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Information Technology - London (Firms)

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Powerhouse technology practice with expertise in both non-contentious matters and disputes, across sectors including e-commerce and telecommunications. Notably active in expanding areas such as cloud and cyber security, aided by its extensive global operation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"An excellent practice that remains a leading light due to the dedication of the way they approach technology and their global focus, which enables them to do some fantastic work."

"One of the pre-eminent technology firms in the country. I wouldn't have any problems going to any of the practitioners there because I know they'll all be excellent."

Work highlights Acted for Arqiva on bidding and contractual matters relating to the Department of Energy & Climate Change's smart meter programme roll-out.

Advised Virgin Media on matters including telecom supply arrangements with EE and network infrastructure changes.

Notable practitioners  

"Brilliant" practitioner Harry Small is praised for his ability to "see the big picture on a matter and identify the key issues." He is known for combining his contentious and transactional experience to address complex renegotiations.  

Steve Holmes is described as an "absolute class act." Commentators praise his commerciality, pragmatism and technical skill, and further highlight his "very impressive and calm" approach. He specialises in telecommunications and media.

Robbie Downing focuses on the intersection of IT and regulatory law, particularly in relation to e-commerce and privacy matters. He has in-depth experience of EU law and considerable expertise in international compliance and telecommunications. 

Significant clients Colt Technology Services, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, Google, Accenture.

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 Impressive and broad-ranging IT practice, with an excellent reputation for major transactional and litigious work. Routinely handles multi-jurisdictional matters, drawing on the strength of the firm's global network. Further supported by its respected IP practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their overall service is excellent. At an early stage they invest significant time and effort in understanding our business and continue to do that, and as a result the advice is high quality and appropriate in the business context." 

"We leverage the Bird & Bird international network and we're able to do it via our client partner, so we don't have to conduct a number of separate engagements or worry about our requirements and what we're looking for."

Work highlights Advised the Ministry of Justice on numerous matters in relation to its new programme of major multiparty IT procurements.

Provided counsel to Microsoft on aspects of its software dispute with Motorola over Xbox and smartphone patents.

Notable practitioners  

International practice co-leader and public sector expert Roger Bickerstaff is regarded as a "real stalwart" of the IT market. He maintains his excellent reputation for large-scale procurements and negotiations, especially in connection with EU law.

According to clients, Christian Bartsch is "always very engaged and very helpful at managing the international collation of advice." He is active in the financial services sector, and has a particular specialism in Indian outsourcing.

Dominic Cook remains a well-regarded figure in the technology sector and is known for the strength of his client relationships. His practice focuses on transformational projects for both public and private entities which routinely involve multiple parties and complex agreements. 

Graham Smith is renowned for his copyright expertise, which is complemented by significant capability in technology disputes and e-commerce matters. He is an authority on internet regulatory issues and has in-depth knowledge of investigatory interception and electronic legislation.  

Significant clients Nuance Communications Group, Cadence, Lenovo Group, Qliktech, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Band 1 | Fieldfisher

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed technology practice notable for its work on sophisticated IT for a stellar client list. Active in emerging areas such as data monetisation. Additional expertise in the satellite and space sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They definitely have strength, knowledge of the internet space and an ability to understand our business and then apply that to their advice."

"They clearly have a dedicated IT technology team who know their stuff."

What's new? New client wins include eBay, Trinity Mirror and BAE Systems.

Work highlights Advised Netflix on the implementation of an advanced payment services system across its expanding European division.

Represented Nintendo in the design and roll out of its new UK online retail service.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Michael Chissick is considered "a phenomenal IT lawyer" who is "affable and very approachable." He draws on his extensive experience to provide guidance and strategic overviews on technology matters.  

Paul Barton is rated by sources for his "responsive and open approach," with clients adding that they have "ultimate confidence in his advice and support, and would very much recommend him to others." He frequently advises service providers on the latest software, including agile technology and strategic platforms. 

Simon Briskman provides advice to blue-chip private sector clients on matters ranging from technology licensing to mobile apps and the rapidly growing area of big data. Sources say he "gives practical good advice" and "genuinely tries to find a solution to the issues." Recent highlights include advising the BBC and ITV on their joint venture for the next generation of satellite digital broadcasting.  

Paul Graham is known as "a real driver of work" and concentrates on technology infrastructure in diverse sectors. He recently handled negotiations for BAE Systems' £80 million CAD integration project.

The well-respected John Worthy is acknowledged for his specialisms in financial services and communications. According to commentators, he is "able to really understand when we need a light touch or when it's something important that might need more scrutiny."

The "very pragmatic" James Buckingham has a broad practice incorporating system integration and application development. Clients highlight his ability to "manage complicated contract negotiation workloads." 

The "technically very gifted" Robert Shooter provides "exceptional strategic advice and a dose of pragmatism, and is a stand-out negotiator." He heads the firm's technology and outsourcing group.

Eminent practitioner Hamish Sandison remains "a real stalwart of the IT practice," renowned for his public sector expertise. His practice crosses transactional and contentious matters and he is often sought out for advice on large-scale procurements and outsourcing. 

Significant clients Amazon, Vodafone, VMware, Expedia, Motorola.

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Core concentration in technology, working across a wide range of IT sectors, providing incisive advice in specialist areas. Recognised telecommunications depth, particularly active in key areas such as cloud computing and social media. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're pretty cutting edge, technology-focused and good at advising on cloud, software as a service and more niche areas."

