Simon Bennett


Simon is a partner in the group and advises clients on a variety of fashion related matters. These have included helping Marks & Spencer put a cybersquatter in prison for domain name infringement and copying of its website as well as advising leading French lingerie company Chantelle SA on a trade mark infringement issue.

He has acted for clients in the luxury goods sector and in particular design and copyright infringement matters related to clothing and apparel, He has advised  a designer outlet on trade mark infringement issues and in relation to Google Adwords on the Internet. He also advises generally on intellectual property portfolios and strategies to further enhance and protect existing rights and has advised clients on merchandising of film and TV rights on clothing and accessories.

Recently he has helped Tiffany and other clients on closing down websites that were selling or linking counterfeit products.

Simon is recommended by The Legal 500 directory for his IP expertise and currently serves as a panellist for the resolution of .eu domain name disputes.  He is a member of the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association.  He has lectured on the subject of intellectual property at The Central European University in Budapest and to the Chinese government in Beijing, China.

He is often quoted in the national and business trade press on intellectual property issues  and is joint author of a new book called  ‘A User’s Guide to Designs’ and will be published by Bloomsbury Professional in March 2010.

From a personal view

With three young children Simon’s personal time is limited but as a keen skier he is enjoying introducing his brood to the slopes.  Music is another special interest following a childhood where he learnt to play the viola and piano and, before his voice broke, sung in operas at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera.  He is actively involved in running his old school alumni association.

"Smart and focused"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Considered a mastermind in intellectual property matters"
(Legal 500, 2019)

"Pragmatic professional" who is "extremely knowledgeable on transactional IP matters"
(WTR 1000, 2018)

"Deep expertise on the protection of IP rights in the fashion industry"
(WTR 1000, 2018)

Simon Bennett is ‘knowledgeable and responsive’
(Legal 500, 2017)

"Very good strategic vision" and makes "clear recommendations."
(Chambers UK, 2017)

Read more of my articles:

Simon Bennett quoted in Drapers: Louboutin wins trademark battle against VanHaren

Simon Bennett and Stephen Sidkin quoted in Drapers

Brexit: What does a no-deal scenario mean for your EU registered trade marks and designs?

Deal or No Deal - UK proposes new law to protect fashion designs post Brexit

"Put on your red shoes and let's trade mark them!" Louboutin wins legal battle to protect iconic red soles

EU Withdrawal Treaty - IP provisions

Adidas successfully blocks two stripe EU trade mark

Fashion Law partner Simon Bennett quoted in Drapers on Brexit IP rights and Fashion

UK design rights are at risk

UK approves blocking injunctions against ISPs to stop counterfeit TM goods

Brexiting the future of fashion or a fashionable Brexit?

Trunki Case Lifts the Lid on Registered Design Protection

Handbags at dawn: YSL wins EU court battle

Time to check out for Louis Vuitton

The Secret is out and PINK is in

European Court victory for fashion designers in Karen Millen v Dunnes

The Battle of the Birds

Copyright registration: the key to brand protection in China

Wheels come off for cycle wear brand after taking on Asos

When a copyright licence is not enough: Rihanna wins High Court victory over Topshop