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8 New Square

Information Technology

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8 New Square is widely recognised as a "top IP set," and its members regularly leverage their extensive knowledge of intellectual property in the IT sphere in cases involving patent infringement, FRAND licensing and other issues. Their clients include major software providers and corporate entities, and they have a particularly large footprint in the telecoms industry.

Client service:

"The clerking is first-rate." "They are very good at problem solving and are very amenable to sensible negotiation on fees." John Call is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Adrian Speck QC
Commended for his mature and intelligent handling of cases concerning technology patent licensing, telecommunications and computer gaming. He frequently appears in appellate matters.
"Very thorough, makes good judgement calls and ensures he is in command of the detail when in court." "A very safe pair of hands with a good tactical sense."

Strengths:

Daniel Alexander QC
Highly respected silk whose IT work covers a broad range of contractual disputes and issues relating to rights. He is experienced in the handling of telecommunications and system design matters, in the context of his broader IP practice.
"A great mind for complex novel points, and very collaborative." "Highly intelligent and a very strong advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in the linked Supreme Court appeals on the determination of FRAND licensing in telecoms patents, a case involving Huawei, United Planet and other parties.

Strengths:

Jonathan Hill
His work in this field mainly focuses on handling the IP aspects of IT cases, and he is particularly highly regarded for disputes concerning copyright matters and alleged breaches of licensing agreements. He is applauded for his effective communication style and attention to detail.
"He is ferociously intelligent, but he always tempers that with a strong sense of the commercial considerations."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a claim regarding a software system called Bidooh for placing targeted outdoor advertising and gathering viewer data using facial recognition software. It was alleged that the defendants misappropriated the system in creating their own version called Flydooh.

Information Technology Department

8 New Square

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8 New Square

Lincoln's Inn

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Information Technology


Adrian Speck QC
Band 2
Daniel Alexander QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Information Technology


Jonathan Hill
Band 3