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IT And Telecoms (excluding Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Lawrence Akka QC - Twenty Essex ‘He is fantastic – approachable, insightful and clear. Very measured; strong analytical skills; expert in IT issues; pleasure to work with.
Daniel Alexander QC - 8 New SquareHe is great for getting an overall sense of how a case would run and how a court would respond.
Guy Burkill QC - Three New SquareHe has the gravitas that one would expect from a QC of many years' experience. Someone to be reckoned with.
Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump CourtAlex has a fierce intellect and a sharp focus on how to win a case. He is a careful and clever advisor and a very strong strategist. He works well with challenging clients and is very supportive of solicitors.
Michael Silverleaf QC - 11 South SquareHe provides exceptionally clear advice and puts across a strong argument in court.
Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin ChambersMy go-to QC when facing awkwardly drafted contracts or a factually complex dispute. I would always be concerned if he is acting for my opponent. Nick has a superb ability to grasp the technical and legal complexities of a case. His advocacy is second to none; it comes with great ease and out of many years of experience.
Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is extremely approachable and provides clear and succinct advice that gets right to the nub of the issue.
Duncan McCall QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is calm, measured and pragmatic. He quickly hones in on the key issues and has good strategic sense.
Graham Read QC - DevereuxHe consistently demonstrates immense clarity of thought in his analysis and instils unwavering confidence whilst advising on issues that are inherently challenging.
David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersHe is a very good advocate with great skills in cross-examination.
Mark Vanhegan QC - 11 South SquareHis extensive experience dealing with IT disputes adds considerable extra value in terms of strategic approach and practical advice.
Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty Essex ‘He is brilliant under pressure, bright, innovative, hard-working, responsive, brilliant as a team leader.
Adrian Speck QC - 8 New SquareA standout silk.
Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareA dynamic counsel for complex IT disputes.
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtA clear expert in the field and able to grasp the nub of a case quickly and come up with tactical solutions to difficult problems. Makes you feel comfortable with "throwing the dice" of litigation if you have weighed up all other options.
Terence Bergin QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is undoubtedly one of the top names in tech disputes and with good reason. He has a brilliant grip of the underlying technology but also maintains a real rigour in his analysis.
Douglas Campbell QC - Three New SquareA very strong barrister that I would recommend highly. Adept at cross-examination, interesting, a font of knowledge, and runs rings around the opposition.
Sarah Ford QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent lawyer, who is thorough and efficient, a good draftsman, and great to work with.
Tom Hinchliffe QC - Three New SquareHe is pleasant, easy to deal with and straight-talking. He doesn't have any unnecessary airs and graces and is approachable. He is realistic about when he can complete work and doesn't spread himself too thin.
Martin Howe QC - 8 New SquareHe has a friendly, efficient and personable attitude.
Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is known for his telecoms sector experience.
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersHe is first-class. His style and approach is a great fit as a supplier to our business. James has the ability to spot issues previously unidentified. He is our "go-to" barrister for issues critical to the business. His advice is thorough and well communicated.
Charlotte May QC - 8 New SquareKnowledgeable and very clever, Charlotte is a very user-friendly barrister who is commercial in her outlook and understands clients' needs. She is organised, efficient and clear in her advice and is a pleasure to work with.
Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtHe is a highly skilled silk with a very sharp mind.
Philip Roberts QC - One Essex CourtA logical thinker with excellent ability to quickly grasp a client's macro objectives. He is an excellent advocate and cross-examiner.
Nicholas Saunders QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is known for his expertise across IP and competition law.
Peter Susman QC - Henderson ChambersPeter is primus inter pares, in drafting, advice and advocacy. He is a supportive and available QC, quick to respond and a great partner for an instructing solicitor. He deals with the thorniest issues of law or evidence with ease. He is very good with clients.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Silks

Kieron Beal QC - Blackstone ChambersAn effective cross-examiner, and is friendly and flexible to work with.
Daniel Beard QC - Monckton ChambersHe has great presence with good sector and legal knowledge.
Michael Bowsher QC - Monckton ChambersA first-rate silk.
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is great analytically and he is a very good advocate.
Josh Holmes QC - Monckton ChambersA brilliant advocate who is absolutely superb in every aspect of his work. He has a fierce intellect and can get to grips with matters of great complexity extremely quickly.
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersGreat team player – a pleasure to work with for solicitors and quickly grasps the main issues for the client. Will advise always with a client's overall aims in mind, and has a very practical outlook.
Meredith Pickford QC - Monckton ChambersHe has the fundamental quality of a top silk; he is incredibly bright. He has excellent judgment and a remarkable ability to distill complex issues into simple and effective strategies.
Graham Read QC - DevereuxHe consistently demonstrates immense clarity of thought in his analysis and instils unwavering confidence whilst advising on issues that are inherently challenging.
Dinah Rose QC - Blackstone ChambersA superb advocate and highly intelligent.
Kassie Smith QC - Monckton ChambersShe exemplifies calmness and intelligence and is an excellent team member and exceptionally responsive.
Rhodri Thompson QC - Matrix ChambersHe is a sound pair of hands for telecoms regulatory matters.
Jon Turner QC - Monckton ChambersExcellent understanding and commercial application of competition law – persuasive advocate and forensic in legal analysis. Quite fearless in running difficult points.
Tim Ward QC - Monckton ChambersA very good team player who is a pleasure to work with. He is very thorough in his analysis and is excellent at anticipating lines of argument.

