With deep expertise across the TMT sector, Baker McKenzie leverages its global presence to assist multinationals with significant corporate transactions, encompassing M&A, joint ventures and product launches. Alongside this core offering, the firm is an attractive choice for emerging technology companies - including fintech, AI and cyber businesses - seeking to build and expand their UK and cross-border operations. In addition, the practice is well-equipped to support clients with contentious and non-contentious competition, employment and IP matters. Steve Holmes, who co-chairs the firm's EMEA technology group, specialises in outsourcing deals, content exploitation issues and general regulatory matters. Ben Allgrove and Will Holder co-head the firm's media and entertainment group, providing business-critical corporate, commercial and regulatory services to well-known traditional and digital media clients. On the technology side, Sue McLean is a key partner, with impressive credentials in outsourcing, cloud computing, digital transformation, AI and blockchain projects. Among the firm's pool of associates, Jason Raeburn and John Groom are stand out names in this area.
TMT in London
Other key lawyers:
Ben Allgrove; Will Holder; Sue McLean; Jason Raeburn; John Groom
‘Excellent team with expertise and broad industry knowledge. Adapts to new ways of working.’
‘Ben Allgrove, John Groom – smart, dedicated and build trust.’
‘Ben Allgrove- outstanding industry knowledge, forensic analysis whilst still seeing the bigger picture.’
‘Jason Raeburn – a bright, up and coming star. Gives commercial advice, always willing to calibrate his risk assessments, based on an in-depth understanding of the media regulation space.’
3 (Hutchison 3G)
Take Two Interactive
- Advised MagicLab (the company behind well-known dating and social networking apps Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen) on its $3bn sale to Blackstone.
- Advised Sony Music Entertainment on the agreement for Simon Cowell to acquire Sony Music Entertainment’s stake in its global joint venture talent and production company.
- Advised Hitachi on its acquisition of 80.1% of ABB Ltd’s power grid division, with an option to acquire the remaining 19.9%, for approximately $11bn.
Bird & Bird LLP's 'genuinely exceptional' team is highly active across the TMT sector, handling both contentious and non-contentious work. On the contentious side, the team is well-known for its expertise in IP litigation, encompassing copyright, patent and FRAND disputes. The group's non-contentious work spans regulatory, commercial and corporate matters, acting on behalf of various market participants, including clients involved in the roll-out of 5G and digital transformation projects. The 'knowledgeable and reliable' Ronald Hendrikx specialises in large-scale IT and communications projects; he previously assisted clients with national programmes relating to the implementation of IT in the NHS and the adoption of smart metering across the UK. Phil Sherrell stands out for his role in numerous media and entertainment disputes, including the high-profile copyright case of Warner Music & Sony Music v TuneIn, in which he is representing the defendant. Mark Leach advises customers and suppliers in relation to outsourcing and technology projects, and Alex Dixie joined the firm from CMS in March 2021.
Ronald Hendrikx; Mark Leach; Phil Sherell
Other key lawyers:
‘Ronald Hendrikx – knowledgeable and reliable.’
‘Excellent industry knowledge – genuinely exceptional – very pragmatic – not scared to get off the fence and give opinions on the tough elements – very good negotiators.’
‘Very personable. Their expertise gives a high level of comfort and confidence.’
‘Bird & Bird is excellent at drawing on sector expertise across regions while working as an integrated team.’
‘They have an excellent knowledge and expertise within the telecoms and IT area. Further they are very friendly and easy to work with.’
Guinness Six Nations Rugby
Alight Brand Media
- Advising Micro:bit in relation to a wide range of commercial, corporate and IP matters.
- Advising TuneIn in relation to a High Court dispute brought by Warner Music & Sony Music, seeking to sue the client for copyright infringement in a case which poses significant ramifications for record labels, given that the issue of linking technology strikes at the heart of territorial-based licensing models.
- Acting for Nokia in a mediation and in defence of European Commission complaint brought by Daimler.
Clifford Chance LLP's 'clever, slick and hardworking team' is at the forefront of major developments in the TMT sector, advising clients on significant competition issues, digital infrastructure projects and the development of cutting edge technology, including blockchain and AI. André Duminy is highly regarded for his expertise in outsourcing, M&A, carve out and separation projects in the technology sector; he is also very active in fintech and insurtech matters, including investments and funding rounds. Jennifer Mbaluto stands out for her role in numerous major TMT corporate transactions and commercial arrangements; she recently worked alongside several partners to assist Telefónica with its joint venture with Liberty Global to merge O2 and Virgin Media, with an estimated cost of £31bn. Kate Scott and Samantha Ward both attract praise for their strong expertise in contentious matters encompassing data breaches, cyber fraud work, competition issues and cartel investigations. Simon Persoff joined from DLA Piper in September 2020 and senior associate Mark Fisher joined from CMS in May 2020. In mid-2021, Jenine Hulsmann departed to Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Jennifer Mbaluto; Kate Scott; Samantha Ward; Simon Persoff; Mark Fisher
‘The Clifford Chance TMT team is very experienced and has a deep knowledge of the industry.’
‘André Duminy is quick and sharp in understanding the issues at hand and has a very commercial and constructive approach.’
‘A very clever, slick and hard-working team who are a pleasure to work with.’
NBC Universal / Comcast
The Hut Group
- Advising Telefónica on its 50:50 joint venture with Liberty Global to combine their UK operations O2 and Virgin Media, in a deal valued at £31bn.
- Advising Cellnex Telecom, Europe’s leading operator of wireless telecoms and broadcasting infrastructures, on the acquisition of the European telecoms tower assets of CK Hutchison Holdings for €10bn.
