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Information Technology - London (Firms)

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Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 22 associates

What the team is known for Handles complicated infrastructure projects, as well as e-commerce, IP, data protection and contentious matters, and benefits from an international network of offices. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "We use the group for multi-jurisdictional deals because they have international reach."

Technical ability: "Baker & McKenzie has one of the top IT disputes teams in London." 

Notable practitioners 

Harry Small heads up the firm's global IT and communications group. He is considered "a real standout" in the field of IT disputes, and is further praised for his intimate understanding of the science behind information technology.

Robbie Downing is a noted expert in the sector, particularly with regard to multi-jurisdictional compliance projects and European Union law as it affects cookies. He counts Google and L'Oréal among his clients.

Steve Holmes is roundly admired by clients and fellow lawyers alike for his assured handling of global TMT projects. He is much sought after by buyers of IT systems for regulatory advice on digital services.

Michael Hart chairs the London office's IT department and is an expert on IP rights, particularly copyright, trade secrets and design rights with regard to IT systems and services. He handles commercial and contentious matters.

Ben Allgrove handles a mixture of advisory, litigious and transactional matters where cutting-edge technologies and platforms converge. He is a solicitor advocate and regularly appears before the Copyright Tribunal and the High Court. Clients say: "He's just got a huge brain. That's why we like him."

Significant clients Accenture, Ernst & Young, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Telefónica Digital. 

Since publication, Christina Demetriades has moved in-house.

Band 1 | Bird & Bird

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Basic facts about the department

- 24 partners
- 75 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A major player in the technology world that takes on large and complex deals in the IT space, as well as significant disputes. Clients benefit from related strengths in IP and telecoms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The quality of the work is always superb, turnaround is within the timeframe and the advice takes into account the nature of our business."

Market standing: "A first-class practice - no one can dispute that."

Work highlights Advising the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change on the roll-out of its national smart metering implementation programme, which will result in some 53 million smart gas and electricity meters being installed in British households and businesses.

Advising Interoute, the owner of Europe's largest cloud services platform, on a number of matters, including the launch of Zettabox, a Dropbox-like product.

Notable practitioners  

Clients rave about the quality of Roger Bickerstaff's work with regard to business-critical outsourcing and system implementation projects. He is co-head of the firm's international IT sector group, and is also noted for his expertise in EU procurement rules in relation to IT.

Graham Smith is something of a guru on matters connected with e-commerce and the law as it affects the internet. He handles transactional and litigious work, and is an expert manager of software copyright and IT contracts disputes.

Christian Bartsch is highly regarded by clients and legal sources, without exception. Sources say he has a "lovely understated style" and is "great to work with." He is strong on technology law and highly recommended for outsourcing transactions.

Dominic Cook oversees major infrastructure implementations in sectors such as telecoms and healthcare, and has helped bring about the launch of vast healthcare databases and mobile virtual network operator systems.

Significant clients BT Group, Codemasters Group, Infosys Group, Microsoft, Ministry of Justice.

Band 1 | Fieldfisher

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Basic facts about the department

- 15 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for One of the largest dedicated IT practices in the country. A major provider of legal services to government, private sector buyers and technology companies seeking advice on data security, cloud computing and mobile payment projects. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They've pitched to us in a very commercial way and that's made it very easy for our commercial team to work with them directly without too much support from our legal team."

Client service: "The customer service ethos there is very appealing."

Market standing: "A very well-developed technology practice."

Work highlights Advised government departments including the Cabinet Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Transport on various IT outsourcings, procurements and systems integration projects.

Advised publishers Pearson on a number of major IT outsourcing projects.

What's new? Paul Graham, formerly head of IT at Dundas & Wilson, joined the partnership in February 2013.

Notable practitioners

The "brilliant" Michael Chissick was recently named managing partner for the firm, and, although this will inevitably reduce the amount of time he can devote to his IT practice, he is still on-hand to provide strategic advice to long-standing clients in the sector.

Paul Barton is a dedicated IT specialist, and advises public and private sector entities, customers and suppliers on a whole host of e-commerce, IP, data protection, software development and outsourcing-related issues.

Paul Graham joins from Dundas & Wilson in what is viewed as a major coup for his new firm. He is a go-to lawyer for business-critical IT infrastructure implementation and outsourcing transactions, particularly within the energy and utilities, financial services and telecoms sectors. 

John Worthy's background as an in-house lawyer at one of the world's leading software suppliers makes him a much sought-after adviser in matters relating to major technology projects and outsourcings, with a special focus on banking and finance, major infrastructure and telecoms companies.

Simon Briskman is much prized by clients for his skill in the drafting and negotiation of IT contracts. One client said: "He is very well liked throughout the team. The negotiations were tense at times, but he is calm and consummately professional as well as firm when needed."

Having been an in-house counsel at Lucent Technologies, the "impressive" Nick Holland is well attuned to the needs of internal legal and commercial teams with regard to the implementation of significant multi-jurisdictional IT systems. 

Hamish Sandison is one of the firm's "marquee partners" in the technology field, and is an accomplished hand at public sector and government IT projects. He is said to instil a "constructive and positive" spirit within the teams he oversees.

