Gareth joined Barker Brettell as a trainee patent attorney in 2018. He has a background in chemistry and works with clients in the fields of coatings and pharmaceuticals to provide support on drafting patents, patent prosecution before the European Patent Office, and international patent prosecution and freedom to operate opinions.


  • Provided in-house support at a leading global pharmacy, health and beauty enterprise over an 18-month period managing a multi-jurisdiction patent portfolio and delivering drafting projects
  • Delivered over twenty-five Freedom to Operate opinions in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical sector
  • Gained a PhD in low-coordinate, transition metal chemistry
  • Worked as a researcher in a multinational speciality chemicals company developing novel engine oil additives and in a small formulation chemistry company to solve transportation issues with cleaning products


“Gareth looks after us very well- he is always super-responsive, clearly cares, and has a way with the EPO examiners to get us what we want; moreover, he is aware of adopting a uniform claim amendment approach with respect to overcoming prior art in multiple jurisdictions, when appropriate and if possible.”

IP Counsel, multi-national chemical compositions company.


“Gareth has transferred well from the world of academia to that of training to be a patent attorney, and clearly enjoys the challenge of learning new things, both technical and legal. He is thoughtful and dependable, asks sensible and insightful questions, and is very easy to work with. Gareth has a fantastic work ethic and is a genuine asset to my team.”

Yvonne Johnson, Managing Partner, Barker Brettell.