Firm Profile > Bristows LLP > London, England

Bristows LLP
100 VICTORIA EMBANKMENT
LONDON
EC4Y 0DH
England

Living Wage

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

The Bristows LLP team is ‘approachable, responsive and provides advice of the highest quality’, and acts for a slew of leading international technology companies on a broad range of data protection matters, including data breaches, regulatory matters and litigation. Recently, the firm has been advising on a number of Covid-19-related matters, including ‘track and trace’ projects. Practice head Mark Watts ‘very effectively combines expertise across law and technology’ and is well versed in global compliance projects. Robert Bond is a certified compliance and ethics professional, and has noted expertise in cyber-attacks and data incidents. Marc Dautlich is active in the financial services and fintech sectors, while Alex Keenlyside is recommended for data protection litigation. Senior associate Jamie Drucker is also singled out, alongside Hannah Crowther, who is ‘a very impressive associate who is going from strength to strength’.

Practice head(s):

Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Marc Dautlich; Robert Bond; Alex Keenlyside; Hannah Crowther; Jamie Drucker

Testimonials

‘Outstanding people and very efficient on costs’.

‘Mark Watts is the calm, wise voice whatever the crisis’.

‘Mark Watts has a huge intellect and experience in his field but always manages to explain it in the simplest of ways’.

‘Excellent data protection and privacy knowledge, combined with a pragmatic and risk-based approach’.

‘They offer professionalism with a strong people-centric culture’.

‘Jamie Drucker has assisted with several matters and has really impressed with the thoroughness and clarity of his advice’.

‘Mark Watts stands out across the industry; he’s pragmatic, precise, dynamic and clear’.                   

‘Marc Dautlich cuts through the legal complexity and provides absolutely first class, practical advice every time’.

Key clients

British Airways

WPP

Twitter, Inc.

ChargePoint, Inc.

Facebook, Inc.

Cargill

Google

WarnerMedia LLC (Warner Bros, HBO, CNN)

Discord, Inc.

Experian

ITV Plc

Dixons Carphone Plc

Paysafe Group

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

Bristows LLP fields one of the most extensive patent litigation benches in Europe, housing impressive names including co-heads Andrew Bowler and Myles Jelf ('Absolutely exceptional. Hugely experienced in international patent litigation'). Other key names include Dominic Adair, 'brilliant tactician' Brian Cordery, Liz Cohen, Robert Burrows and Gemma Barrett. Life sciences is a focus, however the technical backgrounds of the 'exceptionally smart' James Boon, Richard Pinckney, associate Naomi Hazenberg and others are also applied to disputes in the telecoms, aerospace and renewable energy sectors. The transactional offering led by Matthew Warren (who runs high-value licensing agreements in the life sciences and technology sectors) continues to expand: Richard Dickinson and numerous associates joined from Arnold & Porter, further strengthening the life sciences expertise. Also a highly regarded patent transactions lawyer, Claire Smith is a leader in the field of DNA-sequencing technology. The team advised on the University of Oxford’s landmark R&D agreement with AstraZeneca to manufacture and commercialise a Covid-19 vaccine.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bowler; Myles Jelf; Matthew Warren

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Adair; Brian Cordery; Liz Cohen; Robert Burrows; Gemma Barrett; James Boon; Richard Pinckney; Naomi Hazenberg; Richard Dickinson; Claire Smith; Greg Bacon; Rachel Mumby; Matthew Raynor

Testimonials

Bristows remains top tier and for good reason. They are all accomplished litigators with a particular strength in life sciences cases. The individuals live and breathe their subject matter, know the industry inside out and are supported by their excellent regulatory and competition colleagues, which helps them stand out in global pharma litigation.

Probably the best UK-focused IP and TMT firm around The outstanding quality of both partners and associates is second to none.

Brian Cordery deserves all of the accolades he gets. A brilliant lawyer and tactician, and always prepared to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in to the detail of the legal work when needed. Amy Cullen is a future star (if she isn’t one already)- clever, great at drafting and unfailingly calm and pleasant to work with, even under pressure.

Myles Jelf is absolutely exceptional. Hugely experienced in international patent litigation, including working for some of the biggest names in the TMT sector, and with a very strong technical background, he is an amazing asset at the head of a litigation team.

Richard Pinckney has a wealth of legal and technical experience; bringing pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to the most complex of litigation problems he repeatedly delivers top-rate results for household-name international corporations.

Brian Cordery and Andrew Bowler are excellent – astute litigators as well as approachable and client-friendly. Matthew Raynor and Gemma Barrett have also impressed me greatly.