"Switched on people with a really good practice who have earned their reputation."

What's new? Appointed to the panels of Accenture and Selfridges.

Work highlights Acted for global consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser on its acquisition of CRM and social media tracking services.

Represented AKQA in contractual matters concerning its new financial, resource and operational platform.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Joint is well regarded in the market. Clients note that "his advice is just what we hope for in terms of a practical way forward." He is adept in big data and business intelligence, as well as financial services cloud technology. 

Sources recognise Paul O'Hare as a "good negotiator, calm and detail-oriented with an approachable personality." He is renowned for his outsourcing and software expertise, and has experience in the implementation of management platforms and cloud hosting. 

Significant clients Thomson Reuters, SITA, Fixnetix, Close Brothers, Burberry Group.

Band 1 | Pinsent Masons

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent presence in public sector work and vast experience in the financial services sector. Highly respected for its IT litigation practice, acting on major global cases. Strong capabilities in the emerging technology space.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're a class act and do things properly. They know how to project manage and resource deals properly, keep their clients happy, and have some really great associates."

"Specialists who have had experience with a number of large transactions in both the private and public sectors, which has assisted them in building up their knowledge and experience."

What's new? New client wins include Aviva, BAE Systems and GE Healthcare.

Work highlights Advised TISA Exchange on various matters, including FSA compliance and an electronic asset re-registration system.

Acted for Steria on its joint venture for the design and implementation of shared IT and business process services across various government departments. 

Notable practitioners  

The highly regarded Robert McCallough is praised for "simplifying very complex matters," with sources noting: "He's very good at getting to the heart of issues in difficult projects and explaining them." He handles large-scale disputes across a range of issues, from outsourcing to product liability. 

The "experienced, pragmatic" Iain Monaghan is, according to clients, "a savvy negotiator and a very hands-on partner." He regularly handles distressed transactions and is an expert in contractual matters concerning systems integration.

Sources say David Isaac provides "high-quality advice," and he is commended by clients for his attentiveness. He leads the global technology practice and is highly sought after for his strategic insight into major public sector IT schemes. 

"Extremely able" litigator David Barker assists with high-profile disputes and is also renowned for his early intervention work in problematic technology projects. He is often called on for risk and evaluatory advice at contract negotiation level. 

Commentators laud David McIlwaine as a "terrific, very switched-on" practitioner who "is focused but also has the ability to step back and view the bigger picture." He is a disputes specialist and is further characterised by his strategic approach and adept case management. 

Significant clients Department of Culture, Media and Sport; Centrica; Fujitsu; Balfour Beatty; EDF Energy.

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Accomplished team with a high-profile client base. Undertakes matters on an international basis in innovative areas of IT, including varied technology services and platforms. Recognised for its supplier-side work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Pragmatic, innovative in solutions and resourceful in how they service us, giving us the right resource at the right point in the deal."

"Very flexible in terms of timing and very responsive, with real depth in terms of the team they have in the area." 

What's new? United Business Media and Nike were secured as new clients.

Work highlights Provided counsel to National Grid in relation to its Electricity Management System contract.

Advised PRS for Music on its procurement of new IT outsourcing services.

Notable practitioners  

Clients praise the highly experienced Mark Lewis, noting that "he adds gravitas to any negotiation and he's got a huge amount of market knowledge." He has expertise in international outsourcing.

Richard Chapman "brings a very strong business sense to contractual negotiations and is very effective." His admirable client relationships and software engineering background ensure his regular instruction on major transactional matters.

Usman Wahid is lauded by clients for his "very practical" approach and strong negotiation skills. He is recognised for "understanding our business and how we work very well," and uses this knowledge to consistently deliver for clients. 

Significant clients Tesco Bank, Barclays, Tata Consultancy Services, Optimal, Stagecoach.

Band 2 | Bristows LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers broad sector expertise with a focus on emerging, innovative technology. Known for its close working relationships with in-house counsel, strong client list, and ability to handle complex technical matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very knowledgeable, practical and helpful, with great experience. They're responsive, and they do whatever they can to accommodate us." 

"Good operators who have had strength and depth in technology for many years and have kept their focus."

What's new? New client wins include Kimberly-Clark and Honda.

Work highlights Advised Capgemini on numerous technology programmes, major outsourcing and IT-related disputes.

Provided counsel to Wincanton on the setup of a data centre and launch of an online system for subcontractor work designation.

Notable practitioners  

Clients consider Mark Watts "very knowledgeable and very practical." He utilises his in-house background in advising on a range of IT matters, including data protection, technology platforms and software issues. 

The "very effective" Toby Crick has experience in cloud computing and social media, and acts for both customers and providers in outsourcing projects. Sources praise his negotiating style and "ability to resolve issues."

Christopher Millard is "absolutely devoted to the IT area and practice." He is a privacy and compliance expert, and remains highly respected in legal and academic spheres for his depth of knowledge. 

Significant clients Avanade, MasterCard, Flexera Software, Monster, IBM.

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Deep IT capabilities, representing a wide range of clients including financial institutions and government bodies. Earns plaudits for its outstanding market understanding and resourceful team capable of handling large-scale deals. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they're excellent, really impressive, and they really get it and us. They're an extension of my internal team."

"Clearly well placed with many relationships across the market." 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Allied Irish Banks in matters including major IT outsourcing and technology infrastructure projects.

