Spoor and Fisher Team - Jeremy Speres

Jeremy Speres

Partner,  Spoor & Fisher, Cape Town

Jeremy Speres is a Trade Mark Attorney with BA, LLB and LLM degrees. He is an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe – CIPP/E.

With close to decade of experience, Jeremy practises intellectual property and IT law, with broad transactional, contentious and prosecution experience around the world.

He has extensive knowledge and experience in global internet law, including domain name law and online IP protection. Jeremy is a World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) domain name dispute panellist, adjudicating complaints under the UDRP and other policies, as well as a .za domain name dispute adjudicator.

He advises on data protection and privacy, cybersecurity legal concerns, software licensing and development agreements and intermediary liability.

Jeremy leads the firm’s domain names and online brand enforcement department and is lead counsel in South Africa’s first site blocking case.

He has good technical knowledge of the internet protocol suite and cybersecurity, including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, HTTP(S), SSL/TLS, BGP, email protocols and DNS, including DNS security concepts such as DNSSEC, CAA, SPF, DKIM, DMARC, DNS over HTTPS (DoH) & TLS (DoT) and Encrypted Server Name Indication (ESNI). Jeremy is a long-standing Linux user.

Jeremy has experience handling contentious and transactional aspects of internet numbering resources, including IPv4, IPv6 and Autonomous Systems (AS), and dealing with Regional Internet Registries. He also has a good technical knowledge of and experience with internet governance and the intermediary ecosystem, including enforcement actions on all major platforms, as well as dark web investigations and payment gateway actions.

Industry Associations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Member – South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee Member
  • Member – International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member – Legal Practice Council (LPC)
  • Member – International Trade Mark Association (INTA) Data Protection Committee

Market Recognition

  • Jeremy is listed in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook as a “rising star to watch” 2017, 2020-2021
  • Listed – Legal 500
  • Listed – Luxury Law Alliance 
  • Consistently nominated by clients as a standout lawyer for the Acritas Stars award since 2015
  • Best Lawyers – Information Technology Law: South Africa, 2022

Professional Activities

  • World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) domain name dispute panellist, adjudicating complaints under the UDRP and other policies
  • .za domain name dispute adjudicator
  • Guest lecturer to IP and IT law students at the University of Cape Town
  • Independent Reviewer for the academic journal South African Intellectual Property Law Journal
  • Author of Getting the Deal Through – Franchising
  • Author of Lexology – Trade Marks
  • Author of World Trademark Review – Licensing (South Africa), 2018
  • Co-author of the South African chapter of Luxury Law: Jurisdictional Comparisons (The Global Legal Post), 2016
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