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Dominic Higham

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A commercial contracts dispute resolution specialist with a wealth of experience in assisting Government bodies and large corporate institutions in managing technology & outsourcing contracts and disputes.  Dominic assists clients in contract drafting, contract management, supplier/customer management, issue resolution and full-scale £multi-billion commercial disputes, both in the UK and internationally. HM Government/Technology/Healthcare: advising in relation to issues and disputes arising out of IT and outsourcing contracts with international suppliers which have been the subject of media speculation over many years. The settlement of the CSC disputes secured a £1bn write down on the value of CSC’s contract with the Department. HM Government / Technology / Healthcare: advising in relation to headline-grabbing on-going issues and disputes arising out of IT and outsourcing contracts including Atos regarding NHS IT Systems and Intersystems regarding hospital implementations in the Middle East.


Trained Dechert LLP; qualified 1998; DLA Piper, Leeds, 1998; partner Clarion 2014.


French, German, Spanish.


Society for Computers and Law


Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn; University of the West of England, York College of Law: LLB Law, French and German, 2:1, 1994, LPC, 1996.


Cooking, walking, football, tennis.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Simon Young heads Clarion’s department, which includes IT and outsourcing specialist Dominic Higham, Roger Hutton, who handles pre-insolvency-related work; insolvency specialists Ryan Millmore and Alice Pratt, and Esther Kirwan, who focuses on IP disputes. David Williams  joined the group from Walker Morris LLP and bolstered its international litigation offering; he has notable expertise in project and joint venture disputes in Africa particularly in the oil, pharmaceuticals, distribution, IT and telecoms sectors. Recent highlights for the practice include Higham acting for Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in claims arising from a contract with Atos regarding the implementation and maintenance of a system critical to patient care, representing Wilton UK in a claim against Banks Group arising from a joint venture agreement for the development of a site near Durham, and acting for Caddick in litigation relating to a block of residential apartments in London Docklands including associated professional negligence claims against its former solicitors. Associate Kayleigh Fantoni joined from McCormicks in 2017.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Matthew Hattersley and Dominic Higham jointly lead Clarion’s practice and specialise in non-contentious and contentious mandates respectively. In a recent highlight, Hattersley assisted Ligentia with its negotiations with John Lewis for the use of its Ligentix software platform. Other work includes Higham representing InterSystems in a Commercial Court claim regarding alleged delivery issues relating to the implementation of a patient records system in a Saudi Arabia-based hospital, David Cunningham advising Card Factory on the replacement of its electronic point of sale systems and Cunningham acting for InterSystems on its successful bid to provide an electronic patient records management system to three Liverpool NHS Trust hospitals. Other key individuals include senior associate Fiona Marr, who focuses on the drafting and negotiation of contracts, and associate Florence Maxwell.

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Within: Sport

Recent highlights for Clarion's David Cunningham included advising Yorkshire County Cricket Club on a sponsorship agreement with Emerald Group for the naming rights to Headingley Stadium. The cross-department team also includes senior corporate partner Richard Moran, whose expertise encompasses the purchase, sale and funding of football and rugby clubs, stadium acquisitions and brand issues; insolvency specialist Ryan Millmore; litigators Simon Young and Dominic Higham; and commercial lawyer Matthew Hattersley.

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