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Index of tables
IT and telecoms
- Addleshaw Goddard LLP
- Allen & Overy LLP
- Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP
- Browne Jacobson LLP
- Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
- Clifford Chance LLP
- Eversheds LLP
- Hogan Lovells International LLP
- Jones Day
- King & Wood Mallesons
- Latham & Watkins
- Mayer Brown International LLP
- Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP
- Osborne Clarke
- Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP
Reed Smith LLP
- Squire Patton Boggs
- Stephenson Harwood
- Technology Law Alliance
- Waterfront Solicitors LLP
- Wiggin LLP
- Blake Morgan LLP
- Bond Dickinson LLP
- Burges Salmon LLP (Bristol)
- Cooley (UK) LLP
- Covington & Burling LLP
- DAC Beachcroft LLP
- DMH Stallard LLP
- Edwin Coe LLP
- Gowling WLG
- Harbottle & Lewis LLP
- Holman Fenwick Willan
Kemp IT Law
- Lewis Silkin LLP
- Mills & Reeve LLP (Cambridge)
- Norton Rose Fulbright
- Preiskel & Co LLP
- Shepherd and Wedderburn
- Travers Smith LLP
- Trowers & Hamlins LLP
- Wallace LLP
- Wedlake Bell LLP
- White & Case LLP
Leading individuals: information technology
Leading individuals: telecoms
The ‘very responsive and highly commercial’ team at Baker McKenzie LLP ‘goes out of its way to meet clients’ needs in a creative and solution-oriented way’. Key names include the ‘always excellent’ Harry Small, who heads the global technology practice group and is known for advising on outsourcing and technology services contracts; David Halliday, who primarily advises clients on IT-related disputes; Peter Strivens, who heads the telecoms practice and focuses on corporate transactions; and Steve Holmes,who advises clients on regulatory transactions. Also recommended are Ben Allgrove, whose wide-ranging expertise includes disputes, and Duncan Reid-Thomas, who focuses on business process outsourcing and commercial contracts. Clients include Google, Netflix, Virgin Media and EY.
Bird & Bird LLP ‘delivers value through its pragmatic approach, quick turnaround times and understanding of the industry’. Graeme Maguire heads the tech and comms sector group and handles regulatory work and commercial arrangements. Roger Bickerstaff’s highlights included advising the Ministry of Justice on legal issues surrounding the tagging of criminal offenders, while the ‘excellent’ Joanne Wheeler, who is known for her satellite expertise, assisted EchoStar Mobile with the pan-European S-band spectrum, which was awarded to the client in 2009 as one of two operators authorised to use the spectrum, and which is now the subject of challenges from several countries. Colin Long retired in 2015.
Bristows LLP attracts praise for its ‘very strong industry knowledge and commercial acumen’. The practice is headed by ‘effective negotiator’ Mark Watts, who acts for Amazon Web Services and is known for his data protection expertise, and includes Toby Crick, who acts for Ofcom and handles major outsourcing projects; litigation specialist Myles Jelf, who acts for Google and Samsung; and Adrian Sim, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and whose clients include Genomics and Capgemini.
The ‘extremely impressive’ team at CMS (which is noted for its ‘up-to-speed advice on the latest technological issues’) handles litigation as well as major transactions, including a high number of multi-jurisdictional IT and telecoms projects. Chris Watson is the global head of the technology, media and communications practice, which acts for a wide range of clients including the Post Office, Lloyds Banking Group, BT, Telefónica and Orange. John Armstrong led the firm’s advice to HP regarding its outsourcing agreement with Deutsche Bank. Also recommended are Emma Burnett, the ‘calm and innovative’ Ian Stevens, and Stuart Blythe, who ‘has excellent undersea cable expertise’.
DLA Piper’s clients include Vodafone, Amazon Web Services, UBS and Samsung. The practice is headed by Kit Burden, who focuses on transactions and procurement, and includes the ‘open-minded and forthright’ Mike Conradi, who ‘lives up to his reputation for undersea cable expertise’. He is acting for a consortium of 19 telecoms operators on the African Coast to Europe submarine communications cable system. In other highlights, Anthony Day (who is ‘an excellent, solution-driven lawyer’) advised Aviva on its global cloud outsourcing arrangement with CSC, and the ‘invaluable’ Mark O’Conor undertook a comparative study on behalf of the European Commission on regulations governing cloud computing in each EU member state.
Dentons’ lawyers are ‘responsive, client-oriented, insightful and pragmatic’. Telecoms head Jan Willem van den Bos assisted Gulf Bridge International with an undersea cable project and advised Virgin Mobile on the creation of a new commercial contract with a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) platform provider. Highlights for IT practice head Dan Burge included acting for Home Retail Group on the outsourcing of services to Wipro, while Martin Fanning (‘a knowledgeable source of solid advice’) assisted Virgin Atlantic with the adoption of a new IT suite. Catherine Bingham advised the Department for Energy and Climate Change on a carbon capture storage project.
Fieldfisher attracts praise for its ‘good service and very creative approach to problem solving’. Practice head Robert Shooter acts for a number of technology suppliers including Accenture, while John Worthy has advised a number of clients on satellite and space projects, and is assisting Netflix and Starbucks with matters relating to payment processing. Other key names include Simon Briskman, who focuses on the exploitation of new technologies and acts for eBay and Channel 4; Paul Graham, who has acted for Three and VimpelCom in a number of major deals; and James Buckingham, whose clients include several public sector bodies.
Olswang LLP has an ‘extremely strong’ capability in the IT and telecoms space led by the ‘knowledgeable and personable’ Purvi Parekh on the telecoms front and Clive Gringras for IT matters. Parekh provides advice to Vodafone on numerous matters, including its MVNO relationships, while Gringras has handled all of Microsoft’s European copyright levy litigation following the client’s acquisition of Nokia.
Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘consistently excellent’ TMT practice is headed by Simon Colvin and includes Diane Mullenex, who relocated from Paris to London and heads the global telecommunications practice. Colvin advised the Financial Conduct Authority on its move from a single supplier service to a tower model. David McIlwaine’s highlights included acting for the Home Office in an international arbitration concerning the termination of its contract with Raytheon Systems, while David Isaac advised housing association Affinity Sutton on the procurement and implementation of a new enterprise resource planning solution. The ‘pragmatic and strategic’ Clive Seddon is also recommended. Jon Fell joined Osborne Clarke in June 2015 and John Salmon moved to Hogan Lovells International LLP in January 2016.
Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s clients include Tesco, Tata Consultancy Services and Dell. The firm has particular expertise acting for providers on outsourcing agreements, and is active in corporate finance in the IT sector. Mark Lewis heads the department, which includes Marcus Pearl, Usman Wahid, Richard Chapman and litigator Ian De Freitas.
The ‘very attentive’ Nick Pantlin heads the practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, which attracts praise for its ability to provide ‘practical solutions’. Pantlin’s highlights included acting for Capita on contract arrangements for services to support the mortgage business of a major UK bank, and advising TSB Bank on its separation from Lloyds Banking Group. On the telecoms front, the practice advised Telefónica Group on its agreement to sell Telefónica Europe to Hutchison Whampoa, and assisted Telefónica UK with two separate spectrum auctions. Nick Elverston and Amanda Hale moved to Ashurst in March 2016.
Calum Murray heads the commercial technology practice at Kemp Little LLP, which acts for a mixture of suppliers and customers on outsourcing transactions, and has particular expertise in Fintech. Andrew Joint advised Reckitt Benckiser on the £90m acquisition of services from Nielson and assisted Accenture with its agreements with numerous clients. Other key members include Paul Hinton, Paul O’Hare and Emma Wright, who joined from Bond Dickinson LLP in June 2016.
Linklaters LLP ‘invests a lot of time into making sure its team is the right fit, and its understanding of the marketplace really adds value’. John Crozier and the ‘incredibly bright’ Marly Didizian advised the Ministry of Defence on the introduction of a cloud-based service delivery model, while Julian Cunningham-Day acted for Mitsui in its $50m investment in Afrimax and assisted Standard Chartered with its acquisition of a stake in Eaton Towers Holdings. Global TMT practice head Richard Cumbley is known for his data protection expertise.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has an ‘outstanding’ reputation in this space, and handles the full range of non-contentious and contentious matters for clients including Astellas, AstraZeneca and Barclays. Key figures include Laurence Jacobs, who heads the IT practice; and John Dewar and Sean Keaton, who head the telecoms practice. Keaton and Joel Harrison advised WPP on a series of global IT outsourcing agreements, and Dewar was among those who advised O3b Networks on the financing of the launch of eight satellites.
Simmons & Simmons’ sector expertise runs the gamut of work for clients including telecoms multinationals such as Telefónica UK and VimpelCom, government bodies such as the Ministry of Defence, and media companies including Virgin Media. Tom Wheadon heads the international information, communications and technology group, which includes TMT sector group head Alexander Brown; James Cotter, who advises a broad range of clients on contracts and regulatory matters; and the Bristol-based Hinal Patel, who has expertise in IT outsourcing and telecoms transactions. IP and Fintech lawyer Angus McLean became a partner in May 2015.
Slaughter and May’s ‘tenacious, responsive’ lawyers are ‘committed to getting the best possible results for their clients’. Technology and outsourcing practice head Rob Sumroy (‘a superb strategist and a hands-on partner’) advised Royal & Sun Alliance on the re-tendering of its IT infrastructure, and David Ives advised Ladbrokes on the transformation of its data centre arrangements with Vodafone. William Underhill heads the firm’s telecoms practice.
Taylor Wessing LLP acts for Visa, Spotify, Associated Newspapers, DC Thomson, KPMG and China Telecom. The firm has a particular focus on advising start-ups and North American companies establishing their operations in Europe. Chris Jeffery manages the practice area and is recommended alongside Graham Hann and Sian Skelton. Tracey Sheehan joined Dentons in October 2015.
Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta leads Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘responsive, efficient and well-resourced’ team, and has handled outsourcing transactions for a number of high-profile clients. Highlights included advising Tate & Lyle on IT aspects of the re-alignment of a joint venture company, and assisting Diageo with its exit from South African and Namibian joint ventures.
Lawyers at Allen & Overy LLP ‘know the telecoms industry inside out and provide commercial, practical and well-informed advice’. ‘Knowledgeable and willing’ practice head Tom Levine acted for VimpelCom on the formation of a joint venture with CK Hutchinson, and advised IHS on the acquisition of several thousand mobile network towers across Rwanda, Zambia and Nigeria. Senior associate Andrew Kenning is ‘technically excellent, strong under pressure and very nice to work with’. Other clients include Huawei, Samsung and EE.
Michael Ryan heads the telecoms team at Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP and advised AT&T on Latin American regulatory aspects of DIRECTV. Litigation lawyer Michael Bywell, who joined from Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in February 2016, is ‘intelligent, thoughtful and pleasant to work with’.
Ashurst has ‘a strong team, with good leaders and excellent market knowledge’, and which was strengthened by the arrival of Nick Elverston and Amanda Hale from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in March 2016 and the arrival of David Futter from Addleshaw Goddard LLP in April that year. Mark Lubbock advised Softcat on its IPO, and the ‘insightful and pragmatic’ Christopher Bates acted for China General Nuclear Power Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services and Merlin Entertainments.
Browne Jacobson LLP attracts praise for its ‘extremely high levels of business acumen and industry knowledge’. The ‘charming, attentive and unflappable’ Anthony Nagle acts for Hiscox as well as the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Audit Office and several other government departments.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s TMT department is headed by Mark Bailey and Mark Howard and is ‘a pleasure to work with’. Howard advised IT Lab on the acquisition of IT provider JMC, and Bailey acted for Lombard and Harrods. Other highlights included advising the government of The Bahamas on its search for a second mobile cellular operator.
At Clifford Chance LLP, TMT practice head Joachim Fleury and competition and regulatory lawyer Jenine Hulsmann advised Deutsche Telekom on the £12.5bn sale of EE to BT. Fleury also advised media and telecoms groups on joint ventures to develop online classifieds platforms.
Eversheds LLP is ‘really strong on IT and fantastic on telecoms’. Simon Gamlin heads the IT Team and Simon Cloke, who became a partner in May 2016, heads the telecoms team. Clients include EDF, Dimension Data, Nationwide Building Society and Vodafone.
Halebury is noted for its ‘excellent service and extremely valuable market knowledge and business acumen’. Key figures in the firm, which acts for BT, Sky, Ericsson and National Grid, include chair Janvi Patel, CEO Denise Nurse, and ‘pragmatic, professional and collaborative’ consultant Simon Phillips, who joined from Bird & Bird LLP in September 2015. Also recommended are Ed Rea and Delphine Power, who ‘handle difficult negotiations admirably’.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s department is led by Sarah Turner and consultant Quentin Archer, and provides ‘strong business and technical knowledge and excellent response times’. Archer advised Telecity on the roll out of a platform that connects cloud customers with cloud service providers, and assisted SABMiller with its outsourcing arrangements with Genpact. Vodafone, Xerox and VocaLink are also clients.
Key figures at King & Wood Mallesons include Andrew Shindler and Jeremy Schrire, who head the commerce and technology department, and James Walsh, who handles commercial deals, infrastructure projects and regulatory matters. The firm acts for Sky, Ladbrokes, Teléfonica UK and the Department of Culture, Media & Sport.
Highlights for Latham & Watkins included advising Home Credit International on the formation of a joint venture with US telecoms company Sprint, and assisting a consortium of investment banks with the formation of a data management utility. Gail Crawford chairs the practice, which includes Andrew Moyle and Martin Cotterill, and counsel Ulrich Wuermeling, who relocated from Frankfurt to London in January 2016.
At Mayer Brown International LLP, Mark Prinsley heads the IP & IT and outsourcing groups and Peter Dickinson heads the telecoms practice. Prinsley advised HSBC and Deutsche Bank on the formation of a not-for-profit open-source software foundation, and Dickinson’s highlights included assisting The Kraft Heinz Company with its deal with Accenture to provide business process and back office services across a range of jurisdictions.
Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP acted for AIG in a number of projects, advised payment network Universal Air Travel Plan on regulatory issues, and assisted Danish IT services provider NNIT with the negotiation of IT services arrangements in the UK. Other clients include Novartis, Moody’s and Formula E. Practice head Alistair Maughan and of counsel Susan McLean are recommended.
Key figures at Osborne Clarke include commercial outsourcing and IT specialist John Buyers and commercial lawyer Simon Rendell, who has acted for EE, Vodafone and Facebook.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s ‘responsive and proactive’ team acted for Fujitsu in the renegotiation of its Aspire agreement with HMRC. Other clients include Sumitomo, GlaxoSmithKline and Direct Line Group. Tim Wright heads the department, which includes Mike Pierides.
The ‘always quick and insightful’ PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP recruited Juan Crosby from CMS in October 2015; he joins a team that includes Latika Sharma and acts for clients including Bupa and Kobalt.
At RPC, commercial technology head Mark Crichard advises IT and BPO service provider eClerx on all its contracts globally, and IP head Jeremy Drew is representing The National Trust in a Technology and Construction Court claim against IBM. Other clients include Betfair, the Daily Mail General Trust and King’s College Hospital. Anna Cook joined Bristows LLP in January 2016.
Radiant Law’s practice is led by Andrew Sutherland, who regularly acts for Thomas Cook. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, Sky, and London Stock Exchange Group.
Reed Smith LLP’s practice is led by Cynthia O’Donoghue, who advises software developer PerfTech on its web and mobile technology framework. ‘Excellent practitioner’ Angus Finnegan (who ‘combines pragmatism with a great depth of experience’) advised OTE on a data centre outsourcing agreement with The Coca-Cola Company. Sakil Suleman handles technology transactions. Channel 4, Sky, and Bayer are also clients.
At Squire Patton Boggs, Ann LaFrance and Andrew Wilkinson are the EMEA coordinating partners responsible for communications law and IP and technology, respectively. The practice assists some of the world’s largest technology companies with regulatory matters and transactions, and frequently advises clients on a multi-jurisdictional basis. Cable Bahamas and the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda are clients.
Highlights for Stephenson Harwood included advising Barclays Bank on the use of biometrics and assisting Ryanair with various IT and software agreements. Dan Holland and Jonathan Kirsop are recommended.
TLT handles high-value procurement transactions for clients including Imperial Tobacco, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, the Co-operative Group and EDF Energy. Bristol-based practice head James Touzel and Manchester-based David Gardner are recommended.
Technology Law Alliance has ‘an extremely responsive, smart and personable team that provides well-judged advice’ to clients including BMO Global Asset Management, Hitachi Data Systems and Crest Nicholson. Gavin Wakefield and the ‘knowledgeable’ Jeremy Newton are recommended.
Waterfront Solicitors LLP ‘combines a high level of sector experience with exceptional responsiveness’. Practice head Alison Berryman ‘has deep expertise in all aspects of the software business’. The ‘willing and able’ Jean-Marc Pettigrew became a partner in April 2015. Clients include London & Partners, Quartet Financial Systems and Valtech. Carole Hailey left in April 2015.
Wiggin LLP’s ‘responsive, commercial and knowledgeable’ team is led by David Naylor and Shaun Lowde, who is ‘pragmatic, insightful and a pleasure to work with’. The firm advised Lebara on the launch of its TV service and assisted clients with numerous outsourcing and infrastructure matters.
The ‘very knowledgeable and flexible’ Claire Coleman heads Bond Dickinson LLP’s delivers ‘fantastic and responsive’ technology, media and communications team in London. She acted alongside the ‘excellent’ Andrew Scott for Atom Bank in its IT mobilisation. Emma Wright moved to Kemp Little LLP in June 2016.
Cooley (UK) LLP established its London office in 2015, recruiting key technology specialist Chris Coulter and his team from Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP. The firm has attracted a number of key instructions from clients including Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group, Warner Music International and Fox.
Covington & Burling LLP is ‘a fantastic firm that demonstrates great responsiveness and industry expertise’. Regulatory matters and data protection are particular strengths. Lisa Peets heads the practice, which includes Daniel Pavin.
DMH Stallard LLP’s Anthony Lee advises law firms and other professional services organisations on their IT outsourcing contracts as well as acting for technology companies such as Adbrain and Perfect Data.
Highlights for Edwin Coe LLP’s Nick Phillips included advising Babylon Healthcare Services, the makers of a personal healthcare app, on its partnership with Bupa. Other clients include the Association of Accounting Technicians and Design UK.
Harbottle & Lewis LLP is ‘always quick to respond and provides practical, business-oriented advice’. Daniel Tozer is head of technology and Tony Ballard is head of telecoms. Clients include Telenor Satellite, Virgin Group and Microsoft.
At the ‘excellent’ Kemp IT Law, Richard Kemp shows ‘outstanding depth and breadth of knowledge’. Clients include Microsoft, Thomson Reuters and SITA.
Lewis Silkin LLP’s practice is led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable and personable’ James Gill and the ‘enthusiastic’ Simon Morrissey. The firm acts for House of Fraser, Bacardi, and the Association of Online Publishers.
Kevin Calder heads Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘unfailingly outstanding’ IT department, and advised the Security Industry Authority on the development of a new online licence management application system. Peter Wainman’s highlights included advising the University of Kingston on a procurement contract.
At Norton Rose Fulbright, Mike Rebeiro ‘has tremendous industry experience and is a top-flight negotiator’. He leads a practice that advises Accenture, BNP Paribas, Orange and Standard Chartered on contentious and non-contentious matters.
Lawyers at Preiskel & Co LLP are ‘responsive, flexible and pleasant to work with’. Managing partner Ronnie Preiskel ‘brings an understated brilliance and considerable industry experience to commercial negotiations’. The specialist firm advised the Government of the Falkland Islands on changes to its telecoms regulatory regime, and also acts for Hong Kong Telecom.
At Shepherd and Wedderburn, the ‘particularly impressive’ Gordon Moir heads the IT and telecoms practice, which acts for clients including BT, AT&T, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Moir advised the EBRD on the Cypriot telecoms regulatory regime.
Travers Smith LLP acted for Caffè Nero on the acquisition of a cloud-based electronic point of sale system and assisted Pret a Manger with the procurement of an e-commerce web platform. Group head Dan Reavill ‘provides excellent commercial advice’ and senior associate Louisa Chambers is ‘responsive, hardworking and friendly’.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP ‘has a strong, responsive team with a lot of experience’. Riccardo Abbate and Adrian Jones ‘give practical advice in a comprehensible way’. Highlights included advising the National Bank of Dubai on a deal with BT.
Specialist commercial firm Wallace LLP advised the Copyright Licensing Agency on the development of a digital content store, and acts for a number of software companies. Practice head Frank Jennings is ‘a leading expert in cloud contracts’.
Highlights for David Eisenberg’s team at White & Case LLP included advising VimpelCom on its acquisition of Wand Telecom. The firm also acted for Helios Towers Nigeria on its proposed IPO and listing on the LSE.