Dr Mark Watts > Bristows LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bristows LLP

Living Wage

Work Department

Commercial IT, Data Protection


Mark is a technology specialist with over 20 years’ experience.

He advises companies on technology issues such as cloud computing, machine learning, apps and facial recognition. Much of Mark’s experience was gained in-house at IBM where he held various roles, including Global Data Privacy Counsel.

Mark has particular expertise in data privacy. He advises multinational companies on implementing General Data Protection Regulation compliant programs, Privacy Shield and Binding Corporate Rules. Mark has been involved in many of the most high profile and highest value data privacy litigation in the world and regularly advises companies in relation to incident response and defending regulatory enforcement actions all over the world.


Qualified 1995
Partner 2003


BSc (Hons) Physics, University of Wales
D.Phil Semiconductor Physics, University of Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

(Hall of Fame)

Mark WattsBristows LLP

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’.

London > Industry focus > TMT

(Hall of Fame)

Mark WattsBristows LLP

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.

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

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.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

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.