Firm Profile > Hansel Henson > London, England

Hansel Henson
3rd Floor, 8 Bloomsbury Street

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

IP and digital media boutique Hansel Henson has longstanding relationships with an impressive roster of clients, acting as IP counsel for the full span of trade mark, copyright and design issues. In contentious matters, founding partners David Hansel and Thomas Henson regularly handle trade mark infringement defence for IP-rich clients, including museums, fast food chains, breweries, telecoms and retail businesses. The firm is often instructed to handle the IP aspects of corporate M&A and restructuring deals.

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‘Hansel Henson are true specialists – they’re business savvy and highly skilled.’

‘David Hansel has been our legal go-to man for over a decade. He knows our business sector inside out and the daily challenges we face when it comes to IP and copyright and as such, he’s an integral part of our overall offering.’

‘We work with Justine Flockhart the most and couldn’t be happier. She is very thorough and not a pushover. When we have the upper hand in a case she uses it but not in a brash or overly aggressive manner.  She assesses situations very well. We also work with Tom Hansel and he embodies the same type of approach as Justine does.’

‘A great team to work with as as small business owner, who think more like entrepreneurs than just another law firm. Pragmatic, effective and efficient.’

‘Justine Flockhart is a stand-out attorney.  She is an expert in trade mark claims and disputes and is highly responsive and practical in her advice.  A highly trusted go-to attorney who we can recommend without reservation.

‘Tom Henson is a highly effective partner.  He has guided our technology company from inception in how to safeguard our intellectual property rights, and we have an impressive suite of rights which have facilitated our international expansion. Tom is highly knowledgeable and adapts his advice to the needs and requirements of the business.  Highly engaged and a trusted adviser. ‘

‘They are always prepared to go the full mile for the client. They are especially good at “out of the box” thinking and at finding creative solutions. Their turnaround time, even for non-urgent matters, is excellent. Partners and associates are easily reachable and are always available by email or unscheduled telephone calls.’

‘David Hansel is intelligent, quick to spot issues, an effective communicator – he gets results.’

Key clients

Subway IP Inc.

GTT Communications

Steinhoff UK Retail Limited



Berthold Types Ltd

Beds and Bars plc

States of Jersey

Quality Nonsense Limited

Science Museum Group

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

'Outstanding' digital media and IP boutique Hansel Henson has a niche in advising clients on bringing software apps to market, publishing and broadcasting content online and online marketing issues. The group frequently acts in multijurisdictional matters and counts international companies among its clients. Named partners David Hansel and Tom Henson lead the practice and focus on app development and online publishing work, and digital advertising and marketing matters respectively. Sarah Wells is another name to note for advice on commercial agreements relating to app developments and social media influencer marketing.

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We are extremely happy with Hansel Henson. They represent us very well and have always managed to provide us with support even at very very short notice – which happens a lot. In addition, their work is always well priced and stays on quote.

If we need support for matters that do not fall under a direct field of expertise (e.g. employment law, taxes), they bring in external help and still run the process on our behalf, which for us means it is streamlined and we can trust the outcome.

One of the key things with Hansel Henson is that they genuinely always want to get to the bottom of issues as efficiently as possible which in a deal with many parties involved, makes them stand out. In addition, and this is probably one of the key components for me, they care. It shows in their work, and in their relations with their clients.’

Thomas Henson and Sarah Wells both always handle our account. They provide excellent support all round on all matters that we instruct the firm with. They are fast to analyse the various situations, understand our goals and evaluate the relevant levers that we can use in negotiations etc. Their communications are clear, fast and instructive. Their knowledge of our industry (gaming/software) is excellent which means we feel both extremely well supported and advised.

Bryan Rickman is the lawyer that we work with as he looks after our corporate work. I find him really reliable and, like his colleagues, fast, extremely clear and provides great instructions. He always impresses me as well on his ability to make complex corporate issues somewhat clear and easy to understand.

In my personal experience, I found Hansel Henson to be an incredibly knowledgeable, efficient and patient team. Working with them is like an extension of your business – they are invested and they care. I entered a new field with a technology start-up and their counsel was invaluable as I navigated different challenges, eg trademarks, T&Cs and Privacy Policy. Their response time is second to none and I am thankful that whatever legal need I have, there is an expert at Hansel Henson who can assist.

I think that for all around expertise and commercial acumen in the space of IP law, HH are outstanding. I have worked with a few other firms in this space and HH are a) the best-priced and b) make it easiest for me to focus on the important commercial issues and stay away from the legalese.’

Tom Henson is hugely thorough and his attention to detail and closing out complex issues is just what I need. David Hansel is extremely bright and balances an excellent understanding of the law with an appropriate commercial focus.

Key clients

Future Games of London Ltd

Hutch Games Ltd

Conversion Factory Ltd


Hubber Ltd

Another Place Productions Ltd

Sixt Rent A Car Ltd

Samarkand Global Ltd

Viker Ltd

Robot Squid Ltd

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.

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Senior partner David Hansel
Managing partner Tom Henson
Justine Flockhart
Sarah Wells
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Hansel  photo David Hansel David works with brands and digital media across the range of areas…
 Thomas Henson  photo Thomas Henson Tom is joint founding partner of Hansel Henson and his specialist areas…
Number of UK partners : 4
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