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Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘ability to marry conventional legal skills with industry specific knowledge is impressive and vital for clients’. The financial services, insurance, retail and public sectors are core strengths of the firm, which counts B&Q, New Look, the Ministry of Justice and MS Amlin as clients. Managing associate Ben Gibson provides a ‘measured and detailed service’ and advises Historic England and English Heritage, together with practice head Julian Hamblin, on a range of IT procurements. Through its IT division (Kingfisher Information Technology Services UK), Kingfisher has instructed Hamblin on unifying its infrastructure and processes to enhance its European digital operations; this is a major project and thus far, the firm’s workload has included advising on agreements with Tata Consultancy Services. Another significant mandate saw the practice assist hibu (UK) with procuring SAP’s SAP Cloud for Customer platform. Litigator Andrew Parsons is recommended for technology disputes and is defending Post Office against claims brought by former and current sub-postmasters, who allege that the company wrongfully recovered debts or prosecuted them based on unreliable information provided by its IT system, Horizon. Data protection and e-commerce expert Andrew Kimble is also recommended for matters such as outsourcing, data licensing and freedom of information.

An excellent firm with high standards of service’, Boyes Turner advises on software as a service (SaaS), digital media and supply chain management systems, as well as handling IT disputes, where senior associate Rowan Turrall is a key contact. Mark Blunden leads the commercial and technology practice and assisted Bullitt Group with designing, manufacturing and launching the Kodak Ektra Smartphone in multiple countries through web stores, which saw the firm assist with original design manufacturer agreements and the functionality of web store transactions. Blunden is also advising Virtualstock on partnering agreements with NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) to implement the company’s SaaS platform, which will optimise supply chains and provide a procure-to-pay solution for NHS trusts, and Bill Gornall-King is assisting Cyance with a software development agreement for its main platform. The ‘commercially mindedSarah Williamson was promoted to partner and is handling technical agreements for Auto Trader relating to establishing a new dealer finance product. Genesys, Ricoh and Displaydata are also clients.

At DMH Stallard LLP, John Yates advises on a wide array of non-contentious matters and was instructed by the shareholders of Brightwave Holdings to advise on IT contracts and IP rights, as part of its sale of shares to Capita. The practice also provides ongoing advice to OCSL on fast-growth managed services and cloud business across its IT service lines, and assists Friday Media Group with software licensing, disputes and terms of business, among other matters. Dividing his time between London and Brighton, senior litigation partner Tim Ashdown experience includes High Court and Court of Appeal cases concerning IP, complex IT systems and databases. On the non-contentious side, Ashdown handles numerous matters for Ampito, including advising its group company Amvima on master service agreements, installing mobile device management software, selling airtime agreements and software licensing. In 2017, the firm merged with Rawlison Butler LLP.

At Pitmans LLP, corporate and commercial partner Philip Weaver heads non-contentious IT and telecoms work, and recently advised 360Globalnet on an investment made by Computer Sciences Corporation (now known as DXC Technology). The advisory side of the practice was bolstered when legal adviser Marie Evrard joined from CTIL, bringing expertise in data protection compliance, software and master services agreements, among other matters. Department head Tim Clark and Phil Smith are the primary contacts for contentious matters and, together, they represented Xma in High Court proceedings relating to a claim brought by InTechnology, which alleged that it had a sub-contract with the defendant for the providing a managed backup service, despite Xma’s termination of the main agreement. Noble Systems UK, Sky and HUMAX Electronics are other clients.

At Shoosmiths LLP, Robin Webb relocated to the Milton Keynes office and leads the firm’s specialist automotive sector team; he recently advised Peugeot Motor Company on a major e-commerce project, which enables customers to order new Peugeot and DS-branded cars online and apply for finance and the part exchange of vehicles. Webb also stands out financial services work and assisted Dealflo with outsourcing its end-to-end financial agreement automation software solution to Prudential. Ongoing highlights for Sebastian Price include assisting Transport Systems Catapult with various technology contracts for a tender process and advising on new engine test cells for Millbrook Proving Ground. Datix and Ann Summers are also clients of the practice, which is singled out for its ‘excellent’ and ‘professional service’. Other names to note include Anastasia Fowle and publishing and digital media expert Laurence Kaye, who became a consultant.

