Simon Stokes Partner

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“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

The Data Protection Act 2018, the GDPR and non EU Businesses – Beware the long arm of UK and EU law

On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across the EU. Many businesses and their advisers outside the UK and the EU will be familiar with it.

TRILcon 2017

Sheliah Mackie discusses the talks that took place at TRILcon 2017.

App development and licensing

A look at what the issues are in developing, distributing and licensing apps.

Articles by Simon

Criminal Finances Act 2017 – implications for employers


On 30 September 2017 new criminal offences under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 came into force which will impact on employers' contracts, policies and procedures.

Companies and partnerships must act quickly to ensure compliance with new tax evasion measures, law firm warns

Press Release

Companies (including charitable companies) and partnerships have just a few days left to make sure they comply with strict new rules designed to combat tax evasion, leading law firm Blake Morgan has warned.

Criminal Finances Act 2017 - what organisations need to do now to manage risk


Our expert explains the changes to the Criminal Offences Act and what you need to to to reduce the risk to your business.

Related Knowledge & Resources

UK patent fees set to increase from April this year

After consulting on changes to patent fees last year, the UK's Intellectual Property Office ('the IPO') has now confirmed that UK patent fees will increase as of 6 April 2018...

Adidas opposes ELEAGUE trademark due to the use of three stripes

Adidas has filed a claim at the United States Patent and Trademark Office to oppose a trademark application submitted by ELEAGUE. Our expert explains what has happened in the case so far.

Chempioil v Champion – EU General Court finds no likelihood of confusion

In a recent appeal decision by the ECJ, an EU General Court decision was upheld in respect of the word mark Chempioil and an earlier figurative mark Champion. Our expert explains the case and the outcome.

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.