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  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals: Information technology
  4. Leading individuals: Telecoms
  5. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals: Information technology

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    • Roger Bickerstaff - Bird & Bird LLP
    • Laurence Jacobs - Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
    • Richard Kemp - Kemp IT Law
    • Robert Shooter - Fieldfisher

Leading individuals: Telecoms

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Next generation lawyers

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Baker McKenzie’s team has ‘great industry knowledge’ and ‘a client-focused attitude’, and focuses on contentious and non-contentious matters. It acts for high-profile clients, including Three UK, and Emerson Electric. ‘Exceptionally talented’ practice head Steve Holmes is ‘quick to turn things around’ and ‘provides true strategic value-added advice’; he primarily handles transactions, and has particular expertise in cloud, licensing and systems integration. Recent work includes assisting Tesco Mobile with the outsourcing of its call centres to Capita, and advising several clients on the provision of VoIP services. Harry Small is highly regarded for his work on technology and outsourcing contracts, and acts for clients including Oracle and UBS. Ben Allgrove works across a number of different areas, but is best known for his work on copyright matters, Duncan Reid-Thomas focuses on commercial contracts and business process outsourcing, and David Halliday handles contentious issues relating to technology projects and outsourcing. Senior associates Charlotte Harrington and Nick Wloch are experienced in advising on IT and commercial agreements.

Bird & Bird LLP’s team is ‘very responsive’ and has ‘sound industry knowledge’. Practice head Graeme Maguire, who is highly regarded for his work in technology and outsourcing, is also ‘well-versed in telecoms matters’, and recently advised BroadSoft on telecoms-related regulatory issues. Roger Bickerstaff specialises in technology and EU procurement law, and recently advised JDA Software on licensing and technology-related disputes. Christian Bartsch focuses fintech, open source and open data, among other areas. Graham Smith has significant experience in internet and cyber law. Transactional lawyer James Mullock is noted for his expertise in data protection and cyber law. Commercial lawyer Ian Edwards, who stands out for his technology, outsourcing and communications expertise, advised Oxford University Press on a global IT outsourcing deal with Cognizant. Outsourcing agreements expert Jonathan Emmanuel stands out for his ‘sound knowledge’ and ‘business acumen’. Satellite specialist Joanne Wheeler recently advised Effective Space Solutions, which provides life extension services to satellite operators, on regulatory issues.

Bristows LLP handles a range of matters in the IT and telecoms space, and acts for clients including IBM, Capgemini and Sony. Toby Crick, who focuses on technology, communications and outsourcing matters, and commercial IT head Mark Watts, who is an expert on IT, outsourcing and data protection matters, are advising Bupa on its ongoing digital transformation strategy. Myles Jelf has core strengths in telecoms technology litigation, he defended Google and Samsung in a high-profile dispute with Unwired Planet pertaining to alleged patent infringement. Adrian Sim specialises in multi-jurisdictional deals, frequently advising Capgemini. Anna Cook, who recently made partner, is a key name for complex IT litigation. Robert Bond is an expert in data protection matters and Kevin Appleton leads the commercial disputes group and has a strong track record in IT-related litigation.

CMS’ recent merger with Olswang LLP and Nabarro LLP has significantly strengthened its IT and telecoms offering. The team is ‘always prompt in its turn-around times’ and has ‘a great ability to listen to its clients and tailor its resourcing to meet the needs of its client’. Recent work includes advising HP on its purchase of Samsung’s printing business. Communications law expert Chris Watson is head of the TMC group and John Armstrong heads the IT practice and is highly regarded for his expertise in business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology outsourcing (ITO) transactions. Commercial contracts specialist Emma Burnett is someone ‘who you will also see in the trenches with you when the negotiations are underway’. Clive Gringras handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients including Microsoft, Facebook and Airbnb, and Selina Potter focuses on media technology and digital distribution matters. Anthony Waller and Dominic Dryden are best known for their work on technology-related transactions. Other clients include , BT, Orange, the National Grid, the Post Office, VimpelCom and Lloyds Bank.

DLA Piper’s team handles the full spectrum of work in this space, and acts for clients including Samsung and Cisco. Kit Burden, who is the head of the firm’s international technology and sourcing group, is a key name for technology transactions and has considerable experience working with clients in the financial services sector. Telecoms expert Mike Conradi has core strengths in outsourcing contracts, and recently advised VimpelCom on outsourcing the management of a mobile network in Russia.Anthony Day is best known for his work on large-scale software licensing, data analytics and systems implementation arrangements. Cloud computing specialist Mark O’Conor has worked with clients including Bank of America and JP Morgan.

