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.

Clients

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.

Expertise

Simon’s Blog

Regulating the "wild west" of digital currencies, crypto-assets, ICOs and smart contracts

The House of Commons Treasury Committee has just published its Report on Digital Currencies – or as it now prefers to call them "crypto-assets" as they are not really currencies at all, at least not at the moment.

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.

Articles by Simon

Online platforms and regulation - too successful for their own good? Why the EU's proposed regulation of platforms will apply in the UK regardless of Brexit

Article

Our expert Simon Stokes looks at why the EU's proposed regulation of platforms will apply in the UK regardless of Brexit

Consent and Direct Marketing: What is informed consent in the UK? The decision of the First-tier Tribunal in Xerpla Ltd v The Information Commissioner

Article

In this article, our expert Simon Stokes looks at what is informed consent in the UK in relation to the decision of the First-tier Tribunal in Xerpla Ltd v The Information Commissioner.

Time to prepare for data limbo? A no-deal Brexit and its impact on cross-border data flows

News

As a no-deal Brexit becomes a distinct possibility the UK government is to start producing guidance to deal with this eventuality.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Online platforms and regulation - too successful for their own good? Why the EU's proposed regulation of platforms will apply in the UK regardless of Brexit

Our expert Simon Stokes looks at why the EU's proposed regulation of platforms will apply in the UK regardless of Brexit

Consent and Direct Marketing: What is informed consent in the UK? The decision of the First-tier Tribunal in Xerpla Ltd v The Information Commissioner

In this article, our expert Simon Stokes looks at what is informed consent in the UK in relation to the decision of the First-tier Tribunal in Xerpla Ltd v The Information Commissioner.

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...

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.