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James Hyde, Senior Partner

James Hyde

Senior Partner

Practice areas

  • Automotive
  • Commercial litigation
  • Data centers
  • Industrials
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Technology
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms
  • Telecoms

Practice notes

James helps clients resolve their complex corporate and commercial disputes, including in relation to technology, communications and data, and is recognised in those areas in the legal directories.

A senior partner within our Litigation and Dispute Management group, James leads hard-fought, complex litigation as well as alternatives, such as arbitration, mediation, expert determination, early neutral evaluation and detailed without prejudice negotiations. James leads our Tier 1 ranked commercial dispute resolution team in our Leeds office.

James is also the firm's International Head of TMT disputes and International Head of our Telecoms sector. In this regard, whether a provider or customer, James can help you resolve disputes across a broad spectrum of technology, communications and data-related issues. For example, his considerable experience gained since 2004 spans transformational ICT outsourcing/managed services, multi-party platform development, technology and software licensing, joint ventures, data centers, fintech, mobile, supply chain, systems outages, as well as responding to, and claims arising from, Cyber-attacks and data/system security breaches (internal and external), and injunctions. In addition, James gained in-house counsel and sector experience whilst on secondment at a telematics plc.

An equally important part of what James and his team do is harnessing legal, technical and sector knowledge to enable clients to remain agile when, or before, disputes occur, managing risk, protecting and building positions, and cutting through the complexity via strategies, route maps and actionable advice to find the best practical solution. In addition, James and his team work with clients to help them proactively reduce risk day-to-day and avoid disputes altogether, including through interactive training sessions.

James is responsible for several of the firm’s client relationships. He is a regular author and conference speaker.

In his spare time, James is an avid snowboarder and field hockey player, and previously attained the grade of 2nd Dan blackbelt in Karate. He is also a keen advocate for social mobility, diversity and inclusion, and is a Member of Exceed multi-academy trust, which runs several schools in the Braford district of Yorkshire, serving over 4,000 students.

Recent experience includes:

  • regularly acting for a US head-quartered global IT services leader in its high-value, multi-faceted, multi-party ICT outsourcing disputes with private and public-sector customer
  • acting for a leading global communications provider in a dispute relating to the global chip shortage
  • regularly acting for a number of tech, retail and education organisations in their external and internal data security breaches, and related claims
  • acting for the provider of services to the Lloyds insurance market in relation to a ransomware attack
  • acting for a major US defense contractor in a GBP multi-million Technology and Construction Court claim regarding a data center outage
  • successfully securing an injunction and order for delivery up against an expenses system and services provider, including ancillary High Court proceedings
  • successfully defending a global IT managed services provider by way of strikeout and summary judgment against a multi-billion pound claim by a subcontractor for breach of contract and confidence
  • acting for a global network technology provider in its GBP 60m customer dispute regarding the 5G roll-out in the UK
  • acting for a leading global technology solutions provider in its GBP multi-million dispute regarding the exit and transition of an outsourced managed service to an alternative supplier
  • advising a number of US, UK and international public and private organizations in their GBP multi-million software licensing disputes (acting for licensors and licensees
  • acting for a FTSE100 company in its dispute with a leading US provider of information systems, regarding a delayed and defective implementation
  • acting for a leading global automotive group in its GBP multi-million dispute with its ICT managed services provider
  • acting for a leading international retailer in its GDP multi-million dispute regarding the delayed and defective design and international roll-out of a new enterprise-wide CRM/ERP system

Reported cases include:

  • Biosyn v Entserv and Department for Work and Pensions [2019] EWHC 3400 (IPEC)
  • Entserv UK Limited v The Miles Consultancy Limited [2019] EWHC 187 (TCC)
  • Canal & River Trust v Thames Water Utilities Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 342, [2016] EWHC 1547 (Ch);
  • BT Cornwall v Cornwall Council, Cornwall NHS Trust and Peninsula Community Health C.I.C. [2015] EWHC 3755 (Comm);
  • PJSC VA Bank v Maksimov and others [2014] EWHC 1958 (QB), [2014] EWHC 3771 (Comm), [2013] EWHC 3203 (Comm), [2013] EWHC 422 (Comm); and
  • Trebor and Cadbury v ADT Fire & Security plc [2012] EWCA Civ 1158, [2011] EWHC 1936 (TCC)

Additional notes:

  • Member of the Society of Computers and Law
  • Member of the International Technology Law Association