Ciara is an IP and technology specialist who is recognised as a next generation partner for retail and consumer, and intellectual property (The Legal 500). Ciara co-heads RPC’s food and drink group and has enjoyed advising several global brands in the food & beverage sector and the alcohol industry for several years. Ciara also leads RPC’s retail and consumer pillar with clients ranging from luxury cosmetic brands to high-street retailers, e-commerce platforms and FMCG companies.
Ciara assists clients with the resolution of disputes through mediation, arbitration and litigation. As well as advising clients across the full range of IP rights, including trademarks and passing off, copyright, patents, design rights, breach of confidential information and IP licence disputes, Ciara assists clients with the resolution of distressed digital and technology projects. Ciara also supports clients on brand protection and counterfeit issues, sponsorship and endorsement arrangements, and IP projects and licensing. Ciara has a particular interest in sustainability and the consumer regulatory landscape and assists clients with advice and workshops on green claims compliance. She also provides specialist regulatory advice on food and drink labelling issues and is passionate about the No / Low alcohol category.
Ciara has been published in several leading journals and publications including Managing IP, e-Commerce Law and Policy, LexisNexis, The Distillers Journal and The Brewers Journal and regularly speaks at industry events, such as Retail Week GC Summit and The Gin Guild annual conference. Clients say she ‘stands out for being a true business partner’ (The Legal 500 UK 2022) and describe her as ‘technically excellent and a fantastic client lawyer’ (The Legal 500 UK 2022).