Notable practitioners  

Head of technology Kit Burden is rated by peers for his "tremendous practice and very firm negotiating style." Clients commend his "cool, calm and collected" manner, which he uses to excellent effect in transformational projects. He also has expertise in the financial services area and counts Lloyds Banking Group among his clients. 

Mark O'Conor is the firm's UK managing partner and has exceptional knowledge of matters concerning cloud technology, as well as procurement and e-commerce expertise. 

The "terrific" Richard Bonnar is renowned throughout the IT market for the strength of his public sector outsourcing practice. He is also experienced in private sector matters and is deemed "very good to work with, very pragmatic and there to make sure the deal is done in a sensible way." 

Significant clients Atos, Easyjet, ITV, UBS, Etihad.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded and multifaceted IT offering supported by standout dispute resolution and TMT practices. Stellar client base, regularly instructed on complex IT projects and disputes. Multidisciplinary approach and international reach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Outstanding commercial and intellectual clout."  

"What was really useful to us was their in-depth industry knowledge. They were able to provide advice on industry best practice which we should consider." 

What's new? ACCA, Friends Life and Royal London were secured as clients.

Work highlights Provided counsel to BAT on matters including software licensing relating to its SAP platform. 

Advised ElectraLink on its contract for services with HP.

Notable practitioners  

Outsourcing expert Nick Pantlin is acknowledged for his ability to clarify and simplify complex issues. He is co-head of IT in the UK and Europe, and routinely works on cross-border transactions. Recent highlights include guiding UBS on data centre and IT platform negotiations.

Highly experienced, Mark Turner is a much-admired practitioner who produces high-quality IT work in a broad scope of areas, including telecommunications and e-commerce. He recently acted for ElectraLink on contractual matters with HP.

Nick Elverston is described as "terrific," with one source asserting: "I think he's very understanding, very proactive and user-friendly." He leads the TMT practice and offers expert advice on the intersection of technology and media, with further in-depth knowledge of joint ventures and IT compliance.     

"Absolute star" James Farrell employs "a very professional approach." He focuses on disputes involving IT infrastructure and systems implementation, and is regularly engaged by global clients on both the supplier and customer sides.

Significant clients Man Group, Vodafone, Transport for London, Financial Services Compensation Scheme, UBS.

Band 2 | Hogan Lovells

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outsourcing prowess, notably on the international stage, and a high-powered disputes practice. Extensive background in cyber security and expanding capabilities in emerging technology areas such as agile software and big data.

Notable practitioners  

The well-regarded Conor Ward has cultivated a reputation for strategic and experienced guidance on contentious cases, particularly those involving troubled projects. On the non-contentious side, he demonstrates prowess in handling issues relating to software, hosting and contract renegotiation.

Quentin Archer has substantial knowledge of the data privacy area, including lawful access and cloud breaches. Sources say: "He provides robust legal advice which also takes on board the commercial realities of doing business both within the UK and across borders."

Sources rate Mark Taylor as a "really thorough, conscientious" IT practitioner, who seeks to "protect his client's interests." He has a depth of experience in the processing software field, and is a prominent presence in new areas of technology, with considerable expertise in virtual currency.

Significant clients Accenture, Vodafone, Telecity, Standard Chartered, SABMiller.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its multi-jurisdictional expertise, brought to bear on major international work for blue-chip clients. Notable presence in the financial services field, and significant experience in data protection matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have extensive and deep knowledge of the issues and they are able to apply the legal technical analysis in a way that achieves a pragmatic, commercial and compliant solution."

"Extremely strong in IT financial services outsourcing." 

Notable practitioners  

"Impressive and practical," Andrew Moyle has notable expertise in the financial services sector and is routinely called on for large-scale, business critical projects for major clients, including multi-party outsourcings and infrastructure platforms.

Martin Cotterill is commended for his negotiating style and excellent IT practice. He specialises in technology joint ventures and high-value outsourcings. 

The "very user-friendly" Gail Crawford is a data protection expert and also works on media-related technology matters. Sources say she has "extensive in-house experience, so she is really aware of the needs of clients and how to appropriately respond to them." 

Significant clients Bacardi-Martini, Zipcar, Sony Music, Yahoo!, Time Warner.

Band 2 | Linklaters

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Great depth of experience across the technology sector, representing high-profile clients in both the public and private sectors. Especially proficient in advising on key strategic matters and complex multiparty agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They really help augment our team, and it's very reassuring that we have the best on our side; the best prepared, the best negotiators, the ones who work the hardest." 

"A strong practice with smart people and a big bench, and good to work with."

What's new? New panel appointments include William Hill and Amazon.

Work highlights Advised Intel on its supply of semiconductor chips to manufacturers involved in multiple smartphone technology disputes.

Assisted Siemens with technology aspects of its acquisition of automated rail control provider Invensys Rail.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head John Crozier is described by sources as a "very effective operator." He undertakes major IT transformation projects on behalf of both public and private entities, and has further expertise in compliance matters. 

Praised as "absolutely brilliant on outsourcing," Richard Cumbley has particular expertise in electronic privacy and e-commerce. Sources appreciate his "co-operative, collaborative manner."

Significant clients Pioneer Global Asset Management, Barclays Bank, Citigroup, Visa Europe, BP.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad IT expertise, including international projects, regulatory advice, innovative new technology and data privacy. Diverse client base, with significant experience in representing financial institutions and major pharmaceutical companies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The level of service has been exemplary. Their level of knowledge and pragmatic approach have helped us over many hurdles, and expertise across many fields has always been readily available."

