Tom Lingard > Stevens & Bolton LLP > Guildford, England > Lawyer Profile

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Work Department

Intellectual property.


Tom advises on all aspects of intellectual property and technology law. He has extensive litigation experience having represented clients in proceedings before all levels of the UK courts, and regularly advises businesses and individuals in a range of sectors on the protection, exploitation and management of intellectual property and technology. He also advises clients, particularly those in the media sector, on defamation and reputation management. His clients include BOC/Linde, Samsung and Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Tough Mudder.


Trained Herbert Smith; qualified 2003; associate, IP Herbert Smith 2003-07; Stevens & Bolton LLP associate 2007-11, partner 2011 to date. Tom has written articles for PLC, Trade Mark World, Legal Week, Pharmaceutical Law Insight as well as being quoted by the national press and by the BBC.


The Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA – associate member), AIPPI, TIPLO, INTA, iTechLaw and the Institute of Physics.


Royal Grammar School, Guildford; University of Nottingham (1999 BSci Physics); College of Law Guildford (2000 CPE, 2001 LPC); Bristol University (2003 Diploma in IP Law and Practice); Higher Rights of Audience (2009).

Lawyer Rankings

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

Stevens & Bolton LLP‘s client roster features significant athletes, professional clubs, organisations, as well as industry stakeholders. The ‘outstanding’  Charles Maurice is particularly well-versed on the regulatory side of football club acquisitions and disposals, and he co-leads the department alongside Tom Collins. Tom Lingard is a seasoned litigator who has represented clients before all levels of the UK courts. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Guildford.

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

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Tom LingardStevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP is well-equipped to handle contentious brand protection and enforcement matters, and on the non-contentious side, supports clients with franchising, licensing, and transactions. Head of the team Tom Lingard is routinely sought out by high-profile clients including Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Kia Motors, and Samsung, while Charlotte Tillett often handles pharmaceutical patent litigation. Elaine O’Hare has expertise in breach of confidence and trade secrets, whereas Tom Collins has recently been advising a digital gaming franchise on brand protection. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Guilford.

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

With knowledge of the fashion, food and drink, gaming, sport as well as the technology and media sectors, Stevens & Bolton LLP represents a range of clients including digital entrepreneurs, SMEs, and startups. Tom Lingard leads the team and he caters to significant names in the automotive sector, while Elaine O’Hare and Tom Collins are noted for their expertise in IP. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Guildford.

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP is notably experienced in patent licensing, working across numerous sectors including life sciences, technology, and consumer and luxury goods. Tom Lingard leads the ‘professional’ and ‘responsive’ practice; he is well-versed in handling patent matters in the technology, media, manufacturing and sport sectors, while Charlotte Tillett strengthens the team with her expertise in the life sciences sector. Senior associate Tom Collins is also recommended.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising

Stevens & Bolton LLP places particular emphasis on assisting its diverse client roster with ethical franchising issues, which includes franchisors, multi-unit operators, master franchisees, and franchisees in the retail, quick-service restaurants and casual dining, leisure and hospitality, and education industries. Its offering is wide ranging and encompasses setting up franchise documentation, handling disputes, expansion support, and real estate-related mandates. Nicola Broadhurst sits at the helm of the practice in Guildford, with broad expertise in fashion and luxury brands and international expansion. Broadhurst is supported by Tom Lingard, who is skilled in contentious matters and brand protection, and dispute resolution expert Catherine Penny.

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

Providing a ‘professional and personal service’, Stevens & Bolton LLP maintains a broad offering, encompassing advice brand protection and enforcement matters, trade secrets issues and strategic mandates. The team is active across various sectors, from life sciences and technology to food and drink. Practice head Tom Lingard is noted fo his expertise in the technology, media, manufacturing and sport industries.