompson

Finance Manager

Chris Thompson joined Virtuoso Legal in 2018 as the firm’s Finance Manager. Chris also assists the team in a range of other ways, in a broader general problem-solving capacity. Chris is beloved by the team for his “can do” attitude and positive outlook.

  • Experienced background in printing for the legal sector, handling a range of confidential documents and collateral for law firms with a keen eye for detail.
  • Currently undergoing an online degree in Computer Science at the OU.
  • Over 6ft tall and currently training in Jiu Jitsu (a gentle giant, not to be messed with!)

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Maria Hodgson

Client Relationship Manager

Maria is Virtuoso Legal's client relationship manager, engaging with our clients on a day to day basis to make sure that they are looked after to the highest standard. Maria has worked in the legal profession for 39 years, with a raft of experience in trade mark formalities and maintenance working for large IP firms.

  • In her spare time Maria is passionate about charity fund raising, supporting her local community and caring for her family.
  • Strong track record in going above and beyond expectations for her clients.
  • Powerful communicator with a host of experience working for small and large clients worldwide.

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August Smith


August is Virtuoso Legal's cheerful receptionist. She looks after our phone calls and is the first point of contact for anyone giving our office a ring. August loves connecting with our clients and makes sure our callers get through to the right member of staff.

  • August has over 10 years customer service and receptionist experience
  • She's previously supported both small and large businesses.
  • Outside of work, August enjoys cooking and watching films.

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