Nicholas Phillips

Nicholas Phillips


Nick advises on complex commercial agreements across various sectors, with particular expertise in non-contentious intellectual property, data protection and information technology.
Nick’s experience includes both advisory and transactional work. He works on a variety of transactions and projects, including licensing, sponsorship, transitional, collaboration, distribution, outsourcing and data protection agreements.


Representative matters

The acquisition of a leading Premier League Football Club, and various commercial agreements (including sponsorship, supply and retail, kit manufacturing, and production agreements).

A public petroleum and natural gas company on its strategic partnership with Aston Martin Formula 1, including a long-term sponsorship and licensing agreement.

The acquisition of a minority stake in a Formula 1 team.

A leading online e-commerce store on its acquisition of a NFT platform.

A global healthcare company on the disposal of various consumer healthcare products by way of auction.

Apax Partners on their acquisition of WGSN Limited from Ascential plc for a total enterprise value of up to GBP700 million.

Apax Partners on their acquisition of Alcumus from Inflexion.

A multinational telecommunications company on their GBP31 billion deal with Telefónica to merge Virgin Media and O2.

3i Infrastructure on its agreement to acquire Global Cloud Xchange.

A major financial institution on a long-term integrated services agreement for front, middle and back office support and operations, to enhance investment lifecycle management for a global asset management firm.

A European insurance group on a strategic technology transformation project, involving the implementation of a sophisticated asset management platform to enhance their investment technology infrastructure.

Pro bono

A global conservation organisation on the licensing of intellectual property.

A children’s cancer charity on data protection compliance.

An online mental health platform on its standard terms and conditions.

Published Work

  • Nathan Charnock, Cynthia Shen, Hannah Coleman, Katharina Juenemann, Nicholas Phillips (2024) “How to capture IP created by employees and contractors”, Managing IP



Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2021


LLM, Commercial Law, BPP Law School, 2019

LLB, Law, Newcastle University, 2018


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.