2021 Silks

Mark Chennells QC - Atkin ChambersHe offers considered analysis and instils confidence into his clients.
Anneli Howard QC - Monckton ChambersTechnically excellent, combined with strong commerciality and great ability to present arguments clearly and contextually. Hard working, responsive, very personable.
Iain Quirk QC - Essex Court ChambersHe is able to leverage his broad expertise across multiple practice areas.

IT And Telecoms (excluding Regulatory) - 2019 Silks

Lindsay Lane QC - 8 New SquareLindsay is great to work with – she is personable, approachable and provides strategic advice seeking to meet client commercial goals without the need to resort to litigation if that is possible. She is clear in her advice and sticks to it.
Brian Nicholson QC - 11 South SquareWith an impressive understanding of the technicalities of a case, he is a safe pair of hands.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2019 Silks

Robert Palmer QC - Monckton ChambersAn agile thinker who is committed, user-friendly and a pleasure to work with.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - 2020 Silks

Ben Lynch QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has an amazing capacity to interrogate and remember a vast amount of information in very complicated cases. He is also unfailingly polite and level headed.
James Segan QC - Blackstone ChambersWell-deserved elevation to QC rank this year. His pleading style is excellent.

IT And Telecoms (excluding Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Simon Henderson - 4 Pump CourtHe is highly experienced, has good judgement, is quick on the ball, and is very agreeable to work with. It is always reassuring to have him on the team.
Michael Hicks - Hogarth ChambersHe’s pragmatic, unflappable, responsive and incredibly user-friendly.
Matthew Lavy - 4 Pump CourtHe is very intelligent, hardworking and a pleasure to work with. Matthew is very knowledgeable about IT, engaged and interested in the law and subject matter. His particular strength is that he handles software copyright as well as projects work. He is very good with clients and is reliable and fun to work with. He is a great addition to our team and we look for opportunities to involve him.
Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very easy to work with, setting out his advice clearly and robustly. Strong analytical ability; good grasp of IT issues.
Joe Delaney - Three New SquareKnown for patent disputes relating to telecoms and mobile phone technology.
Thomas Ogden - 4 New SquareAn expert in the field of IT disputes; efficient, calm, realistic.
Richard Osborne - 4 Pump CourtHe gives considerable attention to detail and is meticulous in his drafting. Overall, a very strong technology junior.
Jaani Riordan - 8 New SquareJaani is extremely bright and responsive. His attention to detail is first-rate and his communications are clear and personable. He is very client friendly.
Guy Tritton - Hogarth ChambersHe has a friendly manner and the ability to judge accurately the strengths and weaknesses of a case.
James St Ville - 8 New SquareHe is extremely thorough and considered, and very good on his feet.
Shaen Catherwood - DevereuxShaen is attentive and very commercial. He is quick and always available - an asset to our team and our go-to barrister on telecoms.
Patrick Clarke - Atkin ChambersHe is user-friendly and commands absolute confidence in the quality of work. He stepped into the breach on a case, picked it up very quickly and was highly attentive throughout.
Miles Copeland - Three New SquareVery detailed approach, easy to work with, great team player. Lots of experience. Good judgement.
Rory Cochrane - DevereuxHe has a specific expertise in the field of so-called "multi-site agreements" and the application of the Electronic Communications Code to those.
Jonathan Hill - 8 New SquareHe is great for both intellectual property and IT licensing disputes.
Gideon Shirazi - 4 Pump CourtA good operator whose key strength is his ability to absorb an enormous amount of detail and get to the nub of a dispute very quickly.
Jonathan Wills - Landmark ChambersHe is calm, succinct and knowledgeable. His written work is of the highest standard and generally hits the nail on the head in a concise and easy to understand fashion.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Fiona Banks - Monckton ChambersShe is razor sharp and has excellent judgement in the court and with the client.
Nicholas Gibson - Matrix ChambersVery impressive for regulatory matters.
Julian Gregory - Monckton ChambersHe is strong on technical elements with experience across the regulatory and telecoms fields.
Georgina Hirsch - DevereuxShe is a good team player, very popular with clients and wonderful to work with.
Tristan Jones - Blackstone ChambersHe pays meticulous attention to detail and is extremely clever.
Ben Lask - Monckton ChambersHe is extremely bright with impressive arguments, both written and when presented.
Juliette Levy - Cerulean ChambersShe is known for handling both commercial and regulatory litigation in the telecoms and electronic communications industries.
Sarah Love - Brick Court ChambersHer written work is excellent and always meticulously argued. Her oral advocacy is very effective and she is highly skilled at distilling the key points.
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHe has the exceptional ability to be creative and think laterally.
Tom Richards - Blackstone ChambersQC of the future; first-choice junior counsel for all IT & Telecoms work. Excellent written work and advocacy.
Mark Vinall - Blackstone ChambersAn extremely impressive and excellent barrister.
Philip Woolfe - Monckton ChambersMakes the most complex of issues easily understandable. One of the most user-friendly barristers around – engaging, bright and practical. Very responsive.

