Jonathan Emmanuel

Jonathan Emmanuel - Partner , Bird & Bird LLP

Jonathan is experienced in commercial law matters advising suppliers and customers in negotiating large complex technology, outsourcing/sourcing projects and consultancy engagements.  These can involve drafting and negotiating IT and business process outsourcing arrangements, managed services agreements, collaboration agreements, various technology contracts including SaaS agreements, software licensing/implementation (eg CRM and ERP implementations), maintenance, development and systems integration contracts.

Given that the firm is one of the world's leading technology law firms and his focus is on disruptive digital technology, Jonathan often finds himself advising on cutting edge issues, from blockchain adoption to driverless car technology.  Jonathan is particularly interested in the fintech and autotech sectors, advising start-ups and global businesses.

One of the areas of his job that Jonathan finds the most rewarding is developing strong relationships with people: it's important that clients know, like and trust their lawyers. When he was a more junior lawyer Jonathan took the opportunity to get to know clients by going on secondments in the accountancy, financial services and consultancy industries.  This means he has experienced things from the client's perspective, and, as a result, he’s now regularly involved in managing client relationships and understands the importance of advising on complex commercial and legal issues in a practical and no-nonsense way.