3 Verulam Buildings

Information Technology Department

London (Bar)
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Members are regularly instructed in diverse matters including breaches of contract and outsourcing failures, and frequently bring to bear additional regulatory expertise in matters relating to cryptocurrency or data protection. The set's clients include well-known IT providers as well as large commercial clients, particularly those in the financial services sector. Highlights in recent months include instructions in CIS General Insurance v IBM and Uniface v Citibank.

Client service: Stephen Penson heads up the clerking function.


Clive Freedman

Respected junior whose IT practice centres particularly on cases concerning online banking and e-commerce, including software licence disagreements and contract issues. His technical expertise also comes into play in his parallel role as a mediator and arbitrator for technology disputes.
Strengths: "He is meticulous, very thorough and 100% reliable." "Huge technological expertise."
Recent work: Advised an IT services provider on a £2 million contract for provision of services to a transport operator.


Michael Lazarus

Leading junior at the IT Bar, who enjoys a peerless reputation for both his courtroom advocacy and his deep technical understanding of the issues at hand. He is an expert on the technology aspects of the sale and purchase of business assets, and is also highly adept at banking and finance, fraud and professional negligence cases. Lazarus is experienced at handling disputes involving public authorities.
Strengths: "Astute and commercially aware." "Strong experience in the technology disputes area. One of the best."
Recent work: Represented Co-op Insurance in a claim to recover the costs it incurred attempting to implement a new insurance IT platform, following early termination of the implementation contract by IBM.