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Quentin Archer


Quentin Archer
English, French, Russian
Practice Group
Intellectual Property

After a period working in Cambridge at one of the UK's best-known computer manufacturers, Quentin returned to the firm in the mid-1980s to set up one of the first IT focused law practices in London. Since then he has worked across the entire field of IT law, including advising on the IT and intellectual property aspects of corporate acquisitions, system development contracts, outsourcing projects and numerous other transactions involving software licensing, hardware sale, facilities management, telecommunications, maintenance, leasing, and defence contracts.

He has extensive experience of disputes in the IT field. In recent years he has concentrated additionally on information law, including serving as chair of the influential Sedona Conference working group on e-disclosure and data privacy.

In a varied legal career he has arrested a ship, carried out a discovery exercise on a North Sea oil rig, appeared as an advocate in the Russian Supreme Court and acted as an arbitrator in proceedings (wholly in Russian) at the International Arbitration Court in Moscow. He is a fluent Russian speaker.

'Pragmatic and realistic, and able to bring the full weight of many years of experience to bear on all matters'

Chambers 2016

Representative experience

Advising an international educational institution located in the Middle East on agreements with a global IT organisation for the provision of cloud services.

Acting for a provider of billing and settlement services in relation to a renegotiation of a major ten-year service contract in the airline industry.

Advising SABMiller PLC on several outsourcing arrangements to standardise data processing on an SAP platform.

Advising a multinational insurance company on several linked data processing centralisation projects involving multiple data transfers within and outside the European Union.

Advising a U.S. based reinsurer on contractual arrangements for a cloud computing project involving seven regional data centres processing data from 25 jurisdictions.

Acting for an insurance broker on a project to move data processing from several European jurisdictions to the United States.

Education and admissions


  • M.A., University of Cambridge
  • LL.M., University of Cambridge


  • Sedona Conference

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