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Baker McKenzie has significant capabilities across the IT and telecoms sectors and acts for some of the key names in these fields, including Google. Steve Holmes leads the London technology team which advises on commercial, contractual and strategic elements of large fintech, healthtech, cloud and AI projects. Harry Small is well-regarded for both contentious and non-contentious tech and outsourcing matters. Charlotte Harrington and David Halliday focus primarily on drafting commercial IT agreements and disputes, respectively. In the telecoms space, the group acts for both suppliers and purchasers of networks and has recently been instructed  on sharing agreements and a significant transformation project. It also advises clients on network security issues. Ben Allgrove is a key name for telecoms regulatory issues in the  digital media and e-commerce space. Sue McLean joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP, and focuses primarily on commercial IT agreements and outsourcing matters.

With 'great strength in depth' Bird & Bird LLP 's significant technology and communications sector team boasts 'a deep understanding of the IT market'. Graeme Maguire heads up the 'proactive' practice which attracts praise for 'identifying solutions rather than simply risks'. The group represented Nokia in several disputes including  global patent and antitrust litigation against Apple and ICC arbitration proceedings with LG Electronics concerning FRAND royalty rates for Nokia’s cellular SEP portfolio. The department also acts for BT on state aid, public procurement and contractual matters relating to its agreement with Broadband Delivery UK. Names to note include Roger Bickerstaff  (who is singled out for his 'industry knowledge and commercial contracting strategy') the 'very pragmatic and commercial' Ian Edwards  and Ronald Hendrikx, particularly for IT-related matters in the energy sector.

Bristows LLP's 'very strong' practice represents clients such as British Airways, Dropbox, Sony and Telenor. Head of IT Mark Watts is leading a team acting for Amazon Web Services on negotiating and agreeing complex contracts for the provision of the client's IT infrastructure and cloud-based services to well-known companies, including those is regulated industries. The group is defending Chinese telecoms company ZTE in alleged patent infringment and FRAND declaration proceedings brought by Conversant. It also represented Google and Samsung against Unwired Planet in patent infringement allegations, which were successfully settled. Other work highlights include advising Spotify on advertising technology and regulatory developments. 'Brilliant lawyer' Toby Crick is highlighted for his 'exceptional know how and negotiation skills' and jointly heads the telecoms team alongside patent litigator Myles Jelf. Digital media expert Adrian Sim attracts praise for his 'excellent client manner'. Other key contacts include disputes expert Anna Cook and Angela Fouracre, who was promoted to the partnership.

CMS' technology and telecoms department was significantly bolstered by its merger with legacy firms Nabarro LLP and Oslwang LLP. The now 20-partner practice acts for clients such as Microsoft, Facebook, CityFibre and British Telecom. The group was instructed by HP on its $1bn acquisition of Samsung's global printer business. This significant transaction required the transfer of technology and other assets to local HP entities in 45 jurisdictions across six continents. It is also assisting Deliveroo with its ecommerce and technology platform. In the telecoms sector, Chris Watson is leading a team acting for CityFibre on aspects of its partnership with Vodafone for delivery of fibre broadband to homes and businesses across the UK. Key names to note on IT transactions include Clive Gringas, John Armstrong and Matthew Bennett. Stuart Blythe is also recommended.

The 'excellent' technology and telecoms practice at Dentons is highlighted for its 'refreshing approach' and 'consistent, high quality and timely advice'. Practice head Andy Lucas is leading a team advising Transport for London on the procurement of emergency a services 4G LTE mobile communications programme. Jan Willem van den Bos heads up the telecoms team and is acting for Circle Media Labs on the launch of its pioneering internet access control platform to Sky customers. In another work highlight, the practice is advising SkyKick in a trademark dispute with Sky. Martin Fanning attracts praise for his 'hands-on approach' and 'commercial mindset' in IT matters. The group is also instructed by new clients Tesla, LG and Raytheon.

Acknowledged for its 'good knowledge of the area, quick responses and value for money', the technology and sourcing group at DLA Piper is known for its cross-border outsourcing and procurement expertise. Kit Burden heads up the practice which includes Mark O’Conor and Anthony Day. In a work highlight, the team leveraged the firm's health and public sector expertise in advising NHS Digital on a complex replacement of its voice and data services provider. Mike Conradi is highlighted for his telecoms expertise and led a team which acted for Deep Blue Cable on the procurement of a substantial submarine cable system linking several Caribbean Islands to one another, the US and Latin America. This matter included negotiating and drafting the procurement contract, as well as advising on pre-sales issues and tax planning. The group was also instructed by Vodafone in relation to the proposed merger of Vodafone Malta Ltd with Melita plc. HSBC, HCL Technologies and HMRC are all clients of the practice.