Significant clients BBC, Ernst & Young, Philip Morris International, Pearson, Samsung, Starbucks.

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Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Comprehensive IT offering co-ordinating ambitious projects and advising major financial institutions on their systems. Supported by a first-rate litigation arm. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "A strong team in IT project disputes."

Work highlights Advised the London Stock Exchange on IT outsourcings of its direct market access and its agreements with members for use of exchange controls systems.

Advised Spirax-Sarco Group on the negotiation of a framework agreement for data and IT infrastructure services with Verizon UK.

Notable practitioners  

Nick Pantlin advises on e-commerce, cloud computing, data centre, outsourcing, IT systems implementation, software development and licensing matters, often spanning multiple jurisdictions. Sources say he is "easy to work with."

Mark Turner has extensive and market-leading experience in IT and e-commerce transactions, and has acted for major infrastructure operators, financial institutions, telecoms networks and software suppliers.

Nick Elverston leads the firm's TMT sector group. He is a seasoned veteran of all manner of communications network sharing arrangement deals, outsourcing contract negotiations and regulatory matters. 

James Farrell has extensive experience in oil and gas projects, and has in recent years applied this knowledge to advising on major IT implementations such as computer control systems and data centre agreements.

Significant clients BP, Chevron, Man Group, Transport for London, UBS.

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Basic facts about the department

- 13 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dedicated to technology law work, with compelling breadth and depth of specialisation. Committed sector expertise in a number of areas, most notably financial services, professional services, travel and healthcare. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "I really appreciated the approach of the firm - it always focused on solving issues in the most effective way, also in terms of timing."

Commercial awareness: "They were fully on board with what we were trying to accomplish, worked as part of our team in completing the sale, and remained respectful of our budget."

Market standing: "A great technology firm." 

Work highlights Advised Guardian Assurance (part of the Guardian Financial Services group) on a cloud computing agreement with supplier Trinity Enterprise Services.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Joint is described as an "exceptionally good lawyer" by a major client and as a "very pragmatic, commercial guy" by a peer. He led on the recent cloud computing matter for Guardian Assurance.

Paul O'Hare is the firm's head of outsourcing and has overseen countless IT procurement and system implementation projects. He also advises on software copyright and other IT-related IP matters.

Significant clients Barclays Bank, Coca-Cola, Expedia, Microsoft, Spotify.

Band 1 | Pinsent Masons

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Basic facts about the department

- 12 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pronounced technology focus. Demonstrates sector expertise in digital and social media, financial institutions, central and local government, and manufacturing. Routinely involved in some of the most significant transactions and litigation within this space. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I have always been impressed by the client-focused service we have received."

Bench strength: "A very strong practice with excellent strength in depth."

Work highlights Acts as the sole outside counsel to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport with regard to its project to roll out ultra-fast broadband across the country, including in more remote areas previously neglected by commercial suppliers.

Advised Whitbread on the renegotiation of its IT outsourcing agreement with CSC with a view to upgrading to a new service model.

Notable practitioners  

Robert McCallough is a highly esteemed and "very hard-working" litigator specialising in IT, communications and outsourcing disputes of staggering scale and complexity. He has been busy over the past year with two confidential arbitrations, which in value terms are some of the biggest to date. 

Iain Monaghan is highly rated by clients and peers alike for his tireless efforts in managing sophisticated outsourcings and procurement deals, and is known for his ability to turn troubled projects around. He is described as a "wonderful, experienced and practical-minded lawyer."

David Isaac leads some of the firm's most strategic relationships, and is the key contact for a number of central government departments. He is an "extremely able negotiator" and is "very personable and charming" but also "very tough" when the situation calls for it.

David Barker is an accomplished dispute resolution specialist in the sector and has litigated some very high-value actions concerning systems implementations and outsourcings which have gone awry. He is also called upon to ensure contracts are as watertight and unambiguous as possible in order to stave off litigation further down the line.

An "out-and-out IT specialist," David McIlwaine is "incredibly hard-working and capable" and a "good organiser of a team." He has recently devoted much of his efforts to a vast and complicated arbitration between a government department and a supplier company. 

Significant clients AXA, Fujitsu, Home Office, Lloyds Banking Group, Telefónica.

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Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent capacity to run big-ticket, cutting-edge deals across multiple jurisdictions. A large, full-service firm with ample resources in real estate, tax, employment and corporate finance, and a world-class client list.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "I find that one of their key strengths is the ability to partner in-house legal capability with best market practice to produce a commercial and value-oriented outcome."

Industry knowledge: "They have an acute understanding of the commercial and technical facets of these projects as well as the law."

Work highlights Advised Lloyds Register Group on an agreement with Infosys to implement an offshore application development project.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Lewis leads the firm's outsourcing team and is widely respected in the market. He has been at the forefront in developments relating to online banking, financial services IT systems and offshore outsourcing projects.

Richard Chapman is well liked by clients as a "good negotiator for hammering out complex commercial arrangements," and is "particularly useful at countering the arguments of the other party's lawyers." He has much experience the insurance and retail industries, where he has a loyal client following.

