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Satnam Sahota

He/himLegal Director
Satnam is approachable and really engaging; he always provides fantastic insight and support.
Legal 500 2021

Satnam is an experienced IP specialist providing both litigious and non-litigious advice across all strands of IP. Ranging from drafting IP-sharing licensing arrangements, through to strategically dealing with pre-action negotiations on trademark disputes, through to running Patent Court proceedings.

Through this experience, Satnam has become a core pillar of DLA’s Midlands IP practice. While Satnam’s skills carry across all sectors, he has particular experience in the Sports & Retail sectors. Outside of IP, Satnam also has vast experience in drafting and negotiating a wide-range of commercial contracts.


  • Representing Greencastle in its High Court claim against professional rugby players James Haskell, Mike Tindall and Alex Payne for trademark infringement and passing off in relation to podcasts.
  • A senior member within DLA Piper's "Premier League" team, advising the Premier League Football Association Limited in relation to their on-going enforcement claims for copyright infringement against approx. 2000 public establishments.
  • Advising Heineken in relation to advertising campaigns parodying world-famous pieces of art (e.g. Michelangelo’s David via “Dave-O”).
  • Representing Spinmaster (owner of the Bakugan brand/anime) in relation to toy transformation technology infringements in co-ordinated multi-jurisdictional litigation (UK, Canada, Australia and US).
  • Acting for a bidder in the 2022 purchase of Chelsea Football Club.
  • English
  • Punjabi
  • Hindi
  • Oxford University, IP Diploma, 2015
  • College of Law, LPC, 2010
  • Warwick University, LLB, 2009


  • Ranked as Tier 1 "Next Generation" IP Lawyer by Legal 500 for 2017 and 2018.
  • Satnam obtained a Distinction in both the LPC (with the highest marks in the region) and the IP Diploma from Oxford University (top 15% of marks).


  • IP session to Red Cross (200 delegates)
  • IP session to Aston Uni (50 delegates)
  • Regularly speaker at DLA WIN events

Prior Experience

  • International secondment to Middle East (UAE, Saudia Arabia): 2012
  • Secondment to Barclaycard: 2012
  • Secondment to NCR: 2013

Additional Information

  • Satnam's social interests include football (including communication with IFAB on rule changes!), musicals, and The Dark Knight!