Telecoms (Regulatory) - Rising Stars

Daniel Cashman - Blackstone ChambersHe has an unusual clarity of thought and expression and is thoroughly clever to work with. His paperwork is barely edited by the best silks and he works quickly and well in large teams. He is clever and creative.
Stefan Kuppen - Monckton ChambersHe has a very strong grasp of the EU telecoms regulatory framework and also has strong commercial acumen.

IT and telecoms in London Bar

11 South Square

Leveraging its notable IP strength, 11 South Square is a key name for mandates spanning IP and IT law. In a recent highlight, Michael Silverleaf QC defended Victorian Plumbing in a claim alleging trade mark infringement relating to bidding on adwords in search engine results. Other key names include Mark Vanhegan QC, who acted for Philips as claimant in the Patent Court in three distinct patent infringement trials arising from the defendants' implementation of high-speed packet access technology in mobile telecoms networks; and Brian Nicholson QC, who specialises in cases involving electronic and computing content.

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court attracts praise as 'one of the strongest sets for IT disputes in the UK' fielding 'stand-out barristers who are genuine specialists in the arena' and act in commercial, technical and IP-related cases. Noteworthy silk Alex Charlton QC is acting for the claimant in CIS General Insurance Ltd v IBM UK Ltd, a case arising from IBM's termination of a contract for the supply, installation and maintenance of a new insurance system; Nigel Tozzi QC and Matthew Lavy are representing the defendant. Terence Bergin QC is also singled out by clients as 'one of the top names in tech disputes'.

8 New Square

At 8 New Square, barristers balance IP and IT expertise to handle a wide range of technology and telecoms disputes. In a notable highlight, Daniel Alexander QC is representing the defendants and Adrian Speck QC is acting for the claimants in Unwired Planet/Conversant v Huawei/ZTE in the Supreme Court relating to FRAND determinations in the telecoms sector. Other key instructions include Martin Howe QC and Jaani Riordan acting for Argos Systems in the Court of Appeal in Argos Ltd v Argos Systems Inc relating to the targeting of website advertisements operated by a company outside the UK and related trade mark issues; Jonathan Hill is acting for the claimant.

Atkin Chambers

With substantial experience in IT infrastructure cases, Atkin Chambers is also a key name for contractual disputes. James Howells QC remains active for the defendant in Triple Point Technology Inc v PTT Public Company Limited, which will be heard in the Supreme Court; the case evaluates liquidated damages and limitation clauses relating to the termination of a contract for the design and implementation of a trading and management IT system across Asia and Gulf businesses. Nicholas Baatz QC and David Streatfeild-James QC are also key silks to note.

1 Garden Court

As a leading set for telecoms regulatory matters, Blackstone Chambers regularly acts for both regulators and telecoms companies. Brian Kennelly QC is acting for Three in Vodafone Limited and others v Ofcom involving claims for the restitution of annual licence fees; new silk James Segan QC is representing Huawei in the Supreme Court in the UK's first FRAND trial; and multiple members of chambers are involved in an appeal relating to the 5G auction. Chambers has also expanded its work on the non-regulatory side.

Devereux

'Leading telecoms setDevereux fields notable expertise across regulatory and non-regulatory telecoms work, and has set itself out as a key name for Electronic Communications Code cases. In a notable highlight, 'go-to silkGraham Read QC and Shaen Catherwood are representing the claimants and Mobile Broadband Network, the infrastructure company for EE and Hutchinson 3G, in EE Limited and Hutchinson 3G v The Meyrick Trust following the Meyrick Trust's objection to the granting of new Code rights to the claimants. Read and Rory Cochrane have also been active in artificial inflation of traffic cases.

Monckton Chambers

Monckton Chambers is 'a go-to option for telecoms regulatory matters' with 'strength right across the board'; it 'houses some of the best advocates' who are 'right at the top of the list for telecoms and competition law'. With clients spanning telecoms companies, broadcasters, content providers and Ofcom, recent work includes Tim Ward QC acting for Inmarsat in Viasat v Inmarsat and Ofcom relating to the launch of a new satellite broadband service for airline passengers with Josh Holmes QC representing the regulator; and Meredith Pickford QC acting for Google before the General Court of the European Union in an abuse of dominance case relating to its promotion of its shopping services over those of rivals.

Three New Square

Three New Square is praised as 'efficient and prompt' by clients, fielding 'courteous and knowledgeable' individuals who enhance chambers' IP expertise and knowledge of the electronics industry. Guy Burkill QC is well regarded in the smartphone space and is defending Apple in a telecoms patent dispute. Other key names include Miles Copeland, who is involved in the high-profile Conversant v Huawei; and Joe Delaney, who is representing Interdigital in a multi-patent FRAND dispute against Lenovo and Motorola relating to 3G and 4G technology.