Dylan Balbirnie


Dylan Balbirnie


London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7639 | +44 20 7184 7001


Mr. Balbirnie advises on intellectual property issues in respect of all core intellectual property rights, as well as general commercial matters and data protection.

Mr. Balbirnie has assisted with intellectual property litigation before the High Court, the UK Supreme Court and the EU General Court and regularly represents clients in proceedings before the EU Intellectual Property Office and the UK Intellectual Property Office in connection with trade mark disputes.

Mr. Balbirnie's trade mark experience includes advising on brand clearance, trade mark prosecution, trade mark disputes and the commercialisation of trade marks for a broad range of clients, including leading cosmetics, automotive, homeware, travel and financial services brands.

Mr. Balbirnie has an interest in the life sciences sector. His experience in this area includes drafting research and collaboration agreements, patent licences, research services agreements and material transfer agreements. Mr Balbirnie also advises in connection with disputes in the life sciences sphere. 

Mr Balbirnie often engages in pro bono work. He has advised RAFT, a leading medical research charity, on various IP and commercial matters, from a research collaboration with a leading university to brand protection and contractual arrangements in respect of charity events.

Mr. Balbirnie trained with Dechert and was admitted as a solicitor in September 2015. Whilst completing his training contract, Mr. Balbirnie spent a court term on secondment to the Chancery Division of the High Court, where he worked as a Judicial Assistant to Mr. Justice Henderson (now Lord Justice Henderson) and Mrs. Justice Asplin (now Lady Justice Asplin).

In 2017, alongside his work at Dechert, Mr. Balbirnie completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice at the University of Oxford.

  • Representing a British biotech company on various matters, including multiple collaborations with large pharmaceutical companies.
  • Advising a European pharmaceutical company in High Court litigation arising from a dispute over a pharmaceutical product licence.
  • Advising one of the world’s leading online fashion retailers, Asos plc, in its successful defence of trade mark infringement proceedings brought against it by a Swiss company.
  • Advising on IP and data protection aspects of numerous corporate transactions. 
  • Durham University, B.A., Modern Languages, 2011, 2:1
  • The University of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2012, with distinction
  • The University of Law, Legal Practice Course, 2013, with distinction (first class LLB)
  • University of Oxford, Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, 2017
  • England and Wales