Thomas Henson > Hansel Henson > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hansel Henson
3rd Floor, 8 Bloomsbury Street
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Work Department

IP/digital media.


Tom is joint founding partner of Hansel Henson and his specialist areas of practice are intellectual property, contract and commercial law. More particularly, Tom has experience and knowledge of advising on issues and disputes around identifying, protecting, owning, exploiting and enforcing intellectual property rights; negotiating and interpreting commercial contracts of all kinds; regulatory issues in the media and technology field (for example, consumer-facing regulations applying to digital sales and data protection and privacy laws); and advising on general legal/commercial due diligence for a range of business-related matters from initial product/service launch through to investment and business sale. Tom’s clients come from a variety of industries with many having a media and technology focus in a constantly evolving technological and regulatory environment. Example clients include smart phone and tablet app publishers, software development houses (in, for example, industries including m-health, environmental consultancy and the finance sector), TV broadcasters, merchandisers, design and marketing agencies, event production agencies, high-street retailers and individual designers and inventors. A recent example of work Tom undertook was to act for and advise the smartphone and tablet game publisher, Future Games of London, from its beginnings in 2009 through to its sale to French head-quartered games giant, Ubisoft last year.


Trained Memery Crystal LLP; qualified 2004; joint founder and partner Hansel Henson 2009. Latest publication: ‘Protecting App Titles with Registered Trade Marks’, Games Industry International.


French and conversational Italian.


Newcastle-under-Lyme High School, Staffordshire; University of Sheffield (LLB; Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice); Université Nancy 2, France (French Law Diploma).


Family, socialising, travelling and most sports (including football, rugby and cricket).

Lawyer Rankings

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

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.

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

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.