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

“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

“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

“It is a very good outfit and very reliable”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“The team’s work product tends to be very focused on the ultimate needed output. They really get to the heart of a matter”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Enjoys a reputation as a go-to practice for cross-border privacy disputes and regulatory concerns.”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“Extremely experienced and accomplished solicitors”

Chambers and Partners 2020

“The team is pragmatic in its approach and fields top negotiators. It helps in all areas of doing the deal, from the drafting, negotiation and giving information for briefings and governance.”

Legal 500 2020

“The team is flexible in its approach, and its understanding of the constraints of budget and time. It fields lawyers that you would introduce to your business stakeholders.”

Legal 500 2020

“Bristows has a strong team, which is proactive and balanced, and a pleasure to work with.”

Legal 500 2020

‘superb commercial acumen’

Legal 500 2020

“a well-rounded and pragmatic team with excellent skills”

Legal 500 2020

“Especially adept at providing counsel on the most current and cutting-edge issues in the technology space. Experienced advisers on digital advertising and cloud computing matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“They are particularly distinctive in their market and technology knowledge, as well as their creative and practical approach.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Experienced in acting on deals involving automation and artificial intelligence technology.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“They’re smart, pragmatic and have a spectrum of clients, so they give very thoughtful, useful advice with an eye across many industries”

Chambers and Partners 2019

They are particularly distinctive in their market and technology knowledge, as well as their creative and practical approach.

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Experienced in acting on deals involving automation and artificial intelligence technology.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Bristows LLP ‘stands out as a client-focused firm that goes the extra mile to understand its clients’ commercial needs'”

Legal 500 2019

“Especially adept at providing counsel on the most current and cutting-edge issues in the technology space. Experienced advisers on digital advertising and cloud computing matters.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

Recent rankings and awards

IT and Telecoms - Tier 1
Legal 500 UK 2020

Data Protection, privacy and cybersecurity - Tier 1
Legal 500 UK 2020

Data Protection - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

IT - Band 1
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Outsourcing - Band 2 
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Telecommunications - Band 4 
Chambers and Partners UK 2020

Data Protection - Band 3 
Chambers and Partners Europe 2019