Toby Crick > Bristows LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bristows LLP

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IT, Digital and Outsourcing Transactions


Toby is a partner in Bristows’ IT & digital team. He advises on and negotiates commercial, technology and outsourcing agreements. He has particular expertise in working with clients to help them manage and structure complex deals and is recognised for his work on digital transformation, software and telecoms projects.

The primary focus of Toby’s work is on technology, communications and outsourcing projects where he has acted on both the client and supplier side in sectors such as financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, insurance and life sciences. Toby also advises on other complex commercial transactions and he has particular expertise on deals involving the use and exploitation of technology and intellectual property.

Toby’s recent work includes international outsourcing deals (covering North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific operations), innovative “alt-net” fibre broadband rollouts in the UK, and ‘digital transformation’ projects (covering matters as diverse as procuring software and services to ensuring that new apps enabled by such projects comply with relevant regulatory requirements).

Toby has also gained in-depth experience of advising clients on procurement strategies (e.g. supplier selection, pricing models and performance incentive mechanisms) and has spent time in-house with a large IT services company, an international telecommunications provider, and a mobile telecommunications company.

Toby is a Trustee of the UK’s Society for Computers and Law and lectures widely on IT, e-commerce, cloud computing, agile software development and outsourcing including at ITechLaw, UCL and QMUL.


Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (now Clyde and Co.) 1996-2007
Bird & Bird LLP 2007-09
Partner at Bristows LLP since 2009


Society for Computers and Law, ITechLaw




Arsenal Football Club, gardening and family time.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals: Telecoms)

Toby CrickBristows 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 > Industry focus > TMT

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.

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

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.