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Martin Fanning has advised public bodies, financial institutions and other large corporates on a wide range of complex information technology, intellectual property and data protection matters. His experience includes telecoms and IT services outsourcings, general sourcing and procurement arrangements, software licensing and development arrangements, content and brand licensing and data protection advice. He has a specific interest in the retail, financial services, manufacturing and transport sectors. He has also spent time on secondment at a major telecoms operator.


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).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Leading individuals

Martin Fanning - Dentons

Within: Commercial contracts

Known for its UK-wide and global resources, Dentons acts for big corporates as well as disruptive businesses entering the market, particularly in the area of new technologies. The firm has experience in advising on complex commercial matters in a range of sectors, including retail, energy, financial services and manufacturing. TMT specialist Martin Fanning advises on sourcing matters, commercial transactions, mobile projects, and large-scale IT and business process procurements. He co-leads the practice with Andy Lucas, who has expertise in large public sector outsourcing projects, as well as cyber security and cryptology. Their team includes Babette Märzheuser-Wood, who focuses on franchise and distribution agreements and IP-driven joint ventures; Scott Singer, whose work covers the breadth of commercial contracts; Henrietta Baker, who advises on a diverse range of commercial arrangements; and associate Sarah Lima, who has experience in major technology and telecoms projects in the financial services and public sectors.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Dentons’ data protection and privacy expertise encompasses GDPR implementation mandates, governance issues and global compliance projects including privacy compliance programmes and complex international data transfer projects. The dedicated team acts for a high-profile client roster, which counts John Lewis, Royal Mail, Virgin Atlantic, Aviva and First Data as key examples; it also regularly advises digital media companies on profiling, data analytics, social media, apps and location-based services as well as e-privacy regulations. The group also has experience in cyber risk management and regularly partners with cybersecurity experts to deliver both legal and forensic advice. Newly promoted partner Simon Elliott and Nick Graham jointly lead the department; Elliott has particular expertise in GDPR implementation projects and Graham is also global chair of the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity group. Martin Fanning, Scott Singer and Glasgow-based Ross Nicol are also recommended.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The technology, media and telecommunications practice at Dentons handles a range of transactional, regulatory, compliance and contentious matters, with an impressive client roster spanning UK government departments, high-profile corporates, high-growth disruptive technology companies and telecoms businesses. The group, which is led by Andy Lucas, includes Martin Fanning, who has particular experience assisting clients in the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors. Lucas is frequently instructed on public sector IT projects; he recently handled the procurement of Transport for London's emergency services 4G LTE mobile communications programme. The team also includes head of the firm's global telecoms group Jan Willem van den Bos and IT specialist Dan Burge, who handles a range of major technology projects. Henrietta Baker and Tristan Jonckheer were recently promoted to the partnership.

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