James Boon – Exceptionally smart. Great to work with.

Key clients

Novartis

ZTE

Philips

Google

Johnson & Johnson

University of Oxford

McDonalds International Property Company

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy

Genomics England

Heineken

Samsung

Siemens

University College London

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

The team at Bristows LLP has exceptional capabilities in trade mark litigation, with Jeremy Blum and co-head Simon Clark leading on high-profile passing off disputes for international entertainment, pharmaceuticals and retail companies. Clark also takes the lead on digital copyright, design and data disputes, including recent law-making litigation surrounding the use of website cookies. Paul Jordan specialises in brand protection work for creative and print media companies; co-head Ian Gruselle’s trade mark portfolio practice contributes to the 360-degree approach on this front. The extensive transactional IP bench consists of devoted partners Claire Smith, co-head Matthew Warren and Richard Dickinson. The firm advises leading global brands in luxury retail, consumer electronics, FMCG and hi-tech on licensing and collaboration agreements, R&D and brand exploitation exercises. Paul Walsh has retired from the partnership, but remains at the firm on a consultancy basis.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Warren; Simon Clark; Ian Gruselle

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Blum; Paul Jordan; Claire Smith; Richard Dickinson; Andrew Butcher

Testimonials

The key strengths of the team are the individuals that comprise it. Led by the partners Jeremy Blum (trade marks) and Simon Clark (copyright and designs) they boast leading individuals across the soft IP spectrum.

Jeremy Blum is one of the leading trade mark litigators in the UK, if not Europe with extensive experience in the High Court, Court of Appeal, IPEC and the CJEU. His encyclopaedic knowledge of trade mark law makes him the go-to lawyer of choice particularly for difficult cases such as non-traditional trade marks and passing off and factually complex cases.

They are a superb and highly talented intellectual property team: highly knowledgeable, innovative and skilled.

Probably unmatched deepness of the team, very hands on in handling and coordinating multijurisdictional matters, very experienced in complex trade mark litigation matters.

We found Simon Clark and Andrew Butcher knowledgeable, experienced and reassuring to work with. Although they are experts in their field they were still very approachable and it was clear they had our best interests at heart.

As soon as we had appointed Bristows a huge weight was lifted off our shoulders as we knew we were in the best hands and would recommend them to anyone in a copyright dispute.

Key clients

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

Vice Media

Philips

Google

Diageo

University of Oxford

McDonalds International Property Company

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy

The Financial Times

The Guardian News and Media

WPP Group

BAFTA

FatFace

GlebeFarm

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Bristows LLP strengthened its contentious IT offering with the hire of Robert Graham in 2020, bolstering its contentious offering. On the disputes side, the team possesses particular strength in patent litigation involving well-known multinationals such as Philips. On the non-contentious side, the team demonstrates impressive expertise in cutting-edge IT projects - including cybersecurity, AI, fintech and healthtech initiatives, major data protection mandates and outsourcing deals. Toby Crick combines his transactional and regulatory expertise to support telecoms companies with outsourcing transactions and other business critical arrangements. Mark Watts, who holds a PhD in Computer Science, is a leading IT specialist. Myles Jelf leads the firm's technology litigation practice and has a particular focus on antitrust and IP disputes. Angela Fouracre is a core member of the IT disputes team. Anna Cook is known for counselling users and suppliers of IT systems on risk management, confidentiality, copyright and licensing matters. Adrian Sim stands out for his expertise in financial services projects.

Practice head(s):

Toby Crick; Myles Jelf; Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Angela Fouracre; Anna Cook; Adrian Sim

Testimonials

‘Bristows is probably the best TMT/IP firm in the UK – especially in the IT and telecoms area – having been involved throughout the entire development of FRAND-based litigation in the UK over the last 15 years. Its exceptionally capable, almost exclusively dual-qualified (science/engineering and law) lawyers at both the partner and associate level are second to none in terms of capability and experience – leading to small but exceptionally well focused and engaged teams who deliver a top-rate service.

‘Myles Jelf is an exceptional individual: his technical background enables him to grasp even the most complex aspects of the underlying technology straight away and bring real insight to the development of the technical case – coupling this with years of UK-focused litigation with direct involvement in almost all of the leading IT and telecoms technical and FRAND cases throughout the development of the sector in the UK enables him to deliver the very best service to some of the world’s largest telecoms and IT companies.’

‘Toby Crick provides great advice and support on commercial matters and likewise Anna Cook from a contentious perspective. Both are genuinely interested in our sector and what we do which makes a big difference.’

‘All very approachable, give quick and to the point advice. Just pleasant to work with to support our business operations.’

‘Anna Cook is an excellent lawyer and has first rate technical skills and knowledge. However what makes her stand out is her approach and attitude. She is always very accessible and responsive but also always a joy to work with as her approach is supportive, friendly and positive. It is no surprise she has a very loyal client base.’

‘Angela Fouracre is positive, easy to work with and very client focused. These traits, combined with her formidable legal and technical skills, give her an advantage over her peers.’ 

Key clients

Samsung

ZTE

myGaru

IPCom

Ofcom

Vorboss

University of Cambridge/Light Blue Fibre

Google

Philips N.V

Capgemini

Juniper Networks

Dixons Carphone

IBM

Amazon Web Services

Uniface

British Airways

Quant Network

Dropbox

Sony

Cray Supercomputers

The Guardian

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 1

The ‘exceptionally high quality’ life sciences practice at Bristows LLP offers a cohesive multi-disciplinary team advising on a broad range of complex regulatory and transactional work. The team is highly recommended for multi-jurisdictional M&A and investment. Liz Cohen has a strong record of coordinating cross-border patent litigation, and is known for handling cases involving sophisticated scientific concepts. She jointly heads the group with Richard Dickinson, who focuses on IP and commercial transactions, particularly licensing, distribution, manufacturing and supply agreements. Claire Smith is similarly noted for her commercial IP experience, while Robert Burrows‘ PhD in molecular genetics equips him to undertake technically challenging cases. Alex Denoon leads the firm’s stand-out regulatory practice, and is particularly sought after by clients specialising in disruptive technologies such as genomics, companion diagnostics, cell therapies and tissue and cells borderline products.

Practice head(s):

Liz Cohen; Richard Dickinson

Other key lawyers:

Alex Denoon; Robert Burrows; Claire Smith; Xisca Borrás

Testimonials

‘Rob Burrows: bright, sensible, charming’

‘Bristows is strong in building up an efficient team which consists of specialists in different fields so that a client can receive exactly what they want. They also have a well organized database and network of specialists in other countries to deal with multinational issues.’

‘Bristows remain top tier, resulting from the depth of strength throughout the partners (and indeed across the whole group). The individuals live and breathe their subject matter, know the industry inside out and are supported by their excellent regulatory and competition colleagues.’

‘The Bristows regulatory team are solution-oriented, practical lawyers which is a differentiator when looking for regulatory counsel. They are committed to not only giving high quality advice but also supporting education and upskilling within the client team to support continuous learning and improvement.’

‘Alex Denoon leads a team of incredibly client-focused lawyers who care about understanding your business and products. Alex adopts a practical approach in a very complex area of law and regulation which is very much appreciated by his legal and business clients.’

‘Partners are very hands-on, always available and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Alex Denoon and Xisca Borrás offer a great one stop shop for all things regulatory.’

‘The quality that Bristows provides is exceptionally high. They have a perfect understanding of the client’s needs and a diverse team of experts to fulfil these. Apart from their outstanding professional skills, all team members are very approachable and always open for a quick discussion.’

Key clients

Google and Deepmind

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Novartis

Johnson & Johnson Innovation (Janssen Sciences)

Genomics England ltd

University of Oxford

Smith+Nephew

GSK

AstraZeneca

Celltrion

UCL Business

Syncona

Sensyne Health

Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmBH

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

The 'talented and pragmatic' corporate team at Bristows LLP is regularly engaged by a diverse roster of domestic and international clients, which are active in the life sciences, technology and other IP-rich industries. The firm has an expanding FTSE and Fortune 100 client base, handling multiple mid-market transactions for an array of leading multinationals. Practice head Iain Redford is a key figure for TMT and life sciences deals, with recent highlights including handling a major disposal for a high-profile advertising company. Louise Eldridge's focus spans the media, healthcare, consumer goods, and technology sectors, working with both start-ups and established corporations. Marek Petecki is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Iain Redford

Other key lawyers:

Louise Eldridge; Marek Petecki

Testimonials

‘Bristows are always there when we need them, no matter the challenges. They’re very supportive and it’s immensely reassuring knowing we have them on hand for any eventuality.’

‘Louise Eldridge (and the team she has around her) is by far the best lawyer we have ever dealt with. No matter what time of day it is or what the problem is she is on hand to understand and help.’

‘Louise Eldridge is always succinct and a real asset to us.’

