Rosie specialises in commercial litigation, including intellectual property and complex commercial disputes.

She has a particular interest in  companies that focus on technology and R&D and regularly advises in relation to 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. She is a qualified Solicitor Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience.


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 in 2017.

Rosie has extensive experience in a range of commercial disputes including 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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