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.

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

“Built on relationships and expertise gained over decades working at the cutting edge of brands and technology, the team excels where others falter.”

Legal 500 2022

“Strong scientific/technical knowledge base and experience.”

Legal 500 2022

“All very approachable, give quick and to the point advice.”

Legal 500 2022

“Probably the best UK-focused IP and TMT firm around.”

Legal 500 2022

“A strong team in relation to IT disputes generally, particularly those with an IP element and video games. Pragmatic and commercial.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows’ team are truly the sum of their parts and when every team member is exceptional at what they do, you really can’t get better.”

Legal 500 2022

“Others have claimed to have deep understanding in tech, but Bristows seem to walk the walk where others have not.”

Legal 500 2022

“Knowledgeable, pragmatic, provides sensible advice, and consequently value for money.”

Legal 500 2022

“They took the time to understand our business and risk appetite and this was factored in to the advice throughout.”

Legal 500 2022

“The [Fintech] team is ‘approachable, highly experienced and commercial in its advice’.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows is probably the best TMT/IP firm in the UK – especially in the IT and telecoms area – having been involved throughout the entire development of FRAND-based litigation in the UK over the last 15 years.”

Legal 500 2022

“Its exceptionally capable, almost exclusively dual-qualified (science/engineering and law) lawyers at both the partner and associate level are second to none in terms of capability and experience – leading to small but exceptionally well focused and engaged teams who deliver a top-rate service.”

Legal 500 2022

“Industry knowledge, client intimacy and business savvy.”

Legal 500 2022

“All very approachable, quick and give to the point advice.”

Legal 500 2022

“Just pleasant to work with to support our business operations.”

Legal 500 2022

“Good budget forecasting and regular know how updates in various ways.”

Legal 500 2022

“Keen young team that is happy to go the extra mile. Easy to use. I try other teams but keep returning to them. Part of a market leading life sciences practice. They understand what we do.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows LLP is highly regarded for its depth of expertise in the technology sector.”

Legal 500 2022

“They offer professionalism with a strong people-centric culture.”

Legal 500 2022

“Strong tech practice which is valuable for M&A in the tech sector.”

Legal 500 2022

“The close integration with the patent litigation and the general litigation team give the team a competitive advantage when it comes to litigate competition cases (especially if in innovative, IP intensive markets).”

Legal 500 2022

“As well as its core EU and competition expertise, Bristows brings a deep sectoral knowledge to bear on all issues it advises on.”

Legal 500 2022

“Very attuned to market developments, the team is able to provide highly tailored and insightful advice.”

Legal 500 2022

“Bristows are always there when we need them, no matter the challenges.”

Legal 500 2022

“Experienced, knowledgeable and well-connected, good at the practical application of competition law.”

Legal 500 2022

“There is a lot of expertise in the firm and the lawyers collaborate to provide the best service to their clients.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“You are confident you will get really sound advice from them.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Bristows is a very prominent and well-recognised law firm with a client base that includes some of the world’s most recognised and successful companies.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“A harmonious and well-coordinated group of highly skilled legal professionals.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

Recent ranking and awards

Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity - Tier 1

Technology, Media & Telecoms - Tier 2

Commercial Litigation - Tier 3

IT and Telecoms - Tier 1

Fintech - Tier 3

Data Protection - Band 1

Media & entertainment: Gaming, social media & interactive content - Band 4

IT - Band 1

Outsourcing - Band 2

Technology Sector (International & Cross-border ) - Band 1

Leading Firm

TMT Firm of the Year

Technology, Media & Telecoms - Commended

UK Cross-Border Telecoms Patent

IT & Telecoms

Advertising & Marketing

Commercial Litigation

Data Protection - Band 3

TMT Team of the Year

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