‘Talented, pragmatic individuals.’

‘Full involvement and very well coordinated team advising us on different legal areas.’

‘Strong tech practice which is valuable for M&A in the tech sector.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca plc

GSK

Johnson & Johnson

WPP plc

Diageo plc

Amazon

Canon

Boeing

Oxford Sciences Innovation PLC

Waterland Private Equity

Motion Equity Partners

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Bristows LLP is a single office London firm based on Victoria Embankment; it is home to an ‘excellent’ corporate occupier department which supports on headquarter relocations, pre-lettings and lease renewals, among other matters. Teresa Edmundoffers practical solutions and efficiently leads the department’ which predominantly caters to charity, life sciences, technology and retail clients, including e-commerce operators, restaurants, garden centres and luxury fashion outlets. Tim Allen provides expertise in sale and leasebacks, as well as general landlord and tenant matters, while senior associate Gemma Kirsch demonstrates a tenacity for supporting US corporates on their entry into the UK market.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Edmund

Other key lawyers:

Tim Allen; Gemma Kirsch

Testimonials

‘They work incredibly hard out of sight on very detailed and complex issues, yet are able to relay important information in a calm, concise way.’

‘Their ability and willingness to update the client and relay progress at regular and important stages is commendable.’

‘The client service is excellent and their commerciality is good. The value for money and billing transparency is also praiseworthy.’

‘Teresa Edmund is very responsive, knowledgeable with good interpersonal skills. She offers practical solutions and leads her department efficiently.’

Key clients

WPEF Holding XCooperatief W.A

Blue Diamond Limited

Vorboss

Frontier Economics

Delice De France Limited

Dolby Europe Limited

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

TotalJobs Group

Oxis Energy

Kodak Alaris

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Flexera Software

Ouronyx

Exeter Pharma Consultancy Limited

Versant Partners

Petrofac

ChargePoint Inc

Wowcher

NIO Nextev (UK) Limited

One Trust Technology Limited

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

Bristows LLP leverages the firm’s impressive technology, data privacy and intellectual property expertise to act on contentious and non-contentious matters for clients across the media and entertainment sector. Paul Jordan handles advertising, marketing law and brand protection work. He co-heads the practice with technology expert Mark Watts, who is noted for his particular expertise in data privacy. Commercial disputes partner Mark Brown has a strong profile among clients in the gaming industry. In addition, other key individuals include Richard Dickinson and of counsel Greg Ruback, who joined from Arnold & Porter and Paramount Pictures respectively in 2020. Senior associate Andrew Butcher is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jordan; Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Mark Brown; Myles Jelf; Simon Clark; Richard Dickinson; Greg Ruback; Andrew Butcher; Toby Headdon

Testimonials

‘A strong team in relation to IT disputes generally, particularly those with an IP element and video games. Pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Mark Brown has excellent knowledge of the law and with a good feel as to how to handle a dispute and bring it to a favourable conclusion.’

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

Scientific Games

ITV

Under Armour

Master Moley Ltd

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Euromoney plc

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

Bristows LLP has integrated its attorney practice into its trade mark solicitor offering, with the combined expertise of the two practices covering the full spectrum of trade mark matters, ranging from brand creation to brand protection and commercialisation, both in the UK and cross-border mandates. With its very prestigious client roster, the team is well versed in advising on high-stakes complex matters, often involving global trade mark portfolios and a high number of opposition and cancellation proceedings. The firm's in-house innovation committee is in charge of providing the firm's teams with the tools needed to better help their clients. Recent examples include an interactive data site system that allows global life sciences clients to monitor multi-jurisdictional projects; and an extranet for the management of the relationship with clients from the FMCG sector. Ian Gruselle is the head of the trade mark portfolio practice, while Simon Clark directs the brands, design and copyright practice. Paul Walsh moved on to a consultant position with the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gruselle; Simon Clark

Other key lawyers:

Abigail Wise; Jennifer Dzafic; Paul Jordan; Jeremy Blum; Paul Walsh

Testimonials

Bristows’ team are truly the sum of their parts and when every team member is exceptional at what they do, you really can’t get better. Built on relationships and expertise gained over decades working at the cutting edge of brands and technology, the team excels where others falter.

Simon Clark, Ian Gruselle, Paul Jordan and Jeremy Blum lead the team with distinction. Their associates are second to none.’

