• Fashion Law London

    By Rosie Burbidge,

    Giulia Gasparin &

    Eleonora Rosati


    Photo by Lauren Fleischmann on Unsplash

  • The team

    Rosie Burbidge

    IP Partner at gunnercooke LLP

    Rosie Burbidge is a partner at Gunnercooke LLP and the author of European Fashion Law: A Practical Guide from Start-up to Global Success (forthcoming c. Feb 2019). She is an English lawyer specialising in intellectual property law. Rosie is known for her regular blogs on trade mark and design issues for the popular IPKat blog and has been a thought leader on the opportunities for new technology by the fashion industry.

    Before joining Gunnercooke LLP as a partner in 2018, Rosie worked for a range of fashion and technology clients. Her practice primarily focused on resolving disputes relating to design, copyright and trade mark law. In her spare time she likes writing books about fashion law and keeping up with the latest legal technology trends.

    Giulia Gasparin

    Legal Counsel at River Island

    Giulia is an in-house Legal Counsel at River Island. Giulia supports the brand’s e-commerce channels and works closely with the information technology department in designing and onboarding new technical solutions. Giulia has substantial experience in drafting and advising on international commercial (media, endorsement, sponsorship agreements) and cloud computing contracts (software development and software licence agreements) in the online fashion and online gaming sectors. Prior to joining River Island, Giulia worked in the commercial legal department of the worldwide largest online gaming group (The Stars Group, NASDAQ: TSG) and was sole in-house counsel for Conde’ Nast Commerce - part of Conde’ Nast International - which launched the marketplace luxury fashion website Style.com.

    Eleonora Rosati

    Associate Professor in IP Law at the University of Southampton and Of Counsel at Bird&Bird LLP

    An Italian-qualified lawyer with experience in the area of IP and internet laws, Dr Eleonora Rosati holds academic positions at Southampton, EDHEC Business School and Queen Mary University of London. She is an Of Counsel at Bird&Bird LLP, and an editor of the Journal of IntellectualProperty Law & Practice. Eleonora has authored numerous contributions on IP issues, and contributes to specialist blogs The IPKat and The 1709 Blog, for which she has written nearly 1,000 contributions on IP-related issues.

  • Our courses

    Our 1-day residential course (1 May 2019)

    This short course will allow participants to acquire an understanding of the most important legal issues facing the fashion sector, ranging from protection of immaterial assets to e-commerce, from contractual and employment issues to franchising and brand identity.

    Our 3-day residential course (2-4 July 2019) DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    This course will allow participants to acquire a thorough understanding of the main legal issues that are relevant to the fashion sector, including: intellectual property, contract law, employment law, consumer law, e-commerce, as well as regulatory aspects.


    Participants will hear from fashion law specialists and industry insiders. They will also have the opportunity to visit the busy legal department of a fashion company and acquire first-hand experience of what the life of a fashion lawyer is like! 

    Our online course DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

    This course will allow participants to acquire an understanding of all the most important fashion law issues, as explored during our 1-day residential course, and access them at any time without having to travel to London. It is the perfect option for busy practitioners! Our online course is available to individuals and teams.

  • Our 1-day residential course

    London - 1 May 2019

    Venue: TBA



    8:30 am - 9:00 am - Welcome and registration


    9:00 am - 9:45am - Introduction - What is fashion law?


    9:45 am - 10:45 am - Introducing designs, copyright, and trade marks and related forms of intellectual property (IP) protection (passing off/unfair competition and image rights)


    10:45 am - 11:00 am - BREAK


    11:00 am - 11:45 am - Designs, copyright, and confidential information: CASE STUDIES


    11:45 am - 12:30 pm - Trade marks and related forms of IP protection: CASE STUDIES


    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - LUNCH


    1.30 pm - 3:30 pm Fashion and e-commerce: IT infrastructure, customer journey and the use of data

    • Distribution models overview: online platform vs marketplace. Key aspects of the most used cloud computing contracts
    • Distance selling: consumer rights, digital marketing and data protection

    3:30 pm - 3:45 pm - BREAK


    3:45 pm - 4:45 pm - Disputes: Online vs offline and resolution strategies


    4:45 pm - 5 pm - Closing remarks


    5 pm - 18:30 pm - DRINKS and NETWORKING

    What you will learn

    • Requirements for and scope of different IP rights
    • How to apply different IP rights in different practical scenarios
    • How to design effective IP protection strategies
    • How to set up a successful e-commerce strategy
    • How to deal effectively with different regulatory frameworks in the fashion sector
    • How to enforce effectively your rights, and how to defend yourself from third-party claims
    • How to set up a growth strategy and establish an international business


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