Registered patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys are subject to the Rules of Conduct for patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys.

Attorneys who are qualified to conduct litigation and represent clients in court (this is called advocacy) are subject to an additional litigators’ code.

These two codes apply also to firms of attorneys regulated by IPReg and those employed by them.

The Rules of Conduct requires firms and sole trader attorneys to have in place an internal complaints system to try to resolve issues with their clients.  If you are unhappy with the service you have received from your attorney you should first raise the issue with them under their complaints system.

If that does not resolve the issue for you, then complaints regarding poor service should be passed to the Legal Ombudsman. If we receive a complaint which seems to be about poor service we will refer you to the Legal Ombudsman.

Generally complaints about bills will be dealt with by the Legal Ombudsman.

IPReg deals with complaints in relation to breaches of the two codes. You can make a complaint to IPReg about a regulated person or firm by submitting this online form.

You can download here the Code of Conduct (2015) and the Litigators’ Code of Conduct.