About Me

As a specialist transactional IP lawyer and partner in our Intellectual Property practice in London, I work on complex, IP-rich transactions across a range of sectors.

Acting for private equity firms and corporate clients, I advise on the IP and tech aspects of high-stakes transactions including M&A, equity capital market, spin-outs, investment rounds, restructurings, joint ventures, collaborations and financings.

I also have considerable experience of advising in stand-alone complex, high-value contracts commercialising IP rights, including agreements for licensing and transferring intellectual property, and brand co-existence agreements. I also conduct IP audits for our clients and provide strategic advice.

I have a scientific background, with a first class MSc in chemistry from Durham University. Qualifying in 2005 into the IP team at a 'magic circle' firm, I joined Bird & Bird in 2006, which was also the year I gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law.
  • Office Depot Inc. in the divestiture of its European operations
  • Arm in relation to several strategic acquistions in the Internet of Things sector
  • LGC, the international life sciences measurement and testing company, in its sale from Bridgepoint to KKR
  • EE, the UK's largest mobile operator, on its £12.5 billion acquisition by a multinational telecomms holding company.
  • Gates Corporation on its acquisition of UK based Techflow Flexibles.
  • New York listed DXC Technology, the world's largest independent, end-to-end IT services and solutions company, on several strategic acquisitions in the software-as-a-service (SaaS) market
  • KSL Partners on its acquisition of spa and skincare brand ESPA, and subsequent sale to The Hut Group
  • Anglo American and DeBeers in relation to several high value joint venture agreements in the mineral mining sector
  • Rolls Royce in its brand share co-existence arrangements with BMW


  • Post Graduate Diploma, IP Law and Practice
  • Nottingham Law School, Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Nottingham Law School, Post Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Durham University, MSci (First Class)


  • Law Society of England & Wales in 2005
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"Tom is responsive, pragmatic, commercially minded and highly regarded by his in-house colleagues"

IAM Patent 1000 2021

"User-friendly" Snaith acts for private equity firms and corporate clients on complex high-value IP transactions.

IAM Patent 1000 2020

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