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  • Status: Current
  • Date: December 2019
  • Sector:
    • Business & Technology Services
  • Buy & Build: 1

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Murgitroyd Group

Murgitroyd is a leading European provider of IP services, delivering patent and trade mark legal advice together with a breadth of IP support services. Sovereign is working with the management team to develop its range of services and expand its global presence through a strategy of Buy & Build.

Investment background

Established by Ian Murgitroyd in 1975, Murgitroyd was quickly recognised for its high quality service offering. By 2001, the Group had listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) and went on to make eight strategic acquisitions becoming one of the largest groups of patent and trade mark attorneys in Europe with a network of offices in countries including the UK, US, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Finland and Central America.

Sovereign took Murgitroyd private in a £65m deal in December 2019.


  • The acquisition of Hanna Moore + Curley
  • Identified and appointed experienced non-executive chair
  • Supported technology platform development

The story so far

Murgitroyd enjoys a rare proposition in the IP market by providing an integrated attorney led offering and associated IP support services capability. With Sovereign’s support, Murgitroyd is further developing its global presence, service offering, and tech-enabled capabilities against a backdrop of increasing complexity of multi-jurisdictional IP generation and protection, and the rising trend for outsourcing these services.

In September 2021, Murgitroyd acquired Hanna Moore + Curley (, an Irish patent and trade mark attorney firm specialising in obtaining IP protection for technology-led companies. The acquisition strengthens Murgitroyd’s pan-European presence, complementing the range of services offered, and expands its global reach through HMC’s representative office in China. Today the Group employs over 300 people.

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Murgitroyd's perspective

The demand from businesses to support their IP strategy continues to rise. With Sovereign's investment and partnership we are well positioned to provided our clients with a broader scope of services and further expand our international footprint.

Gordon Stark / CEO / Murgitroyd