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Bristows LLP
100 VICTORIA EMBANKMENT
LONDON
EC4Y 0DH
England

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Bristows LLP's practice advises on an array of matters in the data protection space including regulatory issues, data breaches, compliance projects and product launches. Mark Watts is the head of team and 'is at the top of the sector' for regulatory and technology matters. He is supported by a strong bench of practitioners, which includes Marc Dautlich, who is active in financial technology matters and the relating data protection issues, and Robert Bond, who is noted for his extensive experience in information security regulatory matters; Bond has also advised on data incidents and cyber attacks in relation to special categories of data. Associate Hannah Crowther has acted on complex issues relating to  biometrics, connected devices and healthtech, and Alex Keenlyside is known for his data protection litigation expertise.

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‘Very capable and knowledgeable team with excellent leadership. Due to size managing case load may be challenging at times but this has never been an issue because the quality of the deliverables has consistently been very high. Good at maintaining position as a trusted adviser. I enjoy working with Bristows.’

‘Unparalleled breadth and quality of expertise in the field with an ability to address both data protection compliance issues and contentious privacy litigation.’

‘Bristows’ data protection practice is the best data privacy practice out there — bar none. They are extremely experienced, thoughtful, pragmatic and measured. They have deep professional relationships with a wide swath of organisations in every industry as well as with regulators.’

‘Mark Watts is at the top of the sector for regulatory data protection and tech work.’

‘Marc Dautlich – Marc is always approachable, at the top of his game technically and tailors advice and level of detail so that it can speak directly to the business. We’ve worked with Marc for a number of years now and simply can’t fault the advice and guidance he has provided during that time.’

‘Hannah Crowther is wonderful.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is a new partner and has a stellar reputation for contentious privacy and data protection work. He is at the forefront of the new generation of privacy lawyers and has experience way beyond his years qualification. He is immensely well-liked and trusted by clients, is fully across the relevant law and offers tactically and commercially astute advice.’

Key clients

British Airways

Twitter

Yell/Hibu

Google

Ascott Hotels

LiveRamp

Ford

Dropbox

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 1

Bristows LLP’s patents team comprises professionals with expertise across both contentious and non-contentious work, servicing clients across the life sciences, tech, engineering and mining industries. Litigation co-heads Andrew Bowler and Myles Jelf are involved in law-making SEP and FRAND litigation while Dominic Adair and Gemma Barrett have been involved in defending the protection of various antibody and biotechnology products. Greg Bacon takes on patent exhaustion claims; James Boon and Richard Pinckney reinforce the telecoms skillset; and Liz Cohen is a key name in the biosimilar space. The commercial side of the patents team comprises partners solely focused on non-contentious issues. Headed by Matthew Warren and featuring key names Brian Cordery and Claire Smith, this team handles market-leading licensing projects, collaboration deals and IP-rich investment transactions. Robert Burrows is an authority on the niche specialism of plant varieties, which is applied to contentious and non-contentious engagements.

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Top-quality litigators specialising in TMT and unparalleled knowledge of patent/competition crossover issues. A great team to work with.

The thing that sets Bristows apart is the depth of talent. It has a high number of eminent practitioner partners that are genuine experts in their fields. This is especially true in the patents space. However, below partner level, the lawyers are equally impressive. Unsurprisingly, Bristows has a blue-chip client base, especially in the pharmaceutical and biotech markets and is at the forefront of every legal development. Truly impressive. Their client service is of the highest quality and they are very easy to deal with.

There’s a style to the firm which enables them to be hard-headed and charming at one and the same time.

James Boon is an extremely sharp lawyer who always fights hard for the best for his clients.

Richard Pinckney is a clever and conscientious litigator.

Brian Cordery is the most knowledgeable UK patent lawyer I know. He is a standout. Cordery knows the pharma industry inside out and is very user-friendly.

Liz Cohen and Robert Burrows are very impressive, communicating clearly and being very astute when it comes to protecting their client’s interests.

Dominic Adair is a brilliant leader, creative thinker, and very commercial.

Key clients

Novartis

ZTE

Philips

Google

Johnson & Johnson

UCB Pharma

Heineken

Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi AS (KGJS)

Celltrion

Chiesi Farmaceutici

IPCom

Samsung

Vectura

Genomics England

UCL

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

Bristows LLP is a premier name for copyright, design and digital disputes. Recent work highlights have seen co-head Simon Clark secure favourable results in design litigation for fashion and footwear clients, while Jeremy Blum has been involved in advancing and defending passing-off claims for luxury goods, jewellery and giftware companies. Other sector focuses include TV and media, with the team involved in devising an IP enforcement strategy for national networks. Paul Walsh, co-head Ian Gruselle and Paul Jordan takes on all manner of brand protection and trade mark enforcement engagements. Co-head Matthew Warren and newly made-up partner Claire Smith have a market-leading commercial IP practice, tailored to global clients in the food and drink, FMCG, consumer electronics, media and life sciences sectors.

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A top-tier practice.

