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Leading Individuals: Hall Of Fame

IT and telecoms in London

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides ‘considered, pragmatic guidance’ on issues related to fintech, AI, cloud computing and data; the firm also has expertise in the cybersecurity and healthtech spaces. Practice head Steve Holmes advises on complex technology deals including licensings, systems integrations, robotics, digital matters, data analytics and outsourcing projects. Also notable in the team are Harry Small, who focuses on technology and outsourcing mandates; Sue McLean, whose advice includes handling outsourcing work, digital transformation projects, technology procurements, development issues, cloud computing work and data privacy matters; technology and IP specialist Ben Allgrove; and associate Charlotte Harrington, who has experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on a range of IT and commercial matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Steve Holmes

Les références

‘Steve Holmes brings a combination of expert and commercially relevant analysis that is very much appreciated.’

‘Very friendly and willing to work pragmatically on a range of different types of deal.’

‘We have found the individuals that we engage with to be easily accessible when required and quick to respond to our requirements.’

‘Highly capable, professional and efficient, providing exceptionally good value.’

‘The team took time to ensure they understood our business and technology so that our questions and discussions are always in context. In addition, there is a clear interest in our business and what we do, which makes the entire working relationship highly productive.’

‘There is a clear understanding of providing an exceptional customer experience where challenging and detailed work is conducted in a manner that makes this enjoyable and highly productive.’

Principaux clients

3 (Hutchison 3G UK Limited)

Alfa Laval

Artificial Solutions

Equinix

Finbourne

Harley Davidson

Hitachi

R3

Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters)

Tesco Mobile

Trainline.com Limited

ViaSat

Willis Towers Watson

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for as lead legal counsel for Artificial Solutions, which provides chatbot technology to enable companies to provide humanlike, intelligent, virtual agents to engage with customers.
  • Assisting Finbourne Technology, a fast growing fintech start-up, with the management of all the legal aspects of its business.
  • Advised Equinix on its $1bn+ initial joint venture with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, to develop and operate hyperscale data centres in Europe.

Bird & Bird LLP

The 'pragmatic, responsive and knowledgeableBird & Bird LLP has broad experience that covers technology implementation projects, digital transformations and telecoms regulatory work, and also provides expertise in patent and technology disputes. Practice head Ronald Hendrikx specialises in IT and communications projects, acting for public and private sector clients. Also notable are Roger Bickerstaff, who advises on technology infrastructure and outsourcing projects; the ‘very commercialJonathan Emmanuel, who assists with disruptive digital technology adoptions; regulatory technology and communications expert Graeme Maguire; and Ian Edwards, who has a particular focus on large-scale, strategic and transformational projects. Mark Leach co-heads the firm's technology transactions and international outsourcing practice groups.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ronald Hendrikx

Les références

‘Appreciative of challenges faced by clients working on the cutting edge of technology.’

‘Seamless management across teams.’

‘Great levels of partner level management and engagement to ensure a premium offering.’

‘Jonathan Emmanuel has been exceptional in communication and managing the relationship.’

‘Jonathan Emmanuel has been reassuring and creative in advising a company offering a complex suite of services on the cutting edge of technology.’

‘Bird & Bird has excellent knowledge of the market, enabling them to provide practical advice, including what is acceptable in terms of legal protections within the market.’

‘Ben Hughes has attention to detail and gives practical advice.’

Principaux clients

AirBnB

Arm

BT

DXC Technology

Colt Telecom

Qualcomm

Nokia

Sony

Speedcast

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Costa on the separation of its IT arrangements from its former parent company, Whitbread Plc, following the acquisition of Costa by The Coca-Cola Company.
  • Representing Qualcomm in preparation for and litigation with Apple in the US and China including assisting with the valuation exercise on Qualcomm’s patents, the examination of Apple’s expert witnesses and preparation of arguments.
  • Assisting Nandos’ in-house legal and IT teams with numerous tech transactions in relation to back office functions and customer facing applications.

Bristows LLP

The ‘incredibly responsive, disciplined and creativeBristows LLP provides experience in contracting work, data protection issues, dispute resolution and outsourcing projects across a range of IT and telecoms matters. The firm has expertise in cloud, robotics, AI and e-commerce mandates, as well as the increasingly prominent areas of adtech, fintech and healthtech. The team is co-led by commercial IT specialist Mark Watts; the ‘exceptionalToby Crick, who focuses on telecoms issues; and technology and litigation expert Myles Jelf. Also noted are Adrian Sim, who is a ‘very positive, technically strong and friendly partner'; Angela Fouracre, who focuses on IT disputes; Anna Cook, who specialises in IT litigation, risk management issues and contract management work; and Alex Keenlyside, who joined in 2019 from Pinsent Masons LLP, bringing data protection litigation experience.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Watts; Toby Crick; Myles Jelf

Les références

‘We have full trust in their advice and support.’

‘Bristows is undoubtedly one of the most well-renowned and experienced TMT/Intellectual Property firms in the UK.’

‘Toby Crick is a gifted strategic adviser who delivers outstanding results in complex negotiations. He is always available, provides transparent billing and integrates well.’

‘A go-to firm for the most complex TMT and  intellectual property disputes. The quality of partners, associates and support staff are second to none.’

‘Efficient, effective, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Myles Jelf is undoubtedly one of the best known partners in UK TMT litigation, having been involved in some way with almost all of the most significant TMT cases in the last 15 years.’

‘A leader for his clients and a strategic master responsible for major developments in TMT litigation in the UK.’

‘Richard Pinckney is exceptionally able and readily turns his hand to all variety of intellectual property litigation. With a real focus on technically complex cases, he brings strategic direction to a case in a capable and reassuring manner.’

‘The entire Bristows TMT team consists of highly skilled professionals, with a business acumen and intimacy, as well as understanding of the legal parameters of our company.’

‘Bristows lawyers provide us with quick, high quality and to the point advice and come up with business solutions.’

‘They are cost effective and cost benefit conscious and manage the legal budget closely to your company needs.’

‘Adrian Sim and Angela Fouracre are our client partners and both provide great quality in short timescales, so excellent turnaround and quality of service.’

‘They are excellent in managing our internal and external needs.’

‘The Bristows team is focused on getting to know your business and the objectives you are trying to achieve.’

‘Vik Khurana earned the trust of our IT and Procurement team from the outset and quickly became a go to adviser on our global networks and infrastructure projects.’

‘Adrian Sim is a standout partner within the team, managing resources, client budgets and staffing efficiently and effectively.’

‘Focused on solving problems.’

Principaux clients

Google

IBM

Amazon Web Services

Capgemini

British Airways

DNB

Dropbox

Sony

Cray Supercomputers

The Guardian

Samsung

ZTE

Xoserve

IMechE

Ofcom

Vorboss

University of Cambridge/Light Blue Fibre

Philips N.V

MunichRe Group

Dixons Carphone

Endless Mobile

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Spotify on a number of complex issues, including in relation to its workplace diversity and marketing strategies, as well as assisting with general compliance matters.
  • Provided strategic advice to Sony (Playstation) on handling an investigation by a regulatory authority in relation to consumer protection matters relating to contractual terms. Also assisted with negotiating software development agreements with games developers, as well as handling contracts dealing with supply chain management for IT equipment.
  • Advised Philips on an important cases in the evolution of FRAND in UK.

CMS

Specialising in AI matters, CMS has a technology sector focus, advising providers and consumers; the group also has experience in telecoms M&A, data protection work and regulatory issues in the area. Infrastructure finance is another key area of strength for the practice. Commercial and contentious technology expert Clive Gringras leads the team, which includes Sam De Silva, who focuses on IT and outsourcing mandates; and Chris Watson, who has expertise in cross-border competition and regulatory issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clive Gringras

Autres avocats clés:

Sam De Silva; Caroline Cooper; Chris Watson

Les références

‘Sam De Silva and Caroline Cooper are an exceptional team to work with offering sound commercial advice, who have taken the time to get to know and understand our business.’

Principaux clients

ITV

New Balance Athletics Inc

BBC Studios

Microsoft

Endava PLC

Gamesys

Facebook

Fnality

Liberty Global

ClearScore

viagogo AG

Moneysupermarket

Hyperoptic

SSE Plc

Comcast

Marguerite and Ellalink Ireland

Gibtelecom

Shareholders of Vivacom Bulgaria

Principaux dossiers

  • Engaged across 58 territories to advise Microsoft on the legal risks and challenges of allowing Minecraft players to create virtual depictions and artefacts that are visible in the real world through a mobile augmented reality application.
  • Advised Liberty Global on a multi-hundred-million-pound strategic outsourcing of all of its IT, technology and innovation elements to Infosys.
  • Advised CityFibre on the acquisition of FibreNation from TalkTalk Group, and the associated competition and regulatory aspects of a wholesale agreement with TalkTalk.

Deloitte Legal

The 'great strength and depth’ of Deloitte Legal allows the firm to provide an 'excellent service' in IT and telecoms matters. The practice has experience in the cloud, e-commerce, system integration and software development arenas, as well as the specialist IT areas of AI, robotics, online behavioural advertising and blockchain. The firm also acts for B2C and B2B telecoms clients on regulatory, telecoms and cybersecurity issues. Co-leading the team are Paul Hinton, who is experienced in advising on the technology and financial services sectors; and Emma Wright, who advises national and international telecoms companies on customer and wholesale arrangements, as well as assisting infrastructure providers. Also singled out is Andrew Joint, who is a specialist technology lawyer active in technology contracting and advisory matters. Please note that client names cited may refer to work undertaken by lawyers prior to the team joining Deloitte.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Hinton; Emma Wright

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Joint

Principaux clients

Fujitsu Services

Alcohol Monitoring System

Accenture

Reckitt Benckiser

Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN)

Thomson Reuters

Norgine

Principality Building Society

Philip Morris International

Deloitte

BT

Arrow Communications

NetMotion Wireless

Warbler

EE

Pure IP (VOIP Provider)

Warwick Net

Weve

MobileWebAdz

Plusnet

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising  Accenture on numerous different technology transactions involving the provision of cloud, data analytics, artificial intelligence and robotic process automation services to clients.
  • Advised AMS, a US headquartered company, which provides Digital Health focused products and services on various IT and commercial matters.
  • Assisting DAZN with the review of over a hundred supplier contracts which underpin its business that require legal review in light of the recent combination of DAZN’s content division (Perform) with Stats LLC (a company owned by Vista Equity Partners).

Dentons

The ‘creative ’ practice at Dentons leverages its global capacity and international expertise in a range of technology and telecoms matters. The group has particular experience in providing data protection, telecoms regulatory advice and handling cybersecurity issues. The practice also has expertise in innovative areas including robotics, autonomous vehicles, AI and blockchain. Telecoms specialist Jan Willem van den Bos is the ‘go-to partner in TMT for complex regulatory queries and projects’. He co-leads the team with Dan Burge, whose broad experience covers telecoms and IT matters; and Andy Lucas, who is singled out for advising private sector companies on technology projects in emerging areas.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jan Willem van den Bos; Dan Burge; Andy Lucas

Autres avocats clés:

Tristan Jonckheer

Les références

‘Approachable, quick in response and turnaround, very good understanding of complex global projects.’

