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James Cotter

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Information, communications and technology.


James is a partner in the information, communications and technology group. He advises clients in a variety of industries and in the public sector on the full range of technology, outsourcing, communications, e-commerce and information law issues, both on a transactional and a standalone basis. Recent work includes advising Barclays Bank on business process outsourcing transactions, PCCW Global on the regulation of its international carrier and enterprise services business, UK Broadband on a successful bid to provide wireless network services and CCTV systems during the Olympics and as part of the BDUK rural broadband initiative, the Ministry of Defence on its £220m outsourcing of telecoms and broadcast infrastructure and services to run television and radio platforms for the British armed forces globally, and the Ministry of Justice in relation to its shared services ICT outsourcing programme.


Trained Simmons & Simmons 1999; qualified into the information, communications and technology group 2001; secondment to Virgin Media and Yahoo!; partner 2009.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Simmons & Simmons benefits from 'user-friendly and approachable lawyers' and provides 'an exceptionally good partner-led service'. The team regularly assists clients with a range of IT outsourcing matters, global IT procurement issues, business critical software licensings and transformative technology solutions, with particular experience handling cloud solutions, cryptocurrencies, blockchain and other aspects of fintech work. Practice leader Tom Wheadon leverages his legal, regulatory and policy expertise across the telecoms, satellite, media and technology sectors. Alexander Brown, who has data protection and privacy expertise, financial regulatory expert Hinal Patel, James Cotter, Lawrence Brown and recently promoted partner George Morris are also key practitioners.

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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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