Bristows LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Bristows LLP
100 VICTORIA EMBANKMENT
LONDON
EC4Y 0DH
England

Living Wage

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 1

Bristows LLP draws considerable praise from clients for its ‘proactive and pragmatic’ approach. The team is particularly well regarded for its expertise in the life sciences and technology sectors where they are regularly sought out by some of the world’s largest companies, including a number of FTSE 100-listed entities. The practice is steered by Iain Redford who has extensive experience in M&A, IPOs, financing, and joint ventures, particularly in the technology and life sciences sectors. A litany of private equity funds and large global corporations turn to the ‘excellent’ Louise Eldridge for representation in the full scope of corporate transactions, from M&A to venture capital (VC) investment transactions and joint ventures. Richard Swaine specialises in advising charity and not-for-profit clients on corporate transactions and governance matters. Matt Dennis is noted for his focus in the technology and IP-rich industries.

Practice head(s):

Iain Redford

Other key lawyers:

Matt Dennis; Louise Eldridge; Richard Swaine; Emma Charlton; Marek Petecki; Ellen Lambrix

Testimonials

‘The transaction brought in several legal disciplines. The team operated seamlessly, with all of its members fully up to speed all the way through the transaction which requires both good leadership and great communication between the team members.’

‘There was great transparency with the billing as well as a very sensible approach to billing team members’ time such that we were very happy with the cost of achieving the outcome in the context of the transaction itself.’

‘Marek Petecki is a superb lawyer, client relationship partner and team leader. We had to navigate some challenging issues which required not just legal knowledge but also valuable guidance in how best to implement the advice.’

‘Ellen Lambrix was exceptional in leading our IP advice, a fundamental part of the transaction. She concluded the negotiations around the sale effectively and efficiently. She is a joy to work with.’

‘Louise Eldridge is an excellent lawyer with a keen eye for detail, commercially astute and with an exceptional reputation for mid-market M&A.’

‘Excellent firm to deal with. Good advice, proactive and pragmatic.’

‘Louise Eldridge is outstanding. Available, proactive and pragmatic advice.’

 

Key clients

AstraZeneca plc

GSK

Johnson & Johnson

WPP plc

Amazon

Canon

Boeing

Oxford Science Enterprises PLC

Waterland Private Equity

Motion Equity Partners

Smith & Nephew PLC

Flokk AS

Lumera AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Sure – a mobile network provider in the Channel Islands – on the acquisition of Airtel-Vodafone Limited from Indian communications giant Bharti Global.
  • Advised medical diagnostics company Intelligent Fingerprinting Limited on its merger with NASDAQ-listed Intelligent Bio Solutions Inc.
  • Advised Smollan on the acquisition of majority interests in three technology companies in South Africa.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 1

Bristows LLP houses a ‘truly exceptional‘ practice which assists clients with the full gamut of commercial, regulatory and IP-related issues. Liz Cohen co-leads the team with Richard Dickinson; Cohen has longstanding expertise in multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning patent revocations, and arbitrations, and Dickinson has in-depth knowledge of biochemistry, often assisting pharmaceutical companies with licensing and manufacturing agreements. Using her in-house experience in the medical device industry, Claire Smith has deep knowledge of licensing and commercial partnership agreements. Brian Cordery ‘goes above and beyond‘ when acting in contentious IP issues, including patent revocation and defence work, while Robert Burrows utilises his knowledge of molecular biology to advise clients on patent validity challenges. Matthew Warren is noted for his commercial expertise, often handling settlements and license agreements, and Marek Petecki regularly assists biopharma corporates and venture capital investors with transactional matters. Alex Denoon has ‘excellent regulatory knowledge‘, often advising disruptive technology clients on human tissue and genomics issues.

Practice head(s):

Liz Cohen; Richard Dickinson

Testimonials

‘Strength in depth. Everyone at Bristows provides a consistently high level of service. They are well grounded in the principles of IP law, and they are highly experienced in running litigation. Everyone is willing to muck in and work as hard as it takes to get the job done.’

‘Brian Cordery goes above and beyond to ensure good outcomes for his clients. His work ethic is second to none.’

‘Liz Cohen is understated and calm but really knows her stuff and has very sound judgment.’

‘The Bristows Life Science team is truly exceptional and delivers high quality legal work thanks to their knowledge of the law, the industry and their technical skills.’

‘Excellent regulatory knowledge from Alex Denoon. He always provides an excellent service.’

‘Great, knowledgeable, and very personable lawyers. Pragmatic and business focused advice. Very strong pharma, biotech industry, life sciences sector knowledge.’

‘Xisca Borrás and Alex Denoon are both standout lawyers. Really innovative thinkers looking for new ways to connect with and understand client needs better.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

SynaptixBio Ltd

Abingdon Health Plc

Johnson & Johnson

Novartis

Sandoz

Teva

Chiesei

OMass Therapeutics Limited

Medtronic

Industry focus > TMT Tier 1

Bristows LLP assists clients on tech-related legal issues, advisory, contentious and transactional matters. The team is well-versed in IT law and outsourcing projects, acting for clients undertaking ITO and BPO transactions. Mark Watts heads the practice and advises companies on a range of data protection issues while Toby Crick has expertise in outsourcing transactions. Myles Jelf is involved in telecoms and tech litigation, and Adrian Sim has niche expertise in the area of major financial services implementation projects.

Practice head(s):

Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Toby Crick; Myles Jelf; Adrian Sim; Anna Cook

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable about various aspects of the law. They are able to provide different prospective as well as guidance. They work within the client’s constraints.’

