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Arthur Cox Belfast advises on IT and telecoms related issues for public and private sector clients, and recently advised the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment on its plans to develop Northern Ireland’s broadband infrastructure. It also assisted start-up Spacehop with drafting its privacy policy, terms of use and acceptable use policy. William Curry and Alan Taylor are the key names.

Carson McDowell LLP’s diverse IT and telecoms sector client base includes Graphical Data, which it advised on a range of issues throughout 2015, including a template software as a service agreement and on the use of VAR agreements. Other clients include broadcast facilities provider Pi Communications. Dawn McNight leads the group.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s clients include website providers, for which it acts in both contentious and advisory matters. Recent highlights include acting for Bee VM on its joint venture with Connect Telecom and on a related cloud software development and reseller agreement. Other clients include the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Telefónica UK (O2) and BT. Joe Marley has particular expertise in acting for telecoms companies and associate Michael King specialises in TMT litigation.

The team at Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP is ‘very knowledgeable and can grasp issues quickly’. The team acts for a range of clients on software licences, IT outsourcing and related agreements, as well as transactional IT matters. Recent highlights include advising Kx Systems, a Californian software company, on its sale to First Derivatives. Paul McBride is the key name.

Mark Thompson and Brendan Fox head the team at A&L Goodbody, which ‘goes above and beyond’. The firm recently assisted Cardinal Analytics with the drafting of a bespoke end-user licence agreement related to its data analytics software as a service product. Ivan Waide left the firm in early 2016 to head up IP at AlmacSciences.

Rory Campbell heads the IT team at Forde Campbell LLC, which advises public-sector bodies, private companies and individuals on their IT needs. It has particular experience in app development, software and telecommunications.

Highlights for Tughans included acting for a large software provider on its acquisition of another software company, and advising a major television channel on the employment aspects of its sale. Adrian O’Connell is the name to note.

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