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Steve Holmes

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Steve Holmes leads Baker McKenzie's Global Information Technology & Communications practice based in London, and focuses on major technology, sourcing, communications and digital media transactions. In addition to leading the London sourcing team, Steve is co-lead of the London media team, and is on the steering committee of the European technology practice. Since 2006, he has been consistently ranked by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leading practitioner in the fields of technology, outsourcing, communications and digital media. Steve is one of the partners who leads the Firm's social mobility committee, BakerOpportunity. Steve has spoken and written extensively on a wide range of topics relevant to his field, including cloud computing, risk/reward in major services agreements, content licensing for new technologies, key issues in MVNO agreements and various other technology, communications and digital media topics. Steve advises various clients — particularly those in the technology, communications and media industries — on non-contentious matters, including technology, outsourcing, e-commerce and the distribution of content using new technology. He has recently advised companies entering into a broad range of major services agreements in the financial services, professional services, communications, energy, retail and media sectors. These agreements included systems integration, applications development and maintenance, information technology outsourcing, F&A outsourcing, call centre and network outsourcing deals. He is also well-versed in the legal and IP aspects of music, computer games, sponsorship, publishing and sports rights deals.


Harbottle and Lewis (1998-2000); joined Baker McKenzie in 2000; made partner 2007.


English; French


Cambridge University (Robinson College) (Law Degree) (1994); College of Law, Chester (L.P.C.) (1995); King's College London, UK (Diploma Copyright and Related Rights) (1999)

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Leading individuals

Steve Holmes - Baker McKenzie

Within: Commercial contracts

Baker McKenzie's team handles a wide ambit of commercial agreements for clients active in industries such as financial services and technology (including fintech), and telecommunications. Team head Duncan Reid-Thomas has healthcare sector expertise. Of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings (who are particularly knowledgeable about the retail fashion and digital/new media industries) head up the firm's consumer advisory practice, which covers distribution arrangements, online and offline sales, marketing, e-commerce and privacy issues. Google, Tesco Mobile, L'Oreal and DeepMind are notable clients. Sue McLean joined in September 2017 from Morrison & Foerster LLP. Steve Holmes and associate Charlotte Harrington are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

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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Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Within: Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Baker McKenzie’s digital media and technology practice has a focus on gaming, music, film and TV, social media and interactive content. It represented Virgin Media, in its role as intervener in the Court of Appeal dispute between ITV and TVCatchup, regarding the compatibility of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 with European law. Warner Bros, Google, Pinterest, Reddit, Shuttershock, BBC Trust, IMG, Netflix and Sovereign Films are also clients. Steve Holmes regularly handles major transactions for media companies and heads the team with Ben Allgrove, who is active across contentious, transactional and advisory work. Disputes partner Joanna Ludlam heads the regulatory, public and media law team. Of counsels Helen Brown and Julia Hemmings lead the advisory side of the media practice and senior associate Julia Dickenson handles IP and commercial work. Will Holder and Sue McLean, who joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP, are also noted.

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