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Burges Salmon LLP handles commercial IT work, procurements, outsourcings, joint ventures, licensing, cybersecurity, encryption and data issues. Andrew Dunlop advised a supplier of premium carbonated drinks on its enterprise resource planning, cloud-based arrangements with ORACLE and contract-related issues. In another highlight the team advised a water utility company in relation to several IT projects including the purchase of a £200m cloud-based project management tool. Senior associate Lucy Pegler deals with IT, telecoms and GDPR issues with a particular focus on the transport and public sectors. David Varney specialises in working with tech vendors, the energy sector and financial services. Richard Binns is also recommended. Sarah Kenshall joined as legal director. Clients include Coca-Cola HBC, Babcock International, Thomson Reuters, Teradata, Cobham and AppDynamics.

Osborne Clarke¬†¬†provides ‚Äėpragmatic solutions‚Äô and is noted for its strength the digital business sector. Will Robertson¬†heads the team and has a particular focus on technology and privacy law; he advised Bunnings in relation to a variety of business-critical IT projects for its newly acquired company Homebase. Tom Harding¬†heads the interactive entertainment practice and advises Microsoft in relation to multi-jurisdictional content acquisition and licensing deals. Senior Associate Eleanor Locke¬†specialises in commercial contracts, software arrangements and IP issues. Charlie Wedin¬†focuses on litigation and acted for Dell in a dispute against Lebanese company Systems Equipment Telecommunications Service, which claims to have exclusive rights to sell Dell products in Lebanon. Mark Wesker¬†, Simon Spooner¬†and Peter Clough¬†are also recommended.

TLT¬†fields a team of 'expert business advisers' who specialise in transformational IT projects including, SaaS, systems integration and cloud-based solutions for national and international clients. Practice head¬†James Touzel¬†‚Äėleads from the front with a steady hand‚Äô; he specialises in large-scale transformational procurement and assists large companies on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics. Dan Read¬†focuses on IT procurement and outsourcing and is noted for his ‚Äėoutstanding pragmatic advice and ability to get the job done‚Äô. The team provides ‚Äėclear commercial advice in the areas of¬†IT¬†and¬†data protection‚Äô and HAS ‚Äėa practical approach that builds a framework to avoid future issues‚Äô. Clients include 5NINES, J Sainsbury‚Äôs, The Co-operative Group, Imperial Brands, Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), BT and WHSmith.

Ashfords LLP advises a range of clients on data protection, payment services technology, distributed ledger technology, software development, SaaS products, technology-related mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, start-up advice and advice around cryptocurrencies. It also advises on patent drafting, filing and prosecution internationally. Chris Dyson heads the team and focuses on technology investment and acquisition, he led on advising Internal Results in preparation for its sale to Madison Logic, this involved diligence, licensing and data protection issues. Chris Coughlan specialises in technology matters, software licensing and large technology infrastructure projects. He led on advising Creditcall with regards to payment solutions services, payment gateway services and Europay, MasterCard and Visa kernels. Garry Mackay deals with non-contentious IT services, Mark Lomas deals with IP law, IT transactions and technology law. Suzie Miles focuses on IT transformation, IT outsourcing and software licensing. Andy Braithwaite joined as partner from Thrings LLP . Clients include Xylem, eMoov, Pennon Group, Post Office, Touchstone Innovations and Altus.

Foot Anstey¬†provides advice on transactional technology projects and licensing in the fintech, clean tech, retail, media and transport sectors. It has recently been providing advice in relation to blockchain technology, internet of things (IoT) platforms, data exploitation, GDPR compliance and cloud-based solutions. Martin Cuell¬†heads the firm's technology practice and recently advised Egress Software Technologies on cyber and data security, covering a broad range of technology matters across the US, Asia, Europe and Australia. Neil Parkes¬†advised Sky UK in relation to customers illegally streaming broadcasting content as part of a wider campaign to crack down on piracy. Jonathan Oddy¬†recently led on advising Trainline on in-app promotions and prize draws, contract negotiations on third party software tools and integration of cloud-based services across the business. Mark Rhys-Jones¬†specialises in technology and IT-related litigation. Alexandra Leonidou¬†focuses on data exploitation and GDPR, she gives ‚Äėpractical and insightful privacy advice in the tech arena‚Äô. Paul Cox¬†joined as head of IP in the Southampton office. Ed Bodey¬†and Jacob Scott¬†left the firm. Clients include Metron Technology, Aardman Animations, British Solar Renewables, BlueVenn, Flo Group and Zesty.

The ‚Äėexcellent, very professional and commercially sensible‚Äô team at¬†Michelmores LLP¬†provides IT and technology-related advice to national clients. Tom Torkar¬†leads the rebranded technology and innovation team, he is ‚Äėexperienced in his field and has excellent relationships with his peers‚Äô. He and associate Emily Timmins¬†advised Landmark Information Group with commercial contracts, IP advice, client agreements, and new products and services. Another highlight saw the firm advise the Mayor's Office For Policing And Crime in relation to the procurement of a national framework IT solution. A further highlight included advising St Austell Brewery Company in relation to the procurement of an enterprise resource planning solution to help streamline the business and increase efficiency. Richard Cobb¬†advised Haynes Publishing on the acquisition of an online technical data business, this involved carrying out due diligence into the data and software being acquired and transitional service agreements. Nathaniel Lane¬†is ‚Äėexceptional and always provides responses to questions in quick-time¬†and¬†real depth‚Äô. Sara Chisholm-Batten¬†and David Thompson¬†are also recommended.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†advises on IT managed services, outsourcing, fintech and general IT services to public and private sector clients. Alastair Mitton¬†heads the team and advises on licensing and large technology implementations focusing on financial services, insurance and communications sectors. He is ‚Äėvery easy to work with, conscientious¬†and¬†always keen to assist‚Äô. Gareth Jones¬†specialises in high-value projects and recently advised Post Office on a multimillion-pound procurement project in relation to the appointment of a systems integrator prime contractor. Georgie Morgan-Giles¬†is also recommended.

