Tom St Quintin

Year called: 2006

Nominated for “Junior IP Barrister of the Year” by Managing IP, 2021 and 2022.

“Thomas St Quintin is excellent. He has brilliant attention to detail and is always able to pick up on all the key points.” Chambers & Partners 2023

“He is a persuasive and super smooth barrister.” “Super bright, and his output is phenomenal. His commercial and tactical know-how is fantastic. He is unflappable, with a smooth and measured advocacy style.” “He is incredibly clever and very effective in court.” Chambers & Partners 2022

“A strong barrister, who is highly regarded for his IP advice.” Legal 500 2022

“He ticks every box you would want – he is responsive, a super advocate and very bright.” Chambers & Partners 2020

“Nothing is ever too much trouble for him. He has great technical knowledge and is very measured and assured on his feet.” ​ ​Chambers & Partners 2019

“He is responsive, thorough, logical and committed to the fight.” “He is very bright, approachable and a pleasure to work with.”  Chambers & Partners 2018

“His written work is superb, as is his tactical and commercial approach in court.” “He’s extremely bright and prepared to roll up his sleeves to get the job done.”  Chambers & Partners 2018

Profile

Tom specialises in intellectual property, media and entertainment.  He has appeared as the sole advocate (and led) in each of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and in the UKIPO, and previously appeared in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court.

His practice covers all areas of IP law, and he regularly has instructions in cases concerning patents, trade marks, copyright, designs and confidential information cases (both technical and those involving privacy).  He has dealt with an unusually high number of accounts of profits and damages inquiries. He is a co-author of Morcom on Trade Marks (previously, the Modern Law of Trade Marks), of Intellectual Property in Europe, and is a contributor to Copinger and Skone-James on Copyright.

Before coming to the Bar, Tom was a Senior Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge where he read Natural Sciences, specialising in Materials Science and Metallurgy, then studied the Cambridge Engineering Department’s unique Advanced Course in Design, Manufacture and Management. After that, he then worked for three years as a technical consultant at Cambridge Consultants Limited, a leading technology and innovation company, where he designed drug delivery devices, medical diagnostic equipment and novel domestic appliances.

As a result of this background, Tom understands commercial objectives and has experience of a very wide range of technologies, giving him an ability to rapidly assimilate and understand new areas.

Directory & Testimonial Quotes

Chambers & Partners 2023
Intellectual Property:“He is a persuasive and super smooth barrister.” “Super bright, and his output is phenomenal. His commercial and tactical know-how is fantastic. He is unflappable, with a smooth and measured advocacy style.” “He is incredibly clever and very effective in court.”
Media & Entertainment: “Thomas St Quintin is a very safe pair of hands.”

Chambers & Partners 2022
Intellectual Property: “He is a persuasive and super smooth barrister.” “Super bright, and his output is phenomenal. His commercial and tactical know-how is fantastic. He is unflappable, with a smooth and measured advocacy style.” “He is incredibly clever and very effective in court.”

Chambers & Partners 2020
Intellectual Property: 
“He is hard-working and has sound judgement.”
Media & Entertainment 2020:  “He’s very persuasive, responsive and a super advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2019
​Intellectual Property:
 “Nothing is ever too much trouble for him. He has great technical knowledge and is very measured and assured on his feet.” “He is a good writer of opinions and developer of strategies.”
Media & Entertainment: “He’s excellent on paper and is a very persuasive advocate.”

Chambers & Partners 2018
Intellectual Property: “He is responsive, thorough, logical and committed to the fight.”  “He is very bright, approachable and a pleasure to work with.”
Media & Entertainment: “His written work is superb, as is his tactical and commercial appraoch in court.”  “He’s extremely bright and prepared to roll up his sleeves to get the job done.”

Chambers & Partners 2017
Intellectual Property: “He ticks all the boxes – he is technically outstanding, responsive, approachable, commercial and clearly has a razor-sharp mind. He understands the principles of client service and helps solicitors deliver exceptional service to their clients.” “He is very thorough, always thinks very commercially, and is very bright. He makes things clear for clients and puts them at ease.”
Media & Entertainment: “He is extremely bright and prepared to roll up his sleeves to get the job done.”

Chambers & Partners 2016
Intellectual Property: “He is an excellent, formidable advocate and a dedicated team player.”  “He thinks things through very well and is extremely easy to work with.” “He works very quickly”.  “He’s unflappable.  Some are better under pressure than others, and he’s particularly dauntless.”
Media & Entertainment: “He works very quickly on paper; he’s so quick and so precise.” “He’s unflappable. Some are better under pressure than others, and he’s particularly dauntless.”

Chambers & Partners 2015
Intellectual Property: “A rising star who gives good, practical advice, is very responsive and has a good drafting style for pleadings and skeleton arguments”
Media and Entertainment: “Accessible and extremely commercial.” He’s good at explaining complex concepts to creative people.”

Chambers & Partners 2014
Thomas St Quintin “has a broad IP practice and a range of experience across both hard and soft IP. Regularly undertakes cases in the Patents County Court and has acted as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. He is an extremely capable, astute barrister. He’s a very clever fellow with a high level of commercial nous.”