- Advising The Hut Group on its IPO on the London Stock Exchange, which raised £1.88bn and valued the business at £5.4bn.
With a strong foothold across the TMT sector, CMS frequently advises clients in relation to antitrust, IP and fintech matters, in addition to assisting with commercial contracts and handling large corporate disputes. Group head Clive Gringras stands out for his depth of expertise in contentious and transactional matters involving technology clients, including Fortune 100 companies and US tech giants. The 'technically brilliant and commercially astute' Sam De Silva is known for his prominent role in strategic IT and telecoms projects, including cloud computing, outsourcing, software licensing and system integration arrangements. Victoria Gaskell, who is head of the UK media team, handles commercial, corporate and regulatory matters for content and digital media clients, encompassing brand exploitation issues, joint ventures and M&A. Chris Watson, global head of the firm's technology media and communications group, is highly regarded for his expertise in competition law, particularly in relation to cross-border M&A. In a recent highlight, Paul Silver advised Liberty Global on a strategic partnership with Kapsch, which involved the outsourcing of the company's Austrian IT services unit to Kapsch in exchange for IT services.
Other key lawyers:
Sam De Silva; Victoria Gaskell; Chris Watson; Paul Silver
‘We retain CMS as our external legal counsel because of their technical expertise, professionalism, friendliness and their outstanding ability to understand our business and to address risks, before we know that risks even exist.’
‘CMS is customer-centric, creative and responsive. They deliver timely expert practical legal advice, and are a pleasure to work and collaborate with.’
‘Sam De Silva takes the time to understand our business, is commercially astute, technically brilliant, dynamic, forthright and friendly.’
‘Global law firm, can fully cover the requirements of numerous jurisdictions. With highly specialised experts, can cover all the necessary issues, including very complex multinational contracts.’
‘CMS have the very best TMT specialists and sector knowledge in the UK. Highly experienced and pragmatic team with excellent relationships at senior levels with all the major players in the space . Quite simply they are best in class and really fun to work with.’
Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones
- Acted for Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit in relation to two actions: one against two companies which it accused of selling unauthorised product licence keys for Microsoft’s most popular programs, and the other against a company committing tech support fraud.
- Advised Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones, the creators of Black Mirror and Bandersnatch, on setting up their own content production company, Broke and Bones.
- Advised BT on the development for Openreach of a nationwide five-year bespoke contractual agreement covering new ways of working, commercial models, contract simplification and incentivisations, with estimated savings for Openreach of £38m annually.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is well placed to advise large companies in the TMT sector in relation to highly significant corporate transactions, commercial disputes, cyber and data security matters, product launches and consortium projects, among others. In a recent highlight, the team advised Telefónica on the £31bn merger between O2 and Virgin Media, creating the largest telecoms company in the UK. Also of note is the firm's work for Bharti Global and its consortium, resulting in the successful acquisition of bankrupt company OneWeb, which represents a major shift in the telecoms market. Nick Pantlin, who heads up the TMT, digital and sourcing practice, stands out for his strong track record in digital transformation and large-scale outsourcing projects. On the media side, Hayley Brady is a key name, with a wealth of experience advising clients on content licensing and distribution issues, strategic partnerships, regulatory matters and various other facets of their operations. David Coulling specialises in technology projects, encompassing outsourcing, platform development, digital transformation and data exploitation mandates, while Aaron White focuses on TMT transactions, predominantly in the telecoms sector.
Other key lawyers:
Nick Pantlin; Hayley Brady; David Coulling; Aaron White; Miriam Everett; Veronica Roberts; Joel Smith; Rachel Lidgate; Michael Hunt; Andrew Moir; James Farrell; Milan Baxter; Caroline Rae; Stephen Wilkinson; Jeremy Purton
‘A dedicated, highly experienced team drawing upon strengths in various related disciplines. Able to respond quickly and provide focused results.’
‘Highly capable, highly professional, highly dependable.’
‘Very wide-ranging oversight and expertise in respect of key trends in the telco sector.’
‘Aaron White can be relied on for timely and commercially-pragmatic advice.’
‘HSF’s team are great especially on the telecoms and technology side. Telecoms practice in particular has delivered great commercial support and thinking on some of our key strategic deals and I would not hesitate to recommend for big ticket matters.’
‘Aaron White is outstanding in the telecoms area. Ability to work incredibly quickly under pressure and has brilliant sector expertise.’
‘Hayley Brady is a highly intelligent and highly approachable partner who has a deep understanding of the technology and media space.’
ARRIS International plc
British American Tobacco
Hipgnosis Music Fund
Penguin Random House
Norton Rose Fulbright combines its comprehensive offering in the field of TMT with a unique technology consulting practice, led by Peter McBurney and Madeline Bailey, who previously worked as the global head of strategic initiatives at MS Amlin. On the technology side, the firm advises start-ups, growth stage companies and large corporates in relation to major joint ventures, consortia agreements, M&A and investments. In the telecoms space, the team is involved in major digital infrastructure transactions and commercial agreements, including fibre and satellite deals and submarine cable arrangements. Sean Murphy handles a wide range of corporate matters for technology clients, with a particular focus on the fintech sector, while James Russell provides critical advice on outsourcing, IT and IP mandates; additionally, he supports clients with AI issues, DLT work, smart contracts and systems procurement matters. Oliver Stacey frequently assists TMT clients with corporate and commercial transactions, predominantly in the telecoms sector. Caroline Thomas advises clients on contentious and non-contentious competition issues; she recently advised PayPal on a CMA review following its acquisitions of iZettle and Honey. Zayed Al Jamil, who was promoted to partner in January 2021, is also a standout member of the team, with notable expertise in market data transactions.