‘Good understanding of the specific nature, history, governance, services and solutions of our organization.’

‘Jan Willem van den Bos consistently shows himself to be a trusted, hands-on, pragmatic, business focused partner.’

‘We have worked with the TMT team at Dentons for a number of years and their knowledge of our business and approach to contracting is valuable.’

‘Relationship management is strong and effective. Use of individual lawyers across different offices allows them to offer a cost effective solution.’

‘Horizon scanning is good.’

‘Very personable and easy to work with, which compliments their technical capabilities and knowledge of the market.’

‘Tristan Jonckheer is of particular note. He can find pragmatic solutions and is not afraid to challenge our approach when appropriate.’

Principaux clients

Facebook

Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)

JCDecaux

Jaguar Land Rover

Transport for London (TfL)

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Upfield (KKR)

SITAONAIR

Africa Mobile Network

Equiis Technologies

Secure Meters

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising MBNL on a joint venture between mobile operators EE and Three on its UK-wide mobile infrastructure portfolio.
  • Advised JCDecaux on the deployment of small cell telecoms infrastructure across its vast UK ‘street furniture’ portfolio in readiness for 5G services roll-out.
  • Advised Jaguar Land Rover on a series of strategic IT deals with TATA Consulting Services concerning its entire global business operations.

DLA Piper

With expertise in technology and outsourcing deals, DLA Piper has local, national and global expertise in litigation, IP and corporate matters in the IT and telecoms sectors. Practice head Kit Burden’s experience covers a range of outsourcing and complex technology transactions, advising users and suppliers of IT on all aspects of the procurement process. Also recognised is Mike Conradi, who focuses on outsourcing contracts in the telecoms sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kit Burden

Autres avocats clés:

Mike Conradi

Les références

‘Commercial approach, ability to win respect from business and project teams while working effectively with in-house legal team.’

‘Kit Burden has a pragmatic and solution oriented approach.’

Principaux clients

Ministry of Defence

NHS/Connecting for Health

DEFRA

HMRC

HSBC

Royal Bank of Scotland

Standard Chartered Bank

UBS

Aviva

LivaNova

Ooredoo Kuwait

Neqsol Holding

VEON

HCL Technologies

All the UK mobile operators (BT, Vodafone, Telefonica, Three)

National Grid

LEGO

International Consolidated Airlines

Hyundai Motor Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised HCL on its global outsourcing agreement with Xerox.
  • Advised all four UK mobile operators on a complex and very high-profile project to improve 4G coverage in rural areas.
  • Advised VEON on a series of significant and related transactions in Egypt in connection with Global Telecom Holding.

Fieldfisher

The 'high-quality, cost effective and flexibleFieldfisher handles a broad range of telecoms, technology and outsourcing matters. The practice is led by technology and privacy expert Robert Shooter, who is ‘top of the field'. Also recommended are James Walsh, who has particular expertise in network infrastructure projects, IT and business process outsourcings, data centre projects and online platforms; John Worthy, who is head of the firm’s satellite and space projects team; IT specialist Paul Graham; and John Brunning, whose experience includes technology hardware and infrastructure procurements, software developments and consultancy arrangements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Shooter

Les références

‘They are well versed technically and legally, have the right mix of skills and are able to work fluidly with colleagues within and outside their own specialism.’

‘They communicate well with their clients.’

‘James Walsh is a stand out partner.  His technical and legal understanding is second to none. He also understands the different industries within which he practices and takes time to understand the nuances of the demands we make on his time. It gives us confidence that the advice we get is the right advice.’

‘Andrew Dodd and Tommy McKenna stand out for their clear and pragmatic advice with practical solutions to get over the hurdles.’

‘The team and Rob Shooter have impressed. They are attentive, commercial, pragmatic and know their stuff.’

‘Great industry knowledge and experience, very commercial and make it very easy to instruct them.’

‘James Walsh makes complicated transactions straight forward.’

Principaux clients

Co-operative group

Hasbro Inc.

Mobile Broadband Network Limited

Wireless Infrastructure Group

Freesat

Netflix

Nintendo

Freeview

Blue Prism

VMWare

EE

Space Norway

Smart DCC

8×8

Immarsat Global

Liverpool Football Club

Methera Global Communications

Utility Warehouse

Principaux dossiers

  • Worked on the re-engineering of Blue Prism’s customer on-boarding processes and rewriting its standard terms and conditions; negotiation of a global solution reseller and distribution agreement; and negotiation of high value reseller deals in Germany.
  • Key adviser to Nintendo across its European footprint on its payments businesses, from gift cards and online payments to the implications of innovative payment technologies which are a growing feature of the online gaming world.
  • Engaged by Liverpool Football Club to advise on the expansion and consolidation of its suite of fan-facing systems into one ‘omni-channel’ system (‘FanConnect’).

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The ‘very nimble, yet sure-footed and client-friendlyHerbert Smith Freehills LLP provides a ‘one-stop shop with deep knowledge and expertise in the TMT sector, complemented by strong ancillary teams in data protection, IP and litigation’. Advising public and private sector clients, the firm covers the spectrum of IT and telecoms work, including cybersecurity, blockchain, fintech and data centre matters. The ‘exceptional team’ of ‘genuine experts in complex IT and telecoms’ is co-led by Nick Pantlin, who is experienced in IT and business transformation projects; litigation specialist James Farrell; Andrew Moir, who focuses on cyber and data security work; telecoms expert Aaron White, who was promoted to partner in 2019; David Coulling, who has particular experience in the acquisition, roll-out and operation of communications infrastructure; and Stephen Wisking, who advises on telecoms regulatory and competition matters. Also singled out is senior associate Jeremy Purton, whose work includes IT separation, integration, transformation and outsourcing projects.

Les références

‘The team at HSF is clued into the business realities, just as much as it can effectively and efficiently advise on the legal nuances in a matter.’

‘Nicholas Peacock is aware of the ground realities when dealing with a matter and provides workable solutions. He is capable of gaining client confidence very quickly and draws equal measure of respect from the other side.’

‘Aaron White has deep industry expertise and knowledge.’

‘Hannah Brown is a rising star in the team with solid commercial acumen and attention to detail.’

‘Nick Pantlin and his team always provide efficient and top notch advice. They also have a feel for commercial decisions and are always ready to assist.’

‘James Farrell has an incisive mind and the ability to quickly absorb complex scenarios, cut to the crisp issues and deliver robust, clear advice.’

‘The team has strength in depth and the quality of the partners and associates is consistently high.’

‘HSF are particularly forward-looking and able to advise on new and emerging technologies.’

‘Individuals are very responsive and able to provide commercially-focused advice.’

‘Nick Pantlin and David Coulling are at the top of their game leading an exceptionally talented group of associates.’

‘Jeremy Purton is a superstar with a depth of IT and outsourcing expertise which belies his years.’

‘Milan Baxter is an absolute rising star in the IT contracting space – he has impeccable attention to detail and a brilliantly pragmatic approach to client challenges.’

‘Martin Hevey provided excellent support throughout the transaction. He was diligent, thoughtful, sensitive and resilient.’

Principaux clients

ARRIS International plc

Bharti Airtel

Block.one

BP

British American Tobacco

Ciena Corporation

ClearBank

Comcast

IBM

IHS Towers

Lloyds Banking Group

Martin Brower

Ministry of Defence

Orange

Reliance Communications

SingTel

Sky

Smartone

Tata Communications

Telefonica

Telefonica UK (O2), Telefonica S.A.

Telstra

Transport for London

TSB

UBS

VEON

Vodafone

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised TSB Bank plc on a strategic partnership with IBM to support its digital transformation objectives to become a truly digital business.
  • Advised Telefonica on the renegotiation of its strategic network sharing arrangements with Vodafone in the UK, to evolve the arrangements as needed to plan for and roll-out 5G mobile services to UK customers.
  • Advised Liberty Global, a global communications and media giant, and its UK subsidiary Virgin Media on a long-term £1 billion plus wholesale commercial partnership with Vodafone and a related wholesale agreement between Virgin Media Business and Vodafone.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The ‘impressive’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP has ‘knowledge of agile IT development contractual issues coupled with great attention to detail and responsiveness'. The firm’s ‘great depth of experience’ spans data, AI, cloud, 5G and regulatory issues. The practice also has cyber and technology litigation expertise. Acting for public and private sector clients, Simon Colvin specialises in TMT mandates and leads the global team. Also recommended are Diane Mullenex, who is known for multi‐disciplinary, cross-border telecoms matters; Natalie Trainor, who focuses on transformational ICT programmes and projects; and Alison Ross-Eckford, who advises on IT sourcing, transformation and renegotiation projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Colvin

Les références

‘A combination of private and public sector experience.’

‘Bridget Fleetwood has a great depth of experience, calm, measured and highly responsive.’

‘Angus McFadyen works hand in glove with in-house team to provide seamless and consistent advice to the business.’

‘David Barker’s client care is excellent. He makes great efforts to understand our business, and to ensure that all members of the Pinsent’s team similarly understand it. He takes personal responsibility for much of the work done by the firm, even where the work might naturally fall outside his remit. He helps make sure advice given to us is delivered in the way we need it.’

‘Deep sector knowledge and experience; focused on solution of the business issue rather than simply providing advice on the legal position.’

‘Natalie Trainor is very measured, ensures an holistic approach is taken to striking technology deals.’

‘One of the best TMT teams I know.’

‘Diane Mullenex is a top lawyer in Europe for this practice field.’

‘Pinsent’s team has a great hands-on approach, and is uniquely aware of all newest developments.’

‘Diane Mullenex is top in the field. She has a unique capability of unifying detailed legal advice with an appropriate business approach in highly complex matters.’

‘Natalie Trainor is one of those partners who has it all: intellect, technical ability, commercial insight, strong project management skills and great presence in negotiations. She also has such passion about what she does, combined with a tremendous commitment to clients’ needs.’

Principaux clients

Google

UK Government – inc Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health

Arqiva

AXA

Aegon

The National Employment Savings Trust Corporation

Post Office Limited

Open Identity Exchange (OIX)

Capgemini

Fujitsu

Hiscox

Direct Line Group

Dixons Carphone

Legal & General

Aviva

Unilever

Heathrow Express and Heathrow Airport

Royal & Sun Alliance

Tesco

Financial Conduct Authority

Agilisys

Capita

Royal London

Node4

Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar

Canaccord Genuity

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting as sole legal adviser to DCMS on its 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, a flagship initiative to stimulate deployment of 5G technologies, create new business opportunities and put the UK at the forefront of 5G.
  • Advising Google’s business, including on core products such as Search, and dealing with strategic precedent setting litigation through the UK courts.
  • Providing GSMA, the global industry body for telecoms and mobile service operators, industry advice on data sharing.

