Nick McDonald

Nick McDonald

Partner & Board Member - IP Solicitor

Nick is a highly experienced and skilled intellectual property solicitor, with experience in giving expert advice in both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Nick has built a significant reputation for managing complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation. He is known for giving clients clear and commercially sound advice, helping them navigate difficult technical disputes to secure favourable outcomes, and ensuring they maximise the value of their IP in their commercial agreements.   

Nick also provides IP consultancy for his clients, assisting them to develop IP strategies for their business, and leads teams in conducting complex IP audits and strategic reviews. 

Nick advises across the whole range of IP rights including patents, trade marks, designs, confidential information (including privacy and industrial secrets), copyright and geographical indications of origin.  

He joined Potter Clarkson in May 2016 and is a founding member of the firm’s litigation and licensing team, which he has helped to establish as a leading force in Europe.  

Nick regularly lectures and speaks at international conferences, comments in the media, and has been published in numerous journals on IP matters.



Bio-medical sciences, electronics and technology, creative industries, textiles, fashion, retail


Nick achieved his master's degree at Cambridge University. He spent several years as a management and technology consultant at a leading consultancy before gaining his Graduate Diploma in law and his Legal Practice Course (LPC) at Nottingham Law School. He qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in intellectual property law and practice at Bristol University, first becoming a partner in 2012.


MA (Cantab), GDip, LPC, PGDip

Awards & Recognition

The Legal 500 UK Solicitors - Leading Individual 2023; MIP IP STARS: IP Star 2021-2022


Outside work, Nick enjoys reading, cycling, running and gym. He plays jazz piano and regularly plays at live venues around the country. Nick also spent eight years as a city councillor in Nottingham, leading on issues as diverse as economic development, skills, transport and regeneration. He has a young daughter who routinely beats him at board games.



Great strategist, fantastic on technical detail and brilliant with clients." The Legal 500 UK Solicitors, 2024