Martin Fanning > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Technology, commercial, IP.


Martin is a partner and Technology, Media & Telecoms Sector Head, based in Dentons’ London office.

Martin has advised public bodies, financial institutions and other large corporates on a wide range of complex information technology, intellectual property and data protection matters for over 15 years. He advises regularly on business process and IT outsourcings and cross-border sourcing and procurement arrangements for major FTSE and Fortune businesses. He also has a significant advisory practice across a wide range of non-contentious areas, including IT, cloud and SaaS arrangements; digital content; IP licensing and development arrangements; and e-commerce and advertising compliance matters. Martin is also a member of Dentons’ Global Data Privacy team and advises on a range of business-critical data protection matters from BAU compliance to complex international transfer, BCRs and data audit projects.


trained Slaughter and May, qualified 2001; made partner in present firm: 2011.


Law Society; Vincents (Oxford).


University of Oxford (BA Hons 1996): College of Law, Chester (CPE 1997, LPC 1998).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

Dentons’ highly regarded retail and consumer practice acts on a national and global level for a client roster comprising retailers, brands, restaurants, landlords and franchises. The group is a key name for high-profile mandates, and recently assisted Sports Direct with its acquisition of House of Fraser. It also advised The Edinburgh Woollen Mill on the off-market acquisition of Bonmarche by Spectre Holdings. With capabilities across the full gamut of retail work and notable strength in real estate and corporate mandates, the practice also leverages the firm’s online portal, Legal Front Door, to provide clients with a single point of access to the firm’s legal services and specialists. Derek McCombe leads the group from Glasgow; other key practitioners include commercial expert Scott Singer, who counts Sainsbury’s and John Lewis Partnership as clients; Miriam Best, who focuses on real estate matters and mixed-use developments; real estate litigator Bryan Johnston, and Martin Fanning, who handles IT, IP and data protection mandates.

London > Industry focus > TMT

Dentons ‘ broad practice offers experience in emerging and innovative technologies, including robotics, AI, the cloud and Fintech, as well as TMT work relating to the public sector and cybersecurity. The team is led by Andy Lucas, who has expertise advising UK Government departments on a variety of matters. He works with Martin Fanning, who focuses on commercial transactions, projects and procurement; and Scott Singer, who specialises in data issues. Also notable is senior associate Sarah Lima, whose strengths include blockchain and outsourcing projects

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech

Dentons advises clients in the financial services sector, including retail banks, payment platforms and start-ups, on corporate transactions, commercial agreements, technology development and regulatory compliance. Technology lawyer Martin Fanning has experience acting for fintechs in relation to procurement, outsourcing and partnership arrangements. Financial services specialist Jonathan Garforth has notable expertise advising banks, disrupters and investors on open banking, payments, electronic money and P2P lending. Tristan Jonckheer specialises in advising fintech clients on agreements underpinning new technology platforms. Antonis Patrikios joined the firm from Fieldfisher in 2019.

London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Dentons fields a ‘very proactive, thoughtful’ team, which is sensitive to business needs.’ Team head Nick Graham is recognised for his expertise in adtech matters, data protection issues resulting from Brexit. and rights requests and the related litigation. Simon Elliott has advised on international data transfers and contentious data privacy matters. The practice recently gained Antonis Patrikios from Fieldfisher in late 2019; his expertise lies in cybersecurity breaches, contentious data subject requests and adtech mandates. Patrikios has also advised clients on regulatory investigations. Martin Fanning, who is a key contact for privacy law, assists global companies with their data requirements.