Tom Phipps



Tom is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Team.

Tom has vast experience relating to 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 he 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".

Relevant experience

  • Leading football club: Working with the club in relation to its replica kit and related merchandise contracts and "TV arc" animated advertising contract. The contract involved reconciling the competing interests of the club's various commercial partners including its short sponsor (a leading retail multiple) and the demands of the TV-arc advertising provider.
  • Food manufacturer: 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.
  • Private individual: Advising on a TV production contract for a household name client regarding a documentary series featuring them to be produced for the BBC.
  • Private company: Advising an importer and supplier of shell fish 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.