Firms To Watch: IT and telecoms

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher  added Joel Harrison  and Alison Beal  to its London office as partners in summer 2022.  Harrison focuses on data protection, cybersecurity, information technology and outsourcing; Beal's practice covers outsourcing and technology transactions.
Boutique firm Bratby Law was set up by former Arnold & Porter partner Rob Bratby in 2020 and provides clients with legal, regulatory and transactional advice in the telecoms, digital and data sectors.
Michelle Mullen leads the commercial IT practice at Devonshires Solicitors LLP, which has a strong focus on handling technology-related work for clients in the social housing sector.
Goodwin‘s technology practice is adept at advising clients on licensing and technology transfer transactions. Lore Leitner joined the team from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in December 2021 to lead the practice alongside Gretchen Scott.

IT and telecoms in London

Ashurst

A major focus for the team at Ashurst is assisting clients with digital transformation projects and strategies, and the commercial, regulatory and financing aspects of digital infrastructure rollout. Additionally, strategic sourcing, IP, competition and dispute matters are also well within the group’s strong capabilities. Nick Elverston is co-head of the digital economy transactions group and IT and sourcing specialist Christopher Bates leads the digital transformation and strategic sourcing practice; Elverston has substantial experience in handling cross-border TMT matters for telecoms and media companies, vendors and funders, and he is also fluent in English, French and Japanese. Amanda Hale advises on a range of transactions, including strategic infrastructure and service arrangements, joint ventures, M&A and financings, as well as regulatory issues. David Futter is also notable and assists governmental departments on IT and outsourcing transactions, as well as assisting clients with procuring and operating digital platforms. The team has been expanding with new hires, including the recruitments of senior associate Shehana Cameron-Perera and Rhiannon Webster from DAC Beachcroft LLP in January and August 2021 respectively. Noah Hong was promoted to counsel in November 2021.

Testimonials

‘The team has deep experience across the entire spectrum of the technology landscape, ranging from telecoms to fintech to SaaS agreements.’

‘The team makes extensive use of its Glasgow legal analyst team on due diligence exercises, which helps to keep costs efficient.’

‘Christopher Bates is an exceptional contracts lawyer who manages to both understand client businesses exceptionally well while also keeping abreast of the latest developments in case law.’

Key clients

1&1 Drillisch

Babcock International Group plc

BAI Communications

British Business Bank plc

Brookfield Infrastructure

Goldman Sachs

HM Government

UK Treasury

Komainu Holdings

Macquarie Capital

McLaren Group

Meta

Pirum Systems

Sopra Steria Limited

Three

Uber

Virgin Media O2

Work highlights

  • Advised Meta on 2Africa, including the 2Africa Pearls extension, which will see the subsea cable project increase connectivity for approximately three billion people.
  • Advised the UK Government 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.
  • Acted for Intel in the remittal to the EU General Court following its successful appeal to the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice of the General Court’s decision of 12 June 2014, which found that Intel had abused its dominant position in the supply of microchips (CPUs) for desktop, laptop and server computers between 2002 and 2007 by granting loyalty-inducing conditional rebates to computer manufacturers and a computer retailer and fined Intel €1.06bn.

Baker McKenzie

The sizeable team at Baker McKenzie advises customers and providers of technology and telecoms on contentious and non-contentious mandates and, situated within the firm’s global practice, it is well-placed to assist on multinational ventures. On the telecoms side, it handles regulatory mandates, network transformations such as the launch of 5G, mobile device arrangements, and network outsourcings. The group’s IT expertise extends to advising clients on cutting-edge projects involving new technologies, such as cloud services, AI and blockchain, and digital transformations. ‘Outstanding negotiator’ Steve Holmes leads the team in London and co-leads the European group, handling both technology and telecoms matters, from technology outsourcings to fibre deals. Financial services and fintech expert Sue McLean assists clients with cutting edge areas of technology, including cloud, blockchain and AI. Other key names include Robbie Downing, who is notable in telecoms regulatory matters, and senior counsel Harry Small, who has substantial experience in technology and outsourcing matters. Maulik Mittal is a key name at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Steve Holmes

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, commercial, and very responsive. Negotiating large relationships and contracts during lockdown was made remarkably straightforward. Great lawyer-client relationship and communication.’

‘Open communication channels enabled the firm and in-house lawyers to play appropriate and complimentary roles during negotiations.’

‘Great team with great depth. The team is smart and technically strong.’

‘The London office is very responsive.’

‘Sue McLean and Maulik Mittal were excellent advisers; both very safe pairs of hands.’

‘Maulik Mittal stands out as capable beyond his years of qualification.’

‘Steve Holmes is professional, pragmatic and a very good commercial lens. He is willing to challenge his clients in their decisions and brings great breadth of experience to their work.’

‘Steve Holmes is an outstanding negotiator. He takes the lead role in the room and clients and the other side all look to him for guidance. His calm and intelligent manner leads to win-win situations for both sides.’

Key clients

Hutchison 3G UK

APG Group

Atos

COLT

Digitalk

Equinix

esure

Fiera Infrastructure, Inc.

Finbourne

Google

MagicLab

OneFamily

Ovzon

R3

Samsung

Sinch

Tik Tok

VEON

ViaSat

Zavo

Work highlights

  • Advising Hutchison 3G on its latest deal with BAI communications to provide network infrastructure which will deliver high speed mobile connectivity, wifi and small cells services on the London underground and other TfL street scape assets.
  • Advised Atos on its acquisition of Ipsotek.

Bird & Bird LLP

The ‘outstanding’ team at Bird & Bird LLP provides a global IT and telecoms offering for contentious and non-contentious matters. In the telecoms field, the team supports clients on the deployment of 5G, network infrastructure mandates including cable consortia agreements and construction and maintenance issues, and satellite projects. In the technology space, the group handles large-scale implementation projects in the financial services, defence, public and retail sectors, supporting digital transformations, and advises on new technologies. Mark Leach co-leads the technology transactions and international outsourcing practice groups and specialises in acting for both customers and suppliers. Ronald Hendrikx co-heads the technology and communications group with expertise in innovation projects for public and private sector clients – of particular note is his work on the adoption of smart metering in Britain. Graeme Maguire advises on international projects, as well as the M&A and financing aspects of technology mandates. Roger Bickerstaff advises on matters with a public sector component, while Jonathan Emmanuel assists clients with disruptive digital technology adoption, including cloud computing, blockchain, and agile software development matters. Ian Edwards is also key in digital transformation projects.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Hendrikx; Mark Leach

Testimonials

‘The team has great availability, responsiveness, pragmatism and exceptional sector knowledge.’

‘The Bird and Bird technology team are outstanding, personable and coherent. The work they provide is meticulous, delivered quickly and of the highest standard.’

‘The practice is pragmatic and has a commercially-sensitive approach to negotiations.’

‘Ian Edwards has exceptional sector knowledge which is applied brilliantly to produce pragmatic solutions. He always delivers and is more than a lawyer – he is a genuine adviser.’

‘Ian Edwards is sought after for the most high value and complex legal matters. He has unrivalled legal expertise in this area of work, provides excellent client service, is personable, genuine, has a sense of humour and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Ian Edwards is definitely worth his fees and a lawyer of this calibre is appropriate for the most high value projects and cases.’

‘Ian Edwards has a pragmatic, constructive and commercially-sensitive approach to negotiations. He effectively builds relationships with all parties, which is ultimately conducive to a productive negotiation and furthering his client’s goals.’

Key clients

Arm

BT

CBAN

Colt Telecom

DocuSign

Gamma Communications

Nokia

Equinix, Inc

Microbit

TKMaxx

Nando’s

Work highlights

  • Advised Mitsubishi and Sisvel in a UK High Court claim against multiple defendants for a declaration that the terms and conditions of the licence agreement offered by Sisvel to its mobile communication program patent pool are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.
  • Acting for the Nokia group in two UK High Court claims against multiple defendants from the Oppo, OnePlus and Realme groups.
  • Advised Allwyn on the development and negotiation of the key technology and connectivity agreements that will be critical to the successful delivery of the UK National Lottery over the 10-year licence term.

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP has a vast array of clients, including technology and telecoms companies, regulators, and purchasers of IT, such as governmental departments and financial institutions. The team demonstrates wide-ranging expertise across telecoms M&A, SaaS and outsourcing issues, and regulatory matters, and is notably strong in contentious mandates; the practice also has strengths in new and emerging technologies, advising clients on cloud issues, robotics and AI. Toby Crick has transactional and regulatory expertise and supports clients in the financial services, energy, and health sectors. Myles Jelf leads the firm’s technology litigation practice with a particular focus on antitrust and IP disputes, as well as advising clients on telecoms patent strategies. Adrian Sim is recognised for his experience in major IT and outsourcing deals, while Anna Cook specialises in outsourcing disputes and counsels users and suppliers of IT systems on risk and contract management, confidentiality and licensing disputes. Health technology is a particular strength of Chris Holder, and dispute resolution specialist Angela Fouracre is also a name of note, acting for both customers and suppliers. Robert Graham is also reputable in IT disputes.

Practice head(s):

Toby Crick; Myles Jelf; Adrian Sim

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cook; Angela Fouracre; Robert Graham; Mark Watts; Sophie Lawrance; Chris Holder; Charlie Hawes

Testimonials

‘The team at Bristows is second to none in the UK technology law space. They are accessible, responsive, highly knowledgeable and experienced and are a go-to team for any complex, high value or innovative IT deal.’

‘Their understanding of the industry and therefore ability to provide tailored advice is great. They also take a pragmatic view, such that in negotiation with providers they focus on what is important and likely, rather than focusing on theoretical, pedantic legal points that have no probability of happening in practice.’

‘The team at Bristows strike the perfect balance between excellent technical legal knowledge and industry insight and experience. They are able to distil often complex legal positions into easy to digest and practical advice. The strategic value they are able to add sets them apart from their competitors.’

‘Anna Cook is one of the stars of this sector. She is always on top of client and legal issues, is always good humoured, and is a real team player with a rare skill at explaining complex technical matters.’

‘Angela Fouracre is a very good lawyer, with a keen sense for commercial and legal issues. She is a good communicator and is a joy to work with.’

‘Toby Crick is extremely knowledgeable, accessible, responsive and a pleasure to work with. He is both extremely tenacious and pragmatic when the demands of the deal necessitate it and brings a very sharp intellect and great sense of humour to his work.’

‘Adrian Sim is superb at managing complex transactions. He works tirelessly and fully invests in the whole view (not just the legal), adding real value to a transaction.’

‘Adrian Sim and Charlie Hawes are quite simply excellent. They are open, approachable, accessible and clearly have excellent market experience which is invaluable. Always a pleasure working with them.’

