Chris Holder


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 mid-1990s/early 2000s.

He has advised suppliers and customers alike in relation to large scale, national and international IT infrastructure and business process outsourcing transactions. This has included many examples of data centre, application development and maintenance, telecoms networks and desktop service deals, either together or as separate ‘tower’ transactions.

With regards BPO transactions, Chris has advised clients involved in F&A, HR and logistics and for other, more general IT commercial deals, has also advised clients in relation to systems integration, agile software development, hardware purchase, website development and hosting, e-commerce and AI and robotics agreements.

He is a regular speaker on all of the above topics and is currently co-chair of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).


  • LLB (Hons) Bristol University
  • Qualified 1991
  • Partner Bristows since 2014 (Partner private practice since 2001)

What others say

"Chris Holder possesses expertise in IT law, and acts for suppliers and customers in large, international infrastructure outsourcing transactions. He is also well versed in BPO transactions. Clients commend his "very robust and clear advice."" Chambers and Partners 2019
"Chris Holder's client roster includes notable government agencies as well as private sector customers and suppliers" Chambers and Partners 2019
"I really rate him - he is very easy to work with and sensible in negotiations." Chambers and Partners 2019
Chris Holder is an IT expert who regularly oversees multijurisdictional outsourcing deals. One client says: "He's very experienced, knows the market very well, and has a very strong view of what 'good' looks like, both commercially and legally." Chambers and Partners 2018
"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

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