Sean Murphy; Oliver Stacey; James Russell
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Thomas; Zayed Al Jamil; Charlotte Rowlandson; Peter McBurney; Madeline Bailey; Paul Joseph
‘James Russell – pragmatic advice, excellent in negotiations. Paul Joseph – really good strategic advice on technology matters.’
Airband Community Internet Limited
Modern Times Group
Mubadala Investment Company
- Advising Modern Times Group AB on its acquisition of Hutch Games Ltd, a leading developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games focused on the racing genre.
- Advising ride-hailing app Bolt on a range of commercial, employment and regulatory matters.
- Advising Vodacom on a software development and licensing agreement relating to the development and customisation of the Alipay digital payment platform.
Bristows LLP is highly regarded for its depth of expertise in the technology sector, encompassing IP litigation, including FRAND disputes, competition issues and commercial agreements underpinning the development of new products and services. Additionally, the team often assists clients with IT and outsourcing projects and demonstrates considerable expertise in the media and entertainment space, with a prominent focus on corporate and commercial matters. Team head Mark Watts has a strong track record in IT and data protection matters, ranging from global compliance projects to litigation concerning complex regulatory issues. With over 30 years' experience, Pat Treacy is a specialist in competition litigation involving prominent technology and media clients including Samsung and Google. Toby Crick utilises his transactional and regulatory knowledge to assist telecoms clients with outsourcing transactions and litigation, while the 'knowledgeable and commercial' Adrian Sim is recommended for his expertise in IT projects in the financial services industry.
Other key lawyers:
Pat Treacy; Toby Crick; Adrian Sim
‘Industry knowledge, client intimacy and business savvy. All very approachable, quick and give to the point advice. Just pleasant to work with to support our business operations. Good budget forecasting and regular know how updates in various ways.’
‘Adrian Sim – very business minded, approachable and solution driven. Great joy to work with!’
‘Keen young team that is happy to go the extra mile. Easy to use. I try other teams but keep returning to them. Part of a market leading life sciences practice. They understand what we do.’
‘Adrian Sim is the enthusiastic leader of the team I work with. Adrian is knowledgeable, commercial and can do and brings enthusiasm to everything he does.’
Activision Blizzard Inc.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
Amazon / Amazon Web Services
IP Group plc
Independent Digital News and Media Limited and Lebedev Holdings Limited
The Guardian News and Media
Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS
- Represented Philips in various patent (FRAND) claims against numerous companies, including HTC, Asus, TCL and Xiaomi.
- Advised WPP on acquisitions and investments in the media sector, as well as the coordination and management of the worldwide trade mark portfolio of the WPP group.
- Represented IPCom & Co GmbH in relation to its licensing programme for its portfolio of standard essential patents.
Following its acquisition of Kemp Little LLP in February 2021, Deloitte Legal is well placed to advise TMT clients on M&A, outsourcing, procurement and complex regulatory issues, particularly in the area of financial services law. Andrew Joint specialises in technology issues, with a focus on assisting clients utilising AI, robotic process automation and cloud technologies. Andy Moseby is a key member of the corporate team responsible for advising well-known digital media and entertainment companies on business critical transactions, and Paul Hinton frequently advises financial services companies in relation to IT projects involving the use of electronic trading platforms. Emma Wright is often instructed by major telecoms companies to assist with customer and wholesale arrangements; she is additionally known for her expertise in cybersecurity, AI and data projects.
Andrew Joint; Paul Hinton; Andy Moseby; Emma Wright
‘Andrew Joint is an excellent partner. One of the best technology lawyers in London.’
‘With a special combination of dynamic client support with excellent, targeted, pragmatic legal expertise we’ll definitely be continuing to work with this fantastic legal partner.’
Fadaat Media Limited
Dentsu Aegis Network
The British Interactive Media Association
- Acting for Thomson Reuters in respect of its acquisition of the CaseLines business.
- Represented News Corp in HMRC’s appeal to the Court of Appeal.
- Acted for VMware, Inc. on three global post-merger integrations following acquisitions of Pivotal Software Lastline and Datrium.
With a range of public and private sector clients across the spectrum of TMT, DLA Piper is well positioned to provide full-service advice regarding major IT and telecoms projects spanning multiple jurisdictions. Of particular note, the firm is currently advising G. Network Communications on the equity side of a fundraising to invest over £1bn in rolling out Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connectivity across London. Kit Burden specialises in outsourcing, procurement and technology transactions, in which he advises both users and suppliers of IT, including major corporates and investment banks. On the media side, Nick Fitzpatrick is the key name to note, with significant experience in copyright, broadcasting and sponsorship law, and an emphasis on licensing rights. On the telecoms side, Mike Conradi is a standout practitioner, with a strong track record of advising governments, regulators and businesses in connection with large-scale mandates, including projects involving submarine cables.
Kit Burden; Nicholas Fitzpatrick; Mike Conradi
‘Kit Burden is a leading authority on technology outsourcing that seemingly works 24/7 and somehow anticipates everything we ask. Working with him on a large project was one of the best experiences I’ve had with external counsel in 20+ years.’
‘DLA TMT practice is a world-class team of lawyers. True depth of knowledge, experience and intelligence. The presentations run over the Covid period – particularly by Kit Burden – have been tremendously helpful. DLA are miles ahead of the competition in terms of presentation of advice – they go the extra mile in ensuring it is pragmatic and relevant to the scenario. It is well-researched – from the legal and market / industry perspective – and presented skilfully and to the point.’
