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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Leading individuals: IT
  5. Leading individuals: Telecoms
  6. Next Generation Partners
  7. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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    • Cynthia O‚ÄôDonoghue - Reed Smith LLP

Leading individuals: Telecoms

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Rising stars

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Baker McKenzie's technology practice has impressive capabilities spanning the IT and telecoms sectors; the group has experience assisting telecoms companies and communication service providers with network transformation and commercial advice, and also advises IT users and providers on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Practice head Steve Holmes specialises in complex commercial telecoms transactions, while Ben Allgrove focuses on telecoms regulatory issues, particularly in the digital media space. Names to note for technology transactions include outsourcing specialists Harry Small and Duncan Reid-Thomas, and Sue McLean, who has experience spanning outsourcing, data privacy, technology procurement, development and licensing work, with particular fintech, blockchain and AI expertise. David Halliday is a key contact for contentious matters. Senior associate Charlotte Harrington is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steve Holmes

Other key lawyers:Ben Allgrove; Harry Small; Duncan Reid-Thomas; Sue McLean; David Halliday; Charlotte Harrington

Testimonials

'The big unique selling point is the knowledge that Baker McKenzie has of the industry from the perspective of not only the client's business but also the wider industry.'

'David Halliday is a star and has a wide ranging understanding of IT issues and how they are best dealt with.'

Key Clients

3 (Hutchison 3G UK Limited)

Tesco Mobile

ViaSat

Refinitiv (formerly Thomson Reuters)

Google

Alfa Laval

Harley Davidson

Work highlights

  • Advised Hitachi on it's $11bn acquisition of Swiss engineering group ABB.

The technology and communication practice at Bird & Bird LLP 'truly distinguishes itself with a combination of deep expertise, responsiveness, and appreciation for the practical needs of clients'. The group, which is jointly led by Graeme Maguire, Roger Bickerstaff and Ronald Hendrikx, has expertise in advising public sector clients and corporates on technology implementation and digital transformation projects, handling patent and tech disputes, acting on corporate transactions, and assisting with telecoms regulatory matters. Other names to note include Christian Bartsch, Graham Smith, Mark Leach and Ian Edwards for financial services work, IT disputes and cyberlaw, outsourcing, and IT projects respectively.

Practice head(s):Graeme Maguire; Roger Bickerstaff; Ronald Hendrikx

Other key lawyers:Christian Bartsch; Mark Leach; Graham Smith; Ian Edwards

Testimonials

'Complex telecom procurement is a particular strength of the practice.'

'Bird & Bird shows genuine and deep interest in understanding business proposals and applying its expertise to help achieve clients' goals.'

'Bird & Bird's team offers seamless use of other legal advisers for global view.'

'Bird & Bird's team has an understanding of priorities and rapidly adapts to changes in requirements.'

'Graeme Maguire is a go-to contact. He takes the time to understand the client's unique needs and particular risk tolerance levels, and is able to fine-tune his advice accordingly.'

'Senior associate William Bryson is calm, knowledgable and reliable with great potential. He will go far.'

'Senior associate Cathal Flynn is highly responsive, has encyclopaedic knowledge, and has a fast and thorough understanding of the client's plans and accurate application of expertise to such.'

'Graeme Maguire supports his team in exactly the right way; not actively involved day to day, but clearly in control when pressure rises. He seamlessly steps in to cover.'

'Graeme Maguire provides very good partnership level leadership and is supported very ably by William Bryson.'

Key Clients

ARM

BroadSoft

BT

EE Limited

Effective Space Solutions

DXC Technology

JDA Software

Liquid Telecom

Ministry of Justice

Nokia

SAP

Speedcast

Work highlights

  • Advised Ernst & Young on the establishment of a joint venture with Guardtime for the creation of a blockchain solution in the marine hull insurance industry.
  • Acted for T. K Maxx and T. J Maxx on its digital transformation project.
  • Advised Smart DCC on the implementation of the UK energy switching program, which required the replacement of existing switching services with a new centralised switching system.
  • Instructed by the Whitbread Group on its digital transformation programme involving its transition to a more flexible and agile IT infrastructure including the increased use of cloud technology.
  • Acted for ARM on the acquisition of international internet of things connectivity platform, Stream Technologies.

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Bristows LLP has 'a well-rounded and pragmatic team with excellent skills' and 'superb commercial acumen'. Leveraging the team's broad experience across the IT and telecoms sectors, recent work highlights include acting for ZTE and Philips in separate standard essential patents litigation with consideration of FRAND licence terms. The group is jointly led by Toby Crick, who is 'a very valuable asset in any IT contract negotiation'; head of commercial IT Mark Watts, and 'star IP solicitor' Myles Jelf. Other names to note include Anna Cook for IT disputes, head of the robotics and AI group Chris Holder, Adrian Sim, who specialises in IT implementation projects and has a 'pragmatic and can-do attitude', and 'hugely experienced' patent litigator Richard Pinckney.

Practice head(s):Toby Crick; Myles Jelf; Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:Anna Cook; Chris Holder; Adrian Sim; Richard Pinckney

Testimonials

'Bristows has a strong team, which is proactive and balanced, and a pleasure to work with.'

'The team is flexible in its approach, and its understanding of the constraints of budget and time. It fields lawyers that you would introduce to your business stakeholders.'

'The team is pragmatic in its approach and fields top negotiators. It helps in all areas of doing the deal, from the drafting, negotiation and giving information for briefings and governance.'

'Bristows is one of the most experienced TMT firms in the UK, having been involved in almost every major telecoms case in recent years; it brings experience coupled with ability, enthusiasm and a service-oriented approach to every case, offering a first-rate service at real-world costings.'

'Toby Crick is a commercially minded lawyer with huge experience, deep technical knowledge and excellent negotiating skills.'

'Myles Jelf is exceptionally comfortable with a wide range of electro-mechanical technologies, he brings strategic direction and oversight to every case.'

'Richard Pinckney demonstrates the abilities of a seasoned partner; he gets to grip with the complexities of a case in short order and is particularly skilled in getting the very best out of his team.'

'Adrian Sim is a star.'

'Adrian Sim is probably one of the best lawyers in the field and a real deal maker.'

'Senior associate Vikram Khurana and associate Rob Powell deserve mentions for providing a fantastic service. Clients are impressed with their honesty in billing and quoting, and their down-to-earth and pragmatic legal advice - they are experts in their fields.'

Key Clients

Samsung

ZTE

Xoserve

IMechE

Ofcom

Bupa

Telenor

Google

Philips N.V

MobileIron

IBM

Amazon Web Services

Capgemini

British Airways

Uniface

Dropbox

Sony

Cray Supercomputers

The Guardian

MunichRe Group

Work highlights

  • Representing ZTE in standard essential patent litigation brought by Conversant.
  • Acting for Philips  in a claim against Asus and HTC involving three mobile telecoms Standard Essential Patents (SEP) relating to high-speed packet access in mobile telephone networks from Philips’ portfolio.
  • Advising Telenor on the development of standard form terms to manage the delivery of new technologies to its business units and on the management of risks associated with international contracts moving from Norwegian law to English law.
  • Advised Ofcom on the transfer of licensing activities currently provided by the Civil Aviation Authority to airports and airlines to Ofcom.
  • Assisted Munich Re Group with its network and mobile operation outsourced supply contracts.

CMS' technology and telecoms team combines expertise in disputes, corporate matters, IP work, commercial transactions, data privacy issues and security advice. The group is frequently instructed by technology suppliers, telecoms providers and blue-chip corporates, and has particular expertise advising on subsea fibre optic cable networks and automotive technologies and connected vehicles. Clive Gringas, who counts Microsoft, Facebook and Viagogo as clients, heads up the technology practice, while telecoms expert Chris Watson leads the global technology, media and communications team. Other key practitioners include John Armstrong and Matthew Bennett, who handle a range of outsourcing and procurement transactions; cloud computing expert Sam De Silva and corporate partner Stuart Blythe, who has particular experience in telecoms infrastructure projects. Elle Todd joined Reed Smith LLP.

Practice head(s):Clive Gringras

Other key lawyers:Chris Watson; John Armstrong; Matthew Bennett; Sam De Silva; Stuart Blythe

Testimonials

'CMS has impressive global reach and depth of practice for telecoms that allows it to handle multi-jurisdiction transactions efficiently. It also has excellent attorneys in the IT and telecoms practice.'

'The team is made up of unique individuals who are very knowledgeable on technology matters and able to give appropriate guidance to the client representatives. They also work well together to cover ever aspect of matters and take instructions easily whilst giving each technology assignment the priority it deserved.'

'The team immerses itself in the client's business to understand the strategy and how it can support the client.'

Key Clients

Facebook

Microsoft

HP

Atos IT Services

BP

viagogo

euNetworks

CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings

InfraCapital

BT

Centrality Investments

ICAEW

Work highlights

  • Advised CityFibre on its £537.8m takeover by a consortium of infrastructure-focused funds.
  • Advised Microsoft on stopping the identity theft, which was occurring on one of its cloud services.
  • Assisted Marks & Spencer with its major IT outsourcing project.
  • Acted for Getronics on the financing of its acquisition of American digital workplace firm, Pomeroy.
  • Advised Legal & General Investment Management on its commissioning of a new cloud-based platform to facilitate the delivery of fiduciary management services to smaller fund clients.

The technology, media and telecommunications practice at Dentons handles a range of transactional, regulatory, compliance and contentious matters, with an impressive client roster spanning UK government departments, high-profile corporates, high-growth disruptive technology companies and telecoms businesses. The group, which is led by Andy Lucas, includes Martin Fanning, who has particular experience assisting clients in the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors. Lucas is frequently instructed on public sector IT projects; he recently handled the procurement of Transport for London's emergency services 4G LTE mobile communications programme. The team also includes head of the firm's global telecoms group Jan Willem van den Bos and IT specialist Dan Burge, who handles a range of major technology projects. Henrietta Baker and Tristan Jonckheer were recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Andy Lucas

Other key lawyers:Martin Fanning; Dan Burge; Jan Willem van den Bos; Henrietta Baker; Tristan Jonckheer

Key Clients

Virgin Atlantic

Upfield

Jaguar Land Rover

LG

Tesla

Raytheon

UltraElectronics

John Lewis Partnership

Sainsbury's

MBNL (Mobile Broadband Network Limited)

Africa Mobile Networks (AMN)

Eleven Sports

Equiis Technologies

Stream Technologies

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Transport for London (TfL)

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC)

Virgin Mobile

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jaguar Land Rover on its high-value global outsourcing arrangements.
  • Advising Mobile Broadband Network on a range of regulatory, corporate and compliance matters.
  • Assisting Transport for London with the procurement of its emergency services 4G LTE mobile communications programme to replace the existing TETRA radio communications infrastructure provided by Airwave.
  • Instructed by Upfield on several matters including a global project for the procurement of IT infrastructure.
  • Advised Secure Meters on the UK's £11bn smart meter programme.