‘Marc Dautlich and Jamie Drucker have been incredible in helping with addressing GDPR issues. They are very knowledgeable about UK and EU GDPR. Not only are they diligence in their work, they are also responsive and available considering that different time zones and short deadlines. They understand their clients’ concerns and limitation and work within the law to satisfy the clients needs. Its pure pleasure to work with them knowing that they will be supportive and understandable of the clients’ positions.’

‘I appreciate the team’s willingness to make themselves available on short notice to advise on complex matters over the phone. They have a breadth of experience in our sector, including at least on former in-house lawyer. They are always willing to estimate a budget, and they stick to their estimate. I particularly appreciate their willing to provide risk-based advice.’

‘The team has a very strong industry knowledge in the technology and media sectors. They have a unique ability to bring together a best in class understanding of technology issues with a cutting edge intellectual property practice such that when these issues combine they are the go to practice.

‘Anna Cook: a market leader in technology and communication whose client focused approach and understanding of the marketplace sets her apart from the competition.

‘I had the pleasure of working with Bristows on a complex privacy and data protection legal matters and was thoroughly impressed with their expertise and professionalism. I have worked with law firms from all around the world and Bristows for sure is among the best ones. What makes Bristows practice unique is their ability to combine deep legal knowledge with a practical, business-focused approach. Their team has a wealth of experience in a range of industries, which enables them to provide tailored solutions to their clients’ legal needs.

‘The Partner Mark Watts is by far one of the best professionals I have had the opportunity to work with at a world level. His proactive and pragmatic approaches are unique in the market and allow companies to thrive in challenging times.’

Key clients

Capgemini

Thomson Reuter Foundation

Google

Cisco Systems

Facebook/ Meta

United Technologies

Spotify

Scientia Limited

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

WPP plc

Amazon / Amazon Web Services

Canon

Schibsted Media

Oxis Energy

IP Group plc

The Guardian News and Media

Paramount Pictures

IBM

Dropbox

Cray Supercomputers

Samsung

ZTE

Eutelsat

OnePhone

Ofcom

CityFibre

Vorboss

Philips N.V

Endless Mobile

Twitter

Work highlights

  • Defended Philips in the first “FRAND case” brought by an implementer in the UK against a patent pool and a patent owner.
  • Assisted WPP on several transactions, including acquisition of Satalia, Cloud Commerce Group and mobile commerce brand NN4M.
  • Assisted a large tech company on multiple media disputes and a competition case in Europe.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Bristows LLP‘s full-service offering runs the gamut of transactional, advisory, and contentious data privacy, protection, and cybersecurity issues, handling high-profile data breaches, litigation, and global compliance matters for blue-chip international technology and life sciences clients. Practice head Mark Watts has an ‘effortless mastery of the subject‘ and is recommended for his expertise in global compliance projects and regulatory litigation, while Marc Dautlich advises clients in the life sciences sector on the full range of data protection issues and cyber incidents. Hannah Crowther was promoted to the partnership in May 2023 and tackles high-profile contentious matters before UK and European data protection authorities. At the senior associate level, key names include Jamie Drucker, noted for his ‘impressive grasp of detail and technical law’, and Faye Harrison, who handles privacy compliance programmes and strategy.

Practice head(s):

Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘There are two individuals that stand out. The first is the partner Mark Watts. Effortless mastery of the subject and stakeholder management. The second is the senior associate Jamie Drucker. Really skilled and knowledgeable and an all round nice guy who is always willing to help.’

‘Mark Watts is an excellent lawyer to work with. He is very practical with his advice and he adapts as necessary to the style of his clients.’

‘Our go-to external firm for complex data privacy issues. We have instructed them for a number of years and have found their service to date to be faultless.’

‘Marc Dautlich – a leading expert in the field, over a number of years Marc has helped us to navigate through multiple complex issues by providing clear, commercial advice. Jamie Drucker combines an impressive grasp of detail and technical law with a clear and pragmatic delivery style.

‘I was thoroughly impressed with their expertise and professionalism. I have worked with law firms from all around the world and Bristows for sure is among the best ones. What makes Bristows practice unique is their ability to combine deep legal knowledge with a practical, business-focused approach.’

‘Their team has a deep understanding of the legal issues that impact these industries, which allows them to provide targeted and effective advice to me. Bristows stands out for their ability to provide tailored, practical solutions to my legal needs. I would highly recommend Bristows to anyone in need of legal services in the UK.’

‘Mark Watts is by far one of the best professionals I have had the opportunity to work with at a world level. His proactive and pragmatic approaches are unique in the market and allow companies to thrive in challenging times.’

‘Jamie Drucker and Faye Harrison are rising stars. They are able to quickly understand our legal issues and connect them with broader business concerns, and they are able to provide solutions that take these factors into account.’

Key clients

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

Google

Twitter, Inc.

Meta Inc. (WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram)

Costello Medical

General Electric

McKinsey Consulting

WarnerBrosDiscovery

Work highlights

  • Advising Twitter regarding its acquisition by Elon Musk.
  • Advising WarnerBrosDiscovery in connection with integration activity.
  • Advising General Electric in connection with its Binding Corporate Rules.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 1

Praised by clients as an ‘extremely experienced and very well-established’ team, Bristows LLP’s one-stop shop is notable for its capabilities in handling technology, life science and consumer products. The team is involved in cutting-edge work in SEP/FRAND cases, alongside pharmaceuticals, including important biologics and antibodies cases. On the transactional side, the team routinely handles IP deals including settlements, high value research collaboration and licensing deals, and IP aspects of corporate and JV transactions. Andrew Bowler and Myles Jelf jointly lead the patent litigation practice, the former is well-versed in coordinating global litigation and the latter is noted for his expertise in telecommunication and high tech matters. Matthew Warren leads the transactional side of the practice, his most notable work includes a landmark research collaboration and licence agreement between Oxford University Innovation and AstraZeneca. Claire Smith is another name to note on the transactional side. Liz Cohen’s strengths lie in the realm of life sciences, while James Boon is sought after by clients in the telecoms and high-tech sectors. Other patent litigation specialists include Gemma BarrettRichard Pinckney, Robert Burrows, Dominic Adair and Brian Cordery.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bowler; Myles Jeff; Matthew Warren

Testimonials

‘Bristows has an extremely experienced and very well-established IP team within a full-service firm – providing excellent support to all aspects of a case.’