Key clients

Google

IBM

Amazon Web Services

Rocket

Oxford University

Thomas Miller

Reinsurance Group of America

Sony

Baringa

The Guardian

Samsung

ZTE

Eutelsat

IPCom

Ofcom

Vorboss

CityFibre

Philips N.V

Capgemini

Juniper Networks

Dixons Carphone

Work highlights

  • Advised the University of Oxford on the development and global launch of a new technology platform for the analysis of mutations of Covid-19.
  • Assisting Eutelsat with an internal group reorganisation, and the sale of a direct to home satellite business.
  • Assisting CityFibre with ongoing competition law advice on a variety of matters, including its long-term wholesale network access agreements with various ISPs.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP has a thriving telecoms practice, handling major transactions in the telecoms sector and advising clients on digital infrastructure relating to fibre networks, data centres and telecoms towers. It also advises clients on large IT outsourcing and strategic contracting work, as well as regulatory issues and cutting-edge technologies, such as blockchain. Department head André Duminy focuses on commercial transactions, M&A, technology projects and outsourcing arrangements; he is also very active in the fintech and insurtech space and has acted for start-ups and large institutions investing in start-ups and their technology. Jennifer Mbaluto is co-head of the firm's East Africa practice and leads the technology M&A practice with strength in emerging African markets. Jonathan Kewley is also of note as co-head of the firm’s technology group, with a strong practice focused on cutting-edge technology ethics, data, AI, cybersecurity and blockchain regulation. Zayed Al Jamil joined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):

André Duminy

Testimonials

‘The availability of senior partners, together with the seamless integration of advice across multiple Clifford Chance practice groups, is a key part of the offering.’

‘Highly commercial and diligent practice group with a clear understanding of client objectives and timelines.’

‘The team is creative and solution focused, whilst being flexible and nimble.’

‘Jennifer Mbaluto and André Duminy can navigate extremely difficult and complex anti-trust led auction processes to a tight timeline.’

Key clients

Africell

Allegro

Anchorage Capital Partners

Block.one

Cellnex Telecom

Delivery Hero

EE

Epic Games

EQT

FIS

G.Network Communications

HQLAx

LZ Labs

Panasonic

Sitecore

State Street

Spotify

Telefonica

Tencent

The Hut Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellnex on the acquisition of the European telecoms towers business of CK Hutchison Holdings for €10bn.
  • Advised Telefónica on the £31bn merger of O2 UK mobile phone company with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media UK broadband and cable TV provider to create the 50/50 JV “Virgin Media O2”.
  • Advised FIS on its 10-year outsourcing transaction with Franklin Resources, Inc.

CMS

CMS has a wide-ranging practice and, in the IT space, the group acts for technology start-ups and completes large transactions for buyers of IT. On the telecoms side, the team acts for operators, investors, private and public sector companies and manufacturers. Its work spans across a range of asset classes, including subsea, data centres and mobile infrastructure, advising clients on regulatory matters, M&A transactions and infrastructure finance work. Clive Gringras leads the technology practice with expertise in contentious and transactional mandates, and regularly advises US technology companies on the rollout of new products across EMEA. Chris Watson heads up the global telecoms department, focusing on international commercial matters where competition and regulatory issues overlap. Matthew Bennett specialises in advising clients on outsourcing, offshoring, shared services and procurement agreements, while Sam De Silva acts for both users and suppliers regarding cloud computing, outsourcing, system integration and software licensing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Clive Gringras; Chris Watson

Other key lawyers:

Matthew BennettSam De Silva

Testimonials

‘Quite simply, they have the right attitude. Clients are put first and are provided with prompt, detailed and commercially sensible advice.’

Key clients

Cadent Gas

New Balance

DZ Bank

Microsoft

Onfido

Copper Technologies

Xiaomi

CityFibre

EllaLink

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft on the Competition and Markets Authority’s high-profile investigation into Xbox subscription practices and the ultimate public undertakings that Microsoft provided to resolve the dispute.
  • Advised CityFibre on a major expansion of its strategic fibre-to-the-home partnership with Vodafone.
  • Advised Onfido on expanding its cutting-edge artificial intelligence-based technology platform.

Dentons

The London-based team at Dentons is praised for its ‘superb technical expertise‘ and benefits from the firm’s global network, allowing it to work on international IT and telecoms projects. It acts for consumers and adopters of IT and telecoms in the retail, financial, transportation, energy and public sectors, and undertakes work involving commercial contracts, M&A transactions, regulatory issues, data privacy and cybersecurity work, competition mandates, financing issues and disputes across the technology and telecoms spaces. Martin Fanning and Henrietta Baker jointly lead the TMT group, while Tristan Jonckheer leads the telecoms group; Fanning handles major technology M&A mandates, Baker has acted on IT transformation projects, and Jonckheer has substantial experience in advising clients on major communication projects and regulatory matters. Dan Burge assists corporate clients with complex IT projects and procurement arrangements, and Andy Lucas has a wide-ranging and thriving practice, which includes advising private sector companies on technology projects and handling major IT outsourcing projects for governmental departments. Nick Harrison and Sarah Lima were recently promoted to the partnership.

Testimonials

‘Dentons offers an excellent depth of expertise in TMT and has seamless communications between departments, for example in relation to corporate, employment and tax, which is invaluable.’

‘The Dentons team provides an always innovative approach to system integration outsourcing work, always pushing for new ways to increase value for clients by adopting new and non-conventional approaches.’

‘Extremely skilled in their field, very open minded and collaborative, all supported by total integrity and respect for colleagues and counterparts.’

‘Dentons provides not only superb technical expertise but it is always embedded in a real understanding of our business, as well as the market. From the partners down to the associates, they are a pleasure to deal with and always deliver pragmatic, prompt and digestible advice.’

‘The team are approachable and demonstrate great client service. There is an expectation that a legal team will be highly knowledgeable. It is the way their knowledge is delivered in a commercially-focused manner that sets them apart.’

‘Henrietta Baker uses her extensive experience to provide practical and commercial solutions and legal strategy support. Henrietta and her team became an extension of our team and were easy to work with.’

‘Tristan Jonckheer is a trusted advisor, valued by key stakeholders. He provides commercial legal advice in a clear and articulate manner, often going above and beyond, making him stand out from his competitors.’

‘Tristan Jonckheer managed the support to our team in a seamless manner, quickly ensuring his team and him were up to speed with our ways of working and providing a notably responsive approach.’

Key clients

Vodafone Italia

Capita

EDF Energy

Royal Mail Group

Secure Meters

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Wella International / KKR

TechnologyOne

UiPath

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Advising Secure Meters in relation to its bid to the DCC to design, build and operate a bespoke IT solution for Device Management services to support the roll out of next generation communication hubs to approximately 26 million energy consumers.
  • Advising Royal Mail on its highly complex agreements with BT and Zebra to supply high performance, rugged mobile devices and to provide critical related communications services and IT support services over five years.
  • Advising ghd on its global implementation of a new Enterprise Resource Planning systems.

DLA Piper

The large team at DLA Piper has a varied client base, including private and public sector companies, and customers and suppliers, which it advises on an international basis. Regulatory and transactional mandates are well within the group’s strong capabilities, alongside handling major outsourcing projects and contentious work. Mike Conradi is co-chair of the international telecoms practice and focuses on providing regulatory and commercial advice to governmental departments, regulators and telecoms businesses. Mark O’Conor jointly leads the firm’s global technology sector group and is experienced in advising clients on cloud and digital transformation, public procurement and outsourcing mandates. Kit Burden has a thriving practice involving outsourcing and complex technology transactions, acting for both IT users and suppliers. Corporate lawyer Ben Forgiel-Jenkins is also a notable team member, and Duncan Pithouse focuses on major outsourcing and implementation projects, while Chloe Forster in the technology transactions and strategic sourcing group assists clients with the use of AI and blockchain. Patricia Collis joined the team from Bird & Bird LLP in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mike ConradiMark O’Conor

Testimonials

‘Deep knowledge of the relevant regulations and of client’s needs.’

‘Mike Conradi is excellent, very supportive, efficient and pleasant to work with. He has deep knowledge of law and understanding of client’s needs.’

‘Kit Burden is an expert in his field with great market insight as well as providing excellent legal advice. He is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic in his approach, and adds real value to any project.’

‘Chloe Forster is an excellent lawyer in the IT space with a deep understanding of retail. Very commercial and pragmatic in her approach, strong on client care, and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

NHS/Connecting for Health

DEFRA

HMRC

Standard Chartered Bank

UBS

Aviva

British Airways/IAG

Heineken

HCL Technologies

Microland

Ericsson

CDW

Willis Tower Watson

Amadeus

LEGO

National Grid

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Ministry of Defence with concluding a new five year £460m contract with Boeing Defence UK, extending existing arrangements for a logistics system critical to UK Armed Forces operations worldwide.
  • Advising the Society of Lloyd’s in relation to its business criteria re-platforming and outsourced operation agreement with DXC.
  • Advising Safaricom on its multi-party equity investment, along with other international investors including Vodacom, Vodafone, Sumitomo Corp and CDC Group, into a new operating company tasked with winning a licence and then rolling out a new telecoms network in Ethiopia (Safaricom Ethiopia).

Fieldfisher

At Fieldfisher, the highly adept technology, outsourcing and privacy group advises clients on a broad range of matters, covering digital transformations, cloud-related mandates, SaaS and software developments, outsourcings, and space and satellite issues, as well as emerging technologies such as AI, RPA and autonomous vehicles. Since May 2022, Robert Shooter has taken up the role of managing partner and is no longer practising; Simon Briskman and Hazel Grant now jointly lead the practice; recent noteworthy work includes Briskman’s support advising on a commercial drone cargo aircraft. Other notable individuals include Paul Barton, who advises clients on IT projects in the public and private sectors, satellite specialist John Worthy, and James Walsh, who has significant experience in commercial contracts and navigating digital regulatory issues. Additionally, Paul Graham leads the communications sector group, Rem Noormohamed is dual qualified as a solicitor and an engineer, and John Brunning is skilled in large-scale, transformational projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Briskman; Hazel Grant

Other key lawyers:

Paul Barton; John Worthy; James Walsh; Paul Graham; Rem Noormohamed; John Brunning

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s well-established team has almost doubled in size in recent years. Technology and outsourcing issues are a major focus, including advising on systems implementation work, technology procurements, transformation projects, complex commercial mandates and emerging technologies such as blockchain, data analytics and AI, as well as technology-related disputes. The team is equally strong in telecoms work, handling commercial, regulatory and contentious matters for an array of major industry clients. Leading the technology group is global head of the technology sector Nick Pantlin, who acts for private and public sector clients; commercial litigator James Farrell, who leads the IT and outsourcing disputes group; and licensing expert Andrew Moir, who is global head of data and cybersecurity. On the telecoms side, transactional lawyer David Coulling leads the IT and telecoms team, advising on joint ventures and acquisitions, while managing partner Stephen Wisking sits as head of competition, regulation and trade, assisting telecoms clients with competition issues. Senior associate Jeremy Purton is of note in IT separation, integration and transformation projects. Aaron White relocated to Australia in 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Purton

Key clients

ARRIS International plc

Bharti Airtel

BP

BP Pulse

British American Tobacco

Ciena

ClearBank

Comcast

Facebook

Global Switch

Gresham House

Huawei

IBM

IHS Towers

Inchcape

Kismet Capital

Lloyds Banking Group

Ministry of Defence

nbn

Orange

OneWeb

Reliance Communications

Shaw Communications

SingTel

Sky

Smartone

Softbank

Standard Chartered Bank

Tata Communications

Telstra

O2

Telefonica S.A.