DLA Piper has strong knowledge of the IT and telecoms sector for outsourcing projects, intellectual property matters, corporate advice and litigation. The group acts for a range of technology and telecoms service providers and technology companies and customers; it has a particular strength acting for the government and public sector clients in digitisation projects, for which Richard Bonnar is highlighted. Other areas of specialism include the financial services, retail, insurance and gaming sectors. For outsourcing projects, practice head Kit Burden stands out, while Mark O’Conor is recommended for advice on cloud computing matters. Telecoms expert Mike Conradi, Anthony Day, who leads the firm's global fintech and insurtech practice; and recently promoted partner Chloe Forster, who has particular experience in the retail sector, are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):Kit Burden

Other key lawyers:Mike Conradi; Richard Bonnar; Mark O'Conor; Anthony Day; Chloe Forster

Testimonials

'DLA Piper offers top-quality technology advice at reasonable prices with a practical, business-focused approach.'

'Kit Burden is an outstanding lawyer. He is highly knowledgeable, practical and full of common sense.'

Key Clients

HCL Technologies

National Grid

Zurich

British Airways/IAG

Cabinet Office

Lego

Wipro

Heineken

UBS

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advised HCL Technologies on a number of high-profile IT and outsourcing engagements including major mandates with Vanguard, BMW, Volvo, EADS/Airbus, State Street and Nokia.
  • Acted for Ooredoo on its $1bn procurement of a digital business support system.
  • Assisted Lloyds of London with the creation and investment structure of Lloyds Lab, an early-stage insurtech accelerator, with partners including Boston Consulting Group and LMarks.
  • Instructed by Vodafone to advise on a series of projects for Vodafone Group Services involving a detailed analysis of all telecoms regulations that would apply to all of the products and services in its portfolio.
  • Advised the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda on competition guidelines, telecoms laws and regulations relating to its review of the telecoms market.

The practice at Fieldfisher has the capacity to handle a broad range of IT transactions and technology projects and 'offers a good combination of telecoms regulatory and privacy expertise'. The team is instructed by a range of IT service providers and corporates investing in IT. Practice head Robert Shooter has expertise in large-scale procurements and outsourcings, while Simon Briskman focuses on major IT projects and the exploitation of new technologies, with a growing specialism in the adoption of AI and robotic process automation. Other key practitioners for commercial IT matters include Paul Barton, John Worthy and recently promoted partner John Brunning. For telecoms, technology, outsourcing and privacy partner Paul Graham, who leads the team, and the 'very commercially astute and pragmatic' James Walsh, who has 'good industry and technology knowledge', are singled out.

Practice head(s):Robert Shooter

Other key lawyers:Paul Graham; James Walsh; Simon Briskman; Paul Barton; John Worthy; John Brunning

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher's IT and telecoms team has a well-resourced and deep practice which is very commercially aware.'

'The firm fields a great team for technology, whether relating to outsourcing or general technology commercial matters.'

'James Walsh and his team are responsive and understand what in-house lawyers need. The quality of work is excellent.'

'James Walsh is pragmatic and client focused, and good at working with technical colleagues.'

'James Walsh's awareness of the reality of business makes his advice fit well with his clients.'

'Simon Briskman is a great resource of practical advice with a real understanding of in-house needs.'

'James Walsh and Michael Butterworth are both stand out lawyers.'

Key Clients

Netflix

Freeview

Nintendo

Liverpool FC

VmWare

Co-op

Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)

Philip Morris International

Starbucks

Trustpilot

8x8

Inmarsat Global

Space Norway

Work highlights

  • Assisting Netflix with strategic payments work.
  • Advised Nintendo on payment technologies.
  • Acted for VmWare on several transactions including its hybrid cloud deployment deal with Barclays and the licensing, implementation and use by Shell of VMware's SaaS-based Workspace One EUC platform.
  • Assisted Mobile Broadband Network with a series of ten-year deals to support its existing 3G, 4G and 5G requirements until 2028.
  • Advised Liverpool Football Club on the expansion and consolidation of its suite of fan-facing systems into one 'omni-channel' system.

Technology and digital media boutique Kemp Little LLP is 'technically excellent' and has substantial expertise across the IT and telecoms sector counting industry leading suppliers including Google UK, BT and EE, and high-profile customers as clients. The group has particular experience in fintech, e-commerce and retail matters and also assists transport sector clients with customer facing and operational telecoms matters. Paul Hinton heads up the commercial technology team, while Emma Wright, who is 'the epitome of a trusted adviser', leads the telecoms, infrastructure and cybersecurity practice. Andrew Joint has a particular focus on AI, machine learning, robotic process automation and cloud technologies; Paul O’Hare leads the outsourcing practice, Calum Murray advises on the contractual and regulatory aspects of digital transformation projects, and Vicky Cooper focuses on disputes.

Practice head(s):Paul Hinton; Emma Wright

Other key lawyers:Andrew Joint; Paul O’Hare; Vicky Cooper; Calum Murray;

Testimonials

'Kemp Little has the ability to overlay its advice with long-term strategic analysis is second to none and of huge value.'

'Emma Wright simply 'gets it', and thinks for clients often before they have thought of things themselves.'

Key Clients

BT

Arrow Communications

NetMotion Wireless

Warbler NEE

Pure IP (VOIP Provider)

Warwick Net

Weve

MobileWebAdz

Plusnet

ParkBee Media

Hutchison 3(UK) Limited

Google UK

Accenture

Reckitt Benckiser

Philip Morris International

Deloitte

Farfetch

Principality Building Society

Dentsu Aegis Network

Brainbox Digital

Princess Yachts

Work highlights

  • Advised Philip Morris International on the renegotiation of its multi-year and enterprise-wide Microsoft licensing agreement including dealing with its migration from on-premise to cloud-based services.
  • Assisting Accenture with a range of matters including the negotiation of agreements for software or system integration services and advising on the provision of AI services as part of a data analysis tool.
  • Instructed by Farfetch UK to advise on the contractual arrangements for advertising, logistics and support services, payment systems, CRM technologies, cloud hosting, and email marketing.
  • Instructed by Dentsu Aegis Network to assist with the technology procurement arrangements for global IT projects.
  • Advised healthtech company Visulytix on a range of regulatory and commercial matters relating to medical devices, CE marking and data protection matters.

Pinsent Masons LLP is singled out for its expertise in advising public sector clients on IT projects, with recent clients including the Department of Health and the National Employment Savings Trust. Private sector clients include technology companies, service providers and non-tech corporates. Practice head Simon Colvin handles a range of IT transactions, while David Barker is a key name to note for contentious matters; he recently led a team which successfully defended Google in a data protection class action relating to the use of browser cookies for targeted advertising. Head of the telecoms, gaming and gambling team Diane Mullenex and David Isaac, who is instructed in large IT renegotiations, are also names to note.

Practice head(s):Simon Colvin

Other key lawyers:David Barker; Diane Mullenex; David Isaac

Key Clients

Google LLC

The National Employment Savings Trust

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

KCOM Group Plc

Department of Health

Transport for London (TfL)

Sorenson Media, Inc

Work highlights

  • Defended Google in a class action claim relating to the use of browser cookies.
  • Advising the Department for Digital, Culture,Media and Sport on its 5G test beds and pilots programme.
  • Acting for the Department for Digital, Culture,Media and Sport on its local full fibre network roll-out programme.
  • Advised KCOM Group on the early termination of its agreement with BT for the management of KCOM's Hull and national network, and the development of a new de-scoped agreement with BT for wholesale telecoms services on new terms.
  • Assisted the Department of Health with the procurement of emergency services mobile communications.

The technology and commercial team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP frequently assists customer and provider clients with a range of IT transactions; it has particular experience in the property and financial services sectors. The group also handles IT infrastructure projects and outsourcing transactions, and provides disruptive technology advice on data and e-commerce projects, blockchain matters and cryptocurrency issues. The practice  includes IT outsourcing specialist Mark Lewis, Marcus Pearl, who focuses on IT transactions; and financial regulatory specialist Daniel Csefalvy, who is a key name for fintech and cryptocurrency matters.

Other key lawyers:Mark Lewis; Marcus Pearl; Daniel Csefalvay

Testimonials

'The team is really responsive and flexible, which is particularly impressive bearing in mind the stop/start nature of projects in this area.'

Key Clients

DXC Technology Inc.

British Telecommunications plc

Tesco plc and Tesco Bank

Schroders plc

Performing Right Society (PRS) and Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Stagecoach Group

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Nike Inc.

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

UBM Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Snapsheet on a framework agreement with Zurich Insurance Company, under which various country-specific agreements can be called off.
  • Assisted the management of Exactpro Systems with a management buyout of Exactpro from the London Stock Exchange Group.
  • Advised TopHat Industries on its technology licensing and supply arrangements with Mauer, ensuring the continued use and further development of the Mauer façade board products on future TopHat projects.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP combines 'genuine commercial expertise in telecoms, media, entertainment, tech and privacy' with 'an insightful and commercially-aware team, which is able to deliver fast and cogent advice'. The sector-focused group handles a range of corporate, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters for its impressive client roster, which spans large corporates, public sector clients, global banks, financial institutions and technology companies. The group is jointly led by Nick Pantlin, who specialises in IT transactions; commercial litigator James Farrell; patent litigator Andrew Moir, and telecoms sector specialists David Coulling and Stephen Wisking, who focus on transactional and regulatory matters respectively.

Practice head(s):Nick Pantlin; James Farrell; Andrew Moir; David Coulling; Stephen Wisking

Testimonials

'Herbert Smith Freehills provides a technically strong team, with appropriate back-end support that is required in order to get deals over the line.'

'An outstanding team for complex, high-value technology and telecoms disputes.'

'Although it has the capabilities to handle corporate support work and large technology outsourcing deals, Herbert Smith Freehills team has the experience that one might expect from more niche TMT firms.'

'Nick Pantlin is a pleasure to work with and makes a real effort to stay engaged on a relationship level; that is often something that is missing with larger firms.'

'Andrew Moir is impressive as both a leader and a strategic thinker in the technology sector.'

'David Coulling definitely knows his stuff in the telecoms space.'

'Consultant Hayley Brady is extremely personable and bucks the trend of the average senior corporate city lawyer. She is also hugely knowledgeable and has really strong relationships in the media and entertainment industry.'

'Senior associate Terence Lau is incredibly technical with an ability to be pragmatic where required and to find solutions to issues where there may have an impasse.'

'Senior associate Heather Newton has the ability to manage complex technology disputes with multiple streams seamlessly.'

'Senior associate Dan Eziefula is a highly intelligent associate and a future star.'

Key Clients

ARRIS International plc

Bharti Airtel

BP

British American Tobacco

ClearBank

Facebook

Google

IBM

IHS Towers

Lloyds Banking Group

Ministry of Defence

Orange

Reliance Communications

SingTel

Sky

Tata Communications

Telefonica UK (O2), Telefonica S.A.

Transport for London

TSB

UBS

VEON

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised Google on its technical infrastructure arrangements including network acquisition, capacity and data centre issues, and product launches, to support its growth and expansion across EMEA.
  • Advised IBM on its acquisition of Oniqua, a market-leading internet of things (IoT) technology provider that has developed optimisation and automation solutions for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) processes.
  • Assisted Eleven FS Group with its joint venture with Norway's largest financial group, DNB, to establish 11:FS Foundry, a new digital banking platform provider.
  • Acted for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development on the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure across three separate multi-lot RFP processes.
  • Advised Wireless Infrastructure Group on its bid to be appointed as concessionaire of Transport for London's telecoms commercialisation project.