Significant clients Balfour Beatty, National Grid, Lloyds Register Group, Tesco, Services, Travelex. 

Band 2 | Bristows LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 16 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Has a strong focus on telecoms, media and technology. Areas of concentration include data protection, digital media, e-commerce, IT litigation, outsourcing and system implementation contracts.

Work highlights Advised hibu (formerly Yell) on a number of transactions, including a data centre agreement and various infrastructure purchases.

Notable practitioners

Mark Watts is widely respected for his work advising blue-chip clients on e-business outsourcing, data protection, system deployment and software development matters. His appeal is strengthened by his years working in-house at IBM before entering private practice.

Leading market sources describe the "excellent" Toby Crick as "really savvy and really commercial." He acts for both customers and suppliers on transactions involving communications, outsourcing, e-commerce and IP exploitation.

Christopher Millard is a "real leader" in the field of IT, and is admired for his work for companies, NGOs and in academic circles regarding international data protection and privacy law. 

Significant clients British Airways, Capgemini, Google, IBM, SAS Institute.

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Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Multifaceted practice which includes technology-focused corporate activity, litigation, outsourcing, social media, e-commerce, and matters reflecting the convergence of IT and mobile communications technology. 

Notable practitioners  

Kit Burden is co-head of the technology and sourcing team, and overall global head of the firm's wider technology group. He draws praise from clients and peers alike, with one client saying: "My main point of appreciation is the speed and quality of his responses. He has never let us down in any transaction where we have asked for his support."

Mark O'Conor heads the firm's intellectual property and technology group. He is described by sources as "a truly class act," not least for his commercial and constructive approach to negotiations and transactions. He is a noted expert on cloud computing and represents a brace of top financial institutions.

Richard Bonnar is regarded by peers as "a good name in government services contracts," and leads the UK public sector group at DLA. He also represents a number of blue-chip companies. 

Significant clients Accenture, Financial Ombudsman Service, HCL Technologies, Lloyds Banking Group, Tata Communications.

Band 2 | Hogan Lovells

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Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for major IT outsourcing projects, often of an international nature, and for heavyweight litigation concerning all manner of commercial technology disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "The team is quick in responding to client needs and available at all times."

International capability: "Hogan Lovells is very good at international projects." 

Work highlights Advised Barclays Bank on the rollout of its Pingit mobile banking and payments application.

Advised SABMiller on questions of data protection issues, such as international transfers of data related to international outsourcing arrangements.

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate Quentin Archer's knowledge of technology contracts, competition law, data protection and IP issues. One client said he "always brought his best inputs and intelligence" to get the most out of negotiations. 

Conor Ward is widely esteemed for his work as an outsourcing, IT and communications technology specialist. He is also a seasoned litigator of complex, high-value technology disputes. 

The "impressive" Mark Taylor is recommended for his understanding of technology and law, much of it garnered working in-house at a market-leading supplier. He acts for suppliers and customers, many of them in the financial services and healthcare sectors. 

Significant clients Barclaycard, BNP Paribas, HTC, Invesco, Tradition.

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What the team is known for Noted for its representations of suppliers and businesses in the financial services, manufacturing, media and retail sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They provided a very thorough service, working hard and out of hours when required. They are commercially minded and tenacious."

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Moyle advises clients in a range of technology-dependent industries, as well as public sector organisations, on outsourcing, procurement and implementation of strategic, often international IT projects.

Other senior lawyers in the field consider Martin Cotterill to be a "very good deal maker" and "a worthy adversary," with a sensible approach to transactions and a prestigious client base.

Gail Crawford heads the firm's data privacy committee and co-chairs the firm's internet and digital media group. She advises large corporations and also emerging technology firms, and maintains a number of relationships with the Indian IT sector. 

Band 2 | Linklaters

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Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Magic circle firm handling large international projects. Enjoys an enviable client following, particularly within the financial services sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Very commercial people, who got the job done efficiently. They knew their stuff about IT and outsourcing."

Work highlights Advised Pioneer Global Asset Management on an outsourcing agreement with BlackRock Financial Management Services with regard to implementing the latter's Aladdin trading, portfolio management and risk reporting system.

Continued to advise PwC on IT aspects of the Lehman Brothers collapse.

Notable practitioners  

John Crozier is the firm's global head of TMT and IP, and also of the outsourcing practice. He handles transactions in the technology space and also advises on the regulatory implications of such transactions and client strategy.

Leading market sources describe Richard Cumbley as "a good name in the market" for his transactional and contentious work relating to IT outsourcings, procurements and implementation. 

Significant clients BP, Lloyds Banking Group, Ministry of Defence, PwC, Visa Europe.

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Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 15 associates 

What the team is known for Benefits from a wide international platform for large international outsourcings and services agreements. Noted strength in corporate transactions in the TMT sector and litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Very pleased indeed. In this space, it is one of the best I've ever come across."

Work highlights Represented AstraZeneca in a dispute with IBM resulting from the termination of a USD1.5 billion global IT infrastructure agreement.

