Dr Sam De Silva

Dr Sam De Silva


  • "If we were talking about IT Top Trumps, he would be the best card to have in your pack."Chambers & Partners
  • "The dynamic Sam De Silva demonstrates very impressive speed, efficiency and knowledge, and is technically brilliant."Legal 500
  • EU Commission's Expert Group on Cloud Computing ContractsUK solicitor representative
  • IT Law Committee of the Bars and Law Societies of EuropeUK solicitor representative
  • Privacy & Policy Expert Group of the Biometrics InstituteMember
  • IT Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and WalesTechnical Committee Member
  • British Computer SocietyElected to Advisory Council
  • Technology and Law Reference Group of the Law SocietyImmediate past Chair, current Committee Member
  • EU Law Committee of the Law SocietyCommittee Member


I am a partner and the Head of the commercial IT and Outsourcing practice. I specialise in strategic and complex IT and telecommunication projects including all forms of cloud computing (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), outsourcing (IT, BPO and off-shoring), system development and supply, system integration, software licensing, support and service agreements. I also regularly advise on data protection, privacy, cyber-security and PCI DSS issues.

I am deeply immersed in the technology sector and I am at forefront of related policy issues, representing the UK on a number of international committees. This market intelligence supports clients in their strategic planning and future proofing of projects. I am on the International Advisory Board of Cyber Rescue Alliance, which is a business assistance alliance helping its members reduce the harm caused by cyber-attacks. I am also heavily involved with the best practice procurement having just completed a 4 year term as a Global Board of Trustee for the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).

I have written and spoken extensively on IT and outsourcing and I am regularly called upon by the industry as a thought leader in these areas. I have been interviewed in the press, radio, webinars and on television (including BBC Click and Channel 4 Dispatches). I am one of very few UK solicitors who is a Fellow of CIPS (FCIPS), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). I have post-graduate degrees in information technology and business administration so I am well aware of the commercial, business and technical issues facing both users and suppliers of technology. I have in-house industry legal experience having been seconded to Accenture UK for 9 months as a Senior Legal Counsel.

I am recognised as a leading individual for IT in the Legal 500 and as a Star Individual in Chambers & Partners directories. I have been named in Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) 2016 as one of the world's leading TMT lawyers. I am also a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia, and have practised in those jurisdictions.


The London headquarters of Nabarro, based at the heart of the City, supports clients with a full range of commercial legal services. The firm in London is particularly well known for its corporate, real estate, infrastructure, construction and energy, and dispute resolution practices. It also specialises in advising clients in the healthcare, infrastructure, technology and real estate sectors.

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