TMT in London

Baker McKenzie

The ‘incredibly responsive, knowledgeable and practicalBaker McKenzie provides a full service to a range of media and tech companies. The firm’s broad expertise covers blockchain, M&A, tax, IP, privacy and commercial contracts, as well as advice on internal reorganisations and regulation. Team head Steve Holmes has experience with clients from the technology, communications, media and entertainment industries. Other key names are the ‘intelligent and efficientSue McLean, who specialises in Fintech, blockchain and AI; Ben Allgrove, who focuses on the cross-over digital media space; media and entertainment expert William Holder; and senior associate John Groom, who handles copyright, digital media and new technologies matters.

Practice head(s):

Steve Holmes

Testimonials

‘Truly, they have been involved in some of the most noteworthy and now-commonly used advancements in internet services over the past 15 years’

‘Trusted partner does not do justice to the level of confidence they have earned’They view our issues as if they were a part of our in-house legal team – considering the legal, business, and policy aspects of their advice’

‘Ben Allgrove and John Groom stand out as examples of what I most appreciate about the firm. They really dig in to understand our industry, our technology, our company, everything’

‘Sue McLean is a phenomenal lawyer. Her enthusiasm and passion for her practice area is outstanding. She is up to speed on the developments in a fast-moving area, and has been exceptionally helpful on blockchain and AI projects’

‘Ben Allgrove provides commercial advice backed by vast industry experience that is greatly valued in our team’

‘The firm has the broadest and deepest understanding of our business – in many ways, we rely on the firm as an extension of our in-house team’

‘Ian Walden continues to be a legal expert of dizzying ability, with a most amiable and generous character’

‘Will Holder is our long established partner for corporate matters – he combines an astute commercial approach with excellent legal skills and a deep awareness of our industry and issues’

Key clients

BBC

MagicLab

Equinix Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising BBC on equal pay issues.
  • Providing support on the USD 3 billion sale of leading OTT player, MagicLab, the company behind the market-leading dating and social networking apps, Badoo, Bumble, Chappy, and Lumen, to Blackstone.
  • Advised Equinix, Inc. on its USD 1+ billion Europe-based joint venture with GIC, Singapore’s global wealth fund, to develop and operate hyperscale “xScaleTM” data centres.

Clifford Chance LLP

The 'strength in depth’ of Clifford Chance LLP makes the firm ‘hard to beat for efficiency in executing cross-border, multi-territory TMT transactions'. The practice has particular expertise in digital infrastructure, data security, competition and antitrust matters. André Duminy leads the team and focuses on complex commercial transactions. Other key names in the area are Jonathan Kewley, who is known for tech ethics, data, AI, cyber security and blockchain regulation advice; Jenine Hulsmann, who has experience in competition law and regulation; and Jennifer Mbaluto, who specialises in M&A and commercial transactions in the TMT sector.

Practice head(s):

André Duminy

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Mbaluto is a committed, tenacious and commercially astute operator with a good grasp of the relevant issues’

Key clients

Cellnex

Inmarsat

CDC Group

Tele2

Infracapital

Comcast

BT / EE

Sky

Fujitsu

Imagination Technologies

Block.one

WEX, Inc.

Mastercard

Panasonic

HQLAx

Citi

Booking.com

Permira

Comcast / NBC Universal

News Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Block.one on the launch of its new blockchain-based social media platform called “Voice”.
  • Advising Comcast / NBCUniversal on the European Commission’s landmark investigation into the cross-border licensing of premium pay TV content.
  • Advising Inmarsat, one of the world’s leading satellite telecommunications companies, on its $6 billion takeover by a consortium formed of funds advised by Apax Partners LLP, Warburg Pincus LLC, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The full service Herbert Smith Freehills LLP practice covers the spectrum of advice to TMT sector clients. Praised by clients for their high quality advice the firm’s expertise ranges from trade mark advice, copyright law and IP transactions, to Fintech, data management and blockchain technology. The firm also has experience acting for media and entertainment industry clients, with this breadth of experience making them 'a formidable team for high-pressure bet the farm contentious matters' according to one client. Key names in the team are Hayley Brady, who advises on media, entertainment, consumer and digital commercial matters; corporate partner Stephen Wilkinson; Aaron White, who specialises in international transactions, projects and regulatory matters; David Coulling, who has data and sourcing expertise and Fintech specialist Nick Pantlin .

Testimonials

‘Their IP technical knowledge, combined with their litigation edge, makes them a formidable team for high-pressure bet the farm contentious matters. They deliver consistently high quality advice.’

‘David Coulling has an outstanding ability to analyse and make clear judgements on complex situations very quickly, often picking up on detail from advice and negotiations from years earlier, and bringing it right up to date with the latest developments in both our business and the external environment’

‘Richard Woods has delivered dedicated, steady and invaluable support to us when raising seed capital from both institutional and high net worth investors. His reassuring presence calms very difficult situations’

‘Andrew Moir has a technical knowledge which is unusual for a lawyer, and this enables him to understand client issues and apply the law better. 

