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'A genuine business partner rather than just a service provider', Acuity Legal Limited provides a 'responsive and flexible service' to software and communications companies across a range of work, including on the drafting and negotiation of software licences and maintenance agreements, software development contracts and outsourcing contracts. A good deal of this work is handled under the firm's Acuity Counsel subscription service, such as Christian Farrow's work for Progressive Technology Solutions on various matters including drafting and negotiating software reseller agreements, hosting, IT support and servicing arrangements. Farrow also drafted and negotiated all of the transactional documentation and provided assistance with the due diligence in relation to numerous M&A transactions on behalf of outsourcing company Capita in the IT/software space. The firm has also been extremely active in the data protection space, particularly in relation to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. In this regard, the 'extremely informed and insightful GDPR lawyer' Kerry Beynon was instrumental in setting up the firm's "DataGuard" system, a subscription-based GDPR compliance and training service which was described by one client as 'genuinely unique in the data protection market place'. Rachelle Sellek is also recommended. Other clients include Cardiff University, Medaphor, Crimson Consultants and IQE plc.

Now led by Emyr Lewis following the departure of Justin Harrington in January 2018 to Geldards LLP, Blake Morgan LLP's technology and outsourcing team has broad-ranging expertise at executing complex projects in both the public and private sector. Simon McCann continues to advise Greater Manchester Police on the transformation of its IT services programme - work which has recently included advice on all aspects of the procurement, both of the strategic development partner and the various IT contractors for specific work packages. Other highlights include Penri Desscan's work for Cardiff University on the procurement of a network refresh. As well as his commercial contracts expertise in relation to the IT and e-commerce sectors, senior solicitor Jon Belcher also has niche expertise advising public sector entities on compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an excellent reputation advising local and national entities from the financial services, defence and TMT sectors, across a range of work including software licensing issues, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Team head Matthew Gough has a  particular specialism advising on fintech matters, both in terms of the contractual issues associated with new products developed by financial institutions, as well as assisting on due diligence in relation to M&A handled by the firm in the sector. Along with principal associate Eve England, Gough also spearheads the firm's consumer law offering, and as well as their fee-earning work for clients (particularly in relation to support and advice on the IT systems used in connection with consumer contracts), both lawyers are members of the Law Society's reference group on the government’s consumer law reforms and are regularly called upon to provide input on proposed legislative changes in the area. England was also recently seconded to fast-growing technology-focused taxi group, Veezu Holdings, and provided advice to it across a wide range of IT contracts. Other clients include The National Grid, Schools Software Solutions, Scansource Europe and Nationwide Building Society.

Now headed by IT and technology contracts expert Justin Harrington , following his arrival from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2018 (former head Ceri Delemore retired in July 2017 and is now a consultant at the firm), Geldards LLP provides 'pragmatic and professional' advice to consumers and suppliers on outsourcing and supply projects, as well as on the design and development of software apps. Aided by a 'wide range of supporting lawyers who are able to advise on all nuances of the subject area', the team excels in handling major projects in both the public (where it generates a significant flow of work as a result of its NPS panel appointment for major contracts and IT work across Wales) and private sector (clients include Admiral, Novomatic and Celsa Group). Harrington brings with him a niche expertise advising on financial services-related technology projects, of particular benefit for the team given Cardiff's emergence in recent years as a significant fintech centre. Karen Collins  handles a wide variety of ICT work for both service providers and customers; she recently acted for the Welsh Football Trust on drafting the contract with Prospect Training Services (Gloucester) for the development and supply of the online platform and the online training courses. Other notable recent recruits include commercial contracts expert Chris Williams , who joined from Blake Morgan LLP in September 2017, and senior associate David Beynon, recruited in October 2017 from Osborne Clarke.

The 'responsive' team at¬†Capital Law LLP¬†provides 'practical and easy to understand advice'¬†across a broad spread of work in the IT sector including as it relates to e-commerce, software licensing and cloud-based matters. The 'very personable, committed and likeable' Nicola McNeely¬†is a 'real star', whose work has recently focused on representing Royal Mint¬†(with who she is currently on secondment) in relation to its groundbreaking digital asset trading platform for gold.¬† 'Excellent' senior associate¬†Maria Coggins¬†handles a wide array of commercial work in the IT and telecoms space, and recently assisted McNeely on the representation of¬†One Team Logic on data protection work including in relation to GDPR compliance matters. Wayne Beynon¬†is also recommended for IT disputes. Other clients include Admiral Insurance, EUI and TXO Systems.  

Drawing on practitioners primarily from within the corporate and commercial, and dispute resolution teams, Darwin Gray LLP provides 'pragmatic advice that identifies a solution as opposed to merely suggesting multiple confusing options'. Stephen Thompson is particularly adept advising on contractual issues to IT sector clients, while Kempton Rees often handles IT disputes as part of his broad-ranging commercial litigation practice. The team is rounded out by Donald Gray,who is well-versed in handling commercial issues arising in the software industry.

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