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About Tom Hingley

Tom is a commercial and intellectual property senior associate in our global transactions practice in London.

Tom advises on complex commercial transactions, including multi-jurisdictional carve outs and separation projects, strategic collaborations and material outsourcings. Tom provides advice on acquisitions and disposals of intellectual property and IT assets in the context of international M&A, joint ventures and other transactions and can advise on standalone intellectual property and data protection matters. Tom’s clients span telecoms, infrastructure, financial services, technology, sport and media.

He has a keen interest in emerging legal issues surrounding fintech, blockchain and smart contracts, on which he has spoken at conferences and contributed articles, commentary and video content to internal and external publications.

Tom joined Freshfields in 2013. During his time at the firm, Tom has spent time seconded to the Dubai corporate team and to UK energy supplier Octopus Energy.

Recent work

  • Advising London Stock Exchange Group on its 10 year, multi-billion pound, strategic collaboration with Microsoft for next-generation data, analytics and cloud infrastructure solutions
  • Advising Liberty Global on its transformative $22.7bn in carve outs and disposals of telecoms businesses in central and eastern Europe and the associated commercial arrangements
  • Liberty Global’s merger of its Dutch operations with Vodafone to form the newly combined consumer telecoms business, VodafoneZiggo
  • DAZN, a global sport live and on-demand streaming service, on the combination of its global sports content company, Perform Content, with STATS, the leader in sports AI
  • Smiths Medical in its negotiations with the UK Government and a consortium of blue-chip companies in connection with the emergency and expedited ramp-up, manufacture and supply of ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • DAZN on the carve out and sale of, the world’s biggest football news website, to IMC
  • Prudential Group on its £500m, 10-year outsourcing partnership with TCS and on its arrangements with BlackRock Financial Services for the use of the Aladdin system
  • Berry Bros & Rudd, a British wine merchant founded in 1698, on the sale of the Glenrothes whisky brand and associated intellectual property
  • The National Bank of Greece in relation to transitional support arrangements in multiple transactions for the divestment of portfolio banks across Europe
  • Nets Group, on the extraction and disposal of payments software to FIS, as an anti-trust condition to the sale of its real-time payments unit to Mastercard



  • King's College London, UK - LLB Law with European Legal Studies
  • Uppsala University, Sweden - ERASMUS Year, Law
  • UCL, UK - Intellectual Property Transactions - Law and Practice

Professional qualifications

  • Solicitor, England and Wales