‘The TMT team is unique for its meaningful collegiality – they work really well as a single unit, leaning on cross-functional expertise from a number of disparate practice areas’

‘The complex TMT contracting team led by Nick Pantlin and David Coulling is – in my experience – at the top of its game, delivering incredibly strong strategic support’

‘Jeremy Purton is exceptionally talented with a depth of IT and outsourcing expertise which belies his years. He has exceptional verbal and written communication skills, he never disappoints on calls, bringing just the right tone to every engagement’

‘Milan Baxter is an absolute rising star with impeccable attention to detail and a passion for furthering his clients’ interests’

Key clients

Sky

STV

Time Warner

British American Tobacco

Smilegate

News UK

NetEase

Harrods

Bauer Media

Google

Comcast

IBM

Work highlights

  • Advising Telefonica on the renegotiation of its strategic network sharing arrangements with Vodafone in the UK, to evolve the arrangements as needed to plan for and roll-out 5G mobile services to UK customers
  • Advised Bauer Media and News UK’s Wireless on their collaborative joint venture to create Octave Audio, a new digital audio company for the UK advertising market.
  • Acted for Liberty Global, a global communications and media giant, and its UK subsidiary Virgin Media on a long-term £1 billion plus wholesale commercial partnership with Vodafone and a related wholesale agreement between Virgin Media Business and Vodafone.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The multidisciplinary practice at Norton Rose Fulbright has broad experience in TMT industry work. The firm has particular expertise in disruptive tech and innovation, including Fintech and Insurtech, as well as regulatory advice in the area.  Sean Murphy, who is head of the technology practice in EMEA and head of the global Fintech practice, leads the group,  alongside  Oliver Stacey, who specialises in corporate and commercial transactions; and James Russell, who focuses on outsourcing, information technology and intellectual property law. Also notable are competition law expert Caroline Thomas; gaming and IP specialist Paul Joseph, who joined from RPC in 2020; and Zayed Al Jamil, who was promoted to counsel in 2019 and advises on outsourcing and technology projects.

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Thomas; Zayed Al Jamil

Key clients

Vodafone

Econet Wireless

Etisalat

IFC

Orange

PTCL

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du)

Veon

Telenor

TeliaSonera

Vodacom

Cell C

TowerShare

Mubadala Investment Company

Helios Investment Partners

Standard Bank of South Africa

Orange Liberia

PayPal Inc.

De Beers

CGI

VAKT Global Limited

Shell Ventures BV

Bolt

Newegg

Starling Bank

Unily

Work highlights

  • Appointed to advise PayPal on the CMA’s Phase 2 investigation of PayPal’s acquisition of iZettle.
  • Appointed to advise Bolt on the roll-out of their ride-hailing app in London
  • Acting for Orange in its defence of a claim in the High Court (Competition List) involving allegations made by Phones 4u Limited (In Administration) (P4U) that a number of mobile network operators (Orange, Deutsche Telekom, EE Limited, Vodafone Limited (and its parent company) and Telefonica UK Limited (and its parent companies)) infringed Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and/or Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998.

Bird & Bird LLP

The full service Bird & Bird LLP practice has broad expertise in the TMT sector, including telecoms regulatory work, IP and trade mark advice and media finance. Key names for the firm include sports specialist Jonathan Taylor; Ronald Hendrikx, who focuses on IT and communications projects; media and music expert Phil Sherrell; Howard Rubin, who is known for games expertise; head of TV and film Richard McMorris, who has corporate experience; and Felicity Reeve, who advises on advertising and marketing matters.

Key clients

TuneIn

ICE Services

Rockstar Games

DAZN

HBO

Intergalactic Gaming

The Football Association, the Football Association of  Wales, the Football Association of Ireland and the Irish Football Association

Philip Morris Group

PRS for Music Group

Daily Mail and General Trust Group

Brighton & Hove Albion FC

The Rugby Football Union

The Premier League

Colt Telecom

Qualcomm

Nokia

Sony

Work highlights

  • Advised TuneIn on its seminal digital copyright dispute with Sony Music and Warner Music
  • Advising the creators of Grand Theft Auto V on an ongoing global enforcement campaign against the creators of cheating software for use in GTA V.  Successes to date include judgments in the UK, Scotland and Germany and successful search order applications in several EU countries.
  • Continue to provide strategic advice to PMI around numerous aspects of various new reduced risk products and brands/sub-brands.

CMS

The ‘open and accessibleCMS has 'strength in depth across the practice and the team' in the TMT sector. The firm’s expertise includes acting for corporate customers and suppliers in the areas of e-commerce, entertainment and cloud matters. Clive Gringras leads the team and focuses on commercial and contentious technology issues. Also notable are Sam De Silva, who specialises in IT and telecommunication projects; Emma Burnett, who is known for data protection, technology and outsourcing work; and Susan Barty, who advises on technology and IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Clive Gringras

Testimonials

‘Sam de Silva provides a vast wealth of knowledge and experience and brings this to the fore in timely and commercial advice.  He has taken the time to get to know and understand our business and can get straight to the heart of the issue’

‘Caroline Cooper is recommended’ 

Key clients

BBC Studios

BT plc

CityFibre

Comcast

Elisabeth Murdoch

Facebook

Gamesys

International Cricket Council (ICC)

ITV

Liberty Global

Microsoft

viagogo AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the BBC on its strategic partnership with ITV to launch BritBox, a new streaming service for UK audiences offering access to the best of British TV, which launched in the fourth quarter of last year.
  • Advised Comcast on telecommunications regulatory and commercial aspects of its acquisition of Sky plc in the UK.
  • Engaged across fifty-eight territories to advise Microsoft on the legal risks and challenges of allowing Minecraft players to create virtual depictions and artefacts that are visible in the real world through a mobile augmented reality application.

