Tim Ashdown > DMH Stallard LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

DMH Stallard LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution TMT


Tim is the firm’s Senior Litigation Partner.


Tim is a commercial litigator with over 30 years’ experience in handling corporate and commercial disputes.  He is an expert in all aspects of intellectual property including trade marks, patents, designs, misuse of confidential information (by employees and/or competitors), copyright and database rights.  Tim also advises on technology-related disputes and leads on many of our largest commercial and corporate disputes, with extensive experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal.  He is also adept at resolving disputes by way of arbitration and adjudication.

Many of his matters and clients are international and Tim is the Chairman of our global network of law firms, LEInternational, which covers 27 different jurisdictions.

Tim is a Trustee of three charities, including the award-winning Towner Art Gallery, and a non-executive director of a large London-based technology company.

Work highlights

  • European Real Estate Debt Fund (Cayman) Ltd v. Treon, Arundel Group Ltd and Srinivas (2021).  Tim represents the First Defendant against whom the Claimant seeks circa. £15m for alleged fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to the issue of loan notes.
  • Cavadore Ltd and Magenta Black Trading Ltd v. Jawa and Modern Food Company Ltd (2021).  Acting for the Claimants in a multi-million pound claim against Saudi Defendants for breach of a franchise agreement and trade mark infringement in relation to a well-known Japanese restaurant brand.
  • Representing Alpargatas S.A (owners of the famous HAVAIANAS flip-flop brand) in trade mark enforcement actions in the UK.
  • EOS Training Limited v. NTP Services Limited & Ors (2020).  Representing the successful Claimant in obtaining an injunction and damages for copyright infringement.
  • World of Select Ltd (and Ors) v. Bowman, Taylor and Clarke (2019).  Acting for the Claimant technology company in relation to claims against the Defendants for database right infringement, breach of confidentiality and conspiracy.
  • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and others v Sky Home Services Ltd and others.  Acting for British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC in proceedings against TVCatchUp Limited for copyright and trade mark infringement arising out of the retransmission of Sky’s free-to-air broadcasts. 
  • Copyright relating to the Harry Potter books. Paul Gregory Allen (acting as trustee of Adrian Jacobs (deceased)) v. (1) Bloomsbury Publishing plc (2) Joanne Kathleen Murray (professionally known as JK Rowling) [2010].




  • Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
  • International Trade Mark Association
  • Federation Against Software Theft

Lawyer Rankings

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Tim AshdownDMH Stallard LLP

The IP department at DMH Stallard LLP is led by Tim Ashdown, a specialist in IP as it pertains to IT, on the contentious side and John Yates on the non-contentious side who in a recent highlight advised Brighton Dome & Festival on the coordination of its deployment of 5G. Debbie Venn has extensive expertise in transactions pertaining to manufacturing and distribution. Design rights, patents, copyright, and trade marks are the focus point of Robert Ganpatsingh‘s disputes practice. Further notable on the firm’s contentious side is Hannah Balameh.

South East > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Led by Tim Ashdown on the contentious side and John Yates on the non-contentious, DMH Stallard LLP has established its practice with a focus on GDPR, IT contracting, privacy, data protection, M&A, and relating disputes. Debbie Venn handles the entire range of contracts arising in the IT sector and has a particular affinity for its intersection with the travel industry. With the arrival of several associates the firm has recently seen strong organic growth.

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

DMH Stallard LLP’s Gatwick dispute resolution team is active across many sectors, with a particularly strong reputation in banking and finance litigation. Team leader Simon Elcock is a ‘clear and robust litigator’, with strong expertise in the banking and educational sectors. James Colvin has particular expertise in financial and professional services. Clive Lee has over 30 years’ experience of dealing with commercial dispute resolution matters and acts for household name clients. Jonathan Compton , qualified both as a barrister and a solicitor, advises private individuals and commercial organisations of all sizes. Tim Ashdown has almost 30 years’ experience of managing commercial, intellectual property and technology disputes.