We are known for our work on some of the largest and most challenging commercial and contractual disputes for dynamic companies.

Our clients are market-leading organisations operating at the forefront of innovation and change in their industries, typically across borders.  In addition to technical expertise and years of experience, we offer an in-depth knowledge and understanding of their industries. They trust us to handle their most complex, technical disputes and protect their highly valuable intellectual property rights.

We act for our clients in litigation at all levels of the English courts, in arbitration proceedings, as well as facilitating settlement discussions, mediation and early neutral evaluation. However, we also recognise the value to our clients of avoiding disputes altogether, and work with them to identify potential risks at an early stage and develop comprehensive risk mitigation and management solutions.

We offer a number of flexible case management options, using the latest advanced case management and reporting tools, e-discovery technologies and automation.  Our investment in technology means that, even when we scale up, our lawyers remain accessible and knowledgeable.

One the hallmarks of our practice is our ability to provide seamless, cost effective management of complex cross-border disputes. We have strong relationships with leading foreign law firms and third party service providers, which allow us to provide the best expertise possible through the convenience of working with one firm.

While we are proud of the depth of our commercial and legal expertise, we are also friendly and personable and strive to work as an extended part of our clients’ teams.

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Mark Brown

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Experience

Arbitration: acting in arbitrations under institutional rules, including LCIA, SCC, ICC and UNCITRAL rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings under the Arbitration Act 1996. Bristows’ arbitration practice is unique because as well as acting in a wide range of commercial arbitrations, we focus on disputes involving technical subject matter.

Confidentiality: responding urgently to situations arising from the loss of or misuse of confidential information. We advise how to preserve and protect confidential information and trade secrets. Our experience includes disputes arising from confidentiality in product designs, life sciences product ingredients, development plans, market strategy, pricing information, internal costs, customer lists and software source code.

Contracts relating to IP and licences: advising on the full range of life sciences and bio-technology contract disputes right across the pharma product life cycle, often with IP-rich elements. Many of the issues arise from licensing arrangements and their termination, research and collaboration agreements, licence fees and royalty rates, supply and manufacture contracts, quality/technical agreements and distribution agreements

Product liability: We advise on all aspects of product liability, from pre-launch and product recall through to defending claims.

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What others say

The firm “always looks to provide solutions and alternate ways to achieve the right outcomes.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“the firm’s “collaborative approach,” its “strong foundational knowledge of outsourcing” and the fact that it is “willing to embrace and incorporate new concepts” are key assets during international projects”.

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

The team has “great insight into the tech sector and deep knowledge of the industry.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“Bristows always stand out in terms of clarity and prompt turnaround.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

A source is impressed by the firm’s ability to “cover the UK and EU” and at the same time “feed in to broader advice.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“They are experienced in co-ordinating or handling matters across Europe, through their good network of law firms.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“Clients particularly turn to the firm for its ability to lead cross-border technology projects across the EU”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“Comprehensive IT practice with powerful resources for major commercial transactions and complex litigation”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“The lawyers have a keen sense of the commercial aims of their clients and how to focus strategy so as to achieve those aims and they have an exceptional understanding of the commercial markets in which their clients operate”.

Legal 500 2020

Bristows “is more than a collection of lawyers; it is a real team working together – and for each other – for a common client-focused goal.”

Legal 500 2020

“The commercial and technology disputes team promoted Angela Fouracre, who ‘impresses with the high quality of her work’.”

Legal 500 2017

“Anna Cook is recommended for her handling of high-value IT disputes. Her client base includes multinational digital media companies and financial services infrastructure providers.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Overall, the Bristows’ commercial litigation team working on this claim have been excellent. They are consistently responsive and the quality of their legal services has been top-drawer.”

Chambers and Partners 2017

“It has particular industry sector expertise in IT, consumer products and life sciences, and has recently grown its practice in both disputes relating to the misuse of confidential information and the work it handles for financial services businesses. The team also regularly acts in cross-border Russian and CIS-related litigation and arbitration.”

Legal 500 2017

“Bristows LLP has a strong client following in the commercial contracts space, owing to its ‘high degree of partner-level engagement'”

Legal 500 2019

Recent rankings and awards

Media & entertainment: Gaming, social media & interactive content - Band 4
Chambers and Partners 2020

Commercial Litigation
Leaders League UK 2020