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Oliver Bray

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Intellectual property and technology.


Partner. Oliver is a highly experienced commercial, IP and technology lawyer and is a recognised specialist in advertising and marketing law. He advises well-known high street retailers, innovative start-ups/online businesses and household name brand owners, as well as advertising and digital agencies across the media spectrum. This includes advice on digital media, emerging technologies and commercial contractual matters, coupled with expertise in consumer protection, data protection, comparative advertising and regulatory and content issues. Oliver is an editorial board member of E-commerce Law and Policy and a regular industry speaker.


Trained Lovells; qualified 1995; Beachcroft Wansbroughs 1997-2000; Pinsent Curtis Biddle 2000-03; joined Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 2003; partner Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 2005. Publications of note: co-editor of ‘Advertising Law and Regulation’ (2nd edition, 2011, Bloomsbury Professional).


City of London Law Society’s Commercial Law Committee (chairman).


Wellington College, Berkshire; Nottingham University (1991); York Law School (1992).


Tennis and snowboarding.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Bray - RPC

Within: Commercial contracts

RPC’s team combines extensive expertise in a wide range of commercial contracts with specialist in-depth knowledge of associated issues such as data protection, intellectual property and technology. Reflective of the first-rate reputation of the group, which is led by Oliver Bray, it acts for high-calibre clients such as AIG Europe Limited, Google, Sports Direct, RSA and Coca-Cola European Partners. Bray and legal director Robert Johnson assist PizzaExpress with managing its full contract portfolio; a recent mandate involved advising the client on its partnership with Deliveroo for the provision of food delivery services in the UK and Ireland. In 2016, the ‘fast and efficient’ Johnson led the advice to online publisher Unbound on a publishing agreement with writer Shaun Usher concerning "Speeches of Note", and also on a partnership and profit-share agreement with Penguin Random House over the international publishing rights to the book. Mark Crichard, who leads the firm’s technology practice, has nearly 25 years of commercial contracts experience. Sanjay Pritam and senior associate Andrew Crystal are other key contacts. Senior associate Charles Buckworth joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

RPCmasters the balance between delivering great and timely advice that is commercially effective, and horizon gazing to ensure clients are knowledgeable on the space as it stands’. Oliver Bray regularly acts for clients in the media and online retail sectors and leads the non-contentious practice, while Keith Mathieson leads on the contentious side. The team’s impressive client roster includes Virgin Media and Coca-Cola European Partners, with legal director Robert Johnson (who ‘deserves to be put in the spotlight for his incredible knowledge and commercial guidance’) recently acting for the latter on an international data transfer and related compliance issues.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

RPC strengthened its media and information law and contentious data protection with the recruitment of Nicola Cain, who joined as legal director from an in-house role in February 2017. Its wide-ranging expertise spans traditional and new media publishing, IP, data protection, advertising, competition and corporate media work. Recent highlights include assisting PizzaExpress with all aspects of its advertising and marketing campaigns and brand protection and enforcement matters. Highlights for Oliver Bray included assisting Google with its pan-European advertising campaigns, including advising on TV, online and in-store point of sale advertising campaigns for new Google product launches, and acting for YouTube on clearance issues in relation to videos and materials created for a variety of YouTube advertising campaigns. IP specialist Jeremy Drew represented Louis Roederer in its successful trade mark claim against J. García Carrión regarding its infringement of Cristal champagne. David Cran advised Sports Direct on the sale of the Dunlop brand to Sumitomo Rubber Industries, which involved the acquisition of Dunlop’s trade mark portfolio and its sporting goods and licensing business. Paul Joseph acted for the BBC in a dispute with Take-Two Interactive regarding marketing materials for the TV drama The Gamechangers. Ben Mark and recently promoted partner Ciara Cullen are also names to note.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals: Media and entertainment

Oliver Bray - RPC (Advertising and marketing)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The team at RPC is noted for its strength in publishing matters, particularly when it comes to defending clients in contentious matters. It also provides non-contentious advice on pre-publication, regulatory matters and agreements, and handles issues arising from marketing, gaming, social media and interactive entertainment. ‘Advertising expertOliver Bray leads on advertising, social media and interactive content; he advised Ubisoft on the transfer of its e-commerce function in-house. Publishing head Keith Mathieson has a ‘fantastic reputation’ and is defending Times Newspapers in a privacy and data protection claim relating to an article published in The Sunday Times. Key publishing clients also include Financial Times, Trinity Mirror, Associated Newspapers, Bloomsbury, Hachette Random House, and The Spectator. It also acts for media insurers such as Hiscox, AXIS Pro Europe and Chubb. Paul Joseph is ‘excellent’ on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Gaming clients include Betfred and Square Enix, while Twitter is a key client in the social media and interactive content space. Legal director Nicola Cain joined from the BBC and associate Rupert Cowper-Coles joined from Withers LLP. Senior associates Kim Waite and Louise Turner are also recommended in the publishing arena.

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