Advised Astellas on an IT infrastructure and application development outsourcing project covering Europe, Japan and the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Clients like Laurence Jacobs"ability to join the dots to make the big picture" and, moreover, his capacity to combine that with "a good sense for detail." He is also described as "fantastically bright" and a "very tough negotiator, one you want on your side."

Sean Keaton has worked on some of the largest IT matters in recent history, some of which had truly global implications. He recently advised AstraZeneca on its dispute with IBM arising from a terminated contract. 

Joel Harrison continues to garner approbation from leading lawyers in the sphere with regard to his talented support on various IT and outsourcing transactions, acclaim that is rarely given to someone at a similar stage in their career. 

Julian Stait is variously described by senior market sources as "superb" and a "go-to name, simple as that." He has an excellent pedigree as an IT and technology sector litigator, and was also a key adviser on AstraZeneca's dispute with IBM.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, HP, NYSE, RBC Investor Services, Vodafone.

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Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong firm-wide focus on IT and TMT. Particularly commended for its work on outsourcings and IT litigation. Unrivalled San Francisco presence among IT groups in London.

Work highlights Advised Intel on a review of wireless business licence arrangements and the strategic acquisition of a UK silicon designer.

Advised Motive TV on a range of contracts and joint ventures for the delivery of film and TV content to computer tablets and smartphones.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees continue to praise Alistair Maughan, with one source describing him as "one of the best technology lawyers I've ever come across." Maughan tends to advise corporations and public sector bodies on the procurement and outsourcing of IT services and equipment.

Christopher Coulter advises suppliers and customers of sophisticated IT systems and services on commercial contracts and on attendant data privacy, IP and privacy issues. He advises clients from a number of industries, and has a particularly strong following in the media sector.

Significant clients Intel, Rigney Dolphin, UK Border Agency, AIG Europe, Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group. 

Band 2 | Olswang

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Basic facts about the department

- 15 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Celebrated for its strength in media law, including digital media. Noted for its strong grasp of IP, IT and technology matters. 

Work highlights Advised Nationwide Building Society on development and maintenance agreements with IBM regarding internet and mobile banking services.

Instructed in a group action by Safari browsers alleging that Google breached UK citizens' privacy by using advertising methods which sidestep inbuilt security settings on iPhones, iPads and Macs.

Notable practitioners  

Clive Gringras is highly regarded by clients who regularly comment on his high level of technical ability.

Iain Stansfield heads the firm's commercial group, and advises clients in a variety of sectors on how to exploit, protect and develop the intellectual property rights to their technology and business tools.

Ross McKean stands out for his experience in data protection, outsourcing and telecoms systems transactions and litigation.

Significant clients Gamesys, Marks & Spencer, Nationwide Building Society, Yahoo!, Zynga.

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Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for world-leading supplier companies and major customers. Praised for its commitment to helping TMT start-ups find their feet in the market.

Work highlights Advised publisher DC Thomson on agreements with ATEX and Clock to facilitate the digitisation of its content.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Rees has three decades' experience in advising on technology law, acting mainly in commercial IT transactions and M&A deals for technology-heavy companies.

Sources consider Glyn Morgan to be "very commercial" and the engine of the London office's technology work concerned with technology transactions between UK-based and European companies. 

Mark Owen is renowned for his command of intellectual law as it relates to IT. He is primarily a litigator, and helps companies enforce their rights with respect to databases, software copyrights and technology patents.  

Significant clients Associated Newspapers, esure, Ferrero, Spotify, Visa.

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Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist technology law boutique aiming to combine City firm experience and expertise with cost-efficiency. Advises customers and suppliers on major IT contracts. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Partner involvement: "TLA is serious about offering services in a more innovative way, and having the partners oversee the deal and negotiations in an involved manner."

Value for money: "I most like the fact that I can receive a quality of legal advice which is as good if not better than certain major London law firms, but is also highly affordable and responsive."

Work highlights Advised Capgemini UK on a series of high-value bids and contracts for central government departments, energy and utilities, and financial services clients.

Advised HP Enterprise Services on the renegotiation of an outsourcing contract for a central government department.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Newton previously worked at Sun Microsystems, gaining insight on the supplier side that is invaluable to buyers of IT services. Clients highlight his "excellent turnaround time," his availability and the fact that his advice is "always practically focused, taking into account our requirements."

Gavin Wakefield has in-house counsel experience at one of the world's leading IT services suppliers, and so has experience of all sides of transactions in the area, which is hard to match.

Significant clients Scotiabank, Crest Nicholson, HP Enterprise Services, RTS Communications.

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Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 20+ other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standalone IT practice capable of handling major commercial transactions, as well as advising on corporate support and business separation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They think very carefully about what you may be interested in. Their pitches are intelligently targeted to particular business needs."

Pragmatic advice: "They do an excellent job. Advice is practical and business-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Bacs Payment Schemes on the deployment of an automated cash ISA transfer system.

Represented eBay in its high-profile trade mark dispute with L'Oréal, which has been before the European Court of Justice and returned to the English courts in 2013.

Notable practitioners

Colleen Keck is praised by clients and peers alike, with one source describing her as "very smart, commercial and practical." She devotes a significant part of her practice to transactions in the USA.