Transport for London

TSB

UBS

VEON

Virgin Media

Vodafone (Telecoms)

Work highlights

  • Advised EML Payments on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Sentenial.
  • Advised Speedcast on its UK satellite licensing requirements and restructuring in connection with its US Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
  • Advised Altice on its further investment in BT.

Latham & Watkins

The technology practice at Latham & Watkins is co-led by outsourcing expert Andrew Moyle and Gail Crawford. The ‘fantastic‘ team assists start-ups and well-established companies on a wide range of IT and telecoms issues, including regulatory, contentious and transactional matters. This advice covers local and global mandates, including M&A, outsourcings, transformations, contractual negotiations, cloud computing issues and product launches. Christian McDermott has expertise in the IT space, conducting technology-related transactions for clients as well as handling work in the emerging technology space. Fiona Maclean has considerable outsourcing and cloud computing experience, and senior associate Laura Holden is key in technology and outsourcing transactions, while associate Elva Cullen is also notable for her online platform regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew MoyleGail Crawford

Testimonials

‘The team at Latham’s is knowledgeable, diligent, and very efficient.’

‘Laura Holden is always responsive and helpful, with fast turnaround times, a high bar for quality, and she has a real skill for being concise.’

‘They are fiercely intelligent and display their technical expertise in meetings and through the work product they deliver. A great team who are also fun to work with!’

‘Elva Cullen is an exceptional lawyer. She is lightning quick to respond at any hour of the day, and very good at cutting through the noise to get to the heart of the issue. She patiently digests evolving instructions on commercial contracts in the context of international M&A and transforms them into succinct summaries and contract drafts.’

‘Elva Cullen is great at surfacing crucial points to the deal team and in-house lawyers where needed. She is always good humoured and positive in the face of a very demanding client with extremely tight turn-around times. Overall, a fantastically calm, considered and all-round lovely lawyer.’

Key clients

Intuit Inc.

Farfetch

Meta Platforms, Inc.

NVIDIA Corporation

TPG Capital

OEP Capital Investors

Rosecliff

Gett

Jersey Telecom

Amiral Management Corporation

GoHenry

Truata Limited

IHS Markit Equity Investments Limited

Cipher Technologies

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP has an impressively broad practice and client base, spanning from telecoms operators and service providers to local and global corporates and governments, in addition to an increasing number of financial sponsors. Key areas of focus for the team include IT, communications, fintech and digital infrastructure mandates, as well as regulatory issues, complex transactions and M&A work. The group is also well-equipped to handle technology-related disputes. Julian Cunningham-Day co-leads the global technology and fintech sector groups, specialising in technology projects for financial services. Stuart Bedford is also co-head of the technology group with substantial expertise advising corporates and banks on technology deals. Iain Fenn jointly heads up the telecoms group alongside David Martin; Fenn advises major telecoms clients on transformational projects, while Martin focuses on digital infrastructure transactions in the telecoms space. Richard Cumbley has stepped down as global head of the TMT practice, but continues to play an active role in regulatory and IT work. Marly Didizian is incredibly experienced in large-scale and business-critical digital transformations, and Georgina Kon handles mandates involving innovative technologies and the roll-out of digital programmes.

Testimonials

‘The team remains highly committed and extremely knowledge about the sector, making working with them efficient and fluid.’

‘Availability and quick turnaround are two characteristics that clients value highly.’

Key clients

MFM Investment Limited

CK Hutchison

Wind Tre S.p.A.

Arqiva

Orange

Ardian

Teneo

Work highlights

  • Assisted MoneyFarm, which offers regulated advice to consumers via its algorithm which selects a portfolio for customers to invest in.
  • Acted for Arqiva on the proposed sale of its broadcast division, as a follow-up transaction to the carve-out sale of its telecoms division to Cellnex for £2bn.
  • Advised Teneo, administrators of Bulb Energy Ltd.

Norton Rose Fulbright

In the technology space, Norton Rose Fulbright is well-known for acting on large-scale innovative projects, mandates involving emerging technology including AI and blockchain, regulatory matters, and digital infrastructure projects, as well as contentious matters. The telecoms team is also strong in assisting communications providers and financial institutions on a range of matters, including competition and regulatory advice, disputes, network sharing and outsourcing issues, and licence bids. Sean Murphy is head of the technology sector and global head of the firm’s fintech group, and has a thriving practice, assisting clients with international corporate matters in the technology space, as well as the development of technology for financial services. Oliver Stacey leads the communications group with substantial experience in handling M&A, joint ventures and fibre and cable projects, while James Russell leads the IT and outsourcing department with expertise in onshore and offshore technology. Daniel Metcalfe is also of note for his work in the telecoms space, especially regarding towers, cable and fibre issues, and data centre deals. Zayed Al Jamil moved to Clifford Chance LLP in May 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Metcalfe; Zahra Sachedina

Testimonials

‘Present throughout the entire project, and hence capable of helping clients tackle any aspect of complex transactions. That is very valuable to clients.’

‘Hats off to Oliver Stacey and Zahra Sachedina for their work: they orchestrated the whole transaction and should be thanked for it.’

Key clients

Airband Community Internet Limited

AT&T

BNP Paribas

Bolt

BP

CGI

Community Fibre Limited

Coventry Building Society

Coveo

Etisalat

Helios Investment Partners

HSBC

IFC

Macquarie Capital

Modern Times Group

Mubadala Investment Company

National Digital Infrastructure Fund

Newegg

Ocado plc

Orange S.A

Paradigm Infrastructure

PayPal Inc.

Prudential

Purplebricks Group plc

Rothesay Life

Safaricom

Standard Chartered Bank

Starling Bank

Telenor

TowerShare

VAKT Global Limited

Veon

Vodacom

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised Modern Times Group MTG AB on the sale of ESL Gaming to the Savvy Gaming Group in an all-cash transaction.
  • Advised a consortium, led by Kenya’s Safaricom and including Vodafone, Vodacom, CDC and Sumitomo, on its winning bid for Ethiopia’s first telecoms license for $850m, following a competitive, two-year auction process.
  • Advised Coveo on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Qubit Digital Ltd.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP‘s technology team has a global reach, and the firm’s recent establishment of an office in the Netherlands further solidifies its European offering. 5G and telecoms infrastructure rollout has been a key focus for the group and it also has recognised expertise in assisting clients in cyber incidents and disputes. Simon Colvin sits at the helm of the global practice; he advises both public and private sector clients and is active in assisting clients in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors with adopting transformational and smart technologies. Technology and digital infrastructure specialist Natalie Trainor handles transformational sourcing arrangements and business critical IT and telecoms procurements, while other notable team members include Diane Mullenex, who heads up the firm’s global telecoms practice, and David Barker, who leads the TMT disputes practice. Ruby Khnom joined the team from DWF in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Simon Colvin

Testimonials

‘Great understanding of our business goals, risks and opportunities.’

‘One of the best teams in Europe in this field. Excellent legal skills together with unique knowledge of the industry.’

‘Great depth of knowledge.’

‘Natalie Trainor is very diligent and hardworking, very collaborative with the client’s teams and a very smart lawyer.’

‘David Barker is exceptional.’

‘Diane Mullenex is a top lawyer who is incredibly committed to her clients. Fast, precise, and an excellent business mind.’

Key clients

Google

Fujitsu

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

On Tower UK

Axa

Aegon

The National Employment Savings Trust Corporation

The Post Office

Open Identity Exchange

Capgemini

Transport for London

Hiscox

Direct Line Group

Dixons Carphone

Legal & General

Aviva

ING Bank NV

Yolt Group

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May advises major technology-based businesses and emerging companies on the full range of technology matters. These include transactions, regulatory and competition issues, licensing strategies, outsourcing and transformation projects, platform redevelopments, IT disputes, and blockchain, AI and cyber matters . The team also has expertise in the telecoms space, handling network set-up and sharing, connectivity and fibre arrangements, physical and virtual data centres, and tower infrastructure. Practice group head Rob Sumroy is praised as an ‘exceptional practitioner’ who handles major commercial licensing and procurement transactions, as well as technology disputes. Of recent note is his experience in assisting clients with emerging disruptive technologies, including AI and blockchain, fintech, cyber, and e-commerce issues. David Ives has clients in both the private and public sectors, and advises on outsourcing and software matters, and complex IT systems separation projects. Duncan Blaikie specialises in strategic technology and telecoms procurement and licensing arrangements, while corporate lawyer Victoria MacDuff handles technology and telecoms-related commercial transactions. Laura Houston and James Cook were promoted to partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rob Sumroy

Testimonials

‘The team have a drive, passion and dedication to achieve the best result for the client no matter what the domain or area of interest. They are effective in their use of external subject matter specialists to provide additional depth when required, allowing them to expand their area of reach while maintaining incredibly high standards.’

‘The team bring a great understanding of the underlying industry and technology to their work; combined with first-rate legal advice and service.’

‘Rob Sumroy and Richard McDonnell are a highly efficient and dedicated unit that use precision and legal excellence to achieve extraordinary results for their clients.’

‘Their ability to understand complex matters and distil this down in a way that is understood and actionable is the best in the market.’

‘Rob Sumroy is an exceptional practitioner; he is extremely knowledgeable, available and personable.’

Key clients

AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik

Deepmind Technologies

Google

INEOS

Klarna Bank AB

Magway Limited

Meta

Nuance Corporation

Orient Overseas

PrimaryBid

Richemont

Salesforce

Santander

Schneider

SoftBank

Standard Chartered

Telegram

Vodafone Ltd

Xero Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised SC Ventures on a number of its strategic partnerships, to further the development of digital assets and platforms.
  • Advised DeepMind Technologies on the technology aspects of both its day-to-day work and larger strategic projects.
  • Advised Vodafone on numerous deals, including the strategic broadband deal, pursuant to which Vodafone UK expanded its partnership with CityFibre in order to become Britain’s largest full-fibre broadband provider.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The group at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a wide array of clients, from data centre operators and software providers to customers of IT.  The practice has handled an increasing volume of digital transformation projects in the engineering, retail, and food and beverage sectors, and data centres and infrastructure projects, M&A, IT outsourcings and contentious mandates are also focuses of the team. Transactional lawyer Mark Howard co-leads the department alongside Mark Bailey; Howard has particular strength in IT-related M&A work, while Bailey has expertise in regulated IT sector contracting, data centre operations and cloud computing. Megan Paul handles large-scale commercial agreements and outsourcing transactions. Jason Saiban has a focus on complex IT matters in the retail, leisure, TMT and sport sectors, while senior associate Caroline Young is skilled in digital transformation projects.

Practice head(s):

Mark HowardMark Bailey

Testimonials

‘CRS IT and telecoms team are good for corporate technology agreements. They are efficient and effective and provide good, practical, up-to-date advice in a sector that changes very rapidly. They know their clients’ businesses and understand what areas of the agreement are critical and essential to focus on.’

‘The team takes great trouble to understand the brief and to deliver the services that the in-house client is looking for. They are pragmatic but thorough in their approach and always deliver practical advice.’

‘Caroline Young and Mark Bailey take time to understand the client’s approach and risk tolerance, and deliver external services in a way that aligns with the client’s in-house team.’

