Tom is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Team.
He specialises in intellectual property and the identification, protection, enforcement and exploitation of trade marks, patents, designs and copyright.
He has more than 20 years experience as a commercial lawyer dealing with contracts relating to supply, manufacture, distribution and agency both on a domestic and international basis.
Before joining Ashfords Tom was Head of Intellectual Property at Bond Pearce and has considerable experience of the retail and food sectors as well as media, entertainment and hospitality.
He has regularly featured in Chambers and the Legal 500 as a "leader in the field". He has been described as "outstanding" and "knows the law backwards". When dealing with IP disputes, Tom has been noted for "knowing when to fight and when to settle".
- Working with a leading football club in relation to its replica kit and related merchandise contracts and "TV arc" animated advertising contract.
- Working with a leading household name South West food manufacturer on contracts with a global brand and UK celebrity brand regarding the manufacture and supply of products under licence.
- Advising on a TV production contract for a household name client regarding a documentary series featuring them to be produced for the BBC.
- Advising an importer and supplier of shellfish products following an allegation of patent infringement regarding vacuum-packed crab supplied to the restaurant and hospitality sector and achieving an early settlement on favourable terms.