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Gareth Stokes

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Intellectual Property and Technology, Partner.


Gareth Stokes focuses on information technology, outsourcing and intellectual property-driven contracts. His experience spans numerous complex major procurement and sourcing projects within heavily regulated industries. Most such engagements involve elements of service delivery on-shore, with other elements delivered further afield, whether near shore within the newer EU Member States or offshore in India, China and emerging economies. These projects tend to involve innovative contractual structures, including joint venture arrangements, multi-level framework and call off structures, trust arrangements and other multi-contract arrangements. Advising Allied Irish Banks on various business-critical ITO and BPO deals, including the outsourcing of its hosting & storage, networks and security operations functions; advising Equiniti Paymaster as the selected private sector partner on the outsourced services elements of the MyCSP mutual joint venture to deliver civil service pensions; advising various major UK high-street banks (including Barclays, LBG and HSBC) on a wide range of IT and sourcing issues, including complex trusts arrangements in the context of the outsourcing of card processing for co-branded credit cards; advising a number of Government departments on austerity savings measures in their key IT outsourcing contracts totalling over £4 billion over 5 years; advising a major global pharmaceutical company on a wide range of ITO, BPO and brand disposal activities (manufacturing lines, regulatory consents, IP portfolios).


Wragge & Co, qualified 2003. Made partner at DLA Piper 2015.




St. Bede’s, Blackburn and St. Mary’s College, Blackburn; University of Warwick, Bachelor of Laws, 1998; Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course, 1999.


Cinema, gadgets, hiking, skiing.

West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

DLA Piper UK LLP  is known for its ‘outstanding lawyers with a depth of industry knowledge’. Gareth Stokes  heads the practice and recently advised Serco on outsourcing its finance and accounting operations. He also assisted National Grid with negotiating its new SAP based HR system and worked with Allied Irish Banks on restructuring its IT infrastructure agreements with Wipro. Jen Dale  has recently been promoted to legal director, with notable expertise in IT and telecoms-related agreements in the financial services sector.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

DLA Piper UK LLP  runs the gamut of IP services, with a client roster that includes General Electric, Heineken and McCain. Richard Taylor heads the practice and recently advised The Premier League on copyright infringement issues stemming from streaming services and bars broadcasting its content without a license. Also recommended are contentious IP specialist Satnam Sahota  and Gareth Stokes , who advised Clinigen Group on the IP aspects of its public takeover of Quantum Pharma.

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