Geoff Hussey > AA Thornton > London, England > Lawyer Profile

AA Thornton
Octagon Point
5 Cheapside

Work Department

IP Litigation & Commercial IP


With over 14 years’ experience, Geoff joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in 2016 as a Partner bringing IP litigation to the firm for the first time.

Geoff’s (IP) litigation practice relates to all forms of IP rights and a wide range of industries. He has extensive experience in patent litigation before the UK Patents Court and in patent oppositions, and his experience spans sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals and electronics. His contentious trade mark experience also includes passing off, reverse passing off and disputes involving trade mark licences; and he has experience in relation to disputes concerning contractual arrangements involving IP and copyright, design right and confidential information disputes. 

Geoff also sits on the marketing management group, which focuses on business development activities for the firm. 


Geoff joined Field Fisher Waterhouse in 2003 where he trained and qualified into their IP department as a solicitor in 2005. He joined Bird & Bird’s IP department in 2007, and left to join A.A. Thornton & Co. as a Partner in May 2016.


  • Member of The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)


  • BSc Human Genetics, Nottingham University
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Law and LPC, Nottingham Law School
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol
  • Solicitor in England & Wales


Geoff enjoys sports generally – particularly golf, squash, and skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Strong in prosecution, the IP offering at AA Thornton, which is headed up by Geoff Hussey, advises its clients on IP strategy and audits, portfolio management issues, rights ownership and licensing work, and due diligence across a broad spectrum of industries. Litigation is a strength for the team under Hussey’s leadership, with Daniel Byrne bolstering the firm’s litigation output, particularly in the telecoms, pharmaceuticals and biotech sectors.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)

Geoff Hussey leads the patents practice at AA Thornton, which is noted by clients as ‘a great team with true experts’. Fielding patent experts in the life sciences and cosmetic sectors, the team advises on IP strategy, due diligence in IP transactions and M&A, and licensing issues, and has particular expertise in relation to the Nagoya Protocol. Daniel Byrne is another key name to note.