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Partner Jon Bartley specialises in digital technology and e-commerce, data protection, cybersecurity and consumer law.

Jon has 20 years' experience as a commercial contracts lawyer. He helps clients manage their legal risk whilst still achieving key business objectives.

Advising domestic and international clients, including well-known consumer brands, Jon acts on a wide range of commercial contracts, including supply of goods and services, reseller and distribution, and licence agreements.

He specialises in technology and digital business contracts, including SaaS, IaaS and other cloud solutions, software development and licence agreements, and data analytics projects.

Jon also assists clients on regulatory matters including data protection and cybersecurity issues (data security breaches, data analytics and marketing, data transfers and GDPR readiness), cybersecurity, e-commerce regulation and consumer law.

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: 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)

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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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The intellectual property team at RPC is highlighted for its 'proactive and to the point advice'. The department is largely known for trade mark work;  highlights included defending Sports Direct International in a trade mark infringement claim brought by the owners and licensee of the Beverly Hills Polo Club brand, in relation to clothing and toiletry products bearing the name Beverly Hills. On the transactional front the team advises Agent Provocateur on licensing arrangements, including franchise agreements and trade mark licence agreements, across a number of jurisdictions. Practice head Jeremy Drew  is 'as tough a litigator and negotiator as they come' The group, and particular its technology sector offering, has been further bolstered with the arrival of Jon Bartley from  Penningtons Manches LLP.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

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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