Our in-person live CMC and hearing will give you a unique opportunity to better understand how CMCs are conducted and how to represent your clients at a CMC and hearing.  

The CMC includes a request to amend the opposition. Our speakers will run the CMC on an informal basis with Hearing Officer playing themselves in this scenario.  

The parties will then continue to present as if an actual hearing is taking place with questions directly from the UK IPO acting in the role of a Hearing Officer.  

We have prepared a case with Nottingham Law School that will be provided to you in advance so that you can prepare for the CMC and hearing event. The hearing will be presented using skeleton arguments which will also be provided to attendees in advance for future reference.  

There will be a question and answer session with the speakers and UK IPO so any day to day queries on hearings/proceedings before the UK IPO can be dealt with. 

We will be sharing further information about this event in due course.  

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Learning outcomes:

  • Learn how to prepare for a CMC and hearing
  • Learn how hearings are conducted and to represent your client at a CMC and hearing
  • Understand the importance of the CMC and hearing, their direction and scope
  • Experience a CMC and hearing, and know what to expect in the future
  • Understand advocacy from the Registry’s perspective


  • 2pm-2:30pm Registration and refreshments  
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm Live CMC  
  • 3:30pm-4pm Refreshment break  
  • 4pm-5pm Hearing  
  • 5pm-5:30pm Q&A / Wrap-up 
  • 6pm: Drinks reception

Meet your speakers

Eleanor Coates

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Eleanor Coates is a Trade Marks director at Murgitroyd & Company and a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.   She commenced her career in trade marks with a brief 18 month sojourn in the UK IPO. 

Eleanor has been at Murgitroyd for 18 years and her core area of expertise is trade mark and design protection and prosecution.

She has significant experience in developing trade mark protection strategies for clients, from large international organisations to SMEs. small family firms and individuals, and enjoys the variety of work that offers.  

Allister McManus

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Allister joined Elkington + Fife as an Associate Trade Mark Attorney in August 2018.

He also has an interest in US trade marks and how to best assist UK businesses in the US, and he has contributed written articles on the subject as well as general best practice trade mark advice for business in the UK and EU.

The majority of Allister's work focuses primarily on contentious matters.

Drinks reception

Following the Q&A session, please join us at Vagabond, a speciality wine bar a two-minute walk from Baker McKenzie.

Please get in touch if you would like to standalone tickets for access to the drinks reception.


Member rate: £220

Standard rate: £250


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If you would like to book a ticket just for the drinks reception on Wednesday 20th March at Vagabond, please email [email protected] 

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  • Closing date: 5pm, Wednesday 13th March.