Technology

From start-ups to the largest tech firms, whether you're creating technology, using it to disrupt the market, or changing because of it, we are experts in the known and unknown, and everything in between.

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Bristows has a rich history in technology, dating back to when we drafted the patent agreement for the first electrical telegraph. We have been at the forefront of developments ever since and are proud to represent the biggest names in the industry across a wide range of advisory, transactional and litigious matters.

Most of us have technological backgrounds, some at doctorate level, so we can keep up with changes in technology, whatever they may be. Clients tell us this gives us the edge over our competitors.

We also love what we do.

We interpret technology broadly, so whether your business is creating technology, transforming itself with technology, disrupting its sector or even changing the world through technology, we have the lawyers who can help you.

Creating technology

Creating technology

We act for the leading search engines, cloud providers, streaming services providers, social media platforms, mobile operators, adtech vendors, outsourcing providers and hardware manufacturers. Whatever the technology, the leading players seek us out for our expertise.

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Changing using technology

Changing using technology

Global businesses are using technology to change how they do business and what they offer clients. Many are responding, having spotted new opportunities, while others have no choice but to change if they are to survive. Whatever the reason, we are as excited as they are to support their digital transformation.

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Disrupting with technology

Disrupting with technology

New entrants are shaking up established markets, from ordering taxis to insurance, from banking to ordering takeaways and the provision of healthcare services. We have the skills and resources to help our clients respond.

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What others say

“It’s a very impressive firm. They deliver excellent service and they’re focused on client delivery.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Superb technology law and commercial advice to customers and suppliers of IT and business process services.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“We are very happy with their work – they are of course strong on the legal side but they also have great insight into the tech sector.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“particular prowess in the digital media and technology space”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“distinguished for its work on the commercialisation of IP at the vanguard of life sciences and technology. Additionally recommended for its trade mark prosecution service.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Deep bench of high-calibre litigators with supreme expertise in contentious patent, trade mark, designs and copyright matters. Particularly sought after for biosimilars and telecommunications litigation.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Notable strength at the intersection between competition law and IP, advising on key cases that test the definition of FRAND terms for the licensing of SEPs in the technology sector.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

Bristows is one of the most experienced TMT firms in the UK, having been involved in almost every major telecoms case in recent years; it brings experience coupled with ability, enthusiasm and a service-oriented approach to every case, offering a first-rate service at real-world costings.

Legal 500 2020

‘superb commercial acumen’

Legal 500 2020

“a well-rounded and pragmatic team with excellent skills”

Legal 500 2020

“Bristows has relevant experience related to PSD2 compliance and provides concrete and practical advice on how to navigate these rules.”

Legal 500 2020

“Bristows have a clear understanding of the technology in the sector and specifically the fintech/insurtech market.”

Legal 500 2020

“Bristows has an in depth knowledge of the TMT sector”

Legal 500 2020

“Bristows LLP advises clients across a range of sectors, but has notable expertise in technology, IP and life sciences”

Legal 500 2020

“The experienced data protection team at Bristows LLP frequently handles complex compliance and strategic matters as well as investigations, breaches and contentious issues.”

Legal 500 2019

“Bristows LLP ‘stands out as a client-focused firm that goes the extra mile to understand its clients’ commercial needs'”

Legal 500 2019

“Recent additions to both bench and client roster further strengthen an already top-drawer offering”.

Chambers and Partners 2019

“They’re smart, pragmatic and have a spectrum of clients, so they give very thoughtful, useful advice with an eye across many industries”.

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Especially adept at providing counsel on the most current and cutting-edge issues in the technology space. Experienced advisers on digital advertising and cloud computing matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“They are particularly distinctive in their market and technology knowledge, as well as their creative and practical approach.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Experienced in acting on deals involving automation and artificial intelligence technology.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“They are strong on both the technology and commercial sides owing to their powerful IP and data capabilities.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

They are particularly distinctive in their market and technology knowledge, as well as their creative and practical approach.

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Experienced in acting on deals involving automation and artificial intelligence technology.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Especially adept at providing counsel on the most current and cutting-edge issues in the technology space. Experienced advisers on digital advertising and cloud computing matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“‘go to’ firm for cost-effective patent litigation in all areas of technology'”.

Legal 500 2019

“Bristows LLP has been described as ‘undoubtedly one of the leading IP firms’ and attracts praise for its ‘strong legal and technical expertise’.”

Legal 500 2019

“They are strong on both the technology and commercial sides owing to their powerful IP and data capabilities.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

Recent ranking and awards

TMT Firm of the Year 
Legal 500 UK Awards 2020

Technology, Media & Telecoms - Commended
The Times Best Law Firms 2020

Data Protection, privacy and cybersecurity - Tier 1
Legal 500 UK 2020

IT and Telecoms - Tier 1
Legal 500 UK 2020

Fintech - Tier 3
Legal 500 UK 2020

Data Protection - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

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

IT - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Outsourcing - Band 2
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

UK Cross-Border Telecoms Patent
Team of the Year, MIP Awards 2020

Data Protection - Band 3
Chambers and Partners Europe 2019

TMT Team of the Year
Legal Business Awards 2017

TMT Firm of the Year
Legal 500 Awards 2017

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