Key clients

Novartis

ZTE

Philips

Google

Johnson & Johnson

Cadbury (Mondelez International)

McDonalds International Property Company

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy

UCB Pharma

Heineken

Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi AS (KGJS)

Mondelez International (brands include Cadbury, Kraft, Oreo,

Kenco, Carte Noire, Milka and Halls)

Vice Media

Fidelis Underwriting Ltd

Vectura Group PLC

Telefonica Brasil SA (VIVA)

NIO NEXTEV Ltd

GTech

The Guardian News and Media

WPP Group

BAFTA

FatFace

Diageo

The Financial Times Ltd

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The ‘incredibly responsive, disciplined and creativeBristows LLP provides experience in contracting work, data protection issues, dispute resolution and outsourcing projects across a range of IT and telecoms matters. The firm has expertise in cloud, robotics, AI and e-commerce mandates, as well as the increasingly prominent areas of adtech, fintech and healthtech. The team is co-led by commercial IT specialist Mark Watts; the ‘exceptionalToby Crick, who focuses on telecoms issues; and technology and litigation expert Myles Jelf. Also noted are Adrian Sim, who is a ‘very positive, technically strong and friendly partner'; Angela Fouracre, who focuses on IT disputes; Anna Cook, who specialises in IT litigation, risk management issues and contract management work; and Alex Keenlyside, who joined in 2019 from Pinsent Masons LLP, bringing data protection litigation experience.

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‘We have full trust in their advice and support.’

‘Bristows is undoubtedly one of the most well-renowned and experienced TMT/Intellectual Property firms in the UK.’

‘Toby Crick is a gifted strategic adviser who delivers outstanding results in complex negotiations. He is always available, provides transparent billing and integrates well.’

‘A go-to firm for the most complex TMT and  intellectual property disputes. The quality of partners, associates and support staff are second to none.’

‘Efficient, effective, and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Myles Jelf is undoubtedly one of the best known partners in UK TMT litigation, having been involved in some way with almost all of the most significant TMT cases in the last 15 years.’

‘A leader for his clients and a strategic master responsible for major developments in TMT litigation in the UK.’

‘Richard Pinckney is exceptionally able and readily turns his hand to all variety of intellectual property litigation. With a real focus on technically complex cases, he brings strategic direction to a case in a capable and reassuring manner.’

‘The entire Bristows TMT team consists of highly skilled professionals, with a business acumen and intimacy, as well as understanding of the legal parameters of our company.’

‘Bristows lawyers provide us with quick, high quality and to the point advice and come up with business solutions.’

‘They are cost effective and cost benefit conscious and manage the legal budget closely to your company needs.’

‘Adrian Sim and Angela Fouracre are our client partners and both provide great quality in short timescales, so excellent turnaround and quality of service.’

‘They are excellent in managing our internal and external needs.’

‘The Bristows team is focused on getting to know your business and the objectives you are trying to achieve.’

‘Vik Khurana earned the trust of our IT and Procurement team from the outset and quickly became a go to adviser on our global networks and infrastructure projects.’

‘Adrian Sim is a standout partner within the team, managing resources, client budgets and staffing efficiently and effectively.’

‘Focused on solving problems.’

Key clients

Google

IBM

Amazon Web Services

Capgemini

British Airways

DNB

Dropbox

Sony

Cray Supercomputers

The Guardian

Samsung

ZTE

Xoserve

IMechE

Ofcom

Vorboss

University of Cambridge/Light Blue Fibre

Philips N.V

MunichRe Group

Dixons Carphone

Endless Mobile

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 1

Liz Cohen heads up the first-rate life sciences team at Bristows LLP, which has transactional, regulatory and technology expertise. Also notable is that the group is strong in IP and litigation work, and it has recently been sought out to advise on time-sensitive COVID-19 issues. The hugely experienced Brian Cordery handles some of the most critical patent cases, particularly those relating to biological medicines used in oncology, respiratory and immunology medicine. Alex Denoon is 'sharp, practical and shows a clear understanding of the issues'; he heads up the regulatory practice, advising on matters concerning advanced therapy products and medical devices, as well as newer technologies, such as those involving genomics, cell therapies and healthcare apps. Robert Burrows, who has a PhD in molecular genetics, undertakes technically challenging cases, one of which resulted in success at first instance and on appeal in relation to a blockbuster HIV treatment. Also recommended is Gemma Barrett, who has expertise in small molecule pharmaceuticals, molecular diagnostics, biologics and antibody technology. Another name to note is Greg Bacon, who advises on a blend of IP and regulatory matters. Marek Petecki is knowledgeable about finance, commercial contracts and M&A, and is a well-known name among global bio-pharma and technology companies. Matthew Warren leads on the firm's IP transactional work, which includes licensing and R&D collaborations. Claire Smith has an 'impressive understanding of the sector'. IP specialist Richard Dickinson joined from Arnold & Porter in January 2020.

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Bristows stands out among the many exceptional patent law firms in the UK. The attorneys pay great attention to detail, while also observing the big picture and giving spot on advice. They always had an open ear for my needs, were open for discussions and brainstormings and are very easy to work with.’

‘Good team with specialist life science expertise, brings commercial/IP and corporate side together well on transactions.’

‘Claire Smith is technically excellent and all over the detail of every transaction she works on. She has an impressive understanding of the Life Sciences sector, including the more operational aspects. As a result her work product always hits the mark. Her highly tailored approach stands apart from the more cookie-cutter attitude to drafting that you find at some other firms.’

‘In a regulatory and commercial environment fraught with uncertainty, the Bristows team help their clients navigate through issues in a practical way with a clear road map towards a solution which is in line with the client objective. They bring a strong risk management perspective to the advice that they provide.’

‘Liz Cohen is incredibly calm under pressure, a  really good strategic thinker with an ability to develop litigation strategies that achieve her client’s commercial objectives, very effective team leader who knows when to delegate.’

