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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We assisted a software vendor in pursuing its audit rights in circumstances where there was strong evidence its software was being overused. We drafted the terms of access for the vendor and liaised with an expert to ensure that the evidence of the software misuse was properly and independently captured. After establishing evidence of infringement, our client instructed us to seek undertakings and to obtain an injunction to prevent further software abuse. The action settled shortly thereafter.

Our client, one of the world’s leading gaming software developers of massively multi-player computer games, came to Bristows as it was preparing to launch its latest blockbuster game following a tip off that a third party software developer was planning to release at the same time ‘cheats’ and ‘bots’ for players to use while playing our client’s new game. We assisted our client in bringing a successful application for an interim injunction during the crucial post-launch sales period and went on to obtain a permanent High Court injunction against the defendant, shutting them out of the UK market permanently in conjunction with concurrent proceedings in Germany and the US.

Our client, a public sector body, has developed a genomic medicine service based on a ground-breaking genome sequencing project. We have advised our client on its IP and commercialisation strategy for implementing the largest sequencing project in the world and led negotiations for the various data, IT, technology and IP commercialisation projects, as well as assisting on the real estate transactions to house the sequencing and technology hardware and providing employment and corporate advisory services to the organisation.

We assisted our client, a manufacturer of ‘smart televisions’ in connection the design and development of numerous innovative product features to ensure compliance with various European regulations.

Our client, one of the most high-profile creators of artificial intelligence in the world, regularly seeks advice in connection with regulatory compliance, as well as issues connected with contracting for the provision of cognitive services.

One of the world’s leading cloud storage providers regularly seeks our assistance in drafting negotiating enterprise-wide cloud contracts with its clients.

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“Anything we need that’s particularly complicated we go to Bristows before anyone else.”
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Recent rankings and awards

Data Protection, privacy and cybersecurity - Top tier
Legal 500 UK 2019

IT and Telecoms - Top tier
Legal 500 UK 2019

Data Protection - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2019

IT - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2019

Outsourcing - Band 2
Chambers and Partners UK 2019

Data Protection - Band 3
Chambers and Partners Europe 2019