Laura Trapnell

Partner - Head of Commercial and Intellectual Property

Laura Trapnell

Partner - Head of Commercial and Intellectual Property

Laura Trapnell Ranked in Chambers 2022    Legal 500 2022 Recommended Lawyer


I am a specialist with over 25 years experience in intellectual property – both contentious and non-contentious.  I deal with:


  • all areas of IP – trade marks, copyright, patents, designs, confidential information;
  • national and international trade mark portfolio management – applications, renewals and oppositions;
  • IP audit and strategy;
  • IP assignment and licensing; and
  • IP disputes.


  • IT development contracts (software, websites, mobile apps);
  • infrastructure, integration and migration agreements;
  • maintenance and support agreements, service level agreements;
  • EULA;
  • escrow arrangements;
  • outsourcing agreements; and
  • non-contentious contract drafting and negotiation

Data Protection

  • training and seminars on demonstrating best practice with regard to data protection compliance;
  • data protection breaches, notification and response policy;
  • template compliance documents;
  • subject access requests;
  • enforcement notices and ICO liaison; and
  • contentious and non-contentious advice

I spent many years at niche intellectual property firms and teams in London and joined Paris Smith in 2012. I head up the Commercial and IP/IT teams.

I am an intellectual property lawyer who delivers commercial solutions based on legal argument. My experience covers all aspects of commercial intellectual property and IT law for multinationals through to SMEs and individuals.

I sit on the panel of advisers for the Catalyst Centre at Southampton and Somerset, advising Catalyst members on their IP – from ownership issues, strategy and protection to enforcement.

One source says "Laura Trapnell - engaging and takes time to really understand the business and the team in order to deliver a really personalised service. Very knowledgeable and is able to translate that knowledge into layman's terms", another adds "Laura Trapnell is sensible, commercial and robust when necessary. Good interpersonal skills". A further source says "Laura Trapnell for all IP documents creation and the great efficiency in dealing with counterparts for contract negotiations and the commercial understanding on communicating that back to me, along with the speed of response in delivering back any docs required"

Legal 500 - 2022 Edition

Laura was a real find for us. Having been in business 23 years and had various encounters with lawyers it was refreshing to get a professional who actually wants to build a relationship with you and understand your business through and through. Thank you Laura.

Martin Saunders, Owner - PushkablueData Communications Ltd

We needed a lawyer to review and protect potential sources of IP in existing products, in addition, raising awareness within the R&D team to identify and highlight potential IP when developing new products. Laura Trapnell and the team at Paris Smith resolved this by conducting a comprehensive IP audit of our products, which also highlighted R&D process improvements, to help identify and capture potential future sources of IP. The approach was well structured, straightforward and pragmatic, which suited our business as an SME well. A very valuable and worthwhile exercise.

Chris Compton, MD - Marine Data
Marine Data

The Blue Lamp Trust charity needed to ensure copyright and trade mark protection for an image it had created for its business and turned to Laura Trapnell for assistance. Laura proved both very knowledgeable and helpful, steering us through what seemed a complex process, in clear and easy to follow steps. I am confident we would not have achieved our copyright and trade mark without Laura's professional assistance and would have no hesitation in recommending her to any client in need of assistance with Intellectual Property.

Jim Bettley, General Manger - Blue Lamp Trust
Blue Lamp Trust

This is to confirm that Laura Trapnell of Paris Smith has been acting for Jane Austen's House Museum in relation to both our registered trade marks and wider IP. Laura has always given the Museum an excellent professional service and we appreciate how she has tailored her advice to the needs of our charity.

Mary Guyatt, Director - Jane Austen Musueum
Jane Austen Musueum

Recently I encountered a problem with an offshore company which we have dealt with for some years but became very concerned with the outcome of our dispute as it involved issues involving intellectual property, employment and business contracts. The team at Paris Smith went out of their way to guide me through a maze of applicable law to arrive at an amicable agreement with the other side. I have no problem in recommending the team and I am very glad they are on my side.

Trevor Linn, Director - Turbulent Aviation Ltd

I would like to offer Laura my sincere thanks for all of her assistance, guidance and support during my recent contract negotiations. The speed of response was far quicker than my expectation and Laura managed to keep it simple and understandable, which for legal paperwork, is a rare commodity. I would thoroughly recommend Laura to anyone requiring assistance with IT contract negotiations.

Austin Snelgrove, Managing Director - GHG