Tom St Quintin

Year called:
2006
Practice areas:
IP, Patents, Copyright & Design, Trade Marks, IT, Media & Entertainment, Privacy

"He is responsive, thorough, logical and committed to the fight." "He is very bright, approachable and a pleasure to work with." Chambers & Partners 2018 (for Intellectual Property)

""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 (for Media & Entertainment)

‘He has excellent IP knowledge and is very accommodating and approachable.’ Legal 500 2017

"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." Chambers & Partners 2017

"His advice in relation to both strategic and legal issues is clear and helpful." Legal 500 2016

Profile

Tom specialises in intellectual property, media and entertainment.  He has been instructed in cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court, and has successfully appeared as the sole advocate in each of the Court of Appeal, High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and in the UKIPO.

His practice covers all areas of IP law, and is fairly evenly split between patents, trade marks, copyright, designs and confidential information cases (both technical and those involving privacy).  He is a co-author of 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 (after 5 months spent skiing and 4 working for a bank) 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 2017

In Intellectual Property: "He is responsive, thorough, logical and committed to the fight." "He is very bright, approachable and a pleasure to work with."  


In Media & Entertainment: "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."  

 

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*

World Trade Mark Review 2017

"Tom St Quintin "thinks through all the issues in a very level headed way" and is "simply very effective".

 

Chambers & Partners 2017

In 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."

In Media & Entertainment: "He is extremely bright and prepared to roll up his sleeves to get the job done."

 

Chambers & Partners 2016

In 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."

In 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 2017

In Intellectual Property: "A rising star who gives good, practical advice, is very responsive and has a good drafting style for pleadings and skeleton arguments"

In 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 2016

"His advice in relation to both strategic and legal issues is cleasr and helpful."

 

Legal 500 2015

"Good at thinking on his feet and explaining issues in a client-friendly manner. "

 

Legal 500 2014

"Very good at spotting points that others might have been missed." [sic!]

Career

Tom specialises in all areas of intellectual property and in media and entertainment law. He has been involved in patent disputes about mobile phones, LEDs, and simpler technologies, trade mark, 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, and defamation cases.  He has been instructed in cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court, and has successfully appear as the sole advocate in each of the Court of Appeal, High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and in the UKIPO.

Cases

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.

 

Publications

Appointments

In 2015, Tom was appointed to the Attorney General's "B" panel of counsel.

Human Interest

Tom has recently retired from playing rugby for Kings College Hospital RFC. He is an avid off-piste skier.