Steven James practices in intellectual property, technology, and commercial law, with a focus on new technologies and innovation. His experience includes advising a wide variety of clients on both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and commercial matters, predominantly in the financial services, tech, and media sectors. He advises on the full spectrum of IP rights, including trade marks, passing-off, copyright, designs, patents, confidential information, and domain names. Steven also advises on the intellectual property, technology, and data protection aspects of a wide range of commercial and corporate transactions.

Steven has been “recommended” for TMT and intellectual property law in The Legal 500 UK and has been awarded a Distinction in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Oxford. Steven has conducted matters before the English High Court and Court of Appeal, and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Steven is a Solicitor-Advocate with rights of audience in all civil proceedings in the higher courts.



Some of Steven's notable engagements include:

Interflora Inc v Marks & Spencer plc (Case C-323/09): Acting for Interflora on a high profile trade mark infringement case relating to the use of keywords on Google’s AdWords program, which was referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Orion Publishing Group Ltd v Novel Entertainment Ltd [2012] EWHC 1951 (Ch): Acting for a major commercial publisher in relation to a dispute over a royalty verification clause in a publishing agreement.

Secondment to a global commercial bank, advising the bank on a range of design and digital projects, including on the bank’s consumer and enterprise mobile app projects.

Advising a trading exchange on its mobile app strategy in relation to an online trading platform application.

ConvaTec Limited and others v Smith & Nephew Healthcare Limited [2011] EWHC 2039: Representing a wound therapeutics company in a High Court breach of confidence and patent litigation action.

Advising a global reseller on various parallel import issues, including trade mark infringement, copyright infringement and patent infringement in relation to the resale of various products.

Advising a leading paint manufacturer on a comparative advertising, trade mark and copyright dispute with a competitor.

Acting for an advertising services company on an IT services agreement for their business-critical replacement clearance system, and the transitioning of the services from the incumbent supplier.

Advising a toy manufacturer on various IP and branding issues relating to the design and development of various products, including registering various trade marks, patents and designs in respect of the same.

*Some of the above matters were handled by Steven prior to joining Brown Rudnick.


University of Oxford – Diploma in Intellectual Property Law, 2012
BPP Law School, London – Legal Practice Course, 2005
BPP Law School, London – Postgraduate Diploma in Law, 2004
University College London – M.A. (English), 2002
University College London – B.A. (English), 2001

Bar Admissions

Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings)
Solicitor, England & Wales
Co-author, "Victoria Plum Limited v Victoria Plumbing Limited & Ors," Cecile Park Media - Leading Internet Case Law (February 2017)
Steven is a regular contributor of articles for E-Commerce Law & Policy and The Reporter (in association with Calleja Consulting).
Steven has published articles on various IP, media, branding, music, e-commerce and online media issues in publications including The Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, The Lawyer, Managing Intellectual Property, and The Press Gazette.
Author, "Twentieth Century Fox and Others v. Sky UK and Others," E-Commerce Law Reports - volume 15 issue 03 (June 2015)
Speaking Engagements
Organising and speaking at various client training and networking events.
Speaking engagements at Bookseller’s Children’s Conference 2012 and CLT conferences on IP issues.
Awards and Honors
Recognised by Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars as a Notable Practitioner in the UK
Recognised by The Legal 500 UK as a Recommended Lawyer for Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT). He was described as a "clear-thinking individual" and the team was described as "open, transparent, honest, fair and so important these days, human!"
Steven co-created and launched a series of seminars in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh with a digital marketing agency on the commercial and legal issues relating to mobile apps and co-authored a number of reports and articles on this topic. The seminar series was shortlisted for an award at the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards 2013 and "highly commended."