Rosie specialises in commercial litigation, including complex disputes involving commercial transactions, shareholder rights and construction disputes.

Rosie is also qualified as a Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience. She has a particular interest in the protection of intellectual property rights and works closely with companies that focus on technology and R&D when they are involved in licensing, patent and design right disputes.

Rosie also has significant experience in working with companies in the FMCG sector to develop marketing strategies that balance commercial drivers with the need to protect trade marks and brand identity.

Rosie enjoys working closely with clients to find a commercial resolution to their problems, without necessarily resorting to costly and time consuming litigation before the Courts.


Rosie has a MA(Oxon) in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. She subsequently converted to law and spent over 10 years in the disputes team at Herbert Smith Freehills in London, where she focused on disputes in the life sciences sector. She joined Debenhams Ottaway as a Senior Associate in 2017.

Rosie has extensive experience in a range of commercial disputes with a particular expertise and interest in intellectual property disputes, including patent, trade mark, copyright and design rights. Experience includes advising on:

  • Contract and licence disputes
  • Construction disputes
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Patent validity and infringement actions
  • UK and EU trade mark validity and infringement disputes
  • Passing off and Copyright disputes
  • Advertising and marketing law
  • Fitness to practise and compliance, particularly concerning healthcare professionals involved with the General Pharmaceutical Council

As well as advising extensively on disputes under UK law, she has also been closely involved in litigation across Europe and before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Rosie is a member of:

  • IPSoc, the society for junior IP practitioners
  • Marques – the European association representing the interests of brand owners

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