J.P. Peel & Co Ltd is a team of design and patent attorneys with offices in Richmond, Surrey. Our director, James Peel is assisted by his brother, Tom Peel who is our Practice Manager.

James Peel

James P. Peel

Director, patent and design attorney.

James has worked in patents since 1991. Prior to setting up J. P. Peel & Co Ltd, he was head of patents and the managing partner of the London office of a national IP firm. The office was based in Barnes in south west London.

James has also worked as an in-house patent attorney in Sweden for a global pharmaceutical company and in East Yorkshire for a fast moving consumer goods company. This experience of giving intellectual property advice to businesses with such diverse commercial strategies has given James an excellent basis for helping businesses find the right intellectual property strategy for them.

James is a contributor to the CIPA Guide to the Patents Act. He is a regular volunteer at the IP evening clinics run by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys on behalf of the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Clients and technologies
James has worked with a wide range of clients from multinational businesses in the chemical, pharmaceutical and mining fields to start-up companies with consumer/domestic products, medical device and chemical products. He has also worked with university and NHS technology transfer departments and overseas attorneys.

Having a degree in chemistry and experience in the pharmaceutical industry James is at home with chemical, biotech and pharmaceutical technologies. For more information about the technologies with which we have experience, please click here.

Chartered patent attorney and registered patent agent
European Patent Attorney
Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London
Masters degree in Chemistry, University College, Oxford.

How to contact us

We pride ourselves on our friendly and supportive service and do not charge for an initial telephone discussion or meeting to discuss how we might help you.

To arrange this, simply call us on +44 (0) 20 8892 5569 or +44 (0) 7747 454049

James Peel

Tom G. Peel

Practice Manager

Tom has over 20 years’ experience working in customer services across a number of sectors including Utilities (Severn Trent) and tourism. Tom joined J. P. Peel & Co in 2017, creating a truly family firm. Since February 2020, Tom has been managing the accounts/administration team.

He brings to the company first-hand knowledge and experience of the innovation process having designed a range of outdoor furniture whilst living in Australia, the design for which was registered in both Europe and Australia. He has qualifications in Management and Customer Services. Tom has successfully completed the CIPA Patent Administrators course and was elected as an IP Paralegal of the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys in March 2019.

Richard Frith

Consultant, patent and design attorney

Richard is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and a registered European Patent Attorney. Richard has a 1st class BSc degree with Honours in Chemistry from King’s College London and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Before entering the patent profession in 1996 with Eric Potter Clarkson (now Potter Clarkson LLP), he worked as a medicinal chemist in the pharmaceutical industry for five years.

He won the Moss Prize in 1998 after obtaining the highest overall mark the previous year in examinations relating to UK and overseas patent law and subsequently qualified in 2000. In the same year he moved to Appleyard Lees where he became a partner in 2005. He left that firm in 2007 to establish Alchemie IP.

Richard specializes in chemical, materials science, healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical related inventions. He has acted as a representative for a number of leading UK and international companies and has extensive experience of pharmaceutical matters, including medicinal chemistry and pharmaceutical formulations, polymer chemistry, coatings and paints, fuel additives and catalysts, as well as general healthcare formulations and consumer products.

In addition to filing and prosecuting patent applications, Richard has extensive experience of representing patentees and opponents in opposition and appeal proceedings before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office. Richard has handled other contentious issues by advising on the scope and validity of 3rd party patents and providing clients with infringement clearance on new products. He has also acted as an expert witness on European patent law in litigation proceedings in Canada for a multi-national pharmaceutical company.

Dr Daniel Bates

Consultant, patent and design attorney

Dan is a fully qualified patent attorney and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and a member of the Institute of Physics.Prior to working as a consultant, Dan was employed by Marconi Communications Ltd (now Ericsson) as part of the in-house Intellectual Property counsel team.

In this role he gained experience of managing large portfolios of patents and extensive experience of patents in telecommunications technologies including optics, software, electronic devices, network architecture, computer implemented inventions, and processor technologies.

Before entering the patent profession, Dan worked for Airbus UK Ltd and Rover Group Ltd in research and professional engineering positions where he gained extensive experience of cutting edge technology in the automotive and aerospace industries as well as the industrial design process.

Dan also has comprehensive experience of lasers, semiconductors, macro-molecular physics, particle physics, acoustics, atmospheric dynamics, mechanical engineering devices, and advanced composite materials.

Dr Nicole Antheunis


Nicole Antheunis has been a consultant for J. P. Peel & Co Ltd since December 2018. Nicole has a PhD in Science and has been a certified licensing professional since 2011. She has worked in industry as a patent agent and for over twenty years as the patent manager at the University of Liège. She also teaches two courses on intellectual property at the University.

During her time working as a patent manager, she represented the University on patent cases at the European Patent Office and the Belgian Patent Office. She gained considerable experience of working on pharmaceutical, biotech and mechanical patent applications as in negotiating licenses.