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Kit Burden

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Technology and sourcing group, intellectual property and technology department.


Co-head of DLA Piper's global technology sector, and also its global technology and sourcing group (which features on large scale IT and outsourcing transactions, which is Kit's core area of personal practice). Kit typically advises on some of the largest and most complex IT and outsourcing engagements in the market; his clients include the likes of RBS, HCL Technologies, HSBC, John Lewis, TUI, Lloyds Banking Group, Wipro, Reckitt Benckiser, Infosys and Red Hat. He is widely recognised in the various legal directories as one of the foremost IT and outsourcing lawyers, and is described by clients as 'an outsourcing guru' and 'a brilliant IT lawyer'.


Trained Barlow Lyde & Gilbert; qualified 1992; partner at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert 1998; became head of commercial department at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in 2002; became head of technology and sourcing group at DLA Piper in 2010; became head of DLA Piper's global technology sector in 2012. Publications of note: Legal Protection of Computer Software (EMIS); IT Contracts (Sweet & Maxwell); also co-author and overall editor of forthcoming Globe Publishing book on outsourcing.




Society of Computers and Law (past trustee, current fellow; also chair of SCL Outsourcing Group).


Univesity of Southampton - First Class Degree; Guildford College of Law - First Class Pass.



London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

DLA Piper’s UK-wide and international reach sees it handle all aspects of domestic and multi-jurisdictional commercial contracts, distribution transactions and other complex arrangements for notable clients such as Molson Coors, Tata Steel, Intercontinental Hotels Group and Kraft Foods, among others. The team’s knowledge spans a wide range of matters, including joint ventures and strategic alliances, service level agreements, and research and development (R&D) agreements. Global practice co-head Iain Bowler recently led a team advising Merseytravel on the £600m procurement of a new fleet of 52 electric trains. In another 2016 highlight, Bowler and senior associate Michiko Jo were part of a cross-border team that advised New Look on commercial advertising and regulatory aspects of a prize promotion associated with the client’s ‘Model Squad’ campaign. Kit Burden is a global co-chair of the firm’s technology sector group, and has a wealth of experience of IT outsourcing and transformation projects. Mark Dewar has focus on consumer products, particularly in the food and drink sector, and is knowledgeable about UK and cross-border supply chain contracts and product launches.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: Leading individuals: Information technology

Kit Burden - DLA Piper

Within: IT and telecoms

DLA Piper’s team handles the full spectrum of work in this space, and acts for clients including Samsung and Cisco. Kit Burden, who is the head of the firm’s international technology and sourcing group, is a key name for technology transactions and has considerable experience working with clients in the financial services sector. Telecoms expert Mike Conradi has core strengths in outsourcing contracts, and recently advised VimpelCom on outsourcing the management of a mobile network in Russia.Anthony Day is best known for his work on large-scale software licensing, data analytics and systems implementation arrangements. Cloud computing specialist Mark O’Conor has worked with clients including Bank of America and JP Morgan.

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