Robin Somerville - Resolving Legal Problems

Technology, online, IT - Direct Access Barrister

Robin Somerville

Do you have a technology, online or IT dispute? Or would you like to prevent one?

Contact me to tell me about your problem or the help you need by calling 020 8242 4106 or clicking here.

Prior to qualifying as a barrister and mediator, I set up, grew and sold three modest technology start-ups. The first was an internet solution provider specialising in online content management systems, the second a specialist on/offline distributor and the third an online price comparison site and sales aggregator which generated annual sales and leads of over £50m for a network of 50 nationwide partners. I was an equity holding non-exec director for a UK’s leading property sector aggregator for over 13 years.

I am a specialist Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) consultant for Mishcon de Reya. I have given presentations on ODR and Online Courts to the Law Society of Scotland LegalTech conference, to BACFI and the Arbitration Club, IT branch. Professor Richard Susskind said that Robin has “a remarkable set of experiences … all leading up to ODR, in my view!”. I am a mediator and arbitrator for World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for technology and domain name disputes, a member of Society for Computing and Law and was a Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society (2014-17).

I have acted for and provided advice to clients on a very wide range of subjects that face most businesses big or small. Sometimes it is in times of legal crisis such as shareholder, board and employment disputes at others it relates to contract and debt disputes. I have also drafted reseller and outsourcing agreements. I have advised on online gambling contracts and litigation, defamation and on online reviews and the use of third party content and intellectual property without their consent.

I am able to advise customers, suppliers and sub-contractors involved in online, IT or telecoms projects in distress or those that have ended in dispute. I am also able to advise on dispute resolution systems design and architecture and strategic considerations and non-contentious planning.

I can be instructed by businesses and organisations direct under the public access scheme, or via a solicitor.

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