A key client appreciates that Jim Ford has the "right approach in challenging our preconceptions in a positive way to help us get the best out of a situation." He has a rich practice that covers  IT contracts, technology IP advice and corporate deals in the sector.

Significant clients Accenture, eBay, Huawei, Micron Technology, Symantec.

Band 3 | CMS

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Basic facts about the department

- 12 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well known for its capabilities in outsourcing and telecoms. Acts for IT suppliers and customers, including leaders in energy and utilities, distribution, financial services and e-commerce.

Work highlights Successfully defended Avaloq in an action of alleged breach of confidence, breach of contract and copyright infringement brought by competitor 3i.

Notable practitioners

John Armstrong is highlighted by multiple sources for his big-ticket transactional work. He advises some of the firm's most significant clients on strategic and root-and-branch system implementation projects.

Significant clients Amazon.com, Atos, BT, National Grid, Royal Mail Group.

Band 3 | Dentons

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Basic facts about the department

- 9 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Engages in all manner of IT and outsourcing transactions. Active in emerging areas such as mobile payments. Acts for leading companies in financial services, retail and utilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "An extremely good group with excellent experience on the commercial/technical side, as well as legalities."

What's new? Dentons was formed from the three-way merger of SNR Denton, Salans and Fraser Milner Casgrain in March 2013.

Work highlights Advised Argos on all aspects of a project which will see the company become a multi-channel digital retailer.

Advising EDF Energy on its ambitious smart metering programme, valued at more than £1 billion.

Notable practitioners 

Seasoned IT infrastructure implementation lawyer Catherine Bingham advises public sector clients, including the Ministry of Defence, on technology systems vital to their operations. 

Amanda Lewis is described by one client as "extremely dynamic, dedicated and big-hearted." Much of her work is for clients in financial services, public sector, retail, and transport and infrastructure. 

Dan Burge is, according to one source, "brilliant - the best lawyer I've met yet." He is "highly meticulous and on top of the law, but also very good on the client side," and is further lauded for his "brilliant understanding of the market." 

Significant clients Cheshire Police Force, EDF Energy, First Data, Sainsbury's, Virgin Money.

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Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sophisticated practice advising large financial institutions on major IT projects. Also acts for clients in other sectors, such as professional services, public services and telecoms.

What's new? In June 2013, Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski combined to become Norton Rose Fulbright, giving legacy Norton Rose a dramatically improved presence in the USA.

Work highlights Represented RBS in a copyright infringement, breach of confidence and breach of contract action brought by financial services IT provider 3i Infotech.

Advised Solium Capital on an agreement to supply a share plan administration system to Barclays. 

Notable practitioners

Mike Rebeiro is the merged firm's global head of technology. He advises on major IT outsourcing transactions, as well as software licensing, procurement and implementation matters.

Significant clients Department of Health, Friends Life, PwC, ReachLocal, UBM.

Band 3 | Osborne Clarke

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Basic facts about the department

- 9 partners
- 19 partners

What the team is known for Technology-focused firm advising suppliers and customers of IT systems. Areas of focus include mobile technology, cloud hosting, financial services outsourcing and data protection. Clients benefit from Silicon Valley and Indian links.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Their technical ability is excellent; I have great confidence in them on the technicalities of contract law that come up."

What's new? Commercial and financial services expert John Buyers joined in February 2013 from Stephenson Harwood, where he led the commercial, technology and telecoms group.

Work highlights Advised KPMG on a software licence agreement with IBM.

Advised Dell on the transfer of various high-value public sector IT servicer contracts to a different provider.

Notable practitioners

John Buyers has really hit the ground running since his arrival from Stephenson Harwood, and is described by outside sources as a "terrific acquisition for Osborne Clarke." He led on the abovementioned matter for KPMG.

Simon Rendell manages the firm's relationships with a number of its core technology clients, and has led on many commercial and corporate e-commerce, IT and telecoms transactions.

Significant clients Acision, Dell, Everything Everywhere, Facebook, Thomson Reuters.

Since publication, Angus Finnegan has joined Reed Smith LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Particularly strong on cloud computing, digital media and multi-jurisdictional outsourcing agreements. Excellent global network. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "A key strength is the entrepreneurial and commercial approach the team adopts."

Work highlights Advises Holland America Line on all facets of its e-commerce and website services.

Notable practitioners  

Rafi Azim-Khan is a key contact.

Band 3 | RPC LLP

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What the team is known for Offers a comprehensive IT, procurement and outsourcing practice. The group services a wide array of clients, including leaders in the technology, digital media and financial services sectors. Peers and market sources agree that the firm's profile is rising following continued investment in the department.

Notable practitioners

Jeremy Drew leads the firm's IP, technology and outsourcing group, and is a noted expert on the law affecting IP and commercial technology transactions in numerous jurisdictions.

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Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly developed information and communications technology practice, complemented by a focus on telecoms and hi-tech patent law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A really excellent firm. The team is really interested in our business and also understands how we work as a team."

Work highlights Continues to advise Samsung on its multi-jurisdictional design right, patent and unfair competition dispute, a legal battle of epic proportions.

