Intellectual Property and Legal Services Team

The core Intellectual Property and Legal Team provide specialist legal advice and contractual services across the University arising from University operations. They offer development and support of intellectual property and legal services across all three faculties.

The team work in partnership with the other teams in the Service to support Research and Enterprise activities across the University.

Contact Us:

Our team email address is This email account is checked regularly during normal working hours.

For Material Transfer Agreements:

A Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) is a contract that governs the transfer of research materials (human and non-human e.g. human tissue or assays) between two organizations when the recipient intends to use them for their own research purposes. They define the rights of the parties in respect to the scope of use of the material, confidentiality, publication, and ownership of Intellectual Property. MTAs usually do not include payment for the material, other than the reimbursement of transport costs.
MTAs are used in two situations:

Material being received from an external organisation (Incoming MTA)
Material being sent to an external organisation (Outgoing MTA)

Once you have submitted the relevant questionnaire the MTA request will be logged on the MyProjects system and allocated a specific KT reference number. The MTA will be handled by member of RES and they will liaise with the external organisation to agree a suitable MTA before the material is released or received. You will be contacted within five working days of submission of your questionnaire by the member of RES handling your MTA request.

Alternatively please contact one of the team directly:



Intellectual Property And Legal Services

Lee Briton
Contracts Manager

Sarah Larvin
Assistant Contracts Manager

Lily Marchant
Clerical Assistant

David Potter
Contracts Manager

Marie Williams
Contracts Manager

Andrea Wright-Watkinson
Head of Intellectual Property

Brynn Younger Banks
Contracts Manager