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Sue McLean

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Sue McLean is a partner in the IT/Commercial Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's London office. Sue advises clients on technology, sourcing and digital media business models and deals, as well as the legal issues relating to the implementation of new technologies.

Sue advises clients (both customers and suppliers) on a wide range of technology matters including outsourcing, digital transformation, technology procurement, development and licensing, m/e-commerce, cloud computing, AI, FinTech, blockchain/DLT, social media, data privacy and cybersecurity. Sue also advises on commercial agreements and the commercial, technology and intellectual property aspects of M&A transactions and joint ventures.


Sue has been included in the Women In FinTech Power List for three successive years. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Banking and is a member of the techUK working group on DLT/blockchain. Sue is an active member of Baker Women and leads Baker Women in Tech, an initiative to encourage the development and promotion of women in the tech sector. 




College of Law at York (LPC) (1998); University of Leeds (LLB) (1997)

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

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)


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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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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