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) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Tom LingardStevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides clients with a full service in IP matters, and is particularly notable within the region for the range of its client roster. The firm is also distinguished by its life sciences and technology offerings, which include patent and know-how licencing work. Practice head Tom Lingard focuses primarily on contentious work, along with complex licencing, while other key names at the practice include Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O’Hare.

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

Advising on commercial and IP matters, the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP act for a wide range of sports clients, including high-profile sports clubs, agencies, and events organisers. Charles Maurice is the key contact for sports clients seeking commercial advice, and acts for some of the firm’s most high-profile clients. On the IP side, Tom Lingard takes the lead, and has strong experience in litigation as a solicitor-advocate.

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP provides a full service to media sector clients, with strong offerings in both contentious and non-contentious work. The firm is notable for its work with publishing sector clients on IP matters, including litigation and advice on the licensing of IP rights. Tom Lingard heads the practice, and is a key contact for media-related litigation as a solicitor-advocate.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

The ‘approachable, pragmatic and commercially-aware‘ Guildford-based practice at Stevens & Bolton LLP acts for national and multinational companies and start-ups, with particular expertise in the technology and life sciences sectors. The team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters spanning all IP rights. ‘Outstanding lawyerTom Lingard heads up the practice and focuses on contentious work, while the ‘bright and sparky, and very ableCharlotte Tillett handles issues in the life sciences sector. Senior associate Elaine O’Hare is a name to note for brand management work in the fashion and retail sectors.

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP‘s Guildford-based group has a client roster, which ranges from start-ups to established technology companies and also includes businesses which utilise technology. Practice head Beverley Whittaker has experience handling IT contracts for outsourced services, cloud arrangements and software development and licensing matters, while Gary Parnell excels in the IT and insurance sectors. Other names to note include Beverley Flynn, who leads the data protection practice; IP expert Tom Lingard and litigator Michael Frisby. Managing associate Charles Maurice, who combines IT and IP expertise, has notable outsourcing expertise.

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

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s franchising team sits within the firm’s corporate and commercial department and includes practitioners from the dispute resolution, real estate and banking and finance teams, among others. Nicola Broadhurst heads up the group and has notable expertise in international franchise expansions, master franchise agreements, area development agreements and international unit franchise agreements. The practice also handles franchise business establishments, international issues, franchise disputes, IP-related work, ethical franchising, e-commerce matters, network resales and property mandates. Sarah Murray and Andrew Quick are the key contacts for contentious work, Andrew Steele handles real estate matters and Helen Wheddon focuses on property disputes, and Tom Lingard is an expert in brand protection and enforcement issues.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Brand management

Stevens & Bolton LLP  provides ‘superb legal services‘, with expertise across a the full spectrum of IP, brand management and commercial matters, ranging from trade mark registration, protection and enforcement matters to online monitoring, licensing and franchising. Tom Lingard heads the IP group; other noted team members are Charlotte Tillett for joint development agreements, licensing and contentious IP, and Nicola Broadhurst for licensing brands through franchising. Associate Elaine O’Hare continues to be active in trade mark infringement disputes, particularly in the fashion and retail sector.