The group at Hogan Lovells International LLP leverages its multidisciplinary team, which assists its impressive client roster with a range of commercial and contentious technology matters. The group also has expertise across the telecoms sector and is instructed by network operators, handset manufacturers and broadcasters to advise on regulatory, corporate and IP issues. Peter Watts heads up the practice and has experience assisting technology, media and telecoms sector clients with a range of matters including software, rights and data issues. Other names to note include Don McGown for telecoms work, and corporate and finance specialist John Salmon.

Practice head(s):Peter Watts

Other key lawyers:Don McGown; John Salmon

Linklaters LLP's practice has particular expertise assisting clients with  corporate and M&A, commercial, contentious and regulatory matters in the IT and telecoms sectors; it also advises on infrastructure projects and digitisation matters in the healthcare, insurance and financial services industries. The team is jointly led by Julian Cunningham-Day, who advises on a range of transactional and regulatory matters in the telecoms space; IT procurement and outsourcing partner Richard Cumbley, and telecoms expert Iain Fenn. Georgina Kon is also noted; she handles a range of issues relating to disruptive technologies, IT licence audits, the use of big data and disputes.

Practice head(s):Julian Cunningham-Day; Richard Cumbley; Iain Fenn

Other key lawyers:Georgina Kon

Testimonials

'Linklaters has a strong TMT team, from partner to junior associate, which is very commercial, pragmatic and adaptable.'

'Georgina Kon is a fantastic lawyer; she is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and provides expert guidance.'

'John Crozier brings a huge amount of experience and drives confidence and commercial focus to any negotiation.'

Key Clients

Dialog Semiconductor

A global consortium of banks

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Horizon Equity Partners

Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane S.p.A.

Hutchison 3G UK Ltd (“Three”)

I Squared

Work highlights

  • Advised Dialog Semiconductor on a high-profile transaction to license power management chip technology and transfer other assets to Apple.
  • Advising a global consortium of banks led by UBS on legal and regulatory issues relating to the creation of its digital currency based on distributed ledger technology, known as the Utility Settlement Coin.
  • Assisting infrastructure fund client I Squared with its bid to acquire the local fibre network assets of SFR, a French telecoms operator owned by Altice.
  • Advised a consortium led by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure on the acquisition of a 75% stake in the Portuguese towers business of MEO, a subsidiary of Altice.
  • Represented Hutchison 3G UK in a dispute brought by BT and EE against Ofcom relating to 5G auction terms.

Milbank's technology and outsourcing practice has a breadth of experience in transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. The group has particular expertise in advising financial services and insurance clients and other corporates on global IT transformation agreements; in the telecoms sector, it handles a range of projects, particularly in emerging markets. Practice head Laurence Jacobs is a name to note for complex IT transactions while Julian Stait and Tom Canning focus on disputes, and Joel Harrison combines IT, data protection and information security expertise.

Practice head(s):Laurence Jacobs

Other key lawyers:Julian Stait; Tom Canning; Joel Harrison

Key Clients

Astellas

AstraZeneca

Barclays

BHP Billiton

Credit Suisse

Direct Line Group

Maxis

TCS

Work highlights

  • Advised the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation on the global licensing and exploitation of SNOMED Clinical Terms, the leading global standard for healthcare IT.
  • Advised the lead arrangers, facility agent and participating commercial banks on a multi-billion dollar telecom project under development by Reliance Jio Infocomm to expand India’s wireless network.
  • Acted for leading UK-based satellite operator Avanti on the amendment of its $323m senior secured notes through a consent solicitation; and a debt for equity swap totalling $557m.
  • Assisted a large number of clients with major cloud computing projects.
  • Advised clients across a range of industries, including financial services, pharmaceuticals, media and advertising companies, on the development of AI services and the key regulatory and commercial issues.

Osborne Clarke LLP¬†attracts praise for its ‚Äėdeep knowledge of technology, outsourcing and AI-related issues, which is combined with a good understanding of the challenges of operating in a regulated industry‚Äô. The team of ‚Äėgenuine industry experts‚Äô has expertise spanning transactional, commercial and regulatory telecoms matters and outsourcing and IT services projects. Commercial outsourcing and IT specialist John Buyers¬†and Mark Taylor,¬†who advises on a range of commercial IT, data protection, cybersecurity, electronic signature and fintech matters, jointly head the technology practice, while the ‚Äėvery experienced and knowledgeable‚Äô Jon Fell¬†leads the telecoms team. Other names to note include Marcus Vass, who splits his time between London and Hong Kong, and associate director Hannah Drew, who provides¬†advice to existing telecoms operators and new entrants on the development of new internet of things services. Changes to the team include Nina Cummins' departure to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Bahrain.

Practice head(s):John Buyers; Mark Taylor; Jon Fell

Other key lawyers:Marcus Vass; Hannah Drew

Testimonials

'The team delivers against challenging deadlines and provides consistently high-quality work.'

The team has a very good grasp of the payment and technology industry.

'The payments expertise is very strong and it stands out from the crowd in that area.'

Key Clients

TalkTalk Telecom Group plc

Avanti Communications Group plc.

EE Limited

Vodafone (Group, Vodafone Procurement Company, UK, Group Enterprise)

Surf Telecoms

Community Fibre Limited

HTC Europe

Southern Communications Holdings Limited

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

Plan Communications

Redwood Technologies/Content Guru

NewVoiceMedia

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone on the launch of its new Internet of Things offering for its consumer customer base.
  • Assisted Yahoo and Oath with a variety of UK issues flowing from the company’s global data security incidents, including assisting with an investigation and advising on contentious risk management.
  • Advising Bossa Nova Robotics on the launch and set up of its subsidiary operations in the UK, including related discussions with leading supermarkets.
  • Advised TalkTalk on its successful £200m cashbox placing.
  • Instructed by Plan Communications to advise on the terms of its standard form agreements for use with partners and customers, and handled the renegotiation of its wholesale arrangements with Telefonica.

RPC provides 'a great service' to its impressive client roster, which spans global suppliers, digital technology companies and new media suppliers, as well as customers including financial services and insurance industry clients, and corporates in the retail and media sectors. The team, which is jointly led by commercial law specialist Jeremy Drew and Mark Crichard, who focuses on technology and outsourcing transactions, has been bolstered by the arrivals of outsourcing partner Paul Joukador and senior associate Marlon Cohen from Hogan Lovells International LLP and Addleshaw Goddard respectively. Other names to note include Jon Bartley, who combines digital technology and e-commerce experience with data protection and cybersecurity expertise; Paul Joseph and David Cran, who handle large-scale IT disputes, and recently promoted IT, outsourcing and data partner Charles Buckworth.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Drew: Mark Crichard

Other key lawyers:Paul Joukador; Marlon Cohen; Jon Bartley; Paul Joseph; David Cran; Charles Buckworth

Testimonials

'RPC has clear expertise in the insurtech market with exceptional client service.'

'The team is truly expert in technology disputes and the misuse of confidential work, particularly in the technology, media, retail and financial services sector.'

'RPC is becoming a heavyweight in the TMT realm.'

'RPC takes a clear view of the merits at the earliest stage and gives clear, practical advice backed up by experience and litigation nous.'

'RPC has significant experience of IT outsourcing and telecoms contracts in regulated environments and brings the insight and experience of acting for both outsourcers and technology suppliers, which is invaluable in managing negotiations.'

Key Clients

CGI

TSB Bank

LINK Scheme

Dialog Semiconductors

RSA (Royal Sun Alliance)

Daily Mail Group (DMGT)

eClerx

Ceres Power

King's College Hospital

Google

Work highlights

  • Advising Link Scheme and Link Scheme Holdings on its tender of Payments Systems Regulator's IT infrastructure services, which covers all of the telecoms and switching services that supports the ATM network, which is used by all the main UK banks.
  • Advised Sports Direct on its landmark acquisition of House of Fraser, which included a global review of House of Fraser's IT contracts, and advice on the urgent renegotiation of House of Fraser's business critical contracts for core IT services.
  • Acting for Google and various group companies in a breach of confidence claim brought by a US technology company relating to one of Google's major platforms.
  • Advising a number of NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the public procurement of outsourced pathology and laboratory services.
  • Acted for McArthurGlen on the negotiation of large strategic IT implementation and outsourcing projects.

Simmons & Simmons benefits from 'user-friendly and approachable lawyers' and provides 'an exceptionally good partner-led service'. The team regularly assists clients with a range of IT outsourcing matters, global IT procurement issues, business critical software licensings and transformative technology solutions, with particular experience handling cloud solutions, cryptocurrencies, blockchain and other aspects of fintech work. Practice leader Tom Wheadon leverages his legal, regulatory and policy expertise across the telecoms, satellite, media and technology sectors. Alexander Brown, who has data protection and privacy expertise, financial regulatory expert Hinal Patel, James Cotter, Lawrence Brown and recently promoted partner George Morris are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):Tom Wheadon

Other key lawyers:Alexander Brown; Hinal Patel; James Cotter; Lawrence Brown; George Morris

Testimonials

'The team has excellent telecoms and outsourcing knowledge and the ability to resource big projects in a cost effective way.'

'Simmons & Simmons provides an exceptionally good partner-led service.'

'Alex Brown and George Morris understand the telecoms sector well and have helped deliver some complex, high-value telecoms, outsourcing and IT deals.'

'Supervising associates Charlotte Reeson and Sophie Sheldon are both very bright.'

'Hinal Patel is an exceptional client relationship partner. He is always available, easily meets time frames and is a pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

Telefónica UK (O2)

OneWeb

Huawei Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised Telefónica UK (O2) on the procurement of its Online Charging System (OCS) and Business Support System (BSS).
  • Assisting OneWeb with a range of commercial and regulatory issues across numerous jurisdictions.
  • Instructed by Huawei to advise on data protection and cybersecurity issues.
  • Advising Telefónica on its strategic bid to become the Communications Services Provider under the UK Government’s Smart Meter Implementation Programme.
  • Assisting O2 with its the outsourcing of the operation, management and development of its entire end-to-end IT estate.

The technology and telecoms team at Slaughter and May¬†provides 'solid, practical advice, which takes into account the commercial goals of clients'; its roster includes Google and Vodafone, as well as innovators and start‚Äďups. The team handles a range of commercial, corporate and regulatory matters with particular experience advising on emerging technology including the use of big data, AI, cloud and blockchain; the team also acts in disputes.¬†Rob Sumroy¬†heads the team, which includes IP and IT specialist David Ives¬†and Duncan Blaikie, who attracts praise for his 'very commercial approach'.

Practice head(s):Rob Sumroy

Other key lawyers:David Ives; Duncan Blaikie

Testimonials

'A top team that has unique expertise and knowledge in the field of IT, IP and outsourcing, and is able to put this into practice by providing top-quality advice and assisting with complex contract drafting.'

'In a landscape where technical excellence and customer centricity is to be assumed, the standout quality of the team is its approachability.'

'David Ives has excellent expertise and knowledge of IP, IT and outsourcing issues.'

'Ben Kingsley is a top regulatory expert.'

'Deborah Finkler has the ability to grasp the essentials through the fog of management and technical jargon.'