Dentons’ practice is ‘responsive’ and ‘easy to work with’. Andy Lucas is head of the technology, media and telecoms department, and is particularly known for his advice on public sector IT procurements. He recently assisted the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs with a complex ICT outsourcing programme. Dan Burge heads the TMT sector group, and has a strong reputation for his work on technology transactions and sourcing projects in the retail, financial services and energy sectors. Recent work of his includes advising Home Retail Group on a major outsourcing contract with Wipro. Data processing expert Scott Singer is ‘a good person to pick up the phone to on difficult issues on IT contracts’, and has recently handled technology projects for Sainsbury’s and Royal Mail. Martin Fanning is highly regarded for his work on technology projects, where clients include Virgin Atlantic and IntraLinks. Jan Willem van den Bos, who heads the telecoms group, recently advised the West Indian Ocean Cable Company on The Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System. He also advised Gulf Bridge International on a major sub-sea cable telecoms network connectivity project. Other clients include Argos and Homebase.

Fieldfisher has a highly regarded practice. Robert Shooter heads the technology, outsourcing and privacy group, and is highly regarded for his work on large-scale procurements and outsourcings; he recently advised Vodafone on the launch of its Cloudstore product. Simon Briskman, who specialises in outsourcing, technology and telecoms matters, advised Philip Morris International on network outsourcing in Indonesia. James Buckingham is a key name for technology and communications matters, and has advised various government departments. Paul Graham, who is a specialist in commercial and regulatory issues, advised Three on several deals with mobile virtual network operators and various bulk messaging operators. John Worthy has core strengths in outsourcing and international projects, and also heads the firm’s satellite and space projects team. Phil Lee has particular experience advising on European data protection laws, and international data governance and Antonis Patrikios heads the firm’s cyber security law practice. Director John Brunning has experience in outsourcing, procurement and acquisitions. Deutsche Bank, the BBC and Samsung are also clients.

The ‘excellent’ team at Kemp Little LLP provides ‘outstanding service’ and ‘innovative solutions’. Head of commercial technology Calum Murray handled various matters for online luxury clothing retail platform Farfetch. Emma Wright focuses on telecoms and cybersecurity, and works with B2B and B2C telecoms companies on their customer and wholesale arrangements, as well as assisting other infrastructure providers. Andrew Joint, who has core strengths in cloud technology, complex technology contracting and transformational IT systems, recently advised Accenture on multiple IT deals. Paul O’Hare heads the firm’s outsourcing practice, and recently advised Dealogic on a master services agreement with Masergy regarding global data and video network services and managed IT services. Other key figures include Paul Hinton, who heads the firm’s financial services practice, and fintech specialist Chris Hill. Accenture, Expedia and Principality Building Society are also clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team provides ‘first-class’ advice, and its impressive client roster includes Fujitsu and Transport for London. Simon Colvin, who is the global head of the firm’s TMT practice, is noted for his transactional expertise, particularly in the public sector. Head of telecoms Diane Mullenex, who is ‘always at the forefront of industry developments’, is advising BT’s Middle East operations on telecoms, ICT and regulatory matters. She also assisted the Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar with drafting a decision and order against Qatar’s incumbent telecoms operator Ooredoo. David Isaac is global head of the firm’s advanced manufacturing and technology sector, and recently advised Transport for London on its surface intelligent transport system programme. Angus McFadyen focuses on financial services technology, and acts for clients including Aviva, Aegon, AXA and Tesco Bank. Technology disputes specialist Ian Birdsey was recently made partner and David McIlwaine handles contentious matters in the TMT sector. Senior associate Anthony Fielding, who is ‘extremely responsive’, ‘personable’ and ‘articulate’, is an expert in technology and telecoms deals, particularly in the Middle East. Legal director Chris Breen specialises in IT disputes and is ‘dedicated’ and ‘extremely thorough’.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s impressive client list includes Tesco, the National Grid, The Co-operative Bank and Barclays. IT and outsourcing specialist Mark Lewis, who heads the practice, recently advised Retirement Advantage on a complex outsourcing arrangement with Equiniti. Usman Wahid, who focuses on business critical IT outsourcing programmes. Marcus Pearl has expertise in outsourcing and technology transactions; he advised PRS for Music and Phonographic Performance on the creation of a joint venture that will focus on serving all PRS for Music and PPL UK public performance licensing customers through a single company. Ian De Freitas heads the firm’s data practice and IT and outsourcing litigation team; his clients include Tata Consulting, T-Systems and Cisco.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s group is highly regarded for its ‘business acumen’ and provides ‘creative suggestions which help keep a deal to often tight timetables’. Praised for his ‘tough but personable’ approach, Nick Pantlin heads the firm’s technology sector group and the UK and European IT and outsourcing practice. He led a team assisting TSB Bank and Banco Sabadell on a complex project pertaining to the migration of TSB’s IT services to a new platform provided by Sabadell Information Systems. Nicholas Moore heads the TMT M&A practice, and recently advised Telefónica on its proposed disposal of O2. Mark Robinson handles telecoms-related matters, and has particular expertise in emerging markets. David Coulling, who is an expert on telecoms issues, is ‘effortlessly efficient’. Of counsel Aaron White, who is a key name for telecoms transactions, was a new arrival from Ashurst. Sky and the Ministry of Defence are also clients.

