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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
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 and litigation.

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.

  • Clive is one of only fourteen globally-recommended lawyers by Who’s Who Legal in all three categories of Information Technology, Telecoms & Media and Data Privacy & Protection
  • Clive is ranked in the top thirty Best of the Best Global IT practitioners worldwide by Euromoney’s Expert Guides
  • Clive is in the top twenty London Information Technology lawyers ranked by Chambers and Partners.
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"Clive Gringras is hailed as a “star lawyer” with a great reputation in the market for the first-rate counsel he delivers to companies on litigation and technology transactions."

Who’s Who Legal Global 2020

"Clive Gringras is a consummate technology lawyer, advising leading software, online marketplace and social media companies on all manner of commercial, regulatory and data privacy matters."

Chambers UK, 2019

"Clive Gringras leads the firm's technology, media and communications group and advises software, e-commerce and social media giants on all facets of internet law. Sources say: "He has a massive reputation."

Chambers UK, 2019

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

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

Relevant experience

  • A global social media company on its response to the European Union’s Consumer Protection Cooperation Network
  • One of the three major video game console manufacturers on the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into its business.
  • A major real estate company on the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into the leasehold market.
  • 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 major advertising network 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 five editions, 1997 - 2019)
  • 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
  • “Technology Law” – University of Law
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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 and litigation.

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.

  • Clive is one of only fourteen globally-recommended lawyers by Who’s Who Legal in all three categories of Information Technology, Telecoms & Media and Data Privacy & Protection 
  • Clive is ranked in the top thirty Best of the Best Global IT practitioners worldwide by Euromoney’s Expert Guides 
  • Clive is in the top twenty London Information Technology lawyers ranked by Chambers and Partners.
more less

"Clive Gringras is hailed as a “star lawyer” with a great reputation in the market for the first-rate counsel he delivers to companies on litigation and technology transactions."

Who’s Who Legal Global 2020

"Clive Gringras is a consummate technology lawyer, advising leading software, online marketplace and social media companies on all manner of commercial, regulatory and data privacy matters."

Chambers UK, 2019

"Clive Gringras leads the firm's technology, media and communications group and advises software, e-commerce and social media giants on all facets of internet law. Sources say: "He has a massive reputation."

Chambers UK, 2019

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

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

Relevant experience

 

  • A global social media company on its response to the European Union’s Consumer Protection Cooperation Network
  • One of the three major video game console manufacturers on the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into its business.
  • A major real estate company on the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into the leasehold market.
  • 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 major advertising network on its dispute with the Competition and Markets Authority.
  • A healthclub on its dispute with the Competition and Markets Authority.
more less

Education

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

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 five editions, 1997-2019)
  • 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
more less

Lectures list

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

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