About Me

With over 25 years' experience as a leading technology lawyer and now based in both our London and San Francisco offices, I have extensive experience advising on tech infrastructure and outsourcing projects.

In particular those with a public sector component, and all aspects of the software industry - licensing, Cloud, SaaS, distribution, etc. My recent focus has been on digital transformation and legal issues associated with the use of artificial intelligence. I also have a separate specialism in procurement law.

I act as a trusted advisor on a range of complex and innovative technology projects, covering all aspects of technology and EU procurement law. Within these large-scale infrastructure contracts, my project work has included contract negotiation and procurement, contract management and dispute resolution.

I also advise technology companies, particularly innovative, internationally expanding companies, on their worldwide business activities. Since September 2018 my dual location in our London and San Francisco offices enables me to support technology companies in both US and European time zones. My indepth interest in and understanding of the technology industry leads to much of my current work focusing on the challenges for suppliers and customers of transitioning to a data-driven business.

On artificial intelligence my current focus is on the intersection of ethics and the emerging legal framework. I have contributed to the debate around an appropriate regulatory framework for the use of AI at the UK Royal Society and the English Law Society and various other public and private forums. I believe that AI can have positive human benefit but there are considerable risks and it is not clear that ethical guidelines on their own are sufficient protection.

In the procurement field I provide real world procurement law expertise, acting for both the public sector as well as private sector bidders, offering in depth specialist skills and experience. I understand the issues that arise in major projects and can help offer solutions, providing advice that goes well beyond the legal and contractual, and into the technical and commercial heart of project implementation.

I speak and publish regularly on a variety of Techlaw and public procurement topics. I have been Chair of the UK Society for Computers & Law and President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations. I am an external lecturer at Rome and Nottingham Universities.
Experience
  • Ministry of Justice (UK): advising the Ministry of Justice on the high-profile and complex multi-million pound procurement and implementation of the next generation electronic monitoring of offenders.
  • Qlik: co-ordinating advice to Qlik on its activities outside the US, including software licensing, export and distribution issues, corporate acquisitions, HR and company re-organisations.
  • Major US Comms Corporation: advising on the implementation of sensitive and high profile next generation mobile communications systems.
  • The Micro:bit Educational Foundation: advising on future plans for the successful digital education tool, the micro:bit, launched early 2016 by Foundation member, BBC Learning.
Education

Studied

  • Kings College, Cambridge, MA, MPhil

Admissions

  • Law Society of England & Wales in 1991
  • State Bar of California - Registered Foreign Legal Consultant in 2018
  • Law Society of Ireland in 2021
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Roger Bickerstaff's long experience in the sector means that he is able to offer particularly well-rounded advice, he 'cuts across areas of tech and understands the practical implications.'

Chambers UK, 2018

Roger Bickerstaff is a leading light on digitalisation and e-commerce. He has a vast understanding of EU procurement law, which makes him a highly sought-after name in the market.

Who's Who Legal, 2018

Roger Bickerstaff specialises in technology and EU procurement law, and recently advised JDA Software on licensing and technology-related disputes.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

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