Mark Weston > Hill Dickinson LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Hill Dickinson LLP Offices
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Mark heads our London offering for commercial, information technology (IT), intellectual property (IP), on-line commerce and media law, in both non-contentious and contentious areas. He particularly loves the technology, media and telecom (TMT) sector.
Mark joined the firm in February 2016 after 12 years as partner and head of the commercial/IP/IT team at Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP. Before that, he spent several years at Baker & McKenzie in London and Chicago and has also previously been seconded to Hewlett Packard and other technology businesses.
Mark is used as a ‘trusted adviser’ by many clients in all sorts of businesses and often acts as ‘private practice in-house counsel’ for many clients. He specialises in tech and internet businesses.
Within IT law, Mark has particular expertise in IT projects, software issues (including development, licensing, maintenance and distribution), SaaS, Cloud and virtualization issues, outsourcing, facilities management, new media solutions, transmedia development (particularly transmedia gaming), solutions for/methods of transacting on and via the internet, online retail, ecommerce generally, s-commerce, m-commerce, liability management strategies, IT audits, procurement, IT policies, data protection (privacy) and freedom of information issues. He is also experienced in dealing with commercial disputes (including software disputes and IT litigation).
The increasing media side of his practice relates primarily to publishing (both real world and digital content), to games and gaming platforms (and particularly new transmedia technologies), advising companies about their advertising onscreen, online and in print and managing their public communications strategies generally – and also television, film and music exploitation.
Mark completed his law degree at University College London in 1993 (achieving top first class honours) and achieved a distinction at the College of Law, London (1994). He then trained at Allen & Overy (1995-1997).
Trained: Allen & Overy
Year qualified: 1997
Year made partner: 2004
Professional career summary:
March 1995-1997: Allen & Overy
March 1997 – March 2003: Baker & McKenzie, Associate
- (9 months in 1999, seconded to Hewlett Packard)
- (3 months in 2000, seconded to Symbian)
- (September 2000 – August 2001: Baker & McKenzie, Chicago office)
March 2003-July 2004: Goldberg Linde, Partner
August 2004 to January 2016: Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP, Partner
February 2016 to present: Hill Dickinson LLP, Partner
French - conversational
Hebrew - conversational
Spanish - conversational
Member of the Law Society
Member of the Society for Computers and Law
Author and editor of several legal books on Legal Practice, intellectual property and media
Hasmonean High School
Universities and colleges:
University College London (1990-1993)
Shappells Talmudical College, Jerusalem (1993-1994)
Degrees and qualifications with years attained:
University College London (1993) LLB (Hons) – top first
College of Law (1994) – Legal Practice Course – Distinction
Family, Jewish communal activities, travelling, piano, gadgets, reading.
Hill Dickinson LLP specialises in brand protection and exploitation, regularly advising on sponsorship and personal endorsement deals, licenses and IPR assignments. Patent application before the UK IPO and EPO, asset purchase agreements, research and development collaboration contracts and the full range of contentious issues are also core strengths. The London-based Mark Weston heads the department alongside Mark Fitzgibbon, who operates from Manchester.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant
- Transport > Shipping
- Finance > Trade finance
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Insurance > Personal injury: defendant
- Finance > Derivatives and structured products
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Finance > Transport finance and leasing
- Transport > Travel