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Harry Small

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Baker McKenzie LLP

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Information technology and commercial.


Harry Small is a partner in the IT/Commercial Department of Baker McKenzie's London office and handles all aspects of information technology and communications law. He acts for a broad base of information technology and communications products and service providers — assisting them in their contract negotiations and managing their disputes. He also practises in contentious intellectual property law. Harry is a fellow of the Society for Computers and Law, an honour awarded to a small group of leading IT lawyers who have made notable contributions to the field. He is the author of the standard outsourcing contract precedent in the Sweet and Maxwell Outsourcing Manual, and regularly writes and lectures on topics related to the Internet and computer networking law. Harry practises extensively in high technology disputes, both as to intellectual property — software copyright and electronic patents — and in major disputes over IT systems, breach of warranty claims and the effect of exclusion and limitation clauses in computer contracts. His most recent case was in the English Technology Court where he acted for ICL (now Fujitsu Services Ltd) in its multi-million pound system dispute with the Co-Operative Society. Harry has practised extensively in non-contentious IT law, having drafted or negotiated most types of hardware, software, telecommunications and services contracts in the course of his professional life. He has a special interest in outsourcing for major customers and suppliers both in the UK and overseas and has led major projects for both suppliers and customers. Harry has also been closely involved in the negotiation of major outsourcing and offshoring deals.


Qualified England and Wales 1981, Hong Kong 1987; Baker McKenzie, Hong Kong 1986; London 1987; partner 1990 to date. Regular speaker and writer of specialist articles.




Society for Computers & Law (SCL)


Oxford University (Oriel College) (B.A.) (1978); College of Law at Guildford (S.F.E.) (1979); Oxford University (Oriel College) (Master of Arts) (1981)


Computers, books, travel, sleep.

London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

The eight-partner data protection team at Baker McKenzie is headed up by Harry Small and has the capabilities to handle major multijurisdictional programmes. It is acting for a global media and entertainment company on international data transfer arrangements, strategy relating to cyber breach procedure and direct marketing issues. The group has also been instructed for large corporates following data breaches and cybersecurity threats. Julia Wilson has particular expertise in employment data protection issues. Sue McLean recently joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Fintech

With excellent cross-border capabilities, Baker McKenzie's multi-departmental group assists clients with regulatory, commercial, corporate and IP work. Practice head Harry Small is an IT specialist with extensive experience in advising financial institutions on a range of technological matters; he is supported by Sue McLean, who arrived from Morrison & Foerster LLP  in September 2017, and financial services regulatory expert Mark Simpson (Arun Srivastava has moved to Paul Hastings LLP). Work highlights in the last year have included advising one global payments platform on its business models, customer contracts and global expansion, and assisting a regtech company with IP, licensing and fundraising issues. Several tech giants have instructed the team on payments-related regulatory matters. AFEX and Google are longstanding fintech clients; Coinstar is a recent client win.

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IT and telecoms

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Harry Small - Baker McKenzie

Within: IT and telecoms

Baker McKenzie has significant capabilities across the IT and telecoms sectors and acts for some of the key names in these fields, including Google. Steve Holmes leads the London technology team which advises on commercial, contractual and strategic elements of large fintech, healthtech, cloud and AI projects. Harry Small is well-regarded for both contentious and non-contentious tech and outsourcing matters. Charlotte Harrington and David Halliday focus primarily on drafting commercial IT agreements and disputes, respectively. In the telecoms space, the group acts for both suppliers and purchasers of networks and has recently been instructed  on sharing agreements and a significant transformation project. It also advises clients on network security issues. Ben Allgrove is a key name for telecoms regulatory issues in the  digital media and e-commerce space. Sue McLean joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP, and focuses primarily on commercial IT agreements and outsourcing matters.

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