‘Client oriented and practical approach. Sophisticated and creative thinking.’
‘The breadth of legal knowledge and experience amongst their lawyers from junior to partners distinguishes them from other firms. Their ability to advise, find pragmatic contractual solutions and support our needs as a business makes them an invaluable partner.’
Ministry of Defence
NHS/Connecting for Health
Standard Chartered Bank
Willis Tower Watson
National Basketball Association
- Advising ING Bank on various aspects of Project Pyctor – an innovative institutional grade commercial application for private key management applied to the international custody and trading of digital assets using distributed ledger technology.
- Advising Discovery Corporation on its joint venture with Polsat to provide a Polish language “over the top” (“OTT”) streaming service in the Polish market and beyond.
- Advising G. Network Communications on the equity side in connection with a successful fundraising to invest over £1bn in rolling out Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connectivity in London.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP is known for its prominent work for public sector clients, including the Department of Health and Social Care, in relation to large-scale, national IT and telecoms projects. In addition, the firm has a leading data law practice and significant strength in corporate and commercial mandates involving large private companies. Andrew McMillan is often engaged by clients in connection with corporate transactions in the technology and digital media space; in addition, he leads the firm's data centres delivery team, with a primary focus on data trusts and frameworks for data sharing. Simon Colvin, who heads up the firm's global TMT practice, handles private and public sector projects, demonstrating particular strength in all aspects of digital transformation projects undertaken by energy, infrastructure and construction companies. Diane Mullenex leads the firm's global telecoms practice, providing full-service advice to clients on a multi-jurisdictional basis. Birmingham-based partner Andrew Hornigold is singled out for his expertise in cross-border corporate transactions involving technology companies.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Colvin; Diane Mullenex; Andrew Hornigold; Angus McFadyen
‘Very efficient, modern team, with outstanding knowledge of the TMT industry.’
‘Profound understanding of various technologies used in modern software development.’
‘Diane Mullenex: top TMT lawyer, with unique industry knowledge and great business sense. Very nice to work with. Very effective.’
‘Impressive depth of knowledge and expertise.’
‘The team was very supportive, frank and transparent in their communication.’
UK Government – Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
On Tower UK Limited ( t/a Cellnex) formerly known as Arqiva Services Limited
Envitia Group plc
Imagination Technologies Limited
UK Government – Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
- Advised Arqiva on two long-term business critical deals with MBNL and its shareholder MNOs EE and H3G – for the provision, upgrade and transformation of the mobile site portfolios, paving the way for 5G services.
- Advising leading international industry working groups and clients through the Open Identity Exchange, the OpenID Foundation and the Institute of International Finance on the development of products and propositions, and in relation to engaging with regulators.
- Advised various clients, including University of Edinburgh, the Food Standards Agency and University of Southampton on a range of new data trust projects, creating ways to facilitate positive societal, environmental and economic change and development.
RPC is particularly active in the technology sector, where it assists large traditional and digital media clients with corporate transactions, procurement contracts, insurance issues (particularly cyber risk insurance) and complex disputes. Jeremy Drew has over 25 years' experience in contentious and non-contentious matters involving TMT clients, with a particular focus on the technology and retail sectors, while Oliver Bray specialises in handling commercial contracts for large digital media clients, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp; he is also well-versed in advertising, consumer and data protection law. Mark Crichard stands out for his expertise in outsourcing projects, systems development work, procurements, software licensing issues and cloud computing matters. David Cran is known in the market for his strong reputation in technology litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Oliver Bray; Mark Crichard; David Cran
‘RPC has one of the best intellectual property practice teams in the UK. They are very collaborative, responsive, and practical. They are well-respected by their adversaries in the UK and by the courts, which is helpful in resolving disputes through negotiated settlements and through litigation when necessary. I continue to believe that RPC is a firm composed of very bright lawyers, each of whom has diverse experiences in different industries. The attorneys are very collaborative and focus on problem-solving whether the matter at hand is transactional or contentious.’
‘The RPC media team is one of the very few media specialist practices that will take on only defence work. As a result, they have formidable expertise in all areas of media defence and a deep knowledge of how the media works and what media clients want.’
‘RPC’s reputation management practice is the best in the sector for defendant/insurance work.’
‘The team is efficient and shows excellent judgment. They are very good at managing long-running, complex litigation and anticipating how decisions may affect the position months or years later.’
‘RPC are leading experts in their field; they regularly partner with our business to help deliver comprehensive new campaigns and technologies, always providing exceptionally clear and considered advice. Trusted partners do not do the RPC team justice. They really dig in to understand our market, our technology, our company, everything.’
‘Oliver Bray is incredible. He always makes time and never fails to provide sound, pragmatic advice and solutions.’
‘David Cran is very personable and tactical in his approach. I really appreciate his creative approach to problem solving and his attention to detail.’
- Supporting Facebook on the setting up of its much-anticipated Oversight Board, which will hear appeals and issue binding decisions about content moderation on Facebook’s platforms.
- Acting for Google in respect of a claim brought by a US technology company relating to one of Google’s major platforms.
- Advised Ebury, the best-in-class trade and foreign exchange facilitator for SMEs, on its £350m strategic investment arrangement with Santander.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons is particularly well known for its expertise in the technology sector, although the team also advises global telecoms companies, media and games companies and satellite providers, among others. The firm's range of work covers contentious and non-contentious matters, including major corporate transactions, data protection issues, procurements and outsourcing arrangements. In a recent highlight, Stephanie Featherstone and Mark Curtis advised Future on its £594m acquisition of GoCo Group, an operator of various savings websites in the UK, including GoCompare.com. The 'calm and experienced' Alexander Brown leads the team and handles various outsourcing and commercial contracts for users and suppliers of IT and telecoms products and services; he is also highly regarded for his expertise in data protection and privacy law. Jayne Bentham regularly represents TMT clients in commercial litigation, including major telecoms disputes, and George Morris stands out for his work for Telefónica in relation to multiple projects, in addition to his depth of expertise in blockchain law.
Other key lawyers:
Stephanie Featherstone; Mark Curtis; Jayne Bentham; George Morris
‘Alex Brown – clear, calm and experienced.’
Telefónica UK (O2)
- Advised Huawei on data protection and security matters including in relation to 5G security related legislation.
- Advised O2 on a number of transformational IT procurement and outsourcing contracts.
- Acted for Swisscom, the Swiss government-owned telecoms and broadband company, on a €500m green bond.
Slaughter and May is particularly strong in terms of its work in the technology sector, encompassing outsourcings, procurements, licensing work, product launches, IT disputes and competition litigation, particularly in relation to M&A transactions. In addition, the firm is well known for advising public sector bodies in relation to major strategic projects. Rob Sumroy has a very active practice, handling major commercial licensing and procurement transactions for technology and telecoms clients, alongside various contentious matters and projects involving the use of disruptive technologies including blockchain and AI. Victoria MacDuff focuses on corporate transactions in the technology sector; Roland Turnill specialises in public takeovers and M&A; and Paul Dickson is also a key member of the corporate team handling matters across the TMT sector. In a recent highlight, the team advised Deliveroo on the competition aspects of Amazon's acquisition of a minority interest in the company.
Victoria MacDuff; Roland Turnill; Rob Sumroy; Paul Dickson
‘The team is providing helpful guidance on how to interpret UK legislation for EU companies. They make you feel comfortable even in critical situations.’
‘Excellent cohesion and attention to detail. Highly skilled and responsive.’
‘My experience with the team is that it worked very effectively and efficiently; it has a pragmatic approach, knows the industry well and provides great customer service.’
A Plastic Free Planet
World Golf Systems
Daily Mail and General Trust plc
With a particular focus on fintech and digital payments, Ashurst's team in London provides advice to clients on commercial and regulatory matters, including strategic projects, digital transformations, joint ventures, M&A and competition litigation. Group head Nick Elverston is well known for assisting telecoms companies with major transactions and projects on a cross-border basis. Amanda Hale is highly regarded for her expertise in strategic infrastructure and service arrangements, alliances, joint ventures and complex regulatory matters, in which she typically advises funds and banks. On the IT side, Chris Bates is a key practitioner and plays a role in various major infrastructure projects involving procurement and outsourcing arrangements. In the fintech space, David Futter is a key name to note; he recently advised the owners of TikTok on strategic issues relating to the client's new digital commerce platform, which is a core part of its global expansion plan.
Other key lawyers:
Amanda Hale; Chris Bates; David Futter
‘Impressive cross team collaboration within the firm, without ever losing our lead point of contact. Flexible and genuinely engaged in what we are doing as a business. Proactively shares experience and insight that is useful for us to have as we progress and encounter new issues.’
‘David Futter – very practical and understood the landscape well – helped to even the playing field for us in terms of a start up dealing with more established entities. Technically very strong.’
British Business Bank plc
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Asto Digital (part of Santander UK)
Babcock International Group plc
BRC Global Standards
China General Nuclear Power Corporation
HM Government/UK Treasury
Nomura International PLC
Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs (acting through the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development)
Sopra Steria Limited
State Street Bank & Trust Company
Telxius Telecom S.A.
Three (Hutchison3G UK Limited)
- Advised Facebook Inc. in relation to the world’s largest subsea cable rollout which will triple telecoms capacity in Africa.
- Advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the design, implementation and operation of the technology platform and managed services for outsourced administration of the UK’s suite of Coronavirus emergency loan schemes (CBILs, BBLs and CLIBLs) and its Future Fund Scheme.
- Advised Aveva Group on a £2.8bn rights issuance undertaken in connection with the acquisition by AVEVA of OSIsoft, LLC, a global leader in real-time industrial data software and services.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Coulter; Justin Stock
Dentons is particularly active in the technology sector, providing clients with advice in relation to software licensings, cloud services, outsourcings, patent protection issues; the firm is also involved in various prominent public sector projects. In one standout matter, the team is advising Transport for London in relation to the roll-out of 4G on platforms, stations and tunnel sections of the TFL estate for the first time. Group co-head Andy Lucas regularly advises clients in relation to major IT projects; he is also well-known for advising on the use of emerging technology, such as AI and health tech. Fellow co-head Martin Fanning is highly regarded for his expertise in commercial technology transactions, electronic and mobile commerce projects and large-scale IT, telecoms and business procurements. Senior associates Sarah Lima and Rachael Morris are also recommended.
Andy Lucas; Martin Fanning
Other key lawyers:
Simon Elliott; Sarah Lima; Rachael Morris
‘I worked extensively with Martin Fanning and Sarah Lima on a project that we undertook and appreciated their industry knowledge on the subject matter. Their pragmatic and commercially oriented approach made the difference for us in closing the deal. We appreciate the flexibility and promptness in the delivery of their engagement.’
- Advising Transport for London (TfL) on the roll-out of 4G connectivity on platforms, stations and tunnel sections of the TfL estate for the first time.
- Advising Capita in connection with software licensing and cloud service issues and IT/data and a strategic software platform disposal (Eclipse).
- Advising SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport telecoms and information technology network and services provision, on a number of strategic IT projects.
