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John Warchus | 26.03.2020
I am a specialist in in all areas of commercial and technology law and provide advice to clients in these areas, including dispute management.
I have more than 25 years’ experience in the TMT sector: my clients range from tech start-ups to multinational companies and public sector organisations and have advised a number of household names in this sector.
My colleagues and I always strive to be an extension of our client’s management or legal team as well as acting as their legal representative if they have no in-house legal team.
I often help clients to negotiate and draft complex commercial and technology agreements, covering related areas such as data protection, social media and procurement issues. As a former litigator advising on large scale IT disputes, I am adept at avoiding the pitfalls that so often befall technology contracts.
I am also closely involved with the protection and exploitation of all forms of intellectual property, often advising UK universities and businesses on innovation projects and R&D collaboration.
Increasingly, my clients are from overseas carrying out business in the UK and/or looking for advice on contracts governed by English law.Equally, I am able to assist UK clients who need foreign legal advice through good connections with a range of international law firms. In particular, I am President of The IT and IP Law Group Europe, an alliance of European law firms specialising in Technology and Intellectual Property legal issues.
I have particular experience advising clients in the following sectors:
I have advised the following clients:
Carillion, ASOS.com, EDS, ICL Fujitsu, Canon, G4S, Mouchel, Paperchase, University of Reading, University of South Wales, Mahindra Satyam, Atmel Corporation, and Intellectual Property Online.
He’s very accessible and responds quickly. John’s advice is practical, to the point and can be used immediately. He has vast experience and seeks a business-orientated solution for problems.
"He’s very accessible and responds quickly. John’s advice is practical, to the point and can be used immediately. He has vast experience and seeks a business-orientated solution for problems." Client
"John Warchus is ‘always able to help out a client and provide clear, understandable advice. Warchus has notably handled a range of projects for specialist healthcare company Proton Partners International, including the negotiation of a master services agreement for the supply of specialist hardware and software with Philips and a collaboration agreement with the University of Liverpool in relation to cancer treatment." Legal 500
"John is on the forefront of technology developments. He’s very interested in IT law and data privacy and is a strong asset. He understands the business environment around technical products and IP, as well." Client
"John was extremely easy to deal with. He has very good commercial skills and good client management skills; he’s very affable. In terms of what he was saying to the companies, his knowledge of the subject area showed him to be quite clearly very knowledgeable, experienced and very well connected. I can’t fault him at all." Client
"He’s clear and articulate. He’s also very practical, and takes us through the issues and explains the risks. John seeks to understand the commercial implications of the contract. He uses common sense with a thorough and detailed approach, and we’re very luck to have him." Client
"John is very experienced, with a real ability to break down a problem into component parts and deal with them very effectively. John is someone I can trust and can get a good response from in the timeframe I want." Client
"John stepped in at short notice and handled a case, which was quite impressive given the circumstances. He is very much to the point, without any hot air – he is sound and, in my opinion, always well balanced." Independent third party
"We have worked with John and his team for quite some time and have been impressed with all aspects of his work. John’s analytical ability and years of experience enable him to provide thoughtful, thorough, and, most importantly, practical legal advice regarding a wide variety of technology, commercial and contract law issues." Johan Huizing, Senior Director Legal, Atmel Corporation
"The overall quality of service we have received has been excellent. We have found John Warchus and his team to be extremely responsive, knowledgeable of our business and very helpful when negotiating commercials and points of law with suppliers." Martin Proudlove, IT Director, Mouchel
"We work very closely with John and his legal team who are a very effective extension of our commercial team: he knows our business well and has proved to be invaluable at negotiating and drafting our key agreements by only focusing on relevant commercial issues that matter to us. We would always seek out his views on an important legal issue." Rita O'Kyere, Intellectual Property Online Limited
"He is easy to reach, always competent and a great team leader – in brief: A TMT legal rockstar!" Legal 500