Fieldfisher's technology, outsourcing and privacy group 'marries legal expertise and market awareness' along with 'strength in depth and value for money' to provide clients with¬†' an¬†outstanding¬†level of service'. The department is acting for Vodafone on a policy for implementation of cloud-based IT infrastructure, including compliance advice. The team has been advising clients such as Nintendo and Netflix on using financial services technology.¬†The team is also instructed by several governmental bodies including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Land Registry and the Home Office. Robert Shooter¬†heads up the practice which includes John Worthy¬†‚ÄĒ who is ' very quick to get a grip on complex technical and contractual issues'‚ÄĒ ,¬†Andrew Dodd, who is recommended for IT and telecoms disputes, and director John Brunning.¬†James Walsh¬†(who has ' excellent market experience and industry knowledge' in the telecoms¬†sector)¬†recently joined the team from¬†KWM Europe LLP and attracts praise for his 'pragmatic and client-focused advice'. Other changes to the team include the additions of¬†Simon Rendell¬†and¬† Brian Chadwick¬†(who has particular digital gaming sector knowledge) from Osborne Clarke LLP¬†andCooley (UK) LLP¬†respectively.

The 'responsive, industry savvy, commercially focused' commercial technology practice at Kemp Little LLP is singled out for its 'sector expertise within team and good value for money'. The 'excellent' department is led by Paul Hinton and advises clients such as Google UK, EE and BT. It is also instructed by Accenture (UK) and Deloitte on agreements for the provision of new technologies including  robotic process automation and artificial intelligence. Emma Wright heads up the telecoms practice and led advice to Indo UK Institute of Health on telecoms, technology and data solutions for hospitals and medi-centres throughout India. With 'great market knowledge and commercial focus' Paul O’Hare is a key name for outsourcing transactions.

Described as being 'absolutely top in responsiveness and quality' the IT and telecoms practice at Pinsent Masons LLP provides 'thorough, business and client-friendly advice' on a full-range of issues. The team is instructed by the Department of Health in relation to its new emergency services communication system. This matter has included advising on technical solutions and exit from its previous contract with current service provider. Also in the public sector it is advising the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, as well as Transport for London. In another work highlight, it is acting for  Heathrow Airport on a project for the transformation of how it procured and manages its IT services. Google, Fijitsu and Hiscox are all clients. Headed up by Simon Colvin, the team includes the 'first class' and 'very creative' Diane Mullenex who leads the firm's global telecoms, gaming and gambling practices. Anthony Fielding moved to Gowling WLG's Dubai office.

The telecoms and technology teams at Allen & Overy LLP¬†attract praise for being 'quick to learn about the nuances of a particular business before promptly providing advice' that is 'worth every penny'.¬†Highlighted for his capability to handle 'large scale and super complex tech and telecom projects',¬†global¬†head of telecoms¬†Tom Levine has 'an uncanny knack for anticipating ‚ÄĒ and resolving ‚ÄĒ road blocks'.¬†Leveraging the firms¬† 'ability to meet client's multi-national needs', it was instructed by¬†Worldpay on its merger with¬†US digital payment processing company¬†Vantiv Inc.¬† Simon Toms¬†led a team acting for International Finance Corporation, Mitsui & Co and Convergence Partners on a joint venture with Google to establish¬†broadband infrastructure company¬†CSquared.¬†The team also represented¬†Huawei in FRAND litigation brought by Conversant.¬†Seoul Semiconductors, Hewlett Packard and Samsung are all clients.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's 'responsive and hard working' technology practice offers 'very solid advice' at 'good value for money'. The group has significant transactional expertise and acted for DXC Technology on the share acquisition of Swiss-based company LLX Global Business Services and its UK subsidiary. Additionally, a team led by Marcus Pearl advised the management of Exactpro Systems on a management buyout of Exactpro from the London Stock Exchange Group. Usman Wahid , alongside Pearl and outsourcing lawyer Mark Lewis,  jointly heads up the firm's technology practice, which recently hired Daniel Csefalvy from Linklaters LLP . He has experience advising on financial services technology, cryptocurrencies and crypto-exchanges. Senior associate Ash Von Schwan, who arrived from White & Case LLP, is another new addition to the non-contentious team.

