"Tom is always excellent at bringing complex matters to layperson level."

Chambers UK 2024

"He provides pragmatic and commercial support in a timely manner."

Chambers UK 2024

"Tom Torkar is always a stand out partner. His knowledge of our business is invaluable, and his work is of extremely high quality (as is the work of associates who work with him). He is willing to impart knowledge on our team to enable their education and stretch as well."

Legal 500 2024

"Tom Torkar is commercially astute, pragmatic and knowledgeable in his advice."

Legal 500 2024

"Tom Torkar is very commercially minded and great on the details. He has developed an in-depth knowledge of our industry. Working with him is a joy."

Chambers UK 2023

"Tom Torkar is excellent, with deep knowledge of the sector and organisation. Tom is engaged, approachable and always gives a commercial view to allow us to decide on risks and ways forward. Chloe Vernon-Shore is the lead senior associate and is excellent in her approach and in managing the workload with the team. We also regularly receive excellent work from Philippa Collison and Justin Barrow"

Legal 500 2023

"Tom Torkar is fantastic. He knows the client’s business really well, makes himself available and leads a great team of helpful associates."

Legal 500 2023

"Tom Torkar is diligent, highly capable and commercially savvy. He understands our business and is able to drive matters forward."

Chambers UK 2022

"Tom Torkar is a standout individual. He knows our business so well, is responsive and makes himself available. As well as offering his insight into key legal and commercial negotiating positions, he’s someone I feel like I can learn from in terms of negotiating technique."

Legal 500 2022

"Tom Torkar has an incredible depth of knowledge across a range of issues and sectors. He is a pleasure to work with."

Legal 500 2022

"Tom Torkar...has exceptional knowledge of our business, is very commercial and raises legal issues in a constructive way to allow the business to understand the risks."

Legal 500 2021

I am a Partner and head of Michelmores’ Commercial team. I also lead the cross-practice Technology & Innovation group at Michelmores.

I have many years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of digital and data law. My clients range from large house-hold names to disruptors and tech entrepreneurs.

My work has enabled me to develop deep experience of the range of issues affecting the technology, gaming, data, media and financial services (fintech) sectors. Businesses seek my advice to help navigate compliance and commercial issues in order to innovate, evolve and ultimately succeed.

It is my responsibility to listen to my clients and develop an in-depth understanding of their business and their commercial drivers. While their businesses often give rise to complex and novel issues, my clients value my ability to provide clear and pragmatic advice to help them to achieve their goals.

I support in the drafting and negotiation of agreements – usually with a technology component, for major projects, business critical outsourcing arrangements, software and systems licensing, and development agreements. I also advise on regulatory and consumer compliance issues including data protection and other data laws and financial services regulation.

I have been part of the Michelmores team since 2009 when I joined from a leading London technology and media firm.

In addition to client work, I have been a Guest Lecturer at the University of Exeter (MA Creativity: Innovation and Business Strategy) and I also help to train and mentor businesses at SETSquared innovation centres as an Advisor in Residence.

I am ranked in Band 2 for Information Technology in independent legal guide Chambers, and have also been listed as a ‘Leading Individual’ by the Legal 500.

Recent experience

Advising Landmark Information Group and Searchflow (part of the Daily Mail Group) on a full range of commercial agreements, service launches and regulatory compliance.

Advising Gamesys (part of Ballys Corporation), a leading online betting and gaming client, on agreements for the acquisition and distribution of gaming content for its global markets.

Advising Limitless Technology, a disruptor of the customer service sector, on a “crowd-sourced” customer service solution that connects major consumer product and service brands with their expert users, and harnesses that knowledge to provide customer service to consumers. I led on the negotiation of several business-critical agreements with world-renowned brands.

Advising the Met Police on a transformational digital solutions framework agreement.

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