Chambers & Partners 2013
Thomas St Quintin is a talented up-and-coming junior who is building a strong practice across the spectrum of IP litigation. He has recently been instructed on a major computer copyright case in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and also acted on the high-profile dispute between the FA Premier League and QC Leisure over the use of the use of overseas satellite decoder cards.

Legal 500 2022
Intellectual Property:
  “A strong barrister, who is highly regarded for his IP advice.” Legal 500 2022

Legal 500 2021
Intellectual Property:
  “Tom St Quintin has a great future.”

Legal 500 2020
Intellectual Property:
  “A great go-to for trade mark work, he is very careful and precise in his work.”

Legal 500 2019
Intellectual Property: He is a great, go-to advocate for trade mark work.”

Legal 500 2016
​Intellectual Property:
His advice in relation to both strategic and legal issues is clear and helpful.”

Legal 500 2015
​Intellectual Property:
“Good at thinking on his feet and explaining issues in a client-friendly manner.”

Legal 500 2014
​Intellectual Property:
Very good at spotting points that others might have been missed.” [sic!]

World Trade Mark Review 2017
“Tom St Quintin “thinks through all the issues in a very level headed way” and is “simply very effective”.

Premonition study of Chancery Division litigation between 2014-2016
Tom was one of 4 barristers identified as having a 100% success rate in the Premonition study of Chancery Division litigation between 2014-2016

 

Career

Tom specialises in all areas of intellectual property and in media and entertainment law. He has been instructed in numerous cases involving patents, trade marks, passing off, copyright, registered and unregistered designs, IT and computer contract disputes, cases about confidential information, cases about database rights, disputes between performers and their agents, managers or labels, defamation cases, and company names tribunal cases.  He has appeared as the sole advocate (and led) in each of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and in the UKIPO, and previously appeared in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court.

Cases

Trade Marks and Passing Off

Lifestyle Equities CV (known as Beverly Hills Polo Club) & Anor. v Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club Limited [2023] EWHC 2923 (Ch); [2023] EWHC 1893 (Ch)/[2023] ETMR 37; [2022] FSR 22

Lifestyle Equities v Amazon [2022] FSR 20; [2022] EWCA Civ 634; on appeal from [2021] EWHC 721 (Ch); [2021] ETMR 27; decision of Supreme Court awaited.

Lifestyle Equities v Hornby Street (MCR) Ltd [2022] Bus LR 619, on appeal from [2020] EWHC 3320 (IPEC)

Lifestyle Equities CV v The Copyrights Group Ltd [2021] EWHC 1980 (Ch); [2021] F.S.R. 32 

Lifestyle Equities v Santa Monica Polo Club/Lifestyle Equities v Ahmed [2021] FSR 31, on appeal from [2020] ETMR 33; decision of Supreme Court awaited

Lifestyle Equities CV v Sportsdirect.com Retail Ltd & Ors [2018] ETMR 25 [2016] EWHC 2092 (Ch); [2017] F.S.R. 12 and [2017] EWHC 154 (Ch)

Lidl Logistics Ltd v Lidl Stiftung and Co KG [2023] EWHC 2760 (Ch)

Iconix Luxembourg Holdings Sarl v Dream Pairs Europe Inc [2023] EWHC 706 (Ch)

Cormeton Fire Protection Ltd v Pyrocel Ltd (formerly Cormeton Electronics Ltd) Intellectual Property Enterprise Court [2021] EWHC 2384 (IPEC); [2021] EWHC 11 (IPEC)

Huber Holding AG v Solomon and Silver Ltd

Pliteq v Ikoustic [2021] ETMR 8

Turbo-K v Turbo-k International Ltd [2020] ETMR 57

Groupo Textil Brownie v EUIPO [2020] ETMR 25

Horsham Nutraceuticals v Manna Pro Products [2019] EWHC 1935 (Ch)

KBF v Gladiator Nutrition [2019] ETMR 11

National Guild of Removers and Storers v Bee Moved [2018] EWCA Civ 1302 on appeal from [2016] EWHC 3192 (IPEC)

Birlea v Platinum [2018] EWHC 26 (IPEC)

Coreix v Coretx [2017] EWHC 1695 (IPEC)

Yoshida Metal Industry v OHIM – Appeal to the CJEU (Luxembourg)

The National Guild of Removers and Storers Ltd v. Statham (t/a Marubbis Removals & Storage) [2014] EWHC 3572 (IPEC)

The National Guild of Removers and Storers Ltd v Milner (t/a Intransit Removals and Storage) & Ors [2014] EWHC 670 (IPEC), [2014] F.S.R. 38

Data Marketing & Secretarial Ltd & Anor v S & S Enterprises Ltd [2014] EWHC 1499 (IPEC), [2014] E.C.C. 22, [2015] F.S.R. 1

Shorinji Kempo Unity v British Shorinji Kempo Federation [2014] EWHC 285 (Ch)

