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Hansel Henson is a specialist firm of solicitors with a focus on intellectual property and digital media law.  Unlike our competitors in the legal directories, we focus only on these things and do not attempt to cover all areas of law.

The firm addresses clients' legal challenges from a 'real-world' perspective to deliver practical, cost-effective and business-focused solutions.

The firm: As a leading niche practice, Hansel Henson is able to combine true professional expertise with a personal client care service. The firm does not offer a full range of legal services, but strives to be the best at what it specialises in. The firm's experience in delivering ground-breaking work has resulted in the establishment of successful long-term client relationships across diverse industries.

The firm undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work across the range of soft IP rights and consumer-driven media – from internet, TV and entertainment, to fashion, sport, gaming and branding – and has a particular understanding of existing and emerging digital media and brands. The challenge fundamentally involves understanding where the eyes, ears and spending power of the consumer go and the firm advises on the legal issues that emerge from this.

The firm acts for numerous software developers,  retailers and advertising, branding and marketing agencies that regularly use the firm for its sector expertise and specialist services. Frequently, the firm's clients are also businesses that are not primarily IP- or media-driven, but simply use the firm's services on those few occasions when they need specialist IP or media advice. This includes advising several other firms of lawyers.

Over the last 15 years the firm has successfully defended a number of businesses that have been accused of trade mark infringement by either easyJet or easyGroup. The firm also campaigns in areas where it is believed the law is being abused.

The firm has a worldwide network of firms similarly expert in intellectual property and digital media issues. Hansel Henson is regularly instructed by other law firms, accountancy practices and in-house counsel.

Types of work undertaken: Intellectual property rights (including copyrights, trade marks and design rights): the firm's advice extends across the complete range of issues around the creative industries, particularly in brand, design and media, and where content is digital.

Commercial contract drafting and other non-contentious advice: from entrepreneurs to global brands, the firm can draw on a wealth of experience of drafting and negotiating commercial agreements. These include licensing, sponsorship, merchandising, franchise, distribution, agency and digital rights agreements, as well as IP assignments and joint venture deals.

Digital media law: the firm's solicitors are experts in consumer-driven media businesses, particularly those that operate in the digital sphere – from traditional internet, TV and entertainment, to fashion, sport and gaming. The firm is able to advise on each area individually, and where they often cross over in multi-channel advertising, marketing and distribution, and social networks.

Registration of trade marks: the firm's solicitors are specialists in all aspects of trade mark registrations in the UK, the EU and around the world.

Intellectual property disputes: the firm deals with a large number of intellectual property disputes each year, acting for both claimants and defendants. The great majority of these disputes are settled without going to court. For those matters which are litigated/pursued the firm has experience in dealing with cases in the High Court, IPEC and the UK IPO and EU IPO registries.

  • Number of UK partners: 4
  • Breakdown of work %
  • Intellectual property - trade mark, copyright, design (contentious and non-contentious): 45
  • Commercial contracts: 45
  • Media advice: 10

  • Languages
  • French
  • Italian
  • English (fluent)

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