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Paul Jones

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Farrer & Co

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Intellectual Property


Paul enjoys a variety of general intellectual property work involving trade marks and copyright. Most recently, his experience largely involves commercial contract work, with large-scale and complex projects - in both the public and private sectors - being a particular focus. These projects have required Paul to advise on, most notably, outsourcing contracts (relating, for example, to IT systems & infrastructure, facilities management, security, catering, printing and membership fulfilment), sponsorship initiatives and contracts (both in the cultural and sporting sectors), IT contracts of all descriptions ranging from standard software licensing through to bespoke IT system design and installation).

Paul regularly runs training sessions for clients on commercial contracts and contract law. He also advises on data licensing arrangements (acting for data aggregators in the exploitation of information services and products) and technology contracts. Paul also provides the firm's public procurement expertise. He advises on The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 and has experience of advising on the implementation of various procurement procedures. He has also drafted and implemented Framework Agreements and Shared Services Agreements anticipating collaborative procurements.


Trained at Farrer & Co and qualified in 2002; made a partner in 2011.


Procurement Lawyers Association; Society for Computers and Law


Keble College, Oxford and Nottingham Law School.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Farrer & Co’s team, which is noted for its β€˜significant depth’, has β€˜a good understanding of the needs of in-house counsel’. It has a standout reputation in the arts and heritage sector, where notable clients include the British Library, the National Gallery and the Natural History Museum. It also acts for a significant number of institutions in the education sector, as well as national and international media organisations. Led by Peter Wienand, the group advises on joint ventures, manufacturing contracts, and complex R&D consortia contracts, among other agreements. Clients single out Paul Jones; β€˜he gets to the nub of the issue quickly’. Also recommended are Henry Sainty, who is working with Jones to assist UK Athletics with commercial agreements associated with the organising and staging of the IPC World Para Athletics and IAAF World Athletics Championships in London; David Copping; and associate Jane Randell.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Farrer & Co’s β€˜market-leading’ department is β€˜not only extremely professional but also easy to work with’, β€˜seeing all angles’ and providing β€˜well-considered and meticulously presented advice honed to the clients’ needs’. It is renowned for its work with independent schools and advises on complex projects, frequently with an international angle. The group’s safeguarding team is β€˜always ahead of the game and responsive to the regulatory changes’. Practice head Sam Macdonald, who is β€˜a go-to person for independent education legal advice’ combines β€˜widespread knowledge with a depth of experience’ to provide β€˜always helpful and to the point’ advice. Macdonald assisted Highgate School with its joint sponsorship with Tottenham Hotspur FC of a new sixth form academy in Tottenham and, alongside commercial specialist Paul Jones, Jonathan Eley and David Smellie, advised several independent schools on updating parent contracts following relevant changes in consumer law. Jones is leading a team assisting Alpha Plus Group with parental complaints, subject data requests, employment matters and IT projects. Other highlights included acting for the Methodist Independent Schools Trust on a reorganisation involving incorporating nine charitable schools into a single charitable company, and advising Manchester Grammar School on safeguarding, child protection, pupil discipline and employment matters.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The β€˜hugely knowledgeable’ team at Farrer & Co is β€˜outstanding on publishing matters’, and acts for international broadcast production and rights companies including leading news generators and syndication houses, as well as several radio, film and sports clients, with expertise in non-contentious and contentious matters. Team head Henry Sainty is β€˜well versed’ in the publishing sector and continued to advise Bauer on the infrastructure contracts supporting its print and digital supply chains, and also negotiated software licence and support agreements. Peter Wienand advises The Economist Group on IP, regulatory, commercial and reputation management matters. Paul Jones advised The British Library on the St Pancras Transformed development project. Sage Publications, Telegraph Media Group, The Conversation, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Eton College are also clients. Richard Lane heads the corporate media practice, and recently promoted partner Michael Patrick is noted for contentious TMT matters.

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