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Richard Cumbley

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Linklaters LLP

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Technology, media and telecommunications.


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.


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




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 has expertise in the advisory and contentious aspects of large sourcing contracts. The firm is also experienced in helping clients transform their business through digitisation, advising on the application of new technologies in different ways and the use of data. Richard Cumbley leads the practice and is known for handling complex commercial outsourcing projects. He can call on the expertise of Marly Didizian, who advises on complex service procurement contracts, multi-jurisdictional outsourcings and large-scale commercial agreements, with particular specialisms in business process outsourcing and supply chain management. Also notable is TMT and IP expert Georgina Kon, who has experience in outsourcing and advises customers and suppliers in the public and private sectors on innovative and critical matters.

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Linklaters LLP's risk and resilience team provides global risk management, regulatory and governance advice to clients. The group primarily focuses on governance and compliance models, board advice, risk assessments, investigations, reporting and disclosure, and crisis management. Key practitioners  include co-head Vanessa Havard-Williams, who also leads the firm's sustainability practice and has expertise in human rights issues; co-head and corporate partner Tom Shropshire, who splits his time between London and the US; and Michael Bennett, who is global head of the dispute resolution group. Tom Cassels is also a key name for contentious work, Rachel Barrett is an expert in compliance and risk management issues, Richard Cumbley focuses on data and privacy matters, and Satindra Dogra handles fraud investigations and bribery work. Managing associate Lucy Blake is also noted for her financial crime and fraud knowledge.

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Cumbley - Linklaters LLP

Within: Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Under the leadership of Richard Cumbley, Linklaters LLP excels at international work alongside its experience in complex UK-focused matters. The group is also recognised for its knowledge of the fintech, digital health and technology sectors; it counts Bupa, HSBC and Experian as clients. Areas of focus for Cumbley include data security incidents, privacy litigation, regulatory matters and subject access issues. Other key individuals include Julian Cunningham-Day, who has recently been active advising on GDPR projects for global clients; senior privacy counsel Peter Church, who is a noteworthy name for technology issues; and Georgina Kon, whose recent work includes advising on GDPR implications, international data flows and the privacy aspects of big data projects and digitalisation. Managing associate Alaister Johnson is also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

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.

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