‘Megan Paul provides clear advice and guidance and works well within tight deadlines. She takes time to understand the needs of the client to ensure that she focuses negotiations on those terms in the agreement that really matter.’

Key clients

FairXchange

Process Sensing Technologies Limited

The International Tennis Federation

DiscoverIE plc

IFS

Shareholders of Modern Networks

Nike

Oncam Global Limited

Decision First Limited

Caffe Nero Group Limited

Content + Cloud

Work highlights

  • Advised FairXchange on a strategic investment by fintech specialist investor United Fintech.
  • Advised global enterprise software company IFS on its acquisition of Axios Systems PLC.
  • Advised Content+Cloud on its acquisition of Microsoft collaboration and unified communications provider, Sipcom.

Cooley (UK) LLP

Chris Coulter heads up the technology transactions practice at Cooley (UK) LLP, which works with its US offices for clients entering the UK market. The team is active on the full range of technology work, including transactions, licensings, collaborations, procurements, outsourcings and regulatory matters, especially in the fintech, medtech and AI industries. It also provides specialist general counselling to emerging companies in the market. Special counsel Amy Collins handles technology-related transactions and non-contentious mandates in the media, financial services and insurance sector. Associate Leo Spicer-Phelps is also a name of note and has strength in data privacy and software licensing mandates, as well as consumer law.

Practice head(s):

Chris Coulter

Testimonials

‘The Cooley IT and telecoms team is collaborative, practical and have a wonderful approach to legal matters. They are very client-centric and really dive deep into understanding the business before they advise.’

‘The entire Cooley IT and Telecoms practice is run by a team of very knowledgeable, hard working and commercially astute lawyers who have a very good understanding of the client’s business and their key drivers. Their pragmatic approach is appreciated.’

‘Highly responsive, knowledgeable and easy to deal with. Lots of value added.’

‘Corina Demeter-Olive is a superstar! She came in at a crucial time and picked up everything incredibly quickly. She was extremely thorough as well as creative, and completely trustworthy. She is a life-saver! Her attention to detail and diligence are particularly appreciated.’

‘Chris Coulter speaks fluent client; he has an excellent approach to all matters, combining his acute attention to detail with his ability to grasp nuanced and gross commercial issues.’

‘Amy Collins is a very sharp lawyer who gives 110% in each matter she takes on. Not only is she technically strong, she has an excellent grasp on commercial issues and quickly becomes part of the client team.’

‘Amy Collins is an exceptional lawyer, commercially focused and quick to identify issues and provide workable solutions. She is great support during complex contractual negotiations, providing outstanding legal advice and fast responses.’

Key clients

Supergroup

Chegg

Humio

Snyk

Work highlights

  • Advised Super Group on its merger with Sports Entertainment Acquisition Corp.
  • Advised Chegg on the acquisition of online language learning platform Busuu for $436m.
  • Advised Humio in connection with its $400m sale to security company CrowdStrike.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s IT practice was bolstered by the arrival of Jagvinder Singh Kang in 2020 from Codified Legal, who now sits as head of the firm’s international and UK IT law practice; he has a wealth of expertise as a IT and data protection lawyer, and software engineer. Kevin Calder co-leads the UK practice and advises government departments on major projects, and Peter Wainman is also a key member of the team and leads the firm’s health technology sector group. The group advises a vast range of clients on a wide array of technology mandates, including IT outsourcing transactions, SaaS and licensing arrangements, and blockchain technology, among others.

Other key lawyers:

Peter Wainman; Sophie Burton-Jones; Katy Carson; Alison Ross-Eckford

Testimonials

‘Great team with a range of specialisms across the practice. The team are incredibly responsive with quick turn arounds and are able to arrange a call to talk complex subjects through. The team are all very personable and make every effort to understand the business.’

‘M&R continue to be trusted legal advisers, providing seamless and valuable support on a range of IT matters of varying complexity and value, and with first-class client service.’

‘Kevin Calder provides fantastic partner support on all our commercial work and offers valuable insights and input on matters as and when necessary.’

‘Jagvinder Singh Kang provides fantastic partner support, particularly on the data protection aspects, and offers excellent, pragmatic support on some of the more tricky compliance issues.’

‘Katy Carson is superb, and definitely someone you want on your team! She assists with a wide portfolio of work, identifies issues, provides clear and pragmatic advice, is robust in negotiations with the other side, very efficient and a delight to work with!’

‘Sophie Burton-Jones has helped advise on a range of different subject matters. Each engagement with Sophie is positive with clear expectations and deliverables are set. Sophie’s flexibility supporting other areas of the business in different time zones and participating in customer discussions is appreciated.’

Key clients

Macmillan Cancer Support

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Fareva Group

Wesleyan Assurance Society

NHS

Cognizant

Siemens Healthcare

MyTraffic

Government of Guernsey

MySense

Work highlights

  • Advised MySense on its technology SaaS offering in the field of wellbeing data analytics using its proprietary AI platform and IoT technology.

Morrison Foerster

The team at Morrison Foerster works alongside the firm's Berlin office to provide technology providers and customers with a strong UK and pan-European offering, especially regarding digital, regulatory and compliance work.  The group also undertakes mandates involving cutting-edge projects with new and emerging technologies; for example, creating digital marketplaces. Technology-related corporate and finance deals are also within the group’s capabilities, as well as contentious mandates. Clean technology is a passionate of the firm, and it therefore assists clients with reducing their carbon footprint. Alistair Maughan is co-chair of the firm’s global technology transactions group and also heads up the European TMT Practice; he focuses on commercial contracts and technology projects, including outsourcing transactions, commercial licensing issues and delivery models. Associates Mercedes Samavi and Sana Ashcroft are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Mercedes Samavi; Sana Ashcroft

Testimonials

‘Attentive, thorough and commercially minded.’

‘Their legal knowledge is exceptional and is always delivered in a commercial way which is practical to implement. Associates are incredibly responsive, personable and easy to deal with. They genuinely care about their client.’

‘In depth knowledge and experience of legal aspects of IT contracting and data protection. Excellent client relations and always available. Also great to brainstorm ideas.’

‘Mercedes Samavi is incredibly responsive and a dream to work with. Nothing is ever too much trouble, she will always go the extra mile to ensure the client’s needs are met, and her legal expertise is exceptional and her advice always delivered in a practical, realistic way for the client.’

‘Alistair Maughan and associate Sana Ashcroft are pragmatic, thorough, timely and thoughtful!’

‘Alistair Maughan is friendly, down to earth, and a great client relationship manager.’

Key clients

UPS

Novartis

SoftBank Group Corp.

Randstad

Infobip

Imerys

Loyalty Juggernaut

Smart Communications

Omya International

Cambridge Quantum Computing

Yoast

Axalta

Blackrock

Composite Capital

The Live Kindly Company

Candide

Yara

Work highlights

  • Advised SoftBank Group Corp on all IP, IT and commercial contract issues relating to a series of major corporate and finance deals, including the $3.5bn sale of its majority stake in SoftBank Energy India to Adani Green Energy and the carve-out of Arm’s Internet of Things and Treasure Data businesses as required by the terms of the proposed $65bn sale of Arm to Nvidia.
  • Advising Cambridge Quantum Computing on its combination with Honeywell Quantum Solutions to create an integrated quantum computing company.
  • Assisting Infobip on its strategic acquisition of Anam Technologies and on its first outside capital raise.

Osborne Clarke LLP

The technology group at Osborne Clarke LLP is jointly led by commercial outsourcing and IT specialist John Buyers and Mark Taylor; Buyers is notable in the AI space, working with start-ups and established companies, and Taylor has a broad practice, encompassing the development, implementation and exploitation of IT, as well as data protection and cybersecurity matters. John Fell leads the telecoms practice with expertise in major outsourcing contracts, which is a core part of the team’s offering. Additionally, the team also advises IT clients on complex projects, often involving emerging technologies, such as cloud computing, AI and machine learning, and blockchain. The team’s work with financial services clients on outsourcing and fintech matters is also notable.

Practice head(s):

John Buyers; Mark TaylorJohn Fell

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke’s reputation in the IT and telecoms sector is second to none, and they are a go-to firm in this space.’

‘Osborne Clarke’s willingness and ability to deal with both high-value and low-value transactions is invaluable, and they have a proven track record of delivering timely and accurate advice at an appropriately resourced level.’

‘The biggest stand out factor for Osborne Clarke is their ability to blend genuinely personable service with top-level legal advice.’

‘John Buyers is the standout individual within the team. His ability to tailor his advice and approach to the needs of his client is excellent. He has significant expertise in both AI and outsourcing.’

‘John Buyers is very personable, thoroughly knowledgeable and credible in a variety of business contexts.’

Key clients

Vodafone

FTI Consulting

EE

ClearBank

Yahoo

Admiral

KPMG LLP

Deloitte

BDO LLP

Accelya

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone on a new contract with Dixons Carphone, in relation to Vodafone’s new mobile network partner arrangements with Dixons Carphone.
  • Advised FTI on a SaaS enabled IT platform to operationalise class action claims litigation for FTI’s clients.
  • Advised Whitehelm Capital on its initial £80m investment into Smart City operator Connexin including a development agreement for a new fibre to the premises network.

RPC

Technology is a core strategic focus for RPC‘s practice; the firm’s technology and outsourcing group is strong in acting for start-ups and well-established, major technology clients. The team handles technology contracts, regulatory advice, fundraising issues, and M&A mandates for clients in the financial services, retail, IT and insurance sectors. The group is also highly adept in dispute resolution, having acted in several high-profile cases, including representing Google. Mark Crichard is head of the technology and outsourcing group, advising clients on contracts and systems procurement and implementation projects. Jeremy Drew leads the TMT group and is active in contentious and non-contentious work for technology clients, and Tom Purton adds to the team’s outscoring practice, while Charles Buckworth is also notable for his work in the financial services arena, assisting clients with IT transactions and projects.

Practice head(s):

Mark Crichard; Jeremy Drew

Testimonials

‘RPC is a unique law firm with a blend of good outsourcing and technology lawyers which cater to clients’ needs.’

‘The team provides excellent support, guiding clients through complex transactions with numerous and diverse stakeholders, including regulators, financial institutions and commercial organisations.’

‘Charles Buckworth and Leigh Gapinski work tirelessly, often against pressing deadlines and with numerous and diverse stakeholders to ensure solutions are delivered to complex requirements.’

‘Mark Crichard is a lawyer with great business and technology knowledge. The advice and guidance provided by Mark is accurate.’

Key clients

Meta

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Link Scheme Ltd and Link Scheme Holdings Ltd

eClerx Services Limited

International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation

British Veterinary Association

Frasers Group

McArthurGlen Group

Google Inc

Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Stella McCartney

Royal & Sun Alliance

Wave Optics

Triumph Group

Work highlights

  • Advising King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s & ST Thomas NHS Foundation Trust on their tender for and the negotiations of $2bn of contracts for the outsourcing of all of their pathology and laboratory services.
  • Advising Google regarding its defence of a claim brought by Epic Games concerning the Google Play Store and Epic’s battle royale game ‘Fortnite’.
  • Advising eClerx on all of its global customer services and outsourcing contracts.