The IT and telecoms group at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP  is praised for its 'outstanding service and business-focused advice. The practice is acting for the Ministry of Defence on a £1bn IT transformation and re-procurement project. In another highlight, it acted for TSB Bank and Banco de Sabadell on the integration of IT services following the acquisition of the former by the latter banking group. The team has significant telecoms expertise, with clients including Vodafone, Telefónica O2 and TalkTalk. The 'excellent' Nick Pantlin heads the practice, which includes head of TMT M&A Nicholas Moore, IT and outsourcing specialist James Farrell and recently promoted transactional partner David Coulling  (who quickly grasps very technical points of technology law'). Consultant Hayley Brady is singled out for her 'deep understanding of the telecoms sector'. 'Very knowledgeable' of counsel Aaron White  joined the team from Ashurst  and senior associate Hugh Bannister joined from King & Wood Mallesons. Litigator Rachel Lidgate was promoted to the partnership.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's telecoms, media and technology department is headed by Peter Watts and handles commercial, regulatory and contentious technology and telecoms matters for large corporates and smaller companies.The group has particular expertise advising clients in highly regulated industries, particularly those in the financial sector. It acted for Banco Sabadell on IT integration arrangements following its acquisition of TSB Bank. A team jointly led by Richard Diffenthal and John Salmonacted for Refineryy on the development and roll-out of its innovative blockchain-based platform. The practice also advised leading telecoms company on product regulatory and product safety issues. Don McGown is a key name to note for telecoms sector matters.

The 'very professional and technically excellent' telecommunications, media and technology sector group at Linklaters LLP attracts praise for 'leaving no stone unturned in pursuing the best outcome for the client'. The group acted for Hutchison 3G UK and its parent company, CK Hutchison Holdings on its £300m acquisition of UK Broadband Ltd from PCCW Limited, it additionally acted for Hutchison 3G on it renegotiation of network sharing arrangements in the UK. The team has particularly expertise handing technology matters in the insurance and financial sectors with clients including AXA, Lloyds and RBS. It has advised on paperless and borderless transaction solutions, trading platforms and currencies using blockchain technology in the financial sector, and on dashcam uses and driverless car projects in the insurance sector.  Julian Cunningham-Day and Iain Fenn jointly head the global practice, which includes TMT sector Richard Cumbley. Daniel Csefalvay joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP's cross-departmental team is frequently instructed in matters within the technology and telecoms sectors. Practice head Laurence Jacobs is a key figure for complex IT transactions and is instructed by several companies on the major cloud computing projects. In another work highlight Jacobs led a team acting for pharmaceutical sector client Astellas on a major IT transformation programme. The group also has experience advising on the development of artificial intelligence services and big data exploitation, including advising on commercial and regulatory issues. The team is regularly instructed on financing of telecoms sector clients and represented Avanti Communications Group plc in $1bn senior funding facility from funds managed by HPS Investment Partners. Julian Stait and John Dewar are key contacts for contentious and telecoms matters respectively. Sean Keaton retired from the practice.

Highlighted as 'one of the strongest practices in IT and telecoms, in terms of strength, depth and expertise', Osborne Clarke LLP 'provides value for money' and 'good solid advice'. 'Formidable lawyer' John Buyers 'combines deep expertise with commercial nous' and jointly heads the IT department alongside Mark Taylor. The team acted for new client Cytora, who is a provider of artificial intelligence risk assessment solution to the insurance industry using, on several matters including a licensing deal with insurers Starr Group and QBE Insurance. On the telecoms front the team acted for Vodafone on significant IT and outsourcing projects, payments technology advice and in relation to its internet of things products. It also advised Saint-Gobain Building Distribution on three separate agreements with Telefónica relating to the procurement of telephony services. The 'immensely knowledgeable, pragmatic, approachable' John Fell heads the telecoms practice. Also recommended are Nina Cummins, who has particular expertise on IT and telecoms regulation, and Will Robertson, who is a key figure for outsourcing and procurement work.

The information and communications technology team at Simmons & Simmons provides 'speedy, relevant and timely advice that is always succinct and commercially focused' to clients such as Samsung, Telefónica UK, Virgin Media and BT plc. The team is also instructed by OneWeb on complex TMT regulatory issues concerning satellite broadband, in numerous jurisdictions across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In another work highlight James Cotter led a team acting for VEON on a project for the transformation of the clients supply chain, including drafting and renegotiating terms of procurement as well as automating certain contract templates. Tom Wheadon attracts praise for 'his tireless and selfless ability to be there whenever needed to provide  measured legal advice'. He heads the practice, which includes head of TMT Alexander Brown, and Hinal Patel, who advises  buyers and suppliers in the technology and telecoms sectors. Changes to the team includes Lawrence Brown's promotion to the partnership and Tony Woodgate's retirement.

