Stephen Welfare


Dispute Resolution | Intellectual Property

About Stephen

Stephen is a partner in our Dispute Resolution team. He is an experienced commercial litigator with a particular specialism in contentious intellectual property cases (copyright/trademarks and passing off/design law). He is the IP lawyer to the National Association of Jewellers and regularly contributes legal updates and news to the UK jewellery industry.

Stephen is also an experienced general commercial litigator and his work has included media and sports law issues, defamation and confidentiality breaches, disciplinary appeals and tribunals, contract disputes, licensing matters, Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise investigations. He also has expertise in estate agency law and business transfer agents fees recovery actions.

Stephen studied at the College of Law, Guildford and trained as a solicitor at Royds. He qualified in 1993 and became a partner at Royds and now RWK Goodman in 1999.


  • Copyright disputes
  • Estate Agency law
  • Trade mark disputes and passing off actions
  • Design law issues
  • Breaches of confidentiality and trade secrets

He is responsible for the operation of the “Copywatch” IP Protection Scheme with the National Association of Jewellers and the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association.

With a wealth of experience dealing with intellectual property disputes, Stephen writes articles for the jewellery and luxury goods press (such as Retail Jeweller, Professional Jeweller, Jewellery in Focus and Fashions Extras) and has commented on topical issues on TV and radio.


  • Intellectual Property Lawyers Association