Bird & Bird lead the way in Who's Who Legal's most highly regarded law firms for Information Technology in 2013


Bird & Bird has led the way in Who's Who Legal's Most Highly Regarded Law Firms: Information Technology 2013. The research saw 23 of our partners praised for their exceptional insight, "in-depth knowledge" and expertise on a number of matters, with individual fee earners from our offices in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK commended.

The strength and depth of our international team was illustrated by the fact that our two nearest competitors on a world-wide basis registered just 15 individuals.

The following extract is taken from the report:

The firm’s depth of expertise is evidenced with listings spanning the breadth of its international offices. In London, Graham Smith is “superb” and advises a range of e-commerce clients on issues including liability, copyright and defamation. He also has extensive litigation experience in the IT sector. Joining him, Ruth Boardman is “well versed” in all aspects of data privacy and protection and heads the firm’s international group in this area. She comes highly recommended by peers as a “market leader”. Further praise also goes to IT sector group joint head, Roger Bickerstaff, who has established an “international reputation” for his knowledge of commercial and procurement law in the IT space. He advises on major projects and is renowned for his “understanding of complex matters”. Peter Elliott also merits mention from the firm’s London office as a “major talent” whose experience spans IT projects in both the public and private sector.

Three individuals represent the firm’s Helsinki office. Kari-Matti Lehtiis a “star” lauded for his “in-depth knowledge” of outsourcing, data protection and privacy both domestically and internationally. Alongside him, Jesper Nevalainen is considered an “expert” known for his “adept handling” of complex transactions. Completing the firm’s Finnish listings is Kimmo Reina, an “assured presence” on outsourcing who represents IT and e-commerce clients.

In Germany, Frankfurt-based Fabian Niemann is “without question” one of the finest practitioners in data protection law and cloud computing. He is praised as a “joy to work with” by clients and peers alike. Also in Frankfurt, Jörg-Alexander Paul is noted as a “leading authority” on outsourcing and data protection. From the firm’s Munich office, Alexander Duisberg has a “stellar reputation” with experience that “spans the entire spectrum” of matters in IT law.

Elsewhere in Europe, Paris managing partner Frédérique Dupuis-Toubol possesses “considerable expertise” and is particularly noted for her work on IT contracts and antitrust disputes. Jim Runsten represents the Stockholm office and offers counsel “of the highest calibre” on local and cross-border transactions. In Brussels, Catherine Erkelens advises clients in the aviation sector on IT, e-commerce and data protection law and is regarded as “first-class”.

Bird & Bird also enjoys a strong showing in Asia. Marcus Vass is a “leading light” in Hong Kong praised for his “excellent communication skills”, whilst in Beijing, Grace Chen is a “go-to practitioner” on regulation and data protection.

The full summary can be read here:

2013 has been a successful year in terms of external accolades for the team. In September, Bird & Bird won International TMT Team of the Year at the China Law & Practice Awards, which followed the Legal Business Awards TMT Team of the Year Award in February, while individual awards were picked up at the Lawyer Awards (Client Partner of the Year – Jane Mutimear) and the Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards (Best in TMT - Marjolein Geus) back in June.