‘Quality is at the heart of everything Bristows does.’

‘Stand-out partners are Myles Jelf and Richard Pinckney.’

‘Myles Jelf, Richard Pinkney and James Boon are all fiercely bright and really know their stuff in respect of telecoms and high category technical litigation. They foster teams that work hard and deliver the highest and most exacting standards. Always a pleasure to work with.’

‘They are involved with most of the high-profile litigation in this area and have an impressive client base.’

‘Bristows has an exceptionally strong team of patent litigators, with excellent individuals at both at partner and associate level. In my view it remains in the top patent litigation firms in the UK.’

‘Very personal advice. Adapted to our very specific business.’

‘They always try to find the best solution to our issues.’

Key clients

Novartis

Sandoz

Siemens

Philips

Teva

IPCom

Scientific Drilling International

Prysmian

AstraZeneca

Carrick Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Advising on a critical, high profile patent deal between AstraZeneca and RQ Bio to license-in new antibodies (developed in collaboration with Oxford University) to produce treatments to protect vulnerable people against new variants of Covid-19.
  • Advised Novartis on high-profile patent litigation relating to blockbuster medicine Gilenya, involving successfully arguing (for the first time) that a patentee can apply for interim injunctive relief before patent grant.
  • Advised Siemens Gamesa in relation to two prominent UK patent litigation cases which formed part of a global battle (a so-called “clash of the titans”) between it and General Electric in the increasingly important field of wind turbine technology. Wind energy is a crucial part of the UK’s energy policy for the future.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

Praised as a ‘tremendous’ practice, Bristows LLP’s broad IP offering is noted for its expertise in the technology, life science and consumer products sectors. Matthew WarrenPaul Jordan and Ian Gruselle lead the practice, with the former possessing considerable expertise in advising clients on publishing transactions in relation to the academic and educational sector. ‘Rock star’ Jordan undertakes significant brand portfolio work and trade mark registry disputes. Other names to note include ‘creative’ Jeremy Blum, who specialises in contentious IP and advises on a full spectrum of trade mark, copyright and design matters. ‘Efficient’ Simon Clark is vastly experienced in the litigation sphere, focusing on digital and online issues, such as copyright and database rights. Further bolstering the practice is Richard Dickinson, who is well-versed in handling commercial transactions and advisory work, and Nellie Jackson, who has a wealth of experience in brand protection and exploitation, international trade mark portfolio management, and IP disputes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Warren; Paul Jordan; Ian Gruselle

Testimonials

‘They run their cases like a boutique firm, but with the resources and strategic thinking of a larger firm. Their approach is continuously mindful of the specific needs of the case.’

‘Simon Clark has been highly accessible and efficient throughout our engagement. He consistently delivered exceptional work with minimal input required.’

‘Jeremy Blum is very creative in developing litigation strategies.’

‘Paul Jordan is both a pleasure to work with, and valued extension to our in-house team. He always has constructive, usable advice, or he can loop in the relevant person at Bristows to help. Two thumbs up.’

‘A very good team, responsive, efficient and attentive to requests. A very good personal relationship.’

‘I trust them completely to look after my clients’ best interests.’

‘Bristows works fast and smart. They really know what clients want. I can’t say enough good things.’

‘Paul Jordan is a rock star. He has assembled a tremendous business-minded team.’

Key clients

Muzz (formerly Muzmatch)

Kraft Heinz

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH)

NetEase Games

Novartis

Heineken

Two Daughters Entertainment Limited

McDonald’s

The Guardian News and Media

WPP Group

Mondelez International

Philips

Google

Diageo

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

The Financial Times

BAFTA

FatFace

IHG

HDN Development Corporation

PolarSeal Tapes & Conversions Limited

GlebeFarm

Lebara

Newmark

Work highlights

  • Represented Muzz (formerly Muzmatch) in the Court of Appeal in March. The case involves claims of trade mark infringement and passing off issued in the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court (IPEC) by Match.com.
  • Advised Kraft Heinz on a landmark talent endorsement and partnership deal with a global music star Ed Sheeran, for the creation of a new range of hot sauces called “Tingly Teds”.
  • Instructed by the NetEase Games group to defend it in copyright infringement litigation brought by Riot Games, where our client was accused of copying a successful computer game (Valorant) by emulating the game play, style, graphics, music and sound effects (but without copying any of the software code).

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Bristows LLP’s IT and telecoms practice offers a broad range of technology services, including M&A, outsourcing, contracts, network outsourcing deals, commercial disputes and patents. The practice undertakes regulatory enforcement work for Ofcom, in addition to acting for other fibre providers and alt-net players. Toby Crick, who works on outsourcing projects for clients in the energy, health and financial services sectors, jointly leads the team alongside patent litigation expert Myles Jelf. Anna Cook specialises in high-end IT litigation, while Adrian Sim advises on outsourcing transactions. Angela Fouracre acts on both the supplier and customer side of IT disputes, and Chris Holder is noted for his expertise in the healthcare industry.

