About Me

I am a partner in our Intellectual Property group in London, specialising in complex, high-value commercial arbitration and litigation.

Since joining Bird & Bird in 2011, I have acted for clients in a number of international arbitrations, predominantly relating to high-stakes IP licensing disputes. These have been conducted under various arbitration rules (including ICC and WIPO), seated in multiple jurisdictions and have involved the application of a wide variety of national laws, including English, US, French, German and Finnish.

I also advise clients in relation to a broad range of contentious IP matters relating to patents, copyright, trademarks, passing off and breach of confidence, including actions in the UKIPO, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, High Court and Court of Appeal. This includes a particular expertise advising clients in relation to disputes over the licensing of standards essential patents according to F/RAND principles and copyright (including references to the Copyright Tribunal).
  • Laura Metaal v Highway Care
  • Danisco v Novozymes
  • Hometrack v Landmark


  • University of Oxford, Postgraduate Diploma in IP Law and Practice, Intellectual Property Law
  • Kaplan Law School, LPC
  • University of Nottingham, LLB, Law


  • Higher Courts (Civil Advocacy) Qualification in 2019
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2013
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'Tom Darvill is exceptionally bright and hard-working. He is across every detail of the hugely complex dispute we are currently using the team for, which is being resolved via a large international arbitration. Tom's commercial acumen is superb, and he has quickly managed to get 'under the bonnet' of numerous complex licensing agreements to understand the operation and commercial effect of these. He is also a fantastic technical lawyer, with first-class knowledge and experience in IP matters and arbitration law and procedure.'

The Legal 500 2021

'Senior associate Tom Darvill combines strong legal and strategic abilities with a relaxed working style that makes the process easier.'

The Legal 500 2022

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