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Lewis Silkin LLP

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Dominic Farnsworth

Work 020 7074 8088
Lewis Silkin LLP

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Trade Mark and IP Portfolio Management; Brands & Intellectual Property


Partner specialising in intellectual property law; particular focus on advertising; trade mark and brand-related issues; image rights, sponsorship and sports law.


Trained Manches; qualified 1995; Lewis Silkin 1997; partner Lewis Silkin 2002.


Trade mark attorney; FA licensed player’s agent; International Trademark Association; European Sponsorship Association; British Association for Sport and Law.


Nottingham University (1989 LLM International Law); College of Law, Guildford (1990 Law Society Finals); King’s College, London (1998 Postgraduate Diploma – Copyright and related rights in the European Union); King’s College, London (2000 Postgraduate Diploma – Sports Law); Trade Mark Attorney (2009).


Travel, sport.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Lewis Silkin LLP  is ‘a market-leading law firm for the advertising and creative industries’. Brinsley Dresden , Dominic Farnsworth  and Jo Farmer  jointly head the multi-disciplinary practice which spans global portfolio management, commercial contracts, non-contentious and contentious IP and commercial exploitation through advertising. Giles Crown  is an ‘outstanding litigator’ specialising in IP and advertising – ‘his leadership is what instills the pragmatic, commercial approach in the team’, according to a former client. Dresden and Crown have successfully defended Oak Furniture Land against a highly publicized misleading advertising claim brought by the ASA. On the non-contentious side Farmer has a ‘wealth of experience’ advising brand-owners and media agencies on advertising matters, product placement in social media platforms and sponsorship, and has recently assisted Suzuki GB on their re-negotiation of a talent and endorsement deal with ITV. Farnsworth leads in trademarks and along with Crown is assisting Sainsbury’s / Argos / Habitat and Britvic on their global portfolio management. Geraint Lloyd-Taylor  is highly recommended for advertising and marketing matters and understands ‘the business behind a request and adjust his draft accordingly’. Georgy Evans  joined in January 2018 from Harbottle & Lewis LLP .

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Within: PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Lewis Silkin LLP is 'very responsive', 'delivers quality work' and has a team with 'a wide variety of experience and specialties'. The 'very commercial'  Dominic Farnsworth leads the team and manages the global trade mark portfolio for brands such as Sainsburys, Argos and Habitat. Another key figure is the 'masterful' Steven Jennings, who has extensive experience in searching, selection and filing work. Also recommended is Aaron Newell, who is 'a truly outstanding specialist in domain name management, strategy, registration and recovery'.

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Lewis Silkin LLP

  • Negotiating the minefield of administrative decisions

    There are many situations where decisions are made by organisations such as local authorities (during the tendering process, the grant of contracts or planning decisions, for example) or professional or disciplinary bodies where a party may wish to challenge the outcome. A party with an interest in a decision may feel aggrieved by the outcome due to what appears to be a conflict of interest by those making the decision, or the appearance of bias. This may have serious consequences for in-house lawyers acting for organisations subject to such decisions, and therefore this briefing is intended to provide a general overview of the areas to consider. Challenging judicial or quasi-judicial decisions where there is a conflict of interest was considered by James Levy in a previous briefing (IHL146, p37-40).
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