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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

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: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

The practice at RPC¬†is jointly led by Jon Bartley,¬†Nicola Cain¬†and Richard Breavington¬†specialising in non-contentious issues, contentious data and enforcement matters and cyber breach responses respectively. The team handles the full spectrum of data issues for a client roster spanning the technology, media, professional services, retail and food and drink sectors; noteworthy examples include Associated Newspapers, McArthurGlen Group and Shiseido Group. In a recent non-contentious highlight, Oliver Bray¬†advised Paddy Power Betfair on its GDPR project; contentious work included defending the author of the ‚ÄėTrump dossier‚Äô in a High Court data protection claim brought by three Russian oligarchs, and acting for Refinitiv in multiple data protection claims relating to the inclusion of individuals in its ‚ÄėKnow Your Customer‚Äô database. Keith Mathieson¬†is also highly regarded in the space and is active in issues involving privacy and the misuse of personal data.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Bray - RPC

Within: Brand management

RPC is described as 'the pre-eminent practice' for advertising and brand management work, and is regularly sought after by well-known consumer brands and social media platforms such as Google and Instagram to assist on international campaigns and launches. The practice is spearheaded by Oliver Bray, 'one of the best known figures in the advertising space', with Ciara Cullan and Jeremy Drew advising on contentious and non-contentious IP matters, and recently promoted partner Nicola Cain advising on media regulatory issues.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Bray ((Advertising and marketing; social media; interactive content) - RPC

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

RPC is 'outstanding for publishing work' and it also has expertise across advertising, marketing, IP, data protection, branding, consumer issues, media regulation,  IT, telecoms, digital media, competition and corporate media work. The team acts for some of the largest brands in broadcast, print and digital media. The publishing team, which is led by Keith Mathieson, handles contentious and non-contentious work for national newspapers, publishing houses, media insurance companies and tech giants. The advertising and marketing team, where Oliver Bray who is also active on social media and interactive content mandates is recommended, is instructed by consumer brands, social media platforms and advertising agencies on international campaigns and launches. Bray leads advice for Facebook on its global advertising and marketing initiatives. The team also acts for game developers and gaming and betting platforms, and provides commercial, regulatory, pre-publication and dispute resolution advice to national broadcasters and production companies. Nicola Cain is 'very responsive and good at providing practical advice'.

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