Mark Weston > Hill Dickinson LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Hill Dickinson LLP
THE BROADGATE TOWER
20 PRIMROSE STREET
LONDON
EC2A 2EW
England

Work Department

Business Services Group

Position

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).

Career

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

Languages

French - conversational
Hebrew - conversational
Spanish - conversational

Memberships

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

Education

Secondary school:
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

Leisure

Family, Jewish communal activities, travelling, piano, gadgets, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

North West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Hill Dickinson LLP represents clients in relation to brand protection and exploitation, drafting and negotiating sponsorship deals, personal endorsement deals, licences and IPR assignments. Other areas of expertise include acquisition and maintenance services, and contentious matters such as prosecution, enforcement and defence of infringement claims. London-based Mark Weston co-heads the team alongside Manchester-based Mark Fitzgibbon.