Tony is a Consultant in our Technology and Innovation Practice

Tony brings more than 35 years of deep in-house experience as a Solicitor, acquired mainly with the Legal Departments of IBM, Lenovo and TCS. He specialises in the areas of the supply, licensing and distribution of technology products, components and software in a global context, and associated regulatory and competition issues and developments. Tony’s experience extends to advising clients both on the supply side as well as from a developer / licensee perspective.

Biography

Tony joined Jurit in March 2015 as a Solicitor & Consultant, and now provides specialised consultancy services for a global IT manufacturer. Having studied law for 4 years at Cambridge University, Tony qualified as a solicitor in 1979, and has practised law in the IT industry ever since. Before starting to provide consultancy services, Tony held a dedicated global legal role with TCS, aligned specifically with a new Tata digital software group. Prior to that, over a period of nearly 35 years Tony had acquired deep in-house professional experience as one of IBM’s UK-based lawyers. These IBM roles included a rich variety of responsibilities, many of them at the EMEA or Global level, across multiple practice areas, culminating in his being based at IBM’s important Hursley (UK) software development laboratory for 15 years.

In addition to his work through Jurit LLP, Tony is a Non-Executive Director of FAST and of OpenForum Europe.

Tony is married (to another solicitor), with three adult daughters. His recreational interests include city breaks, scuba diving (warm water!), underwater photography, occasional downhill skiing, genealogy, theatre, opera and wine appreciation. Tony was born in France, holds a French passport (and also speaks French), and would like to improve his rather rusty German.

Expertise

A quote from Tony

“I’ve found the most useful quality in tech negotiations is the ability to understand things not only from the perspective of one’s own client, so that I can offer solutions that appeal and are relevant.”

– Tony Ford

Non-Executive Directorships

  • OFE Limited (OpenForum Europe)
  • Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)

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