Tom specialises in intellectual property and technology related matters (including outsourcing) as well as mainstream corporate acquisitions, sales, structures, drafting and negotiating commercial arrangements, and agreements. Tom also has extensive experience within the renewable energy and sport sectors.
Tom is senior partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology practice and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. He was previously a member of the panel of independent experts appointed by Nominet UK, the UK level domain name authority, to adjudicate on domain name disputes.
His experience includes:
- Acting for the Scottish Professional Football League (formerly the Scottish Premier League) in relation to its broadcast and sponsorship agreements since 1998 including recent agreements with Sky, BT Sport, the BBC, YouTube, BBC ALBA and overseas rights distributor MP & Silva. Advising Glasgow 2014 Ltd in relation to the host broadcast agreement for coverage of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; advising sportscotland and various sports governing bodies in relation to corporate and commercial matters.
- Advising the Forestry and Land Scotland in relation to various wind and hydro renewable energy initiatives and their implementation.
- Advising the Highlands and Islands Enterprise in relation to its £146million next generation broadband agreement with BT.
- Advising various agencies and directorates of the Scottish Government in relation to commercial contracts and corporate matters
- Advising a Scottish public body in relation to an outsourcing and shared IT services venture with several other Scottish public bodies.
- Advising various community organisations in relation to renewable energy projects.
- Advising Webhelp in relation to various outsourcing agreements to the mobile telecommunications and financial services sectors in the UK.
Tom is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Intellectual Property Law.
Chambers UK ranks Tom in Information Technology & Outsourcing and Legal 500 lists Tom as a “Leading Individual” in Sport and a “Recommended Lawyer” in Intellectual Property, IT & Telecoms, Media & Entertainment. Tom has lectured part-time for the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law on the Formation and Management of Companies.
"Tom Thomas supports the governance side of our organisation and has helped us further review and develop our articles of association as well as put together template commercial agreements."
"He is very easy to work with."
"Tom's work is always top-rate."