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP acts for established international tech companies and emerging UK companies on a range of matters. The firm’s experience includes M&A transactions, finance, blockchain and GDPR advice. Notable in the area are Chris Coulter, who focuses on technology, data, cyber security and intellectual property issues; and Justin Stock, who has expertise in M&A, corporate finance and private equity.

Other key lawyers:

Chris Coulter; Justin Stock

Key clients

FaceApp, Inc.

Facebook

Genus Technologies Ltd

Nativo, Inc.

Odeon UCI

Research Innovations, Ltd

Rockley Photonics Limited

Syncsort Incorporated

Unmind Limited

Zoom Video Communications

Bottomline Technologies Limited

Broadcom

Clearmatics Technologies Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting blockchain specialists Clearmatics Technologies Limited in various transactions including in connection with the multi-bank Utility Settlement Coin project.
  • Assisting Bottomline Technologies Limited, a payment automation technology company, on a variety of commercial arrangements.

DLA Piper

Acting for a range of clients from start-ups to global enterprises, DLA Piper provides expertise across areas ranging from cleantech, to computer hardware, games, entertainment, e-commerce and telecommunications. The team has particular strengths in technology, commercial transactions, IP and outsourcing matters, as well as advising on litigation and competition. Practice head Kit Burden specialises in outsourcing and complex technology transactions, advising users and suppliers.

Practice head(s):

Kit Burden

Key clients

HCL Technologies

Dixons Carphone plc.

VEON

NTT Corporation

Latitude Bidco Limited

10x Future Technologies Services Limited

Ooredoo Kuwait

Work highlights

  • Advised HCL on its global outsourcing agreement with Xerox, whereby HCL agreed to take on and transform a range of Xerox’s business functions on a global basis, on a project valued well in excess of USD1 billion.
  • Advising Dixons Carphone Plc in relation to an enforcement investigation brought by the FCA into allegations that The Carphone Warehouse’s missold mobile phone insurance between 2008 and 2015.
  • Advising VEON on a series of significant and related transactions in Egypt in connection with Global Telecom Holding.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP provides an experienced technology and digital markets group with strength in the UK and internationally. The broad practice has particular expertise in the areas of connectivity, data and AI. Andrew McMillan leads the team and specialises in corporate transactions within the TMT sector. Other key names for the firm include Simon Colvin, who focuses on transactional work in the public and private sectors; telecoms expert Diane Mullenex; and David Isaac, who advises on commercial contracts, IT procurement projects and re-negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McMillan

Key clients

Google

Fujitsu

UK Government – Department of Culture, Media & Sport

Dixons Carphone

ZyXEL Communications UK Limited, ZyXEL Communications A/S

CommScope Inc

Northgate UK Holdings

University of Edinburgh

Aspen Technology

Tesco Stores Limited

Honda Motor Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Google on privacy and “Right to Be Forgotten” matters, among others.
  • Sole legal adviser to Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on its 5G Testbeds and Trials Programme, a flagship initiative to stimulate deployment of 5G technologies, create new business opportunities and put the UK at the forefront of 5G
  • Advising the University of Edinburgh on the establishment of a Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence. The Centre of Excellence will be a world first, bringing together large retail banks, academic researchers, high performance computing expertise and machine learning and Fintech developers in the rapidly developing field of open banking.

RPC

The full service RPC practice has a ‘pragmatic approach combined with a depth of knowledge’ and particular expertise in IT and media. The firm also provides broad litigation and commercial contract experience. Jeremy Drew leads the team and advises on contentious and non-contentious IT matters. Other key names include senior partner Oliver Bray, who is strong in data issues arising from media and online retail; David Cran, who specialises in technology matters; Keith Mathieson, who acts in contentious media, data and privacy matters; and Mark Crichard, who focuses on technology and outsourcing. Paul Joseph left for Norton Rose Fulbright in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Drew

Testimonials

‘Exceptional client service’

‘Always responsive and quick to turn things around and with good awareness of the issues which are important to our business and to our customers’

‘David Cran is genuinely exceptional’

‘Ciara Cullen is able to flex style as appropriate and to explain complex legal issues in a clear and concise way. Consistently delivers sound legal advice in a digestible form’

‘Ben Mark has superior knowledge of IP protection / enforcement issues. Ability to  digest complex issues and form decisive opinions at speed’

‘RPC has a depth of experience in IT procurement, plus commercial contract negotiation and management’

‘Charles Buckworth, Mark Crichard and Jonathan Greenway are professional, knowledgeable, skilled in the art of negotiation and work tirelessly to meet what are often unrealistic and stretching time pressures’

Key clients

Link

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Facebook

Google

YouTube

UCL Business

Associated Newspapers Limited

Bloomberg L.P.