‘Alex Denoon won the trust of our team from the outset. Sharp, practical and showing a clear understanding of the issues that our business was focused on and cared about. He took the time to understand how our business works and retained that information for future consultations. Alex is a good example of how external counsel can add true value to a business.’

‘Brian Cordery is the most knowledgeable UK patent lawyer I know. He is a standout. Cordery knows the pharma industry inside out and is very user-friendly.’

‘Rachel Mumby is a technically outstanding senior lawyer.’

Key clients

Google and Deepmind

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Novartis

Johnson & Johnson Innovation (Janssen Sciences)

Genomics England ltd

IP Innovation

Smith+Nephew

GSK

AstraZeneca

Celltrion

UCL Business

Syncona

IBM Watson

Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmBH

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

With a strong reputation for transactions in the life sciences and tech sectors, Bristows LLP's client base ranges from early-stage growth companies, investors, SMEs and academic institutions, through to large multinationals. The team advises on the full range of corporate matters including acquisitions, disposals, public and private M&A, IPOs, debt and equity financings and private equity transactions. The firm's strong IP offering also lends itself to expertise in IP-rich sectors such as consumer products and retail. Iain Redford leads the practice, has significant experience in M&A, IPOs and joint ventures and is particularly active in the life sciences sectors. On the tech side Louise Eldridge is a name to note, advising a wide range of companies from high-growth start ups to financial institutions.

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‘Great team, always willing to help and support.  Whether it’s an immediate need to a crisis or longer term strategic support the team are always there.’

‘Louise Eldridge has become a trusted ally to the business. We know she has our back and will make sure we get the support we need as and when we need it.  I can’t speak more highly of her.’

‘Excellent people, thoughtful advice, easy to contact.’

‘Louise Eldridge is always available, provides thoughtful, considered advice, and responds on a timely basis. Excellent firm, great staff and partners.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Accel- KKR

Bupa

WPP plc

Diageo

Amazon

Trafigura

Canon

Schibsted Media

NuCana PLC

UCL Business

Capgemini

OXIS Energy

GSK

Hewlett Packard

Boeing

Neuraxpharm

 Adevinta ASA

DNB Bank

Ferroglobe PLC

Smith + Nephew

Syncona

Johnson & Johnson Innovations

OneTrust

Stada

IP Group plc

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Bristows LLP offers ‘an intrinsic knowledge of the law, applied in a commercial manner’. Highly rated for its work in the corporate occupier sector, the team is led by Teresa Edmund who has a strong track record of work for clients in the technology, life sciences, retail and charities sectors. Her team continues to grow its presence in the fitness and leisure industries and specialises in representing first-time entrants into the UK market. The ‘always on handTim Allen is another ‘stand out’ name; his practice is focused on sale and leaseback transactions, property finance and landlord and tenant work. Senior associate Gemma Kirsch’s workload includes acquisitions, disposals and asset management.

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‘Partner-led, friendly and pragmatic approach. Really engaging with the project and understanding the issues facing the business. On hand at any time.’

‘Bristows has a relatively small real estate team but they are easily my go-to people within the industry. They are very commercial, take a view on best negotiation strategy for clients and are very easy to deal with. They have a vast understanding of all sectors within the real estate industry and act for both landlord and tenants, giving them a holistic perspective.’

‘An instinctive knowledge of the law but applied in a commercial manner and providing clients with genuine and practical advice.’

‘We used Bristows to support us in our first major office move with a priority emphasis on speed of completion. They provided excellent support in terms of quality of expertise and guidance; patience with us a very inexperienced client; support and proactive communications throughout the process; a great ability to expedite the process and achieve our very aggressive deadlines.’

‘Tim Allen is always available and offers clear, succinct advice.’

‘Tim Allen is hungry, commercially minded and a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend Tim to anyone for real estate work.’

Key clients

Blue Diamond Limited

TotalJobs Group

Delice De France Limited

Dolby Europe Limited

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

NIO Performance Engineering Limited

Adevinta Products & Technology Limited

Oxis Energy

University of Cambridge

Wowcher Limited

Flexera Software

Wayfair Ltd

Exeter Pharma Consultancy Limited

Versant Partners

Petrofac

ChargePoint Inc

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

Bristows LLP attracts praise for its 'very good knowledge of the market, competitors and brands'. The group leverages the firm's strong technology, data privacy and intellectual property expertise to advise clients across the media and entertainment sector. Advertising and marketing expert Paul Jordan leads the team alongside Mark Watts, who focuses on IT transactions. Other names to note include commercial disputes partner Mark Brown and copyright and trademark specialist Simon Clark, who have particular experience in the gaming and publishing industries respectively. Alex Keenlyside, who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, focuses on libel and defamation disputes.

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Reactivity, very good knowledge of the market, competitors and brands. Handling complicated technical aspects extremely well with a very practical commercial view.’

Key clients

The Financial Times Limited

Independent Digital News and Media Limited and Lebedev Holdings Limited

The Guardian News and Media

Spotify

Paramount Pictures

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising

Activision Blizzard

Vice Media

GTech

Under Armour

Master Moley ltd

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Euromoney plc

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

Bristows LLP continues to excel in brand management trade mark matters, providing strategic advice on portfolio structuring, clearance searches, registration proceedings, commercialisation matters and litigation. The group's caseload is highly international, including managing the trade mark portfolios of a significant number of high-profile clients and a substantial amount of opposition and appeal work at the EUIPO. The trade mark attorney team is part of the firm's renowned wider IP offering, allowing clients to draw on the experience of attorneys and solicitors for complex matters involving contentious and non-contentious elements. Ian Gruselle is the head of the trade marks portfolio practice. Solicitor advocate Simon Clark directs the brands, designs and copyright practice.

