Tom Gaunt > Lewis Silkin > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Lewis Silkin
255 Blackfriars Rd

Work Department

Intellectual Property




Tom is a European and UK Chartered Patent Attorney who primarily handles Mechanical, Electrical and Software patents. Tom also handles European oppositions and infringement opinion work, as well as registered design filings focusing on technical products. Tom joined the London office of Ablett & Stebbing in 2003, becoming a partner of that firm in 2010, before joining Lewis Silkin in 2019.


Tom has an Honours degree in Biomaterials and a Masters degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Birmingham University. Tom also has a strong background in electronics and processing, having started his career at a firm of Patent Attorneys in Japan handling patent applications for the consumer electronics industry.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)

Capable of handling patent disputes, licensing and agreements, Lewis Silkin’s patent practice is particularly active in the life sciences, manufacturing, technology, retail and media sectors. The practice is led by Tom Gaunt, who has considerable experience assisting clients with mechanical, electrical and software patents. Antony Craggs focuses on patent litigation, whilst Paul Williams strengthens the team with his background in the chemistry sphere.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys

Lewis Silkin is skilled in handling contentious IP, including EPO oppositions and infringement work, and portfolio management for clients in the life sciences, manufacturing and engineering, technology, retail, and media and entertainment sectors. The firm is expanding its IP offering in Northern Ireland following the merger with Forde Campbell in Belfast in early 2022. Practice head Tom Gaunt primarily assists clients with their mechanical, electrical and software patents, and other notable team members include chemical, life sciences, and mechanical patents expert Paul Williams and patent litigator Antony Craggs. Jonathan Higgs joined the team in August 2022 as a legal director from Murgitroyd, while David Swaine departed the firm in November 2022 to join Essex Bio-Technology as a general counsel.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Lewis Silkin’s IP practice assists its clients with the entire lifecycle of IP-related work. It manages IP portfolios for household names and multi-national clients, as well as trademark filings, anti-counterfeiting matters, and oppositions and disputes. Tom Gaunt leads the team, which was bolstered by the addition of legal director Abigail Wise from Bristows LLP in July 2022 and senior chartered trade mark attorney Erika Coccia from Marks & Clerk in May 2022. Nick Bowie has significant expertise in trade mark prosecution, online enforcement, and investigations.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

Praised as ‘super efficient’ and ‘proactive’, Lewis Silkin’s broad IP offering covers a wide array of matters, extending from various disputes and portfolio management to regulatory work. Thomas Gaunt leads the practice, which routinely handles matters in the retail, technology, media and entertainment, and manufacturing and engineering sectors. Adam Glass’s capabilities include music and literary copyright disputes for various advertising and media clients. Giles Crown strengthens the practice with his specialist expertise in brand protection and enforcement work, with Simon Chapman contributing his extensive litigation experience. Neil Parkes regularly instructs media rights owners, and Nick Bowie is at the forefront of the firm’s trade mark portfolio practice.