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Graham Smith
Partner at Bird & Bird


Graham is renowned as a leader in the IT market, with unparalleled knowledge of internet law.

Graham is a partner based in London.  He is one of the UK’s leading cyberlaw experts, with a practice encompassing advisory and contentious work in the internet, IT and intellectual property fields.

He advises all kinds of internet actors on liability, including copyright, defamation and cross-border issues. His internet work includes interception and lawful access issues under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.  He has also handled a variety of disputes in the IT sector, ranging from IT project litigation to software copyright disputes.  

He advised the States of Guernsey on the preparation of their electronic transactions legislation and advised Yahoo! and the UK Internet Services Providers Association (ISPA) in their successful campaign to persuade the Home Office to include a hosting defence in the Religious and Racial Hatred Act 2006.

Graham edits and co-authors the leading textbook Internet Law and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell), which first appeared in 1996 and is now in its 4th edition. His section of the Encyclopedia of Information Technology Law (Sweet & Maxwell) contains a detailed account of non-contractual liability in the IT field, including negligence liability of suppliers and consultants.  In 1995 he wrote, for Computer Law & Practice, the first published article in the UK examining damages awards in computer project disputes.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Information Law & Policy Centre. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of BNA's Electronic Commerce & Law Report and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology. He is rated by Chambers UK Directory as a Leading Individual for Information Technology and by PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook as a Recommended Lawyer for TMT: Technology. 

Agenda Sessions

  • Here, there or everywhere? Cross-border liability and the internet


Speakers at this event