"They have a very practical, commercial approach. They understand the organisation very well and tailor solutions to our needs, advising a structure that's best suited for our organisation."

Work highlights Acted for mobile phone company Maxis on the USD400 million creation and launch of its billing, customer service and internet presence management system.

Advised NYSE Technologies on numerous IT services involving licensing, new platforms and technology asset acquirement.

Notable practitioners  

Joel Harrison is hailed by clients as an "extraordinarily talented lawyer whose ability to negotiate and get the balance right is impressive." He leads on IT infrastructure outsourcing and platform procurement matters for an impressive client list, in addition to advising on technology regulation.

Laurence Jacobs is renowned in the IT market for his outsourcing practice. He leads the technology team and has vast experience, with sources saying there is "nothing he doesn't know about." He is impressive in counselling on joint ventures and strategic partnerships, and is recognised for his skill in contract renegotiation.  

The "really fantastic and responsive" Sean Keaton maintains a strong reputation for global projects involving renegotiation, procurement and strategic IT reorganisation.

Julian Stait earns praise for his IT litigation work and is seen as a "polished and strategic adviser." He acts on behalf of prominent clients on both the customer and supplier sides in significant disputes. 

Significant clients Direct Line Group, T-Systems, AstraZeneca, Barclays Bank, IHTSDO.

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Accomplished practice known for its corporate strength and international capability. Robust client base attracted by its Silicon Valley background and large-scale outsourcing capacity, as well as its knowledge of emerging technology and regulatory advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are experienced, lending a commercial approach as well as legal expertise to business challenges. Also highly customer-focused and very responsive."

"They're very interested in understanding what's important to us, so in addition to helping on the deals, they're very keen to help raise our understanding of issues and develop our team in a way that's helpful to us." 

Work highlights Acted for Dimension Data on wide-ranging cloud issues comprising contracts, cloud exchange and its provision of Cloud-as-a-Service to Jersey Telecom.

Advised Odeon & UCI Cinemas on matters relating to digital projection, including its joint venture for the European introduction of Dolby Premium Cinema.

Notable practitioners  

Alistair Maughan is described by clients as "very focused on getting the deal done. He'll cut through the issues, looking at the business aspects rather than just the pure law." He regularly represents IT services customers and is especially active in public sector technology matters.  

Christopher Coulter has a broad practice, encompassing telecommunications, digital content and software rights. He regularly acts for media clients, advising on compliance and data protection.

Significant clients Autodesk, Fujitsu, Seiko Epson, Franklin Templeton, Motive TV.

Band 2 | Olswang

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Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Standout media expertise and widely recognised technology practice, incorporating digital media and the intersection between IP and IT. Impressive client roster. Additional strength in technology-related litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What really stands out is their strategic thinking. Olswang have been very receptive to what we see as our goals and are able to move very quickly and get great results."

"They take the time to get to know the client. Because they've already invested the time educating their workforce on what's important to us, four hours turns into two, and they're never just advising on the specific issue in front of them but the issue in the wider landscape."

Work highlights Represented Microsoft in its claim against Discount Licensing, for unlawful purchase and disposal of second-hand software licences.

Notable practitioners  

Clients recommend Clive Gringras for his "razor-sharp strategic thinking and encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry." He works on both transactional and contentious matters for major international clients. Sources say: "He's brilliant from a legal strategy perspective." 

Significant clients Unilever, Tripadvisor, Airbnb, ZTE, T-Systems.

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive technology performers with established pedigree in telecommunications and outsourcing. Broad spread of clients, guiding international companies on large multi-jurisdictional deals, and SMEs on innovative and emerging IT.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The client service is uniformly excellent; swift, commercial, proactive, thorough, and thoughtful. Very strategic acumen, with a focus on understanding the business context into which the matter they are advising upon fits."

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Rees acts for a range of clients and has notable depth in outsourcing matters and supply agreements, as well as the technology aspects of corporate deals. Sources note his "sound understanding of IT." 

Glyn Morgan leads the IT practice and is experienced in digital media and regulatory matters. He acts for technology clients ranging from start-ups to major global corporates, and spans both the transactional and contentious sides.

Significant clients Burberry, Just Eat, Spotify, bwin.party digital entertainment, Visa.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Pure IT focus, incorporating major outsourcing and e-commerce. Handles heavyweight technology projects for high-profile national and international companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Great expertise in technology outsourcing. I would not hesitate to recommend them. They have deep understanding of all of the legal and commercial issues that need to be in place in order to underpin success."

"They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and they are very thorough. Working with them is very easy." 

What's new? New client wins include IRIS Software Group, Prezzo and Grafton Group. 

Work highlights Provided counsel to Hitachi Data Systems on multiple large-scale contracts in relation to IT storage.

Advised Hays Group on contractual issues surrounding 3 Story Software licensing.

Notable practitioners  

One client notes that Jeremy Newton is "fantastic at turning complicated technological issues into simple words so I can understand them, being pragmatic and picking out the main risks." He heads the IT team and is a technology contracts expert, recently acting for F&C Asset Management on a number of key contractual matters.

Gavin Wakefield focuses on outsourcing and contracts. According to clients, he is a "hands-on, commercially focused lawyer" and "a persuasive negotiator."

