Tim Ashdown


Dispute Resolution, Technology, Media and Telecoms

Partner specialising in commercial litigation, intellectual property and technology related disputes.

Tim is the firm’s Senior Litigation Partner.  He is a commercial litigator with over 30 years’ experience in handling corporate and commercial disputes. He is an expert in all aspects of intellectual property, including trade marks, patents, designs, misuse of confidential information (by employees and/or competitors), copyright and database rights. Tim also advises on technology-related disputes and leads on many of our largest commercial and corporate disputes, with extensive experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal.  He is also experienced in  resolving disputes through arbitration and adjudication.




Many of his matters and clients are international and Tim is the Chairman of our global network of law firms, LEInternational, which covers 27 different jurisdictions.

Tim is recognised as a Leading Individual in both Legal 500 UK and Chambers & Partners UK directories.

Work highlights


Tim successfully represented a Respondent to an unfair prejudice petition in which the Petitioner sought a multi-million pound award against our client.  The claim against Tim’s client, which involved complex issues relating to confidential information, was discontinued during the 15-day High Court trial


Cavadore Ltd and Magenta Black Trading Ltd v. Jawa and Modern Food Company Ltd (2021).  Acting for the Claimants in a multi-million pound claim against Saudi Defendants for breach of a franchise agreement and trade mark infringement in relation to a well-known Japanese restaurant brand


Copyright relating to the Harry Potter books. Paul Gregory Allen (acting as trustee of Adrian Jacobs (deceased)) v. (1) Bloomsbury Publishing plc (2) Joanne Kathleen Murray (professionally known as JK Rowling) [2010]


European Real Estate Debt Fund (Cayman) Ltd v. Treon, Arundel Group Ltd and Srinivas (2021).  Tim represents the First Defendant against whom the Claimant seeks circa. £15m for alleged fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to the issue of loan notes


Representing Alpargatas S.A (owners of the famous HAVAIANAS flip-flop brand) in trade mark enforcement actions in the UK


Acting for a shareholder petitioner in an unfair prejudice petition which involved the misuse of confidential information, copyright and trade marks


British Sky Broadcasting Group plc and others v Sky Home Services Ltd and others.  Acting for British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC in proceedings against TVCatchUp Limited for copyright and trade mark infringement arising out of the retransmission of Sky’s free-to-air broadcasts

Recent articles


Part 36 Offers – benefits and considerations

Carefully deployed, a Part 36 Offer can apply strategic pressure on an opposing party to settle a dispute early on or carry significant financial uplift



What is artistic craftsmanship? Further copyright musings

Can a rowing machine be a work of artistic craftsmanship and, as such, benefit from copyright protection?



The shape of music: the bemusing world of copyright

Copyright is a mystifying intellectual property right and infringement cases can be complex. We give an overview of the highly publicised Ed Sheeran case and provides some tips on how to avoid similar allegations