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Recent rankings and awards

  • Data Protection, privacy and cybersecurity - Top tier
    Legal 500 2017
  • IT and Telecoms - Top tier
    Legal 500 2017
  • IT and Telecoms - Tier 1
    Legal 500 2016
  • Data protection - Top Tier
    Legal 500 2016
  • Data Protection - Band 1
    Chambers and Partners 2016

What others say

"Bristows LLP handles a range of matters in the IT and telecoms space, and acts for clients including IBM, Capgemini and Sony."
Legal 500 2017

"‘One of the best firms in the area’, Bristows LLP has an ‘excellent’ department, which is ‘technically strong, extremely responsive and highly considerate of the client’s needs’. The firm’s contentious strength (in areas including data breaches) sits alongside substantial expertise in global compliance programmes and privacy issues. It advised Google in the EU and US on the development and implementation of a GDPR strategy, and is assisting Samsung Electronics in relation to the data protection elements of its digital marketing operations." 
Legal 500 2017

"Mark Watts, who has ‘incredible knowledge which he applies in a highly commercial way’, leads the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Robert Bond and his team from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Of counsel Christopher Millard and Hannah Crowther are also recommended." 
Legal 500 2017

"They are incredibly reliable and responsive, and are really detail-oriented lawyers who not only get the space, but who understand technology and the commercial aspects as well."
Chambers and Partners 2017

"Bristows are recognised not only for having a strong advisory team, but also great litigation experience in data protection." 
Chambers and Partners 2017

"An effective unit using their respective knowledge and skills sensibly. They're aware of what the client needs and they deliver."
Chambers and Partners 2017

"Bristows LLP attracts praise for its ‘very strong industry knowledge and commercial acumen’. The practice is headed by ‘effective negotiator’ Mark Watts, who acts for Amazon Web Services and is known for his data protection expertise, and includes Toby Crick, who acts for Ofcom and handles major outsourcing projects; litigation specialist Myles Jelf, who acts for Google and Samsung; and Adrian Sim, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and whose clients include Genomics and Capgemini."
Legal 500 2016

"In addition to assisting high-profile clients with issues arising from data breaches, Bristows LLP also handles compliance issues relating to new technologies for LG Electronics, and is advising Google on its response to the European Court’s invalidation of the Safe Harbor privacy principles. ‘Superstar’ Mark Watts heads the team, which includes senior counsel Christopher Millard and associate Hannah Crowther."
Legal 500 2016

"We have particular confidence in their grasp of technical matters, in addition to the high standard of legal advice." 
Chambers and Partners 2016

"They have a good balance of technical versus legal knowledge. They understand our area better than almost anyone else - they understand the technologies that we have and produce, and understand how we need to work." 
Chambers and Partners 2016

"They offer the best practical advice on how to get something done. They offer guidance that helps us understand the risks and the best way of approaching an issue." 
Chambers and Partners 2016

"They give practical, concise and direct advice, and they understand the technology sector very well. They are extremely responsive and quick to communicate." 
Chambers and Partners 2016

"They give a high-quality legal analysis coupled with a fruitful, thoughtful understanding of the way the law works." 
Chambers and Partners 2016

"Bristows LLP typically advises buyers on significant outsourcing transactions. Clients are drawn from a broad range of sectors, but include a number of financial services and technology companies. The firm was selected by Genomics England to act as lead adviser in the procurement of sequencing services from Illumina. Other clients include Capgemini, MasterCard and Guardian News and Media. Mark Watts is the head of the department, which includes Toby Crick, Adrian Sim and Chris Holder, a partner who arrived from Bird & Bird in September 2014."
Legal 500 2015

"Bristows LLP has a ‘top-drawer’ practice that acts for Google in ‘right to be forgotten’ cases and assists Dropbox with various issues on a Europe-wide basis. It also advises Sony on product launches and cyber-security issues and acts for mining company BHP Billiton on compliance. Mark Watts is ‘whip-smart, experienced, practical and ethical’. "
Legal 500 2015

“Full-service provision including coverage of cloud computing, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) matters, healthcare and public sector data management. Particularly strong in litigation. Offers specific expertise in data protection concerning technology innovations.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“The team offers broad sector expertise with a focus on emerging, innovative technology. Known for its close working relationships with in-house counsel, strong client list, and ability to handle complex technical matters.”
Chambers and Partners 2015

“’Very knowledgeable, practical and helpful, with great experience. They’re responsive, and they do whatever they can to accommodate us’...’Good operators who have had strength and depth in technology for many years and have kept their focus’.” 
Chambers and Partners 2015

"Bristows is undoubtedly a market leader in data privacy, with a long pedigree in this area of work, a strong roster of clients and excellent lawyers in the field."
Chambers and Partners 2015

"I think they're top-notch. They have an ability to get what the client's business interest is, and focus on the issues clearly and keenly."
Chambers and Partners 2015

"Their technical expertise is fantastic – they really know their stuff."
Chambers and Partners 2015


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