Bristows is the ‘go-to’ firm for IT & Digital for clients who want responsive, thoughtful and pragmatic legal advice. We cover everything from apps to digital transformation, system development to outsourcing, and block chain to artificial intelligence. Our tech-savvy team is as comfortable handling the roll-out of a huge government IT project as it is advising on the compliance of a new global service for one of the tech giants. Whatever it is, we have the lawyers who can assist.

Our focus on the technology sector makes us the lawyers of choice for many of the world’s largest technology companies. However, our clients for IT & Digital legal advice include sophisticated buyers of technology too, and we are regularly asked to advise on business-critical projects, such as digital transformations and strategic outsourcing. We can advise on regulatory compliance, draft and negotiate whatever contracts are required and even help clients get ‘troubled projects’ back on track if things go wrong, as they sometimes do.

Many of the IT & Digital projects we get involved in require us to have a deep understanding of the technology involved. Whatever it is – cloud computing, Adtech, the internet of things, robotics – we have lawyers who are interested and knowledgeable in how it all works. And if we do come across a technology we haven’t had to think about before, we have enough lawyers with science and engineering backgrounds (many at doctorate level), to figure it out. As the world becomes more connected and technology even more pervasive, our understanding of how technology works gives us an edge.

While we have one of the largest teams of IT & Digital specialists around, Bristows is still of a size and managed in a way that encourages cooperation and interdisciplinary working. For our clients, this means not only is the best expertise always brought to bear on a particular matter, but we can quickly pull together diverse teams with the necessary mix of expertise from across the firm, be that tax, employment, regulatory or another discipline a particular project raises.

Much of our work is international, either because our client is overseas, or because the project itself involves the laws of many countries, such as where a client is rolling out a new global IT system or releasing a new feature to an online service. We handle these projects using a network of the best IT & Digital lawyers around. We are not constrained in who we can work with and have spent years identifying lawyers around the world who work like we do – knowledgeably, pragmatically and cost-effectively. But we also know it’s not enough to work with the best lawyers, and we also offer our clients the convenience of ‘one firm’ – one set of instructions, one conflict check and one invoice.

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Experience

We advised a Premier League football club on a deal with one of the world’s largest technology companies to enable a next-generation contactless mobile ticketing solution.  We drafted and negotiated the software licensing and support to implement  a solution designed to improve fan engagement and speed of entry, while enhancing physical and data security.

Our client, a global medical devices company, has entered into a partnership with a healthcare technology provider to enable a cloud-based digital health solution that has transformed the way patients, clinicians and medical device suppliers work together to deliver improved patient outcomes.  We guided our client through the underlying technology arrangements from the app development and software licensing, through to the IP and data use issues which were at play in this global roll out.

We advised our client, a spin out entity from the UK Department of Health, on all aspects of the global launch of one of the world’s largest data sets of human genomic information.   We provided strategic advice relating to the underlying software platform (including the inclusion of open source software), and also the licensing arrangements for third party components, content and data.  Given the nature of the platform, we assisted with the creation of the end user licence agreement taking into account not only the various technology components in the platform, but also the intellectual property issues surrounding the incorporation of user generated content.

We advised a global IT, consulting and outsourcing company in structuring and developing its go-to-market strategy for its proprietary platform-as-a-service product which accelerates software development projects.  Working with the development team to understand the mix of proprietary, third party, public cloud and open source components, we advised on the key IT, IP and data protection risks and market positions and produced a suite of standard terms for their new platform offering.

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What others say

“Their sector experience is really broad and deep.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“I feel like we get a very personal service from them, they reach out to me and they always provide all the information.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“They’re very results-oriented, they staff their team appropriately, they’re on budget and they’re fully transparent,” another interviewee reports.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“We’ve been very pleased with the dedication they’ve shown, especially on last-minute matters. They’re very responsive when we ask questions.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“They’re incredibly practical, contextually astute and do an excellent job educating and thinking about complicated legal situations in a way that allows for forward momentum.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“Bristows are a class act through and through, a quality firm providing in-depth coverage.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

“We like to be able to take them into complex situations where they can be practical, and we like that they’re adaptable.”

Chambers and Partners 2022

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

Legal 500 2022

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

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

“The result is an efficient, effective, relaxed and most of all client focused working environment – it is a joy to work with and I believe brings out the best in everyone whilst keeping the client centre stage.”

Legal 500 2021

“I have worked with them now on four separate cases. In each the team is a real team – working together, understanding each other’s roles, delegating and taking responsibility when appropriate and involving counsel and the clients in the team work. Everyone feels part of the team and as if their input is important. This sounds obvious but is quite rare in practice: a function of a positive, friendly and commercial culture.”

Legal 500 2021

“This is not a firm that subcontracts their thought process to counsel, but whose instructions are underpinned by very well thought-out analysis and well structured documentation.”

Legal 500 2021

“Bristows LLP’s ‘dynamic team has in-depth expertise and a great, no-nonsense approach’.”

Legal 500 2021

“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

“It is a high-quality team of practical thinkers who know what is needed in business.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“They really do invest in the relationship”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Noted for particular strength in IP litigation and the licensing of telecoms SEPs.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“The team was equally willing to embrace and incorporate new concepts, and their general approach was to always look to provide solutions or alternative ways to achieve the right outcomes.”

Chambers and Partners 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

They have “particular prowess in the digital media and technology space.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“They have great insight into the technology”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“They provide solid advice that can be counted on”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“They are superb – business-focused, practical and to the point.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“The most knowledgeable information technology lawyers I have ever worked with”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Comprehensive IT practice with powerful resources for major commercial transactions and complex litigation”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“The firm is top-notch in the privacy field”

Chambers and Partners 2020

Recent rankings and awards

Information Technology - Band 1

IT and Telecoms - Tier 1

Data Protection - Band 1

Outsourcing - Band 1

Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity - Tier 1

Telecommunications - Band 4

GDR 100

Data Protection - Band 3

IT & Telecoms