The ‘excellent’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is praised for its ‘industry knowledge’ and ‘business acumen’. Peter Watts, who is co-global head of the TMT practice, has ‘a commercial’ and ‘pragmatic’ approach. He recently advised Sepura on refinancing and capital restructuring. Don McGown has expertise in M&A and restructuring in the telecoms sector and consultant Quentin Archer is an expert in IT law, primarily handling transactions. John Salmon, who is highly regarded for acting for financial services sector clients, provided strategic and regulatory advice to Open Banking. Counsel Susan McKiernan specialises in IT contracts. Charlie Hawes joined Clifford Chance in 2017.

Linklaters LLP’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘very good response times’ and has ‘good business and industry knowledge’. Richard Cumbley has core strengths in commercial and regulatory IP matters. He recently advised UBS on a private virtual currency used to settle financial transactions. Julian Cunningham-Day is best known for handling IT procurement, outsourcing and offshoring issues. John Crozier is an expert on outsourcing and commercial transactions; Marly Didizian specialises in outsourcing and commercial IT agreements; and Georgina Kon has experience in commercial and regulatory IT issues. Other clients include BT and Sainsbury’s.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP provides a ‘Rolls-Royce service’, and acts for clients including AstraZeneca and Barclays. Laurence Jacobs, who is head of the firm’s IT practice, advised T-Systems, part of Deutsche Telecom, on several telecom and network services agreements. Sean Keaton is known for his work on transactions and IT renegotiations. Julian Stait and Tom Canning are highly regarded for disputes in the IT sector. John Dewar and Sean Keaton jointly head the telecoms practice. Dewar advised O3b Networks and SES on the refinancing of O3b’s senior and junior project finance facilities and assisted O3b with its acquisition by SES. Joel Harrison has particular expertise in data protection and information security, and recently advised the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation on SNOMED, the global standard for healthcare IT.

The ‘excellent’ team at Osborne Clarke LLP acts for clients including Vodafone and KPMG. Mark Taylor and John Buyers, who has ‘a robust approach’, specialise in commercial outsourcing and IT. Buyers advised Vodafone on outsourcing projects relating to its HR and Enterprise IT services, and assisted Micro Focus with international software licenses and IT implementation agreements. Jon Fell heads the telecoms team and has notable expertise in commercial transactions; he serves as the firm’s relationship partner with EE. Consultant Simon Rendell is a key name for mobile payments and cyber security matters, and Marcus Vass has a particular focus on Asia and significant experience in outsourcing and data protection. Senior associate Ian McKenzie handles non-contentious IT and technology matters. Will Roberston, who specialises in IT outsourcing and procurement, was a new arrival from Bond Dickinson LLP and Nina Cummins re-joined the firm from an in-house position at Facebook.

Simmons & Simmons has ‘deep industry knowledge’ and ‘good communication’ skills. Tom Wheadon heads the ICT group and Alexander Brown heads the global TMT team and is highly regarded for his work on outsourcing and commercial ICT contracts. James Cotter is a key name for transactions in the telecoms sector; he recently advised Telefónica on the government’s smart meter implementation programme, and assisted SAGE with its procurement transformation project. Hinal Patel has expertise in technology transactions, and is ‘absolutely unflappable in negotiations’. Angus McLean is noted for transactional matters in the fintech sector. Associate Joanna Amess is ‘a perfectionist’ who is ‘very detail oriented’. Samsung and Virgin Media are also clients.

Slaughter and May’s ‘excellent’ and ‘very commercial’ team acts for clients including Ericsson and CSR. Rob Sumroy heads the technology and outsourcing team, and has core strengths in the fintech sector. He recently advised Ericsson on its recent digital transformation deal with VimpelCom, and assisted DPactum with a project that involves smart contracts utilising block chain technology. David Ives, who is an expert in fintech, digital, data, outsourcing and software matters, advised Carillion on its contract with Wipro concerning a facilities management IT solution. Cathy Connolly handles licensing arrangements and IT-focused transactions; Roland Turnill, who heads the telecoms practice, has expertise in public takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals; and competition practice head Philippe Chappatte handles the competition aspects of telecoms disputes.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘frequent contact at partner level’. Chris Jeffery heads the IT, telecoms and competition group, and has particular expertise working with US firms looking to expand into Europe. Head of the communications practice, Angus Finnegan, has significant experience in transactions and regulatory issues; he advised Globetouch on its international expansion. Graham Hann has a key focus on online business models and emerging technologies; he acted for Magic Pony Technology prior to the client’s acquisition by Twitter. Siân Skelton handles commercial contracts and data protection. Other key figures include Glyn Morgan who is an expert on commercial and regulatory matters, and outsourcing expert Martin Cotterill.

