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Brodies LLP is noted for its ‘expert advice and high level of partner involvement’. The practice has extensive expertise covering procurement agreements and disputes, bespoke software development and licensing matters. Martin Sloan is ‘very good on technical IT and data protection matters’; he advised Tesco Bank on its high-value telephony contract with Vodafone. Grant Campbell is also recommended.

CMS’ track record includes advising on eight-figure government IT projects, software supply agreements and complex outsourcing schemes. Laurence Ward advised DHL on a review of its use of open-source software, and Alan Nelson is acting for a community broadband project in the Argyll Islands.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP advises public and private sector entities on IT procurement, with particular strength in public services, banking and the energy sector. John McKinlay is ‘easy to work with; commercial and very bright’. Callum Sinclair is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP is singled out for its ‘very good balance between legal knowledge and commercial acumen’. The firm advises buyers in big-ticket procurements of banking software, data storage and printing systems. Practice head Yvonne Dunn is ‘commercial and pragmatic’, and Joanne Stewart is ‘a very good senior associate’. Clients include Nucleus Financial Services and Legal & General.

Shepherd and Wedderburn attracts praise for its ‘solid telecoms know-how’. John MacKenzie and practice head Gordon Moir advised the European Competitive Telecoms Association on the Orange Polska EU competition law case. Other mandates relate to IT procurements and disputes. Clients also include the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and well-known telecoms companies.

Burness Paull LLP is ‘very attentive to clients’ needs’, and is regularly called on to advise on software licensing, outsourcing and development projects. Colin Hulme’s work includes source code disputes, while David Goodbrand advised the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants on the acquisition of a new customer relationship management system.

Harper Macleod LLP advises procurers and bidders in government IT and broadcast infrastructure tenders. James MacGregor advised Webhelp on the provision of call centre customer services to Shop Direct.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP advises businesses on the procurement of critical IT facilities. Alison Bryce’s clients include Peppermint Technology and The Edrington Group. Ross Nicol is also recommended.

MacRoberts LLP’s track record includes advice on public and private sector IT procurement mandates. David Gourlay assisted Disclosure Scotland with an outsourcing arrangement. Also recommended are data protection and software licensing specialist Val Surgenor and David Flint, who leads the department.

Clients view Thorntons Law LLPas a strategic partner rather than a basic supplier’. In addition to work for universities, the firm advises technology companies on licensing their software and on bids for outsourcing contracts. Clients include Brightsolid and the University of Strathclyde. Practice head Liam McMonagle is ‘incredibly bright and direct’.

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