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Kemp Little LLP
CHEAPSIDE HOUSE
138 CHEAPSIDE
LONDON
EC2V 6BJ
England

Fintech Tier 1

Kemp Little LLP's traditionally technology driven fintech practice continues to grow its financial services regulatory offering, most recently with the addition of John Drabble as a senior financial regulatory compliance consultant. The group acts in a full-service capacity for a wide range of start-ups and large-scale fintech companies, including payment service providers, insurtech providers, open banking innovators and cryptocurrency exchanges; it has also been instructed by large financial institutions. IT practice head Chris Hill, who is a leading voice on mobile payments and open banking, acts for a variety of fintech clients, where he specialises in advising on the various elements of fintech contracting, such as software, cloud computing, IP licensing and AI. Jacob Ghanty (head of the financial regulation team) focuses predominantly on payments law, an area in which he advises clients ranging from crowdfunding platforms to large incumbent banks. The team boasts further expertise working with clients on white labelling and distribution deals for regulated services. In a recent highlight Hill and recent joiner Anita Bapat advised Flux on its successful application to the FCA to become the first ever regulated account information service provider.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

“Kemp Little has a team genuinely focused on the fintech area; their lawyers not only have relevant legal expertise but extensive practical experience as well.” 

“Very understanding of our specific business and legal requirements, Kemp Little have partnered with us in contract negotiations and helped find practical solutions when necessary.”  

“Chris Hill has great knowledge of complex matters not only from a legal standpoint but also from a technical and operational perspective.”

“Chris Hill is an excellent technical lawyer who understands the need to focus on detail but also has an excellent knowledge of IP/IT law and the fintech industry. Chris has a flexible approach and a constructive attitude which makes him a pleasure to deal with.” 

Key clients

Flux

Xero

Nesta

Monese

Openwrks

Lykke

Credit Benchmark

Qlaimstech

Dozens

AxiomHQ

AxeTrading

Plinth

Cube Global

Z-Risk Engine

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Technology and digital media boutique Kemp Little LLP is 'technically excellent' and has substantial expertise across the IT and telecoms sector counting industry leading suppliers including Google UK, BT and EE, and high-profile customers as clients. The group has particular experience in fintech, e-commerce and retail matters and also assists transport sector clients with customer facing and operational telecoms matters. Paul Hinton heads up the commercial technology team, while Emma Wright, who is 'the epitome of a trusted adviser', leads the telecoms, infrastructure and cybersecurity practice. Andrew Joint has a particular focus on AI, machine learning, robotic process automation and cloud technologies; Paul O’Hare leads the outsourcing practice, Calum Murray advises on the contractual and regulatory aspects of digital transformation projects, and Vicky Cooper focuses on disputes.

Leading individuals: IT

Leading individuals: Telecoms

Testimonials

Kemp Little has the ability to overlay its advice with long-term strategic analysis is second to none and of huge value.

Emma Wright simply ‘gets it’, and thinks for clients often before they have thought of things themselves.

Key clients

BT

Arrow Communications

NetMotion Wireless

Warbler NEE

Pure IP (VOIP Provider)

Warwick Net

Weve

MobileWebAdz

Plusnet

ParkBee Media

Hutchison 3(UK) Limited

Google UK

Accenture

Reckitt Benckiser

Philip Morris International

Deloitte

Farfetch

Principality Building Society

Dentsu Aegis Network

Brainbox Digital

Princess Yachts

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Kemp Little LLP specialises in corporate M&A for technology sector and digital businesses. Its clients range from global technology corporations to private equity funds, in addition to fast growth initial stage businesses. Over the past year, the firm has been involved in transactions in the financial services technology, manufacturing, advertising technology and consumer and professional services software spaces. Charles Claisse heads the team, and is noted for his experience in international M&A, including between the UK and US.

