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  1. IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading sets
  2. IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks
  3. IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2017 silks
  4. IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2018 silks
  5. IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2019 silks
  6. IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors
  7. Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading sets
  8. Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks
  9. Telecoms (regulatory) – 2017 silks
  10. Telecoms (regulatory) – 2019 silks
  11. Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors
  12. Data protection – Leading sets
  13. Data protection – Leading silks
  14. Data protection – 2018 silks
  15. Data protection – 2019 silks
  16. Data protection – Leading juniors

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading sets

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2017 silks

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2018 silks

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – 2019 silks

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

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Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading sets

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Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading silks

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Telecoms (regulatory) – 2017 silks

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Telecoms (regulatory) – 2019 silks

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Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

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Data protection – Leading silks

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    • Andrew Caldecott QC - One Brick Court β€˜The silk you want on your side in any complex privacy/data protection dispute.’
    • Timothy Pitt-Payne QC - 11KBW β€˜The depth and breadth of his knowledge is unparalleled and his submissions are powerful.’
    • Anya Proops QC - 11KBW β€˜She has cutting-edge expertise in the specialist subject area of data protection and information security.’
    • Hugh Tomlinson QC - Matrix Chambers β€˜He is one of the leading data protection experts in the context of privacy and reputation management cases.’
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Data protection – 2018 silks

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Data protection – 2019 silks

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Data protection – Leading juniors

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    • Aidan Eardley - One Brick Court β€˜He is easy to work with, brilliant with clients and produces an excellent defence.’
    • Robin Hopkins - 11KBW β€˜An outstanding junior in the data privacy field, he is exceptionally bright and makes dealing with the most complex matters seem effortless.’
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    • Jonathan Barnes - 5RB β€˜A go-to barrister on data protection issues, offering well thought out and digestible advice on what can be a difficult area of law to grasp.’
    • James Cornwell - 11KBW β€˜He is tactically very astute and thoroughly prepared with well-constructed submissions delivered crisply and attractively.’
    • Jacob Dean - 5RB β€˜He is exceptionally bright, has excellent judgement and is brilliant on his feet.’
    • David Glen - One Brick Court β€˜One of the best juniors around with more experience than most of contentious data protection work.’
    • Ian Helme - Matrix Chambers β€˜He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the DPA, GDPR and privacy law generally.’
    • Laura Elizabeth John - Monckton Chambers β€˜She is frequently instructed by the Information Commissioner in tribunals and appeals.’
    • Christopher Knight - 11KBW β€˜A go-to junior for data protection advice. He has an incredible ability to bring the subject matter to life and is extremely user friendly.’
    • Ben Lask - Monckton Chambers β€˜He is a hardworking, diligent junior who possesses good judgement.’
    • Sara Mansoori - Matrix Chambers β€˜She is great to work with and leader on data protection issues.’
    • Julian Milford - 11KBW β€˜He has detailed knowledge of the DPA, is hardworking, thorough and a good team player.’
    • Richard Munden - 5RB β€˜He is well regarded for handling data protection claims.’
    • Hannah Ready - One Brick Court β€˜She has such a depth of expertise in the data protection area that she is able to comprehensively advise on the spot.’
    • Holly Stout - 11KBW β€˜She is known for advising and representing local government and public bodies in data protection issues and disputes.’

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3 Verulam Buildings leverages its commercial practice in a range of IT and IT-related disputes. Its members’ expertise spans from internet related concerns to intellectual property rights and software and contractual issues.

Boasting a β€˜strong reputation for technology work’, 4 Pump Court attracts praise for its β€˜expanding scope of services, as required in the new battleground where IP rights and data are central to value and disputes’. Work highlights include Alex Charlton QC and Matthew Lavy’s instructions in Semtech EMEA and Gennum v HiLight Semiconductors concerning alleged misuse of confidential information and copyright infringement of the design of chips. The β€˜very user friendly’ members have advised clients in the public and private sectors, and have knowledge of emerging technologies.