Advised mobile telecommunications company Truphone on a £70 million capital investment from Roman Abramovich.

Notable practitioners  

James Cotter acts for clients in the financial services, telecoms and public sectors, mainly with regard to cloud hosting, data centre, system implementation and regulatory matters. 

Significant clients Huawei Technologies, HTC, Ministry of Defence, Samsung, Virgin Media. 

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Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 15+ other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Advises on discrete outsourcing, cloud computing, procurement, competition and data protection and privacy matters.

Work highlights Advised Cambridge Silicon Radio on a mobile phone connectivity and location technology licensing transaction with Samsung.

Advised Ladbrokes on a series of agreements with TBH Guernsey with regard to Betdaq, its internet betting exchange platform.

Notable practitioners 

Multiple sources praise the "excellent" Rob Sumroy for his extensive knowledge of and expertise within the technology sector. He leads the firm's IT and outsourcing practice, and is also skilled at matters involving data protection, e-commerce and IP rights.

Significant clients Carillion, Direct Line Group, Ericsson, Ladbrokes, Royal Mail.

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Advises businesses operating in financial services, e-commerce and retail on IT projects. Also acts for suppliers of technology as well as customers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Global reach: "We wanted a firm with international capacity, and are very pleased."

Work highlights Advised investment management firm Brewin Dolphin on the outsourcing of its front and back office systems.

Advised Shazam on an internal review of its compliance with user data regulations and on how new revenue streams can be created using new technology.

Notable practitioners  

Dan Reavill is probably best known for his IT work in the financial services sector, but he advises clients from all manner of industries. One source said they instruct him for "more complicated and larger contracts," and that he "works to understand the relationship with the suppliers but is protective of us."

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners

What the team is known for Concentrates principally on business-critical contracts for outsourcing, system implementation and data centre acquisition. Acts mainly for customers, but also maintains good relationships with supplier companies. Mobile payment and virtual network operator transactions are also a specialism.

Work highlights Advised NHS Business Services Authority on a framework agreement for the provision of a safety alarm system based on mobile phone technology.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Lowry is a key contact.

Significant clients Aviva, Capita, Department of Health, Sainsbury's, Travelodge.

Band 4 | Ashurst

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Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners

What the team is known for Handles outsourcing and procurement transactions, corporate activity and contentious matters within the sector, acting for suppliers and customers of IT services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Ashurst understands technology very well. It's very good to work with." 

Work highlights Advised Babcock Marine on negotiations with the Ministry of Defence concerning the new 'maritime support delivery framework', which will affect submarines, surface ships and naval bases.

Advised Hitachi on the development and implementation of a new traffic management system for Network Rail's entire UK network. 

Notable practitioners  

Mark Lubbock heads the firm's technology group in London and focuses on all manner of IT transactions, including matters involving data protection, e-commerce, intellectual property and outsourcing contracts.

Christopher Bates is widely respected for his work on high-value, business critical commercial technology contracts for outsourcing, procurement and systems implementation projects.

Significant clients Grosvenor Estates Management, Hewlett-Packard, International Financial Data Services, JPMorgan, Visa Europe.

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What the team is known for Advises on high-value technology and outsourcing contracts on behalf of customers and suppliers. Also takes on heavyweight IT litigation matters. Superb global network.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Clifford Chance runs a large team well and very thoughtfully, and understands what can be very complex technical matters."

Notable practitioners

Sources say André Duminy is "very good to deal with, pleasant and constructive." He advises customers and suppliers on multiparty, international technology outsourcing and business separation matters.

Band 4 | Eversheds LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Multi-jurisdictional IT services practice, attracting attention with the sustained investment of resources into its technology group.

Work highlights Advises Lo-Q on a master service agreement for computer and queue jump technology for amusement parks all over the world.  

Advised East Midlands Public Sector Network on a broadband infrastructure procurement project affecting all branches of public services in the region.

Notable practitioners

Simon Gamlin is head of IT.

Significant clients Anglo American, Canon Europe, Metlife Europe, RBS, Threadneedle.

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Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known for its work in the digital media sphere. Also handles high-value, complex IT matters for clients in a number of industry sectors.

Work highlights Advised Hachette UK on its procurement of a new wide area network (WAN) system.

Advised WorldCourier on a network infrastructure support services arrangement.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Mitton is a key contact.

Significant clients Geometrics, Hachette UK, Microsoft, Nissan, Telenor. 

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Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Focuses on multi-jurisdictional transactions and tends to act for customers rather than suppliers. Antitrust, cloud computing and privacy advice are also areas of focus for the team. 

Work highlights Advised Hachette on the outcomes of a European Commission antitrust investigation into the e-books market.

Representing internet gambling operator Bet 365 in a number of challenges levelled by various German state-level governments to implement geolocation software to determine the location of customers placing online bets.

Notable practitioners 

The "excellent" Mark Prinsley heads the London IT and IP practice and concentrates mainly on outsourcing and IT projects for corporate customers. He also advises on related privacy issues.

Significant clients BNP Paribas Real Estate, EMI, HSBC, Moody's Investors Service, Unilever.

