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Blake Morgan LLP

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Simon Stokes

Work 020 7405 2000
Blake Morgan LLP

Work Department

Commercial IP/IT.


Head of London IP commercial and technology practice; advises on all aspects of non-contentious IP, IT and outsourcing (including business process outsourcing). Clients include leading banks and suppliers in the financial services sector, software and content providers, and not for profits and government departments. Also heads the firm’s art law practice and advises the British Art Market Federation, the Society of London Art Dealers and other art market clients, publishers and institutions.


Trained Bristows, Cooke & Carpmael; qualified 1992; partner Blake Lapthorn 1999; previously senior associate Allen & Overy and in-house European IP and IT counsel GE/GEIS. Author of three books: ‘Art & Copyright’ (Hart, 2003); ‘Digital Copyright’ (Hart, 2009) and ‘Artist’s Resale Right’ (IAL, 2006).


Associate, Chartered Institute of Patent Agents; visiting research fellow, Bournemouth Law School.


Kirkham Grammar School; St. Anne’s College, Oxford (1986 BA Open Exhibition in Natural Science); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988 MSc); Cardiff Law School (1997 LLM); Middlesex University (2008 BA).


Family; art, architecture and music; Church of England (non-stipendiary minister).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Although Blake Morgan LLP is particularly well-known for its outsourcing (especially BPOs) and partnering arrangements, it is also highly regarded for other matters, such as supply, distribution and agency agreements, services agreements and consumer contracts, among others. In 2017, Lawrence Phillips and team head Simon Stokes assisted IT services provider Virtual Clarity with securing an investment from CSC. Ian Skuse has notable experience of advising clients in the travel sector on various commercial agreements.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Highlighted by a client as being 'excellent in every respect', the information technology team at Blake Morgan LLP handles transactional and contentious matters, with particular experience in the retail and eCommerce sectors. The group was recently acted for Virtual Clarity on its investment agreement from CSC. The 'knowledgeable' Simon Stokes heads up the practice which includes the addition of legal director Chris Williams</span, who handles commercial litigation, from .

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