MGN Limited

Telegraph Media Group Limited

Ceres Power Limited

Wave Optics

Ebury

Jet2.com

Work highlights

  • Advising LINK on the tender process to operate the telecoms and technical infrastructure for the UK’s ATM network, a critical national infrastructure project and one of the leading technology deals in the UK in recent years.
  • Advising Google LLC and group companies on their successful defence of an alleged breach of confidence claim brought by a US technology company relating to a technology platform.

Simmons & Simmons

Best known for its technology sector work, Simmons & Simmons also advises global telecoms, media, games and satellite companies on a range of matters. In addition, the firm has expertise in the areas of IP, digital health, tax, data centres and Fintech. Alexander Brown leads the team and advises on outsourcing and commercial ICT contracts for users and suppliers. Another key name for the firm is Tom Wheadon, who specialises in the law, regulation and policy of telecoms, satellite, media, technology, the internet and e-commerce.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Brown

Other key lawyers:

Tom Weadon

Testimonials

‘Great availability and succinct, commercial advice always provided’

‘Tom Weadon is a star. He always makes time and never fails to provide solid, pragmatic advice’

Key clients

VEON

Telefónica

DXC Technology

BT

Honeywell

WeWork

Huawei

Warner Bros

Future PLC

GoCo Group plc

Bose Corporation and Bose Limited

Roland

PCCW

Work highlights

  • Advising Huawei Technologies on data protection/cyber security issues.
  • Acting for Bose Corporation and Bose Limited in commencing an action for revocation of a patent relating to in-ear headphones and an associated declaration of non-infringement by Bose’s StayHear earphones.
  • Advised Future plc on its class 1 acquisition of TI Media for a total consideration of £140m in cash and its £104m equity fundraise to part fund the acquisition.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May is a full service practice that acts for leading TMT sector clients in a range of matters, including  global M&A, commercial contracts, the protection and management of IP/trade marks, tax and employment. The firm also has experience advising on emerging tech support issues. The team is co-led by Victoria MacDuff, who acts for technology and telecoms companies undertaking transformational and strategic projects; M&A specialist Roland Turnill; Rob Sumroy, who focuses on technology work and has experience in AI, blockchain, Fintech, e-commerce and data matters; and Paul Dickson, who focuses on corporate issues and corporate finance.

Key clients

Vodafone

BT

Daily Mail

ITV

Sophos

Salesforce

Google

ARM Ltd

Equinix

Disney

Work highlights

  • Advised Salesforce, the global leader in customer relationship management technology, on the UK competition law aspects of its completed acquisition of analytics platform Tableau Software, Inc.
  • Advising Sophos Group PLC on all UK aspects of a recommended cash offer for Sophos’ entire issued and to be issued share capital by Surf Buyer Limited, a company formed on behalf of funds managed and/or advised by Thoma Bravo LLC.
  • Advised Vodafone on its acquisition of Liberty Global’s telecommunications businesses in Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Acting for clients ranging from startups to global technology and media companies, Taylor Wessing LLP advises across the full lifecycle of work. The practice provides broad TMT sector expertise in M&A, advertising, employment and data protection matters, as well as tech specific advice, including Fintech, IoT and blockchain issues. Josef Fuss advises investors, companies, entrepreneurs and management teams on venture capital, M&A and joint ventures in the TMT area, with particular strength in digital health. He co-leads the international technology, media and communications sector group with IP specialist Mark Owen, who advises media, entertainment and technology clients on IP strategy, exploitation, use and protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Josef Fuss; Mark Owen

Testimonials

‘Josef Fuss is proactive and solution-driven. His strong inter-personal skills proved important given the complexity of the deal; and he was constantly accessible.’

Ashurst

Ashurst brings expertise in IP, corporate, finance, disputes, competition and real estate, to a range of TMT sector projects and issues. Notable for the firm in this area are Nick Elverston, who provides cross-border legal advice to clients in the TMT sector and the wider digital economy; Amanda Hale, who acts for some of the big four tech companies, fixed and mobile operators, governments and regulators, as well digital infrastructure sector investors; IT and sourcing specialist Christopher Bates; and Abradat Kamalpour, who focuses on Fintech, capital markets and Islamic finance.

Key clients

Telxius Telecom S.A.

Three (Hutchison 3G UK Limited)

Virgin Media

WorldPay

Digital Colony

DXC Technology (formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprises)

Facebook

Google

Asto Digital (part of Santander UK)

Arenko Cleantech

Work highlights

  • Advising Facebook on its digital infrastructure transactions across EMEA.
  • Advising Goldman Sachs on the launch and development of its new digital retail banking platform, Marcus.
  • Advise BAI Communications Europe Limited (“BAI”) on its bid for the concession to be awarded by Transport for London (“TfL”) to roll out mobile and broadband networks in the London Underground, along the red bus routes and on street furniture.

