About Neil


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Neil Brown is an experienced Internet, telecoms and technology lawyer and managing director of law firm decoded:Legal.

He is also a member of the Institute of Law and the Web at the University of Southampton, where he has a vice-chancellor's scholarship to research his doctoral thesis on the regulation of over the top communications services. He sits on the media board of the Society for Computers and Law, and is a member of the Law Society's Technology and Law Reference Group.

Neil enjoys finding simple solutions to often complex problems, and draws on a sound technical and practical knowledge in a wide range of fields relating to communications and digital technology. He enjoys speaking, teaching and presenting, and speaks internationally to both technical and legal audiences on a regular basis.


Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for doctoral research in communications regulation, University of Southampton

The Law Society's Technology and Law Reference Group

Society for Computers and Law editorial board

NPCC Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing

Nice things others have said about me:

"truly a subject matter expert"

United States Telecommunications Training Institute

"We treasure your expertise and your incredible talent as a lecturer"

United States Telecommunications Training Institute

"outstanding training" — "It was a first-rate training session. Thanks so much."

Feedback on Neil's two-day training session for the United States Telecommunications Training Institute

Neil's course "will enhance my contributions to the new national telecoms policy"

Feedback on one of Neil's seminars in Washington, D.C.

"Neil's style of delivery and facilitation were outstanding"

Feedback from one of Neil's seminars in Washington, D.C.

"a wonderful experience" ... "very useful program" ... "enlightening" ... "invaluable"

Feedback from one of Neil's seminars in Washington, D.C.

"very relevant to me and very up to date in these fast moving times. I have learned a lot"

Feedback from one of Neil's seminars in Washington, D.C.

"I think the UK broadband community should be most grateful to you"

The Earl of Erroll, March 2010, in respect of Neil's work on the Digital Economy Act 2010.

"Excellent presentation" — "Very interesting lecture, my favourite of the week" — "Great overview, clear and concise. Very engaging."

Feedback on Neil's lecture on Free and Open Source Software at Informa's IT Law Summer School, at the University of Cambridge

"[y]our contribution to the programme was impressive"

Organiser's feedback on Neil's panel session appearance on cloud computing and surveillance

"Out of all the brilliant lawyers I have worked with ... this was the best experience. [Neil] was extremely clear and efficient and we had the matter tied up within a week."

Who pays me?

My academic work is independent; I am not affiliated to any institution, and have not been paid to write anything. My Ph.D, through the University of Southampton, is funded by the generous support of the United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy, and the University itself through its kind award of a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship.

I earn my living as managing director of decoded:Legal, a specialist law firm with a fantastic range and depth of experience advising on Internet, telecoms, technology and healthcare matters.