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‘The Bristows team are always extremely proactive and get to know their client’s business inside-out. They really are an extension of the in-house legal team.’

‘The work of the team shows a strong sense of responsibility, and replies are very clear and targeted. The most important thing is the team has a strong sense of mission, that is, it must help clients achieve their goals.’

‘Ian Gruselle is very good at proposing strategies for clients. He is so kind and cares about the interests and benefits of the clients. He always does work proactively.’

Key clients

Mondelez International (brands include Cadbury, Kraft, Oreo, Kenco, Carte Noire, Milka and Halls).

Vice Media

Fidelis Underwriting Ltd

Vectura Group PLC

Telefonica Brasil SA (VIVA)

NIO NEXTEV Ltd

GTech

The Guardian News and Media

WPP Group

The Financial Times Ltd

BAFTA

FatFace

Diageo

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Bristows LLP's 'dynamic team has in-depth expertise and a great, no-nonsense approach'. It is widely respected for IT and data-related disputes, but also has specialists in commercial disputes involving confidentiality, as well as conflicts concerning contracts for the licensing and exploitation of IP. In addition, the sizeable team is experienced in disputes arising out of the life sciences, industrial markets and consumer products sectors; and is experienced in multi-jurisdictional disputes, involving clients from locations such as the Netherlands, US, China, Europe, Japan and Scandinavia. Mark Brown, Anna CookSimon Clark, Angela Fouracre and Jeremy Blum are all experienced partners.

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‘A dynamic and friendly team with in-depth expertise and a great no-nonsense approach.’

‘Anna Cook is a standout partner: she combines a first-class intellect with tremendous enthusiasm, and is a pleasure to work with. Rob Graham (Senior Associate but surely a next-generation partner) – combines a deep knowledge of IP and technology law with a practical solutions-focussed approach to dispute resolution.’

‘Mark Brown: experienced and skilful in commercial dispute resolution generally; Gemma Barret: passionate in achieving the goal and the quality of the deliverables is excellent, endowed with rare blend of scientific knowledge (biochemistry) and legal skill in litigation management/strategy. Westley Walker: good knowledge/knowhow and experience in litigation practices especially in disclosure (document search/collection/production).’

‘We work with Anna Cook and Rob Graham – both are very bright, responsive, commercially minded and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Anna Cook is extremely bright, knowledgeable (both on the technology and legal side) and very commercial. She is great at coming up with innovative solutions to complex legal and commercial problems. Always calm, Anna is a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Mark Brown and his team stand out for going the extra mile to add value and bring their (considerable) knowledge, expertise and brainpower to bear on a case. This is not a firm that subcontracts their thought process to counsel, but whose instructions are underpinned by very well thought-out analysis and well structured documentation.’

‘The output from teams headed by Mark Brown is invariably impressive, whoever the associates on the case might be. He is clearly an exceptional leader who combines high standards with being a pleasure to work for.’

‘I have worked with them now on four separate cases. In each the team is a real team – working together, understanding each other’s roles, delegating and taking responsibility when appropriate and involving counsel and the clients in the team work. Everyone feels part of the team and as if their input is important. This sounds obvious but is quite rare in practice: a function of a positive, friendly and commercial culture.’

‘The result is an efficient, effective, relaxed and most of all client focused working environment – it is a joy to work with and I believe brings out the best in everyone whilst keeping the client centre stage.’

‘Anna Cook is incredibly client focused, a pleasure to work with, has immense technical knowledge, an astute tactical brain and is a great team player. It is no surprise she has a loyal following of clients.’

‘Angela Fouracre – partner. Angela is great to work with and also very client focused. She has a good strategic brain and is very accessible. Again an excellent team player.’

‘Bristows offer an excellent client-oriented service and give sound commercial advice.’

‘Mark Brown is a pleasure to work with. He combines good technical knowledge with a strong commercial, client focused approach and is a great team player.’

Key clients

Capgemini

Google

Discovery Channel

NTT

Yell

United Technologies

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Spotify

Scientia Limited

Mundipharma International Limited

Gee 7 Group Limited

Uniface BV

Flexera

Atnahs Pharma

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Competition litigation Tier 3

The 'brilliant' competition litigation group at Bristows LLP stands out for its excellent record handling competition law claims that interface with IP issues. The team is routinely instructed by clients active in the technology, life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. The department is led by Pat Treacy ('astute tactician in litigation'), who splits her time between London and Brussels. Clients also laud the expertise of 'excellent communicator' Sophie Lawrance and 'world-class adviser' Stephen Smith.

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Very good team with a strong focus on IP-related competition disputes

Bristows’ competition team combines specialist expertise in competition law and litigation strategy. The team members are equally adept at representing their clients during administrative proceedings and in the courtroom.

A great team to work with, which includes top-quality competition litigators specialising in TMT, who also have unparalleled knowledge of patent-competition crossover issues.

The team at Bristows is brilliant. The lawyers help us navigate the complex regulatory environment with ease. Their technical expertise and strategic advice are both excellent. They are highly responsive and efficient – all while working within extremely tight deadlines.

