Thelma Madine v Leanne Phillips & Ors [2017] EWHC 3268 (IPEC)

13 December 2017

Ashton Chantrielle appeared for the Defendants in this action relating to UK unregistered design rights in wedding dresses.

The Claimant, Thelma Madine, is a dressmaker and is best known for extravagant wedding dresses created for the traveller community, as seen on Channel 4’s My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.

Ms Madine claimed that the First Defendant, Leanne Phillips, created a dress copied from a design that she had made prior to her dismissal from Ms Madine’s employment. She also claimed that the Second Defendant, who was the First Defendant’s mother, was involved in the infringement.

Recorder Amanda Michaels found that design rights did subsist in the dress designs, and that they had been infringed by the First Defendant.

The Claimant failed in her claim of joint liability against the Second Defendant.

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