'Camilla Sanger's leadership, diplomacy and firmness keeps the work moving in trying circumstances.'

'Nick Pacheco's acute commercial judgement helps clients arrive at the right answer.'

'Duncan Blakie is the person you want beside you in difficult circumstances.'

'Senior associate Oliver Howley's attention to detail, logical approach and forensic analytical approach make him a force to be reckoned with.'

'Associate Daniel Owen is very good on privacy issues.'

Key Clients

ARM Holdings

Vodafone

Ericsson

Burberry

NRI

TSB

Euroclear

Credit Karma

Google

Sunrise Communications

Ocado

Work highlights

  • Advised ARM on the sale of a 51% stake in its Chinese subsidiary, Arm Technology (China) to form a joint venture for Arm’s existing semiconductor technology IP business in China.
  • Advised Ericsson on a major restructuring and re-engineering of its transformation technology agreement with Veon.
  • Assisting Euroclear with its collaboration with Algomi, a data analytics company.
  • Advised the Government Digital Service on its project to create a technology hub to establish a market in identity assurance services.
  • Advised Thunderhead on a long-term agreement with Salesforce for the world-wide licensing and distribution of Thunderhead’s artificial intelligence solution, One.

Taylor Wessing LLP is instructed by a range of customers and suppliers of IT including financial services clients, telecoms companies and start-ups on commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. The team has expertise in handling infrastructure projects and assisting manufacturers and communications providers with the regulatory issues and commercial arrangements associated with internet of things applications, and also advises mobile service operators and providers of new communication services. Graham Hann and Angus Finnegan head up the commercial technology and telecoms teams respectively. Other key contacts include Sian Skelton, who has a particular focus on advising US businesses setting up in Europe and UK-based technology clients; outsourcing specialist Martin Cotterill; Glyn Morgan, who assists with regulatory and digital transactions; and Chris Jeffery, who advises on enterprise software, adtech and e-commerce issues, as well as the EU privacy aspects of online and SaaS models.

Practice head(s):Graham Hann; Angus Finnegan

Other key lawyers:Sian Skelton; Martin Cotterill; Glyn Morgan; Chris Jeffrey

Key Clients

Thought Machine Group Limited

Farfetch UK Limited

Ola

Chargebacks911

Helios Towers Africa

Orange

Vonage

Mitel

Sky

Work highlights

  • Advised Thought Machine Group on a range of corporate, commercial and contentious matters relating to its proprietary cloud-based core banking platform, Vault.
  • Acting for Farfetch UK on a range of commercial matters including the launch of its Store of the Future platform, and the development and launch of its exclusive multi-year innovation partnership agreement with Chanel.
  • Acted for Sky on the renegotiation of its national roaming agreement with Telefonica UK.
  • Advised Mitel on a range of global regulatory issues in the countries in which it provides services.
  • Advised Vonage on the global regulatory issues relating to its VOIP services and in-app communications services.

Addleshaw Goddard's team has particular experience handling IT and digital projects and advising financial services sector clients. Practice head¬†Damon Rosamond‚ÄďLanzetta¬†advises clients on IT and outsourcing transactions in the financial services, transport and telecoms sectors;¬†Fiona Ghosh¬†focuses on fintech matters;¬†William James¬†leads the payments group,¬†and Elvan Hussein¬†handles a range of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Damon Rosamond–Lanzetta

Other key lawyers:Fiona Ghosh; William James; Elvan Hussein

Key Clients

GVC Holdings

British Land Company Plc

Sainsbury's Bank

Reckitt Benckisser

SSE Telecoms

Delio Wealth

Oxera

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC

Hitachi Rail Europe

Work highlights

  • Advised Santander UK on the provision, integration and implementation of a white-labelled solution for a reporting, payments and liquidity management platform, which has been available to its SME corporate customers.
  • Instructed by British Land's technology and procurement teams on a range of matters including the procurement of a number of software-as-a-solution products, data hosting services, mobile-specific software issues and packaged IT solutions.

Allen & Overy LLP's telecoms sector group combines its reputation for M&A with regulatory and commercial expertise; in a recent highlight, the team was instructed by Huawei in high-profile litigation against Conversant, relating to Conversant's claim for a declaration that it has offered FRAND terms in respect of its standard essential patent license. Practice head Tom Levine has substantial telecoms sector expertise and regularly handles telecoms projects in developed and emerging markets, while Mark Heaney is a name to note for hi-tech patent litigation. Recently promoted counsel Andrew Kenning works closely with Levine.

Practice head(s):Tom Levine

Other key lawyers:Mark Heaney; Andrew Kenning

Key Clients

Veon

EE (BT)

Liberty Global / Virgin Media

Deutsche Telekom

MTN

Telenor

Yahsat

Tesco

Idea Cellular

Sky

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sky Italia in an antitrust dispute against TIM, the mobile division of the formerly state-owned operator, Telecom Italia.
  • Represented Huawei in Conversant’s claim for a declaration that it has offered fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms in respect of its standard essential patent portfolio.
  • Advised Veon on the €2.5bn sale of its 50% interest in Wind Tre, the Italian mobile phone operator, to CK Hutchison.
  • Acting for IHS on its acquisition and leaseback of the tower portfolio of mobile operation Zain in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised Idea Cellular on the international aspects of the $23bn merger between Idea and Vodafone India.

Arnold & Porter's telecoms, internet and media team is recognised for handling a range of complex multi-jurisdictional telecoms and media regulatory work. The group also has experience assisting its impressive client roster, which includes Tata Communications and Ellalink, with the commercial and financing aspects of transactions. Practice head and 'exceptional lawyer' Rob Bratby has significant regulatory expertise and is frequently instructed on international telecoms projects.

Practice head(s):Rob Bratby

Testimonials

'Arnold & Porter stands out for the practical nature of its advice, and the thoroughness of its efforts to understand clients and adjust its advice accordingly.'

'Rob Bratby knows how to add value. The coordination among the team avoids the often recurring siloed advice seen at other firms. They are thoughtful, good listeners and evidently care about finding the right solutions for clients.'

Key Clients

AT&T

Tata Communications

Orange Business Services

Ellalink

CloudHQ

Work highlights

  • Advising Tata Communications on UK and EU regulatory matters.
  • Advised on all the regulatory telecoms and media approvals outside the US relating to AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner.
  • Assisted Ellalink with commercial, financing and regulatory matters relating to the construction of a high-capacity subsea fibre-optic link between Europe and Latin America.
  • Advised Orange Business Services on a range of telecoms regulatory and GDPR matters.

The digital economy transactions team at Ashurst handles a range of matters relating to digitalisation; its expertise spans strategic commercial transactions, acquisitions and disposals, competition and regulatory matters, data protection work, financings, real estate and tax matters, and contentious issues. Telecoms and communication experts Nick Elverston and Amanda Hale jointly lead the practice alongside technology and outsourcing specialist Christopher Bates. David Futter is also singled out for his experience advising on fintech transactions.

Practice head(s):Nick Elverston; Amanda Hale; Christopher Bates

Other key lawyers:David Futter

Key Clients

Asto Digital (part of Santander UK)

Aveva Group

Babcock International Group

BP plc

BRC Global Standards

China General Nuclear Power Corporation

Digital Colony

DXC Technology (formerly Hewlett Packard Enterprises)

Facebook

Amazon

Google

Giffgaff

Goldman Sachs

Grosvenor Limited

HM Government/UK Treasury

Huawei

Hyperoptic

International Financial Data Services

Interserve PLC

Know Your Customer Limited

Lockheed Martin Corporation

National Express

NEX

Nomura Banking Group

NYC Metropolitan Transport Authority, Babcock

O2

Panasonic Avionics

Prudential PLC

QinetiQ

Softcat

Sopra Steria Limited

State Street Bank & Trust Company

Telxius

Virgin Media

Worldpay

Work highlights

  • Advising Facebook on a number of telecoms infrastructure deals across EMEA.
  • Advised on Nomura's strategic joint venture investment in an AI trading venture established by Brevan Howard.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs on the roll out of its digital retail banking platform, Marcus by Goldman Sachs, in the UK.
  • Assisted Sopra Steria with its bid to provide outsourced support to the Construction Industry Trading Board.
  • Advised Telxius on its acquisition of 39 telecoms towers in Germany, which included strategic due diligence, commercial agreements, real estate matters and regulatory issues.

The technology team at Browne Jacobson LLP advises on complex IT transactions, with expertise in designing, building and implementing IT project phases in the financial services, insurance, retail and public sectors. Anthony Nagle heads up the national IT practice group, which spans the firm's London, Nottingham and Birmingham offices, while Declan Cushley leads the firm's commercial and IP departments.

Practice head(s):Declan Cushley; Anthony Nagle

Key Clients

Hiscox

Autonet

Crown Prosecution Service

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Top Cashback

Mace

Weld

PSOW

Camelot

Work highlights

  • Advised Hiscox Insurance on a collaboration agreement with Barclays Bank relating to the IT arrangements required to facilitate the insurance distribution arrangements for the provision of Hiscox's home insurance products to Barclays Bank’s premium customers.
  • Acted for Webgeo on its IT arrangements as a reseller of Google products including drafting its services agreements and platform terms and conditions.
  • Assisting Autonet with the creation of an online platform to create a market between insurers and brokers with Autonet as the hub administrator and service provider.
  • Advised the Crown Prosecution Service on the break-up of major parts of an existing large scale complex IT services contract into various service groups, which were put out to tender.
  • Instructed by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the restructuring of its cloud and digital services across the whole of the council.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts customers and suppliers of IT services, and leading telecoms operators among its client roster. It handles a range of corporate, commercial and contentious matters with particular experience in the retail and financial services sectors, and the computer games industry. Mark Bailey, who focuses on technology and infrastructure matters and has particular expertise in IT sector contracts and data centre projects, jointly leads the team with corporate transactions partner Mark Howard. Megan Paul also handles a range of outsourcing agreements, and Paul Stone is a specialist in EU and competition issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Bailey; Mark Howard

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys is super responsive and acts as an extension of the client's in-house team.'

'The technology practice at Charles Russell Speechlys has genuine experience and expertise in the industry sector, such that the advice is not just technically accurate but invaluably informed by sector trends and latest developments.'

'Mark Bailey is first rate, a true leader in his field and very good at producing complex work to tight deadlines with a sure hand.'

'David Coates on the corporate side is excellent and extremely responsive and well informed.'

'Caroline Young is dependable and very capable.'

Key Clients

Pure Data Centres

Global Cloud Exchange

IT Lab

1Spatial

wagamama

IFS

Zenium Data Centres

Civica

ITV

Westfield

Arqiva

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Arkadin

Gamma Telecom

Emirates Telecommunications Company (“Etisalat”)

Global Cloud Exchange (“Reliance”)

The Government of The Bahamas

Ericsson

ECTA

Novus Communications Limited

Nike

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team and shareholders of Zenium Topco on the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to CyrusOne.
  • Acting for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the planned legal and functional separation of the former incumbent telecommunications operator, Batelco.
  • Assisted the founders of Charterhouse Voice & Data with a strategic investment by August Equity to accelerate its growth and secure funding to embark on a buy and build strategy.
  • Advised 1Spatial on its recent disposal of 80.1% of Enables IT Group to Champall Consultancy.
  • Instructed to advise Pure Data Centres on its data centre operations including fundraising, branding, construction, property and tenant agreement issues in a number of jurisdictions.