The 'outstanding' technology and telecoms team at Slaughter and May is 'very responsive, creative and easy to collaborate with'. A team led by technology practice head Rob Sumroy acted for Burberry on outsourcing its global network services, including wireless connectivity and telephony systems, and management of IT security framework, to Verizon Communications. In another highlight the team advised for SoftBank Vision Fund on its investments in two data analytics and artificial intelligence companies Ping An Medical and Healthcare Management and Ping An Healthcare and Technology. David Ives heads the firm's IP and technology practice. Duncan Blaikie was recently promoted to the partnership.

The IT practice at Taylor Wessing LLP is praised particularly for 'investing in understanding its client's business and the issues they encounter' across technology, telecoms, outsourcing and data protection matters. The department provided strategic and compliance advice on the launch of the online beauty brand Glossier in the UK. This project included consideration of online terms of use and privacy policy, negotiation of licensing and access to payment processing technologies. Demonstrating the groups capabilities in contentious matters, it successfully represented  InterTrader, an online spread betting company, in a contract dispute with London Capital Group Limited. In another work highlight, the team leveraged its knowledge of gaming providers market to advice Improbable Worlds on several issues including games development and publishing agreements with start-up games developers. Chris Jeffery heads up the practice and is frequently instructed by large US corporate, with particular expertise advising on enterprise software, ad tech and ecommerce. The 'exceptional' Glyn Morgan is a key name for regulatory issues, IT and digital-related projects, and the'sensible, reasonable and pragmatic' Martin Cotterill is singled out for his 'exceptional industry knowledge', particularly in relation to fintech and outsourcing matters.

The IT and telecoms practice at Addleshaw Goddard frequently acts for customers in technology-related matters, with particular experience advising on financial services sector clients,  including Sainsbury's Bank, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group. Practice head Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, who focuses on IT and outsourcing projects, leads a team acting for The British Land Company on the procurement of software solutions. The group also advised Reckitt Benckiser on a project for the implementation of global product management software. Fintech expert Fiona Ghosh is a key name to note. In the telecoms sector, the team continues to act for SSE Enterprise Telecom on contractual, strategic and contentious matters.

Arnold & Porter's telecommunications, internet, and media team handles multi-jurisdictional telecoms regulatory work. The groups sector expertise was bolstered with the arrival of Rob Bratby from Olswang's Singapore office; since joining he has acted for Tata Communications, Core Communications and Maxis. Michael Ryan retired from the team. Other key names to note include Michael Bywell for contentious matters and Richard Dickinson for technology contracts and regulatory advice.

The digital economy group at Ashurst handles contentious and non-contentious matters across IT and telecoms matters, with clients including giffgaff, BP and Panasonic Avionics. 'Astute' practice head Nick Elverston attracts praise for 'seeing the bigger picture'; he acted alongside competition partner Duncan Liddell for Virgin Media on its strategic cooperation with Sky for a targeted advertising across both of the companies' platform. In another work highlight Christopher Bates led a team advising DXC Technology in relation to its successful bid to provide Post Office with IT infrastructure and banking services. Amanda Hale is a key name to note for strategic and transactional matters. Mark Lubbock left the practice to join Brown Rudnick LLP.

Browne Jacobson LLP is frequently instructed in large IT projects, with particular experience advising clients in the financial services, health, insurance and public sectors. 'IT contracts expert' Anthony Nagle continues to lead a team advising the Crown Prosecution Service on IT projects including procurement, integration, alignment and management of applications support and hosting services. The team also acted for Manchester Underwriting Management  on the procurement of a new IT System. Declan Cushley heads up the practice which is instructed by TopCashBack, Thorntons Plc and Itelligence Business Solutions (UK). Selina Hinchcliffe joined the firm's Nottingham office from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

The 'excellent' IT and telecoms team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP sits within the firms wider TMT practice headed up by Mark Bailey and Mark Howard. The practice is frequently instructed in transactional and M&A matters in the technology sector. It advised IFS on its purchase of mplsystems, which provides contact centre and customer engagement software. The group also acts for  NCSOFT on day to day issues and commercially strategic matters, including negotiation of digital content agreements with industry leading distributors throughout Europe. Mark Moncreiffe is another key name to note, particularly for cross-border transactions. Megan Paul joined from Mayer Brown International LLP and is experienced handling commercial and outsourcing matters in the technology sector. 