Pat Treacy is an astute tactician in litigation, with excellent strategic thinking. She is also accessible and great under pressure. Her experience as a Deputy High Court Judge gives her a particular edge in understanding how a court will approach a case.

Pat Treacy shows an impeccable judgment and is exceptionally clever. She knows all there is to know about the interaction between IP and competition law.

Sophie Lawrance is approachable and is an excellent communicator. She benefits from a wealth of experience. Sophie is responsive, wicked-smart and, most importantly, easy to work with.

Stephen Smith is a world-class adviser. He is very bright and technically brilliant, but also down to earth and a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Philips

Sound United

GlaxoSmithKline

ZTE Corporation

Google

Lebedev Holdings

Boehringer Ingelheim

Ocado Retail

Hunter Douglas N.V.

IPCom

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Napp

British Brands Group

Fintech Tier 3

Bristows LLP advises challenger banks, investors, SMEs, large financial institutions and various other clients on corporate transactions and the regulatory aspects of developing and using new technology, including blockchain, AI and payment services. Louise Eldridge specialises in assisting fintechs with M&A, venture capital transactions, joint venture projects and other corporate and commercial deals, often in relation to DLT, regtech and insurtech. Toby Crick is a go-to partner for fintech clients involved in large-scale IT and outsourcing projects. Marc Dautlich is an expert in financial services regulation, including PSD2 and the FCA Handbook. Senior associate Vikram Khurana advises clients on technology deals and outsourcing arrangements.

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‘I have worked most closely with Marc Dautlich. He has demonstrated tremendous patience in dealing with a high-growth U.S. technology company new to the UK market and the laws applicable to that market.’

‘Clear understanding of the technology and specifically fintech/insurtech market.’

‘Broad range of skills, good and cost effective advice.’

‘Louise Eldridge gives constructive advice and comment, co-ordinates the team well and runs transactions smoothly.’

Key clients

DNB Bank AsA

Itiviti

Uniface BV

VAKT

Optal Financial ltd

Quant Network

Eigen technologies

Latent Logic

Trade Information Network

Nordax Bank

Generation Investment Management

Core Logic

Aspen

Adthena

TMT Tier 3

IT law specialist Bristows LLP provides a broad range of contentious and non-contentious advice to TMT sector clients. The firm has particular experience in data protection, telecoms, competition law, media and advertising matters, as well as M&A and commercial disputes. Technology expert Mark Watts leads the practice and advises on commercial IT and data protection. Also notable are Pat Treacy, who focuses on EU and competition law; and Toby Crick, who is known for telecoms work.

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Capgemini

Google

Discovery Channel / Eurosport

NTT (formerly Dimension Data)

Yell /Hibu

United Technologies

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Spotify

Scientia Limited

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Gee 7 Group Limited

WPP plc

Amazon / Amazon Web Services

Canon

Schibsted Media

Oxis Energy

IP Group plc

Independent Digital News and Media Limited and Lebedev Holdings Limited

The Guardian News and Media

Vice Media

GTech

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Paramount Pictures

IBM

Dropbox

Cray Supercomputers

Samsung

ZTE

Ofcom

Vorboss

University of Cambridge/Light Blue Fibre

Philips N.V

Dixons Carphone

Endless Mobile

Twitter

Latent Logic

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4

Mark Hawes leads the team at Bristows LLP, which is best known for its expertise in advising charities that have been established by Royal Charter. It has a particular specialism in advising charities in the fields of science, technology and engineering, and is also rapidly building a reputation for its work with medical research charities and arts and cultural organisations. Many of its clients operate internationally. Robert Bond is recommended for his advice to charities on a range of complex data protection matters.

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There is a remarkable sense of joint commitment and determination to give a Rolls-Royce service. The whole team is impressive

‘Mark Hawes is outstanding in his grasp of both broad strategy and attention to fine detail. His excellent pro bono work is a great asset to society

Key clients

The five Burlington House “Courtyard Societies”: The Society of Antiquaries of London; The Geological Society of London; The Royal Society of Chemistry; The Royal Astronomical Society; The Linnean Society of London

The Royal Theatrical Support Trust

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

University College London

Save the Elephants

British Academy

York University (Canada)

Girl Effect

South West Grid for Learning

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Genomics England Limited

Electrical Safety First

Movember

Plan International UK

Remembered

PRI Association (United Nations-backed)

EU and competition Tier 4

Bristows LLP’s competition skills in the life sciences and TMT sectors would be difficult to match, with their work including fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND), patent licensing and related contentious issues, among others. The group has carved out a notable reputation for handling complex issues arising at the intersection of IP and competition law; this also involves the management of a specialised blog – The Clip Board. The team is also able to turn to its Brussels-based colleagues for EU law issues. Deputy Judge of the High Court Pat Treacy heads the practice. Stephen Smith and Sophie Lawrance are also key members in the team.

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One of a very select group of competition lawyers that understands intellectual property. This is the result of Bristows’ large intellectual property practice.

Extremely pragmatic. Looked for liberating solutions rather than looking to close doors as other lawyers might have done.

Steve Smith has shown true professionalism during a recent case. He is objective, clear, nice and coordinates the work in a very efficient way.

By far and away, one of the best firms we have worked with. Truly knowledgeable in the sector, extremely responsive and a delight to work with. They are not like other law firms

Very solid and well structured team, with unparalleled experience in high tech cases.  Highly responsive and fun to work with. A big plus is the close integration with the patent and technology practices of the firm, allowing the team to command the most complex cases.

