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Specialisms

  • Acting for technology businesses in commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
  • Obtaining urgent interim injunctions in relation to complex subject matter
  • Disputes relating to IT and outsourcing, telecoms and digital media
  • Corporate disputes, including joint ventures and claims relating to the sale and purchase of technology businesses
  • Intellectual property claims, particularly trade marks, passing off, copyright design rights, database rights and database copyright, and confidential information

Robert Griffiths

Managing Associate

About:

Robert is a managing associate in the Disputes team at Kemp Little. He specialises in resolving complex and valuable commercial disputes where technology is at the heart of the claim.

He has recently advised technology businesses in relation to complex contractual disputes relating to the performance of IT systems, overcharging for outsourced services, software and software licences, and termination issues. He acts in sectors including:

  • IT and Outsourcing
  • Telecoms (particularly in relation to MNOs, MVNOs and Infrastructure Providers)
  • Retail and e-commerce
  • Digital Media
  • Financial Services (including fintech, e-money and mobile payments)
  • Healthcare

Many of Robert’s recent disputes have involved business critical subject matter, and the future of his clients’ businesses has been highly dependent on the outcome. In many of those claims, it has been necessary to obtain urgent interlocutory relief, including mandatory and prohibitory injunctions and freezing orders in order to maintain the contractual status quo or preserve assets.

Robert also has significant experience of acting in corporate disputes, cross border joint venture disputes and claims involving the sale and purchase of businesses, including breach of warranty disputes and disputes over valuations and earn outs.

He also advises clients on disputes relating to all aspects of soft IP, and has recently advised clients on claims relating to trade marks, copyright, registered and unregistered design rights, confidential information, database copyright and database rights. Robert has particular expertise in advising the fashion industry, having acted for some of the world’s leading fashion and luxury goods brands.

A significant proportion of Robert’s work has an overseas element. His recent cases have involved parties based in the US, the Middle East, India, West Africa, Central Europe (Germany, France and the Netherlands), Scandinavia and the Baltics.

He is a member of the Society for Computers and Law and IPSOC. He is also an active member of AIJA (International Association of Young Lawyers) and ITech Law and regularly attends and speaks at conferences and seminars throughout the world on a wide range of technology law issues.

Robert qualified in 2009 and joined Kemp Little in July 2016 from Penningtons Manches.  He has a degree in Law and Politics from the University of Nottingham (2004).

Representative work:

  • Advising a global household name consumer electronics brand in relation to a number of claims arising out of potential irregularities discovered in contractual audits of recruitment process outsourcing contracts.
  • Acting for an e-money institution in successfully obtaining and maintaining an urgent interim injunction to prevent its payment and card services provider from severing services under a payment processing agreement prior to the contractual termination date. Maintaining the service enable the parties to reach a commercial settlement on favourable terms. 
  • Obtaining worldwide proprietary and freezing injunctions on behalf of Brainbox Digital Limited (an intermediary between online advertisers and online publishers) in vigorously contested High Court proceedings. Permission was subsequently obtained from the High Court to use the documents and information provided by the Defendants in compliance with the Freezing Injunction against other associated parties in Germany. The matter was settled following a 3 day settlement meeting. Brainbox Digital Brainbox Digital Ltd v Backboard Media GmbH & Anor [2017] EWHC 2465 (QB) (06 October 2017)
  • Acting for a leading broadcast systems integrator in defending a multimillion pound ICC arbitration claim relating to alleged breaches of a joint venture agreement in the Middle East.
  • Advising a full service creative technology agency in relation to a dispute arising out of the dissolution of a joint venture company in the Middle East.
  • Advising a MNO in relation to a number of contractual, regulatory and competition disputes arising out of its provision of mobile payment services to its customers through payment intermediaries.
  • Acting for GigSky ApS, a Danish subsidiary of a Californian company, in a claim against Vodafone for damages for breach of a contract to provide network services and an injunction preventing its termination. Obtaining an extremely urgent without notice interim injunction under section 44 of the Arbitration Act 1996 obliging Vodafone to reinstate Gigsky’s network services and successfully fought off Vodafone’s challenge on the return date. (GigSky ApS v Vodafone Roaming Services S.A.R.L (Commercial Court) (16 October 2015))
  • Providing IP and brand protection advice to some of the world’s foremost luxury fashion brands, including claims for trademark infringement, passing off, copyright infringement (including works of artistic craftsmanship), and registered and unregistered designs.