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Richard Kemp

Richard Kemp IT lawyer; tech lawyer; technology lawyer; best lawyer

Richard Kemp


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“One of the most accomplished technology lawyers working today” (Chambers UK 2023)

“Unanimously considered to be one of the UK’s best technology lawyers” (GDR 100 2022)

“One of the top IT and data lawyers in the UK” (Who’s Who Legal Data 2022)

Richard has built an outstanding reputation for advice that combines commerciality and client service with innovative legal solutions to the business challenges of technology development, deployment and regulation.

As a tech lawyer, Richard is top ranked in Chambers UK 2023, named in Legal 500’s Hall of Fame 2023, and ranked by Who’s Who Legal 2022 as one of 25 Global Elite Thought Leaders for Information Technology.

In his career Richard has acted on many landmark projects, including:

  • Acting for Apple on the establishment of ARM (1990)
  • Acting on the launch of UK operations of Electronic Arts (1987) and Expedia (1998)
  • Lead external European distribution counsel for Microsoft (1993-2003)
  • External IP counsel to the London Stock Exchange (2003-2014)
  • Acting for EE establishing the first MVNO, Virgin Mobile (2000) and on the first mobile infrastructure sharing agreement (with BT in 2001)
  • Acting for Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Simmons and Simmons on the establishment of the Banking Legal Technology Portal (2006)

Always personally on the ball and provides first-class, quality advice.’ (Legal 500 2024)

‘One of the most accomplished technology lawyers working today.’ (Chambers UK 2024)

‘I always receive excellent service from Richard – setting my expectations around fees and timescales up front and sticking to them.’ (Chambers UK 2024)

‘He always achieves the perfect balance between legal and commercial focus. Our team and counterparties always appreciate his approach to his work.’ (Chambers UK 2024)

“A leading light in the UK market thanks to his vast expertise and understanding of technical concepts” (WWL 2023: Data – Information Technology, Telecoms & Media)

“An ideal lawyer due to his broad knowledge on IT and data protection law” (WWL 2023: Data – Data Privacy, Data Protection & Data Security)

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