Pat Treacy is a star for high tech competition cases and, in general, all cases at the interface between IP and antritrust. She is highly regarded and – in my experience – unanimously seen as one of the leading figures in Europe in this field.

Sophie Lawrence is widely recognised and very talented.

Key clients

Philips

Sound United

GlaxoSmithKline

ZTE

Google

Lebedev Holdings

Boehringer Ingelheim

Ocado Retail

Hunter Douglas N.V.

IPCom

Beis

Stada / Thornton & Ross

BBG

Samsung

Reputation management Tier 4

Bristows LLP has been enhancing its offering where data protection work and traditional media work meet, taking on two lawyers from the media/data disputes team at  Pinsent Masons LLP to strengthen its offering. The 'exceptional' Alex Keenlyside, now leads the practice, and joined alongside Rob Graham. Both bring a wealth of experience in defamation, misuse of private information and confidentiality, coupled with data protection disputes. The firm already had a strong practice advising in the media and technology space, with Mark Brown a name to note for advising on defamatory content on digital platforms and pre-publication work .

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Testimonials

‘Alex Keenlyside has consistently struck the perfect balance between presenting himself to the opposition as a formidable, resilient, robust and highly professional lawyer, with superior knowledge in his field, while at the same time providing calm reassurance to his clients.  He is exceptionally measured in providing advice to his clients, and I have complete confidence in his professional judgement.  The depth of experience he has in his field speaks for itself, and is clearly exhibited in his carefully considered, tactical decision making.’   

‘Excellent technical understanding of modern media, especially internet publishers, and social media.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is astute, fun and conscientious and I very much enjoyed working with him. He is someone to whom I would happily recommend a client.’

‘Bristows can now rightly hold itself out as offering defamation and privacy expertise alongside its tech and data protection work.’

‘Following the capture of Alex Keenlyside, they are now one of a very small number of firms who are genuinely able to combine top-tier expertise in the data protection and privacy sector with a stellar reputation management offering. Given the overlap between these two fields, they are therefore ideally placed to be at the forefront of new developments in both sectors.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is an exceptional lawyer who has enormous experience of media and reputation management work . He is widely seen as the leader of the new generation of lawyers in the reputation management field.  He has a great grasp of the law and tactical considerations and is hugely liked by clients who appreciate his collegiate and calm style and his ability to see a case through both legal and commercial perspectives.’

‘The team has particularly strong expertise in the TMT sector where they represent many major national and international players. They would definitely be one of my top recommendations for advice in this area.’

Key clients

Google LLC

British Airways

Screencut Television Limited

Learn to Trade (formerly Knowledge to Action)

Kerzner International Limited

Scientia Limited

Yell Limited

Neon Marl Limited

Corporate tax Tier 6

Bristows LLP's group has expertise in tax issues arising from the structuring of corporate, commercial and real estate transactions. It is particularly active in the technology, life sciences, media and luxury brands sectors. Practice head Miranda Cass works with senior associate and real estate tax expert Julia Cockroft.

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Testimonials

Always responsive, professional, and the rates are good and reasonable.’

Miranda Cass is professional, responsive and keen to help.’

Key clients

WPP

NuCana PLC (listed on Nasdaq)

Diageo

Blue Diamond

AstraZeneca

UCL Business

Stada

Nio Nextev (UK) Limited

OXIS Energy

IXICO PLC

OMass Therapeutics Ltd

Canon

Neuraxpharm

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

OneTrust

Accel-KKR

Adthena

Deep Matter

IP Group plc (listed on London Stock Exchange)

DDF Holdings Limited

Capgemini (listed on Euronext)

We are Bristows, the world’s leading specialist law firm for clients that innovate.

We are a European headquartered hub for litigation, transactions and advice throughout the world. We help clients grow in life sciences, technology and other dynamic sectors. We provide advice on all their legal matters and are proud to be different.

We are an eclectic mix of inquisitive thinkers who are fascinated by the law surrounding our clients’ sector. Many of us have science and technology backgrounds or have worked in the industry. It means we are on the same wavelength and understand what makes our clients’ business tick.

Many of our clients are international and our work often crosses different jurisdictions. We have remained fiercely independent since we first began in 1837 and are able to maintain a network of leading lawyers and specialists around the world. This means we are free to partner with the best people in any jurisdiction for each client need and build the right team of lawyers in the right locations.

We don’t work to billing targets. This ensures clients get the right combination of experts working as one, who take the time to share their different perspectives and find the right answer, no matter how difficult or novel the question is. It’s a rare approach that defines the quality of our advice.

Principal areas of work: At Bristows, we have always been at the forefront of change. From patenting the first electrical telegraph to launching the UK’s genome sequencing project, we have been helping clients who create and embrace new technologies and ideas.

We focus on dynamic, IP-rich sectors and have the expertise to solve a broad range of litigation, transactional, and advisory challenges. We have a true cross-disciplinary practice encompassing our renowned IP, competition,  regulatory, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, IT and data protection teams.  The strength of each individual practice complements the others to provide a fully integrated and comprehensive service.