Redwood Tree Services Limited v Aspey [2011] EWPCC 14

King Power Investments Limited v London Film Finance Limited [2010

 

Patents

Claydon Yield-O-Meter Ltd v Mzuri Ltd Intellectual Property Enterprise Court [2021] EWHC 1322 (IPEC)

Curt G Joa v Fameccanica Data SpA [2018] EWCA Civ 1786 on appeal from [2017 EWHC 1251 (IPEC)

Abbott & Anor v Design & Display Ltd  [2016] EWCA Civ 95; [2014] EWHC 2924 (IPEC) and [2014] EWHC 3234 (IPEC)

Caterpillar Inc v Joseph Vogele

Collingwood Lighting v Aurora Lighting [2014] EWHC 228 (Pat

Vision Critical v Future Route 

Three-D-Signs Limited v Infield 3D Advertising Limited 

TIP v Motorola [2010] – Assisting as a junior counsel for the Defendants in this patent dispute concerning mobile phone GPRS data.  Settled on the eve of trial.

Nichia Corporation v Seoul Semiconductor Limited [2008

LB Europe v Smurfit [2007] EWCA Civ 933

 

Designs

Leighton Vans v Harris [2022] EWHC 2386 (Ch)

Fairfax & Favor v House of Bruar [2022] ECDR 12

Bei Yu Industrial Co v Nuby (UK) LLP [2022] EWHC 652 (IPEC)

Raft Ltd v. Freestyle of Newhaven Ltd & Ors. [2016] EHC 1711 (IPEC)

Alfrank Designs v Harveys and anor [2015] EWHC 1372 (IPEC)

Utopia Tableware Ltd v BBP Marketing Ltd –  [2013] EWPCC 15 followed by a further hearing in respect of various false statements [2013] EWPCC 28, and trial [2013] EWHC 3483 (IPEC), [2014] E.C.C. 34; related contempt proceedings in Solicitor General v Dodd [2014] F.S.R. 27

UWUG Ltd v Ball (t/a Red) [2013] EWPCC 35

Muck Truck UK Ltd v Helps (t/a Helps Muck Truck Sales) [2013] EWHC 74 (Ch) –

 

Copyright/Media/Entertainment

Shazam Productions v Only Fools the Dining Experience [2022] FSR 25

Lennox Estates Ltd v S&W Ventures Ltd [2021] EWHC 3323 (IPEC)

Davies v Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club [2019] EWHC 1252 (Ch)

ATB Sales Ltd v Rich Energy Ltd [2019] EWHC 1207 (IPEC)

Thelma Madine and Anor. v. Leanne Phillips and Anor.

Hipperholme v Lightcliffe Day Nurseries Ltd 

Afsana Lachaux v Bruno Lachaux & Anor.

Phonographic Performance Limited v Miller

Personal Management Solutions Ltd v Gee 7 Group Ltd  [2015] EWHC 3859 (Ch) 

Phonographic Performance Ltd v Fletcher [2015] EWHC 2562 (Ch); [2015] L.L.R. 806;  Phonographic Performance Ltd v John [2015] EWHC 3394 (Ch)

Atelier Eighty Two Ltd v Kilnworx Climbing Centre CIC [2015] EWHC 2291 (IPEC)

Akhtar v Bhopal Productions (UK) Ltd [2015] EWHC 154 (IPEC); [2015] F.S.R. 30 

Seven Arts Entertainment Ltd v Content Media Corp Plc [2013] EWHC 588 (Ch)

Sheldon v Daybrook House Promotions Ltd [2013] EWPCC 26

Various Claimants v News Group Newspapers and Mulcaire [2012]

The Saturdays v Maximum Artist Management (settled) [2012]

ITV Broadcasting and others v TVCatchup Limited [2011] EWHC 2977 (Pat); [2012] E.C.D.R. 5; [2012] F.S.R. 10

Football Association Premier League Ltd v QC Leisure [2008] FSR 32 and CJEU Case 403/08  

Licensing/Computer Contract Disputes/Databases

Evans v Joseph Joseph Ltd Chancery Division [2022] EWHC 192 (Ch)

118 Data Resource Ltd v IDS Data Services Ltd [2014] EWHC 3629 (Ch)

GSMA v Europa Technologies Ltd [2013] EWHC 3451 (TCC)

Softlanding Systems Inc. v. KDP Software Ltd [2010] EWHC 326 (TCC) and [2010] EWCA Civ 1172

 

Confidential Information

GHS Global Hospitality Ltd v Beale [2022] EWHC 1403 (Ch)

Kerry Ingredients (UK) Ltd v. Bakkavor Group Ltd and Ors. [2016] EWHC 2448 (Ch) 

Membership

Intellectual Property Bar Association

Chancery Bar Association

 

Qualifications and Regulations

Qualifications

M.Sci. MA (Cantab)

Regulations

Tom is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales (Bar Ref: 50493)

He has professional indemnity insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF Ref: 2190/054). Please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided, and the BMIF’s contact details.

 

Human Interest

Tom enjoys rugby and skiing.

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