The technology, media and telecoms group at Clifford Chance LLP leverages a cross-departmental team, with the capacity to handle a range of corporate transactions, procurement projects, contractual matters, outsourcings, infrastructure issues and disputes across the IT and telecoms sectors. Practice head André Duminy focuses on technology projects and outsourcings, while Jonathan Kewley has particular expertise in the cutting-edge areas of tech ethics, data, AI, cybersecurity and blockchain regulation. Other key practitioners include 'knowledgeable, well-informed and articulate' consultant Joachim Fleury, litigator Samantha Ward, competition specialist Jenine Hulsmann and Jennifer Mbaluto, who handles M&A and commercial transactions. Daniel Sandelson departed to an in-house role at Digital Media Distribution.

Practice head(s):André Duminy

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Kewley; Joachim Fleury; Jenine Hulsmann; Samantha Ward; Jennifer Mbaluto

Testimonials

'The technology team at Clifford Chance has vast experience, good knowledge of the industry, an international approach and pragmatic solutions.'

'Consultant Joachim Fleury is very experienced and has deep knowledge of the industry. He is a good negotiator and a pragmatic problem solver.'

Key Clients

Fujitsu

Tencent

Imagination Technologies

Delivery Hero

XL Catlin

ING Group

AB InBev

Emirates NDB

HQLAx

EVRY S/A

Tele2

Infracapital

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Tele2 in obtaining unconditional approval from the European Commission for the merger of its Dutch business with T-Mobile Netherlands, following a complex phase II investigation.
  • Acted for Infracapital on its purchase of 50% of SSE Telecoms from SSE.
  • Advised Fujitsu on the formation of a joint venture with Lenovo Group and the Development Bank of Japan.
  • Advised Spanish Bank BBVA on its £85.4m investment in Atom Bank, the UK's first app only digital bank.
  • Advised ING Group on a global partnership with Axa to provide insurance products and related services through a central digital insurance platform.

Cooley (UK) LLP is instructed by established and fast-growing, emerging companies on corporate and private equity transactions in the technology sector; it also has particular expertise advising on open source software matters. Chris Coulter heads up the practice and has experience in technology, data, cybersecurity, contractual and IP issues; other names to note include Ryan Naftulin, who assists companies and investors which are forming and financing disruptive high-growth companies, and litigator Mark Deem.

Practice head(s):Chris Coulter

Other key lawyers:Ryan Naftulin; Mark Deem

The IT team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP frequently handles major IT projects and assists financial services clients with the regulatory aspects of infrastructure issues and application deployments to cloud services. Simon Gamlin heads up the practice, which includes Craig Rogers, who regularly assists with cross-border IT and outsourcing arrangements, and international head of telecoms Simon Cloke, who has notable strength in projects which involve technology and communications elements.

Practice head(s):Simon Gamlin

Other key lawyers:Craig Rogers; Simon Cloke

Key Clients

Nationwide Building Society

Jumeirah Hotels

Kambi

CitiBank

Volta Data Centres

CyrusOne

Rolls Royce

Santander

Shawbrook Bank

Spectris Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hermes on the renegotiation of its investment operations outsourcing agreement and associated documentation with Northern Trust.
  • Assisted QuantiQ with a full review and restructure of the contractual documents with its customers.
  • Acted for CyrusOne on several matters including its acquisition of Zenium Data Centres and the preparation of template customer agreements for use in the UK, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and Singapore.
  • Instructed by Microsoft to co-author a series of white papers on the application of cloud services to key industry sectors.

Halebury fields a team, which combines commercial, corporate and employment specialists with particular expertise in the technology and telecoms sectors. Denise Nurse and Janvi Patel lead the practice, which includes Richard Dalby, who has notable expertise in digital transformation projects, and Edward Rea, who focuses on telecoms-related infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):Denise Nurse; Janvi Patel

Other key lawyers:Richard Dalby; Edward Rea

Latham & Watkins' technology transactions team has the ability to handle a range of multi-jurisdictional transactions across the technology sector, with particular expertise acting for financial services clients and advising on cloud-related matters. The team is jointly led by Andrew Moyle, who focuses on the fintech space, and commercial technology and data privacy specialist Gail Crawford. Recently promoted partners Fiona Maclean and Christian McDermott are other key names in the group; Maclean has data privacy regulatory expertise, which she deploys in a range of commercial and outsourcing transactions, while McDermott has experience in payment solutions matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Moyle; Gail Crawford

Other key lawyers:Fiona Maclean; Christian McDermott

Key Clients

Credit Suisse Equity Derivatives

OpenX

Zimmer Biomet Pte Ltd

Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec

Lumendi Ltd. (UK)

Transferwise

Nivaura

Work highlights

  • Acted for Credit Suisse on its investment and collaborative venture with Privé, a fintech provider, to develop a multi-jurisdictional wealth management platform.
  • Acting for OpenX, a programmatic advertising technology company, on its outsourcing collaboration with Google Cloud Platform.
  • Advising leading medical device company, Zimmer Biomet, on the renegotiation of its global outsourcing agreement with Genpact.
  • Assisting Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec with a significant outsourcing deal.
  • Assisted money transfer start-up, TransferWise , with designing and building a contracting structure for use in it’s business-to-business offering.

Mayer Brown International LLP is recognised for its expertise in IT outsourcings, insurance technology transactions and cybersecurity and data protection advice; it also has particular knowledge of the financial services sector. Outsourcing specialist Mark Prinsley, corporate partner Richard Page and Andrew Stewart, who assists suppliers and customers with commercial IT transactions, jointly lead the practice, while Oliver Yaros focuses on fintech and digital transformation projects.

Practice head(s):Mark Prinsley; Andrew Stewart; Richard Page

Other key lawyers:Oliver Yaros

Key Clients

HSBC

Mitie plc

The Bank of New York Mellon

Grant Thornton

T Rowe Price

Overmore Group

Corney & Barrow

Previse

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Omega Pharma/Perrigo

Emasan AG

Interoute Communications

ARM

Work highlights

  • Advised Emasan on its €1.9bn sale of Interoute Communications Holdings, the owner and operator of one of Europe's largest independent fiber networks, to GTT Communications.
  • Advised a global financial institution on its acquisition and implementation of Microsoft-provided cloud-based services across its global business.
  • Advised a foreign national provider of healthcare services on the development and exploitation of an online tool to diagnose health conditions, which was originally created in collaboration with a UK-based provider.
  • Advising a leading provider of online consumer personal loans on entering into a node agreement to become a supporting participant in a blockchain solution, which will be created to record personal loan transactions made by consumers.

Morrison & Foerster LLP is frequently instructed on cross-border IT projects by its impressive client roster, which includes technology service suppliers, technology-focused start-ups and companies investing in a range of technologies including AI, machine learning projects and payment processing solutions. Alistair Maughan assists major companies and public sector organisations with commercial contracts and technology-based projects, while of counsel Greg Joynson has particular experience handling corporate and financing transactions for technology companies.

Practice head(s):Alistair Maughan

Other key lawyers:Greg Joynson

Testimonials

'Andrew Boyd, Alistair Maughan and associate Mercedes Samavi are all commercial and practical with a sound understanding of the relevant issues, and proactive in their approach.'

Key Clients

SoftBank

UPS

Vonage Holdings Corp.

Novartis

Cellpoint Mobile

Ubitricity

Seagate

Smart Communications

Combat Stress

SoftBank

Work highlights

  • Instructed by UPS to advise on a variety of issues and projects including commercial and compliance issues in the UK and across Europe relating to its customised declared value product, and drafting and negotiating bespoke commercial package agreements for enterprise customers.
  • Advising blockchain ventures company, Outlier, on its website and e-mail disclaimers.
  • Assisting Cellpoint Mobile, an IT provider, with its regulatory status and providing ongoing commercial assistance with the negotiation of its commercial partnering agreements.
  • Advised Ubitricity, a provider of mobile electricity charging solutions, on its contracts with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the installation of electric vehicle charging points.
  • Advised Vonage Holdings, a leading provider of cloud communications services for businesses, on its acquisitions of NewVoiceMedia and Telefonica Digital.

The 'client-oriented and highly commercial' technology and innovation practice at Norton Rose Fulbright combines 'strong telecoms expertise and credentials, and robust M&A skills' with substantial expertise advising clients on technology development and commercialisation issues, particularly relating to emerging technology and the financial services and insurance sectors. Practice head Sean Murphy handles a range of international corporate matters in the technology sector, while Oliver Stacey has particular experience in the communications, media and telecoms industries. Other names to note include consultant and outsourcing expert Peter McBurney, telecoms regulatory specialist James Russell, Mark Simpson and litigator Ruth Cowley.

Practice head(s):Sean Murphy

Other key lawyers:Oliver Stacey; Peter McBurney; James Russell: Mark Simpson; Ruth Cowley

Testimonials

'Oliver Stacey offers strong telecoms experience, robust M&A credentials, and is highly commercial.'

Key Clients

Cell C

De Beers

Econet Wireless

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company

Etisalat

Helios Investment Partners

McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies Limited

Mubadala Investment Company

Orange

Paxos Trust Company, LLC

PTCL

Purplebricks Group

Shell Ventures BV

Telenor

TeliaSonera

TowerShare

VAKT Global Limited

Veon

Vodacom

Vodafone

Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised De Beers on a blockchain platform for a first-of-its-kind digital register for diamonds to ensure authenticity, traceability and accountability across the diamond value chain.
  • Acted for Helios Investment Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Egypt’s TPAY Mobile.
  • Advised Etisalat Group on the merger of its mobile telecoms operations in Sri Lanka with CK Hutchison Group’s Sri Lankan mobile telecoms business.  
  • Assisted a global bank with the outsourcing of its technology and mainframe support functions.
  • Instructed by Vodafone in a claim in the English high court.

The team at Reed Smith LLP handles a range of outsourcing, licensing, data protection, commercial agreement, transactional and disputes work across the IT and telecoms sectors. Cynthia O’Donoghue leads the IP, tech and data group; Gregor Pryor and Delphine Currie, who head up the media and entertainment, and global corporate practice respectively, are also active in the space. Technology and outsourcing specialist Philip Thomas and Elle Todd, who focuses on data protection and the digital sector and recently joined the team from CMS, are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):Cynthia O’Donoghue; Gregor Pryor; Delphine Currie

Other key lawyers:Philip Thomas; Elle Todd

The 'commercial and responsive' team at Squire Patton Boggs 'makes a real effort to understand the client's business and industry to provide tailored advice'. Andrew Wilkinson, who 'offers exceptional knowledge and advice' and Francesco Liberatore, who 'provides timely advice in a practical and risk-based manner', head up the technology transactions and communications teams respectively. The team also benefitted from the arrivals of international affairs adviser Matthew Kirk from Vodafone, and data protection and privacy specialist Rosa Barcelo from DG Connect in the European Commission; Barcelo splits her time between London and Brussels.

Practice head(s):Francesco Liberatore; Andrew Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Matthew Kirk; Rosa Barcelo

Testimonials

'Squire Patton Bogg's technology team provides practical, risk-based advice that balances legal requirements, best practices and business needs.'

