Chris Eastham | Fieldfisher
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I am an expert in structuring and negotiating complex and strategic commercial contracts—especially for business critical systems and functions—and have substantial experience in helping clients to navigate complex regulatory environments. I act for suppliers and customers across all sectors, and am particularly active in tech, telecoms, and art.

I have a real passion for working with those at the leading edge, and have in-depth experience advising on AI and automation; Web 3.0 (e.g., blockchain, distributed ledger technology (DLT), and non-fungible tokens (NFTs)); Metaverse and extended reality (AR/VR/MR); IoT and edge computing; and other emerging technologies. I lead the firm's cross-practice working group on Artificial Intelligence.

My clients range from cutting-edge early-stage and growth companies, through to multinationals with sophisticated requirements and complex technology ecosystems. My highest priority is enabling my clients to achieve their strategic goals—whether harnessing new technology and data, or delivering business or digital transformation programmes. I regularly advise on agile software development, open source/open chain, digital media licensing, distribution and reseller arrangements, SaaS and as-a-service delivery models, as well as global IT procurements and launching digital businesses into new markets.

I am always keen to deliver innovative and actionable solutions to deliver my clients' objectives, and my clients trust me to provide commercial and pragmatic legal advice using my market-leading experience working for both customers and vendors. I've also been independently rated as a stand-out lawyer by Acritas Stars and Legal 500.

I firmly believe we have a responsibility to do the right thing, and am a proponent of environmental, social, and corporate governance. I have a real interest in clean technologies and renewable energy, and I am proud to lead the firm's pro-bono advocacy programme supporting the National Deaf Children's Society to ensure deaf young people get the support they need.

I am also the pro bono Chief Legal Officer at OpenUK, a not-for-profit helping to develop the UK's open technology ecosystem.

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