Practice head(s):

Toby Crick; Myles Jelf

Testimonials

‘Bristows is our go-to firm for any complex or high-value technology work. The team is accessible, responsive and incredibly knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Toby Crick is exceptional and highly recommended. He has a vast depth of knowledge and is commercially astute, responsive, determined and always approaches our transactions with a great sense of humour.’

‘Excellent technology strength. The team is knowledgeable and also very commercial and business-minded.’

‘Toby Crick leads a good team and is very knowledgeable. He ensures that there is a laser focus on quality and is very good with client management. He has an excellent negotiation style.’

‘Adrian Sim has a huge amount of expertise and is calm and efficient throughout our dealings. He is clearly a market expert, and he uses this experience to find great commercial solutions for his clients during negotiations.’

‘An impressive, client-focused team who bring together high quality industry knowledge and strong technical skills.’

‘Anna Cook’s status as a leader in the field of technology is well deserved. She is a very good lawyer and technically very able. But she really shines with her ability to understand, work with and deliver for her clients.’

‘Angela Fouracre is an excellent lawyer and a great team leader. She has strong client relationship skills and a very good technical understanding of the sector.’

Key clients

The Disclosure and Barring Service

Aspen Insurance

Ecolibrium Inc. Limited

Formula E

Kaluza Limited

Johnson & Johnson Medical

Trafigura Pte Limited

NHS London Procurement Partnership

Samsung

Sure Telecom (Channel Islands, IOM)

Eutelsat

Lebara

Ofcom

Vorboss

CityFibre

Google

Philips N.V

Juniper Networks

Dixons Carphone

Thomas Miller Insurance

IBM

Baringa

IPCom

The Guardian (GNM)

Sony

Amazon – AWS

Baringa

Work highlights

  • Advising the DBS (part of the Home Office) on an IT project-related dispute.
  • Advising Formula-E (the electric version of F1) on a range of technology projects, including a global technology procurement deal with TCS.
  • Advised new Channel Island headquartered telecoms client Sure on its “3 to 2” acquisition of Vodafone Airtel Channel Islands covering M&A, merger control and commercial issues.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Digital content & social Tier 1

With advertising and brand protection expert Paul Jordan at the helm, Bristows LLP is the first port of call to an extensive number of computer game and social media giants. The team’s varied workload includes advice pertaining to IP protection and infringement, advertising and marketing, compliance, data protection, competition law and commercial contracts. Simon Clark is also recommended for his recent involvement in copyright litigations of international significance.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jordan

Other key lawyers:

Simon Clark; Toby Headdon; Tim Heaps

Testimonials

‘The team displayed a high level of confidence in the way they handled our case.’

‘Simon Clark has been highly accessible and efficient throughout our engagement.’

‘They consistently delivered exceptional work with minimal input required.’

Key clients

The Financial Times Limited

Independent Digital News and Media Limited and Lebedev Holdings Limited

Spotify

Euromoney plc

Fonic Limited

Cube Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Cube Limited on the protection and policing of their international trademarks, in addition to other IP-related aspects of their business.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

Known for its life sciences, pharma and engineering expertise, the team at Bristows LLP is praised by clients for its depth of commercial knowledge and ‘impeccable service‘. Wielding specialist proficiency in regulatory issues such as intellectual property rights, competition and tax law, and data protection, the group are able to handle the full range of commercial issues – regularly cross border – for an expanding range of sectors, including sport, media and entertainment, food and beverage, and luxury fashion. Leveraging his medical background to advise on mandates such as SynaptixBio’s licence agreement with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Francis Crick Institute’s partnership Adendra Therapeutics, the highly-experienced Matthew Warren heads the team and has a wide portfolio of multi-jurisdictional commercial matters. Claire Smith is a go-to for supply and distribution agreements and also possesses strong a strong knowledge of the life science and pharmaceutical industries along with Richard Dickinson, who has a biochemistry background. Paul Jordan is recommended for marketing and brand protection mandates, while Ellen Lambrix, who was promoted to partner this year, has a broad practice that encompasses trade mark licensing, clinical trial agreements, and manufacturing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Warren

Testimonials

‘One of the UK’s leading life sciences practices. Across the firm, there is tremendous strength in depth. Great understanding of the market through acting for a wide range of clients.’

‘Matthew Warren leads the team. Matthew has played a role in almost all the knottier legal issues we have faced over almost a decade and has a wealth of knowledge both of life sciences and IP, but also the environment in which we operate. Matthew knows his stuff and is happy to think creatively.’

‘They always provide very personal advice.’

‘We appreciate the team’s resolve to always try to find THE solution that fits our issues.’

‘The depth of knowledge of the life sciences industry makes the firm the first choice for commercial work and disputes in our sector.’

‘Matthew Warren is a great person to have on your side.’

Key clients

Two Daughters Entertainment

AstraZeneca

LVMH (Louis Vuitton)

Carrick Therapeutics

SynaptixBio

Kraft Heinz

Guardian News and Media

Gaztransport & Technigaz SA (GTT)

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Recently bolstering its technology and life sciences capability, the ‘collaborative’ team at Bristows LLP advises clients on noteworthy office relocations. ‘Standout professional’  Teresa Edmund leads the team and is a key port of call for charities, learned institutions and not-for-profit organisations. Tim Allen is knowledgeable of corporate transactions in the healthcare, logistics and office sectors and Suzanne Hooks often assists long-term client Blue Diamond Group. Gemma Kirsch provides the team with strength in asset management.

Practice head(s):

Teresa Edmund

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are very collaborative when approaching a number of works streams and the individuals go above and beyond to meet deadlines and resolve issues.’