Squire Patton Boggs

The communications, IP and technology group at Squire Patton Boggs is praised as a ‘very strong team‘. The group is well-versed in undertaking technology and telecoms transactions and M&A, as well as handling the regulatory and competition aspects of those transactions. Andrew Wilkinson is head of the firm’s IP and technology EMEA group and advises UK and international users of technology on a wide variety of matters, from cloud arrangements to system design, implementation and maintenance mandates. Francesco Liberatore leads the communication regulation group, and is notable for advising clients in the telecoms space. Senior associate James Pearson stands out for his expertise in technology contracts and the supply of IT, and Malcolm Dowden joined the group from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in March 2022.

Testimonials

‘A very strong IT and telecoms team.’

‘Good client skills, collaborative approach and global reach.’

‘Francesco Liberatore is the key man in this department in the London office and well deserves his absolutely stellar reputation.’

‘Francesco Liberatore is a very practical and knowledgeable global telecoms attorney who comes up with risk-balanced advice. He’s also great to work with and extremely responsive.’

Key clients

Akamai

Avaya

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Ericsson

Etisalat

GSMA

Hellen Systems

Telecom Infra Project

Viber

VMware

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising Etisalat on its proposed increase in stake in Mobily.
  • Advised Telecom Infra Project on it successful application for £30m R&D funding from the UK Government for the development of Future RAN projects that support the goals of the Government’s 5G Supply Chain Diversification Strategy.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP supports clients which have technology at the core of their businesses throughout the entire lifecycle, as well as investors. Mark Owen is head of UK technology, media and communications team, while Josef Fuss heads up the international group. Owen’s practice focuses on IP law as well as the digital media sector, while Fuss handles M&A and technology-related joint ventures, with a particular interest in digital health. Graham Hann leads the UK commercial technology team, working with clients in the fintech, payments, e-commerce and health technology sectors. Sian Skelton is also a key name, supporting large and small technology companies on contract negotiations, compliancy matters and privacy governance.

Practice head(s):

Mark Owen; Josef Fuss

Other key lawyers:

Graham HannSian Skelton

Key clients

Monzo

Rezolve

Passfort

Nutmeg Savings & Investment

Curve

Vinted

Certn

Dataminr

Ericsson

Zoopla

OPPO and OnePlus

THNDR Games

Jagex

Blackline Systems Inc.

Sirenum

QuoVadis Online Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Monzo on its oversubscribed Series H funding round.
  • Advised Rezolve on its deal to go public via a merger with Armada Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company in a $2bn deal.
  • Advised long-standing client Nutmeg Saving and Investment  on its sale to JPMorgan Chase.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s commercial IT group specialises in handling strategic transactions for financial institutions, major IT outsourcing deals for large, multinational companies, and system separation and integration matters. The team is also strong in contentious mandates regarding transformation and implementation projects, software licensing matters and data issues. Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta heads up the department and supports clients on IT and outsourcing transactions, predominantly in the financial services, transport, and retail sectors. Managing Associate Jonathan Davies is also a key name in advising clients on technology-related commercial contracts. David Berry re-joined the team from Stephenson Harwood in May 2021, bringing with him clients in the IT pharmaceutical space, whilst Fiona Ghosh joined EY Law in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of commercial drivers and excellent bench strength at the senior associate level.’

‘Strong in commercial contract negotiation and able to provide practical examples and support decision making based on level or risk.’

‘This team is large, very commercial and happy to step in and conduct negotiations and operations as if they truly are an extension of in-house. Everyone has substantial in-house experience and is very pragmatic about getting the deal done. It’s a breath of fresh air and how legal services should always be.’

‘Dave Berry is very positive.’

‘Jonathan Davies is pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta is a very astute commercial lawyer, highly skilled and pragmatic.’

‘Lucy Bailey is always happy to help with a wide range of queries from both clients and suppliers. She responds promptly and manages expectations well. She is good at giving the practical consequences or risk considerations if we make or accept certain changes to clauses.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Microsoft

Virgin Money

Deazy Limited

UCB Biopharma SRL

Wind River Systems Inc.

FNZ (UK) Limited

GHA

CIS General Insurance Limited

NatWest

Work highlights

  • Acting for CISGIL in its successful claim against IBM for delay and wrongful termination of a major IT contract for a new IT platform.
  • Supporting Deazy on all its technology agreements, in particular its software development engagements.
  • Advised NatWest on its acquisition of RoosterMoney.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP supports clients on digital transformation projects and complex outsourcing transactions, in addition to purchasing and licensing technologies, software procurements, and systems integrations. The team acts for public and private sector clients, and customers and suppliers of technology. In December 2021, the team was also appointed to the Crown Commercial Service’s General Legal Services Panel, which provides it with a high volume of IT work. Anthony Nagle sits at the helm of the technology group and has substantial experience in IT procurement and outsourcing transactions, while Declan Cushley is head of the IP ad commercial group. The firm opened its first Dublin office in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Anthony NagleDeclan Cushley

Key clients

MHRA

Mace

Ascom

Hiscox Insurance Company Limited

ThingCo Limited

Digital Catapult

DHSC

Crown Prosecution Service

Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Camelot

Work highlights

  • Assisting DHSC in developing a tailored “implementation and operate” contract regarding its procurement of a new information management systems and services, drafting all the technical documents, building the target operating model and financial models, and putting appropriate milestone and delay payment mechanisms in place.
  • Advising Hiscox on the evolution of its ongoing collaboration for insurance distribution with Barclays Bank.
  • Advising Digital Catapult on a critical template purchasing agreement and statement of work to be used to procure the supply of advanced technology equipment and related services, including servers, immersive technology and 5G telecommunications equipment.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP‘s technology and commercial practice handles technology deals, strategic commercial agreements, and sourcing, outsourcing and supplier agreements for a variety of clients. The team also advises companies on new and emerging technology, including blockchain and cryptocurrency, payments and fintech, and digital and e-commerce matters. Marcus Pearl heads up the group with expertise in technology and outsourcing mandates. Senior associate Helen Armstrong is notable for her contentious work in outsourcing, management and agency disputes and associate director Ben Wheeler is skilled in the payment and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Pearl

Testimonials

‘Very good at providing pragmatic, commercial advice covering US and European markets.’

‘Competent and technically able team who work effectively together to provide a comprehensive and trusted legal service to meet the client needs and sometimes unpredictable situations.’

‘Marcus Pearl is very responsive and knows all the right people to bring in from the firm.’

‘Geraldine Scali is highly knowledgeable on privacy regulations and commercial nuance.’

Key clients

BT

Tesco

LVMH

Estee Lauder

Technicolor SA

eBay

The Clorox Company

Schroders Investment Management

BCA

Comcarde Limited

MarketCast

Farfetch

Codified Legal

Specialist firm Codified Legal focuses on major IT projects and outsourcing contracts, as well as procurements and contract negotiations. Its client roster includes technology providers and users, major corporates, and charities. Jeremy Newton co-heads the practice; he predominately has expertise in IT and outsourcing projects, but also deals with commercial contracts, e-commerce issues and data protection mandates. Fellow co-leader of the team Gavin Wakefield advises users and suppliers of technology on their contractual matters, and consultant Mark Curtis has a well-established IT practice.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy NewtonGavin Wakefield

Other key lawyers:

Mark Curtis

Testimonials

‘A boutique firm with experience in some of the largest transactions in the industry. Incredibly client-focused, they understand the business challenges as well as the legal aspects and quickly become core members of any team. Superb value for the quality of their knowledge and application.’

‘Codified is a legal practice made up of ex in-house technology lawyers, so they know what is important in-house and hence can take a pragmatic approach to negotiations. We receive Magic Circle law firm like expertise at a fraction of the cost.’

‘Major sector experience and specialism. The team are seasoned practitioners in their specialist areas which provides a client with a very high level of confidence.’

‘Codified Legal is a specialist IT practice and a first point of call for IT contracts advice and data protection law.’

‘Very responsive and technically sound, approachable and direct in advice, and holistic in giving their advice and guidance with context and perspective in new environments. Excellent value for work.’

‘Jeremy Newton is a first port of call with Codified legal for things IT and with data protection issues. Accessible and very responsive with his advice and always with context and perspective. Jeremy is a trusted source for advice in technical IT areas.’

‘Jeremy Newton is outstanding. He is a very experienced, pragmatic technology lawyer with a great personality who feels like a natural extension of the client’s in-house team.’

‘Gavin Wakefield is an exceptional deal lawyer.’

Key clients

Broadridge

Hitachi Vantara

Apollo Syndicate Management

Ipsos MORI

The Kennel Club

Netsol Technologies

Mintec Ltd

Precisely

Spirent Communication plc

Meta Team Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Hitachi Vantara on a major contract to provide outsourced IT and professional services to a Scandinavian IT services company.
  • Advised Ipsos MORI on the development of new contracts to support its emerging data sciences business.
  • Advised Spirent Communications on the Subscription Service contract for a new service line known as GNSS Foresight, which uses high-definition maps and precision orbital modelling to support aviation and automotive applications.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal has a technology sector specialism and its lawyers have expertise in standard IT law, such as cloud, e-commerce and system integration matters, as well as newer emerging technologies, including digitisation, quantum computing, AI, robotics and blockchain. On the telecoms side, the team handles outsourcings, sub-sea cable systems and regulatory matters. Andrew Joint is head of the commercial and technology team and has a strong focus on AI, machine learning, robotics and cloud technologies, while Cavan Fabris leads the data protection, cybersecurity and telecoms practice having joined the firm in early 2022. Paul Hinton acts for financial services clients on complex IT projects involving licensing issues and electronic trading platforms. Vicky Cooper specialises in dispute resolution in the IT and outsourcing spaces, advising both customers and suppliers. Emma Wright departed to Harbottle & Lewis LLP  in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew JointCavan Fabris

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hinton; Vicky Cooper

Testimonials

‘The advice and support during negotiations is of a good quality. The team articulated the client’s position clearly, orally and in writing.’

‘Vicky Cooper is transparent and trustworthy, solid in legal analysis, and provides effective support in negotiation.’

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

James Hyde   became international head of telecoms at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2022, and leads an offering that provides broad support on matters from deals and acquisitions to disputes, with Thekla Fellas especially highly regarded for her capability in Telecoms Code work. Commercial specialist Charlotte Walker-Osborn leads the firm’s international technology focus, while consultant Simon Cloke is also noted.

Practice head(s):

James Hyde; Charlotte Walker-Osborn

Other key lawyers:

Simon Cloke; Thekla Fellas

Testimonials

‘Technically excellent and super efficient’

‘A strong, focused team that understands the challenges of the authorities’ positions as well as the larger picture of strategic outcomes’

‘Charlotte Walker-Osborn is an astute lawyer and is dependable. She has an in-depth knowledge of fine legal nuances and keen sense of commercial implications. She has been a formidable team player and extremely diligent with the documentation and adept at articulating the rationale on several subject-matters especially UK contract laws’

‘The Eversheds team are exceptionally strong in putting forward a strong case for their client, coupled with responsiveness and pragmatism.  I find the team to be comfortable coming up with creative legal arguments based on the most up to date cases but also keeping abreast of what is happening in the market to get a good result for their client. I think this stems from the firm as a whole and individually keeping abreast of developments while being forward thinking in terms of the direction of litigation (as opposed to relying solely on counsel). ‘

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP‘s technology team, which is strong in the media and entertainment space, has been bolstered with the addition of new head Emma Wright from Deloitte LLP in March 2022, alongside Rupam DaveAnita Bapat and two associates. Wright acts for technology and telecoms clients on contractual arrangements involving infrastructure and cybersecurity considerations, and Dave handles projects in sectors being transformed by technology, in particular regarding outsourcing, cloud, systems integration and technology procurement matters. The team is now well placed to handle a wide variety of matters, from IT, outsourcing and commercial contracts, to data protection and cybersecurity matters.

