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Stephenson Harwood

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Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Piraeus and 4 more

Jonathan Kirsop

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Stephenson Harwood

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Jonathan advises a wide range of clients on commercial and technology transactions and data privacy. He heads up the firm's data protection and information law practice and is known for providing pragmatic and practical advice assisted by his experience on secondment at the Information Commissioner's Office and certain global banks.

Jonathan regularly advises customers on commercial contracts such as franchise agreements, agency and distribution agreements and supply agreements as well as on more complex outsourcings and technology agreements.

Jonathan is also a specialist in data protection and information law having been seconded while at his previous firm to the Information Commissioner's Office.  He provides data privacy advice to a number of clients, notably financial institutions life science companies and technology companies.

He also has experience in drafting and negotiating telecoms contracts including advising on backhaul and ethernet services contracts for business customers for a large telecommunications company.

Jonathan's diverse practice also encompasses advising on contracts for the sale and purchase of art works, acting for a number of dealers and auction houses in connection with consignment agreements, agency agreements and standard terms and conditions.

His recent experience includes acting for an international bank on a mobile payment outsourcing, advising a large IT and advisory firm on its software licensing and development terms and implementing an international intra-group data transfer agreement across 13 jurisdictions. 

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Stephenson Harwood provides bespoke advice on a variety of commercial arrangements that are hugely significant to businesses' operations, including strategic alliances and large projects. Practice head Dan Holland, senior associates Naomi Leach, David Berry and others advise UCB on a wide range of matters, such as material transfer agreements (including the transfer of human samples), research and development agreements, and long-term framework agreements. Holland also serves as the lead adviser to Aviagen on standard exclusive and non-exclusive multijurisdictional agreements that are fundamental to its plans to grow its presence internationally. Another client is Malaysia-headquartered susbcription video-on-demand service iflix, for whom the firm handles promotional partnership arrangements, and dubbing and subtitling agreements, among other matters. Jonathan Kirsop acts for clients such as Barclays Bank, easyhotel and Ryanair.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Stephenson Harwood's data protection and information law team is recommended for 'pragmatic advice and competitive fees'. The group has experience advising on GDPR compliance issues and data transfer agreements and registrations. Clients include those in the financial services, pharma and life sciences sectors. The 'pragmatic and experienced' practice head Jonathan Kirsop  attracts praise for his ability to 'work effectively with both lawyers and colleagues in the business' on a range of matters.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The 'helpful' technology team at Stephenson Harwood is singled out for its 'excellent response times and industry knowledge'. A team led by Dan Holland acted for Trenitalia c2c and Arriva UK Trains on the procurement of software and hardware for the implementation of electronic smart ticketing systems. In another highlight the department acts for Belleway Limited on its $42m project to construct a Bitcoin mining data centre in Azerbaijan. Holland jointly heads the practice with Jonathan Kirsop; other key figures include senior associate David Berry, who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard. Infinite Intelligence Technologies, Avaloq and UCB Biopharma are clients.

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