Slaughter and May

The broad practice at Slaughter and May covers a range of IT and telecoms matters, including cross-border anti-trust investigations relating to global technology mergers, IP licensing issues and platform redevelopments. The firm’s ‘top knowledge and expertise’ also covers the areas of fintech and blockchain. Practice head Rob Sumroy provides expertise in cyber, e-commerce, data, outsourcing, indirect software licensing and open source issues. The team also includes David Ives, who acts for private and public sector organisations; blockchain and commercial contracts specialist Duncan Blaikie, who is ‘incredibly pro-active, very available and gives practical, commercial advice’; and senior associate Oliver Howley, who has a particular focus on the outsourcing and procurement of complex technological services.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rob Sumroy

Les références

‘Rob Sumroy has a niche practice within the firm but has created a high quality team with an ability to negotiate contracts in a complex IT environment without losing sight of main commercial imperatives.’

‘The team were relentless in support of us and our pursuit of this deal.’

‘Georgina Hoy was dedicated to getting us the right result and went above and beyond on so many occasions during our transaction’ . 

‘David Ives performed mental agility during negotiations to keep us ahead of the game.’

‘They always provide a very good level of service in terms of availability, speed, quality of advice and communication.’

‘David Ives and Harry Vanner have been very good. One of the things they are really good at is giving peace of mind. If you contact them, you trust that you will receive at least an acknowledgement of your email within a few hours and an answer within the deadline you set.’

‘Slaughter and May’s uniqueness comes from their significant experience and depth of knowledge across all aspects of the contract discussion.’

‘At a cultural level they were very easy to work with, whilst also challenging our views in a constructive and effective way.’

‘One of their key strengths was their ability to translate complex legal terms into a more simple overview, always highlighting the key risks I needed to consider from a commercial perspective.’

‘They were incredibly hard working throughout and helped us achieve the many very aggressive deliverable milestones over what was a complex and protracted negotiation.’ 

‘The Slaughter and May service is unparalleled. The quality of the people, the resources, the energy, the attention to detail, the passion for customer satisfaction combine into a unique seamless package.’

‘Duncan Blaikie is extremely personable with a dry sense of humour which serves very well in circumstances of high pressure. A pleasure to work with and his commitment to the client means that he is someone you want to have in the trenches with you when you are under fire.’

‘Oliver Howley’s attention to detail and systematic approach ensures that no matter how complex the landscape no detail escapes attention.’

‘Duncan Blaikie is a very impressive lawyer who we as an organisation rate very highly.’

Principaux clients

Sophos

Vodafone

Ericsson

Ocado

Vocalink

TSB

Workspace

Government Digital Office

Zamna

Google

Centrica

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Richemont International SA on establishing a joint venture between Richemont International SA and Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd for online luxury retail in the PRC.
  • Supported Softbank Ventures on numerous transactions regarding its investments involving autonomous vehicles, ride share platforms and other technological advancements, notably in the Chinese market.
  • Advising Sophos Group PLC on all UK aspects of a recommended cash offer for Sophos’ entire issued and to be issued share capital by Surf Buyer Limited, a company formed on behalf of funds managed and/or advised by Thoma Bravo LLC.

Ashurst

The ‘strong, capable and very personable’ team at Ashurst specialises in the areas of fintech, cloud technology and the digital economy. The firm ‘really knows its stuff, is pragmatic and really on the money', providing broad telecoms and IT expertise, including handling multi-sourcing issues and AI work, as well as IT procurement and outsourcing projects. The team is co-led by Nick Elverston, who focuses on providing cross-border legal advice to clients in the TMT sector and the wider digital economy; Amanda Hale, who acts for fixed and mobile operators, governments, regulators, banks and funds investing in the digital infrastructure sector; and IT and sourcing specialist Christopher Bates, who is ‘knowledgeable and commercial in his approach’. Also notable is David Futter, who is praised for his fintech and digital platform experience and is a ‘great sounding board, providing commercial insight, balance and in-depth expertise’.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Elverston; Amanda Hale; Christopher Bates

Autres avocats clés:

David Futter

Les références

‘The Ashurst team have given us brilliant support around a number of major outsource contracts with technology solution providers and system integrators.’

‘They have detailed understanding of FS regulation, SYSC8. They are also very familiar with cloud based, software as a service solutions. We would use them again without question.’

‘David Futter is the stand out partner that we worked with. The providers we were contracting with readily recognised that we had the best lawyer in the room which meant we achieved some great outcomes.’

‘Can do attitude with excellent expertise. Lawyers at all levels of the team are very responsive and are able to quickly understand organisational nuances. All in all a pleasure to deal with.’

‘David Futter and Chris Bates are excellent. They are pragmatic, client focused and approachable. Both are very knowledgeable and are very complimentary with David providing FinTech focus and Chris procurement expertise.’

‘I have worked with several London law firm in different IT projects. Working with Ashurst’s team proved to be the best experience so far. The team has an excellent understanding of the technology, which legitimises the accuracy of their legal advice in front of even demanding clients. In addition, the team has an outstanding capability of rising confidence to the merits of their advice in clients.’

‘David Futter is certainly worth a distinctive recognition. David is a talented technology lawyer who can meet the most demanding expectations of clients. David is constantly available to provide accurate legal advice. Personable and pragmatic.’

‘They take a commercial view which is incredibly important.  Collaborative nature and take on board feedback and adapt as needed. They listen and react accordingly.’

‘Chris Bates and his team are flexible and client focused. They deliver robust commercial advice and real expertise. They are willing to flex their billing to suit commercial demands.’

Principaux clients

Ascential

Asto Digital (part of Santander UK)

Arenko Cleantech

Babcock International Group

BAI Communications

BP plc

BRC Global Standards

Brookfield Infrastructure

Checkout.com

China General Nuclear Power Corporation

Daiwa Capital Markets

Digital Colony

DXC Technology (formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprises)

Facebook

Goldman Sachs

Google

Grosvenor Limited

HM Government/UK Treasury

John Laing

Komainu Holdings

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Macquarie Capital

McLaren Group

Monument Bank

National Express

NEX

NM Rothschild

Nomura International PLC

Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs (acting through the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development)

Sopra Steria Limited

State Street Bank & Trust Company

Telxius Telecom S.A.

Three (Hutchison3G UK Limited)

Virgin Media

WorldPay

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Brookfield Infrastructure on the acquisition of a 100% stake in Reliance Jio Infratel and the acquisition of a controlling stake in Wireless Infrastructure Group.
  • Advising Goldman Sachs on the launch and development of its new digital retail banking platform, Marcus.
  • Advising Facebook on its digital infrastructure transactions across EMEA.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The ‘highly capable and nimbleCharles Russell Speechlys LLP is ‘excellent at managing and deploying the wider resource of the firm on multi-disciplinary projects’. The practice has particular experience in data centres and infrastructure work, as well as advising telecoms operators and regulators on a range of matters. In addition to providing fintech and insurtech expertise, the firm advises on technology matters across the retail, food and beverage, and sports sectors. As a ‘true expert in the data centre sector’, Mark Bailey advises on technology, infrastructure and commercial contract matters, and co-leads the team with corporate transactional specialist Mark Howard. Other key names include Megan Paul, who leads the infrastructure and telecoms team; and senior associate Chris Ingram, who focuses on technology sector commercial contracts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Bailey; Mark Howard

Autres avocats clés:

Chris Ingram; Megan Paul

Les références

‘The team has real bench strength and a genuine interest in supporting our goals and finding practical solutions to the complex issues we face.’

‘Mark Bailey is always available and always adds valued industry insights and perspectives.’

‘Chris Ingram has impressed us with some clear guidance on some complex issues particularly in the area of Data Protection.’

‘Mark Bailey really understands the technical and commercial drivers involved. He also delivers excellent advice and transaction management with a calm and dogged assurance at all times.’

‘The CRS team have been great to work with; they always take a co-ordinated approach to providing advice and deliver in a client friendly and timely manner. CRS also provide us with additional value.’

‘They are willing to go the extra mile for clients.’

‘Mark Bailey has extensive technology experience and always offers pragmatic advice. He adds value by thinking beyond the purely legal questions and advising on the commercial aspects of a deal and future-proofing of contracts.’

‘Chris Ingram is always on hand to offer practical advice, has excellent drafting skills and is very diligent.’

‘The business have been very impressed with the CRS team, in particular their responsiveness and pragmatic advice. Working with the same team at CRS has provided us with a strong blend of capability at a balanced cost.’

‘There is a balance of pragmatism and legal advice. Legal issues of substance will be well articulated when needed, but using commercial pragmatism to solve problems is a distinct feature.’

Principaux clients

Caffè Nero

HelloFresh

discoverIE Group plc

Parser Digital

IT Lab

Nike

Value Retail

Coinbase

Whitespace Software

Pure Data Centres

Zenium Technology Partners

Swiss Post Solutions

1Spatial

Global Cloud Xchange

ITV plc

Gamma Telecom

YouView

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain (TRA)

Arqiva

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Whitespace on the market-wide roll-out of the Whitespace Platform, an end-to-end digital (re)insurance trading platform intended to modernise and digitally transform the way that contracts of insurance are entered into between insurance brokers and carriers.
  • Advised Nike and its subsidiaries, including Converse, on a wide variety of its commercial contracting requirements including (among other things) IT, privacy and data protection.
  • Advising Coinbase on the launch of its innovative new debit card in the UK, which allows users to effectively pay for goods using their cryptocurrency holdings.

Clifford Chance LLP

Specialising in digital infrastructure, data and cybersecurity work, Clifford Chance LLP has broad experience in the IT and telecoms fields, which enables it to handle innovative matters and new trends in the market. André Duminy leads the practice and focuses on commercial transactions, complex technology projects and outsourcing arrangements. Also notable is Jennifer Mbaluto, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and specialises in M&A and commercial transactions in the telecoms, media and technology sectors, particularly in Africa and other emerging markets.

Responsables de la pratique:

André Duminy

Autres avocats clés:

Jennifer Mbaluto

Les références

‘Their sector knowledge was first rate and allowed us to diligence the deal effectively.’

‘Jennifer Mbaluto provides sector knowledge on TMT.’

Principaux clients

Cellnex

Inmarsat

CDC Group

Tele2

Infracapital

Comcast

BT / EE

Sky

Fujitsu

Imagination Technologies

Block.one

WEX, Inc.

Mastercard

Panasonic

HQLAx

Citi

Booking.com

Permira

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Block.one on the launch of its new blockchain-based social media platform called “Voice”.
  • Advising Cellnex, Europe’s largest independent mobile mast operator, on its acquisition of Arqiva’s telecoms towers business for £2bn.
  • Advising Inmarsat, one of the world’s leading satellite telecommunications companies, on its $6bn takeover by a consortium formed of funds advised by Apax Partners LLP, Warburg Pincus LLC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.

