Anna Cook > Bristows LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bristows LLP

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Commercial Disputes


Anna is an experienced commercial litigator specialising in disputes relating to software and technology projects. Anna specialises in dispute resolution, including litigation and international arbitration. She has particular expertise in contractual disputes, IT projects, outsourcing and services, copyright, software licensing and confidentiality. Her work often includes multiple jurisdictions and close coordination with foreign lawyers.
Anna’s practice has focused on the IT sector since 1997. She regularly advises clients about large-scale IT projects, including the management of risk in ongoing projects, termination and exit. Anna has acted in some of the largest and most complex IT cases including De Beers v Atos Origin, and is well regarded for her commercial approach. She also acts for clients in disputes arising out of the licensing of software and the misuse of confidential or proprietary information.
Anna is a Fellow of the Society of Computers and Law and a member of its Advisory Board. She is also the Vice Chair of Programs for the Cyber Security, Data Privacy and Technology Committee of the IADC.


  • Advising a major financial institution in respect of various disputes arising from transformation projects to create common platforms across its diverse businesses.
  • Acting for a middleware vendor to manage a portfolio of disputes relating to the misuse of its products and the failure of its value added resellers to account for royalties.
  • Defending various software companies against claims for breach of confidence and copyright infringement, including high stakes applications for injunctions.
  • Acting for government departments in respect of disputes arising from the implementation of IT projects, including specific governance issues relating to software methodologies, delay and shortcomings in project planning as well as scope and quality issues.
  • Assisting a software vendor to manage its customer relationships in the context of a major dispute about the quality of its software, including the termination of various customer contracts and demands for repayment of licence and implementation fees.
  • Defending a client in a long-running breach of confidence claim in which a competitor sought to use the proceedings to drive our client out of business.


Qualified 1997
Partner in private practice since 2005
Partner at Bristows since August 2016




Society of Computers and Law (Media Board)
International Association of Defense Counsel


University of Leeds (BA History (Hons) 1993)
College of Law, London, CPE and LPC 1995

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

(Leading individuals: Telecoms)

Anna CookBristows LLP

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.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

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 Grahamalways finds the clever points‘, while senior associate Westley Walker assists with business-critical disputes.