Mark Crichard > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile
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IP, Technology and Outsourcing.
Partner and lead technology lawyer within the IP, technology and outsourcing group. Non-contentious. Particular specialisms in non-contentious technology matters (including telecoms) and all forms of outsourcing. Advises a range of suppliers and customers on systems development/procurement, software licensing and distribution, cloud computing and open source issues. Extensive experience advising on a range of on-, near and offshore outsourcing, including the outsourcing of IT infrastructure, AD/AM, network services, F&A, HR, FM, healthcare services and other business processes. Assists clients with establishing shared service operations, JVs and public private partnerships. His clients include service providers, technology suppliers, insurers and other financial institutions, retailers, airlines and healthcare providers.
Trained Baker & McKenzie; year qualified 1992; joined RPC as partner in 2013. Trained and qualified with Baker & McKenzie (1990-1995). European IP Counsel at Hasbro Europe (1995-1997). Associate and then partner at Garretts (1997-2002). Partner at DLA Piper (2002-2013). Partner RPC 2013.
Maidstone Grammar School; Leeds Grammar School; Birmingham University (LLB 2(1)), 1986-1989; Guildford College Law (Law Society Finals), 1989-1990, University of Bristol (IP Diploma), 1994-1995.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals: IT)
Technology is a core strategic focus for RPC‘s practice; the firm’s technology and outsourcing group is strong in acting for start-ups and well-established, major technology clients. The team handles technology contracts, regulatory advice, fundraising issues, and M&A mandates for clients in the financial services, retail, IT and insurance sectors. The group is also highly adept in dispute resolution, having acted in several high-profile cases, including representing Google. Mark Crichard is head of the technology and outsourcing group, advising clients on contracts and systems procurement and implementation projects. Jeremy Drew leads the TMT group and is active in contentious and non-contentious work for technology clients, and Tom Purton adds to the team’s outscoring practice, while Charles Buckworth is also notable for his work in the financial services arena, assisting clients with IT transactions and projects.
RPC‘s TMT group is well known for its work for clients in the technology sector, from start-ups to the biggest names in the industry. The firm provides support on the full spectrum of matters, from contract and regulatory advice to fundraising and M&A transactions and through to dispute resolution, where it has an especially good reputation in technology litigation and acting for media defendants. Jeremy Drew leads the team, bringing broad experience across contentious and non-contentious technology matters. Senior partner Oliver Bray is a key contact for prominent technology clients, and is well known for his wide commercial expertise, which extends to digital, consumer, advertising, data protection, regulatory, and content issues. David Cran heads up the technology disputes practice, while Mark Crichard leads on complex contracts and outsourcings.
For the ‘responsive and supportive’ team at RPC, ‘no task is too big or small’ thanks to the ‘hugely commercial’ practice, which is ‘tuned in to what in-house lawyers need’. Under the leadership of the ‘extremely professional’ Tom Purton, who ‘makes the taxing rigour of legal contracts more bearable’, the standalone commercial group excels in the firm’s key sectors spanning the technology and media, retail and insurance industries; key clients include Google, Meta and House of Fraser. Former group head Oliver Bray, now senior partner at the firm, is still highly active in the department across a range of sectors, Paul Joukador and Mark Crichard handle outsourcing and technology mandates, Ciara Cullan is active in the luxury goods sector, and Charles Buckworth leads the fintech practice. Sourcing specialist Tania Williams joined the team in mid-2022 from Deloitte Legal.
- Commercial contracts - London > Corporate and commercial
- Leading individuals: IT - London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- IT and telecoms - London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
- TMT - London > Industry focus
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Risk advisory > Corporate governance
- Public sector > Education: schools
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Corporate and commercial > Customs and excise
- Employment > Health and safety
- Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Insurance > Product liability: defendant
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Industry focus > TMT
- Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax
- Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
- Employment > Employers
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Corporate and commercial > Partnership
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- Insurance > Personal injury: defendant
- Dispute resolution > Professional discipline
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency
- Private client > Art and cultural property