Key clients

Mondelez International

Vice Media

Diageo

Vectura Group PLC

Glasses Direct

The Guardian News and Media

WPP Group

The Financial Times Ltd

BAFTA

FatFace

TMT Tier 2

Bristows LLP is highly regarded for its depth of expertise in the technology sector, encompassing IP litigation, including FRAND disputes, competition issues and commercial agreements underpinning the development of new products and services. Additionally, the team often assists clients with IT and outsourcing projects and demonstrates considerable expertise in the media and entertainment space, with a prominent focus on corporate and commercial matters. Team head Mark Watts has a strong track record in IT and data protection matters, ranging from global compliance projects to litigation concerning complex regulatory issues. With over 30 years' experience, Pat Treacy is a specialist in competition litigation involving prominent technology and media clients including Samsung and Google. Toby Crick utilises his transactional and regulatory knowledge to assist telecoms clients with outsourcing transactions and litigation, while the 'knowledgeable and commercial' Adrian Sim is recommended for his expertise in IT projects in the financial services industry.

Practice head(s):

Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Pat Treacy; Toby Crick; Adrian Sim

Testimonials

‘Industry knowledge, client intimacy and business savvy. All very approachable, quick and give to the point advice. Just pleasant to work with to support our business operations. Good budget forecasting and regular know how updates in various ways.’

‘Adrian Sim – very business minded, approachable and solution driven. Great joy to work with!’

‘Keen young team that is happy to go the extra mile. Easy to use. I try other teams but keep returning to them. Part of a market leading life sciences practice. They understand what we do.’

‘Adrian Sim is the enthusiastic leader of the team I work with. Adrian is knowledgeable, commercial and can do and brings enthusiasm to everything he does.’

Key clients

Capgemini

Google

United Technologies

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Spotify

Scientia Limited

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

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

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Paramount Pictures

IBM

Dropbox

Cray Supercomputers

Samsung

ZTE

Ofcom

Vorboss

Philips N.V

Endless Mobile

Twitter

Commercial contracts Tier 3

With substantial expertise in the technology and healthcare sectors, Bristows LLP handles a broad range of commercial mandates, with particular experience in the commercial exploitation of IP rights, the competition and tax elements of technology deals, and regulatory mandates. The team’s healthcare knowledge has recently led to a raft of Covid-related work; the group advised the University of Oxford on a research collaboration and licence agreement with AstraZeneca for a vaccine. Matthew Warren leads the practice, which also includes recently promoted partner Claire Smith and Richard Dickinson, who joined from Arnold & Porter in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Warren

Other key lawyers:

Claire Smith; Richard Dickinson; Marek Petecki; Nick Cross

Testimonials

‘Flexible team that is able to respond at short notice. I have tried other firms but Bristows are the most responsive and understand what we do best. They take time to invest in relationships.’

‘Matthew Warren is the lead IP partner and has advised us on most of the challenging IP matters we have done in the last few years. Matthew knows his stuff and is unflashy.’

‘There is a huge wealth of talent in the team, as well as a deep understanding of the sector and current trends. This ability to contextualise the legal advice given is immeasurably beneficial to clients.’

‘Marek Petecki – stand out nice guy and totally on top of his game. Very effective negotiator and organiser of teams of large transactions. Nick Cross – a great associate and rising star potential. Has an incredible memory and undertakes stand out research. Claire Smith – intellectually brilliant and superb marriage of IP and commercial.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Diageo

Guardian News & Media

AstraZeneca

De Beers

Oxford University

Genomics England

Facebook

Anglo American

Aston Martin

Novartis

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Bristows LLP's team has substantial expertise in commercial disputes connected with the technology, life sciences, industrial markets and consumer products sectors. It was particularly active recently in litigation arising from debt restructurings and contractual disputes, among various other matters. The department is led by Mark Brown, who specialises in life sciences/pharmaceutical and digital content disputes. Anna Cook has approximately 25 years of experience in disputes arising from commercial contracts, software and large-scale technology projects. Simon Clark is noted for his expertise in digital media, breaches of confidence, and the interplay between commercial law and IP law.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cook; Simon Clark; Angela Fouracre; Jeremy Blum; Alex Keenlyside; Westley Walker; Robert Graham

Testimonials

Very client friendly, results focused and down to earth.

Highly experienced practitioners, great people to work with on challenging projects, and pragmatic and clear-headed advisers.

The Bristows team is excellent. In my experience, they look at a case from all angles to try to get the best result for their client. They do not see cases as routine business, but instead consider the individual requirements of each case and each client.

I would not hesitate to recommend Bristows for any commercial dispute, particularly one which involves IP/technical elements, due to the wider strength of the firm in these fields.

