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History of the firm

The practice was founded in 1884 in Birmingham by Charles Ketley, later to become Forrester Ketley & Co.  Soon after, it established a second office in London.

In 1978 the partners of Forresters combined with the partners of Boehmert & Boehmert, a German firm of patent attorneys and lawyers, to form the partnership Forrester & Boehmert which handled European Patent applications. The partnership had offices in Munich, close to the European Patent Office. The Forresters' patent attorneys spend regular periods in our Munich Office, to familiarise them with the EPO and the city.  That practice continues today.

In 1992 the partners of Forresters founded Forrester Mostek, which provided Intellectual Property Services in the Russian Federation and other former USSR Republics. We continue to provide those services to the present day.

In 2008 Forrester Ketley & Co, Forrester & Boehmert, and Forrester Mostek, all rebranded as Forresters. The firm captured its ethos in the strapline, "Clear Direction".

In October 2008, Forresters went into partnership with Potts Kerr & Co, an IP practice in North West England. Adding to our well-established offices in London and Birmingham, this new association gave us greater presence across the UK.

In 2012, we took the decision to cease to trade as Forrester & Boehmert and Potts Kerr & Co, and became simply 'Forresters'.

Between 2011 and 2013, we moved premises of all four of our offices.  The new offices are modern premises in the heart of the four cities Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Munich.