Cooley (UK) LLP

As well as traditional technology work, Cooley (UK) LLP handles a range of matters related to AI, blockchain, data management and data privacy. The full service firm has particular expertise acting for emerging technology clients and advising on cross-border work. Practice head Chris Coulter advises on technology, data, cybersecurity, contract and intellectual property issues. At the associate level, Amy Collins handles commercial and non-contentious technology and data privacy matters, as well as outsourcing, procurement and licensing issues; and Leo Spicer-Phelps advises on consumer law, acquisitions, data privacy and software licensing mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Coulter

Autres avocats clés:

Amy Collins; Leo Spicer-Phelps

Principaux clients

Babylon Healthcare Services Limited

Bottomline Technologies Limited

Broadcom

Clearmatics Technologies Limited

DocuSign

Dstbtd Limited

Elliptic Enterprises Limited

FaceApp, Inc.

Facebook

Genus Technologies Ltd

Gravity Sketch Limited

Groupmove Ltd

Humio Limited

Johnson Controls

Kheiron Medical Technologies

Lilt, Inc.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Babylon Healthcare Services Limited on data licensing issues.
  • Assisting Bottomline Technologies Limited, a payment automation technology company, with a variety of commercial arrangements.
  • Assisting blockchain specialists Clearmatics Technologies Limited with various transactions including in connection with the multi-bank Utility Settlement Coin project.

Latham & Watkins

The technology and regulatory focused practice at Latham & Watkins specialises in data driven and payment work, and also has expertise in fintech, insurtech and cloud-related issues. Fintech expert Andrew Moyle advises on technology, IP and commercial transactions and transformation initiatives, and co-leads the team with Gail Crawford, who is global chair of the firm’s data and technology transactions practice. The team also includes Fiona Maclean, who combines experience in commercial outsourcing mandates, innovative technologies and data privacy regulation; Christian McDermott, who advises on technology, commercial law, IP and data privacy matters; and associate Alain Traill, who has broad experience advising on outsourcing projects, commercial contracts and other technology arrangements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Moyle; Gail Crawford

Principaux clients

Credit Suisse Equity Derivatives

Helios Investment Partners

PayU

Thomas Cook plc

Facebook Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Credit Suisse on a first of its kind transaction relating to its investment and collaborative venture with Privé, a fintech provider, to develop a multi-jurisdictional wealth management platform.
  • Advising Facebook and a number of the Foundation Partners including PayU on all aspects of the development and involvement in Libra, Facebook’s flagship digital currency initiative.
  • Advised Facebook Inc. on its acquisition of Papers with Code, a provider of an artificial intelligence research platform designed to track Artificial Intelligence (AI) research papers.

Linklaters LLP

In the IT and telecoms space, Linklaters LLP specialises in corporate, M&A, commercial and regulatory advice, and has notable dispute resolution strength. The firm is also active in the areas of GDPR, AI and machine learning. Julian Cunningham-Day has international expertise in technology, telecoms, data and commercial contracts, and leads the team with Richard Cumbley, who is global head of the firm’s TMT and IP practices, advising multinationals and governments on information management and data privacy issues. Also notable are Iain Fenn, Georgina Kon and Lindsey Brown.

Responsables de la pratique:

Julian Cunningham-Day; Richard Cumbley

Autres avocats clés:

Iain Fenn;  Georgina Kon; Lindsey Brown

Les références

‘Real technical expertise which complements legal expertise.’

‘The TMT team are able to communicate well in technical speak with technical experts and hold their own.’

‘Lindsey Brown and Richard Cumbley both stand out for their legal skills and technical understanding.’

‘Valuable depth to the service they can offer.’

Milbank

The ‘top-notch, super experienced and pragmatic’ department at Milbank focuses on technology projects, renegotiations and cross-border telecoms sector deals. The practice can also draw on the firm's wider transactional and litigation experience. The team is led by Joel Harrison , who combines legal, regulatory and IT expertise; Julian Stait has particular strength in IT disputes; and Tom Canning specialises in IT litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joel Harrison

Autres avocats clés:

Julian Stait; Tom Canning

Les références

‘Joel Harrison is our Rolls-Royce, the go to person for every complex data protection matter always providing sensible advice.’

Principaux clients

Astellas

Credit Suisse

Direct Line Group

Maxis

SNOMED International

TCS

WPP

Eircom

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised SNOMED International on the global licensing and exploitation of SNOMED CT.
  • Advised WPP on all the technology and data aspects of the sale of a 60% stake in its Kantar business to private equity firm Bain Capital.
  • Advised private equity firm EQT Partners on the acquisition of the SUSE open-source software business from Micro Focus.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The multi-disciplinary team at Norton Rose Fulbright has experience in fintech, insurtech and payments, as well as expertise in data privacy, outsourcing and regulatory mandates. The firm also provides NRF Transform, a change and innovation program for the delivery of legal services through the use of technology. The group is co-led by Sean Murphy, who focuses on international corporate matters in the technology sector; Oliver Stacey, who specialises in corporate and commercial transactions; and James Russell, who is an expert in outsourcing, information technology and IP law. Other key names include Zayed Al Jamil, who was promoted to counsel in 2019 an advises on outsourcing and technology projects, particularly related to emerging technologies; and Paul Joseph, who arrived from RPC in 2020 and brings expertise in technology, data and IP disputes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sean Murphy; Oliver Stacey; James Russell

Autres avocats clés:

Lai-Lynn Choong; Zayed Al Jamil; Paul Joseph

Les références

‘Lai-Lynn Choong is an absolute pleasure to work with – she is very knowledgeable in her field of expertise and I find very commercial in negotiations. I wouldn’t hesitate recommending her.’

Principaux clients

Bolt

Cell C

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank (CACIB)

De Beers

Econet Wireless

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du)

Etisalat

Gemcorp Capital

Helios Investment Partners

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Mubadala Investment Company

Newegg

Orange

Paxos Trust Company, LLC

PayPal Inc.

PTCL

Shell Ventures BV

Starling Bank

Telenor

TeliaSonera

TowerShare

Unily

VAKT Global Limited

Veon

Vodacom

Vodafone

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising PayPal on the CMA’s Phase 2 investigation of PayPal’s acquisition of iZettle.
  • Advising Bolt on the roll-out of its ride-hailing app in London.
  • Advised Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, on the sale of its stake in Hyperoptic, to global investment firm KKR.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Specialising in IT matters, Osborne Clarke LLP is ‘really knowledgeable about the wider industry, the key issues and what is market practice’. The firm advises technology and telecoms clients on a range of matters including AI, data sharing, blockchain, cybersecurity and cross-border work. John Buyers has particular expertise in financial services IT and outsourcing transactions and co-leads the team with Mark Taylor, who has ‘great depth of expertise' and advises on the development, implementation and exploitation of IT, telecoms and novel technologies, as well as technology outsourcing arrangements.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Buyers; Mark Taylor

Autres avocats clés:

Hannah Drew; Simon Bollans

Les références

‘The OC team takes time to understand our business and priorities and are able to work as an extension to our in house team.’

‘They have the trust of key stakeholders and their expertise and pragmatic solutions based approach is extremely valuable to the business and the legal team.’

‘Deep knowledge and understanding of the sector we operate in and our sector.’

‘Mark Taylor is extremely knowledgeable on telecoms and data protection matters. He commands the confidence and respect of senior business leaders and is considered a safe pair of hands for complicated projects.’

‘Hannah Drew and Simon Bollans consistently receive great feedback from those they work with within our business and can be relied upon to cut to the heart of issues and come up with pragmatic, solution oriented suggestions.’

‘The team have great experience and are quick to respond to business requirements.’

‘They bring another level of expertise and experience and inspire confidence when difficult decisions or negotiations are in play.’

‘All of the team are easy to work with, approachable and clear on a legal to legal basis but also impress business teams with clear on point advice.’

‘They are very down to earth and user-friendly.’

Principaux clients

Vodafone

EE

ClearBank

Duck Creek Software

SIG plc

Bossa Nova Robotics

KPMG LLP

Wirecard

BDO LLP

Accelya

Essensys

Yahoo/Oath

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Essensys plc on a major framework arrangement with Cushman and Wakefield to open C&W’s portfolio of globally managed properties to information technology provision by Essensys.
  • Advising Bossa Nova Robotics, a leading provider of robotics based data analytics systems, on the launch of its solution to Morrisons supermarkets in the UK.
  • Advising ClearBank Limited on a range of key IT and technology outsourcing agreements.

RPC

The 'very responsiveRPC has ‘excellent communication and case management’ skills, as well as a ‘depth and spread of technical, industry and legal knowledge’. The firm specialises in technology outsourcing matters, as well as providing expertise in fintech, insurtech, data and IT transformation projects. Mark Crichard advises on telecoms and technology matters, particularly on the supplier side. He co-leads the practice with Jeremy Drew, who has broad experience in contentious and non-contentious IT matters. Also noted are Charles Buckworth, who is a specialist IT, outsourcing and data lawyer; and Ciara Cullen, who focuses on IP and technology litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Crichard; Jeremy Drew

Les références

‘Excellent client service – very responsive and able to turn around work at speed.’

‘Good industry knowledge and awareness of the issues which matter to our business.’

‘Sound legal advice delivered in a clear and digestible way.’

‘Ciara Cullen is very client friendly. Approachable, able to flex style as appropriate and to explain complex legal issues in a clear and concise way.’

‘Ciara Cullen is very knowledgeable and responsive , good at handling clients with sensitivity and creating rapport.’

‘Amelia Cave and Esme O’Hagan have good legal and technical knowledge combined with good client care skills and commercial acumen.’

‘RPC has a depth of experience in IT procurement plus commercial contract negotiation and management.’

‘Charles Buckworth, Mark Crichard and Jonathan Greenway have acquired a wealth of knowledge not only of our business but also of the world in which we operate. They are professional, knowledgeable, skilled in the art of negotiation and work tirelessly to meet what are often unrealistic and stretching time pressures.’

Principaux clients

CGI

LINK Scheme

Dialog Semiconductors

RSA (Royal Sun Alliance)

Daily Mail Group (DMGT)

eClerx

Jet2

King’s College Hospital

Google

Ebury

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised LINK on its tender for ATM switching and settlement services.
  • Successfully represented Google in defending an alleged claim brought by a US technology company relating to a technology platform.
  • Advised Ebury, a fintech company, in connection with its £350m strategic investment arrangement with Santander.

Simmons & Simmons

The multi-disciplinary team at Simmons & Simmons focuses on advising IT companies and corporations in the TMT sector on a range of technology and telecoms matters. The firm has particular expertise in the area of fintech, and is able to leverage knowledge of the Chinese technology market. Alexander Brown regularly handles outsourcing and commercial ICT contracts, and co-leads the practice with Tom Wheadon, who advises on business transformations, IP work and multijurisdictional matters in the TMT area. Hinal Patel has experience in technology and sourcing issues, particularly transactional telecoms, outsourcing and collaboration deals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alexander Brown; Tom Wheadon

Autres avocats clés:

Hinal Patel

Les références

‘Strength in the investment sector, whilst being full service and appropriately priced.’