Mark Brown is thoughtful, hard-working and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get into the detail of a case. He retains a focus on the bigger picture.

Mark Brown is a skilled litigator, who strikes the right balance between advising and taking input on board – a great strategist.

Anna Cook and her team are very hands-on and approachable.

Anna Cook has a deep understanding of the technology and IP sector, and is doing an outstanding job for us. She is highly responsive, engaging and knowledgeable, and it is incredibly reassuring having her looking after us, confident in the knowledge that we are getting the best possible advice and guidance.

Key clients

Capgemini

Google

Discovery Channel

Eurosport

WPP Group

Yell

Raytheon Technologies

LG Electronics

Spotify

Vorboss

Société BIC

Gee 7 Group

Uniface

Disclosure and Barring Service

ITV

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Competition litigation Tier 3

Bristows LLP has ‘the trust of huge clients on their most important cases’, regularly assisting with standalone cases before the High Court and the CAT, as well as the appellate courts. The group has developed a first-rate reputation for its advice on matters involving an interplay between intellectual property and competition law; practice head Pat Treacy is ‘the go to lawyer in Europe for complex FRAND matters’ and regularly works with Sophie Lawrance on complex disputes involving large technology and pharmaceutical companies.

Practice head(s):

Pat Treacy

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Lawrance; Stephen Smith

Testimonials

Sophie Lawrance is always up to date on all matters FRAND and beyond, quick with technical details and a pleasure to work with.’

As well as its core EU and competition expertise, Bristows brings a deep sectoral knowledge to bear on all issues it advises on. Very attuned to market developments, the team is able to provide highly tailored and insightful advice. Its long-term relationships with clients is a testament to how highly regarded the team is.’

Pat Treacy remains an exceptional practitioner: her in-depth experience, up to date knowledge and friendly and available manner, she is amongst the very best competition lawyers out there. Sophie Lawrance has a fantastic understanding of all issues on the competition law/intellectual property interface, especially in relation to all issues FRAND-related. Steve Smith is a great asset to the Bristows team: approachable, knowledgeable and always willing to spend time to get to know his clients’ businesses.’

They are responsive, strategic thinkers with laser-focused advice and constantly work to ensure the best result for their clients. We have worked on many cases together over the years and they always were outstanding. Also, the close integration with the patent litigation and the general litigation team give the team a competitive advantage when it comes to litigate competition cases (especially if in innovative, IP intensive markets).’

Pat Treacy and Sophie Lawrance: Pat is the go to lawyer in Europe for complex FRAND matters and cases at the intersection of competition law and IP and technology. As a testament to her wide market recognition, she has recently been appointed Deputy High Court Judge and will serve in the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales for six years. Sophie has an exceptional client base (she worked for ZTE in the famous Supreme Court case) and is able to both navigate highly complex issues and drive creative and novel global strategies.’

Key clients

Philips

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

ZTE Corporation

Samsung Electronics Co Limited

Google UK Limited

IPCom GmbH Co KG

Abingdon Health

Lebedev Holdings Limited

Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA

Fintech Tier 3

The Bristows LLP team is ’approachable, highly experienced and commercial in its advice’. With a reputation for technology and IP, the firm is well-placed to handle fintech matters, and often does so internationally, dealing with both contentious and non-contentious work. Specific areas of focus include AI, robotics, DLT and blockchain, for which it provides advice to challenger banks, investors, academic institutions, banks and large corporates. The practice is led by Louise Eldridge, who advises fintech clients on M&A, venture capital investments and joint ventures. She is also knowledgeable about financial services regulatory issues. Vikram Khurana made partner in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Louise Eldridge

Other key lawyers:

Toby Crick; Marc Dautlich; Vikram Khurana

Testimonials

‘Others have claimed to have deep understanding in tech, but Bristows seem to walk the walk where others have not.’                   

‘Toby Crick is a true technology specialist with a real understanding of the drivers of our business and what really matters to us.’

‘Toby Crick has led some of our cutting-edge projects and is now our go to external lawyer on all things technology sourcing (both customer and supplier side).’

‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic, provides sensible advice, and consequently value for money.’

‘Louise Eldridge is attentive, available and provides sound advice.’

‘They took the time to understand our business and risk appetite and this was factored in to the advice throughout.’

‘Toby Crick obviously has a deep understanding of software, but combines this with commerciality and pragmatism.’

‘Toby Crick combines deep tech knowledge with being able to convey and distil complex issues to non-techies.’