Significant clients Capgemini UK, Old Mutual Global Investors, OmPrompt, Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Multidisciplinary approach, offering technology expertise in conjunction with strong IP, competition and litigation departments. Outsourcing experience coupled with strategic advice on joint ventures, and frequently called upon to handle IT aspects of M&A deals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely ambitious, push really hard, and are very creative and prepared to help us invent really quite new solutions."

"They did a fantastic job, even when there were pretty complex issues to navigate." 

Work highlights Advised Cisco Systems on its USD1.2 billion acquisition of cloud network supplier Meraki.

Acted for OpenText on its purchase of multiple UK software and technology companies.

Notable practitioners  

Jim Ford advises across industries such as pharmaceuticals and media, and routinely works on the IT elements of major corporate transactions. Clients say: "He's very commercial, he understands how we work and he feels like part of the team."

Significant clients Amazon, Samsung, Intel, Google, Facebook.

Band 3 | Ashurst

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for a range of clients, including leading financial institutions, global corporates and software service providers. Impressive track record in data privacy and cyber security, with knowledge of electronic banking, encryption and digital signatures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're pragmatic and commercial, and they deliver when I really need them to. They're on their toes and agile." 

Work highlights Provided counsel to Xchanging on contract exit strategy and renegotiation for its provision of IT services to LME.

Advised supplier International Financial Data Services on its long-term outsourcing contract with Old Mutual and Skandia Life.

Notable practitioners  

"Class act" Mark Lubbock has a broad IT practice, encompassing matters from data protection to e-commerce. He is practice leader and acts for a high-profile client base, recently advising William Hill on its acquisition of Playtech's stake in its online arm.

Christopher Bates "has a good eye for the detail, understands what his client wants and is very focused on getting there." Specific strengths lie in complex, multi-jurisdictional outsourcing and providing advice to clients in the financial services sector.

Significant clients Pension Insurance Corporation, Thomson Reuters, WorldPay, State Street, J.P. Morgan.

Band 3 | CMS

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Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Comprehensive technology offering, acting for start-up clients, major IT providers and international companies. Handles work in a range of industries, from financial services to energy and utilities. Maintains its standing in innovative IT, advising on new fields such as cyber security and eco-systems.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"CMS are highly responsive and appreciate our needs. They take a commercial view of the subject matter and use their technical excellence to guide us appropriately. The level of service we receive always meets our expectations and generally exceeds them."

"Understanding of the technical aspects of the technology involved, a very flexible approach towards the strategy we took, and very supportive in explaining the consequences of different trajectories."

What's new? On 1st May 2014, Dundas & Wilson became part of CMS.

Notable practitioners  

John Armstrong heads the practice and is experienced in cloud services. He regularly acts for financial institutions on IT matters, including licensing and electronic payment systems. Sources highlight his negotiation skills.

Significant clients GE, BG Group, Post Office, Lloyds Banking Group, Telemetry.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers expertise at the forefront of the technology industry, notably in cloud computing and data centres. Garners further plaudits in outsourcing and procurement work and for its excellent financial services practice. Strengthened by the firm's international reach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The individuals have excellent interpersonal skills, are very customer-focused and have a very robust understanding of contemporary market practice."

"They tend to cut through issues quickly and try to find a pragmatic solution." 

What's new? New client wins include The Bank of New York Mellon and CGI Logica.

Work highlights Represented Old Mutual in its procurement of long-term outsourcing services from IFDS.

Notable practitioners  

Mike Rebeiro combines "intellectual agility" with "very effective communication," according to sources. He concentrates his practice on major outsourcing projects. He has additional expertise in cryptography related to areas like secure trading.

Significant clients Vodafone, Citi, Santander, Banco Angolana de Investimentos.

Band 3 | Osborne Clarke

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong technology practice complemented by extensive capabilities in IP and media. Areas of expertise include digital advertising and technology-related healthcare. Additional strength in litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I go to them for their commerciality and practical application of the law." 

"A well-known technology practice who are a credible and effective force."

Work highlights Assisted logistics and transportation provider Stolt Tankers with the conversion of its IT infrastructure to a cloud-based system.

Advised BT Vision on multiple aspects of IT concerning its television service.

Notable practitioners  

John Buyers focuses his practice on outsourcing. He is also an expert on Middle Eastern markets. Sources say he is "immersed in this industry."

Simon Rendell acts for a range of clients on technology transactions. He has considerable experience in mobile payments and provides guidance on international growth for a number of blue-chip IT businesses. 

Significant clients Facebook, Digital Barriers, Specific Media, Netflix, Tableau Software.

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing IT practice with experience in handling contentious and non-contentious technology work. Data protection and outsourcing capability. Broad industry expertise, including financial services, pharmaceuticals and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"One of the things that sets them apart is that because they are intrinsically interested in the technology space, they are able to be very pragmatic and look at practical examples of what may go wrong from a project perspective." 

"Very strong in understanding the client's needs, the business, and the priorities outside the strictly contractual."

Work highlights Advised Direct Line Group on numerous matters, including global outsourcing, print services procurement and desktop provision.

Notable practitioners  

"Committed and dedicated," Mike Pierides receives praise for his depth of knowledge in the sector, and clients further highlight his "ability to find solutions and focus on what is important." He has foreign expertise in the Middle East and experience in areas including hardware and software implementation. 

Associate Simon Lightman is experienced in data privacy, e-commerce and digital marketing. One client comments "he understands our company and what we want, and he is able to get the details of the deal quite quickly." 