‘Bristows can always be relied upon to provide high levels of expertise and their team continually give clear and precise advice, sharing professional knowledge and ‘know how’, which gives a great deal of assurance when making key decisions during a legal process.’

‘A driven team and very commercially minded when it comes to completing a transaction. The communication was excellent so both client and consultants were up to speed on the progress at all times.’

‘Bristows’ employees are knowledgeable, personable, and responsive. They are willing to be pro-active in formulating solutions to resolve disputes.’

‘They are a team of great people who come with fantastic client care and deep knowledge of real estate as well as the complexities that come with it.’

‘Suzanne Hooks stands out as a pragmatic and effective transaction closer who can unpack the complexity of real estate law.’

‘Teresa Edmund is very responsive, knowledgeable and gas good interpersonal skills. She offers practical solutions. Her long experience of working with us is invaluable.’

‘Tim Allen is friendly, approachable, and always has time for his clients. His knowledge is top notch, and he always explains the situation in a way that non-legal professionals can easily understand.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity Fund VII and Waterland Private Equity Fund VIII

Priory Group

Blue Diamond Limited

Frontier Economics

The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn

AMRO Real Estate Partners

Genomics England Limited

British Academy

Flexera Software Limited

Kodak Alaris

Delice De France Limited

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

IP Group

Orca Computing Limited

Dolby Europe Limited

Signature Litigation Limited

Kato International LLC

Bloomfield Service Stations Limited

Emperor Design Consultants Limited

Caviar Kaspia Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Frontier Economics on the acquisition of a new HQ premises comprising 3 floors of Worship Square in Shoreditch.
  • Acting for Genomics England on its relocation to One Canada Square.
  • Advising Blue Diamond UK Limited on the acquisition of the Van Hage family business which comprises 3 garden centres.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Advertising & marketing Tier 2

Praised by clients for their 'breadth of experience', the team at Bristows LLP assists a varied client roster consisting of advertising agency networks and brands. The group is particularly adept at handling brand protection matters, in addition to digital rights management and media buying related issues. Paul Jordan  heads the practice alongside Richard Dickinson. Jordan has broad knowledge spanning digital and influencer marketing, campaign clearance, and regularly represents clients in defences against CMA and ASA investigations. Senior associate Tim Heaps regularly advises publishers and brands on compliance related matters, having had in-house experience in global companies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jordan; Richard Dickinson

Other key lawyers:

Sean Ibbetson; Tim Heaps

Testimonials

‘I appreciate the team’s willingness to advise on complex matters over the phone. They have breadth of experience. I particularly appreciate their willing to provide risk-based advice.’

‘Paul Jordan is both a pleasure to work with, and a valued extension to our in-house team. He always has constructive, usable advice. Two thumbs up!’

‘Sean Ibbetson consistently provides clear, usable advice.’

 

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

Two Daughters Entertainment Limited

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Euromoney plc

Vir Health (t/a Numan)

Carnival

Kraft Heinz

WPP Group

LadBible

Work highlights

  • Acted for Kraft Heinz on a talent endorsement and partnership deal with Ed Sheeran, for the creation of a new range of hot sauces called Tingly Ted’s.
  • Advised Paramount on the drafting of influencer agreements with internet and TV personalities for their involvement in a series of stunts to promote the release of Paramount’s tent pole movie, The Lost City.
  • Advising the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising’s member agencies on the ambush marketing risks associated with football-themed Deliveroo ads to run during the (delayed) Euro 2020 tournament.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 2

Bristows LLP is a regular advisor to leading film and television clients, with expertise in financing and production, together with distribution matters for streamers, broadcasters and theatrical distributors. Paul Jordan, a renowned expert on issues arising around advertising and brand protection, co-heads the practice with Richard Dickinson, who focuses on commercial transactions involving the development, exploitation and protection of IP rights. Appointed Person Simon Clark has a particular specialism in digital and online copyright issues.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jordan; Richard Dickinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I appreciate the team’s willingness to make themselves available on short notice. They have a breadth of experience in our sector.’

‘Paul Jordan is a pleasure to work with and a valued extension to our in-house team. He always has constructive, usable advice, or he can loop in the relevant person to help.’

‘Sean Ibbetson consistently provides clear advice.’

Key clients

Paramount Pictures

ITV

Two Daughters Entertainment Limited

Discovery Communications Europe Ltd and Eurosport SAS

Euromoney plc

Fairylight Films Inc.

Dirty Films Limited

Diageo Plc

JH Artist Group LLC

Salt Productions LLC

Fonic Limited

Kraft Heinz

Work highlights

  • Advised Fairylight Films, Inc, the producers of the documentary film “Sophie and the Baron”, in both a legal and business affairs capacity.
  • Advised JH Artist Group LLC on numerous projects in early-stage development, including drafting and negotiating heads of terms, terms of engagement, and various releases and confidentiality agreements.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

Bristows LLP’s team consists of UK and EU trade mark attorneys, litigation solicitors, and other overseas-qualified lawyers who all assist with the management of global IP portfolios and advise on the entire spectrum of trade mark mandates, including brand creation, clearance searches, licensing, and disputes before trade mark registries and the courts. The team has witnessed growth in instructions from clients in the hospitality, technology, and telecoms sectors, and continues to frequently represent clients before the UKIPO and EPO. Ian Gruselle sits at the helm of the trade marks department and is supported by Nellie Jackson, who has expertise in brand protection, exploitation matters, portfolio management, and IP-related disputes. In July 2022, Abigail Wise joined Lewis Silkin.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gruselle

Other key lawyers:

Simon Clark; Paul Jordan; Nellie Jackson; Jeremy Blum; Jennifer Noel; Stephanie Taylor

Testimonials

‘It is a friendly team of knowledgable people.’

‘Nellie Jackson is a strong and pragmatic lawyer.’

Key clients

Lebara Limited

PolarSeal Tapes & Conversions Limited

Financial Times Limited

Dentsply Sirona Inc

WPP Group

Nio Nextev

Viking River Cruises

HND Development Corporation

The Guardian News and Media

McDonald’s

LADbible

IHG

International Foodstuffs Co LLC

Novartis

Muzz

Samsung

Diageo

Malmaison Hotel du Vin Holdings

Wolfspeed

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Mondelez International

BAFTA

Work highlights

  • Advising the WPP Group on coordinating and managing its worldwide trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising Financial Times on managing its worldwide trade mark portfolio.
  • Representing McDonald’s regarding the protection and enforcement of the world famous ‘Mc’ and ‘Mac brands in the UK.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 2

The media and data protection disputes team at Bristows LLP has acted for a number of household names in the tech and journalism sectors, including Google, Meta and ITV. In particular, the firm has a strong track record in disputes surrounding defamation, misuse of private information, and data protection. Practice head Alex Keenlyside has considerable experience in media and data protection litigation, particularly for tech companies. Mark Watts leads the firm’s data protection sub-team and acts on a wide range of privacy issues. Senior associate Victoria Baron has experience advising tech and media companies on intermediary liability and misuse of private information.

Practice head(s):

Alex Keenlyside

Other key lawyers:

Mark Watts; Victoria Baron; Toby Headdon

Testimonials

‘A leading data protection law team which is used by all the leading tech companies, their media team is now very well regarded and is able to provide quality advice across the full spectrum of media, publication and information law.’

‘Alex Keenlyside – clients love him and he provides calm, carefully reasoned advice on all defamation and privacy-related matters. He is equally as adept acting for major tech firms, leading companies and high-profile individuals, and has a superb feel for the intersection between defamation and data privacy claims.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is an outstanding practitioner. Calm, methodical and highly strategic, clients love him for his ability to think about the bigger picture and deliver when it matters. Would not hesitate to recommend (and indeed have recommended) him to big players in this field. An outstanding lawyer.’

‘Victoria Baron is a superb practitioner. She delivers results more often than the postie, and a real pleasure to work with. Definitely one to watch in this field.’

‘Bristows stand out from the crowd because they are tech-savvy, and understand the operation of the online media world in which modern day reputation management is centred. They punch above their weight.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is an experienced specialist in defamation and data privacy law. He is delightful to work with and has a good client manner.’

‘Victoria Baron is a very able and talented associate specialising in media law.’

‘Alex Keenlyside is excellent – measured, thoughtful and responsive.’

Key clients

Google

Meta (Facebook)

Thomson Reuters

Tripadvisor

Orbis Business Intelligence

Twitter

ITV

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Twofour Broadcast (an ITV subsidiary)

LSE

British Airways

Zoopla

Raedas

Xandr (a Microsoft subsidiary)

Chronicle (a Google subsidiary)

Chatham House

Zilch

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Bristows LLP's practice has notable experience in commercial disputes involving the technology, life sciences and consumer products sectors, as well as claims concerning industrial markets. The group's caseload also regularly features contractual issues, commercial law matters and confidentiality aspects. Mark Brown is a specialist in life sciences, Pharma and digital content disputes; Anna Cook is 'a very savvy, experienced litigator'; Simon Clark is an expert in digital media and breach of confidence-related claims; and Angela Fouracre acts in commercial contract disputes. Of counsel Robert Graham 'always finds the clever points', while senior associate Westley Walker assists with business-critical disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cook; Simon Clark; Angela Fouracre; Robert Graham; Westley Walker; Freya Ollerearnshaw; Charlie Purdie

Testimonials

‘Anna Cook is a very savvy, experienced litigator with a phenomenal knowledge of the IT and software licensing sectors.’

‘Anna Cook is extremely calm, measured and clear in her advice. Protects the interests of the client at all times.’

‘Angela Fourcare is a very good lawyer, who leads a strong and likeable team that is rigorous in its approach, while always putting the client’s concerns first.

‘Robert Graham is a highly intelligent and thoughtful lawyer, who always finds the clever points.’

‘Mark Brown is particularly helpful and responsive.’

‘Mark Brown is extremely good at client handling and communications – responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Bristows provides an excellent all-round service.’

Westley Walker is a very capable lawyer who is a real asset to any team.

Key clients

Capgemini

Google

Ofcom

WPP Group

Collins Aerospace

Raytheon Technologies

LG Electronics

Spotify

PACS-TOOLS

Systagenix

Smollan Sales and Marketing (Pty)

Rocket Software BV

Disclosure and Barring Service

ITV

The Guardian

Work highlights

  • Acting for Goodrich Corporation (GC) in proceedings, brought by Rolls-Royce in relation to the purported exercise of a call option in 2018, and in respect of GC’s claim against Rolls-Royce for breach of contract.
  • Acting for WPP and GroupM in a substantial post-M&A High Court dispute.
  • Acts for Rocket Software in various disputes against its users and value-added resellers.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

Payment services, regtech, insurtech, and digital transformation are some of the key areas of strength for Bristows LLP‘s ‘excellent’ technology-focused fintech practice. Additional strengths include AI, DLT and blockchain, while the team is also well placed to handle contentious mandates.  The team is led by the ‘outstanding’ Louise Eldridge, who is well regarded for her expertise in blockchain and digital transformation matters. Outsourcing projects for IT students is a noteworthy area of focus for telecoms expert Toby Crick. Marc Dautlich frequently guides fintech clients through issues at the intersection of technology and data protection. Mac Macmillan leverages her pre-law background in software development to inform her advice on a range data protection matters, while Mike Edgar boasts an in-depth understanding of tech procurement issues.

