London firm Bristows has announced the death of joint managing partner Theo Savvides from a cycling accident earlier this week in France. The firm posted a heartfelt tribute to the solicitor on its website, praising a man who made an 'enormous and enduring contribution’ in his three years there.

Savvides, 48, was a specialist in intellectual property litigation and had been previously been with Osborne Clarke and Allen & Overy.

In its statement, Bristows said Savvides enjoyed the 'absolute trust and confidence' of his partners and colleagues, demonstrating 'unshakeable integrity and commitment' to the firm.

It added: 'In his daily work, Theo was respected and admitted not only for his considerable talents, but also for his kindness, patience and willingness to listen to others. Theo strove tirelessly to be the best that he could be - as a lawyer, partner, manager and friend - and in doing so he enriched the lives of all those around him.'

Savvides had featured as the Gazette's lawyer in the news in 2015 for his role in a long-running trademark infringement dispute between his client Marks & Spencer and flower delivery company Interflora. He explained he had read biochemistry at university but had become a solicitor due to a long interest in the law.