Rachel Boakes

Baker & McKenzie Services Limited


Rachel is an associate in the Intellectual Property team at Baker & McKenzie LLP, having joined the London office as a trainee in March 2014, and qualified in March 2016.

Practice Focus

Rachel practices a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP law, including trade marks, copyright, designs, passing off and patents. She has experience in litigation, brand protection and enforcement, IP portfolio management, co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional advice and general advisory work.

As part of her contentious practice, Rachel has been involved in trade mark, design right, copyright claims and patent infringement. Her work has involved enforcing client rights against third parties and defending clients from third party claims. This has recently included acting for a global cosmetics company in relation to a major patent dispute in the High Court. Rachel has also worked on two disputes in the music industry, both of which settled advantageously, and acted for a clothes manufacturer and distributor in relation to a contractual dispute regarding a multi-million dollar licence.

Rachel has also been involved in a wide range of non-contentious matters including advising on and negotiating IP assignments and licensing. Rachel also has experience in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional advice for various companies on a variety of IP related matters.

Rachel has twice been seconded to global key clients of the firm, providing both specialist IP support and general commercial support.


  • England & Wales (Solicitor)~United Kingdom


  • Oxford University (Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice - Distinction) (2017)
  • University of Law (Legal Practice Course - Distinction) (2014)
  • University of Law (Graduate Diploma of Law - Distinction) (2013)
  • Oxford University (BA - English Language and Literature - 2:1) (2012)


  • English
  • Anti-counterfeiting and Trade mark litigation - pre litigation practice notes, Lexis Nexis, January 2019

  • "The tangled web of communication to the public," Managing IP, August 2017

  • "Trade Mark Reform - the 'own name defence,'" Managing IP, February 2016

  • "Commission considers new EU neighbouring rights," E-commerce Law & Policy, May 2016

  • "IP and the Beauty Industry: cosmetic concerns?,"IP Pro Life Sciences, August 2015