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Tom Lingard

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Stevens & Bolton LLP

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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).

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Guildford- based Stevens & Bolton LLP¬† is praised by clients for ‚Äėoffering outstanding legal expertise and value-for-money‚Äô, the team has wide-ranging capabilities in strategic brand advice, protection and enforcement matters, licensing, sponsorship deals and reputation management, helping to attract¬†SME‚Äôs and established international clients. Tom Lingard¬† leads the group which includes Charlotte Tillett¬†, a specialist on protection and commercial exploitation of IP rights who has previously worked with clients such as Antonio Puig, FGX Europe and TEAZ Cosmetics Company. Lingard advises on all IP matters with a focus in litigation; he has assisted Brighton & Hove Football Club and Tough Mudder on trade mark enforcement matters and opposition proceedings in the UKIPO. In franchising Nicola Broadhurst¬† has worked with TM Lewin to secure an endorsement agreement with Gary Linekar. Senior associate Elaine O‚ÄôHare is regularly called to advice fashion and retail sector clients on IP matters; key highlights are assisting a leading French fashion house in relation to a comparative advertising dispute and acting Casino de Monte Carlo in a UK trade mark infringement case.

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Within: Franchising

Stevens & Bolton LLP  runs the gamut of franchise work with clients that include Papa John's and My Cookie Dough. Practice head Nicola Broadhurst  has extensive experience in handling franchise agreements.  She advised TM Lewin & Sons on renewal agreements for its franchise operations in the Philippines, Nigeria and Ghana, as well as the termination of its development agreement in Indonesia. Other notable names include Sarah Murray, who focuses on contentious matters; property specialist Andrew Steele; brand protection and enforcement expert Tom Lingard; and Andrew Quick, who is experienced in disputes.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Stevens & Bolton LLP 's Guildford-based intellectual property team is highlighted as 'excellent', particularly for contentious matters. The department successfully defended Future Publishing in claims of breach of contract, misrepresentation and trade mark revocation brought by Edge Interactive and Edge Games. In another work highlight practice head Tom Lingard led the successful representation of Snapbook Photo Printing Studio in trade mark infringement proceedings in both the UK and Poland. The group is also instructed by Kia Motors (UK), Accord Healthcare and new clients Samsung and Nintendo. Charlotte Tillett is another key name to note, Tillet and Lingard both attract praise for being 'responsive and pragmatic in their advice'. Gary Parnell and Nicola Broadhurst are singled out for technology sector matters and licensing of brands through franchising respectively.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Stevens & Bolton LLP's multi-disciplined practice covers IP, commercial, competition and disputes matters. Charlotte Tillett leads the team and has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters. Tom Lingard heads the IP team and is also heavily involved in this sector. Michael Frisby is an expert in life sciences-related disputes, both litigation and arbitration. Commercial lawyer Beverley Flynn advised SecurMed UK on its arrangement with Arvato Systems to establish a medicines verification system for the prescription and supply of medicines in the UK. Construction specialist Stephen Rockhill assisted Institute for Cancer Research with the documentation behind the construction of a new laboratory. Also recommended is competition expert Gustaf Duhs, who worked with the British Generic Manufacturers Association on its application to intervene in the case where the Competition Market Authority fined Pfizer and Flynn for hiking prices of drugs supplied to the NHS.

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South East: TMT

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Tom Lingard - Stevens & Bolton LLP

Within: Intellectual property

With ‚Äėall the firepower of a heavyweight London firm‚Äô,¬†Stevens & Bolton LLP¬†possesses an ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô IP department who ‚Äėknow their stuff and are extremely efficient and pragmatic‚Äô. Practice head¬†Tom Lingard¬†and¬†Charlotte Tillett¬†are the key figures and are ‚Äėfirst-class lawyers‚Äô who are ‚Äėa joy to work with‚Äô. Solicitor-advocate Lingard‚Äôs primary focus is on litigation but he also advises clients on complex IP licensing and transactional matters. Lingard is representing endurance event company Tough Mudder in a variety of brand and trademark enforcement matters, as well as in opposition proceedings in the UKIPO. Tillett heads the life sciences sector offering and has experience of contentious matters including pharmaceutical patent litigation, trade mark and passing off disputes, copyright and designs litigation, and actions involving breach of confidence and defamation. Tillett is advising CI Plus on a complex claim in the High Court against Impex-Sat for breach of licence terms and circumvention of technical devices applied to copyright works, among other claims. Senior associate¬†Elaine O'Hare¬†has a particular expertise in the fashion and retail sectors, with recent projects including advising a leading French fashion house on a comparative advertising dispute. Communications practice head¬†Gary Parnell¬†is noted for his advice on IP-related matters concerning software solutions.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises both on contentious matters (including copyright and trade mark infringement issues, defamation and contractual disputes) and advisory and licensing work. Solicitor advocate Tom Lingard heads the sector offering and is primarily involved with litigation matters; Charlotte Tillett and senior associate Elaine O'Hare are other key figures on the contentious side. Lingard and Tillett advised digital content marketing agency Mediablaze on its investment from iCrossing, while Lingard and O’Hare represented Future Publishing in a claim for declaratory relief, breach of contract, misrepresentation and trade mark revocation brought by Edge Interactive and Edge Games. On the advisory side, commercial partners Gary Parnell and Nicola Broadhurst are key figures; project highlights include Broadhurst and associate Tom Collins handling the drafting and negotiation of an endorsement and image rights licence between client T.M Lewin & Sons and BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker.

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Within: Sport

Stevens & Bolton LLP's full-service sports law practice has been particularly active in commercial and IP matters throughout 2017 - recent highlights include assisting Tyrell's Potato Crisps with drafting the sponsorship agreement connected to is sponsorship of the Tyrrell's Premier 15s league, the UK's premier women's rugby competition in the UK . It also handles contentious matters, and recently acted for personal trainer and online fitness blogger, Ross Dickerson, in a dispute arising from a commercial book publication agreement. Other clients include Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Tough Mudder Incoporated. Charles Maurice and Tom Lingard are the key figures. Tom Collins is also recommended.

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