Band 4 | radiant.law

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Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners

What the team is known for Has a unique business model that outsources routine work cost-effectively, providing partners with time and focus to provide a bespoke service to customers and suppliers.

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bank on a global desktop IT agreement with HCL, which affects the banks operations in 60 countries.

Advised UPS on its IT and project agreements in providing logistics to the London 2012 games.

Notable practitioners

Anna Cook has hit the ground running since joining from Wedlake Bell last year. Clients describe her as a "very able litigator," and find her "very dedicated" and "incredibly industrious."

Alexander Hamilton is a founder of the firm, and has years of experience in leading IT, outsourcing and technology transactions for global market leaders in the field. He is also qualified to practise in New York state.

Andrew Giverin acts for a number of well-known corporates, and advised UPS on its support to the London Olympics. He handles sophisticated outsourcing projects, and also oversees the firm's automated contract process so clients can concentrate on the bigger picture.

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles work across the spectrum of IT law, including data protection, data network storage, related regulatory matters and licensing agreements. Acts for clients in a number of industries, such as financial services, retail and the public sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team really know what they're doing. They just become part of our team, which I've truly enjoyed."

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Kirsop advises on commercial IT and privacy matters. Clients particularly appreciate the insight he adds, having worked in the past for the Information Commissioner's Office.

Significant clients Barclays Bank, Gap Europe, KPMG, Santander, The Cloud Networks.

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Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Engages in business-critical software development agreements, outsourcings and systems integration contracts. Also well known for IT litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "We were very impressed with the cultural fit and depth of expertise, and consequently kept them in mind for future projects."

Work highlights Advised Prudential Health on agreements for software development relating to the business's central infrastructure and for other discrete software development projects.

Advises Facebook on an ongoing basis with regard to e-commerce and internet regulation issues.

Notable practitioners

Ashley Winton heads the firm's global privacy group and advises on antitrust, IP, data protection and outsourcing matters related to IT. He formerly worked as a computer programmer, which inspires clients' confidence in him.

Significant clients Digital Reality Trust, Experian, Facebook, Hilton Worldwide, Saudi Aramco.

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Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for customers and suppliers of IT systems, focusing on cross-border outsourcing deals, often involving the major Indian consultancy firms. Strong on IT projects concerning real estate and building projects.

What's new? On 1st May 2014, Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham combined to become Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

Work highlights Advised on the IT legal requirements for The Shard Viewing Galleries, as well as further technology matters for the property developers, the property management company, and the managers of the public viewing platform.

Advised Zenergy Power on the IT implications of a reverse acquisition of Synety, a cloud computing service provider.

Notable practitioners 

Jonathan Riley heads the technology and outsourcing department.

Significant clients Arthur J Gallagher (UK), Identitas, McDonald's, The Shard Viewing Galleries, Wipro.

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Basic facts about the department

- 11 partners
- 18 partners

What the team is known for Experts in representing supplier companies and customers in the financial services, energy and utility sectors in outsourcing and system implementation projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Very practical, with great client service. Charles Russell really knows our business very well, so it can give the support that we need."

Work highlights Advised Option Computers on its software licensing portfolio and a number of deals concluded with financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank, Nomura and Santander.

Advised ITV on a variety of IT projects, including one which saw the broadcaster appointed as exclusive distributor of the Shazam audio-recognition for television adverts. 

Notable practitioners 

David Skinner has a distinguished background at a number of leading US firms practising in the UK, and oversees complex IT and outsourcing transactions. A number of sources highlighted his skills and experience. He joined the firm in 2013 from radiant law.

Significant clients British Computer Society Decision Insight Information Group, Energies Technologies Institute, Intelligent Environments Europe, Tesco Mobile. 

Band 5 | Fladgate LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers.

What the team is known for Handles a broad spectrum of technology work on behalf of suppliers and customers of services and systems. Areas of focus include complex outsourcing and procurement projects, software licensing agreements, data protection, digital media, e-commerce and social media matters.

Work highlights Represented Sahara Force India Formula One Team in a copyright action involving UUID codes and CAD file construction histories with regard to wind tunnel technology systems. 

Notable practitioners

Eddie Powell is a key contact.

Significant clients BGO Entertainment, Episys, Database Group, Digital Cinema Media, Force India Formula One Team.

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What the team is known for Advises on commercial technology contracts, high-profile litigation matters, and the IT and systems implications of large-scale mergers, acquisitions, disposals and other corporate transactions.

Notable practitioners

Richard Lister leads the IP and IT practices in London. He also heads the firm's outsourcing group and has strong specialist expertise in carve-out and business separation projects.

Avril Martindale advises clients from myriad industry sectors on a range of IP and technology issues, such as data protection, the exploitation and protection of IP rights, and outsourcing deals.

Band 5 | iLaw

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for An IT and technology law boutique that offers low overheads and a client-focused, partner-led service. Advises on digital media, IT litigation, outsourcing, software development and licensing agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity: "iLaw gives really clear and creative advice, and robust and simple solutions."

