Martin Fanning > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Technology, commercial, IP.


Martin is a Technology & Data Partner, based in Dentons’ London office.

Martin also serves as Dentons’ Clients and Markets Partner and sits on the UKIME region’s Executive Leadership Team with a focus on client delivery, innovation and wider strategy.

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 > Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts

Dentons ’ team of ‘high-quality performing lawyers’ recently saw a changing of the guard with Martin Fanning and Henrietta Baker taking over as co-heads of the practice. The specialist commercial contracts team acts for a broad range of national and global clients across the financial services, retail, transport, energy and technology sectors and also counts multiple governmental departments on its client roster. Recent highlights include advising Frasers on its international distribution and e-commerce agreements with The Hut Group for certain portfolio brands, and assisting the Royal Mail Group on its mails distribution agreement with Post Office Limited. Scott Singer is a key name for retail clients, Catherine Bingham regularly acts for public sector clients, and Sarah Lima is active in outsourcing mandates. Dan Burge, Andy Lucas and Tristan Jonckheer also lead on some of the firm’s key highlights, and Rachael Morris is the key name at senior associate level.

London > Industry focus > TMT

Dentons‘ sizeable TMT team focuses on technology transactions and software licensing issues, which it handles for both vendors and users. As of October 2021, Martin Fanning and Henrietta Baker co-lead the offering, with former practice head Andy Lucas a key contact for public sector clients in particular. Baker and Fanning both specialise in major corporate advisory work, including financing, outsourcing, and business-critical technology projects. Also noted is Sarah Lima, who was promoted to partner in May 2021.

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

Dentons acts for banks, non-traditional lenders and fintech businesses operating in the UK, advising on high-value payments and electronic money, crypto, digital banking and IT outsourcing transactions. Practice head Jonathan Garforth has expertise in the emerging and fertile regulatory landscapes of open banking, digital payments, crypto and buy now pay later products. Alison Bryce jointly leads the practice from the Glasgow office and has a particular emphasis on software development agreements as well as escrow and hosted service arrangements. Tristan Jonckheer and Sarah Lima both focus on payment services within fintech. Martin Fanning is another important name to note.

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

The London-based team at Dentons is praised for its ‘superb technical expertise‘ and benefits from the firm’s global network, allowing it to work on international IT and telecoms projects. It acts for consumers and adopters of IT and telecoms in the retail, financial, transportation, energy and public sectors, and undertakes work involving commercial contracts, M&A transactions, regulatory issues, data privacy and cybersecurity work, competition mandates, financing issues and disputes across the technology and telecoms spaces. Martin Fanning and Henrietta Baker jointly lead the TMT group, while Tristan Jonckheer leads the telecoms group; Fanning handles major technology M&A mandates, Baker has acted on IT transformation projects, and Jonckheer has substantial experience in advising clients on major communication projects and regulatory matters. Dan Burge assists corporate clients with complex IT projects and procurement arrangements, and Andy Lucas has a wide-ranging and thriving practice, which includes advising private sector companies on technology projects and handling major IT outsourcing projects for governmental departments. Nick Harrison and Sarah Lima were recently promoted to the partnership.