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Mark Crichard

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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.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

RPC recently strengthened its offering its offering in commercial, outsourcing and technology-related matters by hiring Paul Joukador from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Joukador is knowledgeable about a wide range of issues, such as supply chain management and strategic alliances, among others. Jon Bartley, who joined from Penningtons Manches LLP, has more than 20 years of commercial contracts experience. Oliver Bray leads the team, whose blue-chip client base includes Google, News UK, Tommy Hilfiger and RSA. Bray is providing contractual and related advisory support to Facebook in relation to various marketing and promotional initiatives. In addition, Bray, senior associate Alyson Lloyd and others recently acted for PizzaExpress in a number of matters, including the rollout of its first franchise restaurants across Welcome Break service station sites, and its agreements with advertising and brand agencies. Paul Joseph is assisting Agent Provocateur with franchise and trade mark licence agreements across multiple jurisdictions. Mark Crichard, and senior associates Andrew Crystal and Charles Buckworth, are also recommended.

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London: Insurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

As well as being among a select group of firms which have a reputation for advising on the regulatory and transactional aspects of business at Lloyd's, RPC¬†has an integrated team, led by¬†Mark Crichard, which advises insurance clients on their developing technology needs and on both technology and business outsourcing. This is part of what makes the firm ‚Äėparticularly commercial and responsive‚Äô, as well as demonstrating its ability ‚Äėto show good initiative‚Äô in the market. ‚ÄėVery capable and bright‚Äô practice head James Mee¬†is ‚Äėa pleasure to deal with‚Äô, and acted as lead counsel to Citynet Insurance Brokers on its sale to Carlyle-backed PIB. Another key highlight for the firm was¬†Matthew Griffith's advice to¬†QBE and Compre on the Part VII transfer of QBE‚Äôs share of the Ridgwell Fox & Partners pool legacy reinsurance business to a Finnish member of the Compre group.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The intellectual property and technology department at RPC handles both contentious and non-contentious matters across the technology and telecoms sectors, which clients including Dialog Semiconductors, CGI and eClerx. The department is lead by 'tough litigator' Jeremy Drew - who is experienced handling contentious technology and outsourcing matters - and head of the commercial technology team, Mark Crichard. Crichard led a team acting for a global insurer on the tender process for management software and the associated system integration services, as well as on a on a major contact centre outsourcing deal. The team has benefitted from the addition of  Jon Bartley from Penningtons Manches LLP. Bartley specialises in advising on technology and digital business contracts.

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