‘Hinal Patel is responsive, commercial, dedicated to clients and coordinates others around the firm globally with great skill.’

Principaux clients

Honeywell

DXC Technology

Telefónica UK (O2)

Huawei Technologies

Giffgaff

GoCo Group

PCCW

Amadeus IT

The Ultimate Software Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised O2 on number of transformational IT procurement and outsourcing projects.
  • Advised Huawei on issues related to 5G security requirements across the EU.
  • Acted for Bose Corporation and Bose Limited in commencing an action for revocation of a patent relating to in-ear headphones and an associated declaration of non-infringement by Bose’s StayHear earphones.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Advising customers and suppliers, Taylor Wessing LLP’s experience includes handling infrastructure projects, regulatory issues and commercial issues, as well as assisting mobile service operators and providers of new communication services with a range of matters. Key names include Graham Hann, who focuses on commercial, IT and data issues; Angus Finnegan, who specialises in fintech, future mobility, AI and cloud-based technologies; and Siân Skelton, who has expertise in technology and privacy law.

Autres avocats clés:

Graham Hann; Angus Finnegan; Siân Skelton

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard specialises in advising banks and financial services sector clients on IT issues and regulation in the area, and also handles innovation projects. Practice head Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta advises on IT and outsourcing transactions in the financial services, transport and telecoms arenas. Key names in the team include Fiona Ghosh, who focuses on complex commercial, payment and fintech arrangements; and William James, who is known for payment processing work and issues relating to interactions with main payment networks.

Responsables de la pratique:

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta

Les références

‘Addleshaw Goddard have an excellent understanding of the market and are able to provide a valuable view on what’s market standard on specific deal points as well as common compromises.’

‘Tech contracts can often be one sided in favour of the tech company and Addleshaw have been the most successful firm I’ve seen at protecting our position in such matters.’

‘Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta brings a wealth of experience to tech contracting.’

‘Associate Tom Doyle is a rising star.’

‘David Berry genuinely stands out from his competitors. He has built a long-term, trust-based relationship with our company. He has a rare ability to get the other side to like him whilst maintaining a very firm stance on the important points.’

Principaux clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

SSE Energy Supply Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising HSBC Commercial Banking on the beta launch of HSBC Kinetic, a new business banking service with a smart app designed to help businesses manage their finances easier.
  • Advised SSE on the procurement of a billing solution for all of its business energy customers.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP is active across a range of IT and telecoms matters, including work involving M&A, regulatory and commercial issues. Tom Levine leads the team and focuses on commercial, regulatory and IP matters, advising on stand-alone projects and corporate transactions. Also notable is counsel Andrew Kenning, who advises on strategic and transformational commercial agreements in the IT and telecoms sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Levine

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Kenning

Browne Jacobson LLP

The ‘focused, problem-solving and diligent’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP provides expertise in digital transformations, and innovative technology and national infrastructure projects. The full-service firm brings experience in employment, tax, health and public sector work to its technology and telecoms practice. Declan Cushley specialises in commercial and intellectual property matters and co-leads the team with IT specialist Anthony Nagle, whose experience includes handling transactions and restructurings in the private and public sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Declan Cushley; Anthony Nagle

Les références

‘Focused, structured, organised, problem solving, diligent, punctual.’

‘Strong commercial awareness and experience that can be applied to our contract.’

Principaux clients

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Hiscox Insurance

Brokertech Limited

E-days

Red Box Recorders Limited

National Audit Office

London Borough of Croydon

WELD

Enro Holdings (t/a Digital Risks)

Digital Fineprint

Principaux dossiers

  • Provide a full range of commercial legal advice to WELD and created the full contractual suite of legal documents which were critical to enable its platform (including its domain website and two mobile applications) to launch into its operational testing phase.
  • Acted for Digital Risks, the digital-first insurance provider for fast-growth technology and media businesses, on its $10.4m Series A investment round led by BHL Holdings (the owner of comparethemarket.com) and Nire Capital.
  • Advising the CPS on the break-up of major parts of an existing large-scale complex IT services contract into various service groups, which were put out to tender as separate towers.

Codified Legal

Specialising in IT projects and outsourcing contracts, Codified Legal (formerly known as Technology Law Alliance) advises on technology and telecoms matters for institutions, insurance companies, technology groups and large companies from a range of sectors. Jeremy Newton has experience in commercial contracts, e-commerce issues and data protection matters, with a focus on IT and outsourcing projects. He co-leads the practice with Gavin Wakefield, who advises technology suppliers and users on a range of technology and outsourcing-related contracts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeremy Newton; Gavin Wakefield

Principaux clients

Nuveen Real Estate

Keytree Limited

NetSol Technologies

Hitachi Vantara

Grafton Group

Capgemini UK

Broadridge

Taylor Wimpey

Spirent Communications

Aveas Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Capgemini UK plc on a major public sector contract, including processing agreements with a large supply chain ecosystem.
  • Advised Hitachi Vantara (previously known as Hitachi Data Systems), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., on a major contract with a global investment bank with a deal value in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Advised NetSol Technologies Europe Limited (the UK-based subsidiary of NASDAQ-listed NetSol Technologies, Inc (Nasdaq: NTWK)) on its Master Software and Services Agreement with the finance arm of one of the UK’s leading automotive suppliers.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has particular expertise in fintech and infrastructure mandates, advising data centre providers, and acting in contentious technology and telecoms matters. The team is co-led by Simon Cloke, who focuses on communication industry clients; James Hyde, who is a key name for telecoms-related disputes; telecoms code specialist Thekla Fellas; international IT head Simon Gamlin; and Craig Rogers, who advises on complex IT and outsourcing arrangements. The team was bolstered in 2019 by the arrival of Simon Lightman from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, who brings expertise in commercial, technology and data transactions.

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Lightman

Principaux clients

AP Wireless

Cincinnati Bell /Cyrus One Inc.

Daisy Group

Dimension Data

Nationwide

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Nokia

Nomad Digital

Orange Business Services

Telehouse

Transport for London

Vodafone

University of London

CyrusOne

Archer Daniels Midland, Bunge, Cargill, Cofco, Louis Dreyfus and Glencore

Kambi

CitiBank

Volta Data Centres

Shawbrook Bank

Openwork

Hammerson

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Network Rail on matters relating to the transfer of the Core Valley Lines (rail lines serving the South Wales Valleys radiating from Cardiff) to Transport for Wales.
  • Advising Hammerson on the commercial arrangement for the provision of WiFi access across its shopping centres in the UK.
  • Acted for the trustees on the first case before the Upper Tribunal dealing with redevelopment under the new Electronic Communications Code (Code) and the test which is to be applied: EE Limited and Hutchison 3G UK Limited v The Trustees of the Meyrick 1968 Combined Trust of Meyrick Estate Management.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises on a range of commercial and contentious technology matters, and is also active in the telecoms sector. Notable in the team is Peter Watts, who focuses on technology and media issues concerning software, rights and data.

Autres avocats clés:

Peter Watts

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP specialises in outsourcing and technology transactions, and cybersecurity and data privacy matters. The firm has strong financial services sector experience, particularly advising clients on cloud arrangements. Fintech and insurtech are also key areas of expertise for the practice. The team is jointly led by Mark Prinsley, who advises technology-based businesses on a range of matters, and assists customers with all stages of outsourcing transactions; Andrew Stewart, who focuses on complex commercial transactions; and Richard Page, who handles TMT sector M&A work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Prinsley; Andrew Stewart; Richard Page

Autres avocats clés:

Oliver Yaros

Principaux clients

BNY Mellon

CNA Hardy

Corney & Barrow

Grant Thornton

HSBC

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mitie plc

Omega Pharma/Perrigo

Overmore Group

Previse

The Bank of New York Mellon

Thomson Reuters

Zurich Insurance Company Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Shearwater Group plc, a provider of cybersecurity and risk management solutions, on another acquisition in support of its buy and build strategy.
  • Advising US-based AI software developer Pymetrics in relation to its service offering.
  • Advising Helios Towers on incentive arrangements.

Morrison & Foerster LLP

The ‘user-friendly and approachable’ group at Morrison & Foerster LLP provides a ‘depth and breadth of knowledge’ in the area and ‘maintains the highest level of professionalism’. The ‘true experts’ at the firm advise on inbound investments, outbound investments and procurement strategies across the UK, EU, US and Asian markets. Areas of expertise encompass AI, internet of things, big data, cloud computing and social media issues. Practice head Alistair Maughan focuses on commercial contracts and technology-based projects for companies and public sector organisations. Associate Mercedes Samavi is also active in the field and advises domestic and international clients on contract law, IP work, outsourcings and public procurement matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alistair Maughan

Autres avocats clés:

Sana Ashcroft; Mercedes Samavi

Les références

‘An exceptional knowledge of trends in the IT and telco sector and has worked on some significant early adopters of new and emerging technologies such as cloud, AI & Blockchain.’

‘Keep abreast of changes in the sector and they are able to bring insights into the transactions they work on with their clients.’

‘A very commercially focused and technically brilliant team.’

‘Quickly grasped complex agreements and worked quickly to deliver top quality documents.’ 

‘Sana Ashcroft was a pleasure to work with. Very good attention to detail and excellent quality of work.’

‘The whole organisation seems to be more approachable and friendly than many other firms that I have dealt with.’

‘I find them to be very personable and flexible, as well as being experts in their field.’

‘Whereas some other firms may place pro bono work lower down their priority list, MoFo’s team have never given us anything less than top class service.’

‘They are extremely talented lawyers, but remain incredibly personable and user-friendly.’

‘Alistair Maughan speaks and understand our business language, he immediately became part of the team.’

Principaux clients

Candide

UPS

Drover

Imerys

Loyalty Juggernaut

Ubitricity

Smart Communications

ChainThat

Colgate-Palmolive

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising UPS, the global package delivery company, on a wide variety of issues and projects, including commercial and compliance issues in the UK, Asia and across Europe, including in relation to its customised declared value product and creating channel partner agreements for the resale of the customised declared value product across Asia.
  • Advising Colgate-Palmolive on a digital business project involving the terms of use for a connected toothbrush accompanied by an app that collects information about brushing, provides games for users to play, and has other features.
  • Advising Ubitricity on a range of projects including advising on the development of standard English law contracts with customers and website terms of trading, a contract for the installation of charge points with HM Treasury, City of Portsmouth, West Berkshire, and the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, and also the implementation of intra-group arrangements between the UK entity and its German parent, including a services arrangement and a loan facility agreement.

Reed Smith LLP

The full-service IT practice at Reed Smith LLP handles work ranging from traditional e-procurement and technology compliance mandates to emerging technology matters in the life sciences, digital media and entertainment sectors. The firm also provides expertise in fintech, data protection and cybersecurity issues. The team is co-led by Cynthia O’Donoghue, who specialises in transactions, data and cybersecurity work and innovative technology issues; Gregor Pryor, who has experience in media sector IT work; and Delphine Currie, who is co-chair of the firm’s global corporate group.