Testimonials

A great commercial approach coupled with a deep understanding of their client

Very responsive, commercial and take a long term outlook

Incredibly diligent and pragmatic. Charles Claisse is always on hand for insightful advice and Deborah Angel is super organised and able to see the big issues and plot a path around them

Deborah Angel is an excellent corporate lawyer with great insight and an excellent grasp of all relevant issues

Key clients

DW Reporting

Enigma Code (DOOH.com)

Encore Tickets

Arrow Mobile Communications

Dealflo

PrivateFly

Primesight

HZO

Kimble Applications

Gravity Thinking

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Kemp Little LLP specialises in online and mobile gambling, providing advice on the development of micro-payments and premium rate services, in-app purchases and digital currencies, as well as on software development and licensing. The practice also advises on regulated financial services, including spread bets and advice on the payment services arrangements that underpin the gambling industry. Promotional competitions and prize draws are another area of expertise. Practice head Susan Biddle focuses on gambling regulated by the Gambling Commission.

Testimonials

The practice is unique in the sense that it makes a large quantity of standard help available without charging for it. Additionally, there is always someone available who has deep knowledge of the particular case

The team stands out with its breath of knowledge, both historical and current, its personal approach and its understanding of the client market

Key clients

Gamblewise

Property Prizes Limited

SKW Schwarz for Hugo Boss

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

Kemp Little LLP is 'plugged-in to the TMT sector ' and it stands out for its work at the forefront of emerging technologies, cloud-based services, data distribution, and data security; the team utilises this knowledge for a raft of media sector clients, which includes global media companies and start-ups. The firm also offers M&A, employment, regulatory, IP, dispute resolution and commercial advice to the sector. It is instructed by advertising, marketing, digital broadcast, music, digital publishing, online gambling, gaming, social media and interactive content clients. Advising Dooh.com, the digital experience agency, on the sale of 25% of the company to WPP (Kinetic division) is an example of the firm's experience in the advertising sector. The team is praised for its 'flexible and pragmatic' approach; it is 'focused on helping the client navigate to the outcome that they are looking for'.

Testimonials

The team takes the time to explain all the options and then makes clear recommendations.

Deborah Angel instils confidence that she has subject matter expertise; she is ultra-responsive, personable and grounded.

Key clients

AKQA

Thomson Reuters

Turner Broadcasting

Primesight

British Interactive Media Association

Technicolor

BuzzFeed

Ericsson Media

Blippar

Summit Media

Commercial contracts Tier 3

Kemp Little LLP is known for its expertise in regulated sectors, but represents clients in a range of areas, including advertising, TMT, life sciences, healthcare and consumer goods. The firm has a strong supplier and customer-side client base, as well as acting on matters arising from international transactions. IT and IP specialist Paul Hinton has particular expertise in advising financial services companies on complex IT projects. He leads the team with Paul O’Hare, who is head of the outsourcing practice and advises on complex and transformational technology projects. Also recommended is outsourcing and technology expert Andrew Joint.

Testimonials

‘They are highly skilled IT lawyers with a number who understand the underlying technology’

‘Great expertise in contract, deal and corporate law with a particularly strong knowledgebase in e-commerce and travel’

‘Kemp Little act like internal counsel, in that they are actively aware of the business’ status, pressures and needs’

‘They are contactable at any time’

‘Andrew Joint is open, collaborative and client focused. He takes a reasonable approach to negotiations which creates a good atmosphere in which to strike the best deal for both parties’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

ParkBee Media

Flit Technologies (Karhoo)

Seven League Limited

Farfetch

Brainbox Digital Limited

Deloitte

Principality Building Society

Prudential (UK) Limited

Reckitt Benckiser

Dealogic

Sony Europe

Target Group Limited

InLink Limited

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Newly promoted partner Anita Bapat leads the practice at Kemp Little LLP following Nicola Fulford’s departure to Hogan Lovells International LLP; Bapat is particularly noted for her data protection compliance expertise and also handles employee and customer data issues, marketing work, data breaches and ecommerce mandates. The group’s client base encompasses clients from the advertising, financial services, fashion and property sectors; key examples include Knight Frank, Lloyd’s of London and Dentsu Aegis Network. The team also utilises other departments in the firm including commercial technology partners and the employment group.

Testimonials

The key difference Kemp Little brings to the table is a firmly pragmatic and solution-focused view and a young vibrant outlook. Kemp Little lawyers are typically more approachable than their contemporaries, and more engaging, which really helps when sticking them in front of key business stakeholders.

