Information Technology - London (Firms)
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.
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.