Responsables de la pratique:

Cynthia O’Donoghue; Gregor Pryor; Delphine Currie

Squire Patton Boggs

With ‘valuable analysis of issues and developments’, Squire Patton Boggs provides 'deep insight into the regulatory landscape and trends’. Key names for the firm in the IT and telecoms arena are Andrew Wilkinson, who advises UK and international businesses on general commercial matters and day-to-day business requirements; and Francesco Liberatore, who focuses on competition law in the technology driven and digital economy sectors.

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Wilkinson; Francesco Libertore

Les références

‘Andrew Wilkinson was able to delegate to an experienced team of experts to provide advice on IT and Data, commercial and data protections issues.’

‘What I thought was unique was the really attentive service from the team , which felt like dealing with a familiar friendly in-house lawyer, but with the power and resourcing of a big law firm that can make anything happen quickly and efficiently.’

‘Andrew Wilkinson was extremely professional and delivered on all occasions.’

‘The individuals get the bigger picture and understand the commercial realities we, as their clients, operate in.’

‘Their advice is thorough and actionable.’

‘SPB provides business oriented practical advice.’

‘Francesco Libertore stands out in his ability to provide pragmatic and practical advice. He is constantly looking for ways to add value and is highly responsive and client oriented.’

Stephenson Harwood

The ‘pragmaticStephenson Harwood provides ‘market-driven insights accompanied by swift turnarounds and a real partnering approach’. The practice covers the spectrum of IT advice, including issues relating to cloud computing, fintech, IT outsourcing, software licensing and data protection, as well as IT litigation and corporate transactions in the area. Practice head Dan Holland advises private and public clients on a range of large IT projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dan Holland

Les références

‘They dispensed very practical advice, are really pleasant to deal with and responded to fast turnaround times.’

‘They have no ego, which was very suited to our team. A rarity amongst law firms who often use negotiations to score points and show off their legal prowess.’

‘Very impressed by their ability to understand our organisation and the risks and issues we were facing and convert that into something that translated well for us to respond to.’

‘Full confidence in their market awareness, legal insight and ability to act as a true business partner and legal advisor.’

‘Strong fintech industry knowledge and deep outsourcing experience. Top level negotiating and contracting skills.’

‘This team has an unusually strong ability to understand the business perspectives and drivers and to use this knowledge to get the best legal outcome.’

‘They are adept at giving clear legal advice whilst allowing the business to make the business decisions.’

‘They have a powerful style which protects their client whilst avoiding confrontation.’

‘Dan Holland leads the team very effectively and puts his stamp on it.’

Principaux clients

Avaloq UK Limited

UCB Biopharma SRL

VIA Outlets

Deloitte LLP

Mercer Inc.

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Avaloq UK Limited on an IT platform agreement whereby Brewin Dolphin would deploy Avaloq’s core banking software to support its banking services.
  • Consolidating and updating Deloitte’s terms and conditions for the supply of software and IT consulting services.
  • Provide regular support to UCB’s IT team in the management of its technology contracts.

TLT

TLT's practice has experience in a range of IT matters, with particular expertise in payments, open banking and fintech work. Bristol-based James Touzel is head of the firm’s digital sector team and advises on digital, retail, financial services and public sector issues. Also notable is Daniel Lloyd, who specialises in commercial contracts, IP rights, digital content, consumer law and telecoms regulation.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Touzel

Autres avocats clés:

Daniel Lloyd

Travers Smith LLP

The broad practice at Travers Smith LLP advises buy and supplier-side clients on a range of pure technology and commercial contracts work. The firm has expertise in outsourcing and digital transformation projects for retailers, Brexit preparation work and data protection matters, as well as advising on emerging technology including AI and IoT. Dan Reavill leads the team and specialises in software, data, internet and branding-related work. Another key name is Louisa Chambers, who advises on technology, IP and IT projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Dan Reavill

Autres avocats clés:

Louisa Chambers

Les références

‘They really get what the client wants and needs and understand how to apply the advice to fit those needs.’

‘The team have taken the time to build a strong knowledge of the business which places them in a unique position to be able to give best advice and support.’

‘Dan Reavill provides strong leadership and provides pragmatic advice with skill and assuredness that inspires confidence.’

Principaux clients

Micro Focus International plc (“Micro Focus”)

The Access Group (“Access”)

Ambassador Theatre Group

Pret a Manger (“Pret”)

STA Travel International Limited (“STA Travel”)

Hobbycraft

Pirum Systems (“Pirum”)

Flashtalking

Eggplant

Legl

Peak Business Insight Limited

Hewlett Packard

Bridgepoint

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised longstanding client ATG, a global leader in live-theatre and ticketing, on the roll out of its new online ticketing system.
  • Advised Micro Focus on the drafting and negotiation of a long-term commercial agreement following the $2.5bn sale of its open source business (SUSE).
  • Advised arts and crafts superstore, Hobbycraft on its business-critical framework merchant for the provision of online and point of sale (POS) services.

Wiggin LLP

Acting for leading international technology companies, Wiggin LLP focuses on matters at the intersection of technology, digital media and the internet. The firm specialises in advising disruptive technology businesses on strategies, deal structures and complex contracts. Practice head Alan Owens provides litigation and contentious regulatory expertise to the technology and related sectors. Also noted in the team is David Naylor, who specialises in advising technology, media and IP-focused businesses on a range of matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alan Owens

Autres avocats clés:

David Naylor; Seth Roe; Gordon Moir

Les références

‘Wiggin goes out of their way to ensure that we receive considered advice and solid options on which to base business decisions.’

‘David Naylor is a top talent. He’s responsive, pro-active, fast to understand the specifics of any requirement and takes the time to understand your business.’

‘Over 25 years in business I’ve worked with many law firms and David Naylor at Wiggins stands out due to his clear communication, concise guidance and valued opinions.’

‘Seth Roe is invaluable to our business. His knowledge of employment law is incredible and he is fast to respond with great practical advice and guidance.’

‘Gordon Moir is pragmatic and a good negotiator with international experience. He is a brilliant EU lawyer with a finger on the competition law pulse.’

‘Gordon Moir is very contactable, and always willing to discuss an issue, bringing his mix of real-life commercial experience, legal expertise, and up to date understanding of what the industry is doing.’

Principaux clients

Microsoft

Rakuten

Antler

Halma

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Warner Music UK

Worldpay

InstaDeep

Tessian

Starz Entertainment

GAMSTOP

Datacore Inc

Apricot (formerly MicroGaming)

Penguin Random House

Snoot Entertainment

Anyjunk

One Click Licence Limited

Beatport

Vizolution

Audience Trading Platform

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Antler on the establishment of its UK fund, including in connection with structuring the fund tax efficiently, advising on all aspects of fund flows through the structure from the investment vehicles through to investors.
  • Successfully represented Warner Music UK and Sony Music Entertainment UK in High Court proceedings against TuneIn Inc.
  • Advising Starz on the launch of its international direct to consumer business, StarzPlay, through its own consumer app and online in multiple jurisdictions around the world.

Alden Legal Limited

The ‘growing and impressive’ practice at Alden Legal Limited has ‘unparalleled expertise in all aspects of space and satellite regulation and financing’ work. The firm advises on the regulatory and commercial contract aspects of innovative technologies, including in-orbit satellite servicing issues and large communications satellite constellations, as well as issues involving Brexit and the insurance market. The ‘extremely knowledgeableJoanne Wheeler leads the team and is ‘definitely the go-to person for space-related legal matters’. Also recommended is Toby Ward, who specialises in the negotiation and drafting of commercial, IT, telecoms and outsourcing contracts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanne Wheeler

Autres avocats clés:

Toby Ward; Vicky Jeong

Les références

‘A strong understanding of space technology and a comprehensive knowledge of activity in the industry.’

‘A specialised expertise in the space sector that few other firms can offer, and a fantastic attention to detail and client care.’

‘Alden are our go to adviser for specialist and strategic advice related to spectrum and satellite regulation and commercial matters.’

‘Joanne Wheeler is a leader in the UK and Europe as one of the very few experts practising satellite and space communications law and regulations.’

‘A perfect mix of individual competences, tightly knitted by a common team spirit.’

‘Exceptional knowledge of the global spectrum and regulatory environment.’

‘As well as being an excellent lawyer with a piercing intellect, Joanne Wheeler has a passion for the space industry and a depth of knowledge which is unrivalled by other lawyers.’

‘Toby Ward is a very helpful and competent lawyer.’

‘Vicky Jeong is smart and ambitious. Diligent, hard working, discreet and competent.’

Principaux clients

EchoStar Mobile Limited / EchoStar Satellite Services LLC

Effective Space Solutions Limited

Apax Partners

Iceye Oy

The University of Leicester

SkyWatch Space Systems

Blue Skies Space Limited

In-Space Missions Limited

Methera Global Communications Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Apax Partners LLP on the national and international regulatory, litigation and commercial issues involved in the acquisition of Inmarsat Plc.

Arnold & Porter

The telecoms-focused practice at Arnold & Porter specialises in regulatory and multijurisdictional advice. The firm’s expertise includes the European digital single market regulation, European data protection law, cybersecurity issues and the UK’s Communications Act. Rob Bratby left the firm in 2020 to found boutique Bratby Law.

Les références

‘Knowledgeable without a doubt and practical in providing advice that is specific to each business.’

‘A true commitment to finding solutions and supporting the business.’

Principaux clients

AT & T

Tata Communications

Orange Business Services

CloudHQ

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting as AT&T’s lead regulatory counsel to obtain US and international approvals for its $85bn combination with Time Warner Inc.
  • Continued as external regulatory counsel for Tata Communications for the UK and EU.
  • Provided a range of regulatory and GDPR advice to Orange Business Services.

Bates Wells

The ‘very business-oriented and pragmaticBates Wells advises suppliers and customers on a range of matters, with particular experience acting for start-ups and early stage IT companies. The ‘excellent team’ provides expertise in data licensing, as well as international issues. Practice head Richard Marke has expertise, which covers SaaS providers, data wholesalers, technology-enabled B2C platforms, technology-enabled outsourcings and high-tech devices.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Marke

Autres avocats clés:

Anna Przewoznik

Les références

‘Experts, very quick and target oriented.’

‘Available and strongly appreciated by clients.’

‘Knows how to identify the real issue, sees beyond the issue and offers an well-adapted and long-lasting solution.’

‘The team is very responsive, focused on my questions and issues with a collaborative approach, very efficient.’

