Senior Counsel – Corporate and Commercial
Andrew advises on corporate sales and acquisitions and commercial legal issues. His experience spans a variety of industries including automotive, healthcare, biotechnology, fintech, fashion, software, film and sports.
Andrew has been advising the internet and digital media industry for over 23 years and knows intimately the classic issues faced and how to overcome problems and find solutions. He advises on service level agreements, software and content licensing and development agreements, software integration contracts, software service agreements, escrow agreements, cloud service provision, intellectual property issues, data protection and security issues.
Andrew started his career in 1989 at leading law firm Wragge & Co working in the corporate department before moving to Cartwright & Lewis Solicitors in 1992 where he started a corporate law department from a position of the firm having no clients to a commercial team of five lawyers. Andrew recognised the impact the internet would have on business and in 1996 increasingly focussed on the emerging internet sector before then setting up his niche practice in 2002 to focus on technology clients and deliver corporate, commercial, IT, IP, media law and data protection advice to the sector.
Andrew is author of seven books on internet legal issues and is winner of the national Lawyer Awards for Best Use of Multimedia in the Law.
“Exuding confident competence”
“We have worked with Andrew for over 10 years. He has been invaluable in guiding us through a range of legal issues that we have faced as our business has grown. I enjoy working with Andrew because he is to the point and gives clear and measured advice whilst also being pragmatic about the situations being managed. I would recommend Andrew to any business.”
“Andrew Sparrow has provided my company with legal services for almost 18 years. I have found his counsel to have been invaluable throughout this time. He has helped us to navigate through many different challenges. Finding high calibre advice can be notoriously difficult, however Andrew has many years of sensible and practical experience in internet and digital law and a specialist understanding of key technical requirements such as digital IP, source code, hosting. I certainly do not feel my business would have been as successful as we have without Andrew so I would have no hesitation in recommending him.”
“When it came to selling my business I wanted a lawyer who was pragmatic, commercial, and willing to fight my corner. Andrew Sparrow demonstrated these qualities in spades.”
“He is one of the few lawyers I have met that I would describe as pragmatic and to date the only one I have taken for lunch.”
“It has been an absolute pleasure working with you” (£20 million company sale)”
“Andrew quickly understood our brief and provided valuable advice and balanced opinions on varied legal matters. Every business needs an Andrew!”
“I would like to express my sincere thanks on your very professional and focused manner in the way you have handled our buyout. You have communicated extremely well and explained everything in "Plain English"”
“Andrew’s wealth of knowledge, tenacity and straight talking helped us to make the right decisions when faced with fierce contract negotiations. We highly value his sound advice on all legal matters to do with running our business, and have no hesitation in recommending Andrew.”
“Andrew has provided us with a rare combination of balanced and informed advice in a personable and approachable manner.”
“At all times Andrew Sparrow provide us with a clear balanced view of the risks associated with a complex contract negotiation.”
“It is one thing giving advice and support; in a medical context, the concept of a bedside manner is well-known, in legal circles less so. So simply: thank you, Andrew.”
“Immense. Great work.”
- Film and Television Distribution and the Internet” publ. Gower; Music Distribution and the Internet” publ Gower;
- The Law of Internet & Mobile Communications – the EU and US contrasted”;
- “The E-Commerce Handbook” publ Fitzwarren Handbooks; “e-Commerce and the Law”, publ Prentice Hall;
- “The Responsibilities of Company Directors”, publ. Financial Times Management
SpecialismsCorporate, commercial, IT and internet law, AI (artificial intelligence) law, intellectual property law, data protection law, space industry law.
- Cartwright & Lewis Solicitors
- Wragge & Co