Anita Bapat has a very approachable and engaging manner. She has an extensive knowledge of data protection issues and is able to bring that to bear in providing thoroughly pragmatic, practical advice. Clients go to Anita when they have a problem no one else can fix. Her knowledge of wider areas of law is excellent, as is her ability to tailor her advice to the client’s risk appetite.

Key clients

Dentsu Aegis Network

Knight Frank

Farfetch

Lloyd’s of London

Princess Yachts

Intellectual property Tier 5

Technology boutique Kemp Little LLP 'demonstrates outstanding market and sub-sector knowledge' and has the ability to provide 'commercially pragmatic and considered legal advice' in intellectual property matters. The team is noted for its expertise in software and data licence disputes, handling patent strategies for tech businesses, and design disputes. Practice head Paul Garland focuses on complex patent and software disputes, Jeremy Harris specialises in copyright and database right infringements relating to software and data licences, and senior associate Emily Nuttall-Wood is a name to note for trade mark disputes. Litigator Rachael Barber, who has a particular focus on the luxury, fashion and retail sectors,  joined the team from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLPRebecca Halford-Harrison joined Keystone Law.

Testimonials

Kemp Little’s IP team is highly commercial and truly understands an in-house legal budget.

Kemp Little demonstrates outstanding market and sub-sector knowledge, and provides commercially pragmatic and considered legal advice.

The lawyers are well-versed in technology and demonstrate innovative approaches to legal coverage and integration with LawTech solutions.

Rachael Barber is outstanding and a stellar IP litigator.

Outstanding individuals include Paul Hinton, Chris Hill and Rich Folsom.

Key clients

Sony Corporation

Jimmy Choo

Ferrari

IKEA

Thomson Reuters

Alexander McQueen

Farfetch

Leaf Group (formerly Demand Media) t/a Saatchi Art

SITA SC and SITA Information Networking Computing UK Limited

Charlotte Tilbury

Venture capital Tier 5

Led by Charles ClaisseKemp Little LLP has a strong following among investors and management teams in the technology and digital media space in relation to private equity and growth/venture capital mandates. By dint of the firm's overarching sectoral focus on work in the space, it is able to provide very 'knowledgeable and appropriate advice' across niche areas including big data, fintech, edtech, AI and robotics. Although the firm is active across the investment lifecycle, it has recently handled numerous exits including for the shareholders of venture-backed business Dealflo on its sale to NASDAQ-listed Vasco.

Testimonials

Charles Claisse is an excellent technical lawyer who goes the extra mile for his clients.

Key clients

Primesight

Dealflo

Quantexa

Kimble Applications

Arrow MobileCommunications

Visulytix

Four Seasons Ventures

CloudBanter

Employment: employers Tier 6

Kemp Little LLP's employment group advises both employers and senior executives - with a particular focus on the technology, digital media and financial services sectors - on gig economy matters, complex outsourcing arrangements, data protection issues, TUPE, as well as a wide ambit of contentious matters, including claims relating to race discrimination, unfair dismissals, sexual assault and whistleblowing. Practice head David Williams advises clients including financial institutions and digital media agencies on all aspects of business purchases, sales and mergers.

Key clients

Qantas Airways

Chanel

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Trainline

Seiko

Genpact

Cengage Learning

Alpha Bank

Equal Experts

The Mill

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Kemp Little LLP focuses on financial regulation at the intersection between technology and the financial sector. Areas of expertise include fintech, cryptocurrency, blockchain and payments. The firm also has experience in the insurance space, providing a niche practice in insurtech. The team is led by technology expert Jacob Ghanty and was strengthened by the arrival of John Drabble from ACA Compliance in 2019, who specialises in regulatory compliance in the technology area.

