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Led by Justin Harrington, Blake Morgan LLP’s two-partner team focuses on major outsourcing projects for clients in both the public and private sectors. Harrington has handled numerous large-scale IT projects for the Welsh government and has also developed a niche advising on financial services outsourcing for clients including International Financial Data Services. Emyr Lewis regularly handles IT projects in the public sector, while senior solicitor Jon Belcher is noted for his data protection compliance expertise.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an excellent reputation for advice to local and national entities from the financial services, defence and TMT sectors, for which it handles matters including software licensing issues, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Team head Matthew Gough has a particular focus on IT matters within the financial services sector, and advises both customers and fintech companies on the development of IT supply and development contracts, as well as support on the development of suitable consumer-facing materials. Gough also handles work for clients in the defence sector; recent highlights include advising Spectra Group (UK) on its development of a suite of IT software and services precedents for use in its business. Principal associate Eve England combines IT knowledge with general consumer law expertise and is particularly accomplished at supporting clients on the digitisation of their services and operating models. England recently acted for a private equity firm on its acquisition of a large consumer finance company, which involved substantial due diligence relating to the target company’s commercial contracts portfolio. Nationwide Building Society, Admiral Insurance, Transport for London and Liverpool Victoria are all clients.

Geldards LLP’s ‘established IT practice’ represents consumers and suppliers on outsourcing and supply projects, as well as on the design and development of software apps. Team head Ceri Delemore is regularly involved in major IT procurement outsourcing arrangements; she recently handled a number of IT procurement projects for Finance Wales, including separate competitive tendering processes to procure a new software loan administration service and an integrated email marketing service. Senior associate Karen Collins handles a wide range of IT work for both service providers and customers; she recently advised Curo Group in connection with agreements with Aareon UK to expand the functionality of its current IT system to include a self-service offering to Curo Group’s customers. Owen Evans is also recommended. Other clients include Sofa Brands International, Admiral Insurance, Welsh Football Trust and Welsh Sports Association.

Now headed by the ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ Kerry Beynon following her arrival from JCP Solicitors in November 2016, Acuity Legal Limited advises software and communications companies across a range of work including on the drafting and negotiation of software licences and maintenance agreements, software development contracts, outsourcing contracts, data protection and e-commerce. Christian Farrow and associate Natalie Jones have handled IT-related matters for numerous clients including Creditsafe Business Solutions, who they advised on the revision of its website policies and updating its standard contracts relating to the use of online applications. Rachelle Sellek is also recommended. Other clients include IQE plc, Progressive Technology Solutions and MDS Technologies.

Capital Law Limited’s wide-ranging IT practice encompasses e-commerce, software licensing and cloud-based work. Team head Nicola McNeely regularly assists technology companies on corporate transactions in the sector, as well as on the delivery of IT services. McNeely recently advised Object Matrix with revisions to a number of its core IT contracts. Wayne Beynon focuses on IT disputes and represented a healthcare app developer in an IT contract dispute against Swansea University, and acted for AGL Energy in a complex software contract dispute with providers of software and IT support for the operation of wind turbines in west Wales. Other clients include The Royal Mint, Veezu Holdings and Bio Trading.

Darwin Gray LLP’s corporate and commercial team advises on contractual issues related to clients in the IT industry, with a particular strength advising clients in the e-commerce, education and life sciences sectors on data protection issues including the drafting of bespoke data processing agreements, and website and internet contracts. Stephen Thompson has a particular focus handling commercial work within the IT sector, while commercial litigatorKempton Rees has significant experience handling IT disputes. Donald Gray is well versed in handling commercial issues arising in the software industry.

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