Lawrence Akka’s practice encompasses high value technically complex commercial and contractual disputes particularly those involving new technologies, media and telecommunications, frequently with an international element. He has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Privy Council as well as in numerous confidential IT, shipping, commodity, and commercial arbitrations and mediations, in the UK and abroad.
His technology practice covers software and hardware procurement disputes, outsourcing, development, e-commerce, broadcasting, Internet and telecommunications law, data protection and database rights. He has been instructed in numerous IT cases relating to subjects as diverse as satellite provisioning, telephone tapping and internet gambling. As a junior, he was shortlisted for Chambers and Partners IT Junior of the Year in 2009, and is consistently highly rated for IT work by the legal directories. He is the vice-chairman (civil) of the Bar Council IT Panel.
He has been involved with Information Technology for over 25 years, and has a thorough grasp of the technical and other issues involved in the industry. He has written a number of domestic and business software applications, and is fluent in several computer programming languages.
Lawrence also specialises in shipping, commodities and commercial law, principally in the following areas: carriage by sea and road, charterparty and MOA disputes, international and domestic sale of goods, commodity trading and futures, international trade, agency and licensing, conflict of laws and jurisdiction, maritime, commodity and other domestic and international arbitration.
He accepts appointments to sit as arbitrator and has been appointed in both IT and shipping references.