Addleshaw Goddard’s team has ‘good industry knowledge’ and provides a ‘range of commercial options’. Outsourcing specialist Michael Lowry heads the practice. Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta has expertise in IT and outsourcing transactions, particularly in the financial services, public sector and retail sectors. Fiona Ghosh is handles outsourcing matters predominantly in the banking and insurance sectors. Managing associates Jenny Te and Robert Garwood both have experience in IT and outsourcing matters. David Futter joined Ashurst.

Allen & Overy LLP’s team provides ‘comprehensive’ advice and has ‘a good understanding of industry matters’. The firm’s telecoms practice has a strong reputation for its transactional expertise, where it acts for clients including Telenor, VimpelCom and Deutsche Telekom. Tom Levine heads the firm’s global telecoms sector group and has worked on telecoms projects in multiple jurisdictions and Jim Ford specialises in non-contentious IT matters. Simon Toms, who focuses on technology transactions, assisted HP with the sale of its market optimisation business to OpenText Corporation. Nigel Parker, who is an expert in data protection and commercial contracts issues, is ‘responsive’ and ‘quick to understand issues’. Parker advised interdealer broker Tullett Prebon on its combination with ICAP. Charles Buckworth joined RPC.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s team is headed by Rob Bratby following his recent arrival from Olswang LLP. Bratby is highly regarded for handling corporate and regulatory matters in multiple jurisdictions, and recently served as global regulatory counsel to AT&T on its purchase of Time Warner. Richard Dickinson advises on commercial contracts in the telecoms and IT sectors. The ‘intelligent’ Michael Bywell, who primarily handles contractual disputes in the technology and telecoms sectors, has ‘extremely sound judgement’. Tata Communications is also a client.

Ashurst’s team acts for clients including BP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Nick Elverston, who heads the digital economy group, stands out for his ‘understanding of the impact of the latest trends’. He recently advised Telefónica UK on its tender for one of the lots in the Home Office’s emergency services mobile communications project. Amanda Hale, who specialises in telecoms law and stands out for her ‘grasp of the details’, assisted Virgin Media with a wholesale supply arrangement for its mobile virtual network operator business. David Futter, who was a recent arrival from Addleshaw Goddard, is best known for his expertise in fintech and digital payments matters and provides ‘exceptional advice and service’. Christopher Bates is an expert on technology and outsourcing matters, and Mark Lubbock handles contentious and non-contentious issues.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s clients include Hiscox and the National Trust. Anthony Nagle, who co-heads the practice, acts for clients in the financial services, insurance and public sectors. He assisted the Crown Prosecution Service with the break-up of major parts of an existing large-scale complex IT services contract with CGI. Associate Joe O’Callaghan, who was previously senior counsel at Burberry, has notable expertise in the retail sector, advising on technology-related issues such as data protection and cyber security.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s ‘excellent’ group provides a service that ‘feels like an extension of an in-house’ team. TMT co-head Mark Bailey has notable expertise in IT-related contracts and a particular focus on the financial services sector. Fellow TMT co-head Mark Howard focuses on corporate transactions, cloud computing and managed services. Mark Moncreiffe, who is head of communications, has considerable expertise handling cross-border transactions. Paul Stone, who is a specialist in EU and UK competition law, acted for Gamma Telecom in a dispute with BT over ported calls. Litigator John Sykes focuses on the technology sector, and senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins handles commercial IT matters. Other clients include Carrenza, Lombard Group and Westfield.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for clients including HSBC and De Beers. IT practice head Simon Gamlin is best known for advising on system development transactions, ERP projects, system integrator matters and complex software licensing. He advised Oxygen Finance on its contracts with local authorities. Craig Rogers, who specialises in cross-border IT and outsourcing arrangements, advised the Energy Networks Association on the launch of the new three-digit emergency number for power outages. Head of the telecoms team Simon Cloke stands out for his commercial and regulatory advice. Other highlights include advising Vodafone on the transition of certain business critical services from a managed hosting environment to a co-location based service for Vodafone’s client Ladbrokes. Other clients include Nokia and Nationwide Building Society.

The ‘excellent’ and ‘very client-focused’ team at Halebury stands out for its ‘depth of knowledge’ on outsourcing matters, as well its ‘general business acumen’. BT, Sky and Virgin Media are clients. Janvi Patel and Denise Nurse jointly head the practice. Consultant Polly Grieff handles domestic and international matters. Consultant Richard Dalby assisted with a contracts management system project. Edward Rea is an expert in drafting, reviewing and negotiating technology-related contracts. Simon Phillips left the firm in March 2017 for an in-house position at National Grid.

Jones Day’s practice handles contentious and non-contentious technology matters. Jonathan Little has expertise in outsourcing deals, telecoms transactions, and network service arrangements. Elizabeth Robertson is an expert in technology transactions, and has significant experience in software licensing matters. Rhys Thomas specialises in litigation.