Practice head(s):

Emma Wright

Testimonials

‘Emma Wright’s background means she understands digital infrastructure and cyber well, partnered with Anita Bapat on privacy when looking at the security of digital infrastructure both on strategic matters such as the procurement of new cyber solutions or responding to cyber attacks.’

‘Anita Bapat is straight-forward in her approach, sophisticated in her knowledge of the law and very practical in the application. It is a perfect blend of skills that lands very well. When combined with the considered and well-informed, business-focused strategising from Emma Wright, it provides a double hit of excellence, with a decent amount of fun thrown in.’

Key clients

Artefact Marketing Engineers UK Limited

Equal Experts (UK) Limited

Princess Yachts Limited

Smart Pension Ltd

Pure IP

Primer

TPXimpact Holdings Plc

Cloud Trade

Expedia

Shein

Hunter Boots

Havas Media Group

Colgate-Palmolive (U.K.) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised TheFork on its multi-year global strategic partnership deal with SevenRooms to integrate TheFork’s consumer-facing platform with SevenRooms’ restaurant management technology and market it as a joint offering.
  • Advised Equal Experts Ltd on multiple aspects of its relationship with HMRC, including development of various tools and functionality to deal with IR35 and the furlough payment scheme as well as streamlining the various integration platforms.
  • Acted for an internet media and entertainment company supporting all aspects of its worldwide business, including working on high-profile matters relating to outsourcing, IT contracting, data monetisation and adtech.

Lewis Silkin

In 2021, Lewis Silkin LLP underwent significant expansion, with the firm opening new offices in Hong Kong and Dublin, as well as merging with local specialist law firm Forde Campbell in Belfast. The team handles a wide range of technology transactions, including cloud, digital regulation, and outsourcing matters, and it is also acting for an increasing number of gaming clients. The technology and communications practice is led by James Gill, who supports clients with commercial contracts, as well as advising on e-commerce, consumer, platform and digital projects. David Willbe co-heads the firm’s technology sector group and advises on technology-related transactions with a focus on the fintech, gaming and adtech verticals.

Practice head(s):

James Gill

Other key lawyers:

David Willbe

Testimonials

‘Team is very knowledgable and provide an excellent service for early stage IT companies.’

‘A strong team with complementary skills and abilities. Very efficient and professional interaction with the client. Highly recommended.’

‘Personable service and able and willing to interpret and explain complicated terminology and concepts in understandable ways.’

‘Outstanding service. Efficient, personable, and showing an interest in the client’s business and its development.’

‘They take the time to explain technical concepts and terminology in understandable ways. Excellent communication and prompt response to enquiries.’

‘Their corporate and software contract team are without a doubt some of the best solicitors in this area.’

‘The practice has been very client-needs sensitive , and offers practical, simple guidance; they often feel as though they are in-house rather than external people.’

Key clients

ASOS

Deliveroo

Babylon Health

Facebook

Lush

BT

Yoti

Snap

Three

Twitter

Work highlights

  • Advising the Howdens Group on its wide array of technology and commercial requirements, including logistics requirements, commodities purchases, supply contracts, design contracts, support contracts, SasS contracts and marketing advice.
  • Advising Smartr on the full range of its commercial, tech and data requirements, including complex arrangements with global information vendors, tech vendors, nationwide mortgage clubs, and numerous UK banks and building societies.
  • Advising Telefonica on the negotiation and implementation of its IT managed services supply contracts with major companies, public bodies and registered social landlords in England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP‘s technology transaction practice assists clients with IT supply matters, service contracts and outsourcings, as well as M&A, capital raisings and other transformative business transactions for technology-based companies, and, in particular, clients in the financial services sector. The team is jointly led by Mark Prinsley, who predominantly advises technology-based businesses on outsourcing transactions; Andrew Stewart, who acts for on finance and accounting, human resources, facilities management, IT and telecoms matters; and Richard Page, who has a strong TMT practice focusing on M&A mandates. Oliver Yaros is also a key team member, handling financial industry utility projects, technology outsourcing projects and IT systems procurement transactions.

Testimonials

‘The team are all incredibly bright and informed with international working embedded with a lead partner facilitating and managing but focusing on orchestrating the best team – there are no barriers to disciplines or geographies.’

‘The practice is at the forefront of upcoming legislation. The big innovation is multidisciplinary working across the full technology stack, with team members having a deep understanding of the web, cloud computing, AI and cyber risk.’

‘Huge knowledge of the IT market and the telecoms market together with the full gamut of technologies both existing and upcoming – 5G and 6G etc. Very strong risk and threat management.’

‘Excellence in subject knowledge is a hallmark of Mayer Brown – the style is engaging, attentive, and very open. All members of the firm are very culturally and socially aware with most being multilingual – this hugely helps international dealings.’

‘Mark Prinsley and Oliver Yaros are exceptional.’

The team meets deadlines, provides a good quality of communication and superb quality of work.’

Key clients

Bank of New York Mellon

Corney & Barrow

Gardiner and Theobald

Grant Thornton

HSBC

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Mitie

Nomura

Overmore

Previse

Pymetrics

T Rowe Price

Thomson Reuters

Unilever

Zurich Insurance Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Adopt Me! on the establishment of the video games company, Uplift Games.
  • Represented MITIE Group in its acquisition of DAEL Ventures Limited.
  • Advising Overmore on the GDPR-compliant self-service platform it has developed for its customers, including on technology issues, data protection and intellectual property rights.

Milbank

Milbank‘s team handles complex, large-scale projects and renegotiations, especially those with a contentious IT element. The practice is also active in mandates involving licensing, cybersecurity, joint ventures, and cloud computing elements, as well as advising clients from the financial services, pharmaceuticals, media and advertising sectors on the development of AI, regulatory issues and commercial matters. Julian Stait is head of the litigation practice, with a focus on high-profile and significant IT disputes, and Tom Canning is also a notable member of the litigation group. Former practice head Joel Harrison  left for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher  in summer 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Julian Stait; Tom Canning

Key clients

Astellas

Credit Suisse

Direct Line Group

Maxis

SNOMED International

TCS

WPP

Drax Group plc and Drax Energy Solutions Limited

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Mike Pierides leads the technology, outsourcing and commercial group at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP with substantial experience in cloud and SaaS arrangements. The team specialises in outsourcing transactions for both customers and service providers, and emerging technologies is also an area of focus for the team, including quantum computing and virtual payment agreements. The group also supports clients on data protection and privacy-related issues. Timothy Corbett is a key name, advising clients on cross-border corporate transactions in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Mike Pierides

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Corbett

Key clients

State Street

Genpact Global Holdings

Integration Appliance

Hubspot

Royal Bank of Canada

Allvue Systems

OSG Connect

Moody’s

GCC Computers

Appspace

Brightpearl

Cambridge Quantum

Work highlights

  • Advised State Street and Charles River Development on a series of key, global client agreements, innovative in the investment management sector by combining different service areas, and integrating technology and business process services.
  • Advised Genpact on a global, first generation outsourcing for business process services opposite NTT.
  • Advised Intapp on a $100m Azure purchase from Microsoft.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP handles major transactions and contract negotiations, licensings, and regulatory and compliance issues for clients in various sectors, including the healthcare and life sciences, entertainment and media, financial services, and shipping and transport industries. The team is jointly led by Cynthia O’Donoghue, who has expertise in transactions, data and cybersecurity work and innovative technology mandates; Gregor Pryor, who has experience in media sector IT work; and Delphine Currie, who is co-chair of the firm’s global corporate group. Elle Todd is skilled in digital and data law, as well as supporting clients navigate commercial and compliance issues.

Other key lawyers:

Elle Todd

Testimonials

‘Elle Todd balances very well the need to get customer transactions executed at pace with risk. Documents are all reviewed with a light touch mindset where we hit on key points in a commercial way that customers receive well. She has a broader interest in understanding the client’s technology, business and industry segment, ensuring her advice is highly commercial and can be applied easily.’

‘Elle Todd rapidly simplifies commercial contracts and makes them well balanced for providers and customers. The speed with which Elle provides advice is also super quick.’

TLT

TLT‘s technology department is well-known for acting for public sector clients, as well as those in the digital, financial services and fintech, and retail sectors. Transformational IT projects regarding telecoms, outsourcing, software development and systems integration elements are core areas of work for the group. James Touzel leads the national team from Bristol and assists clients through strategic projects, transformational procurements, and outsourcing transactions. Daniel Lloyd is head of the London team with a large commercial transactional practice, and is increasingly involved in matters regarding the law of digital content. Other key members of the team include Juliet Mason, who is skilled in the clean energy and digital technology space; and Gareth Oldale, who has substantial expertise in public sector outsourcings.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel; Daniel Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Juliet MasonGareth Oldale

Testimonials

‘Really approachable, pragmatic and responsive, with sharp commercial focus and appreciation of what matters to the client’s business.’

‘Great in-depth knowledge of the market.’

‘Daniel Lloyd is fantastic to work with. Very commercial, pragmatic and personable.’

‘Daniel Lloyd really knows his stuff, but he also uses his team well to provide good, well-considered advice’

Key clients

Sagemcom

BT

AccountScore

FelineSoft

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

WHSmith PLC

Government Legal Department

BEIS

Metropolitan Police

Police ICT Company

Care Quality Commission

All Studios

Rydon

5NINES Global

Sussex Place Ventures

Essex Police

Dyfed-Powys Police

Softbank Robotics

Work highlights

  • Advised the ICO on its procurement of a number of business-critical solutions, covering a wide range of technology solutions, from commodity hardware and software purchases, through to complex ERP solutions, case management systems, replacement WAN services and business applications.
  • Instructed by Dyfed-Powys Police to prepare a draft contract to be used for the procurement of a communications system for Police Control Room.

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP supports both customers and providers of IT products from a wide range of sectors, including the financial services and retail industries. It is highly adept in both contentious and non-contentious mandates, including IT outsourcing and transformation projects, cutting-edge technological deployments, and software supply matters, as well as advising on e-commerce mandates and data issues. Dan Reavill leads the commercial, IP and technology group, with a large focus on the exploitation and protection of technology and data, as well as business-critical projects involving technology implementations, outsourcings and software developments. Louisa Chambers advises clients on large-scale technology projects and all aspects of software law, and James Longster is also notable for his work in technology acquisitions and implementations.

Practice head(s):

Dan Reavill

Other key lawyers:

Louisa ChambersJames Longster

Testimonials

‘The team provides an excellent service at every level. They are always available and turn work around very quickly; they provide sound advice, which inspires confidence; and they can draw on good quality people from the wider firm where there are connected matters.’

