Security and cachet of Fetcham Park provides IP law firms with an ideal home
Published: 11 May 2022
While businesses are weighing up the pros and cons of staff returning to the office, for professionals who handle confidential data and liaise with government agencies, the security and focus of a private office space is a question of necessity, rather than luxury.
Intellectual property lawyers, Nick Kounoupias of Kounoupias IP and Iain Russell of Russell IP, have found a suitable base for their individual firms at Fetcham Park. The House provides the level of security and discretion required to work effectively, and the cachet of a stunning, historical building which appeals to their clients in the creative industries.
Nick Kounoupias is one of the best-known names in the international IP world with over 37 years’ experience. As one of the UK’s top experts in anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting, Nick possesses extensive experience of managing and conducting fraud and IP investigations. He is also the Chief Legal Counsel and IP Director for Anti Copying in Design (ACID), the UK’s leading design and intellectual property campaigning organisation, and a forward-thinking not-for-profit trade association for designers and manufacturers.
Fetcham Park’s rich history and breath-taking decorative features have given his business an identity and flagship office that chimes with the aspirations and skills of his design clients and colleagues at ACID; Nick says, “ACID’s members are exceptionally talented creatives and include many leading household names in design. Fetcham Park’s history, design, and decorative features resonate with members and my other clients within the creative industries. The House compliments their discerning taste, which is why we plan on hosting ACID’s next Council meeting here. It’s a setting which appeals to the ethos of our members with the care and attention to detail of the team that delivers a first-class service.”
Iain Russell is a UK and European Patent Attorney recommended in the Legal 500 for being “extremely technical” and for having a “thorough understanding of telecommunications”. He As well as helping clients protect their inventions, he is the inventor of around 40 UK, US and Canadian patent applications, including almost 20 granted patents, ranging from drones to dishwashers, making him one of the top-ten most prolific inventors of granted UK patents filed in recent years. Protecting his clients’ IP fundamentally impacts how and where he works. The right location must provide the assurance of privacy and security, and a focused distraction-free environment.
Iain says, “Co-working or shared office space isn’t suitable for the nature of my business. I handle confidential and sensitive data which needs to be stored appropriately and the set-up at Fetcham Park means there are numerous levels of security – from the main entrance, to individual fob systems and lockable storage. There is even a safe in my office which is also extremely private with large opening windows, lots of natural light, and lovely views of the grounds. An office with glass walls wouldn’t provide the privacy I need to do my job effectively. Spending a large part of the day seated means the Herman Miller chairs are an added bonus and the team here are absolutely brilliant. They’re responsive to requests and go above and beyond – it’s things like this that make a big difference.”