Notable practitioners

Justin Ellis heads the firm's corporate and commercial arm, and acts mostly for suppliers and emerging technology companies, although he also represents customers of IT services. Clients say he "brings clarity and pragmatism" to matters on which he is instructed.

Significant clients aap3, Caplin Systems, Netbuilder, Net-mobile, Six Degrees Group.

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for suppliers and customers, and has particular understanding of the technology requirements of financial services, digital media, healthcare, music, retail and leisure clients.

Work highlights Advised Hill's Pet Nutrition on the implementation of an e-commerce platform and various distribution agreements in order to sell products online to consumers.

Advised software house Ideaworks 3D on various development, licensing and support agreements related to multi-platform content.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Shindler is a key contact.

Significant clients British Sugar, Capital Dynamics, City Credit Capital, Logica, Ladbrokes. 

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Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Best known in this sector for its handling of IT outsourcing and cloud hosting projects for financial services institutions. Supports many leading supplier and technology clients.

Work highlights Advised ICAP on the acquisition of software and related IP rights from Prometheus Partners LLP concerning confidential trading strategies.

Advised Charityshare on cutting-edge operational agreements to enable charities to share IT resources and thus cut costs.

Notable practitioners

Rupert Casey heads the firm's IP and IT practices and specialises in outsourcing transactions and data issues, with an expert focus on matters concerning data centres.

Significant clients Avature, Casio, Goldman Sachs, Gotham Street, Tech Mahindra.

Band 5 | Nabarro LLP

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What the team is known for Handles a wide variety of technology, outsourcing and data protection issues, acting for clients across a range of industry sectors, with a strong focus on financial service institutions.

Notable practitioners

Belinda Doshi is a key contact. 

Band 5 | Reed Smith LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a range of sophisticated matters such as those concerning 'big data', cloud computing, outsourcing, software and hardware development and licensing issues. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Practical advice: "They are very responsive and commercially focused, and give practical advice that enables me to take decisions."

Work highlights Advised Trinity Expert Systems on an international outsourcing project carried out by 3i.

Advised Global Switch on a five-year outsourcing deal with Wavex, which included a complete overhaul of the client's servers in all of its locations.

Notable practitioners

Cynthia O'Donoghue specialises in sophisticated, often multi-jurisdictional, IT outsourcing projects, cloud computing, software development and license agreements, e-commerce and data protection matters.

Sakil Suleman a highly technically able lawyer with broad-ranging expertise and a commercial focus. Clients also appreciate his "client care skills," and that he "gets to the crux of the issue quickly." 

Angus Finnegan recently joined the firm from Osborne Clarke. Clients find him "very personable, approachable and easy to get along with; he always responded very quickly to requests for advice."

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Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners

What the team is known for Specialises in sophisticated cross-border deals and litigation. Areas of focus include cloud services, international infrastructure implementation, digital media and interesting advertising and augmented reality software matters. 

Work highlights Advised Blippar on the roll-out of its novel augmented reality software for use on mobile phones.

Notable practitioners 

Clients say that Garfield Smith "is very keen to get to the heart of what your business and products are, and is very good at partnering with other people." He is the firm's lead partner for IT in Europe. 

Andrew Wilkinson advises on all manner of hardware and software service transactions, from a contract and IP law perspective. He is praised by clients for being "bright and responsive," while peers remark on the high level of his skills and the international scope of his practice.

Significant clients Blippar, Chartis Insurance, EDF Energy, ITV, XLN Telecoms.

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Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on high-value outsourcing contracts, software development and licensing agreements, litigation and data protection issues. Acts for customers and suppliers.

Work highlights Advised Jaeger Holdings on a series of agreements for a new e-commerce site and its cloud hosting.

Advised Vestey Foods UK on a contract for the development and hosting of an e-commerce platform for 'Beyond the Beaten Track' product range.

Notable practitioners  

Adam Edwards is a key contact.

Significant clients Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BMW, Which?, Jaeger Holdings.

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Since publication, Anthony Lee has left this practice.

Rory Graham previously led technology practices at Baker & McKenzie and Bird & Bird before co-founding Coffey Graham LLP. He is an accomplished IT law practitioner with years of experience in outsourcing, systems implementation and procurement deals.

Ilana Saltzman joins Coffey Graham LLP from Baker & McKenzie in a move that has made waves in the market. She advises on all manner of commercial and IP-related technology matters, such as data issues, e-commerce, regulatory and licensing.

Jonathon Little of Jones Day is praised by sources for his skills with regard to sophisticated outsourcing deals, IT licensing, network service agreements, telecoms projects, and regulatory work concerning e-commerce and data protection.

Richard Kemp of Kempitlaw is a "leading light" in IT law in the UK, and leads on many of the firm's key client relationships in addition to his thought leadership role. One client said: "He's there for really high-stakes matters, anything material to your business."

Kiran Sandford heads the IT group at Mishcon de Reya. She handles all manner of advisory, commercial and transactional technology matters, and is praised by clients for the level of commitment she shows to projects for which she is instructed.

Robert Bond heads Speechly Bircham LLP's data protection and internet security practice. He also focuses on gaming and digital media law, and is highly regarded by senior figures in private practice.

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