Noted for its ‘commercial and collaborative approach’, Stevens & Bolton LLP excels in the insurance, drinks and pharmaceutical sectors. The ‘very personableBeverley Flynn is ‘an expert in her field’, who is advising UK Medicines Verification Organisation (UKMVO) on implementing a UK medicine hub; advice has included system maintenance and appointing an IT supplier. Practice head Beverley Whittaker, Gary Parnell, who leads the technology and media team, and up-and-coming senior associate Oliver Kidd have been handling a range of work for TGI Fridays, including advising on data sharing arrangements and payment apps. Parnell also assists Staffcare with contracts to supply the Staffcare personal benefits online platform to its clients. Vision Asset Management is another client. Senior associate Charles Maurice arrived from Macfarlanes LLP and is adept in technology outsourcing, data protection and e-commerce issues, among other matters.

At ‘excellent’ technology firm White & Black Limited, practice head Phil Thompson is known for his ‘very broad knowledge and experience’. His team has ‘always shown a truly professional attitude’ and the firm’s clients include RAC and Virgin Active. Fluent Japanese speaker Nick Mathys has ‘extensive experience’ and leads the Japan practice, which assisted companies from a range of sectors with cross-border data transfer compliance, e-privacy matters and complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will take effect in 2018. The ‘responsive, pragmatic, commercial and knowledgeable’ Matt Johnston joined from Harrison Clark Rickerbys and is advising a hospitality sector company on re-tendering its outsourcing arrangement.

asb law LLP is highly recommended for travel and aviation-related technology work, advising clients such as The Travel Network Group, Secret Escapes and TravelLocal. Outside, this sector, the firm acts for Ascom Wireless Solutions and new client Canon UK. Practice head Debbie Venn is retained by Sunrise Software for software licensing and contractual matters, and recent mandates include handling data protection pertaining to the transferring of data to a cloud, breach of contract disputes and cyber security work. Venn also provides ongoing advice to 15below on contracts relating to licensing the use of its PASNGR as a SaaS service, among other matters. Associate Nicola Billen leads the insurance and risk management team and has expertise in various commercial disputes.

The main contact at Birketts LLP is Nigel Thompson, who has particular expertise in software and product licensing. Thompson is advising software company Commcise on supplying the Commcise Buy solution to BNP Paribas, which will run across its global offices. Other work highlights for the firm included advising Freedman Electronics on acquiring SoundField and assisting Blancco with data cleansing and security software following the sale of a substantial part of its business. Clients also include Sequel Business Solutions and Elektron Technology. Senior associate Andrea Curtis is highly recommended for e-commerce and IP-related mandates.

Blake Morgan LLP is adept at handling M&A and capital markets work in the technology sector; for example, senior associate Elisabeth Bell and London-based Martin Kay advised Osirium Technologies on its £8.8m AIM IPO. Singled out for IT contracts, key contact Sheilah Mackie advised Flight Data Services (FDS) on its collaboration and data sharing agreement with the International Air Transport Association to deliver a solution that uses FDS’ POLARIS platform. In other work highlights, associate Mathew Wilson handled Cubic Corporation and Cubic Defence UK’s acquisition of Vocality International and its subsidiaries, which included IP advice relating to open source software. The extensive client list also includes BAE Systems, Nokia and IBM. Alison Patten-Hall heads the commercial team and is highly regarded with IP practice head Jill Bainbridge, who is the primary contact for IP and IT disputes pertaining to database right infringements, contract issues and other matters.

With ‘the strength and patience to drive through complex negotiations’, Clyde & Co LLP’s Mark Williamson ‘has unparalleled attention detail’. He is renowned for cutting-edge insurance work and recently advised Chubb on its first robotic automation project and arrangements with Syntel relating to the use of artificial intelligence software. AmTrust Financial Services – a recent addition to the client roster – instructed the firm to handle IT transitional services arrangements following its acquisition of Genworth Financial Insurance’s European mortgage insurance business; and another client gain, Vennersys, retained the firm during the roll-out of its ticketing and electronic point of sale solution to retailers as a SaaS. Other mandates for the practice included outsourcing, large-scale data analytics projects and making company operations paperless.