Gowling WLG assists clients in various sectors with a wide range of projects, including cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and software development mandates. In addition, the team is well-known for its expertise in IP law and projects utilising emerging forms of technology, such as blockchain and AI. 'Pragmatic' group head Jocelyn Paulley specialises in advising retail and technology companies in relation to outsourcing projects, data protection work and commercial agreements underpinning the development of products and services. Patrick Arben handles commercial litigation involving technology clients, including customers and providers of IT services in the private and public sectors. On the corporate side, David Brennan is a key partner.
Other key lawyers:
Patrick Arben; David Brennan
‘Very hardworking, highly competent lawyers, with a steely edge.’
‘Strong sector experience at partnership level. Able to see the big picture and avoid protracted and expensive negotiation over minutiae.’
‘Jocelyn Paulley is pragmatic, has obvious sector experience and is easy to work with.’
Mobile Broadband Networks Limited
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
Virtus Data Centres
Pret a Manger
LCH (London Clearing House)
Metro Bank plc
National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited
The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games
- Advising Xoserve in relation to its selection of a vender as its managed security provider and drafting the contract for the appointment.
- Acting for Virtus on its key customer contracts with its hyperscaler customers, taking 45MW of capacity across a number of Virtus’ facilities.
- Advised the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on putting together the contractual suite to enable key relationships.
Harbottle & Lewis LLP has a noteworthy media and entertainment practice, which primarily advises a broad spectrum of prominent companies in relation to corporate transactions, commercial agreements and IP law. In a recent highlight, the team advised Marv Studios on the financing of the feature film Tetris, which will be available on Apple TV. Peter Armstrong frequently advises major production companies in relation to feature films, whereas Jonathan Berger tends to assist broadcasters, producers, distributors and financiers with commercial agreements, including joint ventures. Abigail Payne is also a core member of the media group, with notable expertise in international co-productions and complex financing arrangements.
Abigail Payne; Peter Armstrong
Other key lawyers:
Michael Lister; Sacha Wilson; Sarah Lazarides; Shireen Peermohamed; Gerrard Tyrrell; John Kelly; Jonathan Berger
‘Harbottle & Lewis is a firm that cares about its clients and their needs: they look for ways to help their clients with flexible costs, confidentiality, honesty and commitment from the first instance.’
‘Team are innovative, practical, commercially minded and really pleasant to deal with.’
‘Sacha Wilson is very commercial, gets straight to the heart of the matter, makes everything seem very manageable and you know you are in a safe pair of hands.’
‘Harbottle have a deep understanding and expertise in the video games industry and this comes through in their advice which is concise and commercially focused. In addition to this obvious strength, an area where I have sought their expertise quite regularly is in the ad tech space. Sacha Wilson’s expertise in this area, both from a practical and legal perspective, has been invaluable.’
The Ozone Project
Complete Fiction Pictures
Magic Light Pictures
Sky UK Limited
Cloud Imperium Games
Fourth State Games
The Interactive Software Federation of Europe
The Pokémon Company International
- Advised Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. on its offer to acquire AIM-listed Codemasters Group Holdings plc.
- Served as production counsel on the third film in the Jurassic World franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion.
- Advised DeepCode AG, a Swiss technology company at the forefront of semantic AI-driven code analysis, on its acquisition by Snyk Ltd, a leader in developer application security.
Latham & Watkins‘ data and technology transactions group is led by global practice chair Gail Crawford and fintech global co-chair Andrew Moyle, who also heads the firm’s outsourcing practice. The firm is able to combine market-leading M&A capabilities with complementary expertise in commercial contracts, intellectual property and data protection to lead on bet-the-company deals such as NVIDIA’s $40bn acquisition of chip designer Arm from SoftBank, a deal on which IP specialist Deborah Kirk played a key role. The firm also has an impressive track record of work on cloud outsourcing transactions and complex financing deals.
Andrew Moyle; Gail Crawford
Other key lawyers:
Fiona Maclean; Deborah Kirk; Christian McDermott
Credit Suisse Equity Derivatives
The Rise Fund
I Squared Capital
- Advised BlackRock with respect to migrating key elements of its investment management platform to the cloud; a global project which involved conducting a regulatory analyses of over 10 key jurisdictions across the world to determine regulatory requirements and limitations with respect to the hosting of an investment management platform by a third party.
- Advised NVIDIA in its $40bn acquisition of Arm Limited, the Cambridge-headquartered semiconductor and software design company, from SoftBank.
- Advised the funders to Polhem Infra on their acquisition of Telia Carrier, a provider of telecommunication services in Sweden.
Mishcon de Reya LLP is particularly strong in the media and technology sectors, where it handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious mandates. On the contentious side, the team recently represented Sky before the CJEU in a major trade mark case relating to computer software, culminating in a ruling in favour of Sky, granting the client an EU-wide injunction protecting its IP. Adam Rose advises clients on IT and commercial contracts, including licensing, franchising and distribution agreements. Jeremy Hertzog has significant experience in IP protection and enforcement mandates, with a strong focus on the technology sector. Sally Britton regularly assists clients with brand protection strategies.
Adam Rose; Jeremy Hertzog
Other key lawyers:
‘Great working relationship with the team who understand our requirements as a buyer.’
Berkeley Research Group LLC
Advanced Computer Software and Solutions Limited
J Sporting Club Ltd t/a Castore
Nintendo Co., Ltd
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Iceland Foods Limited
Weiss Technik UK Limited, Weiss Umwelttechnik GmbH and Weiss Technik France SAS
Sanrio Global Limited
Top Optimized Technologies S.L. and TOT Power Control S.L.
