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Richard Marke

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

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Partner, commercial team. Richard has a broad range of commercial contract and related experience with particular expertise in technology contracts, outsourcing, the licensing and acquisition of all forms of intellectual property and contracts in the sports and media sectors. Also advises clients on related regulatory issues such as data privacy law, Bribery Act compliance and consumer credit law.


Trained Travers Smith 1992-94; assistant solicitor Travers Smith 1994-2002; partner Travers Smith 2002-08; partner Lawrence Graham LLP 2008-11; partner Bates Wells Braithwaite 2011 to date.


Conversational Italian.


Member of The City of London Law Society Commercial Law Committee; Tech UK; Society for Computers and Law.


St Thomas More School, Bristol; Durham University.


Food, wine, tennis.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Bates Wells Braithwaite, which has an extensive commercial contracts practice, has become increasingly sought-after by clients such as 118 Group to advise on complex data supply agreements. In addition, its team has a wealth of experience advising on a range of technology-related agreements, such as the procurement of cloud-based systems, software licensing/support, managed services and platform services. In 2017, practice head Richard Marke and Viral Kataria, acted for the charity FareShare in its agreement with Tesco over the rollout of the FareShare FoodCloud mobile phone app, which enables Tesco stores to alert local charities of surplus food when it becomes available. In addition to acting for UK-based clients, as a member of the Parlex network, the firm generates a significant amount of cross-border work from overseas-based companies. Outsourcing work for suppliers and customers is another mainstay of the practice; areas of expertise for the team include BPOs and facilities management outsourcings.

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