Firm Profile > iLaw > London, England

Temple Chambers
3-7 Temple Avenue

IT and telecoms Tier 4

iLaw focuses on data protection advice, GDPR work and blockchain issues; the group also has expertise in technology provision contracts, primarily for service providers. Practice head Justin Ellis is praised for advising providers of software, digital media, IT consultancy and web-based services. Other key names include trade mark and branding litigation specialist Mark Culbert, who has experience in a range of commercial disputes; and associate Allan Murray, who joined in 2019 from Adams & Remers and brings expertise in cryptocurrency and blockchain litigation.

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Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Founded in 2006 as a niche IT and IP City practice, iLaw has evolved into a  boutique law firm that specialises in high-value, high-profile commercial litigation disputes, including international matters. Mark Culbert heads the commercial litigation department; Tom Clark is another notable director; while senior associate Allan Murray is an expert in cryptocurrency and blockchain disputes.

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Strong team with good work ethic and excellent focus on key objectives.

Very approachable and knowledgeable, and very easy to deal with.

Small but effective firm with a range of expertise to support SMEs with all their legal needs. Have used iLaw for a range of issues for which they have always been responsive, individualistic and focused on solutions that centre on the clients needs.

Mark Culbert has proven to be an real legal asset and has excellent knowledge of his area of practice and the sectors in which he advises. The firm generally has an ethos of client focus and solutions first to solve the issues that are brought to it.

Responsive, unpretentious, expert, creative and a pleasure to work with. My experience has always been positive and I have recommended iLaw to numerous other business leaders. They are thorough, cut to the chase and provide pragmatic advice in a way that as a layman we can consider and feel supported by.

Mark Culbert is exceptional. His advice is clear, expert, insightful, pragmatic and relatable. While some aspects of a piece of work may be dealt with by his team, he is always on top of things and will respond if requested. Mark appreciates the stress his clients may be experience during litgation and he is reassuring and calm – combined with his responsiveness he is a pleasure to work with. Justin Ellis is efficient, creates trust and gets things done.

iLaw make complex litigation look simple across a range of industry sectors. It is not surprising they are involved in cases with high-profile litigants, from household name entrepreneurs to Hollywood scriptwriters.

iLaw excels at the execution of strategic negotiation with considerable success, both in terms of resolving intractable disputes and also achieving excellent settlement terms.

Mark Culbert is a highly experienced, savvy commercial litigator. Each case starts with a blank sheet of paper, which is rapidly turned into a detailed road map. He doesn’t like to lose. Whenever we have clients with difficult, complex claims, Mark is the first port of call, to check whether he is available to represent them. A polished operator.

Allan Murray is the epitome of the calm, collected litigator. Affable, sharp intellect and impeccable client care. A lawyer you want in your corner when it gets tough.

iLaw are small but expert. You get the service of a city law firm without the price tag.

Mark Culbert is fantastic. He really makes an effort to get to know clients and their individual circumstances in order to provide a tailored approach.

The team has excellent contacts with the accountancy and insolvency practitioner community.

Tom Clark is creative and consistent – not an easy combination to pull off !

The iLaw team is both responsive and proactive. iLaw are able to response to new issues quickly and then their proactivity sets them apart. This means a matter can be left in their hands in the knowledge that all dates and deadlines will be met without the need to prompt or chase. Further, iLaw have taken time to get to know us as a business saving time on individual cases.


Key clients

Agriculture Investments Limited

Mitchells & Butlers plc

Assassin’s Fist Limited

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents


The Clean Liquor Company

Interquest Group

G&C Systems BV

Women’s Aid

Porte a Porte

Goldsmith Jewellers

Parem Financial Inc

Monolit Investments Inc

Kwik Fit


Majestic Wine Plc

La Tasca

Arnold Clark

William Russell

The Evergreen Group Limited

NetBuilder Limited

H Tempest Limited

iLaw was established in 2006 as a boutique commercial law firm in the City of London. Its founders had identified a gap in the market for clients who wanted to use a top-quality City firm that wasn’t restricted by the conservatism of more traditional firms.

The firm: iLaw is committed to delivering excellent quality (both technical and service standards) and value. Its clients are typically entrepreneurial businesses and individuals, ranging from past and present stars of TV’s Dragons Den to fast-growing tech companies. iLaw is an innovative firm, with a particular focus on the technology and media sectors, although it serves a much broader client base too. One of the firm’s key areas of innovation is in relation to fees, ensuring that the most appropriate method of charging is tailored to meet the needs of the client and the matter in hand.

iLaw was a founder member of the International Commercial Law Alliance (ICLA), giving it international reach.

Types of work undertaken
Dispute resolution: the disputes team advises on a wide range of matters, from complex international fraud to simple debt claims. It has particular experience in dealing with disputes in the fields of intellectual property and technology, defamation, banking and insolvency. The team acted for nine defendants in one of the largest cases ever to hit the English courts: JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov. At the core of the team’s philosophy is the need to take a sensible approach to disputes, to fight hard when the situation requires, but also to keep its clients’ commercial considerations to the fore.

Corporate/commercial: iLaw advises on all kinds of corporate and commercial deals. On the corporate side this includes mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, exits and ongoing corporate advice. Commercial transactions include licensing, development, outsourcing, manufacturing, partnering, agency/distribution, terms of business and public procurement. The team’s ethos is to get the deal done as simply as possible, but without compromising the client’s position.

Employment: the firm’s employment team advises on a wide range of domestic and cross-border employment issues, including restructuring, outsourcing and other TUPE issues, redundancy, disputes and contracts, and has successfully acted for a number of former senior bank employees. The firm also specialises in advising employment agencies and businesses.

Commercial property: the firm is able to advise on commercial property transactions, so that it can offer the full range of every day legal requirements to its clients. The team advises on property acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant issues, secured lending and development.

Regulatory: iLaw advises on a range of regulatory issues that are likely to affect its clients such as data protection/freedom of information, advertising and marketing regulations, e-commerce rules, competition law and procurement regulations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Tom Clark
Dispute Resolution Mark Culbert
Arbitration Jenny Lau
Employment Malcolm Mason
Commercial/Technology Justin Ellis
Corporate Justin Ellis
Intellectual Property Mark Culbert
Intellectual Property Justin Ellis
Media/Film Esther Randall
CIS desk Dmitry Gololobov
Commercial property Jeff White
Insolvency/regulatory Tom Clark
Number of directors : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 14
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)