Latham & Watkins has a particular focus on cross-border mandates, and also has significant presence in the financial services sector. Clients include Aviva and Credit Suisse. Team head Andrew Moyle is highly regarded for outsourcing, strategic sourcing functions and transformation initiatives. He recently advised a medical device manufacturer on extending its finance and accounting services agreement with Genpact International. Gail Crawford is the chair of the firm’s data privacy committee and co-chair of the technology transactions group and the internet and digital media industry group. She recently advised VimpelCom on the development of its digital platform Veon. Senior associate Fiona Maclean, who has experience in multi-jurisdictional IT, outsourcing and business processing transactions, advised Credit Suisse on its venture with Palantir Technologies, Signac, which will use software to assist financial institutions with identifying unauthorised trading and fraudulent activity. Senior associate Christian McDermott assists with large-scale outsourcings, complex technology transactions and payment infrastructure systems.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s team provides ‘an excellent quality of service’ and stands out for its ‘depth and quality’. It acts for clients including HSBC, PwC and Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The group is best known for handling contentious and non-contentious matters in IT and outsourcing. Practice head Mark Prinsley has ‘excellent industry experience’ and is a ‘robust but balanced negotiator’. Oliver Yaros, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is an expert in IT outsourcing and procurement. Andrew Stewart specialises in complex commercial transactions. Senior associates Katherine Woods and Megan Paul are also noted; Woods focuses on corporate matters in the IT and telecoms sector and Paul is experience in transactional and corporate work in the telecoms sector.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP’s ‘incredible’ team is ‘highly responsive’, provides ‘a high level of guidance and counsel’, is ‘very pragmatic’ and ‘reasonable in its contract negotiations’. Clients include SoftBank, AIG Europe and Novartis. Practice head Alistair Maughan has a strong track record advising on commercial contracts and technology-based projects. His recent highlights include advising UPS on technology contract and compliance issues in the UK and across Europe; handling the implementation of a flexible benefits platform for insurer Police Mutual; and assisting video game development platform specialists Unity with its UK data centre arrangements. Of counsel Sue McLean has experience in outsourcing, cloud computing and technology procurement matters.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s practice head Tim Wright has particular expertise in IT procurement and outsourcing, cloud computing, system implementations and software licensing. Mike Pierides, is highly regarded for his IT and business process outsourcing experience, recently advised Fujitsu on the HMRC / Aspire (now Columbus) IT services contract. Pierides also assisted Equiniti with a multi-tower IT and business process outsourcing agreement with Retirement Advantage. Samuel Pearse is an expert in complex corporate and securities transactions in the technology sector. Of counsel Steven Farmer focuses on companies wishing to expand in Europe, and of counsel Simon Lightman specialises in outsourcings and procurements.

RPC’s ‘outstanding’ team is headed by Jeremy Drew and is praised for its ‘detailed analysis'. Mark Crichard, who is head of commercial technology, has ‘a calm demeanour’; he handled key IT projects for Hachette Book Group. Senior associate Charles Buckworth, who was a new arrival from Allen & Overy LLP, focuses on commercial and outsourcing matters. Legal Directors Georgia Davis and Sarah Hill specialise in IT disputes. Legal director Philip Tansley advises insurance clients on technology-related issues; he defended cyber security consultancy Nettitude against allegations of negligent cyber security and payment card industry compliance advice. Other clients include BBC Worldwide, CGI and Daily Mail General Trust.

Reed Smith LLP’s client list includes Channel 4, BT, Sky and Microsoft. Cynthia O’Donoghue, who heads the practice, is best known for advising on technology, data, cyber and commercial law. Technology transactions specialist Sakil Suleman focuses on IT outsourcing, software development and licensing, and cloud computing. Gregor Pryor is known for his work in the media sector and working with tech start-ups. Counsel Philip Thomas is a technology and outsourcing specialist. Sachin Premnath, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is an expert in content and technology issues. Senior associate Louise Berg specialises in disputes in the technology sector.

Squire Patton Boggs’ practice has a particularly international focus, and acts for clients including Cable Bahamas and the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda. Ann LaFrance, heads the European and Middle East communications law practice, recently assisted a cable company headquartered in the UK with an indefeasible right of use agreement matter, and advised on an international regulatory analysis for a development consortium pertaining to the creation of a digital hub for data centres. Andrew Wilkinson heads the European commercial IP and IT group. Digital communications specialist Francesco Liberatore joined the firm from Jones Day in 2016; he recently advised a private equity company on the regulatory aspects pertaining to the possible acquisition of an African telecoms company, and assisted TrueLayer with the creation of an online banking aggregation platform.

Stephenson Harwood has a broad IT practice, but core strengths in areas including outsourcing, software licensing and data protection. Jonathan Kirsop is a key name for advising on IT framework agreements, software development and mobile apps and Dan Holland has significant experience in the outsourcing of IT and BPO services; the duo jointly head the team. Senior associate Naomi Leach advises clients in multifarious sectors on IT-related transactions. The team has particular expertise advising on projects connected to Iran: it recently advised Melli Bank on the drafting of standard form BPO and IT services agreement, and assisted Persia International Bank with the procurement and implementation of core IT banking systems. Other highlights include advising on the procurement of IT software and support services for EasyHotel, and acting for Ryanair on an agreement for the provision of a tailored software system to manage the training records of pilots.