Clifford Chance LLP's UK technology practice is led by the firm's head of global outsourcing André Duminy , and has experience handling strategic, commercial and contentious matters for IT and telecom sector clients. The team has been instructed by Royal Dutch Shell on a project for the renegotiation of global technology outsourcing contracts, worth several billion, with several suppliers. The practice has significant transactional experience in the IT sector and advised Imagination Technologies Group on its £550m recommended cash takeover of Canyon Bridge Capital Partners.  It also acted for Emirates NDB on its participation in a start-up incubator and accelerator project and Generali on its partnership with a tech start-up company in relation to rolling out an insurance app to key clients. Changes to the team include the promotion of Jonathan Kewley to partner and senior associate Chris Chapman re-joining the team from Ofcom.

The 'responsive, highly skilled and knowledgeable' information technology team at Cooley (UK) LLP¬†is often instructed to advise emerging companies¬†in innovative technology matters, but also acts well-known brands on matters including procurement projects. The¬†'highly efficient' team is jointly led by commercial lawyer¬†Chris Coulter¬†(Sarah Pearce¬†having moved to Paul Hastings LLP), litigator Mark Deem¬†and¬†Ann Bevitt¬†(who specialises in data protection). Coulter has 'a¬†very strategic mind' and¬†is leading a team acting for Elliptic¬†Enterprises¬†‚ÄĒ a company offering cryptocurrency forensics and analysis to enforcement agencies and financial institutions¬†‚ÄĒ on matters concerning¬†data¬†acquisition, customer¬†engagement¬†and on new¬†business¬†ventures. In another work highlight the department is assisting Eve Sleep with commercial and strategic matters relating to online sales and advertising.

The IT team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advised CSC Computer Sciences on contractual and regulatory issues associated with its five year outsourcing deal with the London Insurance Market. In another highlight, a team led by the 'commercially minded'  Simon Cloke is acting for Rolls-Royce in relation to its partnership with TCS, who provides a data analysis platform. The group is also assisting Network Rail with procurement of traffic management systems. Cloke jointly heads up the team alongside Simon Gamlin.

Halebury's 'brilliant' team includes lawyers with significant in house experience across IT and telecoms sectors and is led by the 'responsive' Denise Nurse and Janvi Patel. Richard Dalby is 'excellent for procurement advice' and has acted for clients such as SKY Business on reviewing its contract negotiation process and Liberty Global Europe. 'Great all-rounder' John Loughrey joined the team from Iris Software Group and  Rod McDonagh joined from Nokia. Other clients include Virgin Media, BT and Sony.

Jones Day attracts praise for its 'good industry knowledge' of the IT and telecoms sectors. Highlighted as 'a good analytical lawyer with practical experience of large IT operators', Rhys Thomas acts on a range of international disputes. Jonathon Little is a key name to note for commercial issues and technology projects.

Latham & Watkins' technology transactions group attracts praise for its 'commerciality and industry knowledge'. The team has particular experience in the financial services sector, and advised Blackstone Group International Partners on its £2.96bn acquisition of Paysafe Group, as well as acting for TA Associates on its investment in Interswitch, a fintech business in Nigeria. Andrew Moyle heads up the department which also includes 'incredibly knowledgeable and diligent' technology transactions chair Gail Crawford is recommended for data protection advice.  Coca Cola European Partners, VEON and Tencent are all clients of the practice.

The information technology and technology transactions team at Mayer Brown International LLP 'very attentive and quick to provide support' in non-contentious technology and telecoms sector instructions. In a work highlight illistrating the group's cross-border capabilities, it advised AllLife (PTY), a South African insurance firm offering technology providing prospective policyholders instant quotes, on its collaboration with a UK-based insurer for a novel product aimed at individuals diagnosed as diabetic. Mark Prinsley, Andrew Stewart and Richard Page jointly head the practice which also advises PricewaterhouseCoopers, HSBC and semiconductor and software design company Arm Holdings. Peter Dickinson left the team to an in house role at Mitie. Oliver Yaros was promoted to partner and has particular knowlede of fintech and cryptocurrencies.

Morrison & Foerster LLP's technology transactions group is headed up by Alistair Maughan and frequently handles commercial contract advice and technology-based projects. Work highlights include acting for Autodesk on re-drafting its revised form of master user agreement; advising Cellpoint Mobile, an IT provider, on its regulatory and commercial matters, and assisting Panasonic issues relating to rights under open source software licenses. Of counsel Greg Joynson  is another key name to note.  Sue McLean moved to Baker McKenzie.

The information technology practice as Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP offers 'local, committed engagement with the support of a global practice that offers rich, original, creative intellectual capital'. The team, which is praised for its 'mature perspective, broad knowledge, and focused attentiveness', acted for the Royal Bank of Canada in relation to the renegotiation of its existing, multi-tower IT outsourcing agreement with IBM, for services across Europe and Asia. Practice head Tim Wright and Rafi Azim-Khan jointly head the global sourcing and technology transactions team. Senior associate Lee Rubin joined the team from Kemp Little LLP, while Mike Pierides and Simon Lightman moved to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

With capabilities in both IT and telecoms, Reed Smith LLP frequently advises on outsourcing, licensing, commercial and contractual issues and disputes, with particular expertise in cross-border matters. Cynthia O’Donoghue heads up the IP, information and innovation group and led a team acting for a client on the expansion of its software tailored for medical practices across the EU. This included advice of outsourcing agreements for data hosting, as well as on French regulatory aspects. Head of the entertainment and media industry group Gregor Pryor represented a well known company in the technology sector on the discontinuation of its music streaming service worldwide. Changes to the team include Philip Thomas'  promotion to partner and the additions of Ingrid Silver and Sophie Goossens (who splits her time between the London and Paris offices) from Dentons and August Debouzy respectively.

The intellectual property and technology department at RPC handles both contentious and non-contentious matters across the technology and telecoms sectors, which clients including Dialog Semiconductors, CGI and eClerx. The department is lead by 'tough litigator' Jeremy Drew - who is experienced handling contentious technology and outsourcing matters - and head of the commercial technology team, Mark Crichard. Crichard led a team acting for a global insurer on the tender process for management software and the associated system integration services, as well as on a on a major contact centre outsourcing deal. The team has benefitted from the addition of  Jon Bartley from Penningtons Manches LLP. Bartley specialises in advising on technology and digital business contracts.

Squire Patton Boggs' practice is particularly known for its regulatory knowledge and attracts praise for its 'responsiveness and the quality of advice'. Head of communications law Francesco Liberatore is 'a true master of telecoms law' and 'a delight to work with'. In the telecoms sector the group is instructed by Vodafone, Cable Europe as well as the the regulatory authories of Qatar, Bahrain and Bermuda. Andrew Wilkinson heads up the commercial, IP and IT group and acts for both suppliers and users on acquisitions of hardware and software licences.

The 'helpful' technology team at Stephenson Harwood is singled out for its 'excellent response times and industry knowledge'. A team led by Dan Holland acted for Trenitalia c2c and Arriva UK Trains on the procurement of software and hardware for the implementation of electronic smart ticketing systems. In another highlight the department acts for Belleway Limited on its $42m project to construct a Bitcoin mining data centre in Azerbaijan. Holland jointly heads the practice with Jonathan Kirsop; other key figures include senior associate David Berry, who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard. Infinite Intelligence Technologies, Avaloq and UCB Biopharma are clients.

Technology Law Alliance provides 'considerable depth of experience and expertise' and 'value for money'. Practice head Jeremy Newton led a team advising Grafton Group on several IT procurement projects, including a business-critical contract with Epicor Corporation relating to the company's enterprise resource planning solution. Another key name to note is Gavin Wakefield, who acted for Apollo Syndicate Management on its software licence and services framework agreement with a leading provider of financial management and regulatory solutions. Hitachi Vantara, Capgemini UK and BMO Global Asset Management are all clients.

Praised for being 'engaged and fully aware of the business context' TLT's IT team handles commercial, transactional and contentious matters.The group is instructed by companies including J Sainsbury's, Telegraph Media Group, ARRIS International and data centre developer 5NINES. Key figures include Daniel Lloyd, who heads the team in London, and James Touzel, who heads the national practice; both are described as 'real subject matter experts who are completely on top of technical developments in the IT world'. The 'hugely dedicate' associate  Juliet Mason is also singled out.

The 'excellent and business-focused' technology and commercial law team at Waterfront Solicitors LLP attracts praise for its 'great specialist knowledge and experience'. The group, which acts for clients such as Valtech, Web Services Integration and BridgeHead Software, is headed up by Alison Berryman. Consultant Richard Chapman (who is 'great to work with and has a wealth of knowledge in IT space')  led a team acting for Ricoh on process and contract documentation for its global deal to purchase Microsoft’s cloud services. In another work highlight the team was instructed by OCS Group to advise on several IT procurement projects. Jean-Marc Pettigrew is another key name to note.

Traditionally recognised for its media sector expertise, Wiggin LLP's technology team has a strong IT and telecoms sector client roster with clients including Vodafone, Microsoft, Expedia and Sony Interactive Entertainment. The team was also instructed by Acute Art on its creation of virtual reality art platform, which included strategic advice and cross-border negotiations. The 'commercially aware' David Naylor is highlighted as being 'practical, responsive and enjoyable to work with'. He jointly heads the practice alongside Shaun Lowde. Alexander Ross is another key name to note, particularly for transactional matters in digital media.