Recruitment: We like to recruit inquisitive minds, many with science and technology backgrounds. We are actively looking to recruit trainees with a variety of academic backgrounds – scientists and engineers and also trainees who have studied law, humanities and arts. We live and breathe our clients’ business, can talk the same language and have a keen eye on the future. Many trainees and associates go on secondment at client companies, including Google, McDonald’s, Capgemini, AstraZeneca, Samsung, Novartis, Sony and WPP.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Marek Petecki
Managing Partner Liz Cohen
Advertising, marketing and promotions Paul Jordan
Brand and design protection Simon Clark
Brand and design protection Jeremy Blum
Charities and not-for-profit Mark Hawes
Commercial contracts Matthew Warren
Commercial litigation Mark Brown
Commercial litigation Angela Fouracre
Copyright and digital business Simon Clark
Copyright and digital business Myles Jelf
Corporate Iain Redford
Dispute Resolution Mark Brown
Employment Justin Costley
Employment Lidia Poczok
EU and competition Pat Treacy
EU and competition Sophie Lawrance
EU and competition Stephen Smith
Information technology Mark Watts
Information technology Toby Crick
International arbitration Mark Brown
International arbitration Jeremy Blum
IP and commercial transactions Claire Smith
IP and commercial transactions Matthew Warren
IP and patent litigation Andrew Bowler
IP and patent litigation Myles Jelf
IT disputes Anna Cook
IT disputes Angela Fouracre
Life sciences Richard Dickinson
Life sciences Liz Cohen
Outsourcing Chris Holder
Privacy and data protection Mark Watts
Privacy and data protection Marc Dautlich
Public sector Adrian Sim
Public sector Chris Holder
Publishing, defamation and media Mark Brown
Publishing, defamation and media Alex Keenlyside
Real estate Teresa Edmund
Real estate Tim Allen
Real estate investment & funds Iain Redford
Regulatory (Life Sciences and IP) Alex Denoon
Tax Miranda Cass
Telecommunications Toby Crick
Trade mark portfolio Ian Gruselle
Venture capital Louise Eldridge
Venture capital Iain Redford
Photo Name Position Profile
 Dominic Adair  photo Dominic Adair Dominic specialises in contentious intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on patent…
 Tim Allen  photo Tim Allen Tim has a broad range of transactional commercial real estate experience acting…
Dr Gregory Bacon  photo Dr Gregory Bacon Greg is an experienced IP lawyer with a particular focus on patent…
 Gemma Barrett  photo Gemma Barrett Gemma is an experienced patent specialist with a focus on advising clients…
 Jeremy Blum  photo Jeremy Blum Jeremy is an IP specialist and has advised on many contentious matters.…
 Robert Bond  photo Robert Bond Robert has over 40 years of experience as a legal expert and…
Dr James Boon  photo Dr James Boon James specialises in contentious IP matters. He has a breadth of experience…
 Andy Bowler  photo Andy Bowler Andy is joint head of patent litigation at Bristows. Andy’s advice covers…
 Mark Brown  photo Mark Brown Mark has 25 years’ experience handling complex contract and tort disputes at…
Dr Robert Burrows  photo Dr Robert Burrows Robert specialises in patent litigation. He has a PhD in molecular genetics…
 Andrew Butcher photo Andrew Butcher Andy trained with Bristows and qualified into the Brands, Designs & Copyright…
 Miranda Cass  photo Miranda Cass Miranda is a corporate tax specialist with over 30 years’ experience. Miranda…
 Simon Clark  photo Simon Clark Simon specialises in copyright and design rights, database rights, trade marks, passing…
 Liz Cohen  photo Liz Cohen Liz is a highly experienced and well regarded IP specialist with a…
 Anna Cook  photo Anna Cook Anna is an experienced commercial litigator specialising in disputes relating to software…
 Brian Cordery  photo Brian Cordery Brian specialises in intellectual property dispute resolution with a focus on patent…
 Toby Crick  photo Toby Crick Toby advises on and negotiates commercial, technology and outsourcing agreements. He has…
 Hannah Crowther photo Hannah Crowther Hannah advises on all areas of data protection and privacy law, helping…
 Marc Dautlich  photo Marc Dautlich Marc is a technology specialist with over 25 years’ experience gained inhouse,…
 Matt Dennis  photo Matt Dennis Matt is a partner in the Corporate group. He has 28 years’…
 Alex Denoon  photo Alex Denoon Alex is passionate about the Life Sciences sector and advises about regulatory…
 Richard Dickinson  photo Richard Dickinson Richard is a partner in the commercial IP team where his practice…
 Jennifer Dzafic  photo Jennifer Dzafic Jennifer deals with all trade mark issues. She has many years’ experience…
 Teresa Edmund  photo Teresa Edmund Teresa is head of Bristows’ real estate practice and has many years’…
 Louise Eldridge  photo Louise Eldridge Louise advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including…
 Angela Fouracre  photo Angela Fouracre Angela is a dispute resolution specialist with particular expertise in advising on…
 Robert Graham  photo Robert Graham Robert is a disputes lawyer, with a specific focus on the resolution…
 Ian Gruselle  photo Ian Gruselle Ian is a Partner at Bristows and head of the trade mark…
 Mark Hawes  photo Mark Hawes Mark is a dual charity law and corporate law specialist. Mark is…
 Chris Holder  photo Chris Holder Chris is an experienced commercial IT lawyer who was one of the…
 David Horner  photo David Horner David is a corporate lawyer who advises on a wide range of…
Dr Myles Jelf  photo Dr Myles Jelf Myles is Joint Head of the patent litigation department. He specialises in…
 Paul Jordan  photo Paul Jordan Paul is a Partner in the Intellectual Property department specialising in advertising…
 Alex Keenlyside  photo Alex Keenlyside Alex is an experienced litigator specialising in contentious media and data protection…
 Vik Khurana  photo Vik Khurana Vik specialises in all aspects of commercial technology law, including strategic sourcing,…
 Gemma Kirsch photo Gemma Kirsch Providing clear, practical and commercial advice, Gemma is an experienced member of…
Ms Sophie Lawrance  photo Ms Sophie Lawrance Sophie specialises in EU and UK competition law. Sophie has a particular…
Professor Christopher Millard  photo Professor Christopher Millard Christopher has over 35 years’ experience in technology law, both in academia…
 Edward Nodder  photo Edward Nodder Edward specialised in intellectual property litigation for over 35 years and was…
 Marek Petecki  photo Marek Petecki Marek is a partner in the Corporate Practice. He advises companies and…
 Richard Pinckney  photo Richard Pinckney Richard specialises in IP disputes with a focus on patent litigation and…
 Iain Redford  photo Iain Redford Iain has extensive experience of mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, debt and equity…
 Adrian Sim  photo Adrian Sim Adrian is an information technology specialist who has market-leading experience advising clients…
 Stephen Smith  photo Stephen Smith Stephen has 20 years’ experience advising across a broad range of EU…
 Claire Smith  photo Claire Smith Claire specialises in commercial and intellectual property transactions, most notably in the…
 Pat Treacy  photo Pat Treacy Pat has specialised in EU law and competition law  since the 1980s,…
 Westley Walker  photo Westley Walker Westley is a dispute resolution lawyer with substantial experience advising clients on…
 Paul Walsh photo Paul Walsh Paul is an industry-acknowledged leader in all aspects of brands law. He…
 Matthew Warren  photo Matthew Warren Matthew is the head of Bristows’ Commercial IP group and advises on…
Dr Mark Watts  photo Dr Mark Watts Mark is a technology specialist with over 20 years’ experience. He advises…
 Abigail Wise  photo Abigail Wise Abigail is a Registered Trade Mark Attorney and European Trade Mark Attorney…
Number of UK partners : 44
Number of other UK fee-earners : 190

