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

“Bristows has brilliant IP lawyers that understand the intricacies of patent disputes and transactions, particularly in the TMT and life sciences sectors.”

MIP IP Stars, 2020

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

“Bristows has met and exceeded our standards and expectations.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“My overall impression of the firm is excellent”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“Bristows has a particular strength in advising on issues related to biotech and digital health platforms, as well as dealing with a range of data protection issues for health companies.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“The firm’s dynamic range of expertise on legal and regulatory issues related to science-heavy industries has positioned it as an important international adviser for many companies involved at the intersection of health and technology.”

Chambers and Partners Global 2020

“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 2020

“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

“The team really cares about doing a good job and always go the extra mile. Although a partner-led service, you also get to know the associates who are doing the work.”

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

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

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

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

TMT Firm of the Year
Legal 500 Awards 2017

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