'The firm's extensive office base, excellent partners and well trained associates makes it the perfect fit for an organisation, which requires swift and concise advice on a broad range of matters.'

'Squire Patton Boggs is a well-rounded and multi-faceted firm with strong core practices and excellent relationships in areas and countries where it does not have a presence.'

'Francesco Liberatore provides timely advise in a practical and risk-based manner that is organised and easy to understand.'

'Elliot Golding provides forward-looking advice that takes into account trends and best practices to enable the business to be competitive and compliant in a rapidly evolving environment.'

'Andrew Wilkinson has the ability to make matters move swiftly and feel effortless and his commercial awareness is second to none.'

'Francesco Liberatore really stands out as a brilliant lawyer and a charming man, he is always on the ball and dedicated to his client's cause.'

Key Clients

Arqiva

Avaya

Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar

CityFibre

ClearChannel

GSMA

Inmarsat

Vodafone

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Work highlights

  • Advised the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain on amendments to the current telecoms licensing regime, universal service licensing conditions and merger control regulation.

The 'genuinely hardworking' commercial, outsourcing and technology team at Stephenson Harwood combines 'strong legal experience with commercial sector knowledge' and assist clients with the full range of IT advice with particular expertise in cloud computing, fintech, IT outsourcing, software licensing and data protection issues, IT litigation and corporate transactions. The group is led by Jonathan Kirsop, who has particular expertise in data-focused IT initiatives, and Dan Holland, who handles large IT projects. The group benefits from the addition of 'star senior associate' David Berry from Addleshaw Goddard; Berry 'consistently provides considered, thoughtful and timely advice' and is 'technically strong with an ability to easily connect the dots of a matter'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Kirsop; Dan Holland;

Other key lawyers:David Berry

Testimonials

'Stephenson Harwood offers a perfect blend of legal and commercial savvy.'

'The interpersonal skills of the team are exceptional, they provide interpretations that are both useful and practical.'

'Dan Holland is a very smart and analytical individual with an air of confidence that is re-assuring to clients.'

'David Berry suggests commercial options and contractual structures which border on the seriously clever.'

'David Berry is highly experienced with in-depth sector experience upon whom we rely exclusively for all of our IT-related agreements, he is able to simplify complex concepts and issues both in terms of his approach to drafting and in terms of his approach to negotiations with third parties.'

Key Clients

Avaloq UK Limited

Trenitalia c2c Limited

Thomas Pink

UCB Biopharma SPRL

Hivedome Limited

Astellas Pharma Europe Limited

Arriva UK Trains Limited

Augmentum Fintech plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Avaloq UK on an IT platform agreement with Smith & Williamson, which will use Avaloq's core banking software to support its banking services.
  • Assisted Trenitalia c2c with its multi-vendor procurement of IT services, software and hardware for the roll-out of a new electronic smart ticketing system across its c2c train line between London and Essex.
  • Advised Thomas Pink on the implementation of a customer relationship management platform.
  • Instructed by Astellas its IT team on the management of its technology contracts.

  • Assisted Hivedome with an overhaul of its IT contracts with its customers including updating its business to business contracts, privacy policy and third-party consultant agreements.

Boutique firm Technology Law Alliance is noted for handling complex IT projects for suppliers and buyers of outsourced services, and has substantial experience in the insurance and financial services sectors. Practice head Jeremy Newton handles IT contracts and complex outsourcing arrangements, while Gavin Wakefield is recognised for his financial, energy and public sector knowledge.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Newton

Other key lawyers:Gavin Wakefield

The department at TLT is instructed by a combination of large national and international corporates and high-growth companies on a range of IT transactions; it has particular strength in payments technology, open banking and fintech matters. Bristol-based national practice head James Touzel advises on transformational procurements and outsourcing projects, while London team head Daniel Lloyd  focuses on the developing law surrounding digital content. Adding competition and regulatory expertise, Stuart Murray joined the team from BT.

Practice head(s):James Touzel; Daniel Lloyd

Other key lawyers:Stuart Murray

Key Clients

ARRIS International PLC

5NINES

J Sainsbury's PLC

The Co-operative Group

BGL Group

C & J Clark

Imperial Brands PLC

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

WHSmith PLC

Conviviality plc

Close Brothers Limited

Elavon Financial Services DAC

learndirect Limited

BT

JD Sports

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Sky

Divido Financial Services

Travers Smith LLP's practice acts for IT suppliers and companies acquiring technology on transactions and contentious mandates. The team attracts praise for its 'exceptional expertise in multiple sectors' including the financial services, pensions, leisure and retail industries. Dan Reavill heads up the practice and regularly advises on IT matters relating to software, data, the internet and branding issues. Other names to note for large IP projects include Louisa Chambers and newly promoted partner James Longster, who 'understands complex technical aspects and ensures the client has a strong contractual position'.

Practice head(s):Dan Reavill

Other key lawyers:Louisa Chambers; James Longster

Testimonials

'A great team of individuals who have exceptional expertise in multiple sectors and bring that experience to the matter at hand.'

'The team at Travers Smith team is really strong on technical, knotty issues and its advice is always very practical and easy to follow.'

'James Longster is exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable and his availability unparalleled.'

'James Longster is very reliable and is all over the detail.'

Key Clients

Micro Focus PLC

Hewlett Packard

eFront

Paymentsense

Caffe Nero

Eco-Bat Technologies

Auto Trader

STA Travel

Peak Business

Bridgepoint

Pret

Argent Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Micro Focus on the $2.5bn sale of its open source business to a special purpose vehicle.
  • Advised Auto Trader on a joint venture to establish a digital market place with Cox Automotive UK.
  • Instructed by STA Travel on the global renewal and expansion of its business critical hosting and network services arrangement with CenturyLink.
  • Assisted Caffe Nero with the negotiation of a new master licence agreement with CrunchTime Information Systems.
  • Advised Burger King on its arrangement with Timico for the provision of critical infrastructure and communications technology services in Burger King restaurants.

The technology team at Wiggin LLP has experience assisting clients with IT infrastructure projects, outsourcing arrangements, corporate and financing transactions and litigation; it also has expertise in new and emerging areas of technology including AI, gaming and virtual reality matters. Practice head Alan Owens handles contentious IT matters, while Ciaran Hickey and David Naylor are names to note for corporate transactions and data protection work respectively.

Practice head(s):Alan Owens

Other key lawyers:David Naylor; Ciaran Hickey;

Testimonials

'Wiggin has developed a great balance of practice areas and carefully built teams of diligent lawyers to ensure that it provides a service that is personal and effective for its clients.'

'The team does a fantastic job of keeping it simple for the clients, ensuring a single main contact and the all work and advice is channeled through them. There is a wealth of knowledge and expertise available within Wiggin, enabling a diverse expert input to ensure requirements are always met at a high level.'

'David Naylor provides outstanding support and always ensures the right level of expertise is available to help clients as and when needed. He is empathetic through the challenges clients face, whilst providing robust and clear advice.'

Key Clients

Microsoft

Vodafone

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Telefonica

Wisetech Global

Expedia

William Hill

Wipro

Fox Networks

Jaguar Land Rover

The National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme

BoardEx

Elonex

The Street, Inc

Starz Entertainment

UCAS

Pokerstars

Apricot (formerly MicroGaming)

Playtech

Acute Art

Perform Group

DataCore

Work highlights

  • Acted for Microsoft in several matters including an enforcement matter in the IPEC relating to one of its games brand.
  • Instructed by DataCore to advise across the full spectrum of UK and European commercial technology and privacy matters.
  • Advised Audience Trading Platform on several matters including GDPR compliance and a subject access request from an academic seeking to challenge and undermine the status of programmatic advertising.
  • Acted for B2B provider of gambling services, Playtech, on the renegotiation of its long-term software licensing and services deal with Fortuna.
  • Advised Snoot Entertainment on it acquisition of shares in Cloud Imperium Games.

Blake Morgan LLP handles IT transactions for suppliers and users of technology; it also has particular experience in the financial services sector, but also counts retail and e-commerce companies, digital media providers and charities among its client base. Simon Stokes heads up the practice and has notable expertise in outsourcing, cloud services, data protection and software IP issues.

Practice head(s):Simon Stokes

Key Clients

Forbidden Technologies

Caretower

Virtual Clarity

Moss Bros

Work highlights

  • Instructed by IT consultancy Virtual Clarity on several matters including its investment from CSC.

Burges Salmon LLP has an impressive client roster, which it assists with a range of technology transactions. It excels in the transport, energy and utilities sectors, and also has particular experience in fintech, retail, sports, and media and entertainment matters. Practice head Andrew Dunlop, who splits his time between the firm's London and Bristol offices, is recognised for his outsourcing and data protection compliance expertise and has experience acting for IT and cloud service providers. The team also benefits from the addition of legal director Sarah Kenshall who joined from Axiom and focuses on telecoms vendor clients, payment solutions, and public sector IT projects.

Practice head(s):Andrew Dunlop

Other key lawyers:Sarah Kenshall

Key Clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water

The National Trust

St Modwen Properties PLC

Capita PLC

Coca-Cola HBC

Dwyr Cymru Welsh Water

Exeter Friendly Society

Thomson Reuters

Altran Technologies SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Welsh Water on its complex IT outsourcing incorporating the design and build of a new integrated customer contact centre and desktop platform.
  • Acted for St Modwen Properties on its outsourcing of group payroll and associated HR functions to OneSource Virtual.
  • Acting for The Exeter Friendly Society on the renegotiation of its business process outsourcing to Axa.
  • Advised Bud Systems on its suite of template IT customer contracts and on its use in live negotiations with customers.
  • Instructed by an international technology company on its provision of cloud IT services to a large multinational telecoms provider.

The group at DAC Beachcroft LLP has substantial expertise in technology transactions across the financial services, insurance and health sectors, and has the capacity to handle the full range of commercial, intellectual property, financial services regulatory, and data protection matters. Tim Ryan heads up the practice and frequently handles large projects for enterprise IT systems, software development issues, hosting, licensing and data analytics work, and open banking matters. Prakash Kerai is also a key name to note; he has particular experience in the fintech space.

Practice head(s):Tim Ryan

Other key lawyers:Prakash Kerai

Key Clients

Smith & Williamson

Guardian Media Group Plc

Seven Publishing Group Limited

Cloud Chambers

HSS Hire Service Group Limited

11:FS

Together

Tandem

techUK

Intelliflo

Work highlights

  • Advised Smith & Williamson on its purchase of a Software-as-a-Service banking platform and related outsourced services from a leading international provider in the fintech and digital banking space.
  • Advised Ampbah on the launch of a legal services collaboration platform aimed at law firms and barristers chambers.
  • Instructed by HSS Hire Service Group on its purchase of a new software platform for use by its tool and equipment hire business.
  • Advised a major global insurer on its procurement of an innovative AI platform.
  • Instructed by Tandem to handle various technology matters including SaaS arrangements, licensing and outsourcing deals, and regulatory, data protection and employment advice.

