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 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'.
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.
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.
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.
'Leading telecoms set' Devereux 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 silk' Graham 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 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 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.