Boult Wade Tennant is a forward thinking, dynamic and innovative intellectual property company based in London; which is considered by its peers and clients to be the leading UK firm in its practice areas. Established in 1894, we are proud of our long heritage, our reputation for outstanding quality and excellence and our pioneering culture. We see ourselves as enablers, not just patent or trade mark advisors. We enable our clients to achieve their commercial ambitions by offering straightforward and practical IP advice.

We are unwavering in our commitment to high standards of customer service and professionalism. We are truly client focused. We understand our clients, and to help us fully tune into their needs, we launched one of the IP attorney sectors’ most comprehensive client feedback programmes to measure just how focused we are and to ensure we remain the most client-centric IP firm in the UK. We recognise the need for continuous improvement and know that by remaining true to our heritage, and with the commitment of all employees, we will continue to deliver excellent client service. The awards we receive across the IP industry only motivate us further to maintain the high standards we have worked to achieve; being recognised as a tier one IP firm allows us to show our clients our dedication towards providing the quality of service that we do.

It is our down-to-earth approach that means we focus on the things that really make a difference to our clients; such as the approval process, how we charge, how we communicate and how we project manage. We are well-known in the marketplace by our clients and our peers as being a highly proactive and pragmatic intellectual property firm.


At the heart of any good brand there is a big idea that is simple, memorable and true. For Boult Wade Tennant the big idea is: we aim to work with our clients, not just for them.

This is a statement of what we believe in: exceptional IP advice and exceptional client service. We believe in excellence. As a leading IP company, we withstand a high level of professionalism. We want our clients to benefit not only from our excellent legal and technical quality, but also from the quality of the service we deliver.

Our culture is collaborative by nature. We believe this makes us different, because our success relies on the contribution of every single member of our firm. As European patent attorneys we work as a single IP firm across our six offices, from London to Madrid, championing the integrity, innovation and distinctive skills demonstrated by each employee.

As a firm, we have identified five core values, which reflect our culture. These values underpin everything we do and help us to deliver our ambition.

  • Delight: We deliver on our promise of providing a quality service to our clients
  • Exceed: We provide patent and trade mark advice of the highest quality
  • Respect: We build integrity, transparency and fairness into every aspect of our work
  • Strive: We continually challenge ourselves to find better ways of working
  • Care: We go out of our way to have a positive impact on society and on the environment

Firm leadership

Strong leadership is essential for success, and for us, this means leading by example. We promote transparency and collaboration in everything we do, and encourage a sense of ownership among our staff. Everyone takes personal responsibility for playing a part in the firm’s strategy. This means we are more than just a group of exceptional professionals; we are a team, working together to deliver excellence.

Nick McLeish, Senior Partner

Nick McLeish
Senior Partner

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John Wallace, Managing Partner

John Wallace
Managing Partner

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Andrew Little, Chief Operations Officer

Andrew Little
Chief Operating Officer

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MIP ranks Boult Wade Tennant tier one for Patent Prosecution in IP Stars Guide 2018

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Boult Wade Tennant have once again been ranked top tier for Patent Prosecution by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) in the annual IP Stars handbook.


MIP IP Stars 2018 ranks Boult Wade Tennant tier one for Trade Mark Prosecution

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Attributes assessed to determine the rankings include the strength of the firm’s IP team, workload, outcomes achieved for clients and track record. The prosecution rankings also takes into account of any pre- and post-registration work including contentious office proceedings and portfolio management advice.


WTR 1000 ranks Boult Wade Tennant as a top tier firm

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Our trade mark practice has once again been ranked ‘highly recommended’ in the UK Trade Mark Attorneys category.


Boult Wade Tennant top 2018 Chambers and Partners ranking

The firm has been awarded Band One status by Chambers and Partners in the 2018 Intellectual Property: Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys – UK-wide category


Boult Wade Tennant ranked Tier One for Patents and Trade Marks by Legal 500 UK for 12th consecutive year

Our patent teams have been commended for “a high degree of competence in patent drafting and prosecution” and the trade mark team described as having, “a winning combination of knowledge and commercial nous, and is an absolute pleasure to work with”.

Corporate social responsibility

At Boult Wade Tennant we are conscious of the environmental impact and legacy we will leave for future generations as well as our responsibility to the wider community. We have an active Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy that includes initiatives to benefit our local community, charitable organisations and promotes employee participation in such organisations.

Part of our commitment has been to create a group of volunteers from across the firm that is chaired by the Chief Operating Officer, Andrew Little. It is this group’s task to ensure we achieve the objectives we have set ourselves in the corporate responsibility strategy. Moving forward they will monitor our performance, year on year, to ensure that we are fulfilling our promises.

We have set ourselves ambitious environmental targets to help us reduce our carbon foot print and help us support business that share our environmental values. We aim to reduce our carbon emission by focusing on power saving technologies and increasing the efficiency of our heating, water and lighting systems. We reuse and recycle wherever we can, an example of which is joining forces with East London Community Recycling Partnership, and now actively collect all food waste so that it can be turned into compost for public parks and hospital gardens.

Our attorneys, at every level, are committed to offering pro bono to a wide range of organisations. They volunteer their time and expertise to worthy causes that will benefit from their energy and IP knowledge.


Boult Wade Tennant is absolutely committed to equal opportunities and to enhancing the diversity of the firm. We believe these principles are important contributing factors to the ongoing future success of the firm. Our culture is built on collectivism. To us this means building a supportive working environment, one where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We believe race, colour, gender, religion or belief, age, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin are immaterial to our objective of recruiting and retaining the best and brightest people. We encourage a working environment that is based on transparency, trust and respect. Our HR strategy ensures that we are fair to all employees and continually monitor the effectiveness of our inclusion and diversity policy.

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