BPE Solicitors LLP advises on IT, technology and e-commerce law, commercial and contractual advice and IT regulatory advice. Recent highlights include acting for the Dotdigital Group corporate team advising on the acquisition of Compai Group. Another highlight includes advising New Gen (UK) on license agreements, usage restrictions, exclusivity and on-going support for commercial laundries based in the Middle East. A further highlight includes advising MandM Direct in relation to a new IT service agreement and cross-border data processing terms with US-based Proofpoint. Dianne Devlin joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Doris Woo joined from Browne Jacobson LLP. Matt Jackson left the firm.

At Pritchetts Law¬†Stephanie Pritchett¬†and Ben Wootton¬†are ‚Äėextremely professional, personable and diligent‚Äô. The firm specialises in data protection law in the technology sector and provides advices to businesses around GDPR. Recent highlights include advising SPCK Publishing on GDPR preparation, reviewing its website privacy policy and consent forms, and providing information on compliant marketing strategies. The practice also advised Taylor‚Äôd Bundles in relation to its supplier terms and updated business model to mitigate financial and reputational risks. Other clients include DFS Furniture, Lexis Nexis, Newcastle Building Society, Unison, JLA and University of Melbourne.

‚ÄėHighly experienced in relation to IT and technology‚Äô Roxburgh Milkins LLP¬†advises young technology start-ups and more established larger companies on emerging technology matters, innovative business models, support structures, and data protection and GDPR issues.¬†Ian Grimley¬†heads the team, which is ‚Äėfriendly and approachable‚Äô and has ‚Äėbig firm expertise presented with a boutique firm ethos and attitude‚Äô. Charles van der Lande¬†is adept at handling corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and LLPs. Recent highlights include acting for Blu Wireless in relation to customer licenses and licensing agreements, this involves cross-border work in India and Sweden. Clients include GL Assessment Group, Peak Ryzex, Invitation Digital, Folium Optics and VQ Communications.¬†Helen Naylor¬†joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.¬†Carl Spencer¬†left the firm.

Royds Withy King advises engineering, technology and IT businesses on IT contracts, software, hardware, outsourcing, data storage, procurement, data protection, security issues, cloud computing and SaaS contracts. Philip Banks-Welsh specialises in IP litigation and trade mark infringement. John North and James Worrall are also recommended. Recent highlights include advising TM Group (UK) in relation to online customer contracts, data protection issues and GDPR. Another highlight includes advising Applicable on the provision managed services and a bespoke consultancy service to a multinational IT equipment and services provider. Other clients include Adam Matthew Digital, Arco England, Bath Rugby, Chedburn Networks, Fidelius Financial Holdings and Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. Jessica Bent joined Keystone Law.

Thrings LLP¬†advises mid-size technology suppliers on contentious and non-contentious technology matters such as customer contract drafting, negotiations and disputes. It also advises users on IT procurement. Recent highlights include advising Truespeed Communications in relation to investment for its rural broadband network, this matter involved facility agreements, security documents, assistance with lender due diligence and compliance issues and is worth ¬£75m. Other clients include Cognito iQ, CybSafe, Bonsai Tiger, Altus, Teleperformance, Excalibur, Benefex and National Friendly. Kate Westbrook¬†heads the team and¬†has ‚Äėa great understanding of the IT and telecoms sector‚Äô. Brett Lambe¬†deals with technology-related commercial, M&A and investment work. Mary Chant¬†joined as partner in June 2017 from¬†Blake Morgan LLP. Andy Braithwaite¬† joined Ashfords LLP¬†in April 2017.

Clarke Willmott LLP¬†acts exclusively for landowners against major mast operators. It also provides advice on commercial and contractual IT issues, licensing, joint ventures, data protection, data security and GDPR. Recent highlights include acting for The Guinness Partnership in relation to temporary relocation of Telecoms equipment owned by Telefonica UK on their properties, this allowed urgent repairs to take place. Kary Withers¬†heads the team, she is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and experienced with excellent judgment‚Äô. Clients include Pinnacle Towers, The Berkeley Group, Mapeley Estates, Onecom Group, PETROC and Phoenix Housing Association.

Steer & Co acts on behalf of technology vendors and advises on brand protection, registering a first trademark, product design, tooling and manufacture. Client sectors include technology, media, creative and digital. Recent highlights include advising XMOS on licensing software issues and third party software integration in relation to a new voice activation software product range. Another highlight includes advising Moortec with IP licenses for on-chip monitoring and temperature sensors. A further highlight includes advising Graphcore, a spin-out of XMOS on licensing and IP agreements and also negotiating with suppliers for component parts. Rebecca Steer heads the team.

Stephens Scown LLP advises clients on licensing, commercial transactions, IT contracts, data protection and trading terms. Ben Travers heads the team, he focuses on SaaS agreements, outsourcing, software licensing, service level agreements, and terms and conditions. Recent instructions include acting for Greenride Sharing in relation to setting up a car sharing app, this involved creating IT contacts and terms of business. Another highlight involves working for Swanky Apply in relation to a software enhancement agreement for its online shopping platform. Other clients include Gydeline, Cornish Farm Dairy, Webformed. BPA Corporate Facilitation and Holiday Caravans.

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