Bristows LLP

IT law specialist Bristows LLP provides a broad range of contentious and non-contentious advice to TMT sector clients. The firm has particular experience in data protection, telecoms, competition law, media and advertising matters, as well as M&A and commercial disputes. Technology expert Mark Watts leads the practice and advises on commercial IT and data protection. Also notable are Pat Treacy, who focuses on EU and competition law; and Toby Crick, who is known for telecoms work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Pat Treacy; Toby Crick

Key clients

Capgemini

Google

Discovery Channel / Eurosport

NTT (formerly Dimension Data)

Yell /Hibu

United Technologies

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Spotify

Scientia Limited

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Gee 7 Group Limited

WPP plc

Amazon / Amazon Web Services

Canon

Schibsted Media

Oxis Energy

IP Group plc

Independent Digital News and Media Limited and Lebedev Holdings Limited

The Guardian News and Media

Vice Media

GTech

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Paramount Pictures

IBM

Dropbox

Cray Supercomputers

Samsung

ZTE

Ofcom

Vorboss

University of Cambridge/Light Blue Fibre

Philips N.V

Dixons Carphone

Endless Mobile

Twitter

Latent Logic

Work highlights

  • Acted for Schibsted Media, the Oslo-listed media conglomerate, on UK elements of the demerger and listing of its global online classified ads business, Adevinta, in what was Norway’s largest IPO in 13 years, valuing Adevinta at £5 billion.
  • Assisting Google with its appeal to the French Council of State in respect of the CNIL’s fine.
  • Acted for Philips in a case related to the FRAND licensing of SEPs (standard essential patents), affecting the global telecoms industry.

Dentons

Dentons ' broad practice offers experience in emerging and innovative technologies, including robotics, AI, the cloud and Fintech, as well as TMT work relating to the public sector and cybersecurity. The team is led by Andy Lucas, who has expertise advising UK Government departments on a variety of matters. He works with Martin Fanning, who focuses on commercial transactions, projects and procurement; and Scott Singer, who specialises in data issues. Also notable is senior associate Sarah Lima, whose strengths include blockchain and outsourcing projects

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Lima

Key clients

Facebook

Royal Mail Group

Avis Budget Group

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Jaguar Land Rover

Transport for London (TfL)

Upfield (KKR)

Virgin Group (including Virgin Atlantic)

Emtelle

JCDecaux

HM Government

John Lewis Partnership (including Waitrose)

Sainsbury’s

Informa PLC

Intralinks

Carbonite

Airwair (Dr Martens)

Intapp

Arriva UK Trains Limited

Work highlights

  • 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 Upfield on several significant matters over the past 12 months, including: the procurement of outsourcing of key elements of its financial business processes to leverage robotic process automation; and Wide Area Networks (WAN) and communications infrastructure as a service (Verizon).
  • Advising Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on a series of outsourcing deals with Tata Consulting Services

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's team  includes partners with pure technology, telecoms and IP expertise alongside particular experience in innovation, IP disputes and outsourcing, advising suppliers and service providers. Notable in area are Robert Shooter, who is head of the firm's technology, outsourcing and privacy group; Leighton Cassidy, who focuses on the life sciences, sport, technology, media and telecommunications sectors; and John Linneker, who specialises in IP disputes in the fields of trademarks, copyright, patents, designs and confidential information.

Key clients

Mobile Broadband Network Limited

Wireless Infrastructure Group

Freesat

Netflix

Nintendo

Freeview

Blue Prism

VMWare

EE

Space Norway

Smart DCC

Samsung

Forbes

Work highlights

  • Adviser to Nintendo across its European footprint on its payments businesses, from gift cards and online payments to the implications of innovative payment technologies, which are a growing feature of the online gaming world.
  • Advise Blue Prism on the re-engineering of its customer on-boarding processes and rewriting its standard terms and conditions; negotiation of a global solution reseller and distribution agreement; and negotiation of high value reseller deals in Germany.
  • Act for SkyKick in defending trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky Plc, in relation to use of the word ‘SKYKICK’.

Gowling WLG

The commercial, IT, outsourcing and intellectual property team at Gowling WLG has broad experience that includes GDPR, AI, telecoms and data issues. The practice is co-led by Jocelyn Paulley, who has particular expertise in the retail and technology sectors; and patent litigator Alexandra Brodie, who specialises in IP. Also notable is Birmingham-based Patrick Arben, who is a commercial litigation partner specialising in the technology sector. Sally Mewies left for Walker Morris LLP in 2019.

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Arben

Testimonials

‘The team has the right culture and approach and the associates are technically sound, with the correct level of gravitas’

‘Patrick Arben is a go-to person; as a partner he is exceptionally creative in approach and great at finding solutions to problems. His knowledge of the IT market is excellent and his in-depth knowledge of the technical side of IT projects, coupled with his litigation skills, makes him an outstanding individual in his field’

Key clients

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Birmingham City Council

Virtus Data Centres

Rigby Group

Marks & Spencer plc

Cornerstone Telecommunications Limited

Metro Bank plc

Xoserve Limited

Secretary of State of the Home Office (‘Home Office’)

Office of National Statistics

InterDigital

TQ Delta

Work highlights

  • Leading for Xoserve in its selection of a vendor as its managed security provider and drafting the contract for the appointment.
  • Act for the Virtus group of data centre operators on their major customer contracts.
  • Advised the Birmingham City Council on a range of negotiations with its joint venture (JV) partner Capita, as result of which the parties have agreed to wind-up the JV delivery partner, Service Birmingham, and the Council has agreed to sell its shares in Service Birmingham to Capita.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Combining ‘rigorous legal skills with a deep knowledge of the media sector and excellent commercial acumen’, Harbottle & Lewis LLP advises a range of clients, from start-ups to multinational companies. The firm provides a ‘breadth and depth of experience’, including reputation management, commercial advice, IP and trade mark, advertising, data management and wealth. The team includes Michael Lister, Sacha Wilson, Jonathan Berger, Shireen Peermohamed, Gerrard Tyrrell, John Kelly, Abigail Payne, Kieran Jay, Bob Mitchell, Daniel Tozer, Neil Adleman, Mark Phillips and Alan Moss.

