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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP draws on an experienced team of corporate, IT and IP lawyers to handle complex projects for both national businesses, including financial institutions, and high-growth companies based in the technology hub of Cambridge. Transactional technology lawyer and practice head Simon Crossley is the key contact. He is global head of life sciences and a recognised expert in regulatory matters and IT commercialisation projects. His recent highlights included acting for National Grid in the development of its nationwide smart meter business. Partner Liz Fitzsimons is recommended for matters involving privacy and information laws, on which she frequently advises private and public sector clients. Her recent work includes handling data protection, GDPR, e-privacy and freedom matters. IP specialist Adrian Toutoungi also plays a key role in the practice.

Mills & Reeve LLP¬†handles major IT projects for central government and is one of only 12 firms¬†to win a place on Tier 1 of the new Government Crown Commercial Services legal services framework. It recently acted for the Department of Health¬†and the NHS Business Services Authority on IT procurement as part of its Future Operating Model project.¬†Kevin Calder,¬†who ‚Äėalways provides high-quality advice and responds very promptly to requests', leads the firm-wide technology and life sciences group and is the key partner for government projects. He recently supported the Financial Conduct Authority in negotiating key supplier contracts, including an agreement with¬†Sopra Steria for market data processing. IT and data protection specialist¬†Peter Wainman¬†leads the health technology group. He led a team that included rising star¬†principal associate¬†Sophie Burton-Jones¬†to assist chip manufacturer Arm with key IT contracts, the implementation of¬†a new consultancy services framework,¬†and data protection. They also worked with Redgate Software on numerous issues including the redevelopment of its customer terms, the negotiation of¬†key contracts with high-profile customers, and¬†the acquisition of software businesses.

The strategic focus of Taylor Vinters on innovative and entrepreneurial clients sees it act for numerous high-growth and multinational technology companies based in the Cambridge area, among which are Netcracker, Earthport plc, Featurespace Limited, Rackspace and Digital Shadows. Practice head Tom McGuire is recognised as one of the leading IT lawyers in the region, and he works closely with senior associate and rising star Chris Keen in the growth team, who specialises in supporting start-up and emerging technology businesses in IT matters. Life sciences specialist David Rainford frequently handles technology-based transactions for clients such as Endomagnetics and Eagle Genomics. Gareth Dickson has emerged as leading light for international and online disputes relating to IT. For Featurespace, the practice handled a £16.5m fundraising as well as major commercial contracts with the likes of Worldpay, IATA and TSYS. It also assisted Rackspace with numerous high-value deals last year.

Birketts LLP acts for a broad range of UK and international clients, from start-ups to multinationals, in complex IT matters. Practice head and key lawyer Quentin Golder specialises in commercial and technology work, including venture capital and business angel financing, IP and IT development agreements, licensing arrangements, joint ventures, distribution and reseller arrangements. He assists internal security software supplier BullGuard Limited with all commercial and IT matters around the world, which includes software development and licensing agreements, reseller and agency agreements, and data protection advice. Golder calls on the skills of corporate partners Adrian Possener and Mark Gipson to advise on corporate structures, data protection, freedom of information and IT matters, as well as franchise, agency and distribution agreements. Senior associate and rising star Kitty Rosser advises on all aspects of data protection compliance including subject access requests, marketing strategies and the handling of data breaches. She also negotiates and drafts IT contracts.

The practice at Greenwoods GRM has a new shape since corporate partner Duncan Walker  joined Bircham Dyson Bell & Cambridge and Mark Williams  moved to Greene & Greene & Bury St Edmunds, but corporate partner David Woods is now in place in Cambridge to handle large transactions for clients in the technology sector. He acted for shareholders of NextG-Com Limited in its sale to an international IT company. Associate Victoria Robinson advises on the creation and exploitation of mobile apps, Huw Wallis handles commercial disputes relating to ICT contracts, and senior solicitor Jamie McConnell is recommended for disputes involving both IT contracts and intellectual property.  The firm counts Data Interchange, The Retail Data Partnership and Red Fish Systems among its clients.

Hewitsons 'has an uncanny knack of turning the complex into something extremely clear and straightforward', according to one client. The firm acts for both suppliers and purchasers of IT across a wide range of industry sectors and it counts Microsoft Corporation and a number of its subsidiaries among its clients. Its recent work includes advising on EU Framework Programme contracts in IT fields and handling data protection compliance matters. Head of technology Andrew Priest  has extensive experience in IT outsourcing, technology transfer and general commercial contracts. He recently handled an IT services agreement and a software licence agreement on behalf of a wireless internet service provider. Bill Thatcher has nearly 30 years' experience in non-contentious IT matters. One client remarked that in negotiations with a US corporate he was 'able to enable closure on deals which otherwise seemed impossible'. European Molecular Biology Laboratory and The Leys and St Faith’s Schools Foundation are among the practice's clients.

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