Information Technology - London (Firms)
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.
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.