Neville Cordell


Neville specialises in all areas of IP litigation and advisory work.

He has wide experience of patent, trade mark, copyright, passing off and trade secrets / confidential information disputes. His experience includes: proceedings before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court; in arbitration; before Trade Mark Registries; under internet domain name; and company name procedures.

Chambers 2017 states that “Neville Cordell has a comprehensive IP practice which takes in transactions, litigation and due diligence involving all core rights. One client says: ‘He is extremely knowledgeable, has an excellent understanding of the law and is very good on tactics’”. WTR1000 2016 describes “litigation and advisory ace Neville Cordell” as “‘a shining star in an excellent group’. ‘He runs things well and provides really strong leadership.’ A pristine track record helps him to hammer out exceptional deals during settlement negotiations". IAM Patent 1000 2016 adds that he “has faultless common sense and adds a lot of value. Clients really trust him”.

Neville is a partner in the team that was awarded ‘IP Law Firm of the Year’ and ‘Patent Law firm of the Year’ at the 2011 Intellectual Property Magazine Awards.

Published Work

  • Cordell, N., Woolgar, A. (2014) “Review of the year: trademarks”, Intellectual Property Magazine
  • Cordell, N. (Editor and author of UK chapter) (2014) "Intellectual Property and the Internet", Globe Law and Business
  • Cordell, N., Bridgman Baker, P. (2014) "Copyright comment: ISPs and site blocking orders", Intellectual Property Magazine
  • Practical Intellectual Property, a looseleaf publication, editing and updating the chapters on passing off and patent law

Speaking Engagements

  • Visiting lecturer, on trade mark issues, Queen Mary College, London
  • Lecturer, in IP, on the Nottingham Law School Diploma course

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member, International Trade Mark Association (ITMA)
He did an ‘outstanding job’ on a recent case.
Chambers UK 2020 Intellectual Property (ranked Band 1)
Both a lovely person and a top-notch practitioner.
World Trademark Review WTR 1000 UK 2020


  • Patent and Trademark star, Managing IP: IP Stars UK 2019



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1996


BEng (first class honours), Aerospace Systems Engineering, University of Southampton

LLM (with distinction), Intellectual Property, King's College London

CPE (with distinction)

Law Society Finals (first class honours)

MSc, Structural Molecular Biology, Birkbeck College, University of London


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.