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Information Technology

Chambers & Partners 2018

This set’s market-leading presence in IP contributes to its increasingly notable presence in the IT sphere, particularly in developing areas like internet trading. Members are also experienced in handling significant contract and software disputes both in court and through arbitration and mediation.

Client service: Contacts say that “the chambers’ staff, led by senior clerk Ashley Carr, are among the best I’ve ever dealt with; it’s rare that you get the level of service that they provide.”


Michael Silverleaf QC

Handles the most complex aspects of both IT and IP law, and is able to advise clients on the commercial and technical considerations of cases including software licensing disputes. He also acts as a mediator.
Strengths: ”A phenomenally creative legal brain, who really throws himself into cases and is very, very clever in the way he analyses things.” “He enjoys getting to grips with the technical details and has a strong analytical style.”
Recent work: Represented eValue in a dispute with BlackRock regarding a software development and licence agreement along with a hosting application maintenance agreement.

Mark Vanhegan QC 

Has a broad practice covering the technology aspects of patent, telecommunications and media law. He is also an experienced mediator and arbitrator, who draws on his strong technical knowledge to aid resolution.

Strengths: ”Absolutely brilliant – and genuinely a nice fellow as well.”
Recent work: Represented Samsung in its ongoing patent disputes with Unwired Planet.


Brian Nicholson 

A highly regarded junior who has particular strength in handling patent and trademark disputes. He is especially valued by technology clients as he has both commercial awareness and a comprehensive understanding of the technical aspects of his cases. He is particularly noted for his work in telecommunications, where his prior industry experience serves him well.
Strengths: ”He just really gets it. He can see the other side’s arguments and where they’re going months in advance, and highlight the strengths and weaknesses of our case immediately.” “He’s very tech-savvy, a natural in the electronics and tech space and a delight to work with. All in all, a class act.”
Recent work: Instructed by Philips in its patent dispute with AsusTek.

Legal 500 2017


11 South Square is ‘the first port of call for IP cases due to the expertise and efficient service on offer’. There is ‘quality from top to bottom’ and ‘members impress with their speed of response, diligence and commercial sense’. The clerking team is led by Ashley Carr, who is ‘excellent and always able to assist’; he is ‘a clever and “on it” clerk and an important part of chambers’ success’. The juniors that support him are also rated as ‘excellent’. Offices in: London

Within Information Technology, 11 South Square third tier set.

11 South Square ‘stands out for its great strength in depth among silks and juniors’ and ‘provides an excellent service’. Members have considerable experience in handling high-value intellectual property-related cases.

Michael Silverleaf QCOutstanding.’ 

Mark Vanhegan QCA very strong modern lawyer.’

Brian Nicholson  - He is incredibly bright and has an analytical mind.’



Chambers and Partners Bar Awards 

IP/IT Set of the Year
2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 & 2016

IP/IT Junior of the Year

Hugo Cuddigan
(awarded 2011)

Brian Nicholson
(awarded 2013)

Anna Edwards-Stuart
(awarded 2017)

IP/IT Silk of the Year

Piers Acland QC
(short listed 2015, awarded 2010)

Iain Purvis QC
(awarded 2014)

Henry Carr QC
(awarded 2013)

Legal 500 Awards

IP, IT & Media Set of the Year

(awarded 2013, short listed 2014 & 2015) 

IP, IT & Media Silk of the Year

Michael Silverleaf QC
(short listed 2013 & 2014)

Henry Carr QC
(short listed 2013)

IP Inclusive Charter