We are really proud of our long-standing positive attitude, commitment and approach towards inclusion and diversity at Bristows.

We were the first city firm to appoint a female Joint Managing Partner (well over 20 years ago now) and the third woman to hold this position is currently in post. We work hard to maintain the culture where women and lawyers from all backgrounds or minority groups thrive and succeed. As a firm and as individuals we do all we can to treat people fairly and with mutual respect, whether they are colleagues, clients or suppliers. This commitment enriches our work and our working lives, and we absolutely believe it has played a key part in our success over the years.

We are committed to providing a workplace where no employee or partner, is treated less favourably because of their personal characteristics (including age, disability, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, gender affirmation, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex, gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation.)

Here are some examples of our current and ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion::

  • Bristows is a long standing signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter
  • We have an active Inclusion Group in place which is headed by three partners and itself has a diverse membership composition garnered from all areas of the firm. The Inclusion Group meets regularly and reports on its activities to the partnership.
  • There is an annual Inclusion plan for the firm which is devised and implemented through the Inclusion Group. Progress against the plan is reported to all staff annually at the AGM.
  • Bristows works closely with Aspiring Solicitors – an organisation dedicated to assisting people from underrepresented groups in the legal profession.
  • Around two thirds of our staff, including almost a third of our equity partners, are female: one of the highest ratios for a UK commercial law firm.
  • Half our senior management team are women.
  • Our internal partner promotions have had a 50/50 gender balance for the past several years.
  • Around one-fifth of our workforce describe themselves as being other than white or British.
  • We have had an LGBT+ and allies network within the firm for several years – the Turing Network – and a number of our partners identify as LGBT+
  • We launched the firm’s Women’s Network during Women’s History Month 2020.
  • We ask all staff to complete and return a Diversity monitoring survey annually and publish the results both internally and externally.
  • Our charity of the year for 2020 is the Meningitis Research Foundation. The Meningitis Research Foundation supports research into, advocates for and takes action towards defeating meningitis and septicaemia. Work by the foundation includes supporting those who are living with the effects of meningitis.
  • We work with the Social Mobility Foundation to offer legal experience to students on an annual basis.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Bristows LLP, well known for its tech and IP expertise, is a strong contender for students looking to train at an elite City firm, focused on these specialisms with a broad business outlook, ambitious growth strategy and a small intake. The firm bags Lex 100 Winner awards for its social life, the quality of its vacation scheme, and the approachability of the partners. Its trainees commend the firm's 'reputation in IP, flexibility of seat rotations and friendliness on open days and at the interview stage'. Trainees also highly rate the training quality compared with competing firms, highlighting that there are 'fewer training seminars (which is good or bad depending on your perspective), leaner teams so greater responsibility, greater willingness on the part of more senior fee-earners to let you have a go at stuff and provide feedback'. Demonstrating the firm's sociable culture, trainees describe that their favourite thing about Bristows is 'the people that work at the firm and the culture it promotes. People are approachable and helpful and the trainee intake are always supportive of each other. Many bundling tasks have been a lot easier as other trainees have come to help out'. Downsides include some ambiguity over seat allocation decisions, 'the few windowless offices and lack of perks' and the somewhat limited 'availability of feedback' and international secondments. However, trainees highly praised industry secondments saying it was 'great experience to develop soft skills and gain confidence doing 'real lawyer stuff''. For data privacy and IP-minded students looking for an expert firm within London with a manageable intake size, Bristows is a natural choice.