Principaux clients

Perkbox Limited

Nikon

Mark Roberts Motion Control

118 Data Resource

dc-square GmbH

MarketingQED

Operis Group Plc

Virtuoso IT

Thomson Local

CentralNic Group Plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Mark Roberts Motion Control, a specialist robotics company, on the launch of its latest high-speed motion control Bolt robot.
  • Advising MarketingQED, a worldwide distributor of innovative marketing software, on negotiating commercial agreements for the use of its software with a giant international food and drinks conglomerate.
  • Advised CentralNic Group Plc (the global internet platform that derives revenue from the subscription sales of internet domain names) on the acquisition of Hexonet Group, an international seller of domain name subscriptions directly and via more than a thousand resellers in over 110 countries, managing over 3.8 million domains on its proprietary software platforms.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP provides a broad range of technology advice, including handling matters involving fintech, AI and cloud issues. The firm also has experience in technology disputes, as well as advising financial services clients on technology procurements, data privacy mandates and outsourcings. Practice head Simon Stokes specialises in IT law, outsourcing work, cloud services issues and data protection matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Stokes

Autres avocats clés:

Charles Mallows

Principaux clients

Forbidden Technologies

Caretower

Virtual Clarity

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) transformation consultancy, Virtual Clarity, on its sale to DXC Technology Co.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP advises on a range of IT and outsourcing matters. The practice has experience in IT infrastructure projects, disruptive technology matters and property related issues. A key name in the team is Marcus Pearl, who is the firm’s global co-sector lead for technology.

Autres avocats clés:

Marcus Pearl

Burges Salmon LLP

The 'very pragmatic and business-focused’ practice at Burges Salmon LLP is singled out for IT and outsourcing work, acting for purchasers; it is also increasingly active for supplier-side clients in the digital business arena. Andrew Dunlop leads the team and has experience acting for large corporates, financial institutions and technology vendors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Dunlop

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Kenshall

Les références

‘Bridges the gap between legal precision and its use for legal practice in an efficient manner.’

‘Andrew Dunlop provides outstanding experience and involvement.’

‘Depth of knowledge is good; bench is strong; good connections with other specialist colleagues.’

‘Overall extremely professional.’

‘Very flexible and willing to take whatever role is required.’

‘They bring commercial and practical thinking, rather than narrow legal solutions to issues.’

Principaux clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water

The National Trust

St Modwen Properties PLC

Elysium Healthcare

Coca-Cola HBC

Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water

Exeter Friendly Society

Thomson Reuters

AXA Insurance UK

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising major water utility, Southern Water, on its strategic decision to transition from the current position of having two major IT outsourcing relationships (with CAPITA and Fujitsu) that together operate its outsourced IT department, to a more tailored model with some functions taken in-house and others outsourced to over 50 highly specialised suppliers – a highly transformational, business critical project.
  • Acting for BMI, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare, on a tendering process for an extremely transformative and mission-critical new ERP (enterprise resource planning) organisation-wide technology platform, including advising on the contracts with both the potential ERP platform provider and the system integrator which would customise the platform to BMI’s needs.
  • Advising The National Trust, one of the UK’s largest charities, on the renegotiation of its IT outsourcing contract with CAPITA – its second largest contract by value – covering technology development, call centre management and various ancillary services, and in particular on the move to a transformed solution, incorporating AI and other technologies.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG advises on contentious and non-contentious IT work, particularly mobile network projects, cloud mandates and 5G issues. The firm also has significant experience acting for data centre operators. Jocelyn Paulley is active in the retail and technology sectors, for customers and suppliers. She co-leads the team with Alexandra Brodie, who is a patent litigator. Sally Mewies left the firm for Walker Morris LLP in 2019.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jocelyn Paulley; Alexandra Brodie

Les références

‘Jocelyn Paulley has knowledge of technology and application and considerations for contracting structures and strategies.’

Principaux clients

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Birmingham City Council

Virtus Data Centres

Rigby Group

Marks & Spencer plc

Cornerstone Telecommunications Limited

Metro Bank plc

Xoserve Limited

Secretary of State of the Home Office (‘Home Office’)

Office of National Statistics

InterDigital

TQ Delta

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Xoserve on its selection of a vendor as its managed security provider and drafting the contract for the appointment.
  • Acting for the Virtus group of data centre operators on its major customer contracts.
  • Advised the Birmingham City Council on a range of negotiations with its joint venture partner Capita, a result of which the parties have agreed to wind-up the JV delivery partner, Service Birmingham, and the Council has agreed to sell its shares in Service Birmingham to Capita.

Halebury

Halebury advises on commercial, corporate and employment matters in the technology and telecoms sectors. Richard Dalby is a key name in the group and has particular expertise in digital transformation projects.

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Dalby

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Recognised for its technology, media and entertainment sector expertise, Harbottle & Lewis LLP advises on a range of technology transactions and emerging technology issues. The team also has commercial and venture capital experience, with a particular focus on advising entrepreneurial technology businesses. Tony Littner heads up the firm’s start-up and venture capital groups.

Autres avocats clés:

Tony Littner; Sacha Wilson; Michael Lister

Principaux clients

Expedia

Route Research

Microsoft

Havas Media

Seeburger

Research Exchange

Citywire

Mixcloud

O’Reilly

Opentable

Diageo

Virgin Management/Virgin Red

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised technology innovator and leading UK workplace pensions provider, Smart Pension on the licensing of its market-leading pension platform to Zurich Workplace Solutions (Middle East) Limited to launch into the DIFC.
  • Advised Kingston Technology, a multinational computer technology company, on various commercial and technology agreements, and data queries, relating to “HyperX”, its brand of gaming peripherals including headsets, keyboards and mice.
  • Advised ENV on its strategic investment in Vyntelligence.

iLaw

iLaw focuses on data protection advice, GDPR work and blockchain issues; the group also has expertise in technology provision contracts, primarily for service providers. Practice head Justin Ellis is praised for advising providers of software, digital media, IT consultancy and web-based services. Other key names include trade mark and branding litigation specialist Mark Culbert, who has experience in a range of commercial disputes; and associate Allan Murray, who joined in 2019 from Adams & Remers and brings expertise in cryptocurrency and blockchain litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Justin Ellis

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Culbert; Allan Murray

Kemp IT Law

Fielding ‘real experts in the field', Kemp IT Law 'really gets to know its clients well and provides very detailed knowledge’ to technology providers and buy-side clients. The broad practice covers AI work, cloud matters, digital transformation projects and data law. Richard Kemp leads the team and has expertise in technology development, deployment and regulation. Another key name is Deirdre Moynihan, who advises on commercial, information technology, intellectual property and data protection law issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Kemp

Autres avocats clés:

Deidre Moynihan

Les références

‘High quality boutique with all the industry knowledge and experience.’

‘Provides outstanding client care, in particular in the larger SME bracket.’

‘Richard Kemp is simply outstanding. He knows TMT inside out and brings it to bear in order to help his clients find practical solutions to their issues. He is also a fantastic individual to work with.’

‘KL have a strong team which works very effectively with IT rich clients.’

‘Richard Kemp has been leading his team of UK IT and telecom lawyers who are all well-trained and talented.’

‘They provide us with high quality legal advice at a much lower fee than other UK international law firms.’

‘Richard Kemp and Deidre Moynihan have been closely working together in providing us with high quality legal advice at much lower fee as well as at much quicker pace.’

‘Richard Kemp and Deirdre Moynihan both have an incredible grasp of their subject areas and there are few people who know more about data rights and IP issues than they do.’

Principaux clients

SITA

Microsoft

Genesis Global

Wolters Kluwer CCH Tagetik

ServiceWare

Clarkson

Telensa

FirstPort

JWG

ForgeRock

Principaux dossiers

  • Working with SITA’s Legal Director, Strategy & Business Support, on a range of data governance projects.
  • Working with Microsoft, supporting its cloud business and in particular the development of its ‘Azure IP Advantage’ programme.
  • Advising Genesis Global on all its customer, development and distribution agreements.

Lewis Silkin LLP

The ‘professional and personable’ group at Lewis Silkin LLP focuses on advising platform economy companies, fintechs, large techology companies and creative technology industry clients. The firm has expertise in adtech, gaming, AI and blockchain matters, as well as acting for fashion, retail and sport technology providers and buyers. Sean Dempsey and David Willbe are co-heads of the firm’s technology and communications sector group. They lead the wider team with James Gill, who specialises in commercial contracts, technology issues, outsourcings, e-commerce work, consumer law and data protection mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Gill; Sean Dempsey; David Willbe

Autres avocats clés:

Jeremy Summers; Oliver Watson

Les références

‘Jeremy Summers is diligent and insightful, particularly when navigating the intricacies of providing Services and warranties to an international government.’

‘Oliver Watson is skilled at clear drafting and concise.’

‘Partner led service. Very strong attention to detail.’

‘James Gill is excellent in front of senior management.’

Principaux clients

ASOS

Deliveroo

Babylon Health

Facebook

Zappistore

Selfridges

Leigh Day

Snap

Three

Smartr365

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Selfridges on a complex agile software development contract as part of its digital transformation programme for its online sales platforms.
  • Advising Howdens on various high-value, complex and business critical contracts with an array of technology solution providers as part of its day to day operations and various digital transformation projects.
  • Advising Wildstone Media on key technology development agreements (including R&D projects) relating to the operation and maintenance of its digital advertising screens.

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's ‘friendly, thorough and knowledgeable’ group provides contentious and non-contentious advice on technology deals, and acts for disruptive businesses on start-up and public sector technology transactions. Practice head Tom Torkar advises national and global clients on a range of matters, including in the aviation, IT, media, big-data, e-commerce and financial services sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Torkar

Les références

‘They truly understand our business and its needs, they are responsive, pragmatic and feel like having a whole team of in-house lawyers on tap.’

‘We primarily deal with Tom Torkar, who has exceptional knowledge of our business, is very commercial and raises legal issues in a constructive way to allow the business to understand the risks.’

‘Lois Hinchliffe is excellent at delivery and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Jayne Clemens is a litigation partner and provides valuable support in the best way to approach an issue.’

Principaux clients

Tokyo Electron Limited

Limitless Technology Limited

Landmark Information Group Limited

Searchflow Limited

Anzo Group Limited

Daily Mail and General Trust plc

Gamesys Group plc (now incorporating Jack Pot Joy)

Deko (Pay4Later Limited)

Met Office

SquaredUP Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Metropolitan Police

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided key contract and intellectual property advice to Landmark Information Group Limited in connection with its data and technology solution for Ofgem’s and Smart DCC’s central energy switching programme.
  • Advising Gamesys plc on a range of technology, licensing and data protection matters.
  • Advising Limitless in respect of the roll-out of its leading crowd-sourced and AI powered customer service solution.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has experience advising on IT projects for central government, regulators, NDPBs and charities, as well as established and growing technology businesses. The firm also provides expertise in IT matters to the healthcare and education sectors. Technology and life sciences expert Kevin Calder co-leads the practice with Peter Wainman, who specialises in IT and data protection work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kevin Calder; Peter Wainman

Principaux clients

Ordnance Survey

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Financial Conduct Authority

Neopost

Brady plc

Firmstep

Cognizant

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Department of Health and Social Care

UK Research & Innovation

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising UKRI on the purchase of a Cray super computer for use by researchers across the UK.
  • Advising Maritime & Coastguard Agency on a critical national procurement for a replacement radio network infrastructure for ship to shore communications with the UK’s Coastguard.
  • Advising Firmstep, a London-based international software business, on its contracts to supply software as a service solutions to local authorities and other public sector bodies.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Acting for service providers and customers, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP has a ‘depth and breadth of knowledge’. As well as leveraging its global reach, the firm has particular experience in the areas of outsourcing, automation, robotics, digital banking and regulation. Mike Pierides covers the spectrum of technology-related transactions, including IT service agreements and licensing work. He co-leads the team with Philadelphia-based Barbara Melby, who focuses on outsourcing and technology transactions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mike Pierides; Barbara Melby

Les références

‘The team has an exceptional knowledge of trends in the IT and telecoms sector and has worked on some significant early adopters of new and emerging technologies such as cloud, AI and blockchain.’