Significant clients Capita, GlaxoSmithKline, SEHA, Corporation Service Company.

Band 3 | radiant.law

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Basic facts about the department 
- 7 partners

What the team is known for Boutique technology specialist renowned for its tailored service and software-enabled delivery for efficient and quickly achieved deals. Combined litigation and non-contentious practice provides full coverage for clients, coupled with a concentration on innovative and value-focused case structuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A really specialist, niche focus and an innovative, forward-looking practice which is doing something different." 

"There is creativity and flexibility in the way that they respond to our demands."

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bank in the EUR100 million first-phase outsourcing and global implementation of a consolidated e-mail hosting programme.

Acted for Direct Line Insurance on the roll-out of an agile content management scheme related to improvements in its internet capacity.

Notable practitioners  

Alexander Hamilton is described by clients as "a very good, very senior lawyer who has provided and been at the front of some creative legal solutions." He has significant experience in handling large-scale remote hosting and communications projects. 

The "responsive, adaptive and creative" Andrew Giverin "brings insight, flexibility and a core of very sound and experienced legal advice." He has expertise in outsourcing and contracts work, as well as agile software implementation. 

Significant clients UPS, BSkyB, London Stock Exchange, Diageo, Amadeus.

Band 3 | RPC

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a variety of IT work, ranging from e-commerce and procurement to contractual liability clauses and data loss. Continues to invest in its technology practice, supported by notable IP and outsourcing expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very aware of the time limit in turning around contracts and legal documents, and their advice is second to none." 

"They co-ordinate all their advice and present it in the same way. A really joined-up service for multi-country outsourcing."

What's new? New client wins include Weve and Musto.

Work highlights Provided counsel to HTC on its sale of technology company Saffron Media Group.

Notable practitioners  

Practice leader Jeremy Drew is a recognised expert on system implementation, IP-related IT matters and technology contracts, specialising in clauses of limitation and exclusion. His practice has a global outlook and he advises clients across a broad scope of industries.

Anna Cook recently joined the firm from radiant.law. Interviewees confirm that she "really understands what the client is all about and has very strong relationships." She concentrates on IT litigation and has particular strength in software matters, especially infringement issues, and contractual liability.

Significant clients Betfair, Daily Mail General Trust, RSA, CoreOne Technologies, MPP Global.

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive advice on technology and telecommunications, with excellent experience in acting on business-critical systems implementation. Significant litigation practice, particularly in IT-related patents and competition issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Provided the client with an appropriate assessment in a timely manner to help them make a proper business decision." 

What's new? Monarch Travel Group, TetraPak and Courtiers Investment Services were secured as new clients.

Work highlights Acted for Telefónica UK on its successful bid to be the supplier of real time remote communication and readings for the government's smart meter scheme.

Represented Viridor Waste Management in its implementation of SAP-based ERP software provided by Capgemini.

Notable practitioners  

James Cotter regularly acts for financial institutions and investment funds on sophisticated outsourcing and service projects. He also handles technology matters for clients in the waste and healthcare areas, and recently advised the MHRA on reprocurement for software development and implementation.

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

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently instructed on highly strategic and complex IT deals, leveraging its international partnerships to effectively handle global transactions. Advises on emerging areas including big data, cloud and e-money.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"What always impresses me with them is that the team is enormously energetic. They'll keep going and going until they find the solutions."

"They are able to identify the issues, come across as having a lot of industry expertise and are able to converse with non-lawyers in the right way." 

Work highlights Advised Ladbrokes in relation to software and CRM licences provided by Oracle.

Provided counsel to Botswana government-owned Okavango Diamond on the creation and implementation of an online platform for the sale of rough diamonds.

Notable practitioners  

IT practice head Rob Sumroy is praised as "phenomenally bright, incredibly hard-working and very affable." He advised a range of high-end clients on technology matters, particularly outsourcing and data protection. 

Significant clients FirstGroup, Ocado, Schroders, Workspace.

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expanding IT practice which concentrates on large-scale projects for major corporates and government bodies. Significant knowledge of areas such as digital payments alongside notable experience in technology structuring matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have always been quick to lead on co-ordination and are very strong in terms of the documents produced. They are very sensible in taking into account our interests and they are able to provide some strong guidance." 

What's new? New client wins include Sainsbury's Bank and RCI Financial Services.

Notable practitioners  

Clients laud associate David Futter as "someone who can be relied on to get the job done. He's able to really lead, has very strong negotiating skills, and is able to see and understand the other side's view point." He concentrates on procurement, outsourcing and payments matters for financial services clients. 

Significant clients Associated British Foods, R. Twining and Company, Xemex.

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Substantial presence in digital media and an excellent reputation in computer games, with both transactional and litigation strength. Well respected in fields including mobile communications and content. Expanding concentration in the financial services sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They make us feel that we're valued as a client and they're interested in our business's success and how they can support that."

"A very good firm with a strong team of very capable partners and associates."

Work highlights Acted for Tesco Mobile on various IT matters, including procurement and implementation of bespoke platforms, data analysis and online retail.

Represented Securitas Security Services in a negligence claim against Trinity Expert Systems relating to the installation and integration of new software.

Notable practitioners  

Jason Saiban is a key contact.

Significant clients Direct Line Insurance, ITV, International Financial Data Services, Decision First, Comux UK.

