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 > Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts

Bristows LLP’s ‘excellent knowledge of the life sciences and technology space’ attracts a high-profile roster of clients including Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Facebook. Matthew Warren and Toby Crick lead the practice, which covers the full range of contractual work from large business-critical transactions to daily operational contracts. The group also bolsters its commercial expertise with experience in the commercialisation of IP rights, competition-related work and regulatory issues.

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

Bristows LLP has expertise in AI, robotics, distributed ledger technologies and blockchain. The client base ranges from fintechs and challenger banks, investors, SMEs, academic institutions through to banks and large multinationals. Practice head Louise Eldridge undertakes M&A, venture capital investment transactions and joint ventures for clients in the fintech sector. Elridge also has particular expertise in blockchain and DLT, digital transformation, regtech and insurtech mandates. The duo of Toby Crick and Marc Dautlich are also recognised as key members of the team, with the latter focusing on matters at the intersection of technology and data protection issues.

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

(Leading individuals: Telecoms)

Toby CrickBristows LLP

Bristows LLP has a vast array of clients, including technology and telecoms companies, regulators, and purchasers of IT, such as governmental departments and financial institutions. The team demonstrates wide-ranging expertise across telecoms M&A, SaaS and outsourcing issues, and regulatory matters, and is notably strong in contentious mandates; the practice also has strengths in new and emerging technologies, advising clients on cloud issues, robotics and AI. Toby Crick has transactional and regulatory expertise and supports clients in the financial services, energy, and health sectors. Myles Jelf leads the firm’s technology litigation practice with a particular focus on antitrust and IP disputes, as well as advising clients on telecoms patent strategies. Adrian Sim is recognised for his experience in major IT and outsourcing deals, while Anna Cook specialises in outsourcing disputes and counsels users and suppliers of IT systems on risk and contract management, confidentiality and licensing disputes. Health technology is a particular strength of Chris Holder, and dispute resolution specialist Angela Fouracre is also a name of note, acting for both customers and suppliers. Robert Graham is also reputable in IT disputes.

London > Industry focus > TMT

Contentious work is a core strength for the broad technology sector practice at Bristows LLP, with experience in disputes ranging from major FRAND cases to competition issues to media and data protection compliance work, which the firm handles for an impressive base of high-profile household names and multinational corporates. On the non-contentious side, strengths include corporate M&A and venture capital matters, commercial IP work, and strategic and project advice for clients across the technology, media, and telecoms sectors. The offering is anchored by experienced partner Mark Watts, who has particular experience in commercial IP and data protection work. Toby Crick is a key contact for telecoms clients, where Myles Jelf is also recommended for his litigation expertise. Adrian Sim is highly recommended for financial services implementation projects, and Pat Treacy for her experience in EU competition law.