Who we are

Richard Stephens – Owner

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In 2004, I decided to leave the City and set up my own practice focusing on my core skills while building a practice in new areas including mediation and arbitration. Prior to that, I had been a partner at two substantial City of London practices specialising in Technology Law.

While in practice, I have been involved primarily in advising the technology industry (broadly understood) and have acted in non-contentious and contentious capacities across the range of Technology Law work but also in intellectual property across a range of areas impacting the technology industries. I therefore have extensive experience of commercial litigation, especially focused on the technology industry, including arbitration and expert determination, as well as extensive experience of many different types of commercial transactions while acting for suppliers or users.

I have become well known in the IT Law field, having served as Chairman for two years of the Society for Computers & Law, and currently serving as Chairman of the Legal Affairs Group of Intellect. After stepping down as Chair of the Society for Computers & Law, I became a Fellow of that body. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and am featured on their panel for IT/IP disputes. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society, for which I have been appointed to act as Chair of their disciplinary tribunal.

You can contact me directly on +44 (0)7843 278 621 or email me at richard@the-lors.co.uk

Oscar Rowlands – Senior Consultant

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Oscar Rowlands has been involved with IT contracts both as a senior lawyer and as a commercial manager for more than 25 years. A graduate in both law and computer science he was called to the Bar in 1990.

Oscar has worked in-house as senior counsel for technology at large international organisations (both users and suppliers) and as a specialist IT lawyer within a medium sized City practice and a national law firm (where he was a partner).

Predominantly involved in non-contentious IT law matters he also has experience of and been involved in IT disputes and is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Often commended for his commercial approach Oscar works on a full range of IT and related legal matters from software licenses valued in the tens of thousands of pounds to large Outsource agreements worth more than a billion pounds and everything in between.

You can contact Oscar directly on +44 (0) 7776 302 029 or email him at oscar@the-lors.co.uk