Chris is an experienced IT lawyer who heads up Capital’s cross departmental technology sector. 

Chris brings invaluable IT experience to Capital, having worked on a number of large complex IT transformation, infrastructure and outsourcing projects including advising Sensus (now part of the Xylem group) on the Thames Water smart network in conjunction with Arqiva. 

Chris leads Capital’s relationship with the Gambling Commission and is part of the senior team advising the Gambling Commission on the Fourth National Lottery Competition.  

Chris also provides commercial advice to a number of the firms sports clients, including Cardiff City and all four professional Welsh rugby regions.  

Chris is a committee member of the South West Group of the Society for Computers and Law (SCL) and a member of the Cyber Resilience Centre for Wales Advisory Group.  

Chris is also admitted as a solicitor with the Law Society of Ireland and leads Capital’s Irish desk. 


  • Technology
  • Commercial
  • Intellectual property
  • Sport
  • International
  • Data protection

Recent work

Gambling Commission
Advising the Gambling Commission in relation to the Fourth National Lottery Competition including continued advice during the implementation of the Fourth National Lottery.

Advising Veezu, the UK’s fastest growing taxi and private hire technology platform, on various commercial and data protection matters.

Cardiff City Football Club
Advising Cardiff City Football Club on a number of commercial matters, including negotiating Aaron Ramsey’s contract on behalf of the Club. 

Rugby Regions
Advising the Dragons, Cardiff Rugby, the Ospreys and the Scarlets on their most recent six-year funding deal with the WRU.

Howard Tenens
Advising Howard Tenens, one of UK’s largest independently owned and operated logistics companies, on a wide variety of commercial, technology and data protection matters.

Solicitors Regulation Authority
Advising the SRA on a number of commercial and data protection matters.


  • He knows his stuff and provides robust and clear advice on often complex issues.

    Chambers & Partners (IT) 2024

  • Chris Coughlan is able to articulate complex legislation very simply, he can quickly and easily assess the scenarios we put to him and help us make informed decisions based on the explanations provided.

    Legal 500 (IT) | 2022

  • Capital Law supported the Gambling Commission with our project to embed the new GDPR requirements into our business. They understood our particular position as a regulator, and provided practical, tailored advice. Their lawyers were responsive and worked well with our in-house team, helping us to address multiple queries in an organised and helpful manner. We plan to continue to seek their support on data protection matters in future.

    Oliver Sweeney | General Counsel
    The Gambling Commission