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Hansel Henson
3rd Floor, 8 Bloomsbury Street

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

As part of its global portfolio management offering, boutique firm Hansel Henson represents international clients in the defence of invalidity actions and oppositions to trade mark and design assets. David Hansel (who co-heads the practice with Justine Flockhart) is a well-known name in the field of ‘easy’ litigation, having defended a string of businesses in actions initiated by EasyGroup, including High Court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

David Hansel; Justine Flockhart


A small group of highly intelligent, personable individuals who make things happen for their clients.

Hansel Henson is a highly effective team of individuals, with experienced and engaging partners who deliver pragmatic, strategic advice at a competitive price. The support team are also highly proficient and we cannot recommend their services highly enough.

Justine Flockhart is an exceptional intellectual property lawyer. We highly value her expertise in trade marks and we can commend her as a go-to trusted advisor.

David Hansel’s service and attention has been exemplary.

Experienced, knowledgeable, friendly and efficient team, providing pragmatic advice. The teams are well leveraged, responsive and cost effective.

What I regard as most important about Hansel Henson is their expertise, flexibility and charm. They never forget who you are and their people skills are second to none. They are also very fast off the ground and compare favourably with all lawyers I have worked with.

Justine Flockhart, Tom Henson and David Hansel are all tremendous – they pay attention to the details and appreciate the business needs of their clients and the practical implications of what they are doing.

Key clients

Globefill Inc

Blue Group UK Retail Limited

Ndemic Creations

Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA)

States of Jersey (Government of Jersey)

Berthold Types Ltd

Utopia Jewellery Ltd.

Loch Katrine IKE

Easy Live (Services) Limited (the owner of Easy Live Auction)

Leyton UK Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Responsible for Globefill’s (makers of Crystal Head Vodka) UK registered trade marks and design rights, including acting to extend its registered IP protection. This includes successfully defending an invalidation attack on the company’s important and valuable 3D trade mark.
  • Acting as IP counsel to Blue Group UK Retail Limited, a leading manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of home furnishings.
  • Protecting the use of the JERSEY ROYAL POTATOES trade mark and Protected Designation of Origin.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

The intellectual property and digital media boutique Hansel Henson advises clients on bringing apps to the market, publishing and broadcasting content online, as well as brand communication. David Hansel focuses on IP, contracts and regulatory work, while Tom Henson handles media rights matters and has expertise in convergent technologies. Sarah Wells advises on commercial agreements in the fields of app development and marketing, relating to social media influencers. The team also counts international companies among its clients and regularly handles multijurisdictional work.

Practice head(s):

David Hansel; Tom Henson

Other key lawyers:


‘Very responsive, efficient and personable, and they get the results that we need with minimal effort on our part.’

‘David Hansel is a real industry leader. There’s simply nothing he hasn’t seen before and he is calm and pragmatic when seeking solutions.’

‘Their expertise and depth of knowledge is firstly truly assuring, and secondly the defining principles by which they have always stood for. Beyond this, they are always more than willing to take time to explain uninitiated. I would personally recommend Tom Henson and Sarah Wells.’

‘Super responsive with urgent work, always practical and pragmatic. A delight to deal with.’

‘Sarah Wells is excellent, incredibly thorough and extremely responsive.’

‘Personal service tailored to our needs. Proactive approach. Always able and willing to help.’ 

‘Their continuous support over the years across a wide range of different projects has meant we have built an incredibly trusted and caring relationship that we value deeply.’

Key clients

Future Games of London Ltd

Hutch Games Ltd

Conversion Factory Ltd


Vetstoria Limited

Another Place Productions Ltd

Sixt Rent A Car Ltd

Samarkand Global Ltd

Viker Ltd

Red9 Consultancy Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Future Games of London in submitting hundreds of take down notices across the App Store and Google Play in relation to HUNGRY SHARK copy-cats.
  • Assisting Hutch Games with its sale to Modern Times Group.
  • Advising Conversion Factory Ltd on commercial contracts, including assisting in reviewing terms and conditions with substantial retailer clients in the insurance and retail sector.

Hansel Henson is a specialist firm of solicitors with a focus on intellectual property and digital media law.  Unlike our competitors in the legal directories, we focus only on these things and do not attempt to cover all areas of law.

The firm addresses clients’ legal challenges from a ‘real-world’ perspective to deliver practical, cost-effective and business-focused solutions.

The firm: As a leading niche practice, Hansel Henson is able to combine true professional expertise with a personal client care service. The firm does not offer a full range of legal services, but strives to be the best at what it specialises in. The firm’s experience in delivering ground-breaking work has resulted in the establishment of successful long-term client relationships across diverse industries.

The firm undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work across the range of soft IP rights and consumer-driven media – from internet, TV and entertainment, to fashion, sport, gaming and branding – and has a particular understanding of existing and emerging digital media and brands. The challenge fundamentally involves understanding where the eyes, ears and spending power of the consumer go and the firm advises on the legal issues that emerge from this.

The firm acts for numerous software developers,  retailers and advertising, branding and marketing agencies that regularly use the firm for its sector expertise and specialist services. Frequently, the firm’s clients are also businesses that are not primarily IP- or media-driven, but simply use the firm’s services on those few occasions when they need specialist IP or media advice. This includes advising several other firms of lawyers.

Over the last 15 years the firm has successfully defended a number of businesses that have been accused of trade mark infringement by either easyJet or easyGroup. The firm also campaigns in areas where it is believed the law is being abused.

The firm has a worldwide network of firms similarly expert in intellectual property and digital media issues. Hansel Henson is regularly instructed by other law firms, accountancy practices and in-house counsel.

Types of work undertaken
Intellectual property rights (including copyrights, trade marks and design rights): the firm’s advice extends across the complete range of issues around the creative industries, particularly in brand, design and media, and where content is digital.

Commercial contract drafting and other non-contentious advice: from entrepreneurs to global brands, the firm can draw on a wealth of experience of drafting and negotiating commercial agreements. These include licensing, sponsorship, merchandising, franchise, distribution, agency and digital rights agreements, as well as IP assignments and joint venture deals.

Digital media law: the firm’s solicitors are experts in consumer-driven media businesses, particularly those that operate in the digital sphere – from traditional internet, TV and entertainment, to fashion, sport and gaming. The firm is able to advise on each area individually, and where they often cross over in multi-channel advertising, marketing and distribution, and social networks.

Registration of trade marks: the firm’s solicitors are specialists in all aspects of trade mark registrations in the UK, the EU and around the world.

Intellectual property disputes: the firm deals with a large number of intellectual property disputes each year, acting for both claimants and defendants. The great majority of these disputes are settled without going to court. For those matters which are litigated/pursued the firm has experience in dealing with cases in the High Court, IPEC and the UK IPO and EU IPO registries.

Senior partner David Hansel
Managing partner Tom Henson
Justine Flockhart
Sarah Wells
David Hansel photo David HanselDavid works with brands and digital media across the range of areas…
Thomas Henson photo Thomas HensonTom is joint founding partner of Hansel Henson and his specialist areas…
Number of UK partners : 4
English (fluent)