Maninder Gill

Head of Department
Tech, IP & Digital Rights

+44 20 3206 2723
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Maninder heads the Retail and IP teams. His main focus is on commercial, retail, media and intellectual property issues including franchising, branding and reputation management.

Chambers describes him a highly personable adviser who responds quickly to client concerns. “He quickly gets to the point; he is a very practical lawyer who is always looking for a solution.” Maninder was previously Group Secretary and Legal Director at Northern and Shell plc/Express Newspapers, the publishing and broadcasting group and is very experienced in developing strategies to deal with the media. He then became the Legal & Human Resources Director at Harvey Nichols, the international luxury fashion department store and clients value his pragmatic and commercial approach. He has been involved in numerous high profile cases including the Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas and OK! case against Hello! Magazine.

Maninder regularly appears on television and radio and speaks at conferences internationally on Intellectual Property, franchising, retail and media issues. He has also been named in the Lawyer Magazine’s Hot 100 lawyers list and was on The Times newspaper’s panel of experts. Maninder was a visiting lecturer at the European Business School in London, is a Trustee of Yellow Earth, the East Asian theatre company and of The Restorative Justice Council which is the national voice for the field of restorative practice.

Articles featuring Maninder Gill:

Franchising: The ‘New Normal’ Post Covid-19 – RLI, May 2020

Who owns a child’s work? Not the teacher or the school – Tes, June 2020 


“Maninder is very experienced in interpreting franchise and trade mark laws in various business situations. He provides clear and practical advice and is very flexible on timeframes.” Chambers and Partners, 2021

“He is a fantastic lawyer who has an excellent way of explaining things in a simple and practical manner.” Chambers and Partners, 2021

“Maninder Gill is always at hand when I need legal advice. He was super helpful and always ready with knowledge in whatever case I need help with. He is easy to access and will always be on hand to help you out. Maninder Gill is professional, courteous and extremely knowledgeable in his field.” Legal 500, 2023

“Maninder helped us steer a very difficult path last year. He provided us with cast iron legal confidence to make some difficult business decisions and guided us robustly every step of the way. Maninder has a real skill in being able to interpret a situation very quickly, understand the stakeholders and provide no nonsense/unfaltering advice. His availability and accessibility is excellent, often at very short notice. He has a strong consultative and collaborative approach to business.” Legal 500, 2023

“I had a really excellent and impressive experience with both Nadia Zegze and Maninder Gill. They are super responsive, available to talk at short notice, and the work is done very quickly. Nadia and Maninder are both very friendly and reassuring, and I always feel confident with their knowledge and advice. The work done was of the highest standards and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to others.” Legal 500, 2023

“Exceptionally client focused, very accessible, great at finding solutions to client problems.” Legal 500, 2022

“We work with Maninder Gill. He is an outstanding individual and an excellent professional.” Legal 500, 2022

“Maninder Gill has been a great team lead and has been readily contactable at all points through the process to date. He has provided a great deal of care and attention and most importantly has helped us with strategy as well as execution.” Legal 500, 2022

“I have worked with Maninder Gill for 12 years and he assists in so many ways, not just in his specialisms, but across the range and introducing others as required. He is knowledgeable, direct and commercially astute.” Legal 500, 2021

“I work mainly with Maninder Gill. He is very knowledgeable, very flexible and great at managing the cost.” Legal 500, 2021

“Maninder Gill is probably one of the best IP experts around, with great commercial and legal experience within private practice and big businesses.” Legal 500, 2021

“I have known and worked with Maninder Gill for many years. What has made him different for me is his availability, his immediate grasp of a problem and the quality of the people he has on his team. In addition to this, having worked as leading in house lawyer for a high profile major retailer, his broad experience and knowledge in the retail sector has been invaluable.” Legal 500, 2021

“Thinks outside the box on all matters.” Legal 500, 2019

“Solid reputation.” Legal 500, 2019

“Extremely knowledgeable across all fields.” Legal 500, 2019

“Super-experienced and extremely knowledgeable.” Legal 500, 2018

“Particularly astute in relation to copyright infringement litigation, having a very commercial perspective and mindful of the wider reputational aspects.” Legal 500, 2018

  • ‘Maninder Gill is very experienced in preparing and executing international franchise agreements. His knowledge of franchising best practices is invaluable when it comes to negotiating deals with tough, international franchisees.’

    Legal 500, 2024
  • ‘Maninder Gill is well versed and knowledgeable about litigation, privacy and libel laws.’

    Legal 500, 2024
  • ‘Maninder Gill is an excellent professional. Extremely responsive, client oriented and provides actionable legal advice.’

    Legal 500, 2024
  • ‘We have been supported by Maninder Gill. He and his team have provided excellent support. The quality of services is second to none.’

    Legal 500, 2024
  • “Maninder is amazing to work with. Extremely skilled, very pleasant and very efficient. Brilliant.”

    Chambers and Partners, 2024
  • “Smart, reliable, on time, concise and very professional.”



    Chambers and Partners, 2024
  • “Maninder is fantastic to work with and has a truly outstanding attitude to maintaining client relationships.”



    Chambers and Partners, 2024
  • “Maninder Gill is commercially and legally savvy.”

    Chambers and Partners, 2023
  • “Maninder has exceptional client skills, a deep knowledge of markets and models and a very lateral way of thinking when it comes to complex issues.”

    Chambers and Partners, 2023
  • “Maninder is an excellent legal mind.”

    Chambers and Partners, 2023
  • “We have a fantastic relationship with Maninder Gill who has been providing us with outstanding support. He is exceptionally competent, flexible and supportive.”

    Legal 500, 2023
  • “Maninder Gill is clearly very experienced and practical and is constantly working with us to find solutions in cases of conflict. His advice has always been aimed at limiting the hit to the company.”

    Legal 500, 2023
  • “Maninder Gill stands out.”

    Legal 500, 2023
  • “Maninder Gill has been leading all our trade mark work. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Maninder. He has been very supportive, flexible and competent.”

    Legal 500, 2023