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Boult Wade Tennant is a forward thinking, dynamic and innovative intellectual property firm. We are considered by our global peers and clients to be a leading European IP firm. Established in 1894, we are proud of our long heritage, our reputation for outstanding quality and excellence and our pioneering culture. We see ourselves as enablers, not just patent and trade mark attorneys. We enable our clients to achieve their commercial ambitions by offering straightforward and practical IP advice.

What makes us different? Boult Wade Tennant supports innovation of every kind, no matter where you are in the world. Whether you need to protect your invention, brand or design, challenge the rights of others or maximise the commercial value of your intellectual property, we have the expertise to help you.

Our patent, trade mark and design teams specialise in advising clients over the full life-cycle of brands, products or systems; from acquisition, exploitation and protection to commercial use, infringement or contentious issues.

When you work with an attorney from Boult Wade Tennant, you will receive high-level expertise and insightful advice from people who really understand the unique challenges of your sector or industry. They will combine their IP skills and judgement with the determination to find the best solution for you and follow things through to the end – no matter how demanding the time-frame or how complex the challenge.

Start-ups, national and international companies, entrepreneurs, governments, universities and other academic institutions can all rely on our unwavering commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients. We are made up of 6 global offices across the UK and Europe: London, Berlin, Madrid, Frankfurt, Cambridge and Reading. We have meeting facilities in Munich.


Throughout the firm’s history, Boult Wade Tennant has been the recipient of a wide range of prestigious, international legal awards. Since 2007, when we first invited legal directories to assess us, we have been awarded Tier One status for both patents and trade marks every single year. This exceptional achievement recognises our expertise, quality standards and service delivery.


At the heart of any good brand there is a big idea that is simple, memorable and true. For Boult Wade Tennant the big idea is: we aim to work with our clients, not just for them.

This is a statement of what we believe in: exceptional IP advice and exceptional client service. We believe in excellence. As a leading IP firm, we withstand a high level of professionalism. We want our clients to benefit not only from our excellent legal and technical quality, but also from the quality of the service we deliver.

Our culture is collaborative by nature. We believe this makes us different, because our success relies on the contribution of every single member of our firm. As European patent attorneys we work as a single IP firm across our seven offices, from London to Madrid, championing the integrity, innovation and distinctive skills demonstrated by each employee.

As an IP firm, we have identified five core values, which reflect our culture. These values underpin everything we do and help us to deliver our ambition.

  • Delight: We deliver on our promise of providing a quality service to our clients
  • Exceed: We provide patent and trade mark advice of the highest quality
  • Respect: We build integrity, transparency and fairness into every aspect of our work
  • Strive: We continually challenge ourselves to find better ways of working
  • Care: We go out of our way to have a positive impact on society and on the environment

Firm leadership

Strong leadership is essential for success, and for us, this means leading by example. We promote transparency and collaboration in everything we do, and encourage a sense of ownership among our staff. Everyone takes personal responsibility for playing a part in the firm’s strategy. This means we are more than just a group of exceptional professionals; we are a team, working together to deliver excellence.

Nick McLeish, Senior Partner

Nick McLeish
Senior Partner

Phone this number +44 (0)20 7430 7500

Email this address NMcleish@boult.com

Alex Frost Partner

Alex Frost
Managing Partner

Phone this number +44 (0)20 7430 7500

Email this address AFrost@boult.com

Andrew Little, Chief Operations Officer

Andrew Little
Chief Operating Officer

Phone this number +44 (0)20 7430 7500

Email this address ALittle@boult.com

Corporate social responsibility

At Boult Wade Tennant we are conscious of the environmental impact and legacy we will leave for future generations as well as our responsibility to the wider community. We have an active Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy that includes initiatives to benefit our local community, charitable organisations and promotes employee participation in such organisations.

Part of our commitment has been to create a group of volunteers from across the firm that is chaired by the Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Little. It is this group’s task to ensure we achieve the objectives we have set ourselves in the corporate responsibility strategy. Moving forward they will monitor our performance, year on year, to ensure that we are fulfilling our promises.

We have set ourselves ambitious environmental targets to help us reduce our carbon footprint and help us support businesses that share our environmental values. We aim to reduce our carbon emission by focusing on power saving technologies and increasing the efficiency of our heating, water and lighting systems.

Our patent and trade mark attorneys, at every level, are committed to offering pro bono work to a wide range of organisations. They volunteer their time and expertise to worthy causes that will benefit from their energy and IP knowledge.


Boult Wade Tennant is absolutely committed to equal opportunities and to enhancing the diversity of the IP firm. We believe these principles are important contributing factors to the ongoing future success of the firm. Our culture is built on collectivism. To us this means building a supportive working environment, one where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We encourage a working environment that is based on transparency, trust and respect. Our HR strategy ensures that we are fair to all employees and continually monitor the effectiveness of our inclusion and diversity policy. We are proud to be members of IP Inclusive and share their vision and goals for a more inclusive future.



The firm has entered into a partnership with the Sutton Trust, a charity championing social mobility through educational programmes, research and policy influence. Like the Trust Boult Wade Tennant believes everyone should have access to a career in IP law no matter what their background.


Staff health and wellbeing

We prioritise the health and wellbeing of every member of the Boult Wade Tennant team. Our benefits package includes access to third parties for support and assistance including: VitalityHealth, SimplyHealth and Denplan. In addition, we have recently introduced an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) provided by Health Assured. Working from home during the pandemic has created new concerns that we have quickly addressed. To help people keep active, in touch with colleagues and stay mentally strong through this testing period we have rolled out a programme of online activities including: mindfulness classes, HIIT training, Pilates and a range of fun socials such as: chocolate tasting, cocktail making, game shows, cooking classes, art classes, book clubs, film clubs and the list goes on.

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A European award-winning patent and trade mark firm delivering world-class advice to enhance the commercial value of intellectual property rights globally.