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A key matter for Gowling WLG was advising Marks and Spencer plc in its procurement programme in relation to the company’s website needs and e-commerce expansion. Sally Mewies heads the practice, which is commended for its ‘good commercial approach and good understanding of the industry’. Alison Dobson and Mike Reed are also recommended.

David Jackson heads the national media and commercial practice at Shoosmiths LLP, while Craig Armstrong is head of the information technology sector, and focuses on outsourcing and procurement. Clients include the Volkswagen Group, British American Tobacco and The Law Society. Nichola Jenkins arrived from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Technology Law Alliance’s clients include Capgemini and Jaguar Land Rover. Jagvinder Kang and Stephen Ollerenshaw head the boutique practice, which has extensive knowledge of technology outsourcing, cloud computing and e-commerce contracts, as well as data protection issues.

Recent highlights for Browne Jacobson LLP were advising the National Trust on the roll-out of a new IT system, and advising the National Audit Office on the replacement of its enterprise resource planning system. Key contacts are Declan Cushley and Richard Nicholas.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s clients includes Barclays Bank, Genting Casinos and Unicef. The team has recently advised Allied Irish Banks on various matters, including the renegotiation of payment platform software service agreements. Gareth Stokes was promoted to head of the IP and technology department.

Charlotte Walker-Osborn leads the Birmingham IT team of Eversheds LLP, which acts for Vodafone, Nationwide Building Society and Arqiva. A recent standout matter was advising Ricoh on the development of terms and conditions for its 3D printing service. London-based Simon Cloke is the national head. James Walsh moved to King & Wood Mallesons.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team is co-headed by Andrew Hornigold and Clare Francis, while John Fell went to Osborne Clarke. Highlights included advising Vislink on its collaboration with GoPro to develop wearable HD wireless broadcasting technology.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s clients include the National Grid, London South Bank University and Vodafone. The practice specialises in regulatory and licensing issues and is experienced in telecoms and IT outsourcing. Key contacts are Andrew Hartshorn and Bill Barker, while Nichola Jenkins moved to Shoosmiths LLP.

Squire Patton Boggs’ team recently advised a leading UK media company on the implementation of a human resources IT system. The team also counts Veolia and Piriform Ltd among its clients. Stuart James is the group head.

Wright Hassall LLP has a client base spanning logistics, telecoms, finance and publishing. Lindsay Ellis leads the team.

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