Chris has worked in the IT sector since qualification in 1991 and was one of the first wave of specialist IT outsourcing lawyers in the UK, having worked for both IBM UK and Shaw Pittman in this role from the mid1990s/early 2000s.
He has advised suppliers and customers alike in relation to large scale, national and international IT infrastructure outsourcing transactions around the World and has been involved in some of the largest and most complex deals completed in the UK. This includes many examples of data centre, application development and maintenance, telecoms networks and desktop service deals, either together or as separate ‘tower’ transactions.
Aside from IT Outsourcing, Chris has represented clients involved in a range of BPO transactions, including F&A, HR and logistics and is also involved in systems integration and multi sourcing agreements, hardware purchase agreements, website development and hosting, e-commerce and general commercial contracting in the IT business arena.
He has spoken widely on all of the above topics and is a current member of the Technology Committee of the IBA.
- LLB (Hons) Bristol University
- Qualified 1991
- Partner Bristows since 2014 (Partner private practice since 2001)
- Outsourcing - Chambers and Partners (2017/2016/2015)
- IT and telecoms - Legal 500 2015
- 6th and 4th Edition of Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom for Information Technology Law (2017/2015)
- Telecommunications Media & Technology - Who's Who Legal (2016/2015)
"Chris Holder has significant experience advising on onshore and offshore outsourcing transactions. He concentrates on technology service arrangements, and has expertise in robot process automation.” - Chambers and Partners 2017
"Chris Holder has deep experience in business-critical outsourcing transactions. He joined the firm in September 2014 from Bird & Bird." - Chambers and Partners 2016
"Chris Holder is a specialist in IT outsourcings providing clients with an 'informed pragmatism'. He has 'significant industry knowledge' given his working history handling outsourcing for IT giant IBM UK and Shaw Pittman." - Who's Who Legal 2016
"Chris Holder specialises in IT and BPO transactions and wins market recognition for his app development and infrastructure project work. Market observers say he is 'pragmatic and very business-oriented'." - Chambers and Partners 2015
"The 'unflappable' Chris Holder has worked in the IT sector for almost 25 years, and was one of the first wave of specialist IT outsourcing lawyers in the UK. He is a 'leading figure' who offers clients a 'hands-on approach'." - Who's Who Legal 2015