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ONE SILK STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 8HQ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7456 2000
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Fax 020 7456 2222
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Richard Cumbley

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Work 020 7456 4681
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Linklaters Business Services

Work Department

Technology, media and telecommunications.

Position

Richard is global practice head of Linklaters technology, media and telecoms practice. His practice focusses on advising large multinationals and governments on complex information management, data privacy and government data access issues. He also works on large-scale technology related sourcing, IT and services contracts, in both contentious and non-contentious environments.

Career

Trained Ashursts; qualified 1998; assistant solicitor 1998-2001; associate Linklaters 2001-03; managing associate 2003-07; partner 2007.

Member

iAPP, BIICL

Education

Merton College, Oxford (1994 MA Hons Modern History); College of Law (1996 Common Professional Examination, Legal Practice Course); University of Bristol (2001 IP Law Dip).


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Linklaters LLP's team has 'good commercial acumen, which is blended with legal expertise and a pragmatic approach'. Julian Cunningham-Day, in particular, is 'very smart, super-helpful and gets things done with the minimum of fuss'. The team, which is led by Richard Cumbley, has a notable focus on high-value, strategically-significant, business-critical commercial agreements. Areas of expertise include the contentious and non-contentious aspects of large BPOs, technology-related procurement transactions and IT/telecoms contracts. It is particularly strong in regulated sectors, such as financial services (including fintech), telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and energy. Reflective of the complexity of the firm's work, Marly Didizian and managing associate Greg Palmer recently advised Sappi Group on the negotiation of key service and supply arrangements with Lenzing AG, and also parallel negotiations of an outsourcing agreement (also with Lenzing). The firm is also highly active in the negotiation of core pensions administration outsourcing agreements; Cunningham-Day, managing associate Lindsey Brown and others are acting for clients such as Aviva and Diageo (among various others) in this space. Georgina Kon, who has more than 14 years of commercial contracts experience, acts for customers and suppliers in the public and private sectors. John Crozier, who heads up the firm's global outsourcing practice, is a council member on the Global Sourcing Association (GSA) UK Council.

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Linklaters LLP, which is deservedly recognised as a 'a leader in the field', has been providing an integrated, global risk management, governance and regulatory practice since its dedicated operational intelligence group was established in 2014. The firm provides the full spectrum of advice on governance and compliance models, risk assessments, reporting, disclosure, investigations and crisis management. Tom Shropshire is advising the board and executive management of a financial institution with operations in Europe and the US on its approach to corporate governance, compliance policies and procedures and reporting frameworks. In another matter, which concerns a client's worldwide operations, Shropshire is acting for a global corporate in an assessment of its corporate governance structure and practices, and the effectiveness of its compliance procedures. Shropshire is also assisting another global company with an internal investigation into its operations in Latin America. Vanessa Havard-Williams, who demonstrates 'first-class judgment', has expertise in human rights and sustainability issues, environmental and product safety, and crisis management, among other areas. Shropshire and Havard-Williams co-lead the practice with Satindar Dogra, who has more than 20 years of experience of fraud investigations and corporate crime. Richard Cumbley has expertise in global projects involving data security incidents, regulatory investigations and large-scale privacy-related litigation. Alexandra Beidas, who leads the incentives team, acts for 40 of the companies listed on the FTSE 100, and also advises a number of FTSE 250 companies. Other notable individuals include Tom Cassels, Harry Eddis and Michael Kent. Recently promoted partner Rachel Barrett and managing associate Lucy Blake are also highly recommended.

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Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Cumbley - Linklaters LLP

Within: Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Leveraging the firm's wider technology expertise, the data protection practice at Linklaters LLP is highlighted for its multi-jurisdictional advice. The team has been acting on substantial GDPR compliance and strategy, as well as in high-profile ICO investigations. Practice head Richard Cumbley attracts praise for his ability to 'come up with innovative ways to cut through difficult problems'. The team is instructed by large corporates including Disney, J Sainsburys, Thomson Reuters and BUPA, in addition to consultancy firm KPMG. Julian Cunningham-Day is highlighted for his 'strong client skills and practical, supportive advice' in this area. Associate Alaister Johnson is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'very professional and technically excellent' telecommunications, media and technology sector group at Linklaters LLP attracts praise for 'leaving no stone unturned in pursuing the best outcome for the client'. The group acted for Hutchison 3G UK and its parent company, CK Hutchison Holdings on its £300m acquisition of UK Broadband Ltd from PCCW Limited, it additionally acted for Hutchison 3G on it renegotiation of network sharing arrangements in the UK. The team has particularly expertise handing technology matters in the insurance and financial sectors with clients including AXA, Lloyds and RBS. It has advised on paperless and borderless transaction solutions, trading platforms and currencies using blockchain technology in the financial sector, and on dashcam uses and driverless car projects in the insurance sector.  Julian Cunningham-Day and Iain Fenn jointly head the global practice, which includes TMT sector Richard Cumbley. Daniel Csefalvay joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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