Simon Stokes Partner

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“Recommended lawyer, knowledgeable in IT and Telecoms.”

Legal 500 2018

“A noted authority on IP rights with respect to information technology and software licensing. Clients appreciate his swift turnaround and clear, considered advice.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
Simon drafts and negotiates technology and outsourcing contracts for suppliers and end users, and specialises in advising on non-contentious intellectual property.

Main areas of practice

Leading the firm's technology practice in London, Simon specialises in information technology law, including outsourcing, cloud services, protecting software IP and licensing of market leading data analytics software.

He advises banks, publishers and other commercial organisations on outsourcing work, including knowledge process and business process outsourcing, as well as technology outsourcing. Simon has particular experience of outsourcing in the financial services sector.

A leading UK art lawyer known for his work on artist's resale right and artistic copyright, Simon's intellectual property work focuses on the commercialisation and licensing of IP in all its forms – patents, know how, trademarks, copyright and designs.


Advising on all aspects of technology, outsourcing and IP and IT law, Simon’s clients include leading banks, technology and financial network providers, software houses, IT consultancies, universities, start-ups and art market clients. His publishing clients include publishers, e-commerce companies, banks and learned societies.

Significant experience

Publishing: Excellent knowledge of the publishing sector, including in-house experience with a major international publisher, means Simon’s work includes both print and online publishing – he has a particular interest in image rights and art and also advises financial institutions and financial publishers on data supply and licensing. Simon also advises on apps and e-books and is a trainer for the Publishing Training Centre and ALPSP.

Charities: Simon advises charitable clients on intellectual property including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and commercial matters, including publishing, commercial contracts, licensing, and drafting and negotiating technology and outsourcing contracts.

International: He has a broad range of international experience acting on cross-border joint ventures, outsourcing, agency/distribution and licensing transactions in the financial services, technology transfer and media and publishing sectors.

Published work: Simon is the author of several books on copyright law; including Digital Copyright: Law and Practice,  co-edited the Sweet & Maxwell Encyclopaedia of E-Commerce Law and is also the news editor for the Computer and Telecommunications Law Review.

Lecturing: Simon is a visiting Research Fellow at Bournemouth Law School. Simon also lectures for IBC, ALPSP and other facility providers Lexis Nexi

Other expertise

Data protection: He is experienced in data protection including compliance, trans-border data flows, privacy policies, cookie laws, cloud services, international issues, e-commerce law, software and patent/technology licensing.

Public sector: Simon advises public sector bodies and government departments on technology and IP law.

Competition: He advises on competition law in relation to commercial agreements and anti-competitive conduct.


Simon’s Blog

IP in Data and Algorithms – Betting on a bundle of rights?

Data may be the oil of the digital economy but its legal protection is fragmentary and complex, our expert explores in more detail.

PropTech, platforms and regulation: Airbnb not a real estate agent?

Technology partner Simon Stokes examines the latest platform economy case involving Airbnb…

Digital copyright: AI and Blockchain

Copyright law is being challenged by disruptive technologies such as AI and blockchain, themes explored by our Partner Simon Stokes in the recently published fifth edition of his book, Digital Copyright.

Articles by Simon

Regulating Artificial Intelligence (AI) – The OECD's new Recommendation and what it means for UK AI-driven businesses


Today the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) formally adopted its recommendation on AI – the first intergovernmental standard on this area. Our expert takes a detailed look.

Does the GDPR apply outside the EU/UK?


Our GDPR and data protection expert looks at 6 Data Privacy Myths those outside the EU/UK need to be aware of.

Photographing the Public Domain – EU to remove copyright protection from public domain art images


Copyright expert Simon Stokes explores the EU's recent announcement that images of works of art in the public domain will no longer be protected by copyright.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Increase in Subject Access Requests: GDPR one year on…

It's nearly a year since the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) came into force. We take a look at one area that organisations and employers are grappling with in increasing numbers: Data Subject Access Requests.

Photographing the Public Domain – EU to remove copyright protection from public domain art images

Copyright expert Simon Stokes explores the EU's recent announcement that images of works of art in the public domain will no longer be protected by copyright.

Brexit and your EUTMs

With Brexit uncertainty continuing, it is important to take stock and consider where this leaves your trade mark portfolio and what, if any, action you need to take. Our expert takes a look in more detail.

Commercial Agency Law – a guide for advisors outside the UK – Beware the differences in the UK

This is a summary for legal advisors outside the UK of commercial agency law in the UK. The effect of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993 ("the Regulations") in the UK can be quite different from countries in the EU.

Commercial Law Briefing: Getting the Boilerplate Right

Commercial Law Briefing: Getting the Boilerplate Right - An A to Z of Commercial Contract "Boilerplate" clauses and some lessons from recent cases.

Guide to Defamation claims

Blake Morgan's complete guide to Defamation claims - what you should know when thinking of bringing a claim of reputation damage.