Key clients

DNB Bank AsA

Optal Financial ltd

Quant Network

Eigen technologies

Latent Logic

Generation Investment Management

Core Logic

Aspen

Adthena

Munich Re Digital Services

The Guardian

Isle of Man Enterprises Plc

Reputation management Tier 3

Alex Keenlyside leads 'a stellar team of exceptionally strong lawyers' and has helped Bristows LLP rise through the media ranks since joining in December 2019 from Pinsent Masons LLP . The firm acts for major media and technology clients in defamation, data protection and misuse of private information claims. The team continues to grow, recruiting three more associates from Pinsents, most notably Victoria Baron , who has extensive experience working on high-profile cases for the likes of Google. Hannah Crowther and of counsel Rob Graham provide strong support to the team.

Practice head(s):

Alex Keenlyside

Other key lawyers:

Rob Graham; Hannah Crowther; Victoria Baron

Testimonials

‘They are bright, practical and creative lawyers, who really understand the industry, in particular on the data protection side. The team are collaborative and a real pleasure to work with. No other firm in media/reputation management/data protection has such strength in depth.’

‘The team has a unique offering in the media law field. They are specialists in defamation/privacy and data protection and also heavyweights in Intellectual Property. This is an especially attractive offer to clients in the internet age when claims arising from acts online can encompass several diverse causes of action.’

‘Strong scientific/technical knowledge base and experience.’

‘Alex Keenlyside has built a stellar team of exceptionally strong lawyers around him, really taking Bristows to the very top of this field.’

Key clients

Google

Twitter

ITV subsidiary, Twofour Broadcast

British Airways

Costco

Yell

British Psychological Society

EU and competition Tier 4

Capable of advising on all areas of competition law, Bristows LLP is recognised across the market as one of the premier firms working at the intersection between IP and competition law, a notoriously complex area of practice. The group is also strong in complex merger clearances. Stephen Smith frequently works on deals subject to phase I and II investigations by the CMA. Practice head Pat Treacy advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters, and is a 'go to lawyer in Europe for complex FRAND matters'.

Practice head(s):

Pat Treacy

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Smith; Sophie Lawrance

Testimonials

The team has the trust of huge clients on their most important cases, including Samsung which we regularly represent together in cross-border cases. They are responsive, strategic thinkers with laser-focused advice and constantly work to ensure the best result for their clients. We have worked on many cases together over the years and they always were outstanding.’

Experienced, knowledgeable and well-connected, good at the practical application of competition law.’

Pat is the go-to lawyer in Europe for complex FRAND matters and cases at the intersection of competition law and IP. Sophie has an exceptional client base (she worked for ZTE in the famous Supreme Court case) and is able to both navigate highly complex issues and drive creative and novel global strategies.

Steve Smith is solution-focused and decisive. He consistently displays excellent judgement, attention to detail and strategic thinking. His commercial approach and responsiveness make him a trusted adviser to the business.’

As well as its core EU and competition expertise, Bristows brings a deep sectoral knowledge to bear on all issues it advises on. Very attuned to market developments, the team is able to provide highly tailored and insightful advice. Its long-term relationships with clients are testament to how highly regarded the team is.’

Pat Treacy remains an exceptional practitioner: with her in-depth experience, up-to-date knowledge and friendly and available manner, she is amongst the very best competition lawyers out there. Sophie Lawrance has a fantastic understanding of all issues on the competition law/intellectual property interface. Always a pleasure to deal with. Steve Smith is a great asset to the Bristows team: approachable, knowledgeable and always willing to spend time to get to know his clients’ businesses.

Key clients

Philips

Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Norgine

Vitabiotics

Lebedev Holdings Limited

AstraZeneca

Ocado Retail Limited

British Brands Group N.V.

CityFibre

Wayfair

Samsung Electronics Co Limited

Morningside Healthcare / Morningside Pharmaceuticals

Guitar Amp and Keyboard Centre

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Stada Arzneimittel AG

Hunter Douglas NV

Abingdon Health

Baringa Partners

Nelsons

Chiesi Farmaceutici SpA

Google UK Limited

ZTE Corporation

Cyxtera Technologies

Boehringer Ingelheim Limited

Chugai Pharmaceutical

Corporate tax Tier 6

Bristows LLP has expertise in advising on the tax aspects of structuring corporate, commercial and real estate transactions. Practice head Miranda Cass has particular experience in advising clients in the life sciences, TMT and charity sectors, while senior associate Julia Cockroft has a broad corporate and real estate tax practice.