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid technology practice complemented by considerable litigation, antitrust and projects expertise and excellent multi-jurisdictional capability. Primarily focuses on large-scale deals, especially in the financial services sector, with significant experience in IT-related corporate transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their overall work has been excellent and I'm pleased with their ability to handle complicated matters." 

Work highlights Advised Etisalat Nigeria on its procurement of IT outsourcing services from Huawei Technologies. 

Assisted Samsung with retail agreements concerning the European introduction of its OLED television.

Notable practitioners  

Clients hail André Duminy for his "huge depth of experience and enthusiasm for IT," and highlight his ability to "translate complex legal points into understandable points." He is an outsourcing specialist and offers "concise advice and really superb drafting" on technology restructuring and competition issues.

Significant clients Anheuser-Busch InBev, Co-operative Bank, Raytheon, Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Shell.

Band 4 | Dentons

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides broad industry expertise, with notable experience in the energy, retail and financial services sectors. Adept outsourcing practice, frequently instructed by public sector clients. Emphasis on technology compliance work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They make us really comfortable; we are seeing a long-term relationship developing, and their quality of work is excellent."

Work highlights Advised the Department for Energy and Climate Change on the phased design and implementation of its industrial and power sector targeted Carbon Capture Storage project.

Acted for Barclays on the launch of further payment features to its Pingit mobile app.

Notable practitioners  

Technology infrastructure expert Dan Burge is commended for his excellent handle on complex transactions that involve "contracts that need to be turned around in an incredibly tight timeframe." 

The "very practical and considered" Catherine Bingham heads the IT practice and is renowned for her public sector expertise, offering counsel on all stages of high-value technology projects. She has additional experience on the private side, acting for both customers and suppliers from a wide range of industries. 

Amanda Lewis has a broad practice spanning both contentious and non-contentious work, with considerable experience in the financial services and retail areas. She has specialist knowledge of public sector IT, and is also an expert on outsourcing regulation.

Significant clients Home Retail Group, Virgin Atlantic, TUI Travel, Ministry of Defence, Applied Materials.

Band 4 | Eversheds LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad technology capability, offering guidance on major outsourcing, system integration and e-commerce schemes. Experienced in IT services including cloud and hosting, combined with expertise in agile software development. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They really get the business. They're practical, do a fantastic job and are very available too."

Work highlights Advised Anglo American Services on contractual matters with HCL Technologies for the USD200 million transformation of its IT infrastructure to a hybrid cloud system. 

Provided counsel to technology start-up Oxygen Finance in relation to its e-procurement early payment system. 

Notable practitioners  

Simon Gamlin is a key contact.

Significant clients Lo-Q, HSBC, Polaris Software, Cyrus One, Confluence. 

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Wide-ranging experience in the technology sphere, including open source software, cloud computing and data protection. Further noted for its technology start-up support, with expertise in venture capital funding and enterprise schemes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a good client base and their instructions show a high level of knowledge." 

What's new? New client wins include LLE Ventures, The Learning Clinic and Open Table.

Work highlights Advised Norwegian pay-TV company Canal Digital on the creation of a contract for operator-shared satellite transmissions.

Provided counsel to Ingenious Ventures on numerous investments in technology start-ups.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Tozer heads the technology practice.

Significant clients Omnifone, Helveta, Decoded, Brandwatch, Mint Digital.

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Reputable IT practice supported by strength in IP and regulatory advice. Able to advise on international transactions. Particularly active in the financial services and media and communications sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Practical in their approach and understanding of our needs as a business, they take the time to make sure that what we want is in accordance with their instructions." 

"Commercial focus, thoroughness, depth of thought and expert communication."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Prinsley employs a "very practical approach and takes the time to understand the business and what it is we want." He is routinely engaged on significant global outsourcings. He also advises on open source software and technology distribution matters.

Significant clients Viasat Satellite Services, HSBC, Comet, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Omega Pharma.

Band 4 | Reed Smith LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Able to handle complex projects, supported by the firm's international network of offices. Broad technology experience including cloud computing, licensing and e-commerce.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're not just good at the legal parts but they're also very commercial, easy to work with and really engaged. They don't come across as your typical legal people."

"Provide detailed knowledge and are realistic and pretty responsive."

What's new? New client wins include UK Broadband, Bayer and Morpho.

Work highlights Assisted start-up company Makelight with software and system licensing issues relating to its special effects technology for live events.

Provided counsel to Channel 4 on evaluating and upgrading its protocols on open source software.

Notable practitioners  

According to clients, Cynthia O'Donoghue offers "very responsive, detailed knowledge of the area." Esteemed for her negotiating and drafting skills, her practice includes outsourcing, social media and cyber security.  

Significant clients HP, Electronic Arts, Tesco, BT, Siemens.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Covers the full range of technology matters, with substantial experience in handling international transactions. Dedicated client relationships and advice in an array of fields encompassing data, software and compliance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They get straight to the root of the issue, understand the personalities round the table, and the end goal, and actually give an opinion."

"Very down to earth, practical, pragmatic and willing to tell us the risks." 

What's new? Stolt-Nielsen, FIS and London Capital Group were secured as new clients.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Kirsop handles a variety of technology matters ranging from software development and hosting to data privacy. His clients include financial institutions, business intelligence providers and outsourcing customers.

Dan Holland is described by clients as "clearly very knowledgeable and always trying to help us find ways around issues." He has significant expertise in outsourcing.

Significant clients Hivedome, Barclays, Kalibrate, Affinion International, KPMG. 

