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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Matthew Phillip

Matthew Phillip



  • Intellectual Property
  • Professional Negligence

WSG Practice Industries



Matt is an Associate with the Commercial Disputes team based in Edinburgh. He advises clients on a wide range of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Matt has a particular interest in contractual disputes and brand protection and regularly helps clients to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. This includes assisting them from the outset of a dispute by advising on pre-action communication and litigation strategy. He also regularly provides advice at an early stage to help ensure contracts are fit for purpose and consider practical ways to manage risk.

Matt deals with disputes in both Scotland and in England & Wales relating to commercial contracts, infringement of intellectual property, brand protection, and professional negligence.

Admitted as a solicitor in Scotland and in England & Wales

Areas of Practice

Business of Sport | Commercial Disputes and Regulation | Intellectual Property | Professional Negligence


Interpreting five key recommendations of the Independent Fan-Led Review of Football Governance
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

  In May 2021, the UK Government commissioned an independent, fan-led review of football governance in England following three “crisis events”. The report has thus far received a varied reception. Some have welcomed its recommendations, and believe that they will bring about much needed reform of the current model of football governance...

Managing Speculative Claims Following a Data Breach
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, November 2021

Increased public awareness of data protection regulations has sparked a rise in claims for damages associated with distress caused by data breaches. Many claims are made in response to serious breaches that have caused financial loss or significant distress, however organisations are increasingly receiving significant financial claims for relatively minor breaches...

Red Bull v Bullards: balancing brand protection and reputation
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2021

Energy drink giant Red Bull recently received some negative press for issuing a cease and desist letter to Norwich-based gin maker Bullards for the use of the word ‘bull’ in its brand name. The case is a useful reminder that brand owners should make sure that their brand protection strategy reflects the organisation’s wider brand values...

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