Testimonials

‘The team always went the extra mile to understand our needs and understand exactly what mindset we had in relation to the matter they were assisting with’

‘They really went into the nitty gritty and challenged our thought process to make sure we made the right decision when required’

‘Harbottle offer clear pragmatic advice and work well with our business objectives’

‘Shireen Peermohamed is excellent’

‘They are extremely reliable, efficient and very personable. I am always confident of excellent support across various matters’

‘The breadth of practice at H&L means that when I require advice in other sectors of the media (or more generally) I am confident in the expert advice provided’

‘Neil Adleman is the pre-eminent theatre lawyer in Europe. Brilliant industry knowledge and highly commercial’

‘Jonathan Berger is a highly effective commercial media lawyer with superb negotiation skills and business advice’

Key clients

Amazon Studios

Anne Hathaway

Apple

Cat’s on the Roof Group (Crook Productions, Vaudeville Productions, Second Act Productions, Gameface Productions)

Cloud Imperium Games

Dan Ticktum

David and Victoria Beckham

David Ross

Dazed Group Ltd

De Beers Group

Dead Ink Books

Diageo

Disney

Donmar Warehouse

Droga 5

England Hockey

Enriched Media Group (Film and TV finance)

Expedia

Finstock Capital

Fourth State Games

Gordon Ramsay

Hachette UK

Work highlights

  • Advised technology innovator and leading UK workplace pensions provider, Smart Pension on the licensing of its market-leading pension platform to Zurich Workplace Solutions (Middle East) Limited to launch into the DIFC.
  • Advise SecuTix, a ticketing services provider using a software-as-a-service, solution in relation to its UK entity’s increasing number of customer services agreements.

Kemp Little LLP

Acting for suppliers and customers of technology, Kemp Little LLP’s 'great strength in depth' includes digital media, adtech, telecoms, manufacturing, Fintech and AI matters. The team is co-led by technology specialist Andrew Joint; Paul Hinton, who advises financial services companies on complex IT projects; Andy Moseby, who specialises in digital media and entertainment; and the 'technically excellent' Emma Wright, who focuses on telecoms, infrastructure and cybersecurity issues.

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Earl

Testimonials

‘A great niche, tech firm. Friendly, highly competent, very strong on contract drafting and negotiation, reasonable on price and innovative in fee structures’

‘The practice isn’t constrained by being a one stop shop firm and trying to be all things to all, it does what it does and does it very well’

‘Willing to take the time to get to know your business and your team’s needs’

‘Sarah Earl is a brilliant up-and-coming associate. I’ve been blown away by her competency’

‘Andrew Joint is a very progressive partner, excellent at client development and on the money with advice’

‘Emma  Wright takes the trouble to really understand the business and tailors the approach and advice perfectly.  If such a textbook existed Emma could write the chapter on “how to be the perfect trusted adviser” with her eyes closed’

‘Emma Wright is completely client focused and on point, real breadth of sector knowledge’

Key clients

Accenture

AKQA

Alcohol Monitoring System

Arrow Communications

British Interactive Media Association

BT

Danmon Group (including ATG Danmon)

DAZN Media

Deloitte

EE

Enigma Code Limited (Dooh.com)

Fujitsu Services

iSite TV

MobileWebAdz

NetMotion Wireless

Norgine

Philip Morris International

Plusnet

Primesite

Principality Building Society

Pure IP

QVC

Reckitt Benckiser

SITA

Summit Media

Thomson Reuters

Warbler

Warwick Net

Weve

William Hill Online

Work highlights

  • Advise BT on various matters
  • Advising DAZN in respect of its supplier structure for its sports streaming services.
  • Acting for Thomson Reuters in respect of its acquisition of HighQ, the cloud-based professional collaboration SaaS platform, following a competitive auction process.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The Mishcon de Reya LLP TMT team combines corporate, IP, finance, tax, employment and regulatory expertise, as well as specialists in data protection, cyber security and data science. Innovation and technology are key areas for the firm, with particular strength in AI and cybersecurity matters. Adam Rose focuses on IT and commercial contracts. He co-leads the team with Jeremy Hertzog, who is known for IP protection and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Adam Rose; Jeremy Hertzog

Other key lawyers:

Kevin McCarthy

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of the needs for a software company during acquisitions – team has specific capabilities around IP and employment matters’

‘Kevin McCarthy is a standout partner who has built a very good working relationship with our team and is always on hand to help answer simple questions or get involved in detailed negotiations where appropriate’

Key clients

Sky Limited

Nintendo

Magic Lab

Global

Comcast

Abu Dhabi Digital Authority

NBC Universal

eBay

J Castore

Impellam Group

Advanced Computer Software Group Limited

Top Optimized Technologies S.L. and TOT Power Control S.L.

