Hansel Henson > London, England > Firm Profile

Hansel Henson
3rd Floor, 8 Bloomsbury Street

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

Hansel Henson‘s boutique IP offering provides expertise to its international client base covering trade marks, copyright, and designs; key areas of knowledge encompass portfolio management issues, trade mark and design disputes, and invalidity actions. David Hansel and Justine Flockhart co-lead the practice, which is well known for its experience in brand litigation, handling disputes at the High Court level for a broad range of clients.

Practice head(s):

David Hansel; Justine Flockhart


‘I have found Hansel Henson not just knowledgeable but also responsive, pragmatic and commercial lawyers.’

‘Their communication is good and they clearly work well as a team.’

‘They are a friendly team who respond to all requests in very quick time. Excellent communications and advice from all. They clearly have the client’s best interest as their priority. All round excellent service.’

‘David Hansen, I cannot speak highly enough about this man. He has been a pleasure to work with. He puts in 100% of his energy and resource to help achieve the end goal, owning all aspects and treating the matter as he would his own.’

‘Service is fast, reliable and advice is excellent. Take a 360 approach and look at all options for the client.’

‘Hansel Henson knowledge about the IP law and its practice to help its client is unique. They look for a tailor-made solution rather a standard solution anticipating the counterpart strategy.’

‘This firm is very proactive and comes up with innovative suggestions as to how to deal with difficult issues.’

‘Stand out partners include David Hansel and Justine Flockhart. They are very responsive and provide clear and concise advice. They also get results.’

Key clients

Globefill Inc

Blue Group UK Retail Limited

Pizza Pilgrims Limited

National Gallery

States of Jersey (Government of Jersey)

Beds and Bars PLC

Berthold Types Ltd

Utopia Jewellery Ltd

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

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

David Hansel and Tom Henson lead the boutique firm Hansel Henson and focus their expertise exclusively on digital media and IP law. Henson has expertise with regards to the commercial exploitation of his clients' offerings whereas Hansel acts on matters concerning converging technologies and digital advertising. Sarah Wells handles a range of contractual work, including matters concerning app development, marketing, and social media influencers. In a recent highlight the three worked together in advising LipSync on various film financing deals.

Practice head(s):

David Hansel; Tom Henson

Other key lawyers:


‘They are very keen to learn about other areas of the business and get involved. A very good bunch.’

‘Extremely thorough and helpful.’

‘Highly professional, knowledgable and attentive.’

‘Tom Henson and Sarah Wells – both fantastic.’

‘The Hansel Henson team are always a delight to work with: responsive, creative & focused on commercial results. I always enjoy working with them, and have recommended many clients to them over the years.’

‘Tom Henson’s biggest strength is his ability to grasp the details and potential drawbacks of any issue and creatively direct us to overcome any issue with the most optimised aspect.’

Key clients

Neurocess Limited

Hutch Games Ltd

Samarkand Global Ltd


Vetstoria Limited

Another Place Productions Ltd

Sixt Rent A Car Ltd


Viker Ltd

Red9 Consultancy Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hutch Games Ltd on trademarks and assist with the submission of take down notices across various App stores.
  • Advised Samarkand Global on its acquisition of Zita West Products Limited and Babawest Ltd, and its acquisition of Napiers the Herbalists, as well as on ongoing contract and trade mark work.
  • Advising UNRD Ltd on its commercial contracts, including  negotiations and ongoing collaboration with ITV in relation to its Love Island story and associated agreements with the I Saw It First clothing brand.

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)