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Clive Gringras

Clive Gringras

Partner
Head of Technology, Media and Telecommunications

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English
Dispute Resolution

Clive is an international-facing commercial and contentious technology lawyer working with Global 100 companies. Clive is trusted by these companies on high-stake matters ranging from first-of-a-kind litigation to technology-rich cross-border transactions. He is particularly experienced working with US tech companies looking to rollout their technology offerings across EMEA and needing support in consumer protection investigations.

Even for highly complex tech issues for the most sophisticated clients, Clive is rated as providing fast, pragmatic advice with a good UI. He is the only lawyer ever to receive Microsoft’s Law Firm Leader award. He is also a well-respected commentator: his book, Gringras: The Laws of the Internet, now in fifth edition, is the only UK judicially-acclaimed text on the subject. He is on the Editorial Board of Westlaw’s Computer & Telecommunications Law Review. Clive co-wrote the best-selling computer game, Elite, for the ARM-based computer, the Archimedes.

Clive has been called to give evidence to four UK Parliamentary Inquiries on spam, information security, AI and regulation of the Internet. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Law and was appointed as a Visiting Associate at Oxford University’s Internet Institute.

  • Who’s Who Legal Data, Data Privacy and Protection ranks Clive in its selected list of experts.
  • Who’s Who Legal Data, Information Technology ranks Clive in its selected list of experts.
  • Who’s Who Legal Data, Telecoms and Media ranks Clive in its selected list of experts.
  • Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders for Data ranks Clive in its selected list of experts.
  • Euromoney Expert Guides: Best of the Best Global ranks Clive in its top 30 IT practitioners worldwide
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Clive Gringras advises on commercial agreements of all stripes and is also recommended as a "very good tech and IP litigator."

Chambers UK 2018

Clive Gringras leads the firm's technology team and has magisterial knowledge of digital media. He acts for giants and dynamic 'disrupters' in the gaming, technology and social media sectors.

Chambers UK 2017

Clive Gringras has "a great depth of knowledge and experience, and offers concrete, practical advice and creative problem solving," say clients. He offers expertise in both IT litigation and transactional matters, with additional expertise in global data protection issues.

Chambers UK 2016

Clients recommend Clive Gringras for his "razor-sharp strategic thinking and encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry." He works on both transactional and contentious matters for major international clients.

Chambers UK 2015

Clive Gringras, who is 'outstanding in all things technology', advises clients such as Raspberry Pi.

Legal 500 UK 2013

Technology head Clive Gringras has 'awesome industry experience and insight, and is a pleasure to work with'.

Legal 500 UK 2013

Relevant experience

  • A global social media company on its response to the European Union’s Consumer Protection Cooperation Network
  • A number of online gaming companies on their disputes with the Competition and Markets Authority.
  • A major secondhand ticket company on its dispute with the Competition and Markets Authority.
  • One of the top three cloud companies on its dispute with the Competition and Markets Authority.
  • A healthclub on its dispute with the Competition and Markets Authority.
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Education

  • Magister Juris, St John’s College, Oxford University
  • LLB (Hons), University of Sheffield
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Memberships

  • Visiting Professor, University of Law
  • Visiting Associate, Oxford University’s Internet Institute
  • Board Member, Digital Transaction Management Standard Association
  • Founding Editorial Board Member, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell
  • Judge, Price Media Law Moot, University of Oxford.
  • (Former) Legal Chair of UK’s Internet Service Provider’s Association
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Publications

  • Gringras: The Laws of the Internet. (Butterworths/LexisNexis/Bloomsbury) (all four editions, 1997 - 2016)
  • There is nothing new under the Sun, or in the Cloud, European Intellectual Property Review, 2012
  • To be Great is to be Misunderstood: The Computer Misuse Act 1990, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, Westlaw, 1997
  • The validity of shrink-wrap licences, International Journal of Law and Information, Oxford University Press, 1996
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Lectures list

  • “Don’t shoot the {digital} messenger” – Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 2016
  • “Technology Law” – University of Law, 2016
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TMT - Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Clive is an international-facing commercial and contentious technology lawyer working with Global 100 companies. Clive is trusted by these companies on high-stake matters ranging from first-of-a-kind litigation to technology-rich cross-border transactions. He is particularly experienced working with US tech companies looking to rollout their technology offerings across EMEA and needing support in regulatory investigations.