TLT’s practice is headed James Touzel, who recently advised C. & J. Clark on an e-commerce platform with Accenture. Daniel Lloyd, who is able to draw on his previous experience in-house with BT, and associate Juliet Mason, who specialises in IT transactions, are also noted. Sainsbury’s, the Metropolitan Police Service and Merlin Entertainments are also clients.

Technology Law Alliance’s ‘pragmatic’ team provides ‘an exemplary’ service and has ‘a wealth of industry knowledge’. The ‘outstandingJeremy Newtonunderstands technology’ and, according to one client, is ‘somebody you would like to be by your side in a negotiation’. Newton advised Grafton Group on a major contract with Six Degrees Group regarding WAN and internet connectivity managed services, and assisted BMO Global Asset Management with several contracts with IT and data suppliers. Gavin Wakefield advised Capgemini on the legal and contractual aspects of the aspire replacement programme, and acted for Broadridge Financial Solutions on software contracts with several financial institutions. Shazanna Safdar-Karim was recently made partner. Hitachi Data Systems is also a client.

Waterfront Solicitors LLP’s team provides ‘considered’, ‘focused’ and ‘professional’ advice. Practice head Alison Berryman is a key name for commercial contracts relating to the supply or procurement of technology, and recently advised healthcare technology company Caradigm on public procurement deals and compliance. The ‘pragmaticJean-Marc Pettigrew, who is an expert in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, assisted London & Partners with the technology and itinerary for the and websites. David Newton has experience in IT-related contractual and regulatory legal issues. Racing Post is also a client.

Wiggin LLP’s impressive client list includes Disney, Lebara and PokerStars. Shaun Lowde, who has a particular focus on technology acquisitions, protection and licensing matters. David Naylor, who jointly heads the team with Lowde, has considerable experience acting for clients in the technology, media and communications sectors. David McLeish has significant experience in the gambling sector; he advised Playtech on the acquisition of Swedish game studio Quickspin, and handled William Hill’s purchase of Grand Parade. Ciaran Hickey, who focuses on corporate transactions in the technology sector, is also noted.

Blake Morgan LLP’s team provides ‘excellent response times’ and ‘appropriate advice’. It has a strong reputation for its work in the financial services sector, where it advises on technology procurement, data privacy and outsourcing, among other matters. Practice head Simon Stokes has a strong skillset in outsourcing and cloud services. Legal director Chris Williams, who recently joined the firm from Russell-Cooke LLP, specialises in IT disputes. Solicitor Charles Mallows has experience in IT outsourcing and data protection.

Bond Dickinson LLP is a popular choice for companies in the financial services sector, and acts for clients including AIG and TSB, but also has notable expertise in the retail and energy sectors. Alastair Mitton heads the TMC practice nationally and Claire Coleman leads the London TMC team. Highlights for Coleman included advising DS Smith on its global hosting arrangements with T-Systems, and on licensing and consulting services agreements with softcore company SAP; and assisting Mogo with ongoing advice pertaining to its authentication and verification app, including advising on arrangements with its distributor and handling financial services regulatory compliance matters.

Burges Salmon LLP’s team acts for clients including Coca-Cola, Royal London and Thomson Reuters. Practice head Andrew Dunlop advised Welsh Water on its second generation outsourcing of IT infrastructure services, and assisted The Exeter with outsourcing the operation of its technical platform to TCP. Mark Paterson has expertise in technology, infrastructure and defence matters; he recently advised the Ministry of Defence on outsourcing the build of two classes of submarines.

Clifford Chance LLP’s transactions-focused team has considerable expertise in the technology and telecoms sectors. TMT practice head Joachim Fleury is a key name for technology and communications transactions; he has historically advised Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile on the merging of their business with Orange.

Cooley (UK) LLP’s group focuses on technology transactions. Chris Coulter, who heads the team, has core strengths in technology and telecoms transactions. His recent highlights include advising NFU Mutual on outsourcing, licensing and technology procurement contracts, and assisting Ogury with a research and development arrangement and cross-border licensing pertaining to its expansion into Italy, Spain and the US. Mark Deem handles disputes pertaining to privacy, data protection and cyber-security issues. He recently advised Ciber and its UK subsidiary, Ciber UK, on a SAP software-related dispute with Sanctuary Housing. IT specialist Sarah Pearce also handles technology-related transactions. Special Counsel Brian Chadwick is experienced in the digital media, entertainment and gaming sectors. Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group and Nikon Europe are also clients.

Covington & Burling LLP is also ranked.

DAC Beachcroft LLP primarily acts for technology suppliers, and acts for clients including Crimson Tide, Solutions and Evalue. Practice head Tim Sewart advises on new technology and technology transactions, and recently advised Transversal on drafting and negotiating a contract with a major customer.Robin Fry is an expert in acting for corporate clients and public bodies in license audits undertaken by global software sellers. Fry assisted The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with a strategic deal for the hosting, development and support of a web-based service. Legal Director Prakash Kerai, who specialises in technology and data licensing deals, and Tim Sewart, advised Tandem Bank on outsourcing its digital banking and mobile platforms to Fiserv.

