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TMT Disputes

Specialists in navigating complex cross-border and high value technology disputes


Our global multidisciplinary TMT disputes team leads the way in helping clients navigate complex cross-border and high-value technology disputes and, assisting businesses in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors minimise their exposure to contentious risk. With the advent of the internet of things, the increasing use of AI and use of big data, smart technology is increasingly giving rise to complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes over technology development, software and data ownership, patent disputes around communication standards over FRAND terms, as well as contractual terms.

Our team advises on disputes and risk management across the TMT sector and is comprised of litigators, arbitrators, mediators, advocates and cyber/IT experts, as well as contentious specialists in intellectual property, data privacy, cyber security, competition law, public procurement, regulatory law and tax.

Complementing our core TMT disputes expertise, we are one of the few leading international law firms to have expert and dedicated technology and digital teams across Europe and Asia Pacific. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) is a fast-evolving and hyped area of technological development that we have embraced, both as a firm and in our advice to clients. Our experience coupled with insight into the technology itself, as well as the regulatory environment in which it operates enables us to translate this knowledge into effective advice and transaction delivery for blockchain projects, acquisitions and disputes.

Data loss or cyber incidents pose major challenges to businesses, in terms of regulatory response and crisis management, to avoid damage to corporate and brand reputation and customer loyalty. Our global cyber response team is helping with increasing numbers of incidents and across all sectors. With increased use of data analytics, customer profiling and behavioural advertising in all sectors, data privacy compliance is critical. Our teams are seeing many more active claims brought by suppliers, contractors and now consumers (through class actions) over the consequences of data loss and cyber breach. 

Our global data protection and privacy team are well-established experts covering the full range of GDPR and other regulatory compliance, including data transfers, subject access requests, employee monitoring and surveillance, data breaches and data retention.

Our technology and outsourcing disputes work covers all aspects of the IT industry. We advise suppliers, customers and governments on all aspects of IT disputes including those arising from systems integration and outsourcing projects. The team handles disputes on technically complex electronics and electrical equipment issues, software development, and advises clients in the internet and e-commerce market segments. We are increasingly active in the fintech area and around cryptocurrencies and blockchain solutions.
Our media and broadcasting practice advises major broadcasters, content providers, media businesses and regulators on a wide range of contentious and regulatory matters. We advise on disputes about ownership and control, access to networks, regulation and competition, content rights and agreements, data privacy, defamation, piracy as well as the entire range of patent, trade secret, copyright infringement and other intellectual property disputes.
In the telecommunications sector our clients include licensees, operators, regulators, governments and customers ranging across the mobile, fixed line, wireless, cable, satellite, equipment, infrastructure, ISP and data network market segments. We advise on all aspects of contentious and regulatory issues.

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    Recent Experience

    STV Group

    Advising on the successful settlement of its long-running dispute with ITV and its new commercial relationship with ITV plc

    Sky Plc and TalkTalk

    Advising on appeals in the CAT and CoA relating to a 2013 Ofcom decision finding that BT had overcharged purchasers of Ethernet services by around £100 million


    Advising on litigation related to Twitter's terms and conditions of use and privacy policies, in line with consumer law and data privacy law (GDPR) after Twitter was sued by a consumer rights organisation which requires the amendment of more than 250 provisions and the transparency concerning the use of big data.

    This matter led to a revision of Twitter's policies concerning data collection and more than 300 clauses within their general terms and conditions of use in Europe


    Assisting in two commercial litigation cases against two publicists of well-known editors of "public information-based" internet sites concerning the termination of their AdWords accounts for breach of Google's policy

    Motorola Solutions, Inc.

    Advising on proceedings commenced against Hytera in the Federal Court of Australia, alleging that certain Hytera digital mobile radios offered in Australia infringe three of Motorola Solutions’ Australian patents relating to digital mobile radio technology

    BYD Company Limited

    Advising leading Chinese manufacturing company and its other relevant entities Defendants in Hong Kong High Court Proceedings against a Taiwanese multinational manufacturer in a highly complex and cross-jurisdictional litigation between two of the leading global players in the mobile phone component manufacturing industry. The litigation involved allegations of breach of confidence in relation to confidential information and trade secrets, inducement, procurement of breach of contractual and fiduciary duties, conspiracy, constructive trust and dishonest assistance

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