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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘very impressive team’ advises public and private sector purchasers of high-value IT projects, and has a particularly strong cloud practice. Clients include Diageo, Speedy Hire and Barclays. Key figures include Paul Bentham, the ‘very commercialJames Whittaker, and Susan Garrett, who is singled out for her contentious IT work.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘excellent’ team advises on a diverse range of issues from cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing to systems integration and service transitions. Highlights included advising the Co-operative Bank on a strategically critical agreement with Capita to manage the bank’s mortgage processing operations. Lee Brierley is ‘very experienced’ and Peter Brook is also well regarded.

DWF has a wide range of sector expertise but is particularly known for its skill in IT and outsourcing projects in the financial services and insurance sectors. Clients include Expedia, Rplan and Sanef Operations. Craig Chaplin heads the team, which includes the ‘practical, methodical and balancedJames Lonsdale. Rob Sheldon is now at Fieldfisher

Clients of Brabners LLP highlight the firm’s ‘London standard of service at Liverpool prices’. It assists a wide variety of tech start-ups and software businesses and has considerable expertise in the computer software games industry. Nik White and Colin Bell are noted for their ‘very commercial and practical advice’.

Gateley Plc’s ‘very skilled and technically able team’ is headed by Peter Budd, who combines ‘excellent legal and technical knowledge with good commercial sense and strong negotiation skills’. Budd has extensive experience in data flows, cloud computing and large-scale IT procurement. Clients include Lookers and Ladbrokes.

Pannone Corporate LLP provides ‘prompt, clear and accurate advice’ to clients such as UK and Iceland Foods. The team is experienced on the supplier and the customer side. The ‘very thorough’ Amy Chandler provides ‘a very high level of professionalism and a strong commitment to her clients’.

Samantha Livesey leads the team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which has considerable expertise in IT, digital and data protection issues. It has also been involved in a considerable number of major technology transactions and has particular expertise in the sport, retail and consumer brands sectors. Clients include Manchester Airport Group and William Hill.

TLT has particular expertise in the financial services, retail and technology sectors. David Gardner is ‘always willing to go over and above what is expected of him to provide timely and clear advice’.

Weightmans LLP is advising the Motor Insurers’ Bureau on data sharing arrangements with the DVLA in relation to the MyLicence Project. Paul Raftery heads the practice, which also acts for Bibby Distribution, Ford Motor Company and the Insurance Fraud Bureau. Sean Crotty is also recommended.

Clarke Willmott LLP advises a broad range of national and international clients on a variety of areas, from web and app development, online learning to cloud-based service offerings. The team also has a particular specialism in data sharing and big data issues for social housing entities. Susan Hall is a primary contact.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has particular expertise in technology procurement in the healthcare sector and is instructed by customers and software suppliers on large technology projects. Associate Andrew Rankin is ‘very practical, methodical and balanced’ and Harald Loeffler has ‘excellent technical skills, good commercial awareness and a ‘can-do’ attitude’. Jan Levinson heads the team.

Eversheds LLP advises on the full spectrum of technology contracts, and is acting for AstraZeneca on the insourcing of a number of complex IT arrangements. Tom Bridgford is the key contact.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘efficient team’ handles a wide range of IT procurement and contractual work for clients including Bibby Line Group and Stobart Group. Practice head Mark Fitzgibbon is ‘very knowledgeable, helpful and approachable’.

Key figures at Fieldfisher include Rob Sheldon, who joined from DWF and ‘gets the job done’, and Sam Jardine, who joined from Watson Burton LLP.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP recruited Martin Lewis from Addleshaw Goddard LLP; he joins a team that is adept at handling complex software and database litigation.

Myerson Solicitors LLP’s clients include a major provider of software solutions for high volume retail insurance operations and a national supplier of internet and related services. Senior solicitor Carla Murray is recommended.

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