Mark Bailey > Charles Russell Speechlys LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
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Work Department

Financial services, retail and leisure, technology, media and telecommunications; commercial, intellectual property.


Mark is a highly experienced commercial, IP and technology lawyer who provides advice on a variety of technology, infrastructure and commercial contract matters for clients ranging from growing businesses to banks, infrastructure providers, and major suppliers and buyers of IT services. Mark combines in-depth commercial expertise, specialist technology know-how and a highly practical approach to advising clients on a range of matters, including IT services agreements, software licensing, cloud outsourcing facilities management, data centres, internet and e-commerce issues. Mark works across a number of sectors but has particular expertise in advising within financial services and retail. Experience: acting for a UK investment bank on a major data centre programme, including advice on modular data centre projects and a mission-critical new-build co-location agreement; advising infrastructure as a service provider on service agreements and major renewals with international consulting firms and service providers; acting for a multinational company on major facilities management outsourcing agreements, including cleaning and catering supply agreements; advising an international investment bank on new trading platforms for high-frequency trading.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s fintech team is particularly invested in the areas of blockchain, regtech and payments technology, where it acts for a wide range of start-ups, software companies, and p2p lending platforms. On the corporate side the group handles sales, management buyouts and private equity fundraising, while on the commercial end it manages contractual arrangements including partnership agreements and software licensing agreements. The team has further expertise acting for cryptocurrency and blockchain developers in the launch of new platforms in the UK and the EU. In a recent matter, financial services regulatory partner William Garner advised Coinbase on various elements of setting up its operations in Europe, including contract negotiations with third party service providers. Mark Bailey, the group’s resident technology expert, specialises in IT-sector contracting, cloud computing, outsourcing and data centre operation, and has additional expertise in the area of blockchain technology. Bailey is working with Konsentus to produce a white paper on the impact of PSD2 on the banking sector.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts customers and suppliers of IT services, and leading telecoms operators among its client roster. It handles a range of corporate, commercial and contentious matters with particular experience in the retail and financial services sectors, and the computer games industry. Mark Bailey, who focuses on technology and infrastructure matters and has particular expertise in IT sector contracts and data centre projects, jointly leads the team with corporate transactions partner Mark HowardMegan Paul also handles a range of outsourcing agreements, and Paul Stone is a specialist in EU and competition issues.