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Oliver Bray

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Intellectual property and technology.


Partner. Oliver is a highly experienced commercial, IP and technology lawyer and is a recognised specialist in advertising and marketing law. He advises well-known high street retailers, innovative start-ups/online businesses and household name brand owners, as well as advertising and digital agencies across the media spectrum. This includes advice on digital media, emerging technologies and commercial contractual matters, coupled with expertise in consumer protection, data protection, comparative advertising and regulatory and content issues. Oliver is an editorial board member of E-commerce Law and Policy and a regular industry speaker.


Trained Lovells; qualified 1995; Beachcroft Wansbroughs 1997-2000; Pinsent Curtis Biddle 2000-03; joined Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 2003; partner Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 2005. Publications of note: co-editor of ‘Advertising Law and Regulation’ (2nd edition, 2011, Bloomsbury Professional).


City of London Law Society’s Commercial Law Committee (chairman).


Wellington College, Berkshire; Nottingham University (1991); York Law School (1992).


Tennis and snowboarding.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Bray - RPC

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: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

The data and privacy practice at RPC is jointly headed up by  Oliver Bray and Keith Mathieson who focus on non-contentious and contentious issues respectively. A 'very experienced and capable litigator', Mathieson is defending Associated Newspapers in several data protection disputes, and acted alongside recently promoted partner Nicola Cain for Media Lawyers Association to draft responses to the government's 'call for views' on derogations to the GDPR. In another significant work highlight, the group is instructed by Facebook to advise of several issues including the impact of the GDPR and ePrivacy Regulation. Jon Bartley joined the group from Penningtons Manches LLP and is considered 'extremely strong in the field', with expertise in digital technology and e-commerce, data protection and cyber security.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Bray - RPC

Within: Brand management

RPC has expanded its brand management practice with the recruitment of Paul Joukador, who specialises in commercial and technology matters from Hogan Lovells International LLP, and Jon Bartley from¬†Penningtons Manches LLP. The team headed by advertising expert Oliver Bray advises clients such as Google, Coca-Cola and Dolce & Gabbana on branding and marketing, traditional and new media publishing, contentious and non-contentious IP matters, digital media and data protection. Bray, Victoria Noto and Stuart Harris have recently assisted Facebook on several global advertising and marketing initiatives including collaborations with agencies to develop social media focused advertising, in addition to advising News UK and Ireland on running of promotions across the Sun and The Times publications. Ciara Cullen has advised the Pernod Ricard group on G. H. Mumm‚Äôs sponsorship arrangements with Usain Bolt. The ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô Jeremy Drew continues to assist Sports Direct in advertising, copy clearance and regulatory matters. Nicola Cain assists publishing and media sector clients on regulatory and data-related aspects of marketing.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Leading individuals

Oliver Bray (Advertising and marketing) - RPC

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

The ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô department at RPC¬†stands out for its ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô publishing expertise, handling contentious and non-contentious matters. Keith Mathieson¬†has ‚Äėmany years of experience and provides pragmatic solutions‚Äô, and leads the media defence team, which counts The Telegraph, Associated News Group, The Financial Times, Hachette UK Group, News UK & Ireland and News Group Newspapers as clients. The department is also experienced across advertising, marketing, gaming, social media and interactive content. Oliver Bray¬†advises Google on numerous TV, online and in-store point of sale advertising and marketing campaigns for various new Google product launches; he also provides YouTube with clearance advice in relation to videos and materials created for YouTube advertising campaigns, and advised Dolce & Gabbana in its response to the Irish Advertising Standards Authority, which had flagged two consumer complaints in relation to a television advertisement. Paul Joseph¬†acts for high-profile media and gaming clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.¬† ‚ÄėPractical and approachable‚Äô legal director Nicola Cain¬†handles contentious and non-contentious issues involving media regulation, freedom of expression, content, intermediary liability issues and the data-related aspects of marketing. Senior associates Kim Waite¬†and Rupert Cowper-Coles¬†are also recommended. Jon Bartley¬†joined in 2017 from Penningtons Manches LLP.

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