Theo specialises in intellectual property with a particular focus on IP disputes.
He has over twenty years experience advising clients on a broad range of IP matters in the media, technology, retail, consumer products, automotive and life sciences sectors. In recent years, the focus of his practice has been on advising technology businesses, as well as traditional businesses transitioning into the digital world, on the copyright, database rights, digital media and brand issues arising out of doing business digitally.
Theo sits on the INTA Internet Committee. He joined Bristows in 2014.
- BSc Biochemistry, University of York
- Qualified 1994
- Partner 2002
- Joint Managing Partner 2016
- Intellectual Property - Chambers and Partners (2017/2016/2015)
- Enforcement and Litigation - World Trademark Review (2017)
- Brand Management (leading individual) - Legal 500 (2016/2015/2014)
- Intellectual Property (leading individual) - Legal 500 (2016/2015)
- Media and Entertainment - Legal 500 (2016/2015)
- Commercial litigation - Legal 500 (2016)
- Trade mark - Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2016)
"Theo Savvides leads the firm's copyright and digital litigation practice and has worked on the most high-profile search engine trade mark case of recent times, Marks & Spencer v Interflora. One client says: ‘The service he provides has always been first-class. He is always very practical and really proactive’." - Chambers and Partners 2017
"Disputes group head Theo Savvides has also been battling away on bet-the-farm litigation lately, most notably representing Marks & Spencer in its clash with Interflora. An inspiring leader, 'he is particularly good at getting the very best out of his team'." - World Trademark Review 2017
"IP litigation specialist Theo Savvides." - Legal 500 2016
"Theo Savvides, who is active in the social media, interactive media and publishing sectors." - Legal 500 2016
"Theo Savvides continued to represent Marks & Spencer as the claimant in a dispute with Interflora that ultimately settled." - Legal 500 2016
"Theo Savvides leads the firm's copyright and digital disputes practice group, having been recruited from Osborne Clarke in September 2014. Sources say he is "very knowledgeable" and "always listens to counsel and clients." - Chambers and Partners 2016
"The firm demonstrated its commitment to the digital media space with the recruitment of ‘great asset’ Theo Savvides from Osborne Clarke in September 2014. He heads the copyright and digital media team and continues to act for Marks and Spencer plc in its dispute with Interflora." - Legal 500 2015
"‘Great new asset’ Theo Savvides joined in 2014 and the firm now acts for Marks and Spencer plc in its online advertising dispute with Interflora." - Legal 500 2015
"Theo Savvides is a popular and admired fixture in the London IP market on the strength of his formidable representations of clients across a wide range of sectors in high-profile IP disputes. One source said: 'I have great respect for him, his way of working and his outlook'." - Chambers and Partners 2015