Various media and entertainment clients including Dua Lipa, Lana del Ray, Coldplay, Estate of Amy Winehouse, and others
- Advised Berkeley Research Group on an innovative blockchain-based data market place for the Government of Abu Dhabi.
- Advising Global – one of the world’s largest media and entertainment groups – on a broad range of brand protection, IP enforcement, advertising, commercial and media matters.
- Acting for two related Spanish technology companies in a very substantial claim against Vodafone for breach of confidentiality and patent infringement.
Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘pragmatic and practical’ team is particularly well known for handling corporate transactions involving technology clients and investors, in addition to assisting with procurement, supply and licensing agreements. Furthermore, the team has a strong presence in the automotive sector, where it advises major manufacturers in relation to global technology projects and commercial agreements. James Klein frequently advises venture capital and private equity clients engaged in the technology and fintech sector, while Craig Armstrong specialises in outsourcings, IT issues and IP licensings, with an emphasis on the financial services sector; the pair jointly lead the practice. Hamish Corner primarily assists technology and retail vendors and suppliers with data protection and data privacy compliance work. Sam Tyfield is known for his strong knowledge of financial services law, particularly in the context of fintech matters.
Other key lawyers:
Hamish Corner; Sam Tyfield
‘Pragmatic and practical, always looking for a sensible solution.’
‘Stand out partner – Hamish Corner. Always finds time to address my issues. High quality work.’
‘Genuine sector expertise – most other firms have corporate teams that work across sectors. Shoosmiths is different in this regard.’
‘James Klein actually understands TMT and had a greater appreciation of challenges, people dynamics etc than one would normally expect.’
Association of Sporting Directors
Certain Burnley FC shareholders
City Football Group (Manchester City FC)
Close Brothers Plc
Conde Nast International
Connected Places Catapult
Consortium to Dept. for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
Cushman & Wakefield
EasyBuild (Construction Software) Limited
Estée Lauder Cosmetics
Federation of Sports and Play
G20 Water Technologies
Gravity Global Limited
Hampshire County Cricket Club
Harbr Group Limited
Honda Motor Europe
Hutchison 3G (t/a Three Mobile)
Iliad Payment Solutions Ltd
Morgan Crucible plc
- Advised leading cloud-based software developer, Matillion Limited, on its Series D fundraise of $100m.
- Advising Conde Nast on the outsourcing of its technology operations centre based in India to provide IT support and services across its entire global business.
- Advising Cellnex Telecom in relation to the TfL Mobile Commercial tender, which will see 4G deployed on the underground and the deployment of 5G throughout London.
Taylor Wessing LLP advises clients on a wide range of matters, including M&A, advertising issues and employment law. In addition, the firm has notable strength in technology law, assisting clients with fintech, IoT and blockchain projects. Josef Fuss specialises in venture capital deals, M&A and joint ventures, particularly in the digital health space. Mark Owen has expertise in IP law, helping media, entertainment and technology companies with IP strategy, exploitation, use and protection.
Josef Fuss; Mark Owen
Bates Wells is known for handling various outsourcing agreements in the technology sector for domestic and international clients. Additionally, the team has a strong contentious practice, spanning employment, defamation and trade mark litigation. In a recent highlight, Paul Jennings represented two test claimants in a Supreme Court Case against Uber, resulting in the landmark judgment determining that Uber drivers are workers rather than self-employed individuals. Team head Richard Marke advises technology clients and IT customers in relation to all aspects of their operations, including procurement processes and software agreements. Rupert Earle is singled out for his track record in media litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Jennings; Rupert Earle
‘Great team with broad knowledge of the industry.’
‘Richard Marke is my go-to lawyer for commercial issues, particularly anything relating to outsourcing.’
‘They are efficient, focused, trustworthy, smart and very nice to work with.’
‘Responsive, very smart and they know the market very well. Our discussions are always useful.’
Advertising Standards Authority
Element Materials Technology Holding UK Ltd
Royal Albert Hall
118 Data Resource
ENO – English National Opera
Ethos Group Holdings Limited
OSISoft (UK) Limited
Mark Robert Motion Control
- Advised Reliance Bank on the procurement and development of a client-facing web-based banking platform to facilitate clients accessing banking services.
- Successfully represented two test claimants taking on Uber in the Supreme Court in a landmark case concerning the employment rights of an estimated 45,000 drivers across London.
- Advised the shareholders of DPO Group in relation to its sale to Network International Holdings Plc, a FTSE 250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
In February 2020, Brown Rudnick LLP‘s ‘strong, dynamic team’ expanded with the recruitment of a team including Neil Foster and Tim Davison from Baker Botts (UK) LLP. Foster has over 25 years’ experience handling M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, with a particular focus on the technology, media, telecoms, life sciences and energy sectors. The firm frequently advises technology companies and investors in relation to private equity transactions and fundraising rounds. In addition, it has a strong IP practice, which manages the protection and enforcement of trade marks, design issues and patent portfolios for domestic and cross-border clients.
Other key lawyers:
‘Brown Rudnick’s TMT teams really excels in complex, multi-jurisdictional matters. They are the first firm I would go to for the most complicated and difficult transactions or disputes. They are agile, they leverage technology with ease in terms of delivering services, and they know tech better than any other firm. Most importantly, the TMT team are not just lawyers, they are business and strategy advisers, always linking the legal questions to strategic and commercial questions and issues.’
‘Very strong team, they have varied backgrounds that cover almost every specialist area of TMT law. Their team is fast and reliable with deadlines and communication is excellent.’
‘Their work ethic is unbelievable. A strong dynamic team that have taken the time to get to know me and my company. It feels very much like having an in-house team.’
