Elizabeth Ward

0113 2379901 [direct]

07834 129522 [mobile]


One observer notes: “She’s really very dynamic and you get the feeling she will fight tooth and nail for the client.”

Liz Ward – an accredited Expert in her Field

Chambers and Partners UK, 2016

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An industry ranked ‘Leader in her Field’ for the past 10 years; Liz has over 20 years’ experience advising on a wide range of matters in the field of intellectual property. Liz has built up an enviable reputation due to her exceptional ability as a knowledgeable litigator, and has been especially praised for her commercial awareness. An expert in the healthcare and technology sectors, Liz has advised all manner of clients in commercialising their IP assets, and her practice has set the gold standard in carrying out company IP audits.

Liz’s previous experience working for two highly respected international law firms, coupled with her 1st degree in Genetics and Cell Biology and 10 years healthcare business experience, give her an unrivalled legal and technical insight in any matters concerning complex scientific and technological detail.

Liz advises on patent, trade mark and registered design infringement and validity issues, as well as negotiating and drafting commercial IP agreements and advising on the IP aspects of corporate deals. In addition, Liz has considerable experience of confidential information, design right, copyright patent and trade mark matters.

Liz is the Principal at Virtuoso Legal, a practice she set up in 2007 to deal with the specialist requirements of companies for intellectual property and information technology legal advice. She has now led this field for 10 years; and continues to push the envelope with her work.

Liz is qualified as a supervising solicitor for search and seizure Orders and has helped other solicitors who need a suitably qualified person to oversee such searches. She also lectures and assists with electronic disclosure and theft of electronic information by employees and others.

Liz is recommended by clients as being thorough, approachable and commercial.


I recently engaged Liz Ward to act for General Electric Oil & Gas in relation to a high value intellectual property acquisition.  The assets to be purchased by us were a portfolio of worldwide patents protecting cutting edge technology. We were particularly impressed with Liz’s ability to cut through to the core IP issues, manage her team and keep the billings to a minimum in such a short time scale.  Her team and her personal legal knowledge in the IP arena was impressive but also very commercially-driven.  Liz and her team demonstrated keen negotiation skills when working with the other side’s lawyers and defended our interests at every stage.  We appreciated Liz’s work on this matter and the level of service we received. We look forward to working with her and her team again in the future.”

Raymond Millien – General Electric Oil and Gas

Liz Ward at Virtuoso Legal has worked for several years for Dennison Trailers. Liz has always provided me with commercial advice and she understands the importance of providing practical, clear advice in relation to our intellectual property requirements. Liz assisted us in defending an alleged patent infringement case in 2011 by explaining our legal position and the best strategy to adopt. She has also assisted us when our designs were taken by a former employee and used by a third party. Liz is currently advising on some complex patent issues.”

Jane Dennison  Legal Director and Group Company Secretary, Dennison Trailers Limited

Virtuoso Legal have given us tremendous value. I knew there were holes in our IP protection but I didn’t know what or where. Virtuoso Legal helped us identify the holes which we’re now filling. I’m a great believer that finding partners in business is more beneficial than finding suppliers. I consider Virtuoso Legal to be a valued partner. I have no hesitation in recommending them.

Simon Hartley – Founder, Be World Class Limited

Barristers are uniquely placed to judge the ability of the solicitors or patent agents who instruct them and Liz Ward is one of the best IP solicitors I have known in my 32 years at the Bar.”

Jane Lambert – Head of NIPC Chambers

I’ve had to engage a FEW lawyers in my time, but i’ve never dropped lucky like THIS. The out of hours meetings, the resolve – the complete wiping the floor with the opposition. It was like pitching the other sides water gun against the H bomb that was Liz Ward.”

Nicky Pattinson – @ Hiya Its Nicky Limited

I met Liz Ward 4 years ago when I had an invention, when I spoke to Liz about my invention she gave me so much confidence and guidance on what procedures we should do next. Having Liz on my side made me feel very comfortable with knowing how skilled she is in her field, I no longer felt exposed or venerable. When Elizabeth is working for you, you immediately see her passion for your concerns and your interest, with the right people behind you it’s living proof of what can be achieved. My invention is now Patent Granted and registered in 6 other jurisdictions, I also have secured an international distributor for my products, all this was made possible with Liz’s assistance and guidance. Thank you Elizabeth!”
Glenn Wood – EZE Shoring

I have known Liz Wards for six years and during that time she has supported NOCN on all its IPR and trademark matters. During this period she has helped us will some very complex and difficult matters including major litigation.  At all times she has been professional and given us sound and straight advice.  Liz has also able to build practice and recruit and develop her team in her likeness. I always know I will get a great service for her and the practice.  She is terrific; I would not use anyone else.”

Graham Hasting-Evans – NOCN

Liz is a strong person who is always willing to win, and never gives up no matter what. She’s great at describing complex legal issues in layman’s terms and developing great winning strategies.”

Pekka Moilanen – Argos Systems Incorporated

Notable Cases in the last 10 years.

  • Argos Ltd v Argos Systems Inc [2017] EWHC 231 (Ch) – a leading trade mark case in relation to the Google AdSense programme.
  • NOCN v Open College Network (Trade mark infringement and passing off)
  • Manvers Engineering Limited v Mayflower Limited (Patent infringement and validity)
  • EDS Limited v Synergy PLC and others. (Patent and breach of confidence)
  • Air Parade Limited v Travel Republic Limited and Roger Fenton (Database theft, breach of confidence)
  • Ideas Projects Limited v Ideal Standard (Design right infringement )
  • Off the Wall (UK) Limited v Sambell Engineering (Registered Design Right Infringement)
  • Schering Plough Limited v Savant Healthcare Limited (Trade Mark infringement and passing off)
  • Sport Direct Trade Mark revocation
  • ELAS v Simply HR Limited (breach of confidential information and database theft.)
  • Mars PLC v Wagg Foods Limited (trade mark infringement and passing off)
  • Jack Johnson v Derek Landy and Harper Collins Publishers Limited (trade mark infringement and passing off)
  • Cyprotex Discovery Limited v the University of Sheffield Court of Appeal (Software dispute)

To speak to Liz, or for more information about how we can help you, call:

01132 379 900