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About Tom Dye

Tom specialises in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property, IT, commercial and data-related matters.

He advises clients on the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights, trade mark, copyright and patent infringement issues, intellectual property-related corporate transactions, a wide variety of commercial agreements, and complex business separation projects.

Tom has been seconded to the firm’s Washington office, and spent a year working in-house at a leading international sports data and media business. 

Recent work

  • Advising Coty on its strategic long term exclusive licence of the Burberry brand for fragrances and make-up, winner of ‘Deal of the Year’ at the Luxury Law Summit 2017.
  • Advising AB InBev on the IP and separation aspects of its £78.4bn merger with SABMiller, for which the Freshfields IP team won Managing IP’s Firm of the Year 2017 (IP Transactional – Europe). Read more about the deal in our case study.
  • Acting for Tesco on the separation and £4.2bn sale of its Korean business, including related branding arrangements.
  • Advising BT on the intellectual property and branding aspects of its £12.5bn acquisition of mobile network operator EE.
  • Acting for United Biscuits on the sales of significant snacks and biscuits brands and businesses, including various related multi-jurisdictional commercial arrangements.



  • University of Oxford, UK (diploma in intellectual property law and practice)
  • BPP Law School, UK (legal practice course)
  • University of Cambridge, UK (BA in law)


  • Intellectual Property Magazine Falling fowl of the rules [an article on the legal issues in connection with social media]

  • E-Commerce Law & Policy, Vol.13(4), April 2011 Expansion of the ASA’s online remit: what to look out for [an article on the regulation of online advertising]