The Bristol-based technology and outsourcing team at Burges Salmon LLP  is headed up by Andrew Dunlop and boasts clients such as Thomson Reuters, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company and Babcock International plc. The group recently advised a water utility company on several IT projects, including on the procurement of a replacement cloud-based project management tool. Legal director Sarah Kenshall joined the team from Axiom Law and frequently advises telecoms vendors and fintech companies.

DAC Beachcroft LLP's technology team advises clients in the public and private sectors, with particular expertise in the health and insurance sectors, and on fintech matters. A team led by Prakash Kerai  - which included financial regulatory and technology team members - acted for Tandem Money on the outsourcing of its risk strategy and fraud management services. The department is headed up by Tim Ryan who joined the team from Memery Crystal LLP, and  Tim Sewart and Robin Fry both departed to join Memery Crystal LLP.  

The technology practice at DMH Stallard LLP¬†‚ÄĒ¬†jointly led by Anthony Lee¬†and James Orloff¬†‚ÄĒ handles non-contentious strategic and transactional instructions. The team is advising cloud services provider CWCS Managed Hosting on several contractual¬† matters, including a dispute with Virgin Media regarding service and payment terms. The group also acted for leading provider of communications solutions ECS Global,¬†brand commerce agency KHWS and¬†Perfect Data,¬†an early stage technology business.

Offering 'a timely, commercially astute advice at a competitive price', Edwin Coe LLP advises both SMEs and larger clients on IT agreements, strategy and disputes. Simon Miles heads up the teams which includes Nick Phillips , who is highlighted for his 'pragmatic advice on technical matters' and has particular expertise in data protection and eCommerce. The group acted for property developer Argent on licensing and acquisition of a number of IT related systems, as well as for Association of Accounting Technicians on revision of IT contracts and GDPR preparation. Other clients includes Venntro Media Group and a lead provider of search engine optimisation and search engine marketing services.

The IT and telecoms practice at Gowling WLG  offers 'deep industry knowledge and excellent value for money' and is instructed by both public and private sector clients, particularly in non-contentious matters. 'Superb lawyer' Sally Mewies heads up the commercial, IT and outsourcing team and is highlighted as 'extremely pragmatic'.  The group advised Flybe on outsourcing agreements with service provider Amadeus IT Group. It was also instructed by Birmingham City Council on negotiations with Capita and resulting sale of shares in the companies' joint venture, Service Birmingham, to Capita. Patrick Arben and Sarah Sasse are key names to notes for technology sector disputes and advising public sector clients respectively. Vanessa de Froberville left the firm.

The IT and telecoms practice at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is instructed by well-known brands such as Virgin Group and Microsoft in addition to advising tech start-up companies. The group advised Expedia on its strategic agreement with Thomas Cook for the use of Expedia's booking platform for all hotel-only sales on online distribution channels across Europe. It also acted for the international car wash company Anduff on outsourcing project arrangements with Infor. Daniel Tozer heads up the department which includes recently promoted partner Michael Lister.

The 'highly pragmatic' team at iLaw¬†attracts praise for its¬†'exemplary commercial awareness'¬†and 'very reasonable fees given the quality of service'. The group is jointly headed up by 'knowledgeable, patient and practical'¬†Justin Ellis¬†(who has been described as a 'top draw lawyer') and co-founder Mark Culbert. Ellis frequently acts for clients on contractual and commercial matters, while Culbert is a key name for disputes. The group is instructed by NetNatives ‚ÄĒ which delivers software and social media services in the public and education sector ‚ÄĒ and advised on its acquisition of internet marketing service Student Hut and on both contentious and non-contentious contractual matters.

Considered 'leaders in their field', the team at Kemp IT Law are 'very cost effective and give good, sound and pragmatic advice'. With 'in-depth experience' the department's impressive client roster includes Microsoft, 9ine and SITA. It is also instructed by AI start-up Matrix Mill and advised on all commercial and intellectual property elements of its development and licensing agreement with Apply Parking. The group is led by the well-respected Richard Kemp (who is highlighted for his 'considered approach and wide-ranging knowledge that inspires confidence') and includes Deirdre Moynihan who attracts praise for her practical approach.

The 'excellent' technology practice at Lewis Silkin LLP acts for clients such as Hutchison 3G, Electronic Arts and new clients Elitech and VE Global, on a range of commercial and transactional matters. James Gill  heads the technology group alongside Sean Dempsey and focuses on advising buyers and providers of tech-related solutions.  Nathalie Moreno is a key name to note for multi-jurisdictional projects. David Willbe frequently handles corporate finance transactions for tech clients and led a team assisting XR Games on its investment from a foreign investment institution.

