Julian Ward - Head of Digital & Tech


Julian is Head of Lee & Thompson’s Digital & Technology Group – a digital media, IP and technology lawyer with over 17 years’ experience working across the creative industries advising clients on all matters relating to digital content, interactive entertainment and digital publishing.

Julian provides specialist advice across multi-media platforms and all forms of media content with a particular focus on the development and publication of videogames, software applications and websites;  all elements relating to the licensing and distribution of online content; e-commerce and digital retail; online platforms, distribution and broadcasting (DTO, VOD, OTT); the technology architecture underpinning digital platforms; online advertising and marketing (including online partnerships, co-branding and affiliate deals);  rights management and clearance, personality rights, e-sports, betting and gambling compliance; social media publishing, the monetisation of digital content and all areas of data protection, privacy and cyber-security.

Before joining Lee & Thompson in May 2017, Julian was Head of Digital Media at Hamlins having previously spent over a decade as in-house counsel to leading media and technology companies, including BBC World Wide as Head of Business & Legal Affairs for Digital Retail and Games, and leading video games developer and publisher Codemasters as Head of Legal.

Known for his in-depth industry insight and commercial approach, Julian prides himself on his open and collaborative way of working.  He is particularly skilled at working with businesses to craft and deliver commercial and novel business models and strategies – particularly where digital aspects converge and disrupt the status quo.

Julian is regularly asked to speak at events, chair panels and offer comment on digital innovation and development within the creative industries.


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+44(0)20 3073 7655