Bristows has long acted for world leading businesses with a technology focus.

Rapid changes in scale and the battle to attract and retain talent mean that technology businesses need a workplace that supports and strengthens their business objectives and a real estate strategy that is as flexible as possible. 

Although many of our clients are market leaders or household names with international reputations, we also support new entrants to this expanding and rapidly changing sector.  In an era of smart cities and location-aware services where data is key, innovations and new technologies have changed the way real estate is designed, valued and used.  These developments and the growth of the collaborative economy have caused a change to client expectations of their workplaces. 

Working with UK and overseas clients in this sector has given us an in-depth understanding of the issues at play and enables us to provide the valuable support they require throughout the life cycle of their real estate requirements.  We work with our clients to understand their business and ensure that transactions are driven forward proactively and that key commercial points are understood.

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Experience

Acting for a listed autonomous vehicle manufacturer on the development and leasing of a purpose built HQ and research facility.

Acting for a subsidiary of a leading European digital publishing business on the acquisition of a new London headquarters office building.

Acting for a listed US based software developer in relation to the leasing of a recently redeveloped landmark building in central London.

Acting for a listed overseas media business on the acquisition of new central London premises as part of its expansion in the UK.

Acting for a business developing the next generation of automotive battery technology in connection with their lease of manufacturing premises.

Acting for a longstanding client, a pioneer in audio reproduction, on its London headquarters acquisition and its UK portfolio re-organisation.

Acting for one of the world’s most recognised brands, in connection with its U.K. headquarters move, following a reorganisation of its business.

Acting for Britain’s largest on-line recruitment business on its relocation to the prestigious Blue Fin building on London’s Southbank

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What others say

“The ‘highly responsive, commercial’ Marek Petecki is a ‘standout partner’ who ‘finds and communicates practicable solutions to issues, and tailors his work carefully’; he is noted for his strength in M&A involving IP and technology. Petecki’s highlights included advising AstraZeneca on the £135m sale of its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Avonmouth to Avara, and assisted Diageo with its acquisition of a stake in a joint venture established by Piers Adam to develop a new whisky brand.”

Legal 500 2017

“The ‘partner-led’ practice group at Bristows LLP has ‘good expertise in the area of partnership’, acting for investment partnerships and professional partnerships. Joint department head Iain Redford specialises in investment partnerships and also has particular expertise in refinancing partnerships. In 2016, he acted for multiple individual members in relation to the sale of their LLP.”

Legal 500 2017

“Commended for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘good value for money’, Bristows LLP’s department is strong in the TMT and life sciences sectors; it also has notable experience in the consumer goods space.”

Legal 500 2017

“Life sciences expert Mark Hawes, who heads the group, acted for Albireo on its NASDAQ listing and its $200m reverse merger with Biodel.”

Legal 500 2017

“Corporate partners Mark Hawes and Marek Petecki…are recommended” in the Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector.”

Legal 500 2017

Recent rankings and awards

Real Estate: Commercial property - General / Investment 
Legal 500 2017

Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London) - Noted Firm
Chambers and Partners 2015