‘Travers Smith provides the same high standard of advice and service in every team and in every department.’

‘With Travers Smith, whatever the matter throws up, the team or their colleagues from the wider firm will be able to deal with it, providing high-quality advice and service. Fees are very reasonable and the team provides excellent value for money.’

‘Outstanding depth of knowledge, able to articulate legal issues into very straightforward explanations.’

‘Dan Reavill is excellent. He is very down-to-earth and approachable, always available to answer calls and discuss matters at short notice, and he is sensible and pragmatic, getting to the nub of the matter quickly and offering practicable solutions to problems. Dan is one of the best lawyers in this area.’

‘Dan Reavill is outstanding to deal with as he prioritises long term engagements.’

Key clients

Micro Focus International plc

The Access Group

Monzo

Document Output Solutions

Eggplant

Ethos Group

Bridgepoint

Ambassador Theatre Group

Volta Trucks

Rathbone Brothers PLC

Matterport Inc

Flashtalking

Zoopla Property Group

Pay.UK

Love Holidays

Caffè Nero

Brooks MacDonald

Jensten Group

Pret a Manger

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Paymentsense

Hewlett Packard

Hobbycraft

Target Group

Ascential

Exclaimer Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Micro Focus on the negotiation of a high-value software supply deal with Google.
  • Advising Pay.UK on key IT matters relating to its operation of critical UK payment systems infrastructure.
  • Advised Matterport on contracts with key customers including Amazon and Facebook.

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP advises its clients on software licensing and distribution, technology procurement, and outsourcing matters and is increasingly well-known for supporting clients in the media and gaming spaces; it is also active in contentious mandates. Gordon Moir leads the team with expertise in telecoms and media law, advising major providers and industry challengers; his practice is bolstered by his previous experience working in-house. Alan Owens is co-head of the litigation practice and has expertise in the IT and telecoms space. Other key names include Victoria Harris–Honrado, who joined from an in-house position at the end of 2021, and Marcus Bagnall, who joined from Linklaters in early 2022 to bolster the firm’s telecoms offering. David Naylor departed to Squire Patton Boggs in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Moir; Alan Owens

Testimonials

‘The Wiggin’s team is an excellent IT and Telecoms practice. They know the issues and materials to an expert degree, and they are a tight unit and work efficiently and professionally.’

‘Wiggin is not only extremely competent but provides spot-on advice which is easy to use in-house. They are there when you need them, have a wide network of lawyers and firms in other geographies and offer cross-country advice for multinationals.’

‘The team has a wealth of expertise gathered whilst working in-house at telco providers. That “real life” in-house experience is invaluable as it translates to informed, practical advice.’

‘Gordon Moir is an authority on telecoms and refreshingly commercial in his advice.’

‘Victoria Harris has recently joined the team and brings a wealth of in-house experience, and is incredibly intelligent and insightful.’

‘Marcus Bagnall is extremely competent, efficient, always available and very friendly. A great business partner.’

‘Gordon Moir is one of the best sounding boards and advisers you can hope for when stuck in complex cases. In his calm manner he helps you to structure a matter. What makes him and his team stand out is that you feel your mandate matters to them, that they want to achieve something not only for you but also with you.’

‘Gordon Moir and a team of extraordinary IT/Telecoms lawyers. They have deep knowledge of a broad range of IT and telecom issues and legal applications. They possess not only a deep understanding of the legal issues, but have a professional grasp of the related technology.’

Key clients

AT&T

Vodafone

BNET

Telstra

Lycamobile

Orange

Expereo

Virgin Media

O2

Worldpay

Work highlights

  • Advising AT&T on its global response to Covid regulations on its operations.
  • Supported Telstra in producing a series of guardrails to help its product teams to self-diagnose potential regulatory issues in product launch processes.

Alden Legal Limited

Alden Legal Limited has notable strength in the communications, satellite and space sectors, advising clients on transactions, national security matters and regulatory issues in these areas. In particular, the team is active in drafting relevant legislation, advising on aeronautical and maritime communications, establishing ESG standards for space-related mandates and advising on the regulatory aspects of space-based power stations. Joanne Wheeler is head of  the team and is reputable for her work in communications and satellites, having previously worked at the European Space Agency and Ofcom. Alex Monk is also notable.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Alex MonkJason Betteley

Key clients

EchoStar Mobile Limited

Intelsat

AST & Science LLC

ClearSpace

Astranis Space Technologies Corp.

ICEYE OY

Orbital Micro Systems

Shetland Space Centre

SatelliteVu

AAC Clyde

Sen Global

UK Space Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised ClearSpace on the legal, regulatory and policy aspects of innovative in-orbit servicing satellite technology and active debris removal missions.
  • Advising EchoStar on complex communications, regulatory and spectrum issues at a European level.
  • Drafting and reviewing the communications regulatory, spectrum, space sustainability and legal requirements for a Middle Eastern country to set up a smart space city.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP

The corporate TMT team at Baker Botts (UK) LLP has substantial expertise in digital infrastructure projects, especially regarding sub-sea cables and terrestrial fibre links on an international basis. Its clients include major telecoms providers, equipment providers, and emerging growth companies. US and UK law qualified Stuart Blythe leads the team, and Costa Smith joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Blythe

Other key lawyers:

Costa Smith

Testimonials

‘The Baker Botts team is highly capable and experienced in relation to different subject matters. Beyond just a sound understanding of different subject matters, they have a good understanding of what is ‘market’. This helps the client tremendously in terms of being able to address different situations appropriately and drive good outcomes.’

‘The team very quickly gets up to speed, which is always welcome and much appreciated.’

‘Always up to date on trends and technologies. Very prompt, polite, professional and responsive.’

‘Stuart Blythe is a leader in the telecoms field. He has been on both sides of a client relationship – both outside counsel as well as inside counsel. This gives him a unique understanding and sensitivity to client issues and concerns.’

‘Stuart Blythe is always excellent, brings clarity, gravitas and a deep understanding of the subject.’

‘Stuart Blythe is able to actively contribute during negotiations. When combined with his experience and understanding of the market, this greatly helps outcomes and prevents the client from being outmanoeuvred during difficult negotiations.’

Key clients

Crosslake Group

Ellalink

SubOptic

West Indian Ocean Cable Company

Connect Fibre

BP America

Gibtelecom

Macquarie

Mobile TeleSystems

Bates Wells

Bates Wells is particularly noted for its work in data licensing and acts for both suppliers and customers of IT. The team also provide a full-service offering to start-up technology companies, especially those in the medical sector. Head of the practice Richard Marke advises a vast array of clients, from software providers and data wholesalers to hi-tech device businesses, as well as assisting customers with acquiring technology products.

Practice head(s):

Richard Marke

Testimonials

‘Superb attention to detail and client contact is always straightforward and easy.’

‘They are responsive, helpful, and very attentive. They are able to explain legal stuff to non-legal people simply.’

‘Richard Marke is a go-to lawyer for tech and outsourcing matters.’

‘The team, driven by Richard Marke, is very responsive and very helpful; they always try to find an operational solution. They are able to explain easily the legal situation to clients.’

Key clients

118 Data

Nikon

Mark Roberts Motion Control

CDP Worldwide

Guided E-Learning

The Alan Turing Institute

Sutherland Global Services

Reliance Bank

Perkbox

Virtuoso IT

Work highlights

  • Advised CDP Worldwide on a collaboration with the IFRS Foundation.
  • Advised P2i on an £8m private equity fundraising from Circularity Capital.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is well-versed in handling IT and outsourcing mandates in the fintech, health tech, energy tech and cybersecurity sectors, as well as IT deals, such as licensing separation technology transactions. Andrew Dunlop leads the team and acts for large corporates, financial institutions and technology vendors on IT outsourcing projects. David Varney and Lucy Pegler were promoted to partner in May 2022 and Martin Cook joined the firm as the new fintech lead.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dunlop

Testimonials

‘The team is good at understanding the business problem, rather than approaching it as just a legal issue.’

‘Andrew Dunlop is excellent.’

‘Andrew Dunlop has delivered exceptional service on data protection issues.’

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water PLC

St Modwen Properties PLC

Embark Group PLC

Coca Cola HBC

BDO LLP

Exeter Friendly Society

First Rail Holdings

AXA Insurance UK

The National Trust

Grant Harris

Shareholders of FlightScope

Work highlights

  • Advising First Rail Holdings on a number of complex licensing separation arrangements associated with the sale of its US businesses, which has involved conducting negotiations with software providers globally, including Oracle, SAP and Microsoft.
  • Advising Grant Harris on its acquisition by The Panoply Holdings plc.
  • Acting for the shareholders of FlightScope on its sale to IMG Arena.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has both contentious and non-contentious IT practices. On the non-contentious side, it handles cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection and privacy, outsourcing and software development projects, licensing issues, and systems implementation and integration work, as well as M&A transactions. Jocelyn Paulley heads up the non-contentious practice with expertise in the retail and technology sectors, advising on outsourcing and SaaS projects. Commercial litigator Patrick Arben specialises in the technology sector, acting for both customers and providers of technology in disputes. Matt Hervey is also of note, heading up the AI team.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Paulley

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Arben; Matt Hervey

Key clients

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited

Virtus Data Centres

Smartest Energy

Pret a Manger

LCH

Mazda Motors UK Limited

National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Finning (UK) Limited

The Hut Group plc

Lloyd’s Register Group Services Limited

Williams Advanced Engineering Limited

Volex plc

Faculty Science Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Pret a Manger on its first generation outsourcing of core IT business functions as part of its digital transformation strategy.
  • Advising LCH on creating a standard document suite on which it could license its existing and planned expanded data sets.
  • Advising The Hut Group on a long-term licensing arrangement with Civo to provide Kubernetes technology to THG, and its resellers and THG Ingenuity clients, a transaction which was accompanied by a minor-equity investment into Civo.

Kemp IT Law

Technology-focused firm Kemp IT Law focuses on emerging areas in this space, including AI, cloud, data, digital commerce and transformation, privacy and security, and SaaS mandates. Richard Kemp has ‘unrivalled industry experience‘ in the technology sector, especially regarding data protection law. Other key team members include Deirdre Moynihan, who adeptly handles digital transformation projects, and associate Chris Kemp, who has expertise in AI projects.

Practice head(s):

Richard Kemp

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre MoynihanChris Kemp

Testimonials

‘Kemp IT Law know the industry very well. They are not only good lawyers, but they also give a bigger picture and critical thinking around how the client is working and whether they are in line with the market in their legal and contractual approaches. Clients look to them not only for legal support, but for horizon-scanning information and informed opinions about legislation and the broader picture in relation to data and technology.’

‘A level of experience and excellence normally only found in a large firm but coupled with the personal touch of small firm.’

‘Richard Kemp, Deirdre Moynihan and Chris Kemp are very much at the top of their game and hold an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of their area. As a team with a small footprint, they cover a remarkable amount of work and do so with real grace.’

‘Richard Kemp has been for many years and remains at the very top of his field.’

‘Deirdre Moynihan offers excellent support and the reassurance that clients need of an appropriate bench and bandwidth.’

‘Richard Kemp has unrivalled industry experience and is able to provide insight and judgement based on decades of experience.’