Customers and suppliers instruct Cripps LLP in an array of matters, involving data protection, commercial contract, cloud computing and software development issues. As well as heading the commercial practice, Pete Kenyon also leads the advertising technology and media sector group, and advised Optomany on agreements with a payment services provider, which intended to use the client’s payment processing technology in relation to re-routing and authorising card transactions. Recently promoted partner Kathryn Rogers is another key figure alongside Irfan Baluch, who handles contracts with blue-chip clients for iiPay, with an emphasis on implementing the company’s software platform. Holiday Extras is advised on API licenses, white label matters, outsourcing IT personnel and service agreements for its technology platform. Other clients include RDT and South East Water.

Irwin Mitchell acts for an increasing number of fast-growth tech companies such as Uniplaces, Gradian Systems and LzLabs. Daniel Hedley, who is ‘extremely commercial and very well placed to understand complex software licencing deals and the technology underpinning them’, was made up to partner and is advising LzLabs on commercial contracts and software licensing matters, including partnership agreements with major players such as Red Hat and Microsoft. Practice head Stuart Padgham joined as part of the firm’s recent merger with Thomas Eggar Solicitors and, together with Hedley, assisted Saga with IT procurement projects. In other work, Flockk instructed Kim Walker on a variety of mandates relating to launching its app. Litigator Sarah Birkbeck is recommended for IP and IT disputes.

SMART Technologies, Redwood Technologies Group and Wirecard are among the clients of Osborne Clarke’s ‘outstanding’ team. Robert Wood and practice head Russell Bowyer, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’, advised Tantalum Corporation on selling its tracker telematic software division to Movil Analytics, which included advice on software licensing and hardware supply agreements. Bowyer is also handling several matters for Vodafone’s Internet in the Car project and assists the company with consumer law and credit issues for its Bring Your Own Device service, which is being rolled out across Europe and will enable the employees of Vodafone’s corporate clients to use their mobiles for work and personal calls. Jeffrey Chang was promoted to partner and handled Tech Mahindra’s acquisition of fintech company Target Group. Peter Sheppard is highly recommended for technology litigation concerning a variety of matters, ranging from cross-border IT implementation disputes to breach of warranty claims. Senior associate Tilly Clarke is now with Blanchards Bailey LLP.

Penningtons Manches LLP is recommended for handling technology transactions and cross-border hi-tech manufacturing agreements, among other matters. Splitting her time between Basingstoke and Reading, Joanne Vengadesan has been advising BluepointLondon on its SmartCity project to invest £100m in upgrading London’s electric vehicle point infrastructure, which saw the firm negotiate contracts with London boroughs, airports, supermarkets and other partners of the scheme. The firm also advised Rezatec on UK Space Agency terms, agreements with collaborators concerning software, data licensing and IP matters relating to a UK Space Agency project it won on behalf of a consortium of bidders. Tectrade, Sapienza Consulting and Points Align are other clients. The practice is now led by London-based Anna Frankum and Oxford partner Chris Shelley following Sam De Silva’s departure to Nabarro LLP (now CMS).

Clarke Willmott LLP has been advising a major retailer on matters such as data protection and privacy, software development agreements and online card processing arrangements. Chidem Aliss and senior associate Amy Kerr ‘cut straight to the commercial realities and do not waste time on unnecessary legal arguments’, and the latter recently joined from Coffin Mew LLP. The duo advised the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) on its joint venture with the British Council for the provision of global examination administration services to the ACCA for computer-based exams. Aliss also advised Florist Up My Street on customer facing and partner terms with participating florists, while Kelvin Balmont handled Onecom’s acquisition of evolve telecom and assists the company with commercial and technology contracts. Organix, The Student Room and Cognia Cloud are additional clients.

The ‘phenomenal’ Mark O'Halloran is singled out at Coffin Mew LLP for his ‘unique mix of deep legal knowledge, which combines with a pragmatic approach’. He handled font protection and developed a licensing model on behalf of Wessex Technology Opto-Electronic Products, which was used to bring its Countermark system to market in 2017. MWR InfoSecurity and Pirean are other clients. The firm is an ‘asset’ to clients, providing ‘excellent service’ in all manner of work, including procurement, system development and IT consultancy contracts.

