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Olswang - London
  • 90 High Holborn
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC1V 6XX
  • CEO Paul Stevens
  • Number of UK partners 82
  • Number of other UK fee-earners 224

The Firm Established over 30 years ago, Olswang has built an unparalleled Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice. As a full-service, international law firm, Olswang has also established a commanding reputation for changing the face of business in a wide range of other industries, from real estate to retail and life sciences to leisure.

Principal Areas of Work:
15 partners; 30 other qualified lawyers.
Advised long-standing client Microsoft on over 100 content licensing deals for MSN’s 425 million users with some of the world’s biggest newspapers, publishers and content platforms, from London to Sydney and 20 other territories in between.
Key clients: Microsoft, BAE Systems, Marks & Spencer, Unilever, BP and ZTE.
38 partners; 58 other qualified lawyers. Advised Viacom on its acquisition of Channel 5 for £450m. Advised longstanding client, BBC Worldwide, on a new long-term joint venture with AMC Networks Inc.
Key clients: Dentsu Aegis, BBC Worldwide, BBC, Warner Bros, NBCUniversal, Shine and Viacom.
12 partners; 25+ other qualified lawyers.
Advised Belgacom, the largest Belgian telecommunications company, on the sale of the business and assets of its UK IT services unit Telindus to Telent Technology Services Limited. Olswang continues to provide full service support on an exclusive basis to DMSL (trading as “at800”), the Ofcom mandated joint venture set-up by Vodafone, Telefonica, EE and Three in the context of the 4G network roll-out.
Key clients: Vodafone, Belgacom, Telstra, Telefonica, Tata Communications, Telit Communications and EU Networks.
Real Estate:
8 partners; 37 other qualified lawyers.
Advised long-standing client Heron International, the property investment company, on the renaming of the iconic Heron Tower to Salesforce Tower London. Advised London-based fund management company Benson Elliot on the sale of 1-8 The Broadway in Ealing to Pramerica Real Estate Investors, the European arm of the US real estate investment and advisory business of Prudential Financial, Inc. Key clients: F&C REIT, Delancey, Aberdeen Asset Management, Benson Elliot and InfraRed Capital Partners.
25 partners; 33 other fee earners.
Advised Italian restaurant chain Prezzo plc on the acquisition of it by leading private equity group Texas Pacific Group for £300m+. Advised dunnhumby Limited, the world’s leading customer science company wholly owned by Tesco group, in relation to its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of global adtech company Sociomantic Labs GmbH.
Key clients: BBC Worldwide, Warner Music Group, ITV plc, Living Bridge, dunnhumby (a Tesco subsidiary) and CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings PLC.
Intellectual Property:
28 partners; 108 other fee earners.
Represent China-based telecoms giant ZTE in defending proceedings for patent infringement brought by Vringo. Vringo alleges that various types of ZTE’s network infrastructure equipment and some mobile phone handsets infringe its patents. Advising Zynga on a trade mark infringement and passing off claim brought by Mattel in relation to Zynga’s word game app: SCRAMBLE WITH FRIENDS.
Key clients: Microsoft, ZTE, Vodafone, Richemont Group, Sky.
10 partners; 27 other fee earners.
Acting for the Safari Users Group against Google whose data was obtained without their consent. A small test group of those are suing Google for breach of confidence and privacy and seeking to recover damages and obtain disclosure and an apology from Google.
Key clients: BBC, NBCUniversal, ITV, Microsoft and Guardian News and Media.
Commercial Contracts, Sourcing, Procurement & Supply Chain:
14 partners; 42 other fee earners.
Advised Unilever (which has one of the largest and most sophisticated technology shared service organisations (ETS) on the planet) on the renegotiation of its service desk and desk-side support arrangements.
Key clients: BP, BAE Systems, T-Systems, Unilever, Marks & Spencer and Nationwide. Finance: 6 partners; 12 other fee earners.
Employment, Pensions & Benefits:
5 partners; 20 other fee earners.

International Headquartered in London, Olswang has an international presence spanning Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, the UK and Singapore.

Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Mandarin, Spanish.

Recruitment: UK recruits and promotions in 2014/15 include: Barry Stimpson and Niall McAlister (lateral hires), and Melissa Brett, Anna Caddick and Katie Nagy de Nagybaczon (promotions).

  • Technology Clive Gringras, Anthony Waller Media Mark Devereux, Victoria Gaskell
  • Telecommunications Purvi Parekh
  • Real Estate Jonathan Lewis
  • Corporate Mark Bertram
  • Intellectual Property Joel Barry
  • Litigation Richard Bamforth
  • Commercial Contracts, Sourcing, Procurement & Supply Chain Iain Stansfield, Dominic Dryden
  • Finance Charles Kerrigan
  • Employment, Pensions & Benefits Melanie Lane


  • 90 High Holborn,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC1V 6XX
  • Tel (020) 7067 3000
  • Fax (020) 7067 3999
  • DX 37972 London Kingsway
  • Email : london@olswang.com
  • Website : www.olswang.com