5RB is highlighted by one client as β€˜the go-to set for data protection and privacy matters’. The set boast particular expertise in defamation and privacy being applied in a data protection context, with its members instructed in high-profile right to be forgotten matters. Justin Rushbrooke QC and Richard Munden acted in the Court of Appeal matter Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco v Elaph Publishing Ltd involving the interplay of defamation and data privacy issues.

8 New Square is β€˜a leading IP set with a reputation that follows’. Its β€˜reputable barristers’ are instructed in high-profile matters, such as the telecoms patent and FRAND trials in Unwired Planet v Samsung and Huawei – which Adrian Speck, Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC, Mark Chacksfield, Isabel Jamal were all instructed on.

A β€˜very well run, modern set’, 11KBW has in recent years β€˜promoted its services and experience’ in data protection law. It has experience acting on subject access requests, surveillance and privacy matters. Its members are regularly instructed by the Information Commissioner and public authorities, as well as prominent private sector clients.

With β€˜great attitude combined with technical excellence and ability’, 11 South Square is highlighted for its β€˜strong capabilities’ in the sector. The team is known for having β€˜a very strong field of IP silks and juniors’, who frequently handle intellectual property matters for IT sector clients. Mark Vanhegan QC and Brian Nicholson have both been instructed by Philips in separate patent disputes.

39 Essex Chambers is highlighted for its expertise in data protection and Freedom of Information Act matters. Its members frequently advise public authorities and government bodies, including the Crown Prosecution Service and the Cabinet Office.

Atkin Chambers provides an β€˜impressive level of service’ and leverages its significant construction sector expertise to advise on large infrastructure systems disputes with IT and telecoms aspects. Members frequently act for large hardware and software providers, as well as government bodies in contractual and commercial issues.

Blackstone Chambers is highly regarded for telecoms regulatory work. In the Court of Appeal proceedings challenging Ofcom’s decisions relating to annual licence fees imposed on service providers, Pushpinder Saini QCwas instructed by Ofcom, Tristan Jones acted for Vodafone and Thomas de la Mare QC and Tom Richards for Telefonica.

Singled out as β€˜a first choice for telecoms-related work’, Devereux offers β€˜a full range of expertise’ of regulatory matters, and is praised for β€˜making an effort to work to client timescales when urgent’. Its members tend to act for communications providers in a full-spectrum of cases. In one work highlight, Graham Read QC and Georgina Hirsch are acting for BT in a claim alleging a breach of its obligation for cost-orientated Ethernet pricing.

Matrix Chambers β€˜excels in privacy/data protection matters’. Several barristers at the set were instructed in precedent setting right to be forgotten cases NT1 and NT2 v Google, including Hugh Tomlinson QC on the claimants’ side and Antony White QC for the defendants. The group also has experience bringing data protection claims against the media and public authorities. Ian Helme has joined the set from One Brick Court.

Monckton Chambers is β€˜a leading chambers’ for telecoms work, β€˜particularly in the competition law and regulatory sphere’. The β€˜top drawer’ set is β€˜accommodating’ and β€˜dependable’ in handling a range of issues in communications industry cases, including appeals under the Communications Act, challenging regulatory decisions and legislation, and applications for injunctions. Led by Jon Turner QC, a team including Meredith Pickford QC acted for Samsung in Unwired Planet and Ericsson v Samsung and others.

Noted as a β€˜truly professional set’, One Brick Court offers β€˜exceptional service’ and a β€˜depth of knowledge’. Known for its media and entertainment sector experience, members are β€˜experts’ in data protection issues related to reputational matters. In the high profile matter of Sir Cliff Richard OBE v BBC and South Yorkshire Police, Aidan Eardley acted for the BBC over allegations of misuse of private information and unlawful processing of personal data.

The β€˜excellent’ Three New Square is β€˜very strong’ in IP matters, and boasts particular expertise in the IT sector. Members attract praise for being β€˜very responsive and willing to find solutions’, with work highlights including several patent disputes relating to mobile telephony technology. This has included Guy Burkill QC acting for Apple in litigation relating to patent and competition law claims against Nokia.

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