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    • Lucy Cook - Mincoffs Solicitors LLP

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Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has a strong track record of advice to financial services and public sector clients such as Citibank, Arriva, TSB Bank, AIG, Highways England and Atom Bank. The team is on the Crown Commercial Legal Services Framework panel and also acts for a range of healthcare-sector clients including foundation trusts and primary care trusts. Key figures in Newcastle include Andrew Scott, who attracts praise for his ‘firm yet pragmatic negotiations’ and for his expertise in outsourcing IT and telecoms procurement matters; and consultant Caroline Churchill who focuses on non-contentious issues, with particular expertise in cloud infrastructure and data security matters.

The ‘incredible’ team at Ward Hadaway provides ‘prompt, well-considered and focused advice’ that is ‘both thoughtful and practical’. Alex Shiel leads the group, which includes commercial practice head Colin Hewitt and the well-regarded Judy Baker, who is ‘unbelievably supportive’; ‘her enviable understanding of the practice area gives her the edge over the competition’. Recent highlights for Baker include advising Bannatyne on an agreement with Sky to provide Wi-Fi services to Bannatyne Hotels, and assisting ScS with a compliance review of its website and its House of Fraser microsite. Asda, Virgin Money and Northern Powergrid also feature in it client roster. Also recommended are Phil Tompkins, who is recommended for IT contract advice, Tim Toomey, who focuses on IT disputes, and commercial contracts specialist Dean Murray, who joined in early 2016 from Square One Law.

Mincoffs Solicitors LLP’s department is led by the ‘exceptional’ Antony Hall, who attracts praise for his ‘unmatched personal approach, transparency and hands-on experience that is unmatched’. Clients also single out associate Lucy Cook, who specialises in the Fintech sector and handles software development issues and licensing arrangements, among other matters. Cook recently advised Amplyfi on documentation relating to artificial intelligence software and Hall assisted LamasaTech with the supply of self-service computerised touchscreen terminals to Northumbria University; he also assisted Pebbletree with a software as a service (SaaS) contract relating to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software. Other clients include Sandbox Platform, Infinity International, LB Foster Rail Technologies, Innovit Europe and Samaro Technologies; the team was also appointed to the North East Space Incubation Programme’s panel; the programme, which is being delivered in partnership with the UK Space Agency, provides support to early-stage companies in the space sector, for which the firm will be advising on legal issues.

For some, Muckle LLP’s ‘highly professional yet personal’ team is ‘head and shoulders above the rest in terms of knowledge’, and clients view it as ‘a safe pair of hands’ for IT matters. Key figures include non-contentious specialist Alex Craig, litigator George Festing, and the ‘incredibly efficient’ Alan Grisedale. The team was joined in 2016 by associate Jill Dovey, who arrived from an in-house position and is noted for her data protection expertise. Highlights for Grisedale included advising England Athletics on the terms and conditions, privacy policy and website terms of use for the launch of its RunTogether brand, while Craig assisted Glowsoft’s shareholders with the IT aspects of its acquisition by Mandata. Atom Bank, EDMI Europe and Avid Technology Group are also clients.

Litigator Martin Soloman leads the practice at Hay & Kilner, which excels in handling software development and licensing issues. Other areas of expertise include website development and database design. Recent highlights include advising a software company on the licensing of software to a global software solutions provider and assisting a client with the development of software and its subsequent offering to an international system provider. The firm is also handling an increasing number of mandates on behalf of IT developers and providers. Lucy Gray is a key name.

Watson Burton LLP’s IT group sits within the firm’s corporate department and is led by Duncan Reid, who specialises in venture capital and private equity transactions in the technology space. Reid assisted Global Bridge with data protection issues and investments into the company by various angel investors. Newly promoted partner Paul Wigham recently advised Altitude Angel on a contract for the development of its airspace management data and services platform. Other areas of expertise include outsourcing litigation, data protection and it contracts. Northumbrian Water, Hiscox and Performance Horizon are also clients.

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