Gamesys Group plc (formerly JPJ Group plc)

Project Provenance Limited

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Quinyx

Rwanda Development Board

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sky in Sky v SkyKick before the CJEU, described by many as the most significant case on EU trade marks since the inception of the regime
  • Instructed by Global to advise on strategic IP protection and related enforcement issues.
  • Advising online gaming operator and existing client JPJ Group plc on its c. £490m acquisition of privately-held Gamesys Group, a reverse takeover under the Listing Rules (JPJ Group plc has now been renamed Gamesys Group plc). Involved a significant number of commercial arrangements as part of the transaction.

Shoosmiths LLP

The ‘helpful thoughtful and knowledgeableShoosmiths LLP is particularly known for IT, telecoms and infrastructure projects, advising a range of clients from early stage technology businesses to mid-size SMEs and listed entities. The firm’s expertise includes AI technologies, blockchain, cybersecurity, Fintech and payment services. Corporate specialist James Klein joined from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in 2019. He co-leads the team with Craig Armstrong, who specialises in technology-centric outsourcing and procurements.

Practice head(s):

Craig Armstrong; James Klein

Testimonials

‘Great team wanting to support local start ups’

‘The team at Shoosmiths, in particular Mark Kramer, have been exceptional in advising on contractual agreements and offering general advice’

‘They think widely as well as deeply and engage additional expertise from across various disciplines as required’

‘Practical, realistic, and sensible in their advice – pragmatic’

‘Commercially focused, pragmatic in approach, very flexible, and offer innovative solutions’

‘Mark Kramer and Eloise Di Pasqua have made dealing with Shoosmiths very straightforward ‘

‘ Sherif Malak is always patient and cheerful’

‘Nicky Jenkins has been particularly helpful in relation to GDPR advice’

Key clients

Integral Powertrain Ltd

Cellnex Telecom

Audacious Mobile

Goshawk Communications

Gattaca

Hamleys

Tesco Mobile

H&M Hennes & Mauritz GBC AB

easyGroup Ltd

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Lee James Simmons Ltd

Rixo Limited

Thomas Cook & Late Rooms Limited

Kurt Geiger Limited

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts Limited

Mercedes-Benz Limited

TJX Europe T/A TK Maxx

Ann Summers Ltd

The White Company (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised VWG on the re-negotiation of its data network arrangements pursuant to which VWG’s UK head office and all of VWG’s 700 plus dealers across all of the Audi, Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda brands within the UK are provided with broadband and other data services.
  • Lead UK adviser to Cellnex Telecom, which is bidding for the TfL Mobile Commercialisation tender, which will see 4G deployed on the underground, a new fibre network installed to connect public buildings in London, wi-fi at stations being taken over and deployment of 5G throughout the London streetscape.
  • Instructed as part of the consortium advising on Project Light. This involved extensive work on their media rights structure and sales process to maximise exposure and revenue, incorporating the rights of the individual Unions into a broader pot.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells advises in the media and technology sectors, with particular expertise in outsourcing matters. The firm specialises in advice to TMT clients in setting up charitable corporate foundations. Practice head Richard Marke has experience acting for a range of technology clients, as well as advising IT customers acquiring technology products.

Practice head(s):

Richard Marke

Key clients

Elecosoft Plc

Element Materials Technology Holding UK Ltd

118 Data Resource

Alight Solutions

Accloud

Virtuoso IT

dc-square GmbH

Ethos Group Holdings Limited

Rockar Limited

OSISoft (UK) Limited

Mark Robert Motion Control

Nikon

TBN UK

Work highlights

  • Advised TBN in relation to contractual documentation with the BBC.
  • Act for Times Newspapers in a groundbreaking case (before the European Court of Human Rights) on whether success fees should be claimable from publishers in defamation and privacy cases.
  • Advise Mark Roberts Motion Control (a specialist subsidiary of Nikon) on their diversification into 3D captures and avatar technology.

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP’s expertise covers a range of sectors as well as innovators.  The practice has experience in licensing, commercial contracts, outsourcing of technology systems and digital commerce. Technology and innovation expert Mark Lubbock co-leads the team with Steven James, who focuses on technology, commercial and IP law; and corporate specialist Philip Watkins .

Testimonials

‘Brown Rudnick always exceed our expectations by putting us, the client, first. They don’t just give advice, they listen and they understand our values and mission and ensure they represent them. We find Brown Rudnick to be open, transparent, honest, fair and so important these days, HUMAN!!’

‘Philip Watkins is the best lawyer I’ve worked with in any form. He is diligent and his knowledge knows no bounds. I can’t thank him enough.’

