Experience and Background

Cathleen Blackburn joined Howes Percival in January 2024 after 12 years at Maier Blackburn where she was a co-founder.

Cathleen specialises in intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on copyright, publishing and trade mark licensing. She acts for publishers, authors, libraries, museums and other cultural and heritage organisations. She also advises on commercial agreements and transactions generally. She is a member of the Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers.

Ranked in Legal 500 2024’s “Hall of Fame”, she is described as “the consummate counsellor to publishing and media clients”.


  • 2024: Consultant, Howes Percival LLP
  • 2012-2023: Partner, Maier Blackburn LLP
  • 1997-2012: Partner, Manches
  • 1989-1997: Solicitor, Morrell Peel & Gamlen
  • 1984-1989: Solicitor and Trainee, Linklaters
  • 1982-1984: College of Law, Lancaster Gate
  • 1978-1982: University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall



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