Hansel Henson > London, England > Firm Profile

Hansel Henson
3rd Floor, 8 Bloomsbury Street

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Digital content & social Tier 3

Boutique firm Hansel Henson is known for its exclusive focus on digital media and IP. Thomas Henson acts for clients seeking to monetise their content and services through television, Web2 and Web3, and mobile and games consoles; he co-founded the firm alongside David Hansel, an expert in matters concerning convergent technologies and digital advertising. Sarah Wells handles contractual mandates involving app development, marketing, social media influencers, software licensing and other commercial agreements.

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‘It’s very easy to deal with the team as they are extremely capable and knowledgeable. I find their notes very thorough.’

‘Tom Henson and Sarah Wells, who we deal with on a regular basis, are great. Both are very responsive and always able and happy to help.’

‘A small, close-knit team who work like an extended part of my *own* team. I’ve nothing but positive experiences.’

‘David Hansel, Tom Henson and Sarah Wells consistently go above and beyond any other law firm I work with.’

‘Always aiming for perfect client satisfaction and not afraid to help in non-typical cases that are usually taken by the practice.’

‘Very personal and always available for further points to be raised. The team is approachable and keen to resolve any problems.’

Key clients

Neurocess Limited

Jay and Co Furniture Limited

Samarkand Global Ltd

Carter Labs Ltd

JAAQ Corporate Limited

Tinka Games Limited

Inca Productions Limited


Flexa Ltd

Fin London

Work highlights

  • Assisted Neurocess Limited with the drafting of software licence agreements for Premier League football clubs in the UK and abroad, permitting the clubs to access and use Neurocess’ technology.
  • Assisted Jay and Co Furniture Limited with the negotiation of a collaboration agreement with G Plan Upholstery Limited, which concerned the design and endorsement of upholstered furniture.
  • Assisted Samarkand Global Ltd with the drafting of distribution agreements, negotiations with skin care and self-care brands, and revisions to its Nomad Checkout licence.

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

The ‘diligent and personable’ team at Hansel Henson is trusted by entrepreneur-led businesses, ranging from start-ups to major corporations, with IP disputes and trade mark portfolio management, among other matters. David Hansel co-leads the practice, with demonstrable experience in convergent technologies, notably copyright issues in relation to internet-based consumer applications and AI. Fellow co-lead Justine Flockhart has a wealth of experience in the trade mark sphere. Thomas Henson is particularly active in the digital media sector, while associate Will Holmes assists clients in thd publishing, gaming and consumer goods sectors on various copyright, trade mark and registered design disputes.

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‘The team has a keen focus on, and understanding of, intellectual property; particularly in the technology space.’

‘David Hansel has a strong understanding of the IP space and is a measured commercial thinker: he is more likely to think of the optimal solution for any given problem.’

‘Tom Henson is notably strong on execution.’

‘I find Hansel Henson very responsive and commercial which is what I look for. They are also willing to answer quick queries and are reasonable in their charges which is also of key importance to me.’

‘Hansel Henson provides highly professional work at reasonable prices. They show a high responsiveness and are very pleasant to work with.’

‘Justine Flockhart and her team offer very proficient and reliable advice in trademark matters. They are very pleasant to work with and offer transparent and reasonable costs.’

‘The team at Hansel Henson are incredibly diligent and personable. They have kept to time frames and been really good at communicating in general.’

‘I have worked with Justine Flockhart and I trust her wholeheartedly.’

Key clients

Subway IP Inc.

Globefill Inc

Blue Group UK Retail Limited

Easyfundraising Limited

National Gallery


Easy Live (Services) Limited

Sigma Sports Limited

Utopia Jewellery Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Globefill Inc on the protection of famous 3D shape trade mark and registered designs.
  • Successfully defended Easy Live (Services) Limited in High Court proceedings against easyGroup ‘easy’ trade mark litigation.
  • Advised INKAS on multi-jurisdictional trade mark invalidation proceedings.

Hansel Henson specialises in intellectual property and digital media law. As a leading niche practice, unlike its competitors in the legal directories, the firm does not offer a full range of legal services, instead it focuses on its areas of expertise and strives to be the best at its specialisms.

Addressing legal challenges from a ‘real-world’ perspective to deliver practical, cost-effective and business-focused solutions, the firm combines professional expertise with a personal client care service. Delivering ground-breaking work has resulted in successfully establishing long-term relationships with clients across diverse industries.

Undertaking both contentious and non-contentious work covering the range of soft IP rights and consumer-driven media – from internet, TV and entertainment; to fashion, sport, film, gaming and branding – Hansel Henson has an in depth knowledge 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.

Numerous software developers, content creators, retailers, and advertising, branding and marketing agencies rely on Hansel Henson for its sector expertise and specialist services. The firm also advises many businesses (including several other law firms) that are not primarily IP or media-driven, but use Hansel Henson on those few occasions when they need specialist IP or media advice.

Campaigning in areas where it believes the law is being abused, since the firm was founded in 2009, it has successfully defended a number of businesses accused of trade mark infringement by either easyJet or easyGroup.

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

Work we do

Intellectual property rights (including copyrights, trade marks and design rights): advising 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, Hansel Henson draws on a wealth of experience of drafting and negotiating commercial agreements including; licensing, sponsorship, merchandising, franchise, distribution, agency and digital rights agreements, IP assignments and joint venture deals.

Digital media law: experts in consumer-driven media businesses, particularly those operating in the digital sphere – from traditional internet, TV, film and entertainment, to fashion, sport and gaming – Hansel Henson advises on each area individually, and where they often cross over, in multi-channel advertising, marketing and distribution, and social networks.

Registration of trade marks: specialists in all aspects of trade mark registrations in the UK, EU and worldwide.

Intellectual property disputes: dealing with a large number of intellectual property disputes each year, acting for both claimants and defendants. The 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner David Hansel dah@hanselhenson.com
Managing partner Tom Henson tmh@hanselhenson.com
Partner Justine Flockhart justine@hanselhenson.com
Partner Sarah Wells sarah@hanselhenson.com
Senior Associate Will Holmes will@hanselhenson.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Justine Flockhart photo Justine Flockhart A strategic adviser to brand owners, Justine is a Partner at Hansel…
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…
Will Holmes photo Will Holmes Will is a Senior Associate at Hansel Henson who is an intellectual…
Sarah Wells photo Sarah Wells Sarah is a Partner who specialises in intellectual property, contract and commercial…
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