Simon Stokes

Contact details

020 7814 5482

Recommended lawyer, knowledgeable in IT and Telecoms.

Legal 500 2018

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.



Simon joined the firm in 1999 from Allen & Overy.  He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he carried out postgraduate research in the Materials Engineering department, as well as being an English qualified lawyer.

Contact details

020 7814 5482

Top tier firms
  • Member of the Society for Computers and Law
  • Company Secretary, euroITcounsel
  • Member of the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market (PAIAM)
  • Member of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association.

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

Additional 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.


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 2016

Insights by Simon


10 February - Simon Stokes

Guidance is now available on a anti money laundering for the UK art market and those from overseas coming into the UK to sell works of art. On 7 February...

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31 January - Simon Stokes

Before Christmas there was a lot of talk about preparing for a no deal Brexit. For data protection the implications of a no deal Brexit are significant – data has...

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16 December - Simon Stokes

One of the hot topics in competition law is how competition regulators respond to the fast-moving competition challenges of digital markets, online marketplaces and platforms.  The digital sector is a...

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