Baker & McKenzie houses a large, market-leading practice which is able to advise clients on issues across the full spectrum of IT, including data protection, outsourcing, cloud computing, social media, e-commerce, telecoms and IP. Peers acclaim the firm for its "great international and domestic work," with one source describing this group as a "full-service technology practice with leading individuals in the IP and IT fields, as well as more corporate support." In recent highlights the firm advised innovative online gaming company OnLive on its UK launch, including various regulatory and e-commerce matters. It has also acted for Meltwater on its dispute with the Newspaper Licensing Agency concerning the potential licensing of news search engines; this instruction has seen the firm represent its client in both the Court of Appeal and the Copyright Tribunal. Other key clients include Google, Telefónica UK, Carlsberg and Sony.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Harry Small is described as a "sharp litigator" by admiring peers. He also has a formidable non-contentious practice, drawing upon his deep involvement in the technology sector to advise clients on outsourcing, data protection, e-commerce and regulatory matters.
Robbie Downing has a diverse practice, serving the technology and telecoms sectors on a range of global risk, privacy and compliance issues.
Key partner Michael Hart is well known for his adept handling of contentious IT matters, including mediations.
Ben Allgrove was a key partner in the firm's recent work for OnLive. He is particularly known for his handling of IT/IP crossover work.
Steve Holmes is an outsourcing specialist, although he also handles a range of other matters concerning social media, cloud computing and gaming. He was also a key adviser to OnLive.
Christina Demetriades is noted for her expertise in the fields of outsourcing, systems integration and e-commerce, wherein she advises key clients in the technology and financial sectors, amongst others.
Ilana Saltzman has a wealth of experience in the field of data protection and e-commerce, including advising on regulatory, commercial and IP issues.