‘Neil Foster is a delight to work with, incomparably commercially minded with a firm grasp of strategy.’
‘Tim Davison has strong technical skills relating to transactions, is very responsive, and completely trustworthy.’
ABB Technology Ventures
All Perspectives Ltd, owner of GB News Ltd
Ananda Impact Ventures
Energy Innovation Capital
Green Steam Vessel Optimisation
Sasol New Energy
- Advising the founders of Britain’s newest 24-hour TV news channel, GB News, on its all-equity fundraising.
- Advising Social Venture Fund II and other shareholders in relation to a share sale of Arbor Education Partners Group for £30m.
- Represented Wirex in its High Court trade mark infringement claim against Cryptocarbon Global Ltd, Cryptocarbon UK Ltd and Bee-One UK Ltd, in respect of their unauthorised use of Wirex’s registered trade mark, CRYPTOBACK.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises and represents a wide range of network operators and key players in the telecoms sector. On the contentious side, Thekla Fellas is regularly instructed in disputes relating to the Electronic Communications Code, following on from her role in various consultations underpinning the development of the legislation. Simon Cloke consistently handles regulatory, strategic and commercial matters for telecoms companies, often with the assistance of Charlotte Walker-Osborn and Nick Stubbs. James Hyde specialises in contentious and non-contentious IT mandates.
Simon Cloke; James Hyde; Thekla Fellas
Other key lawyers:
Charlotte Walker-Osborn; Nick Stubbs
‘Market leaders in Telecoms advice. What differentiates them from their competition is their practical knowledge in the application of the legislation but also their knowledge and understanding of the implications of the legislation. Their team have a “can do” attitude, positive and proactive approach to managing current and future risk.’
‘Thekla Fellas leads the telecoms specialism and has an unrivalled knowledge of telecoms legislation allied to the numerous other statutes that are often intertwined with the Code. Thekla understands land and property management, development, planning and impact on value and therefore is able to give both strategic advice as well as detailed specific advice.’
Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
Daisy Group Holdings Limited
AP Wireless II (UK) Limited
University of The Arts London
J.H. & F.W Green Limited
Orange Business Services
Mayer Brown International LLP's 'extremely responsive and tech savvy' team has a particularly strong track record in the media and entertainment industry, where it advises clients in relation to major acquisitions, complex disputes and various other matters. In a recent case, the team successfully defended eOne in fraud proceedings, resulting in a favourable settlement. The 'outstanding' Miles Robinson specialises in commercial litigation, Robert Hamill leads the firm's work in the media sector, and Mark Prinsley specialises in cybersecurity and data privacy law. Senior associate Harriet Hainsworth handles numerous corporate transactions in the technology sector, including M&A.
Miles Robinson; Robert Hamill; Mark Prinsley
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca Bothamley; Oliver Yaros; Harriet Hainsworth
‘Aside from being savvy about tech matters, they are extremely responsive and deliver a product that is of actual use for the client. They become like an extension of the in-house team. Their fees are extremely reasonable and they are willing to adjust to whatever the client requires.’
‘This is a very individualistic team and there was no sense of a corporate gloss; we heard differing opinions or nuances and the team didn’t hesitate to keep revising its advice as the situation changed. They were in other words, free to give their full firepower in intellectual terms and this was very helpful.’
‘We appreciate the depth of knowledge displayed by this firm, and its ability to marshal a mixed team which incorporates expertise in the various disciplines required.’
‘Expertise, authoritative opinion, and the ability to put together a team which works extremely well with both our teams and client teams. In this TMT area we would highlight Miles Robinson as an outstanding individual.’
Helios Towers, Ltd
- Advising Overmore on the GDPR-compliant self-service platform it has developed for its customers, including assistance with technology issues, data protection and intellectual property rights.
- Advising Entertainment One Ltd (eOne) on a wide range of matters, including multiple transactions.
- Advising start-up Adopt Me! on the establishment of its new video games company and the development, application, registration and protection, licensing and commercialisation of its intellectual property rights worldwide.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's 'exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable' practice is best known for its work in the media and entertainment industry. In particular, the team advises clients on data protection issues, digital advertising mandates, e-commerce projects and outsourcing transactions. Rafi Azim-Khan, who divides his time between London and Silicon Valley, has a wealth of expertise in the media and telecoms sectors, spanning GDPR compliance work, M&A and cybersecurity law. Steven Farmer is noted for his strong track record in technology transactions, including cloud computing and SaaS agreements.
Other key lawyers:
Steven Farmer; Lee Rubin
‘They have exceptionally skilled and knowledgeable attorneys. They seldom need to look up an answer.’
‘They are courteous, efficient, knowledgeable and exceptional in terms of delivery to deadline and budget. No task is too much and they have been willing to go the extra mile to help in areas that could have easily been considered out of scope on several occasions.’
‘Steven Farmer has been exceptionally helpful in the few months we’ve been working with him. Very responsive, flexible and takes a real interest in our business. Also providing a very pragmatic approach based on the stage we’re at as a company.’
‘We found Steven Farmer to be an open-minded, diligent and mature professional. He is patient in order to understand our extraordinarily complex corporate strategy/structure, and been a great help in addressing our unique needs. He shows high professional standards and integrity in his work, as well as what I might only describe as an eagerness to improve our own in-house team’s capabilities. I feel he’s truly invested in the success of our organisation.’
‘A fantastic experience working with Pillsbury. On the ball, a high level of knowledge and always good communication.’
State Street Bank and Trust Company
HM Electronics Inc
Upland Software Inc
World Travel and Tourism Council