Sam is a Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights Civil Proceedings), meaning that he is able to represent clients in the higher courts of England and Wales.
Sam practices all aspects of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property. This includes exploitation, enforcement and management with a focus on dispute resolution.
Sam readily advises clients in the entertainment and music industries. He also has a keen interest in the world of domain name disputes.
Background & Qualifications
- Legal career began at a trade mark firm on the South Coast, where Sam developed the skills needed to pursue a career in the world of intellectual property
- Completed a law degree at Solent University
- Spent a couple of winters in Austria as a ski instructor
- Joined a niche IP firm & qualified into the contentious IP team
- Joined Briffa in September 2019 to further develop and continue his IP focused practice
Sam’s career highlight, so far, was a domain dispute case. Sam acted for the respondent in WIPO domain name proceedings.
The complainant had sought to withdraw the claim but wanted to keep its right to pursue the claim at a later date. Our client, the respondent, who had owned the domain 15 years before the complainant wasn’t too happy about this.
Ultimately the respondent refused to allow the complainant to withdraw its complaint and requested a decision to be made as to the fate of the domain name. The respondent succeeded in defending the claim and the WIPO panel found that there “was no reasonable basis for Complainant’s Complaint”.
“Being a lawyer at Briffa is great, we work with entities of all sizes and formulate creative approaches to resolving tricky issues (after which we celebrate).”
– Samuel O’Toole