Sean Murphy > Norton Rose Fulbright > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Norton Rose Fulbright

Work Department

Technology and Innovation


Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > TMT

The cornerstone of Norton Rose Fulbright‘s TMT offering is its technology consulting practice, established in 2021 with the hire of Madeline Bailey and co-headed by Bailey and Peter McBurney. Through the team, the firm provides in-depth strategic support to clients looking to take advantage of emerging technologies, including those on the cutting edge of innovation such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and AI. The technology team is headed up in EMEA by Sean Murphy, who helms a practice with expertise ranging from corporate finance and M&A deals to data and fintech work. Also in the technology space, James Russell leads on matters relating to outsourcings, while Oliver Stacey heads up the UK telecoms team. Competition lawyer Caroline Thomas is also noted.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech

(Leading individuals)

Sean MurphyNorton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s multidisciplinary practice combines the firm’s strengths in the financial services and technology sectors; this allows for collaboration across the banking, insurance, financial services regulatory, IP/IT, corporate, payments, disputes and tax departments. The practice handles the breadth of work in the fintech space including advice on P2P platforms, payment systems, regtech and insurtech issues, artificial intelligence, smart contracts, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Global head of fintech Sean Murphy advises on investments, acquisitions and joint ventures in the fintech sector. Co-head of payments Victoria Birch focuses on fundraisings, investments and acquisitions as well as the legal and regulatory issues relating to the deployment of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Hannah Meakin leads the firm’s regulatory fintech offering and is also an expert in cryptocurrencies and tokens. Nicholas Berry completes the leadership team and oversees the insurtech practice. Beyond partner level, counsel Albert Weatherill is another key member of the department. Charlotte Rowlandson departed for Allen & Overy LLP in 2021.

London > Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

Drawing upon its broader corporate finance/private equity credentials, as well as being able to avail itself of a multi-disciplinary approach whch feeds into regulatory and IP expertise, in particular, Norton Rose Fulbright has strong credentials among investors and investees in relation to venture capital and growth equity mandates. Fintech/insurtech is a particular sector strength, an area that the firm is able to add value by virtue, not only of its transactional strength in the area but also its regulatory knowledge. Global head of the fintech practice Sean Murphy is particularly well-suited to advise both funds and start-ups in the sector and is able to draw upon a deep well of experience in the space, including during a period spent in Silicon Valley with a leading US law firm. Emerging markets venture capital work is also a strength, an area that Bayo Odubeko is particularly adept, primarily in relation to Africa-based mandates. Victoria Birch and Sophie O’Connor co-head the team.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

In the technology space, Norton Rose Fulbright is well-known for acting on large-scale innovative projects, mandates involving emerging technology including AI and blockchain, regulatory matters, and digital infrastructure projects, as well as contentious matters. The telecoms team is also strong in assisting communications providers and financial institutions on a range of matters, including competition and regulatory advice, disputes, network sharing and outsourcing issues, and licence bids. Sean Murphy is head of the technology sector and global head of the firm’s fintech group, and has a thriving practice, assisting clients with international corporate matters in the technology space, as well as the development of technology for financial services. Oliver Stacey leads the communications group with substantial experience in handling M&A, joint ventures and fibre and cable projects, while James Russell leads the IT and outsourcing department with expertise in onshore and offshore technology. Daniel Metcalfe is also of note for his work in the telecoms space, especially regarding towers, cable and fibre issues, and data centre deals. Zayed Al Jamil moved to Clifford Chance LLP in May 2022.