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Andrew Priest

Andrew Priest - Partner


Andrew is a Partner specialising in IP, IT, commercial contracts and data protection compliance. He leads our Commercial team from Cambridge and is the Head of Technology Sector Group.


Andrew is a commercial lawyer who specialises in information technology, outsourcing, technology transfer and general commercial contracts. He has particular expertise in relation to large scale, high value IT, telecoms and data centre projects, both in the UK and internationally. He also advises on GDPR and data privacy issues, the protection and exploitation of intellectual property (mostly patents and trade marks), research and development contracts, and many other commercial arrangements.


Andrew has a law degree from Birmingham University and an MBA from Manchester Business School. He qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and has since worked in commercial law firms in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brussels. Andrew joined Hewitsons in October 2015.

Additional information

Andrew is qualified as a solicitor in both England & Wales and Scotland (where he is also a notary public). Whilst working in Scotland he was accredited as an IP specialist with the Law Society of Scotland.

Number of Years Experience

29 years

Date of Qualification


Latest testimonials

"Andrew is an excellent lawyer who understands the legal and technical aspects of IT whilst never losing sight of the commercial big picture. His MBA background gives him a valuable "edge" in dealing with numbers as well as words, together with useful insight into business issues”. (Comment from a consultant contact)

“Andrew was well able to offer sound advice that was practical, and did not just represent the technical legalities. Clearly Andrew understands the legal side as well as anyone, but he also has a wider perspective to contribute, which is refreshing”. (Comment from a client)

"Andrew Priest is a really valuable addition to the firm's IP expertise, with deep industry understanding and a sharp legal mind." (Comment from Legal 500)
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