Practice head(s):

Louise Eldridge

Other key lawyers:

Toby Crick; Marc Dautlich; Anna Cook; Vikram Khurana; Mac MacMillan; Mike Edgar

Testimonials

‘A good depth of knowledgeable IT contract specialists.’

‘Toby Crick provides consistently excellent team and client-relationship management.’

‘Mike Edgar’s development has been a pleasure to witness.’

‘Excellent firm to deal with, pragmatic approach and good advice.’

‘Louise Eldridge is outstanding: sound pragmatic advice, supplied on a timely basis.’

 

Key clients

Quant Network

Optal Financial ltd

Littlepay

Eigen technologies

Core Logic

Aspen Insurance

Adthena

ISB Global

The Guardian

Isle of Man Enterprises Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Baringa on a fintech collaboration with Blackrock.
  • Continued to advise specialist reinsurer Aspen on a stream of fintech development and procurement projects.
  • Advised Isle of Man Enterprises PLC and its grocery retail business on its ongoing digital transformation programme.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

The ‘outstanding’ competition group at Bristows LLP has been recognised as among ‘the best for innovation and IP related competition matters’ in the market. The practice has a proven track record in representing clients within the technology and life sciences sectors. Team lead Sophie Lawrance is a key port of call for clients in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors, providing specialist guidance on various competition law issues, including licensing standard essential patents. Stephen Smith has 20 years’ experience advising across a broad range go EU and UK competition law matters across the life sciences, financial services, retail, telecommunications and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Lawrance

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Smith; Sean-Paul Brankin; Edwin Bond

Testimonials

‘Outstanding team, the best for innovation and IP related competition matters. Exceptional knowledge of the underlying technologies and markets. Very helpful sinergies with tech and patent teams.’

‘Pat Treacy is one of the leading figures in the UK. Sophie Lawrence is extremely knowledgeable and effective.’

Key clients

CityFibre

Google

Morningside

Wayfair

Sure Guernsey Limited

Ocado Retail

Abingdon Health

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Bestway Group / Well Pharmacy

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing strategic advice on numerous matters for CityFibre in its rollout of a national challenger full fibre network to BT Openreach
  • Advising Sure (Guernsey) Limited on the merger control and public interest aspects of its acquisition of Airtel in the Channel Islands
  • Advising Bestway on a proposed strategic acquisition.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 4

The ‘excellent‘ team at Bristows LLP specialises in the intersection between competition and IP matters, particularly in relation to the use of data, investigations, and FRAND licensing issues. Practice head Sophie Lawrance is an ‘expert' who maintains a pharmaceutical and tech-focused practice, often handling appeals in the Supreme Court; whilst the ‘very knowledgeable and practical' Stephen Smith has broad knowledge spanning the full-range of both contentious and non contentious matters, including jurisdictional challenges and interventions in judicial reviews.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Lawrance

Other key lawyers:

Edwin Bond; Stephen Smith; Matthew Hunt

Testimonials

‘We have worked extensively with this team, particularly Sophie Lawrance, and have found them excellent at grappling with complex issues, including novel legal issues, extensive historical facts, and complex quantum calculations. They are also very practical and commercial in their advice.’

‘Sophie is an expert in this field. There is no one that knows the facts of our case or the legal issues surrounding it as well as she does.’

‘The team is always totally on top of the detail and the logistics; well-organised, efficient and a complete pleasure to work with.’

‘Steve Smith is very commercial, knowledgeable and practical. He brings a note of calm to all situations.’

‘Matthew Hunt really knows his stuff but is also an excellent organiser who will make things run seamlessly.’

‘The team has good industry knowledge and gives practical advice.’

Key clients

Google

CityFibre

Morningside

Samsung Electronics Co Limited

Abingdon Health Plc

Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry

ZTE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Google in a mixed standalone and follow-on damages claim related to the EU Shopping Decision which is moving into the Competition Appeal Tribunal following a significant case management hearing in early 2023.
  • Advising CityFibre on numerous strategic issues in respect of its rollout of a national challenger full fibre to the home network to BT Openreach which has included a CAT Appeal and a Competition Act complaint before Ofcom.
  • Acting for interveners in a UK Supreme Court appeal against the CMA brought by Pfizer and Flynn related to an important point on the recoverability of costs by appellants against CMA decisions.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 6

Bristows LLP advises clients on tax elements related to a broad range of transactions, and has a particular focus on the technology and life sciences, and media and brands sectors. Highly experienced practice head Miranda Cass handles transactional, advisory, and contentious tax matters. Julia Cockroft, who made partner in May 2023, advises on corporate and real estate tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Miranda Cass

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is focused, commercial, proactive and comprehensive. They are excellent communicators.’

‘A delight to work with. Highly knowledgeable and charming to boot.’

‘Miranda is excellent with clients and really knows her away around the tax code!’

‘The firm is particularly skilled in supporting venture-backed, high-growth, high-tech companies.’

‘The individual attorneys do a great job operating in the fast-paced environment, with the practical orientation mind-set that requires.’

‘A valued practical bridge between technical tax experts, other side advisers and in-house contacts.’

‘Julia Cockcroft – responsive and practical, whilst also mindful of the technical position.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity

The Francis Crick Institute

WPP

AstraZeneca plc

Blue Diamond

NuCana PLC

UCL Business

IXICO PLC

OMass Therapeutics Ltd

Syncona

Adthena

Deep Matter PLC

Wild Bioscience Limited

Frontier Economics

Orca Computing Limited

Smith & Nephew plc

Lumera AB

The Priory Group

Autogen A.I.