‘They keep abreast of changes in the sector and they are able to bring insights into the transactions they work on with their clients.’

‘In all the transactions I have worked on with the team they have acted professionally, been committed and enabled the outcome I have needed.’

‘I have always felt I had the right team on my side vs. the counter party.’

‘Mike Pierides has been our go to lawyer for complex or technical transactions as he has a very quick grasp of the challenges and proposes both legal and a commercial wrap as to how we might work through.’

‘Mike Pierides always thinks beyond the page into the operational reality of the outcome of a contract and is able to play that back into the transactional drafting to bring the outcome we need.’

Principaux clients

Fujitsu

Moody’s

Yandex N.V.

Deutsche Bank

Digital Colony

DLG

Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC)

Equiniti

Mitsubishi Union First Group (MUFG)

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Genpact

Theta

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Fujitsu, a multinational information technology equipment and services company, on the renegotiation of its contractual arrangement with HMRC, which is the single largest civil IT outsourcing in the UK by contract value.
  • Assisted Moody’s, an American credit rating agency, with a critical global finance and accounting outsourcing to Accenture.
  • Advised Direct Line Group, the UK’s leading personal home and motor insurer, on the competitive market procurement of its existing insurance intermediary services agreement with EXL.

Preiskel & Co LLP

Specialising in telecoms work, Preiskel & Co LLP provides national and global clients with a breadth of expertise in the field. The firm’s experience includes advising on international satellite regulatory issues, competition law and IoT matters. Daniel Preiskel focuses on telecoms regulatory, commercial and corporate matters for telecoms clients and co-leads the practice with Ronnie Preiskel, who is praised for telecoms, internet and technology sector work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Preiskel; Ronnie Preiskel

Les références

‘The lawyers are very expert in the tech sector.’

‘They are very practical and commercial.’

‘Daniel Preiskel and Ronnie Preiskel both have exceptional industry knowledge and always approach problems with a practical mindset, without over-engineering the solution.’

Principaux clients

International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO)

PCCW

TMT Analysis

Globalgig

Wireless Logic Limited

NextGen Clearing

Gamma Telecom PLC

Xoom Talk

Ziron

Arkessa

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised satellite regulator, IMSO on the telecoms legal and regulatory issues and strategies in light of its mission to safeguard GMDSS (Global Mobile Distress Signals) in the context of the $6bn+ private equity purchase of Inmarsat.
  • Advised PCCW (owner of Hong Kong Telecom) in relation to the sale of a unique £25m credit voucher to Pareteum Inc to be used as credit on an MVNO agreement with Three.
  • Advised Wireless Logic Limited on its MVNE agreement with a Spanish headquartered MVNE as well as on the MVNO agreement with a UK MNO.

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Shepherd and Wedderburn advises telecoms operators, broadcasters, content owners and technology companies on corporate, commercial and regulatory projects. The firm’s work ranges from launching new products to regulatory and anti-trust issues. The team includes Paul Carlyle, who specialises in IP and ICT law; IP expert Joanna Boag-Thomson; and John MacKenzie, who has expertise in commercial litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Carlyle; Joanna Boag-Thomson; John MacKenzie

Les références

The team understands the commercial practicalities of its advice, as well as the real world situation telecoms companies face.

Principaux clients

BT plc (including BT Openreach and BT Global Services )

European Competitive Telecoms Association (ECTA)

Expereo

Vodafone

AT&T

Scottish Power

BNET

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for BT Global Services in a follow-on damages claim arising out of an antitrust breach by Orange France.
  • Advised Batelco on the separation of its infrastructure and its retail arm and advising the separated arm on issues relating to the separation.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Advising on the buy and sell side of transactions, Stevens & Bolton LLP has experience in insurtech, adtech, Brexit and fintech mandates; the practice is also particularly active in the autotech area. Beverley Whittaker leads the team and has broad IT expertise covering system implementations, outsourced services, cloud arrangements, developments, licensing work and website agreements. Also notable are Beverley Flynn, who drafts and negotiates IT supply and procurement contracts, and leads the firm’s data protection work; Gary Parnell, who advises technology sector clients on a range of matters; and Charles Maurice, who made partner in 2019 and focuses on IT outsourcing projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Beverley Whittaker

Principaux clients

Unum

UST

SecurMed UK

Belron International

Thursdays (UK), trading as TGI Fridays UK

Digilog

Qatar Insurance Company

Fadata

Moteefe

Viadex Global

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for specialist insurance and employee benefits provider Unum on the launch, in partnership with Square Health, of a new app-based service providing employees with fast, simple, remote access to GPs and health support.
  • Advised Belron, a vehicle glass repair and replacement group (with brands including Autoglass, Carglass, Safelite, Lebeau and O’Brien) on a range of group-wide, operational IT projects, including with suppliers such as Oracle and Google.
  • Acted for TGI Fridays on a range of IT implementations, including the negotiation of master services agreements with CDW and Elementsuite for various technology and software services.

Wallace LLP

The ‘flexible and agile’ group at Wallace LLP 'comprehensively understands the TMT sector’, particularly GDPR, cloud and data matters. The practice is experienced in advising clients on the development, exploitation, licensing and sale of technology. The ‘professional, pragmatic and very personableFrank Jennings leads the team and specialises in cloud law, technology contracts and data security issues, while John Woodhouse focuses on advising business owners on commercial relationships with management, shareholders, customers and suppliers.

Responsables de la pratique:

Frank Jennings

Autres avocats clés:

John Woodhouse

Les références

‘An excellent knowledge of Intellectual Property issues, with the ability to negotiate and draft software contracts accordingly.’

‘Frank Jennings has deep knowledge and experience.’

‘John Woodhouse brings his experience of corporate disposals and acquisitions to bear in advising on IP issues.’

‘I have primarily engaged Wallace LLP for their knowledge and experience in IT Outsourcing and Licencing, Maintenance & Support contracts and they do bring very good experience and knowledge.’

‘They are very responsive particularly at short notice and quickly understand the brief.’

‘Their experience brings with it up to date contractual practice and knowledge thus providing suggestions and thoughts on what may be missing and should be considered from a legal perspective.’

‘I have found them very responsive to my needs and timescales and the experience they have brought has been excellent.’

‘Frank Jennings and John Woodhouse have always been responsive and thorough in their approach, going the extra mile and representing our best interests.’

Principaux clients

Efficio Limited

Databarracks

DSMN8

Datscha

Competitive Capabilities International

Henry Schein

Medsontrack

Mimi’s Hotel

Highdorn

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Efficio on its procurement services and on GDPR issues arising from the transfer and storage of data.

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

IT and commercial law boutique Waterfront Solicitors LLP provides 'expertise, professionalism, customer engagement and quality', and is a key name for drafting, negotiating and advising on technology-related commercial contracts. Technology law expert Alison Berryman leads the team and specialises in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts for a variety of technology-related matters. Also recommended is Jean-Marc Pettigrew, who is active across the technology space including handling fintech, gaming, software development and telecoms mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alison Berryman

Les références

‘Specialist technology expertise.’

‘The team are all very approachable, very happy to discuss and explain things and provide pragmatic advice that is suitable to our business and each particular situation.’

‘They have a unique offering of a technically strong and passionate team with the key skills needed to support our business at an affordable price.’

‘Their in-house team’s experience with engineering, software, intellectual property and commercial considerations meant they had a unique understanding of our business landscape and, perhaps more uniquely, being part of a relatively young company themselves meant they also fully appreciated our requirements as a startup company.’

‘They make complicated transactions straight forward, and with simple, effective documentation.’

‘The team at Waterfront are very approachable and are startup friendly in that they can describe complicated legal issues in simple to digest terms.’

‘They are specialists in IT and telecoms, they have serious in-depth knowledge of the subject and are not one to shy away from a challenge.’

‘Louisa Duffield-Harding integrates very well on ad hoc TMT/IT related contractual matters which to the layman, can be a turgid area of the law and as such overlooked.’ 

‘Jean-Marc Pettigrew is very responsive and has always ensured work is performed to a high standard within the required time frames, often with short turn-around times to keep our negotiations moving.’

‘Alison Berryman, Matt Cunningham and Anthony Purvis stand out for their pragmatism, speed of response, availability and flexibility.’

Principaux clients

Valtech Limited

Access Self Storage Limited

Workable Technology Limited

Fundapps Ltd

Iforium Ltd

RNA Analytics Ltd

Anana Limited

ActiveViam Limited

Bontouch Limited

Xceptor (Web Services Integration Limited)

Doreming

Stay One Degree

Timewith

Zov Solutions OOD

The House of Kaizen Ltd

Metavallon VC

Venture Friends VC

Marathon VC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Valtech on a deal between Valtech, the Department for Transport (DfT) and over 200 local authorities for Valtech to create, run and support the new “Blue Badge” website and digital application system, which has simplified the application and renewal process for three million Blue Badge holders across the UK.
  • Assisted Access Self Storage with the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the design, development, hosting and support of both the main website and its ‘sister’ storage and services website for students.
  • Providing a variety of both non-contentious and contentious commercial advice to FundApps Limited, including (amongst other things) drafting and negotiating software licence and support agreements, advising on data protection compliance, and acting in general contract disputes.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Wedlake Bell LLP advises start-ups, customers, software suppliers, systems integrators and outsourcing service providers on a range of matters, with particular expertise in data protection and fintech mandates. Practice head Jonathan Cornthwaite specialises in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements. Other key practitioners include James Castro-Edwards, who focuses on cybersecurity and data protection issues; and consultant Mick Gorrill, who is an expert in data protection security breaches and complicated data protection compliance cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jonathan Cornthwaite

Autres avocats clés:

James Castro-Edwards; Mick Gorrill

Principaux clients

Reed Exhibitions

Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd

Lanware Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Construction Skills Certification Scheme Limited on the outsourcing and delivery of a new card system for access to UK construction sites by accredited individuals.
  • Advised RFA (Richard Fleischman and Associates) on long-term, high-value IT infrastructure, application and support services and outsourcing to be provided by RFA to its US investment management customer and members of its group.