Even for highly complex tech issues for the most sophisticated clients, Clive is rated as providing fast, pragmatic advice with a good UI. He is the only lawyer ever to receive Microsoft’s Law Firm Leader award. He is also a well-respected commentator: his book, Gringras: The Laws of the Internet, now in fifth edition, is the only UK judicially-acclaimed text on the subject. He is on the Editorial Board of Westlaw’s Computer & Telecommunications Law Review. Clive co-wrote the best-selling computer game, Elite, for the ARM-based computer, the Archimedes.

Clive has been called to give evidence to four UK Parliamentary Inquiries on spam, information security, AI and regulation of the Internet.He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Law and was appointed as a Visiting Associate at Oxford University’s Internet Institute.

  • Who’s Who Legal Data, Data Privacy and Protection ranks Clive in its selected list of experts.
  • Who’s Who Legal Data, Information Technology ranks Clive in its selected list of experts.
  • Who’s Who Legal Data, Telecoms and Media ranks Clive in its selected list of experts.
  • Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders for Data ranks Clive in its selected list of experts.
  • Euromoney Expert Guides: Best of the Best Global ranks Clive in its top 30 IT practitioners worldwide
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Clive Gringras frequently works with social media and gaming companies concerning regulatory investigations and contractual terms. Clients say: "He is fiendishly clever, extremely innovative and robust in every way.”

Chambers UK 2018

Clive Gringras advises on commercial agreements of all stripes and is also recommended as a "very good tech and IP litigator."

Chambers UK 2018

The "excellent" Clive Gringras is head of the firm's technology practice. He acts on both contentious and non-contentious matters, handling disputes with international dimensions as well as negotiating software contracts and the development of data privacy systems.

Chambers UK 2017

Clive Gringras leads the firm's technology team and has magisterial knowledge of digital media. He acts for giants and dynamic 'disrupters' in the gaming, technology and social media sectors.

Chambers UK 2017

Clive Gringras handles commercial tech and e-commerce work for media industry giants such as Microsoft. He is held in high esteem by clients, with one describing him as "an absolute legend."

Chambers UK 2016

Clive Gringras is an esteemed technology practitioner, noted for his depth of experience in gaming and digital media work. Clients say he is "brilliant from a legal strategy perspective."

Chambers UK 2015

Relevant experience

  • A leading international technology company on its cloud services agreement with a major financial services institution.
  • Microsoft Corporation on copyright levy litigation throughout Europe.
  • Facebook on a range of intellectual property and privacy matters.
  • Microsoft Corporation on its intellectual property litigation including with Discount-Licensing and Amcor.
  • Skype on its front-page litigation with its founders and then acted for eBay on the UK aspects of its sale of a major stake in Skype to Silver Lake.
  • eBay on defending it in UK High Court litigation brought by L’Oreal.
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Education

  • Magister Juris, St John’s College, Oxford University
  • LLB (Hons), University of Sheffield
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Memberships

  • Visiting Professor, University of Law
  • Visiting Associate, Oxford University’s Internet Institute
  • Board Member, Digital Transaction Management Standard Association
  • Founding Editorial Board Member, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, Sweet & Maxwell
  • Judge, Price Media Law Moot, University of Oxford.
  • (Former) Legal Chair of UK’s Internet Service Provider’s Association
more less

Publications

  • Gringras: The Laws of the Internet. (Butterworths/LexisNexis/Bloomsbury) (all four editions, 1997 - 2016)
  • There is nothing new under the Sun, or in the Cloud, European Intellectual Property Review, 2012
  • To be Great is to be Misunderstood: The Computer Misuse Act 1990, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, Westlaw, 1997
  • The validity of shrink-wrap licences, International Journal of Law and Information, Oxford University Press, 1996
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Lectures list

  • “Don’t shoot the {digital} messenger” – Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 2016
  • “Technology Law” – University of Law, 2016
more less

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