NeuHealth Digital

Flokk AS

eEducation Albert AB

Work highlights

  • Advised Sure, a mobile network provider in the Channel Islands, on the acquisition of Airtel-Vodafone Limited from Indian communications giant, Bharti Global Limited.
  • Advised our longstanding client, Intelligent Fingerprinting Limited, on the merger with NASDAQ-listed life sciences company, Intelligent Bio Solutions Inc.
  • Advised ORCA Computing Limited on their $15 million series A financing. ORCA is a quantum computing company spun out of the University of Oxford.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

The 'user friendly' team at Bristows LLP provides 'outcomes focused and sensible' advice for corporate venture arms, institutional investors and university-spin outs providing and seeking investment within the life sciences and tech sectors, in particular. Marek Petecki  is key to the firm's success in the area and provides 'considered and thoughtful advice' throughout the funding life cycle. check Iain Redford  heads the team and handles some venture capital work as an extension of his broader corporate finance, private equity and M&A offering.

Practice head(s):

Iain Redford

Other key lawyers:

Marek Petecki; Louise Eldridge; David Horner; Nick Cross; Sam Munday

Testimonials

‘The team is personable, responsive and thoughtful.’

‘The team is user friendly, outcomes focused and sensible.’

‘Marek Petecki is considered and thoughtful, humble, engaged, creative and direct.’

‘Marek Petecki – very user friendly and all round great chap.’

Sam Munday is a strong associate.’

Key clients

Diageo

Syncona

Johnson & Johnson Innovations

Braavos Capital

Oxford Science Enterprises plc

UCL Business

Francis Crick Institute

IP Group plc

Oxehealth

OMass Therapeutics

Purespring Therapeutics

Mosaic Therapeutics

LifeArc

Orca Computing

Neu Health Digital Ltd

Ēvolvere Biosciences Ltd

FundamentalVR

Work highlights

  • Advised OMass Therapeutics on its $100m Series B financing.
  • Advised lead investors Syncona and Cambridge Innovation Capital on the spin-out of Mosaic Therapeutics from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and associated $28m Series A funding round.
  • Advised FundamentalVR on its $20m Series B funding.

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Bristows LLP is recommended for ongoing HR support and advice on team hires and moves, often with a cross-border element. The firm is known for its specialism in the technology and life sciences sectors and frequently acts for clients in those spaces. Gareth Wadley leads the team, supported by of counsel Lizzie Field.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Wadley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team is the best employment practice I’ve worked with in over 25 years in HR. Gareth Wadley and the team are practical, pragmatic, commercial and very responsive. Their knowledge and capabilities are superior. They give the legal view of course but also cover market practice, commerciality, moral and ethical points.’

‘Gareth Wadley is exceptional and I class him (and his team) as team members rather than service providers.’

‘Lizzie Field is excellent.’

Key clients

Capgemini UK plc

WPP

Diageo

Blue Diamond Limited

Flexera Software Limited

UniCredit Bank

Cashplus Bank

Norgine

Expedia Group

Confluence Technologies

Ingram Micro

Orca Computing

Water UK

Orbis Investments

Fisher Investments

OMass Therapeutics Limited

Baringa Partners

SystemIQ Capital

Warner Media

Guardian News and Media

CesiumAstro Inc.

Girl Effect

Saffery Champness LLP

FIA Foundation

LiveRamp UK Ltd

Voice & Script International Ltd

Territory Studios

Jupiter Asset Management Limited

Idorsia Pharmaceuticals

APLL UK Ltd

Wellcome Trust

Flawless a.i.

Big Little Technology Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advises Baringa Partners on all of its local and international employment matters and its global expansion plans.
  • Advised UniCredit Bank AG on all if its day-to-day employment matters in addition to specific projects and litigation.
  • Advised Texas-based satellite technology manufacturer CesiumAstro on the “acqui-hire” of the small team of founder inventors and expert software engineers together with the intellectual property and some of the business of two UK satellite modem manufacturers.

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

We are a London 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 Stephen Smith
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 Iain Redford
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 Gareth Wadley
EU and competition Sophie Lawrance
EU and competition Stephen Smith
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
Life Sciences Regulatory Xisca Borrás
Tax Miranda Cass
Telecommunications Toby Crick
Trade mark portfolio Ian Gruselle
Venture capital Louise Eldridge
Venture capital Iain Redford
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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:

  • The firm is a long standing signatory to the Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, the IP Inclusive Charter and the Armed Forces Covenant
  • Our Inclusion Group is headed by three partners and has an active, diverse membership from all areas of the firm. Every year we review our Inclusion Plan for the firm, implemented through the Inclusion Group. We report progress against the plan to all staff every year at the AGM
  • 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 work closely with Aspiring Solicitors – an organisation dedicated to assisting people from underrepresented groups in their efforts to join the legal profession
  • Our graduate recruitment team use the Rare contextual recruitment system to support applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds who may otherwise be overlooked in the recruitment process
  • 25% of our full equity partnership are women and half of 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
  • Our internal partner promotions have had a 50/50 gender balance for the past several years and expect this to continue
  • 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
  • The firm joined the NOTICED network in 2022 – an inter-firm network focused on the experiences of ethnically diverse people in the legal sector.
  • We are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme and the inter-firm LGBT network LeGal BesT, which supports our work in LGBTQ+ inclusion
  • The firm’s Working Families and Carers network offers a space for people with caring responsibilities to support each other and feed into the firm’s family-friendly policies and ways of working