Testimonials

‘Kemp Little is very easy to deal with’

‘Always very responsive’

Key clients

Nesta Enterprises Limited

FleetcorTechnologies/AllstarBusiness Solutions

Xero 2 NoFlux Systems Limited

GP Bullhound

Lloyd’s of London

Project Imagine

PayPoint Plc

Jordan International Bank

Cube Intelligence Limited

Travel

With a TMT focus, Kemp Little LLP acts for a number of travel sector clients on regulatory, commercial, technology, IP, employment and corporate instructions. It stands out for its experience covering the contractual and regulatory aspects of digital services and also advises on content and technology development matters.

The firm

Kemp Little is one of the UK’s leading technology law firms; we began as purely IT lawyers and technology has remained our core focus ever since. Because technology is at the heart of everything we do, our lawyers are exposed to the nuances of technology- driven business on a daily basis.

As a specialist technology legal services firm we act for sector-leading organisations across a range of technology, digital media and communications industries and in sectors where technology is fundamental to an organisation’s operations and success. Our focus on providing practical business solutions to our clients means that we increasingly involve non-legal business consultants and specialist technology, some of which we have built in-house, to deliver results.

Our clients range from global technology and digitally-focussed businesses (including over 20 in the FTSE 100/250 and Global Fortune 500) to fast-growth venture backed companies and owner-managed businesses. Whilst each client has specific needs and goals, they come to us for the same thing: unrivalled sector knowledge and legal excellence.

Established in 1997, we deliver expert legal advice in a pragmatic, responsive and cost-effective way via our technology-focussed practice areas:

  • Commercial Technology (including Sourcing, Cybersecurity and Fintech)
  • Corporate (including Venture Capital, M&A, Private Equity and Tax)
  • Data Protection & Privacy
  • Employment & Immigration
  • Financial Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology Disputes

We achieve this by:

  • Focusing on our industry specialisms
  • Investing time to understand our clients’ business needs and objectives, applying this knowledge to the work that we do and the advice we give
  • Building long-term, enduring client relationships
  • Offering highly competitive rates
  • Right-sizing our teams to our clients’ specific project, using the most appropriate blend of senior and junior resource

Our particular niche expertise means that not only do technology and digitally-based businesses see us as their go-to firm, but so too do businesses for whom technology is key in sectors such as professional services, financial services, retail, travel and healthcare.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner, Commercial Technology; Managing Partner Andrew Joint
Partner, Commercial Technology; Partnership Chair Calum Murray
Partner, Head of Commercial Technology Paul Hinton
Partner, Commercial Technology; Head of Fintech Chris Hill
Partner, Commercial Technology; Head of Sourcing Paul O'Hare
Partner, Commercial Technology Ed Baker
Partner, Commercial Technology; Head of Telecoms and Cybersecurity Emma Wright
Partner, Commercial Technology; Head of Financial Regulation Jacob Ghanty
Partner, Commercial Technology Tania Williams
Partner, Commercial Technology; Data Protection & Privacy Anita Bapat
Partner, Commercial Technology; Data Protection & Privacy Marta Dunphy-Moriel
Partner, Commercial Technology; Travel Lead Farina Azam
Partner, Head of Corporate Charles Claisse
Partner, Corporate Andy Moseby
Partner, Corporate Glafkos Tombolis
Partner, Corporate Deborah Angel
Partner, Head of IP & Technology Disputes Paul Garland
Partner, Head of IT Disputes Vicky Cooper
Partner, IP & Technology Disputes Jeremy Harris
Partner, IP & Technology Disputes Mark Lewis
Partner, IP & Technology Disputes Rachael Barber
Partner, IP & Technology Disputes Joanna Conway
Partner, Head of Employment David Williams
Partner, Employment Marian Bloodworth
Partner, Employment Kathryn Dooks
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rachael Barber  photo Rachael Barber
 Jacob Ghanty  photo Jacob Ghanty
 Jeremy Harris  photo Jeremy Harris
Mr Chris Hill photo Mr Chris Hill Commercial Technology Partner
 Andrew Joint  photo Andrew Joint
 Mark Lewis  photo Mark Lewis
 Andy Moseby  photo Andy Moseby
 Calum Murray  photo Calum Murray
 Glafkos Tombolis  photo Glafkos Tombolis
 Tania Williams  photo Tania Williams
Number of UK partners : 25
Number of other UK fee-earners : 65