‘Richard Kemp’s broader knowledge and ability to speak to trends and developments across the industry as a whole is incredibly valuable for our own knowledge and also in terms of convincing and winning support from our stakeholders.’

‘Deirdre Moynihan’s wealth of experience is so valuable. She not only handles negotiations and advises on the legal, but can talk around issues and give us the wider market context and trends which helps us chart our course.’

Key clients

Wilshire Associates

Rentokil Initial

Tagetik

MyPinPad

Huq

Transport for the North

Genesis Global

BeyondWords

Touchlight

SITA

Work highlights

  • Advised Wilshire Associates on a range of innovative index collaboration agreements, including for digital assets, climate change, ESG and multi-factor indices and taxonomies.
  • Advising Wolters Kluwer on matters as part of its external panel in EMEA.
  • Advising Touchlight Genetics on its innovative ERP deal with SAP and NTT.

KPMG Law in the United Kingdom

KPMG Law in the United Kingdom represents large technology companies, corporate users of technology, and fintech companies on various mandates, including corporate deals and joint ventures, outsourcing transactions, and cloud and data centre matters. Usman Wahid is head of the department with expertise in IT and outsourcing deals. Senior managers Tom John and Chris Overton are also notable in outsourcing mandates and financial services regulatory work respectively.

Practice head(s):

Usman Wahid

Other key lawyers:

Tom John; Chris Overton

Testimonials

‘The team has good diligence, focus and understanding of clients’ needs, and excellent understanding of the challenges and intimate understanding of key points to focus on.’

‘Good depth of knowledge of their areas of expertise.’

‘The team provide prompt turnaround of issues, are approachable, and provide clear advice.’

‘Technical and commercial expertise and acumen. Excellent communication and articulation of argument by Usman Wahid.’

Key clients

Ebury Partners UK

BC Technology Group

Network 2 Supplies

Work highlights

  • Advising BC Technology Group on a joint venture with an international bank to create a digital asset brokerage and exchange platform for institutional and corporate clients in Europe.
  • Advising N2S on technology and data protection law, including advice on a collaboration with Coventry University to develop a way to use biotechnology to extract the valuable material within printed circuit boards.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Jeremy Hertzog and Adam Rose jointly lead the technology group at Mishcon de Reya LLP which sits within the newly formed innovation group. Hertzog is skilled in enforcing IT rights in contract disputes, and Rose acts for suppliers and licensees of technology on licensing, franchising, and distribution matters. The team acts for both major and newly emerging technology companies on IT transactions, blockchain platform developments and NFTs. Anne Rose and Simon Leaf are also notable, and Ashley Winton joined the team from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Hertzog; Adam Rose

Other key lawyers:

Anne Rose; Simon LeafAshley Winton

Testimonials

‘High quality, well informed, personable, and extremely capable: quick to absorb complex briefs and highly responsive to client needs. Value added at every turn.’

‘Good understanding of the market and our requirements.’

‘High calibre individuals on the deal team who take a very commercial approach to getting a deal done whilst protecting the interests of the buyer.’

‘Adam Rose is excellent in taking requirements and helping clients.’

‘Simon Leaf is highly knowledgeable of both the customer’s side and the provider’s side of the negotiations. He has significant knowledge of the enterprise SaaS industry.’

‘Anne Rose is truly focused on the client being successful. She has very strong level of service.’

Key clients

Climate Solutions Exchange Limited

Top Optimized Technologies S.L.

TOT Power Control S.L.

Eterlast

Skyports

mParticle, Inc

Xceptor

Splash Tech

Advanced Business Software and Solutions Limited

Advanced Health and Care Limited

Comcast

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

Work highlights

  • Advised Climate Solutions Exchange Limited on the design, development, and launch of the CSX platform.
  • Advised Quinyx on a number of significant deals including a co-operation agreement with a data visualisation platform provider; a SaaS agreement opposite a postal services provider operating in the Nordics; customer agreements for the provision of services; a co-operation agreement with an enterprise asset management tool; and drafting end-user licence agreements and Quinyx’s standard terms and conditions for the provision of solutions and services.
  • Assisted Skyports by drafting and negotiating a joint venture agreement for the development of a drone service for delivery of medicines in Colombia with a family office co-investor.

Preiskel & Co LLP

Preiskel & Co LLP has a strong focus on advising UK-based and international telecoms clients, and has also recently been increasingly active in the IT space. Firm co-founder Daniel Preiskel is head of the non-transactional telecoms department with expertise across commercial and regulatory telecoms matters, advising MNOs, resellers and hosted telephony advisers. Fellow co-founder Ronnie Preiskel leads the transactional side of the team and advises on a wide range of TMT mandates. David Allen Green is also of note for his expertise in telecoms litigation.

Practice head(s):

Daniel PreiskelRonnie Preiskel

Other key lawyers:

David Allen Green

Testimonials

‘The Preiskel team have a deep knowledge of global telecoms, particularly across EMEA, and bring this insightfulness into the provision of their legal services, whether it be in M&A, compliance or general commercial. This is often invaluable for the client.’

‘Preiskal is highly responsive and gives sound advice. In addition, they perform extremely well with counter-parties, acting in a robust but fair manner at all times.’

‘Very easy to work with, highly practical and highly skilled. They work well as a team and are very expert in telecoms.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable in all aspects of telecoms. The team thinks outside the box when solving issues.’

‘Preiskel & Co add value by providing a depth of legal understanding that is pertinent to the industry and practical solutions to the questions that are posed to them.’

‘Ronnie and David Preiskel have been very helpful with regulatory issues and a great help with litigation.’

‘Danny Preiskel from the very start made himself available, taking time to understand, asking the right insightful questions.’

‘Danny Preiskel has a great deal of experience and is practical and commercial in his application of that experience.’

Key clients

NTT Data UK

IXAfrica

Globalgig inc

Bank of Telecom

NextGen Clearing

Ixcellerate Limited

Dubber Corp

RouteTrader

TMT Analysis

Orange Logic

DLocal

MetaMap

Vidya

Bitstamp

Elsewhen

Pollenup

Mellizyme

Tritex

Stephenson Harwood

Dan Holland leads the commercial, outsourcing and technology team at Stephenson Harwood, advising both public and private companies on large IT projects. The wider group supports start-ups and established companies on their technology transactions and procurements, as well as the development and implementation of cutting-edge technology. In particular, the financial services sector is a key area of focus for the practice. Simon Bollans joined the team from Osborne Clarke LLP in early 2022, specialising in IT transactions and emerging technologies.

Practice head(s):

Dan Holland

Other key lawyers:

Simon Bollans

Key clients

Mercer

Wilhelmsen Ships Service

Elemica

Civica

Northern Rail

Nium

Kroll

Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc

Aura Futures Group Limited

Caledonia

Gexcon UK Ltd

Arriva Rail

Work highlights

  • Advising Mercer in relation to its pensions and finance portal known as Mercer Money, advising on the technical contractual structure and ensuring that a complex map of contractual arrangements interface with each other effectively.
  • Advised Elemica on its acquisition of OmPrompt, including advice on the ownership of the underlying technology, critical infrastructure arrangements and material software licences.
  • Advised Caledonia Investments in relation to the contractual framework for a SaaS platform related to its equity order management system, including trade settlement interfaces with its custodian banks and an investment accounting platform.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises owner-managed businesses and large corporates on major IT and outsourcing projects on both the buy and sell side, as well as handling contract drafting and negotiations. Charles Maurice leads the technology sector group in the firm with a focus on new and emerging technologies. Beverley Flynn heads up the commercial practice with expertise in IT supply and procurement contracts, while Gary Parnell is notably strong in insurance-related technology matters.

Practice head(s):

Charles Maurice

Other key lawyers:

Beverley FlynnGary Parnell

Testimonials

‘Across the range of departments, Stevens & Bolton offer an extremely flexible approach to working and billing practices, great availability and a really strong understanding of the client’s business.’

‘Beverley Flynn has a sound understanding of how the client works and internal politics.’

Key clients

Datatonic Ltd

VX Fiber Ltd

Unum Ltd

All Clear

Brightstarr Ltd

D4t4 Solutions plc

Fuller Smith & Turner plc

Lit Fibre Group Ltd

SecurMed UK

UST Global Private Ltd

Nintendo UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Datatonic Ltd in connection with its data analytics and AI consulting service offering, including the structuring of its Google reselling activity, partner arrangements and customer documentation.
  • Advised VX Fiber Ltd on a range of IT and technology matters, including advising on its regulatory requirements.
  • Advised AllClear Ltd on its agreement with Doctor Care Anywhere on the provision of the Doctor Care Anywhere add on service for certain of AllClear’s travel insurance schemes.

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP‘s team advises established businesses on contentious and non-contentious technology mandates, as well as fast-growing businesses at the start-up and scale-up stages. Tom Torkar heads up the practice with expertise in advising clients from a wide range of sectors on complex IT, transformation and outsourcing projects. Charles Courtenay is dual qualified in the UK and the US and focuses on IT and IP litigation and contract disputes. Anne Todd joined the team in May 2022 from Macfarlanes LLP.

Practice head(s):

Tom Torkar

Other key lawyers:

Charles CourtenayAnne Todd

Testimonials

‘Tom Torkar is fantastic. He knows the client’s business really well, makes himself available and leads a great team of helpful associates.’

Key clients

Daily Mail and General Trust plc

Landmark Information Group Limited

Gamesys Group plc

LiveScore Group Limited

Roxor Games

Limitless Technology Limited

Natural Capital Research Limited

Anzo Group Limited

Searchflow Limited

LifeSearch Limited

Deko

Role Mapper Technologies Limited

Intelsat

Saba

Landmark Optimus Limited

Soros Economic Development Fund

PPP Taking Care Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Landmark Information Group regarding the disposal of Landmark’s strategic modelling and insurance business and its Landmarks Solutions business.
  • Advised Gamesys on the negotiation of global online game supply agreements and technology agreements.
  • Advised Limitless on the launch and multi-jurisdictional roll-out of its leading enterprise AI and crowd-sourced, customer service SaaS platform.

Spencer West LLP

The newly-established TMT team at Spencer West LLP specialises in handling IT projects involving emerging technologies, including fintech, blockchain, AI and digital authentication methods, as well as assisting with digital infrastructure, e-commerce and data protection matters. It also has a growing international capability. TMT expert Dhana Doobay leads the department after joining the firm in early 2021 from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, while Edmund Probert‘s practice focuses on technology and its commercial implementation.

Practice head(s):

Dhana Doobay

Other key lawyers:

Edmund Probert

Testimonials

‘Good knowledge in their field and they know where to find additional information and assistance.’

Key clients

Airport Direct

Belkin

FutureTech Solutions

London School of Design & Marketing

Coubari Cloud

Roto VR

Aeterno AI

STAXY

Yasiel

Hunrosa

Work highlights

  • Advised Airport Direct Limited on its tender for a major UK motorway toll contract under which its would supply all the online payment charging facilities for the toll road.
  • Advising FutureTech Solutions on enterprise customer terms for end-to-end business solutions to reflect new technologies for increasing customer base.
  • Advising London School of Design & Marketing on edtech as a central part of its business offering, as well as data protection in relation to existing website and student portal policies and data collection practices.