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its expanding e-commerce offering, advising web-based clients on the legal aspects of key technological issues. Instructed on outsourcings for providers and customers, and supported by an active contentious practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They always have time for me, and put things in layman's terms, which is great." 

Work highlights Advised Equistone Partners Europe on its purchase of network-hosting companies Easynet and MDNX, to be merged into a single large-scale supplier.

Represented Cannacord Genuity in matters relating to the creation and application of a banking system provided by Avaloq Licence.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Dan Reavill combines technology expertise with an IP background to provide sought-after advice on data protection, software development and system implementation. Recent highlights include acting for HostelBookers.com on its outsourcing with Rackspace.

Significant clients Micro Focus, HostelWorld.com, Shazam, Trainline.com, Inoapps.

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What the team is known for Combines private and public sector transactional expertise with litigation strength. Advises on high-value outsourcing and procurement matters. Impressive client roster, incorporating start-ups and blue-chip corporates from a wide range of industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The advice they give is authoritative but also very clear, which as clients we really appreciate. They ask 'what is it you want to do?' and find a way of sorting it out with a can-do attitude that is incredibly refreshing."

"Always very responsive, pragmatic and straightforward to deal with."

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

Work highlights Acted for SABMiller on an international service provider framework agreement for the implementation of its SAP-based ERP system.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Hall is a key contact.

Significant clients MBNL, Vodafone, Marks & Spencer, Universal Music, Capgemini. 

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Offers expertise in complex technology aspects of major acquisitions and sales. Strong advisory offering, handling matters including compliance and online service development, complemented by significant experience in IT litigation. 

Work highlights Provided counsel to the Department for Transport on high speed rolling stock in relation to its Intercity Express Programme, involving software cross-licensing and escrow matters for business-critical systems.

Advised on IT aspects of London Heathrow Airport's sale of Stansted Airport to the Manchester Airports Group.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Lister has an excellent market reputation, bringing his highly regarded corporate expertise to his technology practice. He also advises on IT support services, notably for financial institutions.

Significant clients Sellafield, London Metal Exchange.

Band 5 | iLaw

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners 
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique firm with a specialist focus on IT law, offering bespoke advice for individuals and smaller technology businesses. Draws on a significant IT litigation practice to provide a comprehensive service.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're extremely responsive, so if I phone or send an e-mail I know I'll get immediate help, which can be absolutely vital at certain times, and I get a personal relationship with the key players."

What's new? New client wins include Big Data Partnership, Future Platforms and MESH Planning Tools.

Work highlights Acted for trading platform software supplier Caplin Systems on matters including a management services contract and customer agreements with clients in the financial services sector.

Represented Cortel Telecom in litigation brought by Vodafone for call charges, and in Cortel's counter claim against Vodafone for wrongful termination of a partner agreement.

Notable practitioners  

The "absolutely excellent" Justin Ellis leads the IT team. Sources appreciate that he "is able to explain the legal situation and then put it in the context of our business needs." Specific areas of strength include technology contracts and data protection.

Significant clients Rufus Leonard, Six Degrees Group, EurotaxGlass’s, Telemedicine Clinic, Touchbase.

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Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant prowess in financial services-related IT and e-commerce. Further experience in procurement of critical systems and software development, and an expert grasp of defence-sector technology. 

Work highlights Provided counsel to Intuit, a financial and tax software business, on matters concerning its international launch of services including account aggregation programme Mint and accounts cloud product Quickbooks Online.

Advised Japanese e-commerce business, Start Today, on the European roll-out of its combined online and social media WEAR service.

Notable practitioners  

John Benjamin is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Boeing UK, IAB Europe, Daimler, Digital Reality Trust, UniCredit.

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Richard Marke of Bates Wells Braithwaite concentrates on data system procurement, technology regulation and contracts for a range of clients. Sources say: "He looks at the commerciality of it overall and explains the implications very well."

The "very detail oriented and very strong" Anthony Lee joined DMH Stallard LLP from Bircham Dyson Bell in October 2014. He is able to "identify risks and then discuss commercial ways to resolve those risks." He is praised by clients for his ability to put complex points into layman's terms, and peers are quick to confirm his public sector expertise, particularly in procurement matters.

Jonathon Little heads the technology practice at Jones Day and is a "very confident" practitioner, credited with a "huge amount of knowledge." He provides guidance on strategic partnerships, multi-jurisdictional agreements and procurement across sectors including telecommunications, social media and retail. 

The esteemed Richard Kemp recently founded Kempitlaw and is renowned as "one of the gurus of the technology law practice." He has an excellent reputation in the market and, according to sources, is "prepared to go the extra mile and do the time" in order to achieve results for his clients. 

Mishcon de Reya's Kiran Sandford brings great depth of experience to her technology practice. She acts on a wide scope of transactions, encompassing software licensing, data privacy and logistics advice. 

Ashley Winton of Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP has significant expertise in cloud computing. Recent work highlights include advising Facebook on EU online regulatory matters.

Garfield Smith of Squire Patton Boggs is a "very capable and personable" practitioner who sources proclaim is "definitely impressive" in his handling of procurement matters. Recent highlights include acting for Blippar on the development and launch of its augmented reality software. 

Andrew Wilkinson "brings clarity of thought, determination to try and get us to a good place, and a practical approach backed up by a strong technical base." He leads the Squire Patton Boggs technology practice and is renowned for his negotiation skills in fields including data storage. 

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