Practice head(s):

Miranda Cass

Other key lawyers:

Julia Cockroft

Testimonials

This team is very responsive and engaged. Each member is current as to changes in applicable legislation and can advise on appropriate disclosure related to the same. The team is also very commercial and practical, which makes working with them effortless, including how that approach can diffuse potentially lengthy and sterile theoretical debates in negotiation.’

Each team member is engaged and invested. It is clear they understand the overall transaction and the context in which they are giving advice. Each team member is responsive and reliable, both in reverting with comments and the quality of those comments and input. Very pleased to be continuing my collaboration with Miranda Cass and Julia Cockroft. We rely on them heavily and they never disappoint.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity

Oxford Sciences Innovation PLC

Motion Equity Partners

Neurogeneus Limited

University of Oxford

Base Genomics

WPP plc

AstraZeneca plc

Diageo

Blue Diamond

NuCana PLC

UCL Business

Stada

IXICO PLC

OMass Therapeutics Ltd

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Adthena

Deep Matter PLC

Capgemini

Abingdon Health

Atnahs Pharma

Schibsted Media AB

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 over 25 years’ experience handling complex contract and tort disputes…
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…
 Julia Cockroft photo Julia Cockroft Senior Associate in the tax team, Julia has over eight years’ experience…
 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 is a partner in Bristows’ IT & digital team. He advises…
 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 in…
 Matt Dennis  photo Matt Dennis Matt is a partner in the Corporate group. He has over 30…
 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…
 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…
 Nellie Jackson  photo Nellie Jackson Nellie joined Bristows as a partner in July 2021 and is part…
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 and litigation. Sophie has…
Professor Christopher Millard  photo Professor Christopher Millard Christopher has over 35 years’ experience in technology law, both in academia…
 Rachel Mumby photo Rachel Mumby Rachel is a patent litigator with over ten years’ experience in advising…
 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 Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and has worked in Intellectual…
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 believe it has played a key part in our success over the years.

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
  • Our active Inclusion Group is headed by three partners and has a diverse membership composition garnered from all areas of the firm. The Inclusion Group meets every 2 months and reports on its activities to the partnership
  • We produce and review annually an Inclusion Plan for the firm, implemented through the Inclusion Group. We report progress against the plan to all staff every year 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 . Also, half our senior management team are women. In 2020 we opened a firm-wide channel to discuss and share all relevant issues and information, with the launch of the firm’s Women’s Network
  • 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 – 4% of the staff, including some of our partners, identify as LGBT+
  • We are signatories to the PRIME initiative, aimed at improving access to and socio-economic diversity within the legal profession. We also work with various further education careers services to support and encourage STEM students
  • We are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme and LeGal BesT, and signatories of the IP Inclusive Charter and the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Our internal partner promotions have had a 50/50 gender balance for the past several years

In 2021 we’ve also signed the Mindful Business Charter, in order to build on our activities to promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and to support other organisations in the legal industry by collaborating and sharing their learning to effect positive change.

Our charity of the year for 2020-21 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.

The Lex 100 Verdict

A ‘focus on life sciences, intellectual property and pharmaceuticals’, as well as ‘the best patent litigation team in London’ make Bristows an attractive choice for those from a science or technology background. The training contract comprises three- and six-month seats, which allows recruits to experience a wider range of practice areas. A small intake makes trainees ‘feel far more valued’ and ‘more involved in matters; you get to work directly with partners a lot more than in other firms’. Tasks trainees enjoyed were ‘working on high-profile data breach cases’ and ‘being involved in a huge IT project, from the client pitch to signing the final agreement’. Less enjoyable tasks were ‘running bundles over to court in the rain’ and ‘due diligence at 3am’. The firm is a Lex 100 Winner for its salary, though opinions on this are split as some trainees complained that the remuneration is ‘at the lower end of the market’, especially ‘if you’re working in a busy department where the trade-off between pay and hours is less balanced’. But Bristows trainees are said to be ‘a great bunch’ who are ‘always willing to chip in and lend a helping hand’. Moreover, there is ‘very little infighting’ thanks to the fact that the firm does not set billable hours targets. Respondents consider the shift to remote working to have been ‘relatively seamless’ and the firm ‘has been very good at providing equipment for working from home’. Nevertheless, trainees feel that the ‘IT team could be more responsive’ and that, inevitably, it ‘has been hard to replicate the level of social and client interaction at home that we would have had in the office’. To work at a ‘top IP and life sciences firm’ with friendly colleagues and market-leading work, consider Bristows.