Chris Holder



Partner at Bristows


Chris is an experienced commercial IT lawyer who was one of the first specialist IT outsourcing lawyers in the UK and one of the first to recognise the significance of AI and robotics for the future development of technology and the law.

Chris has worked in the IT sector since qualification in 1991 and was one of the first wave of specialist IT outsourcing lawyers in the UK, having worked for both IBM UK and Shaw Pittman in this role from the mid-1990s/early 2000s.

He has advised suppliers and customers alike in relation to large scale, national and international IT infrastructure and business process outsourcing transactions. This has included many examples of data centre, application development and maintenance, telecoms networks and desktop service deals, either together or as separate ‘tower’ transactions.

With regards BPO transactions, Chris has advised clients involved in F&A, HR and logistics and for other, more general IT commercial deals, has also advised clients in relation to systems integration, agile software development, hardware purchase, website development and hosting, e-commerce and AI and robotics agreements.

He is a regular speaker on all of the above topics and is currently co-chair of the Technology Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA).