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

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

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“The team functions in a very efficient manner, maximising internal synergies and avoiding the duplication of efforts.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“Highly renowned boutique firm with an excellent reputation for its high level of technical expertise and industry focus on life sciences, new technology and online business.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“The firm’s exemplary reputation in the technology sector is built on the foundation of top-end practices.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

Bristows has “a strong name within multi-jurisdictional IP and data protection matters.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2021

“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

“Bristows’ lawyers are ‘brilliant at communicating and very good team players’.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Very client-focused and good on quality.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“An excellent firm”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Commentators describe the team members as ‘extremely competent and very pragmatic’.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

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

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Terrific at IP and advertising work.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“They’re efficient, responsive and provide good-quality strategic advice.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Accomplished advisers to clients in the gaming sector on IP and regulatory issues.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Particular prowess in the digital media and technology space.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Distinguished for its work on the commercialisation of IP at the vanguard of life sciences and technology.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Clients appreciate their ‘proactive consideration of potential client needs’.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Clients appreciate their ‘responsible individual advice’.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

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

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Highly professional, very smart, hard-working and always willing to help.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

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

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Experienced advisers on digital advertising and cloud computing matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“Especially adept at providing counsel on the most current and cutting-edge issues in the technology space.”

Chambers and Partners 2021

“They would definitely be one of my top recommendations for advice in this area.”

Legal 500 2021

“The team has particularly strong expertise in the TMT sector where they represent many major national and international players.”

Legal 500 2021

“Bristows can now rightly hold itself out as offering defamation and privacy expertise alongside its tech and data protection work.”

Legal 500 2021

“Excellent technical understanding of modern media, especially internet publishers, and social media.”

Legal 500 2021

Recent ranking and awards

Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity - Tier 1
Legal 500 UK 2021

Technology, Media & Telecoms - Tier 3
Legal 500 2021

Commercial Litigation - Tier 3
Legal 500 2021

IT and Telecoms - Tier 1
Legal 500 UK 2021

Fintech - Tier 3
Legal 500 UK 2021

Data Protection - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Media & entertainment: Gaming, social media & interactive content - Band 4
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

IT - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Outsourcing - Band 2
Chambers and Partners UK 2021

Technology Sector (International & Cross-border ) - Band 1
Chambers and Partners Global 2021

Leading Firm
Who's Who Legal Data UK 2021

TMT Firm of the Year 
Legal 500 UK Awards 2020

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

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

IT & Telecoms
Leaders League UK 2020

Advertising & Marketing
Leaders League UK 2020

Commercial Litigation
Leaders League UK 2020

Data Protection - Band 3
Chambers and Partners Europe 2019

TMT Team of the Year
Legal Business Awards 2017

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