Maninder Gill

Tech, IP & Digital Rights

+44 20 3206 2723
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Maninder heads the Retail and IP teams. His main focus is on commercial, retail, media and intellectual property issues including franchising, branding and reputation management.

Chambers describes him a highly personable adviser who responds quickly to client concerns. “He quickly gets to the point; he is a very practical lawyer who is always looking for a solution.” Maninder was previously Group Secretary and Legal Director at Northern and Shell plc/Express Newspapers, the publishing and broadcasting group and is very experienced in developing strategies to deal with the media. He then became the Legal & Human Resources Director at Harvey Nichols, the international luxury fashion department store and clients value his pragmatic and commercial approach. He has been involved in numerous high profile cases including the Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and OK! case against Hello! Magazine.

Maninder regularly appears on television and radio and speaks at conferences internationally on Intellectual Property, franchising, retail and media issues. He has also been named in the Lawyer Magazine’s Hot 100 lawyers list and was on The Times newspaper’s panel of experts. Maninder was a visiting lecturer at the European Business School in London, is a Trustee of Yellow Earth, the East Asian theatre company and of The Restorative Justice Council which is the national voice for the field of restorative practice.

Articles featuring Maninder Gill:

Franchising: The ‘New Normal’ Post Covid-19 – RLI, May 2020

Who owns a child’s work? Not the teacher or the school – Tes, June 2020 


“I have worked with Maninder Gill for 12 years and he assists in so many ways, not just in his specialisms, but across the range and introducing others as required. He is knowledgeable, direct and commercially astute.” Legal 500, 2021
“I have known and worked with Maninder Gill for many years. What has made him different for me is his availability, his immediate grasp of a problem and the quality of the people he has on his team. In addition to this, having worked as leading in house lawyer for a high profile major retailer, his broad experience and knowledge in the retail sector has been invaluable.” Legal 500, 2021

“Thinks outside the box on all matters.” Legal 500, 2019

“Solid reputation.” Legal 500, 2019

“Extremely knowledgeable across all fields.” Legal 500, 2019

“Super-experienced and extremely knowledgeable.” Legal 500, 2018

“Particularly astute in relation to copyright infringement litigation, having a very commercial perspective and mindful of the wider reputational aspects.” Legal 500, 2018

  • Maninder Gill is probably one of the best IP experts around, with great commercial and legal experience within private practice and big businesses.

    Legal 500, 2021
  • I work mainly with Maninder Gill. He is very knowledgeable, very flexible and great at managing the cost.

    Legal 500, 2021
  • He is a fantastic lawyer who has an excellent way of explaining things in a simple and practical manner.

    Chambers & Partners, 2021
  • Maninder is very experienced in interpreting franchise and trade mark laws in various business situations. He provides clear and practical advice and is very flexible on timeframes.

    Chambers & Partners, 2021