The 'pragmatic' practice at Michelmores LLP is led by the 'user-friendly and knowledgeable' Tom Torkar, who acted for the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime on a procurement project for a national IT framework. The group also assisted Haynes Publishing Group plc on its £4.7m acquisition of the online data business E3 Technical from Carweb. This transaction required advice on data and software elements of the acquisition and service agreements. Flybe, Jessops Europe and the British Transport Police are all clients.

The Cambridge-based information technology team at Mills & Reeve LLP advises client in the public and private sector on IT projects and singled out for its 'industry knowledge and strength in depth'. A team led by Kevin Calder was instructed by Great Ormond Street Hospital on procurement of an electronic patient record from Epic. The department also advises Financial Conduct Authority on its key supplier contracts, as well as on its procurement of an e-discovery system, to be used to gather and search evidence in relation to potential criminal prosecution. In another work highlight, Peter Wainman acted for software business Firmstep on several contractual issues including changes to Firmstep’s standard terms and negotiations with key customers and partners, such as CGI. Calder and Wainman jointly head the team, with other clients including Brady plc, Department of Health and Imperial College.

The 'commercial, practical and user friendly' technology group at Norton Rose Fulbright attracts praise for its 'industry knowledge' and 'quality advice during very tight time frames'. Sean Murphy heads up the technology and innovation team and Oliver Stacey leads the telecoms department. 'Strong negotiator' James Russell boasts 'strong understanding of the industry' and a 'commercial mindset', and led a team acting for AIG Europe on its blockchain-enabled platform for the purchase of trade finance receivables from a global logistics company. Vodafone, McLaren Applied Technologies and HSBC are all clients of the practice.

The 'very professional, intelligent and trustworthy' telecoms practice at boutique firm PREISKEL & CO LLP offers 'excellent service' particularly on regulatory and stategic matters. Practice head Daniel Preiskel and co-founder of the firm Ronnie Preiskel are highlighted as having 'exceptional commercial awareness and industry knowledge'. The team advises key names in the telecoms sector on cross-border issues, in addition to being instructed by government bodies on legislative matters. Tim Cowen and Jose Saras are also singled out in this area.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is highlighted for its 'actionable advice, balanced with business acumen and industry knowledge'. Head of telecommunications, Gordon Moir, is leading a team representing BT Global Services in high value follow-on damages claim against Orange in France. In another highlight Joanna Boag-Thomson  advised Satellite Solutions Worldwide on the negotiations of its distributor arrangements with Euro Broadband Retail to expand its operations in the retail market for residential broadband across Europe. Paul Carlyle heads the group's media and technology team which regularly assists financial services sector on ICT procurement projects. Vodafone, Expereo and Sainsbury's Bank are all clients.

The Guildford-based team at Stevens & Bolton LLP¬†attracts praise for its ‚Äėsound, pragmatic and cost effective advice‚Äô. Headed up by Beverley Whittaker, the department handles a range of commercial IT issues, with clients including Data Technology, SecurMed UK, Belron International. It also acted for Brightstarr on two global deals for the provision of intranet services.

The ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô information technology group at Travers Smith LLP¬†boasts a client roster including the additions of Zoopa, Antidote Technologies and Paymentsense. The ‚Äėpragmatic and commercial‚Äô Dan Reavill¬†heads up the practice which advised Micro Focus plc on its $8.8m merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise‚Äôs software business. Louisa Chambers¬†recently worked alongside the corporate team to represent Shazam on its acquisition by Apple Inc. In another work highlight the team is acting for eFront Financial Solutions on several matters including drafting standard form customer contracts, software agreements and hosting arrangements.

Wallace LLP’s IT department acts for both suppliers in the IT sector as well as clients looking to acquire services in this space. The team acted for Competitive Capabilities International (CCI) on global licensing agreement with Ernst & Young for the use of its CCI’s core software product. It has also acted for Excell Group on the purchase of products and services from telecoms companies, as well as the sale of businesses and flexible business office spaces and revision of its master service agreement with clients. Head of the practice, Frank Jennings, has particular expertise advising on the cloud and related procurement. The team has also advised clients on the use of big data for AI and machine learning.

The information technology team at Wedlake Bell LLP¬†offers a ‚Äėvery reliable and consistent service‚Äô. Adam Edwards¬†heads up the team which includes the ‚Äėvery thorough and responsive‚Äô¬† Jonathan Cornthwaite. Work highlights include advising YoBike UK on all commercial, technology and licensing elements of its mobile-technology driven bicycle hire product.

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