A new intellectual property law specialist has joined a leading Cumbrian legal firm as it says Brexit uncertainty has made it more important than ever.

Baines Wilson has appointed Adam Turley from a specialist firm in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Mr Turley has expertise in all areas of intellectual property including copyright, trademarks, designs and patents.

The firm, which has an office in Carlisle, says his appointment means that Cumbria-based businesses can now access trademark and design registration services without travelling outside the region.

Andrew Hill, head of corporate and commercial and partner at Baines Wilson, said: “Brexit uncertainty means businesses should be reviewing their intellectual property strategy to ensure they have maximum protection moving forward.

“This can be invaluable, especially for any business looking to sell.

“We’re therefore delighted to have a specialist join our team who can help clients with strategy review, strengthening the specialist intellectual property services we already provide.”

Mr Turley said: “The value of intellectual property has never been more important to the British economy.

“In this time of economic uncertainty businesses are looking at every possible angle to maximise revenue, and intellectual property is a valuable and often untapped resource in that regard.

“Baines Wilson have built up a formidable reputation as a market leading commercial law firm. I’m excited to be joining them and look forward to supporting Cumbria’s business communities.”