DMH Stallard LLP assists its client roster of suppliers and users of technology and outsourced services with matters ranging from software licencings to cloud computing and IT procurement projects, outsourcings and emerging technology issues.  Practice head Anthony Lee specialises in outsourcing and commercial IT transactions, while James Orloff handles a range of contracts, corporate transactions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):Anthony Lee

Other key lawyers:James Orloff

Testimonials

'The team provides straightforward and clear responses, with a wealth of different types of expertise.'

'Anthony Lee's answers are much clearer and more insightful than many others in the market. He knows his subject and is clear about any limitations and aspects of the law that remain ambiguous and untested.'

Key Clients

CWCS Managed Hosting

City Cruises

ECS Global

Fairvue Partners

Perfect Data

Premier Medical

Secret Sales

Thackray Williams

Underscore

Zalaris

Work highlights

  • Assisted CWCS Managed Hosting with several matters including updating the standard terms and conditions for the sale of its cloud-based services and co-location services.
  • Advised Zalaris UK on the negotiation of an IT services framework agreement with global estate agency Knight Frank to underpin the deployment of multiple cloud-based SAP Success Factors solutions into its organisation.
  • Assisted ECS Global with the terms and conditions for its cloud-based offering, which compliments its existing on-premises offering.
  • Acted for Perfect Data on the preparation of a suite of agreements relating to the launch of its cloud-based user-independent platform, which will enable people to use their mobile phones to secure services with private hire and hackney carriage drivers and operators with regulatory oversight.
  • Advised Underscore on a framework agreement with California-based Jemstep to facilitate Jemstep's purchase of services from Underscore including software development services.

Gowling WLG's Birmingham-based commercial, IT and outsourcing department assists its national and international client roster, which includes a combination of technology start-ups, public sector organisations and large corporates, with a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Sally Mewies has expertise in technology-related contracts, while Patrick Arben is a name to note for disputes. Other key names include Sarah Sasse, who frequently advises public sector clients on how to structure their procurements and commercial arrangements; David Brennan, who handles corporate transactions and Jocelyn Paulley, who has particular expertise in the retail and technology sectors as well as data protection and data centre practices.

Practice head(s):Sally Mewies

Other key lawyers:Patrick Arben; Sarah Arben; David Brennan; Jocelyn Paulley

Key Clients

Mobile Broadband Networks Limited

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Virtus Data Centres

London Borough of Croydon

Infinis Energy Management Limited

CTIL

GlaxoSmithKline

Xoserve Limited

A S Watson

Sanctuary Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Bromford Housing, a social enterprise, on its procurement of a partner to provide enterprise solutions and transformation partner services via a competitive dialogue process.
  • Instructed by the Virtus group of data centre operators on its major customer contracts.
  • Advising Birmingham City Council on a range of negotiations with its joint venture partner Capita.
  • Advising Xoserve on the procurement of a strategic hosting solution for its core operating software, and a re-platforming of the application that underpins pricing information in the gas industry.
  • Assisting a leading UK university with a key technology contract.

Recognised for its representation of rights holders in the media, sports and entertainments sectors, Harbottle & Lewis LLP's technology team assists with a range of commercial and venture capital transactions. Practice head Daniel Tozer regularly advises established technology companies and start-ups on the development and commercialisation of new technologies. Michael Lister focuses on the use of cutting edge technology in sport and other forms of entertainment, while Tony Littner leads the firm's start-up and venture capital group. The practice also benefits from the addition of the 'very practical, solution-driven' and 'extremely user-friendly' Sacha Wilson, who joined from Bristows LLP and is 'extremely experienced in media and advertising'.

Practice head(s):Daniel Tozer

Other key lawyers:Michael Lister; Tony Littner; Sacha Wilson

Testimonials

'There are very few firms that truly understand online advertising, but in Sacha Wilson, Harbottle & Lewis has a real expert in the field.'

Key Clients

Expedia

Route Research

Microsoft

Havas Media

Seeburger

Research Exchange

Citywire

Mixcloud

O’Reilly

Opentable

Diageo

Virgin Management/Virgin Red

Bounce Leisure

Glassworks UK

Apple

Microsoft

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Expedia on a wide range of commercial and technology matters, most notably the implementation of Expedia’s strategic alliance with Thomas Cook.
  • Advised the Oil and Gas Authority on the first UK Oil and Gas National Data Repository.
  • Advised Kingston Technology on various commercial and technology agreements relating to its Hyper X brand of headsets, solid-state drives, keyboards, mousepads and other gaming peripherals.
  • Assisted technology innovator and UK workplace pensions provider, Smart Pension, with a strategic investment from  JP Morgan.
  • Advising Soul Machines on a variety of matters relating to the licensing and exploitation of its technology.

Boutique IT and IP-focused firm iLaw handles a range of transactional and contentious instructions across the sector. The team advises customers and suppliers on IT contracts, and also handles contractual disputes, corporate transactions and IP and regulatory matters, particularly those involving data protection issues. Justin Ellis heads up the practice and specialises in non-contentious IT work, while Mark Culbert is a key name for litigation and Matthew Poli for corporate matters.

Practice head(s):Justin Ellis

Other key lawyers:Mark Culbert; Matthew Poli

Testimonials

'ILaw is a go-to firm in the field. The team understands the requirements of its client's business and sets its costs appropriately.'

IT boutique Kemp IT Law is instructed by established and innovative technology sector companies including Microsoft and Lumeon; it also assists corporates acquiring technology. 'Hugely experienced, exceptional lawyer' Richard Kemp leads the practice and has a breadth of expertise across the sector; clients also praise Deirdre Moynihan who has 'deep sector expertise, and provides clear and decisive advice'.

Practice head(s):Richard Kemp

Other key lawyers:Deirdre Moynihan

Testimonials

'The team's ability to tackle a very wide range of challenges and projects is nothing short of superlative.'

'It is able to distill complex legal concepts into layman's terms and get to the critical issues with minimal fuss.'

'Due to the agile model of the firm, clients can take advice from Richard Kemp, with all his vast experience, at an extremely competitive hourly rate.'

'Both Richard and Deirdre are an absolute pleasure to work with, they are both highly professional, knowledgeable and personable.'

'Richard Kemp has a down to earth and practical approach and he has a gravitas and experience which enables him to manage complex issues in a way which clients find reassuring and clear. '

'Deirdre Moynihan is excellent during negotiations and drafting.'

'Richard Kemp has such an assured manner and his experience seems to be second to none.'

'Richard Kemp has excellent knowledge of his market, provides accurate commercial advice and gives invaluable direction on tactics and strategy.'

'Deirdre Moynihan operates at a standard well above her years of qualification and has an excellent approach to negotiations.'

Key Clients

Regulatory DataCorp

Huq Industries

Switchfly

North Highland

Accelya

Accor Hotels

SITA

CCH Tagetik

Clarkson plc

Microsoft

Work highlights

  • Advised Regulatory DataCorp on its UK sales strategy and contracts, particularly at the interface between cloud technology and financial services regulation.
  • Acted for Accelya on a range of data and software related technology development contracts in China, the UK and the US.
  • Assisted Microsoft’s senior director and assistant general counsel with a range of IP–related projects supporting its cloud business.
  • Advised Clarkson on GDPR compliance issues and a range of new technology projects.
  • Advised Accor Hotels on its acquisition of ResDiary.

The 'responsive' technology and communications practice at Lewis Silkin LLP leverages a cross-departmental team to advise its impressive roster of technology and telecoms sector clients. The team, which 'always offers a high standard of work', is jointly led by Sean Dempsey, David Willbe and James Gill who focus on employment, corporate finance transactions and commercial IT advice respectively. Nathalie Moreno, who advises on the commercial and regulatory aspects of a range of IT transactions including IT procurements and cloud outsourcing projects, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Sean Dempsey; David Willbe; James Gill

Other key lawyers:Nathalie Moreno

Testimonials

'The team is very personable and friendly, all members have a human side to them, which many lawyers do not. They are responsive and the standard of work is always high.'

'All individuals are personable, easy to get on with and feel like part of our in-house team.'

'Lewis Silkin gets its client's businesses, is flexible enough to meet their demands and provides innovative advice, which is tailored to meet the clients' specific challenges.'

'Sean Dempsey and Hannah Price as exceptional. They are able to see the wood for the trees and come up with clear advice even in the most complex scenarios.'

Key Clients

Deliveroo

LinkedIn

HP Enterprise

Oath (formerly AOL)

Meniga Limited

Hutchison 3G

Algebra Ventures

Absolutely No Nonsense Admin Ltd (ANNA)

Computacenter

Snap Inc. (Snapchat)

Sifted

Smartr365

Capricorn Financial

Ve Global

Zappistore

Work highlights

  • Advised Sopra Steria on its acquisition, through its subsidiary Sopra Banking Software, of lending solutions software provider, Sword Apak.
  • Advising Sharpe on all aspects of a cryptographic token offering, including issues relating to regulation and utility, terms of the offering, and group structuring.
  • Assisted Infosys with the global outsourcing of Verizon’s IT staff to Infosys.
  • Advised Sifted on the terms of its joint venture with the FT including the terms of the joint venture, brand licencing issues and other commercial aspects.
  • Acted for Zappi on the negotiation of a strategically important and high-value contract with a research provider.

The 'commercially focused' technology and innovation team at Michelmores LLP is highlighted for its 'availability, knowledge of the industry and tenacity' and its 'ability to translate legalese into plain English'. The team, which is spread across the firm's London and Exeter offices, is regularly instructed by a combination of private and public sector clients on commercial IT projects and related disputes. The 'highly commercial, sensible and pragmatic' Tom Torkar heads up the practice, which includes commercial disputes partners Sara Chisholm-Batten and Charles Courtenay, who recently joined the London team from Latham & Watkins.

Practice head(s):Tom Torkar

Other key lawyers:Charles Courtenay; Sara Chisholm-Batten 

Testimonials

'Michelmores' technology team delivers silver circle quality work for regional prices.'

'The team has a good understanding of the commercial value, not just the legal aspects of the matter involved, and is prepared to be flexible in order to get the deal agreed.'

'Tom Torkar is simply superb.'

'Tom Torkar is superb; his attention to detail and doggedness is first class'.

'The team is led by the incredibly capable Tom Torkar.  Tom delivers Magic Circle service and quality of advice, at regional prices'.

'Tom Torkar is a pragmatic, sensible, astute, diligent and extremely capable lawyer.  He breaks down problems into manageable issues and provides pragmatic, commercial solutions to the business'.

Key Clients

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (Metropolitan Police Service)

Limitless Technology Limited

Landmark Information Group Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Institute of Directors

Mizrahi Bank

Deko (Pay4Later)

Jessops Europe Limited

Gamesys

Intelsat

Work highlights

  • Advising Limitless Technology on the launch and global roll out of its enterprise AI and crowd-sourced, customer service SaaS platform.
  • Advised Jessops on its arrangements with Fujifilm for managed services relating to photo-printing and photo-gifts across its retail store and digital estate.
  • Instructed by Deko to advise on its cloud-based platform.
  • Advising Oats on multiple IT and data driven service agreements, primarily dealing with international oil and gas companies.
  • Acted for Triodos Bank on the launch of its crowd-funding platform.

Mills & Reeve LLP's Cambridge-based team is highlighted for its experience in technolology transactions, with particular expertise assisting clients in the public sector, healthcare, charity and education sectors including technology companies and start-ups. Kevin Calder and Peter Wainman jointly lead the team and are names to note for advising government departments on IT projects and health technology matters respectively.

