Sir Hugh Ian Lang Laddie (15 April 1946 – 28 November 2008 ) was a British lawyer, professor, and a specialist in intellectual property law, and a judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He was considered one of the leading English judges and academics in the field of intellectual property law. He was co-author of the Modern Law of Copyright (1980).
Laddie was educated at Aldenham School and St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He studied medicine but changed to law. He became a barrister in 1969. He is credited with having invented the Anton Piller order while still a junior. After 25 years at the IP bar, he was appointed as a High Court judge in April 1995, and joined the Chancery Division, mainly hearing cases in the Patents Court.
He resigned from his post as a judge in 2005 "because he found it boring" and felt isolated on the bench. He became a consultant for Willoughby & Partners, an IP boutique and UK legal arm of Rouse & Co International, a move which was criticized by some. He is thought to be the first High Court judge to resign voluntarily in 35 years, and the first subsequently to join a firm of solicitors. No one since Sir Henry Fisher, in 1970, had resigned from the bench.
He was appointed to a Chair in Intellectual Property Law at University College London, with effect from 1 September 2006. He founded there the Institute of Brand and Innovation Law. The Sir Hugh Laddie chair in Intellectual Property has subsequently been established at UCL.
- According to The Guardian and Bloomberg, he died on 28 November 2008 (The Guardian, Obituary, 2 December 2008, and Caroline Byrne, Former Judge, London Law Professor Hugh Laddie Dies at 62, Bloomberg.com, December 2, 2008.).
- The Guardian, obituary.
- Caroline Byrne, Former Judge, London Law Professor Hugh Laddie Dies at 62, Bloomberg.com, December 2, 2008. Consulted on December 2, 2008.
- Joshua Rozenberg, 'Bored' High Court judge resigns, The Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2005.
- The Times, obituary.
- Daily Telegraph, obituary.
- See, e.g., UCL News ("he is credited with having invented the 'Anton Piller' (search and seizure) order and was described by Lord Denning as the 'enterprising' Mr Laddie."); Rouse ("He is widely credited as being the founding father of the Anton Piller Order."); Howard Knopf ("It was he as a young barrister at the age of 29 who developed the remedy known as the 'Anton Piller order' and won the landmark appellate ruling in a judgment written by Lord Denning confirming its historic place in legal history")
- He took silk in 1986. TimesOnLine; UCL.
- Frances Gibb, Definitely no regrets: there is life beyond the High Court, The Times, 16 May 2006.
- A Tribute to Professor Sir Hugh Laddie QC, Rouse & Co.
- John Walsh: Tales of the city. Where will it end? Ambition, ties and socks are all being left behind in the pursuit of fun The Independent, 23 June 2005
- UCL press release, 16 May 2006
- Sir Hugh Laddie bio at University College London website
- IPKat, Obituary of Sir Hugh Laddie, 30 November 2008
- William Patry, In Memoriam Sir Hugh Laddie, The Patry Copyright Blog, 30 November 2008.
- Obituary in The Guardian, 2 December 2008
- Obituary in The Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2008
- Obituary in The Times, 5 December 2008