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Richard Norman

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and Regulatory.


Richard leads the Sheffield litigation and regulatory team and DLA Piper's UK telecoms practice. He represents a wide variety of clients in a number of industry sectors including manufacturing/energy/pharmaceutical and technology. Richard heads one of the leading IT and telecommunications litigation teams. He has considerable experience in litigation and dispute resolution, where he advises clients on avoiding, managing and resolving commercial disputes. Richard is recognised as a leading practitioner in the resolution of IT&T disputes. Richard acts for a number of national and international clients, including Arqiva, Colt Technology Services, Verizon and Tata Communications, Richard is the firm's lead partner on our What In-House Lawyers Need (WIN) initiative which won the FT Award for client innovative services and the Legal Weeks Award for client innovation in 2017. WIN provides in-house lawyers with resources and networking opportunities addressing the specific technical, commercial and personal aspects of working in-house. Richard has also developed a unique bespoke managed litigation service for his clients.


Trained at DLA Piper UK LLP; qualified 1996; partner 2004 to date. Publications of note: 'What should I do when a commercial dispute lands on my desk,' 20 Oct 2014.


Law Society.


Manor Comprehensive, Nottinghamshire; University of Sheffield (1993 LLB (Hons) – First); Nottingham Law School (LPC – Distinction).


Football, cricket, horseracing and gym.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Norman - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

DLA Piper UK LLP is praised for its ‘excellent response times, pragmatic solution-oriented advice and incredible business acumen’, with notable expertise in telecoms litigation, cross-border disputes, competition law, construction disputes and finance litigation. Telecoms specialist Richard Norman leads the group; he recently defended The Coal Authority and Wentworth Woodhouse in a mining subsidence damage claim and represented Boots in a claim relating to the historic overcharging for water management services by Severn Trent Water. Arqiva, Atos, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Big Hand are also clients. Other noteworthy practitioners include senior associate Barney Connell, who is experienced in the financial services sector; IT litigator Ashley Mott, legal director Michael Wright, who specialises in mining and minerals issues; and senior associates Mick Lawlor and Harriet Farrant.

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

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Key names in DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘technically brilliant’ practice include Mark Vipan, who heads the Leeds intellectual property and technology group; Roger Gough, who leads the Sheffield non-contentious team; Simon Kenyon, who is head of the technology disputes practice; and Sheffield-based litigation and regulatory head Richard Norman. In a recent highlight, Vipan advised Haven Power on a major IT transformation including drafting and negotiating supplier contracts; he also assisted Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust with software licensing agreements, the procurement of a service desk provision and handled its proposed IT services collaboration with Leeds City Council. Andrew Dyson is head of the cyber and data privacy practice while recently promoted partner Amanda Pilkington is the key name for outsourcing work; Dyson recently advised Aviva on its GDPR programme and Pilkington acted for the Department for Work and Pensions on the supply contracts for its IT, telephone and network service infrastructure. Senior associate James Watson is also a key contact.

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