I am a partner in our Commercial Practice in London with over 35 years' experience in advising companies and government departments on a wide range of legal issues relating to IT.

Over the years, I have worked on a number of innovative projects, including the UK's first major telephone bank. My experience in IT contracting goes back to the mid 1980's (before the release of the PC) and I have been advising on matters relating to IT ever since.

I have over 20 years expertise in negotiating and advising on public sector agreements, having acted for a number of government departments including the Home Office, Immigration Service, Benefits Agency, the Serious Fraud Office and others.

Today, I also advise companies from a range of sectors on a wide range of matters related to IT and technology. I have a particular interest in innovation and regularly speak and organise events relating to new technology and the challenges and opportunities that they bring.

Before joining Bird & Bird, I was Group Legal Director of Sega Europe Limited, which involved formulating policy issues in Europe for many of the Sega platforms, as well as negotiating major agreements and determining licensing and distribution issues. I was also Sega's Commercial Director, with responsibility for commercial functions including distribution, manufacturing, and supporting Sega's network of subsidiaries in Europe. Prior to joining Sega, I was a partner in a boutique media firm where I specialised in contract and copyright litigation.

Here at Bird & Bird, I was the lead developer of our award-winning Virtual General Counsel service which won an FT Innovations Award for outstanding client service. In the course of my career, I have written on many legal topics, contributed the chapter on international copyright to Database Law (Jordan's) and lectured on contract, copyright and competition law in relation to IT here in the UK and abroad.

  • Law Society of England & Wales, May 1981