Firm Profile > Hansel Henson > London, England

Hansel Henson
3rd Floor, 8 Bloomsbury Street

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Hansel Henson's 'enormously helpful, responsive and agile' digital media and IP boutique has 'outstanding knowledge of IP law, which is coupled with good common sense and commercial acumen'. It is adept at a range of instructions in the IP and digital sphere, where it acts for clients across the gaming, fashion, sport, travel, retail and entertainment sectors. The team is instructed on a range of matters such as digital marketing and advertising, app and computer software development, regulatory matters, online publishing and broadcasting, and brand communication. The team is regularly engaged on cross-border instructions and advises Future Games of London (wholly owned by Ubisoft) on takedown and brand protection work.

Practice head(s):

David Hansel; Tom Henson

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Wells


David Hansel has outstanding commercial judgement, common sense, clear articulation and understanding of problem statements.

Tom Henson is an extremely safe pair of hands; he meets deadlines and has excellent understanding of technical law.

Tom Henson and Sarah Wells are extremely dedicated and helpful; they are quick to respond, and clients can always rely on their thorough, high-quality work.

The personal approach taken by the lawyers is a real differentiator.


Key clients

Future Games of London

Hutch Games

Conversion Factory



Another Place Productions

Sixt Rent A Car

Samarkand Global

Enterprise Technology Management Limited t/a dDaaS

Robot Squid

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner David Hansel
Managing partner Tom Henson
Justine Flockhart
Sarah Wells
Photo Name Position Profile
 David Hansel  photo David Hansel
 Thomas Henson  photo Thomas Henson
Number of UK partners : 4
English (fluent)