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Thomas Henson

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Hansel Henson

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IP/digital media.


Tom is joint founding partner of Hansel Henson and his specialist areas of practice are intellectual property, contract and commercial law. More particularly, Tom has experience and knowledge of advising on issues and disputes around identifying, protecting, owning, exploiting and enforcing intellectual property rights; negotiating and interpreting commercial contracts of all kinds; regulatory issues in the media and technology field (for example, consumer-facing regulations applying to digital sales and data protection and privacy laws); and advising on general legal/commercial due diligence for a range of business-related matters from initial product/service launch through to investment and business sale. Tom’s clients come from a variety of industries with many having a media and technology focus in a constantly evolving technological and regulatory environment. Example clients include smart phone and tablet app publishers, software development houses (in, for example, industries including m-health, environmental consultancy and the finance sector), TV broadcasters, merchandisers, design and marketing agencies, event production agencies, high-street retailers and individual designers and inventors. A recent example of work Tom undertook was to act for and advise the smartphone and tablet game publisher, Future Games of London, from its beginnings in 2009 through to its sale to French head-quartered games giant, Ubisoft last year.


Trained Memery Crystal LLP; qualified 2004; joint founder and partner Hansel Henson 2009. Latest publication: ‘Protecting App Titles with Registered Trade Marks’, Games Industry International.


French and conversational Italian.


Newcastle-under-Lyme High School, Staffordshire; University of Sheffield (LLB; Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice); Université Nancy 2, France (French Law Diploma).


Family, socialising, travelling and most sports (including football, rugby and cricket).

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Intellectual property and media specialists Hansel Henson are a highlighted particularly for soft IP and media-related disputes. Founders David Hansel and Thomas Henson head up the practice which includes Justine Flockhart. The team acts for Globefill  (the makers of Crystal Head Vodka) on extension of, and several disputes for protection of, its UK and EU trade mark and design rights. It also continues to act for Interoute in a claim brought by easyGroup. Other clients include Freesat, Steinhoff UK Retail and the Science Museum.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Hansel Henson’s ‘impressive team’ is noted for its digital media and IP law expertise. The team advises Fin London on IP and contractual matters; is advising MAG Games’ ex-shareholders on their participation in MAG Interactive’s Swedish IPO; advises Future Games of London on IP matters; and advises Samarkand Global on trade mark and contract matters. Hutch Games, Another Place Productions, IDG and Sixt are also clients. Thomas Henson is ‘extremely thorough and commercial in his advice’ and specialises in app development and online publishing. David Hansel is noted for his digital advertising and marketing experience. Senior associate Sarah Wells is ‘excellent’.

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