Toby Crick


The primary focus of Toby’s work is on technology, communications and outsourcing projects where he has acted on both the client and supplier side in sectors such as financial services, telecommunications and life sciences. Toby also advises on other complex commercial transactions and he has particular expertise on deals involving the use and exploitation of technology and intellectual property.

Recent projects Toby has worked on include a number of international outsourcing deals (covering North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific operations) and advising a range of clients on their ‘digital transformation’ projects covering matters as diverse as procuring software and services to ensuring that new apps enabled by such projects comply with relevant healthcare, data and financial services regulatory requirements. Toby has also gained in-depth experience of advising clients on procurement strategies (e.g. supplier selection, pricing models and performance incentive mechanisms) and has spent time seconded to work in-house with a large IT services company, an international telecommunications provider and a mobile telecommunications company.

Toby is a Trustee of the UK’s Society for Computers and Law and lectures widely on IT, e-commerce, cloud computing, agile software development and outsourcing including at ITechLaw, UCL and QMUL.


  • BA (Hons) Economics and Politics, University College London
  • Qualified 1999
  • Partner 2009

What others say

"He [Toby Crick] is really commercial and very focused in a business context" Chambers and Partners 2020
"He's [Toby Crick] the one you want on your side in a fight as he never loses sight of what you're trying to achieve." Chambers and Partners 2020
Toby Crick is "a strong negotiator who is both commercially oriented and pragmatic" Chambers and Partners 2020
"He [Toby Crick] is the most knowledgeable lawyer I've worked with in information technology."   Chambers and Partners 2020
"Toby Crick is a commercially minded lawyer with huge experience, deep technical knowledge and excellent negotiating skills." Legal 500 2020
Toby Crick is "a very valuable asset in any IT contract negotiation". Legal 500 2020
"Interviewees praise Toby Crick for his ability to "defuse a tough situation" and say that he has a good way of dealing with clients."" Chambers and Partners 2019
"'Brilliant lawyer' Toby Crick is highlighted for his 'exceptional know how and negotiation skills' and jointly heads the telecoms team." Legal 500 2019
Toby Crick "assists UK companies with the procurement of telecoms services and advises international telecoms companies on compliance with telecoms and data protection regulations." Chambers and Partners 2019
Toby Crick advises on corporate and commercial transactions in the tech sector. He counts a number of multinational telecommunications service providers and insurance companies among his clients." Chambers and Partners 2019
"Toby Crick is a specialist in IT and telecommunications outsourcing projects, and acts for clients in the financial services, energy, telecoms and healthcare sectors. Clients say he is "a fantastic, trusted adviser on a variety of issues, with very strong knowledge in IT and tech."" Chambers and Partners 2019
Toby Crick "is really enthusiastic and has a great understanding of the marketplace." Chambers and Partners 2019
"Outstanding transactional lawyer" Toby Crick wins praise for his "real commercial focus" and ability to "get to the heart of a matter quickly." He is also appreciated for his "really good technical knowledge" and for the way in which he "can find a really clear way of explaining complicated legal points." Chambers and Partners 2018
Toby Crick is noted for his handling of outsourcings in the energy, healthcare and financial services sectors, among others. Clients report that he is "very user-friendly, approachable and practical." Chambers and Partners 2018
Toby Crick is experienced in transactional and regulatory issues in telecoms, and is highly recommended for technology-focused litigation. A client says: "He's a fiercely good negotiator." Chambers and Partners 2018
"Toby Crick, who is ‘a lawyer you want in your corner on all deals’". Chambers and Partners 2017
“Toby Crick concentrates on the outsourcing of IT and hi-tech functions, and has notable expertise in various industry sectors including telecoms and financial services. One client says: ‘He is not afraid to advise or push back if he thinks we are going down a wrong turn’." Chambers and Partners 2017
"The 'excellent and very able' Toby Crick is recognised for his experience advising financial institutions and insurance companies on information technology matters such as software licensing, procurement strategies and telecommunications projects." Chambers and Partners 2017
"Toby Crick, who acts for Ofcom and handles major outsourcing projects." Legal 500 2016
"Toby Crick "extremely personable, very switched-on commercially and has a real awareness of the importance of value for money." Chambers and Partners 2016
"Sources say that Toby Crick is "practical and constructive, and commands the confidence of those involved in managing the project day to day." He continues to build on his strong reputation in the market, acting on multi-jurisdictional sourcing deals." Chambers and Partners 2016
"Toby Crick "really knows his stuff and is very commercial and practical," report clients. He services the client and supplier side in e-commerce and technology procurement matters in the telecommunications, financial services and life sciences industries." Chambers and Partners 2016
"Toby Crick continues to impress peers and clients alike with his 'strong commercial approach'. According to sources, he is 'fantastic' when handling outsourcing matters in the technology and telecommunications sectors. He has also advised companies on complex transactions and the use and exploitation of technology and intellectual property." Who's Who Legal 2016

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