Firm Profile > iLaw > London, England

Temple Chambers
3-7 Temple Avenue

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Boutique IT and IP-focused firm iLaw handles a range of transactional and contentious instructions across the sector. The team advises customers and suppliers on IT contracts, and also handles contractual disputes, corporate transactions and IP and regulatory matters, particularly those involving data protection issues. Justin Ellis heads up the practice and specialises in non-contentious IT work, while Mark Culbert is a key name for litigation and Matthew Poli for corporate matters.


ILaw is a go-to firm in the field. The team understands the requirements of its client’s business and sets its costs appropriately.

Commercial litigation Tier 8

Traditionally known as a niche IT and IP practice, iLaw is now also known for complex and international commercial litigation disputes. The 'team is exceedingly commercially astute and delivers good outcomes for difficult disputes'. Commercial litigation head Mark Culbert was appointed managing partner in 2019; director Tom Clark is also highly regarded.


Great, practical advice from experienced solicitors‘.

Mark Culbert is steady under fire‘.

Tom Clark is a committed and adept operator‘.

Key clients

Mitchells & Butlers

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents


Interquest Group

G&C Systems

Women’s Aid

Goldsmith Jewellers

Kwik Fit

T M Lewin

Majestic Wine

La Tasca

Arnold Clark

William Russell

The Evergreen Group



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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 but at an affordable price.

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 the stars of TV’s Dragons Den to fast-growing tech companies. iLaw is an innovative firm, with a particular focus on the technology, media and telecoms 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
Employment Julian Cox
Commercial/Technology Justin Ellis
Corporate Matthew Poli
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 : 4
Number of other UK fee-earners : 11
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)