DMH Stallard LLP focuses on outsourcing, procurement, cloud computing and software licencing. Anthony Lee, who is an expert in outsourcing, cloud computing, data protection and data security matters, advised Locpin on complying with UK data protection laws. Lee also handled software licencing and regulatory and compliance matters for PerfectData, and assisted Underscore with its software development agreement with Maana. James Orloff has experience in IT-related commercial contracts and corporate transactions. Recent arrivals include Mark Harden, who joined from Thrings LLP and handles corporate transactions in the TMT sector.

Edwin Coe LLP’s team acts for clients including King’s Cross Central and Babylon Health. Nick Phillips has expertise in data protection, e-commerce, domain names and internet-related issues. Simon Miles, who advises on IT-related contracts and contractual and copyright infringements, assisted the Association of Accounting Technicians with its agreement with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants pertaining to the transition of IT services. Senior associate Charlie White is experienced in advising on agreements and data protection issues.

Gowling WLG’s technology team is spread across the firm’s London and Birmingham offices, and has strengths in IT and outsourcing. Clients include Marks & Spencer and the London Borough of Croydon. Sally Mewies heads the team, and has considerable experience handling technology contracts-related matters. Patrick Arben, who focuses on contentious issues in the technology sector, recently acted for Sanctuary Housing in a SAP software implementation dispute with Ciber UK. Sarah Sasse has expertise in IT and outsourcing, most notably in the public sector, and is handling a significant procurement project for the University of Leeds. Vanessa de Froberville is a data protection specialist.

HFW’s group has ‘a practical’ approach and key expertise in the insurance, logistics, shipping and aviation sectors. Anthony Woolich, who heads the practice and has ‘an accessible’, ‘practical’ and ‘business-oriented’ manner, has core strengths in software and outsourcing agreements, and data protection. Craig Neame focuses on IT outsourcing and procurement; Nick Hutton is an expert in commercial and corporate matters pertaining to technology and telecoms; and Daniel Martin is noted for his regulatory expertise, including assisting with international trade sanctions, export controls, customs and anti-corruption. Paul Wordley joined EC3 Legal

Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s team is ‘very responsive’ and ‘extremely commercial’. Practice head Daniel Tozer is an expert in complex technology transactions. His recent highlights include advising Virgin on its app-based members club Virgin Red, and handling various technology deals for Telenor. Tony Ballard, who heads the telecoms practice, has significant experience in broadcasting law. Ballard advised Route Research on contracts for the funding and commissioning of a six-year research project, and assisted Telenor Satellite with an agreement between satellite operators that would make available satellite Ka-band capacity and its integration into a lessee’s own satellite infrastructure. Senior Associate Rebecca Collard specialises in disruptive technology.

ilaw is a technology-focused boutique, which focuses on contentious and non-contentious matters, and has significant strengths in data protection and fundraising issues. Justin Ellis is an expert in technology contracts, particularly in software, outsourcing and data protection matters. Mark Culbert specialises in IT contract disputes and data protection matters. Associate Alex Hall has experience in IT and software-related disputes, and Solicitor Zoe Kelly handles IT-related contracts and corporate transactions.

Kemp IT Law’s ‘excellent’ team is ‘very responsive’ and provides ‘invaluable advice’. The ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘helpful’ Richard Kemp leads the practice. Highlights included advising consulting firm BearingPoint on the contractual issues concerning its digital ecosystem management platform Inofnova R6 SaaS, and handling CSC’s acquisition of Fixnetix, a low latency connectivity provider for financial trading. Other work includes assisting Microsoft with public sector cloud operations. Solicitor Deirdre Moynihan was a recent arrival from Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP, and focuses on IT law with a particular interest in artificial intelligence. Nooreen Ajmal joined the team in 2016.

Lewis Silkin LLP’s ‘very professional’ team has ‘strong knowledge’ in the space and ‘fast response times’. The group acts for clients including Facebook and HP. James Gill is head of the commercial and technology practice and an expert in technology-related transactions. Nathalie Moreno specialises in data protection and cyber security issues.