Dentons provides advice to start-ups and suppliers from the technology and media sectors, and also acts for household names such as Argos. Data protection, e-privacy and cyber security are among key strengths of the practice, which has been advising Homebase on a telecoms contract with Telefónica and on privacy, cookie policies and other compliance matters regarding the launch of Bunnings Warehouse’s website. Andrew Harris is managing partner of the Milton Keynes office and heads the practice with counsel Chris White, whose recent workload included advising on distribution agreements, software contracts and establishing online portals. Associates Rukia Khatun and Esther Rusling are other key figures.

At EMW Law LLP, the ‘exceptional’ Matthew Holman made principal and heads the technology practice, utilising his ‘very strong technical knowledge’. The firm is advising new client Managed 24/7 on its next generation technology contracts. In other work, James Geary and Holman assisted Rightmove with acquiring a boutique emerging technology company and advise on data protection and new terms of use for its website and mobile app. Clients such as workSMART and Bodystreet also instruct the firm, which is praised for providing ‘sound’ advice.

The ‘high-quality’ practice at Moore Blatch LLP handles IT supply and services contracts, outsourcing, and matters arising out of corporate transactions, among other work. Dorothy Agnew is advising longstanding client Bytes Software Services on contracts relating to the provision of third-party cloud technology and software to its clients, while ‘sound adviserJohn Warchus and corporate partner Peter Jeffery advised the management at Ardbid on several matters connected to the £57m sale of Trustmarque Solutions to Capita, which included transitional IT service agreements and negotiating terms. On the disputes side, the firm has experience in technology, software development and breach of contract matters. Atmel Corporation, GFG Education and babylon are also clients.

Paris Smith LLP’s team is led by Laura Trapnell and Crispin Dick. The practice is advising an insurance company on a tender to appoint a new third-party software developer that will implement a new IT infrastructure, and it also assisted a healthcare sector company with a development agreement for its international mobile app. Clients also include Corintech, International Rail and Lawton Communications Group.

Kevin Sullivan stands out for fintech mandates at Warners Solicitors, where his recent workload included advising on agreements to license software for payment processing and managing data for large banks. The firm is also handling a copyright and database right infringement dispute for a healthcare sector company. Barilla Holding and 21st Century Technology are also clients.

Barlow Robbins LLP is recommended for outsourcing, data protection, e-commerce, software, cloud computing and hosting matters. Advising OLM Systems on a software and system support agreement with ACCESS LLP was a highlight for ‘very knowledgeable and thorough’ of counsel Laurie Heizler, who also handled a hosting agreement with Devon County Council for the company. Other work saw Heizler advise Volume on a contract to provide cognitive technology solutions to its clients.

Brethertons LLP’s Brian Auld handles IP-related matters for companies from industries such as education, retail, healthtech and IT. The firm advised on ownership pertaining to the design, development and licensing of software, and other mandates included freedom of information and portal procurement matters.

Led by Cathrine Ripley, Field Seymour Parkes LLP’s IT and telecoms work spans industries such as pharmaceuticals, education, marketing and leisure. The practice recently advised an education sector company on amending its software agreement, and handled distribution and reseller agreements for a media technology company. Senior associate Bettina Phillis joined from Reliance High-Tech and heads the firm’s sports team.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has been advising on data protection, IT infrastructure development, SaaS agreements and telecoms contracts. Solicitor Bharti Moore is recommended and has experience in handling terms and conditions for websites. Former practice head Chris Hayes joined Lewis Silkin LLP.

With ‘a solid technical background in software and a detailed knowledge of the relevant law’, Moorcrofts LLP’s chief executive Andrew Katz is often retained in open source licensing, open hardware, data protection amd contract work, among other matters. ‘Excellent associate’ Katie Osborne is another name to note. The firm assisted GraphAware with open source licensing and commercial work, and continues to advise BenevolentAI on licensing and IP matters, and Google subsidiary Apigee on GDPR compliance. Pentangle Internet, Questionmark and Pentaho are also clients.

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