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Mark Crichard

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IP, Technology and Outsourcing.


Partner and lead technology lawyer within the IP, technology and outsourcing group. Non-contentious. Particular specialisms in non-contentious technology matters (including telecoms) and all forms of outsourcing. Advises a range of suppliers and customers on systems development/procurement, software licensing and distribution, cloud computing and open source issues. Extensive experience advising on a range of on-, near and offshore outsourcing, including the outsourcing of IT infrastructure, AD/AM, network services, F&A, HR, FM, healthcare services and other business processes. Assists clients with establishing shared service operations, JVs and public private partnerships. His clients include service providers, technology suppliers, insurers and other financial institutions, retailers, airlines and healthcare providers.


Trained Baker & McKenzie; year qualified 1992; joined RPC as partner in 2013. Trained and qualified with Baker & McKenzie (1990-1995). European IP Counsel at Hasbro Europe (1995-1997). Associate and then partner at Garretts (1997-2002). Partner at DLA Piper (2002-2013). Partner RPC 2013.




Maidstone Grammar School; Leeds Grammar School; Birmingham University (LLB 2(1)), 1986-1989; Guildford College Law (Law Society Finals), 1989-1990, University of Bristol (IP Diploma), 1994-1995.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Crichard - RPC

Within: Commercial contracts

The 'very commercial and client-focused' RPC advises on agreements across various industries, from the largest outsourcings to bespoke contracts for start-ups. The firm’s expertise includes technology, IP, marketing, licensing and sponsorship. Practice head Oliver Bray is an 'exceptional partner' and specialises in commercial law, particularly commercial contracts, data protection, and regulatory and content issues. Notable in his team of 'great all-round commercial lawyers' are Mark Crichard, who leads the firm's technology and outsourcing practice; Charles Buckworth, who is a specialist IT, outsourcing and data lawyer; and senior associate Alyson Lloyd, who focuses on supply chain, advertising and sponsorship matters. Commercial, outsourcing and technology specialist Paul Joukador joined in 2018 from Hogan Lovells International LLP and in 2019 commercial partner Simon Edwards arrived from Shoosmiths LLP. Senior associate Andrew Crystal left in 2018 to go in-house at Amazon Web Services.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

RPC provides 'a great service' to its impressive client roster, which spans global suppliers, digital technology companies and new media suppliers, as well as customers including financial services and insurance industry clients, and corporates in the retail and media sectors. The team, which is jointly led by commercial law specialist Jeremy Drew and Mark Crichard, who focuses on technology and outsourcing transactions, has been bolstered by the arrivals of outsourcing partner Paul Joukador and senior associate Marlon Cohen from Hogan Lovells International LLP and Addleshaw Goddard respectively. Other names to note include Jon Bartley, who combines digital technology and e-commerce experience with data protection and cybersecurity expertise; Paul Joseph and David Cran, who handle large-scale IT disputes, and recently promoted IT, outsourcing and data partner Charles Buckworth.

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