Michelmores LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘a practical approach’, and is ‘efficient’ and ‘flexible’. Tom Torkar is ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ and has a flexible approach. Torkar advised the Metropolitan Police Service on the procurement of a national framework for the delivery of IT solutions, and assisted Pay4Later with its contracts with the retailers that use its cloud-based platform. Associate Emily Timmins has ‘a calm approach’.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s team is highly regarded for handling public sector and healthcare technology projects, and acts for clients including the Department for Education and NHS Property Services. Kevin Calder, who leads the technology team, advised Great Ormond Street Hospital on an electronic patient record procurement, and assisted the Security Industry Authority with its key outsourcing contracts. Peter Wainman specialises in IT and data protection, with a particular emphasis on health technology. Wainman recently assisted University College London Hospitals with its digital transformation, including handling procurement issues and drafting contracts, and advises the Financial Conduct Authority on its supplier relationship with Fujitsu. Principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones is also noted.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘very knowledgeable’ team provides ‘excellent response times’ and stands out for its ‘depth’. Clients include Orange and McLaren Racing. Mike Rebeiro, who is the firm’s global head of technology and innovation, advised a global professional services firm on the global licensing of a SAP ERP system. Sean Murphy heads the firm’s technology sector group in EMEA and has particular expertise in the fintech sector; he acted for the founding shareholders of Sabio on the sale of the business. Oliver Stacey, who is a key name for technology and telecoms transactions, advised Orange on the sale of its interest in EE to BT. Mark Simpson, who is a specialist in antitrust and competition matters and specialises in the telecoms sector; acted for Vodafone in dispute pertaining to a claim brought against the suppliers of smart chips.

Preiskel & Co LLP’s ‘very smart and friendly team’ provides ‘an excellent level of service’. Practice head Daniel Preiskel and Ronnie Preiskel handle commercial and regulatory matters in the telecoms sector and are praised for their ‘attention to detail’. Highlights included advising the Government of the Falkland Islands on revamping its regulatory regime. Tim Cowen, who is an expert in competition and telecom regulatory matters, is representing CityFibre in a dispute with Ofcom pertaining to the latter’s dark fibre pricing. Jose Saras has experience in telecoms, technology and data protection law.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s practice head Juan Crosby has particular expertise in ICT and business process sourcing arrangements, and is also highly regarded for his expertise in areas including enterprise software licensing, open-source software and e-commerce. James Castro-Edwards joined the firm from Wedlake Bell LLP.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s team acts for clients including BT, Vodafone and AT&T. Gordon Moir focuses on regulatory and anti-trust support issues; he is acting for the European Competitive Telecommunications Association in defending a challenge brought by Orange Polska pertaining to a substantial fine imposed for abuse of dominance. Paul Carlyle heads the media and technology team. Joanna Boag-Thomson, who has significant experience in outsourcing matters, advised Skills Development Scotland on the procurement options pertaining to its multi-sourced IT/IS solution, and assisted VServ with a virtual betting services agreement with Vermantia concerning a virtual football game. John MacKenzie has significant experience in commercial litigation in the IT sector.

Stevens & Bolton LLP’s practice head Beverley Whittaker, who has significant experience in IT contracts, and Gary Parnell, who is an expert in IT and outsourcing matters, advised on hosting, maintenance and data sharing issues for TGI Fridays. Whitaker also assisted Land Securities with its IT procurement requirements and Parnell advised the UK Medicines Verification Organisation on the appointment of an IT supplier. Beverley Flynn has notable expertise in IT supply and procurement contracts. Samsung is also a client.

Travers Smith LLP’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘fast’ and ‘accurate’ advice, and acts for clients including Orange, the Trainline and Ambassadors Theatre Group. Practice head Dan Reavill advised Micro Focus on its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s software business, and assisted Essentra with outsourcing its IT support functions to corporate IT services firm Mindtree. Recently promoted partner Louisa Chambers specialises in IT and data protection law and senior associates James Longster and Ashley Avery advise on all aspects of IT and telecoms law.

Wallace LLP’s team provides ‘an amazing’ service. Highlights included advising Competitive Capabilities International on licensing its software to EY, and handling the regulatory aspects of the Excel Group of Companies’ expansion, including advising on upstream supply contracts with mobile telephone providers and managed service agreements. Practice head Frank Jennings has a strong track record advising on cloud technology; John Woodhouse is an expert in acting for entrepreneurial growth companies; David Judah is a key name for M&A in the space; and Craig Thompson focuses on contentious matters in the technology and communications sectors.

Wedlake Bell LLP’s clients include Tesco and Spire Healthcare. Adam Edwards, who heads the IT group, assisted Reed Exhibitions with the drafting and negotiation of complex IT agreements with its international service providers, partners and suppliers. He also advised Spire Healthcare on the IT aspects of its new two-storey specialist cancer centre with a two-bunker radiotherapy facility. Jonathan Cornthwaite focuses on drafting and negotiating all types of commercial agreements and cybersecurity expert James Castro-Edwards was a new arrival from PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP. Senior associates Adam Betts and Harry Jupp provided IT, IP and data security advice to retail app Ubamarket.

White & Case LLP’s ‘excellent’ team acts for clients including Facebook, Google and Afrimax Vodafone. Jonathan Langley, who has ‘a strong M&A background’ and ‘expertise that is unparalleled’, jointly heads the team with Eric Michailov, who also specialises in M&A and corporate issues, and has a considerable focus on Russia. Langley advised HSBC on the sale of certain shares in O3b to SES, and handled Digital Realty’s acquisition of eight European carrier-neutral data centres across Europe.

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