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Andrew has over 25 years’ experience as a technology lawyer. He joined Moorcrofts in March 2000, shortly after the firm was founded.

He is one of the UK’s leading free and open-source lawyers, is a Fellow of the Free Software Foundation Europe and the Open Forum Academy, and is a visiting lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, on Free and Open-Source Software. He has lectured on open issues globally at venues, including London, Paris, New York, Boston, Seoul, Helsinki, Stockholm, Dubai, Mangalia (Romania), Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Oxford and Cambridge. He is also a visiting researcher at the University of Skövde, Sweden where he has co-authored papers whose findings have been adopted into Swedish government policy.

Andrew is on the core legal team for drafting the CERN Open Hardware licence, and has work has included some of the world’s leading free and open-source software companies and projects, including Canonical (Ubuntu) and CentOS (where he negotiated the business transfer to Red Hat).

He handles cloud computing and project agreements, including complex data protection issues, and has recently been involved in the rapidly expanding fields of open data and open hardware. As well as speaking on legal issues at the 2012 Open Hardware Summit in New York, he co-opened the 2014 Open Hardware and Data Conference in Barcelona (the world’s first legal conference specialising in open hardware and data).

Andrew’s skillsets cover Open Source Licensing, Technology Law, Commercial Law and Intellectual Property. He qualified as a barrister and was called to the bar (Inner Temple) in 1991, and has now re-qualified as practises as a solicitor in England and Wales. He is also an Irish solicitor (non-practising).


Andrew entered Churchill College at Cambridge University, on a scholarship to study Natural Sciences, and transitioned to the Law Tripos, so he has maintained a parallel interest in science and technology on the one hand and law on the other. Prior to studying for the Bar, he was a computer consultant (and accredited NeXT Developer), was involved in the original Statute Law Database Project and advised the Incorporated Council for Law Reporting on data storage on CD-ROM. After passing the bar finals, he was employed as a barrister by Winward Fearon & Co in London, a leading construction litigation firm, where he was one of the first lawyers to apply database technology to document indexing to large scale litigation. In 1993, after requalifying as a solicitor, he joined the long-established Midlands firm of Brethertons in their company-commercial department, and in 1996 he became the firm’s youngest ever partner. In 2000, after a brief stint at BP Collins in Buckinghamshire, he accepted an invitation to join the newly-founded Moorcrofts.


Founding editor, International Free and Open Source Software Law Review; Fellow, Open Forum Academy; legal counsel and Fellow, Free Software Foundation Europe; visiting lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London.


Churchill College, Cambridge University (1988 Law 2(1)); Inns of Court School of Law.


Family, live music, hardware and software hacking.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

A firm which provides a high level of service to clients’, Moorcrofts LLP has ‘very good knowledge of software and IP law’ and provides ‘advice well targeted to client needs with good value for money’. Managing partner and ‘very fine IP/IT lawyer’ Andrew Katz heads up the offering and is recommended in particular for ‘his wealth of knowledge and expertise in open source legal matters’, while being ‘extremely capable on IT law and data protection’.  Highlights included supporting Apigee (a subsidiary of Google) on complex data protection issues in light of the upcoming GDPR implementation and assisting Veterinary Insights, a provider of data analytics services to the veterinary and animal health sectors, on a wide range of matters including data protection and licensing.

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Intellectual property

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The 'excellentMoorcrofts LLP ‘has provided consistently good service over many years’, with ‘a high level of service in an area which calls for a specialised skillset’. Managing partner and ‘very fine IT/IP lawyer’ Andrew Katz ‘is a genuine expert in open source legal matters, and also extremely capable on IT law and data protection’, with other areas of expertise including open hardware, cloud computing and compliance in data protection and software supply chains. Katz has been working closely with CERN on the latest release of its open hardware licence and has been advising Questionmark Computing on its cross-border data flows ahead of GDPR implementation. Technology and IP solicitor Tim Astley and associate solicitor Katie Osborne are noted as important team members.

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