 

Key clients

The Ritz Hotel (London) Limited and The Ritz Hotel Casino Limited

The Beaumont Hotel Limited

Clearcast

Boonrawd Trading International Company Limited (subsidiary of Boon Rawd Brewery Company Limited, the producer of Singha beer)

The Design Museum

The Roundhouse

Bloodwise (Blood Cancer UK)

The New West End Company

Lyst Ltd

Climb Online

Heart of London Business Alliance

The Saturday Club Trust

The London Design Festival

The Global Vehicle Trust

The Institute of Imagination

The Norman Trust

Work highlights

  • Advise Clearcast on a range of commercial contracts and IP issues, including in relation to its CopyCentral system, and data rights issues.
  • Advise the Design Museum generally in respect of intellectual property and commercial matters and in particular in relation to various commercial matters, including its privacy and data protection policies, website terms and conditions and its cookie policy.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The ‘first rate team’ at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is a ‘leader in the field’ of TMT, particularly in relation to telecoms work. Acting for suppliers and customers, the firm handles issues arising from the telecoms code and the roll-out of small cell networks and services. Another areas of expertise is data centre and network infrastructure advice. Communication industry specialist Simon Cloke co-leads the practice with James Hyde, who focuses on IT matters; and Thekla Fellas, who joined from Fladgate LLP in 2019 and brings experience in telecoms disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Karen Mitchell

Testimonials

‘Thekla Fellas has immense understanding of the Code and excellent tactical awareness. Added to which are fantastic client skills’

‘Karen Mitchell is hardworking and has great case management qualities’

‘The team is one of the leading firms in the new and rapidly developing area of telecommunications law’

‘The team are at the forefront of developments and are therefore able to give up to the minute advice based on those developments’

‘Thekla Fellas is incredibly knowledgeable,  matched by a desire and drive to achieve the best result for her clients’

Key clients

AP Wireless

Cincinnati Bell /Cyrus One Inc.

Daisy Group

Dimension Data

Nationwide

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Nokia

Nomad Digital

Orange Business Services

Telehouse

Transport for London

Vodafone

University of London

Work highlights

  • Acted for APW, the successful party, in a precedent setting case before the Upper Tribunal arising out of the new Electronic Communications Code.
  • Operate a helpline for Orange Business Services for quick legal issues in areas including employment law, contracts and litigation.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP provides a range of services to technology, telecoms, internet, media, satellite and broadcasting clients in the UK and internationally. The firm’s advice includes IP, data, transactions and contentious matters. The team is co-led by disputes specialist Miles Robinson, who acts in contractual and commercial claims; Robert Hamill, who focuses on corporate finance, M&A and joint ventures in the media and entertainment industries; and Mark Prinsley, who has experience advising technology-based businesses and assisting customers at all stages of outsourcing transactions. Also notable is senior associate Harriet Hainsworth, who has expertise in corporate matters in the area.

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Hainsworth

Key clients

Hachette

Village Roadshow Limited

Entertainment One

Overmore Group

Wolters Kluwer

HSBC

Modern Times Group

Perrigo

Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

  • Advised Entertainment One (eOne) on its sale to the major toy maker Hasbro, Inc, in an all-cash transaction for approximately US$4 billion (£3.3 billion).
  • Advised Entertainment One (eOne) on its agreement to acquire UK-based Audio Network Limited for approximately £178 million. Audio Network is one of the world’s largest independent creators and publishers of original high-quality music for film and television including hit series such as Killing Eve and The Night Manager.
  • Advising Prisa on a $200 million rights offering. Prisa is one of the largest media groups in the world: present in 22 countries.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The ‘stellar' Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has a breadth of practice across the TMT area and a ‘genuine international reach allowing it to draw on knowledge and experience globally’. The practice has particular expertise in data privacy, cybersecurity and the internet of things, as well as providing commercial contracts and digital advertising advice. Rafi Azim-Khan leads the team and his broad experience covers the IP, IT, data, digital media, internet and e-commerce spaces. Also notable is the ‘responsive and very knowledgeableSteven Farmer, who acts for customers and suppliers in a range of matters from contractual agreements and IT, to payment systems and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Rafi Azim-Khan

Testimonials

‘Bring an entrepreneurial and creative perspective to their work. In addition, we have been impressed by Pillsbury’s ability to surge resources as needed’

‘Each of the lawyers we have interacted with has been a pleasure to work with and are true leaders in their fields’

‘Whatever expertise we have needed, they have been able to provide it, from anti trust to IP’

‘Rafi Azim-Khan brings a rare depth of experience in data, e-commerce, web platforms, marketing etc. to his advice. He would be my go-to lawyer for data expertise. He has outstanding experience and has rare transatlantic legal expertise that I would recommend. He is superb for technology and data privacy advice’

‘Matthew Oresman has been instrumental to our success. He has provided exceptional advice and support’

‘Steven Farmer provides a first-class client service and is a very safe and reliable pair of hands.  He is responsive and diligent, pragmatic and a genuine expert in his field; and he leads with a really great level of enthusiasm and sense of humour’

‘Henrietta Worthington is a very strong and capable lawyer’

Key clients

State Street Bank and Trust Company

Victaulic Company

HM Electronics Inc

SpyCloud Inc.

Upland Software Inc

Juniper Square

Infohealth Limited

World Travel and Tourism Council

Work highlights

  • Represents HM Electronics, Inc. on a range of cross border B2B agreements.
  • Representing supplier SpyCloud in various SaaS negotiations.
  • Advising Upland Software, Inc. on a range of commercial contracts associated with various UK acquisitions during 2019.