Toby Headdon

Of Counsel

Toby is an intellectual property and data litigator and advisor.

He has handled a wide range of intellectual property disputes at all levels, including before the EU Court of Justice and the UK Supreme Court. In addition to disputes, Toby also works with clients on infringement risk analysis and mitigation, dispute and litigation avoidance, and supports them in responding to government consultations on developments in the law.

Examples of his recent work have involved online licensing, data mining and re-utilisation, natural language processing and artificial intelligence, Internet indexing, television formats, luxury brands, FMCG, computer source code, functionality, logic and data file formats, and online publishing and exhaustion of rights.

Toby also works closely with the data team, handling disputes concerning breaches of data protection legislation, misuse of private information and regulatory investigations of data incidents.

He has spent time working in-house with a multinational retailer and as the acting global head of litigation for a major television network.


  • IP Consulting Editorial Board, Lexis PSL
  • Data and Copyright Committee Member, IP Federation
  • Member, AIPPI; BLACA; SCL; CLA


  • BCL, University of Oxford
  • LL.M, Columbia University (Fulbright Scholar)
  • PG Dip (LPC), The College of Law
  • Qualified 2002


Designs & Copyright Review of the Year

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Data Protection publication

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What others say

“The two members of Bristows I dealt with, Toby Headdon and Alex Keenlyside, were very experienced, professional and very calm (without being detached). They gave clear analysis of the facts and always offered solutions. They were very quick with any required follow up work.” Legal 500 2023
“Senior associate Toby Headdon counsels on commercial and contentious digital copyright matters. He is also recommended for domain name recovery actions before Nominet and the World Intellectual Property Organization.” Chambers and Partners 2017
“immensely hardworking and imaginative.” Legal 500 2016
“Toby Headdon is considered "very impressive" by sources and has already made a mark in closely followed cases such as the Meltwater case. He has published extensively on copyright law and is seen as an emerging leader in the field.” Chambers and Partners 2016

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