Stephen Topping

Where you studied: Holy Cross High School, Chorley; Newman College, Preston; University of Sheffield; University of Bradford.

Professional expertise before joining the firm: Business manager for print media company, then in house lawyer for telecommunications company; subsequently working in private practice for city firms in Leeds and Manchester then relocating to Preston, partner in a firm in Preston.

When you joined the firm: 1 October 2014.

Department responsibilities (within the firm): Solicitor in the civil/commercial litigation department.

Areas of special legal expertise: Intellectual property disputes; Boundary and land disputes; Director & shareholder disputes; Rural business advice; Equestrian services industry.

Notable cases

H & others v M & G (2015) – Successfully defended proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court relating to copyright and passing off claims, domain name ownership and extent of licence to use IP rights, encompassing both traditional and internet trading.

RTL v JG – Successful pre-litigation negotiation and compromise of claim alleging breach of trade mark, copyright and passing off.

SD v ‘persons unknown’ (2016)  – Successful and prompt possession action against trespassers, securing repossession of land for the client.

AM v MH & others – Successful defence of committal proceedings arising from alleged breach of injunction.

BBE & others v KG – Successful pre-litigation negotiation and compromise of claim alleging breach of partnership agreement.

V v R & S - Successful pre-litigation negotiation and compromise of action relating to disputed terms of a partnership agreement.

Colgan v Kennel Club (2001) – re obligations of a club in disciplinary proceedings taken against a member;

M v S (2008) – passing off, copyright and the independent development of concomitant intellectual property rights;

ESL v A (2010) – entitlement of a company to recover damages and expenditure arising from breach of fiduciary duty;

Name: Stephen Topping.

Position: Solicitor.

Where educated: Holy Cross High School, Chorley; Newman College, Preston; University of Sheffield; University of Bradford.

First job: Archaeologist with North Yorkshire County Council.

Hobbies: Fell running, climbing, learning Italian.

Favourite food: Ice cream.

Favourite film: Zulu.

Favourite group/artist: Too many to pick just one/John Northcote Nash.

Ultimate holiday destination: Italy.

Favourite sport/team: Team GB & Mo Farah.

Favourite book: Nabokov - ‘Invitation to a Beheading’.

Likes: Visiting the theatre, travel, running and spending time with my family.

Dislikes: Don’t get me started on that list…

Personal ambition: To speak Italian fluently.