Practice head(s):Kevin Calder; Peter Wainman

Key Clients

University College London Hospitals

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Financial Conduct Authority

Neopost

Brady plc

Firmstep

Imperial College

Institution of Engineering and Technology

Department of Health

Security Industry Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising the Security Industry Authority on the procurement of an IT system for its licensing processes including supporting negotiations with incumbent supplier BT.
  • Assisting UK Research and Innovation with its procurement of a high-performance computer system for use by research institutions and academics across the UK.
  • Advised Neopost on its contract negotiations with key customer Royal Mail, leading to the execution of a new agreement.
  • Acting for fintech company Receipt Bank on a range of contractual and data issues.
  • Advised Firmstep on changes to its standard terms, negotiations with key customers and partners including CGI, and handling legal issues arising with its customers.

'Superb' boutique PREISKEL & CO LLP has 'exceptional' transactional and regulatory telecoms sector expertise. The 'very friendly, smart and approachable' team has an impressive client roster, which it assists with corporate, commercial, regulatory, advisory and contentious matters, with particular experience handling multi-jurisdictional instructions. Daniel Preiskel and Ronnie Preiskel, who are 'both extremely talented and highly respected in the industry' head up the non-transactional and transactional practices respectively. Other names to note include Tim Cowen for competition law and Jose Saras, who advises telecoms clients on regulatory and commercial matters including data protection work.

Practice head(s):Daniel Preiskel; Ronnie Preiskel

Other key lawyers:Tim Cowen; Jose Saras

Testimonials

'Preiskel & Co LLP is incredibly positive and accommodating, it shows good attention to detail on projects.'

'Ronnie Preiskel and Kathy Vittala specifically standout; regardless of the day of the week, or if they are on holiday, they are responsive and efficient.'

'Daniel Preiskel and Ronnie Preiskel are both extremely talented, very good team players and highly respected in the industry.'

Key Clients

CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings PLC

PCCW

International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO)

iGEM Communications LLC (trading post acquisition as Globalgig)

Virgin WiFi Limited

Nextgen Clearing

Pareteum Inc

Bharti Airtel (UK) Limited

The Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF)

NTT Communications Group (Applicable Ltd)

Open Rights Group (ORG)

6point6 Limited

XConnect Global Networks Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for CityFibre in litigation against Ofcom, relating to Ofcom’s discretion in its three-yearly review of the business telecoms market.
  • Acted for PCCW on the £300m sale of UK Broadband to Three UK.
  • Advised a major German car manufacturer on telecoms regulatory issues concerning a range of potential services for drivers and passengers by means of embedded SIMs.
  • Advised a major online film and TV provider on zero-rated deals with a mobile network operator relating to net neutrality and commercial issues.
  • Advising Virgin Wifi on wifi-related commercial and regulatory matters in a number of jurisdictions.

The telecoms, technology and media team at Shepherd and Wedderburn, which is split across the firm's London, Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, leverages its 'practical experience of working in the telecoms sector on multinational deals' to deliver 'actionable, risk-weighted advice'. The team is jointly led by London-based regulatory and antitrust specialist Gordon Moir, who has 'practical experience in a wide range of jurisdictions'; IP partners Paul Carlyle, who splits his time between London and Edinburgh, and Glasgow-based Joanna Boag-Thomson; and Edinburgh-based commercial litigator John MacKenzie.

Practice head(s):Gordon Moir; Paul Carlyle; Joanna Boag-Thomson; John MacKenzie

Testimonials

'The team understands the commercial practicalities of its advice, as well as the real world situation telecoms companies face.'

'Gordon Moir is very contactable, and always willing to discuss an issue, bringing his mix of real-life commercial experience, legal expertise, and up to date understanding of what the industry is doing.'

'Associate Annmaree McDonough provides clients with an understanding of the risks and mitigations of any potential action.'

Key Clients

BT plc (including BT Openreach and BT Global Services )

European Competitive Telecoms Association (ECTA)

Expereo

Vodafone

AT&T

Scottish Power

Work highlights

  • Acting for BT Global Services in a high-value French damages case.
  • Acting for a large mobile telecoms operator on regulatory and tax issues relating to the global ownership of its network nodes.
  • Providing multi-jurisdictional regulatory advice on encrypted VPN issues to a major telecoms operator.
  • Advising a global telecoms provider on the UK’s implementation of PSD2 and, in particular, how the exclusion of electronic communications services operates in the context of the UK’s implementation.
  • Advising a major telecoms player on its agreement with a payment card scheme relating to its provision of services.

Stevens & Bolton LLP's Guildford-based group has a client roster, which ranges from start-ups to established technology companies and also includes businesses which utilise technology. Practice head Beverley Whittaker has experience handling IT contracts for outsourced services, cloud arrangements and software development and licensing matters, while Gary Parnell excels in the IT and insurance sectors. Other names to note include Beverley Flynn, who leads the data protection practice; IP expert Tom Lingard and litigator Michael Frisby. Managing associate Charles Maurice, who combines IT and IP expertise, has notable outsourcing expertise.

Practice head(s):Beverley Whittaker

Other key lawyers:Gary Parnell; Beverley Flynn; Tom Lingard; Michael Frisby; Charles Maurice

Testimonials

'The firm provides a good partner-led service with better value from its base outside London.'

'Stevens & Bolton has a great mix of technical and commercial understanding paired with solid legal advice based on significant contract experience.'

'Beverley Flynn cuts to the chase and gives clear and robust advice. Her and her colleagues' advice is pragmatic and insightful.'

Key Clients

SecurMed UK

The Capital Markets Company Limited

Zest Technology Limited

BMT Group Limited

Fortem Solutions Limited

Willmott Dixon Holdings Limited

Belron International Limited

Diebold Nixdorf Limited

Endian

Thursdays (UK) Limited, trading as TGI Fridays

Work highlights

  • Advised SecurMed UK on its involvement with the establishment of a medicines verification IT system for the prescription and supply of medicines in the UK.
  • Assisted BMT Group with the licensing of its proprietary flood mapping software for use in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Assisted Fortem Solutions with a major IT procurement project for the acquisition of a number of business critical services from a single supplier; this included reviewing all proposed documentation.
  • Instructed by TGI Fridays on its IT procurement work, providing advice directly to the Head of Business Solutions for the UK business.
  • Advised Willmott Dixon on a major cloud services project, involving the migration of a number of business critical systems from an on-premises solution to a cloud-based solution based on various Microsoft cloud products.

The commercial, intellectual property and technology team at Wallace LLP assists clients with a range of corporate and commercial IT matters. The group regularly handles the development, exploitation, licensing and sale of technology, as well as purchase and installation issues. Practice head Frank Jennings focuses on cloud law, technology contracts and data security; while corporate partner John Woodhouse has particular experience acting for service providers.

Practice head(s):Frank Jennings

Other key lawyers:John Woodhouse

Key Clients

Excell Group

Efficio

Databarracks

DSMN8

Datscha

Competitive Capabilities International

Henry Schein

Medsontrack

Mimi’s Hotel

Peppermint

Highdorn

Work highlights

  • Advised Highdorn on its IT contracts and GDPR issues.

As a 'commercial and pragmatic' boutique firm 'with deep technology, IT and telecoms expertise', Waterfront Solicitors LLP is well-positioned to assist a combination of SME clients and blue chip companies in the technology space with commercial, corporate, IP and employment advice. Practice head Alison Berryman and Jean-Marc Pettigrew are key names to note for drafting and negotiating commercial contracts for the supply and procurement of technology; the 'responsive and super efficient' Berryman also has data protection, consumer rights and e-commerce law expertise, while Pettigrew provides 'knowledge and specialist advice on IT, IP and online gaming matters'. Matthew Harris and Piers Strickland handle IP and IT litigation, while Matthew Cunningham specialises in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Alison Berryman

Other key lawyers:Jean-Marc Pettigrew; Matthew Harris; Piers Strickland; Matthew Cunningham

Testimonials

'Waterfront Solicitors stands out for its practical and to-the-point advice. It is familiar with what small to medium technology companies need, which is speed and business acumen, and it delivers.'

'The team at Waterfront Solicitors is exceptional from start to finish.'

'The response times are immediate and the understanding and advice is considered, focused and professional.'

'The group is practical and provides realistic advice, in particular for licencing contract negotiations.'

'Piers Stickland is commercially minded, an excellent strategist and calm under pressure.'

'Associate Lucy Marlow is focused, intelligent and thorough with superb IP related knowledge and experience.'

'As well as as being very knowledgeable, Alison Berryman is friendly, focused and available, even if the task at hand is a comparatively small one.'

'Matthew Harris is our 'go to' Information technology resolution specialist. He is exceptionally professional with the matching knowledge of the industry to ensure you have the best team on your side.'

'Jean-Marc Pettigrew's ability to deal with complex contractual situations and discuss them in plain English is excellent.'

Key Clients

Valtech Limited

Workable Technology Limited

BridgeHead Software Limited

RNA Analytics Ltd

ActiveViam Limited (formerly Quartet Financial Systems Inc.)

Realla Limited

WAMBIZ Ltd

Rapid Addition Ltd

Web Services Integration Limited (trading as Xceptor)

Anana Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by global digital agency Valtech on a range of matters including drafting IT and commercial contracts, and providing data protection and other regulatory compliance advice.
  • Advised the shareholders of Wambiz on its sale to Allocate Software.
  • Acted for Workable Technology on several transactions including a $23m equity investment in the company led by Zouk Capital, and a debt financing raise of $20m.
  • Assisted the founders of Realla with the sale of their shares in the company to the CoStar Group.
  • Advised Web Services Integration on several contractual matters including its master software and services agreements with new customers, reseller arrangements, extensions and renegotiations of existing agreements, supplier agreements and NDAs.

The 'committed and reliable' team at Wedlake Bell LLP assists clients with the development and marketing of cutting-edge technologies and products, with particular experience in blockchain issues. Adam Edwards combines corporate and commercial expertise, and counts a range of start-ups and multinationals as clients; he heads up the team with Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who handles large-scale projects and service agreements.

Practice head(s):Adam Edwards; Jonathan Cornthwaite

Testimonials

'The team has great attention to detail and a willingness to properly understand the commercial dynamics to not only effectively advise but also support the client on a personal level.'

Key Clients

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New Change Currency Consultants Limited

Construction Skills Certification Scheme Ltd

Siege FX Ltd

Lanware Limited

Nano Labs Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Lanware on the executive, technical and operational functions of the business.
  • Advised New Change Currency Consultants on a range of commercial, IT and intellectual property matters.
  • Assisted Construction Skills Certification Scheme with the outsourcing and delivery of a new card system for access to UK construction sites by accredited individuals.
  • Advising Siege FX on the software development and legal issues surrounding blockchain infrastructure; the team also advised on the client's partnerships with trading platforms and the drafting and implementation of its client terms and conditions.
  • Assisting Nano Labs and Nano Foundation and Nano Advisory with the restructuring of its management including securing various cryptocurrency wallets and safeguarding the fundamental crypto-exchange agreements it has in place. It is also advising on the reorganisation of the main US entities and the global structure.

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