HGF Ltd is one of the largest intellectual property firms in Europe and has been named as one of The Financial Times fastest growing companies in Europe.
The firm has a clear vision under the leadership of Paul Sanderson, who took the reins as CEO in 2004. Since 2004, the firm has opened 9 offices and taken on 33 new partners whilst continually increase turnover and profits year on year in excess of 10%.
What HGF has achieved is unique in its market. It is not uncommon for IP firms to have been formed at the end of the 19th century during the industrial revolution whereas HGF dates only from 1995. HGF has created a dynamic approach to the market, ‘reinventing the client relationship’ by offering a fully integrated service of patents, trade marks, designs, IP litigation and transactional work and putting our clients’ needs at the heart of the relationship. The firm has reaped the benefits from having an agile management board at the helm who have a pragmatic and proactive approach to growth and have not been afraid to step out of the norm to achieve HGF’s goals.
The expansion in the last 18 months has perhaps been the most transformational for the firm, with the opening of offices in Basel, The Hague and Amsterdam. This has been a strategic decision taken well ahead of the European referendum in 2016. This strategy means the firm is well positioned for BREXIT and the opportunities and challenges that it will bring to the intellectual property industry, both in Europe and the wider international community.
It is perhaps no surprise that as a result of the firm’s bold approach to growth it has attracted some of the best talent in the market, along with an enviable list of many of the world’s leading technology companies as clients across the core areas of Chemistry, Electronics, Engineering and Life Sciences.