Holmes, Steve

Steve Holmes

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Steve Holmes leads Baker McKenzie's Global Information Technology & Communications practice based in London, and focuses on major technology, sourcing, communications and digital media transactions. In addition to leading the London sourcing team, Steve is co-lead of the London media team, and is on the steering committee of the European technology practice. Since 2006, he has been consistently ranked by Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leading practitioner in the fields of technology, outsourcing, communications and digital media. Steve is one of the partners who leads the Firm's social mobility committee, BakerOpportunity. Steve has spoken and written extensively on a wide range of topics relevant to his field, including cloud computing, risk/reward in major services agreements, content licensing for new technologies, key issues in MVNO agreements and various other technology, communications and digital media topics.

Practice Focus

Steve advises various clients — particularly those in the technology, communications and media industries — on non-contentious matters, including technology, outsourcing, e-commerce and the distribution of content using new technology. He has recently advised companies entering into a broad range of major services agreements in the financial services, professional services, communications, energy, retail and media sectors. These agreements included systems integration, applications development and maintenance, information technology outsourcing, F&A outsourcing, call centre and network outsourcing deals. He is also well-versed in the legal and IP aspects of music, computer games, sponsorship, publishing and sports rights deals.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised a global audit firm in relation to the licensing and implementation of a global SAP system to replace its finance system.
  • Advised a leading UK broadcaster in relation to its finance technology transformation programme, which included licensing and implementation of the Oracle e-Business suite-based processes.
  • Advised a UK mobile network operator on a range of technology procurement and sourcing deals, including software licensing, IT support, application development and maintenance services and LTE equipment.
  • Advised a UK media company on the procurement of software, equipment and services to develop a new video-on-demand contract.
  • Advised on a deal for the provision of application development and maintenance services across 12 countries in the CRM and billing domain.
  • Advised on a deal for the provision of application deployment services by the UK government using the competitive dialogue procedure.
  • Advised on the outsourcing of finance and accounting services for a customer with operations in more than 50 countries.
  • Advised an MVNO in the re-negotiation of its network agreement with a mobile network operator.
  • Advised a mobile network operator on their agreements with advertising agencies for placement of advertising and celebrity endorsement rights.
  • Advised a social network on issues relating to gaming, marketing and the use of virtual currency.

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  • England & Wales~United Kingdom (1998)


  • King's College London, UK (Diploma Copyright and Related Rights) (1999)
  • College of Law, Chester (L.P.C.) (1995)
  • Cambridge University (Robinson College) (Law Degree) (1994)


  • English
  • French

Steve has spoken and written extensively on issues including: content licensing for new technology, mobile TV, IPTV, copyright levies, implementation of the Copyright Directive, 3G sports and music rights, payment on the Internet, digital signatures, actions against peer-to-peer networks, copyright in photographs, developments in DRM technology, user generated content and intermediary liability.