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Richard Bonnar

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Richard Bonnar is a highly experienced commercial/IT lawyer.

Richard leads DLA Piper's Public Sector practice in the UK and is responsible for the overall strategy and coordination of its different practice groups in their delivery of legal services to central and local government.

Richard is chair of the DLA Piper Brexit Committee, which coordinates the firm's approach to the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union.


Solicitor, UK based multinational law firm, 1986-1990; associate, UK based international law firm 1990-1995; managing partner, UK based law firm 1995-2000; partner, DLA Piper 2000 to date.


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.


Cambridge University (LLB (Hons) (Double First)).

London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

DLA Piper’s Brexit committee utilises the firm’s international footprint to assist UK and global clients. It is chaired by commercial lawyer Richard Bonnar and benefits from the expertise of Brexit director Paul Hardy, who has previously worked in Westminster and Brussels. The cross-departmental group draws from the trade, financial services, insurance, data, corporate, employment and tax practices and has recently been busy in the consumer goods and retail, manufacturing, food and drink, technology, sports, media and entertainment, and public sectors, including the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The group also recently advised Molson Coors on the impact of Brexit on customs and excise rules and assisted Wilko Retail with establishing the Brexit impact on its global supply chain and sourcing models. John Forrest leads the international trade group, Hazel Moffat is co-head of the public law team and Andrew Dyson is the key contact for data protection work.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

DLA Piper has strong knowledge of the IT and telecoms sector for outsourcing projects, intellectual property matters, corporate advice and litigation. The group acts for a range of technology and telecoms service providers and technology companies and customers; it has a particular strength acting for the government and public sector clients in digitisation projects, for which Richard Bonnar is highlighted. Other areas of specialism include the financial services, retail, insurance and gaming sectors. For outsourcing projects, practice head Kit Burden stands out, while Mark O’Conor is recommended for advice on cloud computing matters. Telecoms expert Mike Conradi, Anthony Day, who leads the firm's global fintech and insurtech practice; and recently promoted partner Chloe Forster, who has particular experience in the retail sector, are also key practitioners.

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