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Gowling WLG

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Sally Mewies

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Gowling WLG

Work Department

Commercial IT and outsourcing.


Partner in commercial IT and outsourcing team.


Trained Beachcrofts. Qualified 1988. Made partner in present firm 2006; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Manchester University LLB (Hons).

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Gowling WLG’s team has expertise in a wide variety of commercial agreements, such as those centred on BPO and IT outsourcing, sales and marketing, direct and distance sales, and agency and distribution. A hallmark of the practice is its broad sector coverage, which spans automotive and travel, food and beverage, healthcare, life sciences and retail, among many others. Practice head David Lowe leads the advice to Marks & Spencer on various national and international logistics contracts concerning the transport and delivery of its general merchandise and food and wine products purchased by its customers via its website. Lowe, Sally Mewies and others also counsel Nomad Foods Europe Limited on a wide range of contracts, with recent work including advice on procurement systems and processes, as well as market research agreements, and PR and design services agreements. Sarah Sasse and Vanessa de Froberville are also recommended. Other clients include The Rugby Football Union, Molson Coors and Vaillant.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Gowling WLG’s technology team is spread across the firm’s London and Birmingham offices, and has strengths in IT and outsourcing. Clients include Marks & Spencer and the London Borough of Croydon. Sally Mewies heads the team, and has considerable experience handling technology contracts-related matters. Patrick Arben, who focuses on contentious issues in the technology sector, recently acted for Sanctuary Housing in a SAP software implementation dispute with Ciber UK. Sarah Sasse has expertise in IT and outsourcing, most notably in the public sector, and is handling a significant procurement project for the University of Leeds. Vanessa de Froberville is a data protection specialist.

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West Midlands


Within: Transport

Under the leadership of Giles Clifford and Clark Sargent, Gowling WLG’s transport team services client such as Transport for London, CRRC and Goodman. Sargent leads the aviation sub-team. Other key transport figures include senior associate James Barr. Recent highlights include advising Barnet Council on the closure of existing rail freight facilities and the delivery of new facilities as part of the Brent Cross Cricklewood rejuvenation project, and on the aviation side, a team led by Sally Mewies and supported by director Richard Smith acted for an international airline in connection with the outsourcing of its passenger services system requirements to a global provider. Dispute resolution expert Helen Davenport was also part of the team handling this matter, and acted alongside Anna Fletcher for a railway manufacturing client on key pension and employment issues. Also recommended are Richard Lee, who heads the firm’s HR solutions team, and construction specialist Richard Green, who has experience in the development of new stations.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

The ‘extremely astute, very commercial and hardworkingSally Mewies heads Gowling WLG’s IT and telecoms practice in Birmingham and ‘runs a very tight ship’. She is supported by commercial litigation partner Patrick Charles Arben and Sarah Sasse, who specialises in public-sector IT work, including integration and service outsourcing agreements. Recent highlights included advising a major high-street retailer on the regulatory landscape and commercial aspects of the client’s plan to offer deferred interest-free payment terms to customers purchasing products online; and assisted the University of Leeds with procurement matters. Sasse and director Richard Smith acted on that deal, while Mewies assisted a corporate consultancy client with regards to a cloud agreement with a leading healthcare provider, which involved complex issues of security and data protection. Other key names include dispute resolution specialist Helen Davenport, who specialises in representing technology purchasers and suppliers in conflicts arising from contracts for the design, build and implementation of IT systems and services. Peter Hall recently retired from the practice and director Kirsten Whitfield joined Fieldfisher in London. Other clients include M&S, Capgemini and Hiscox.

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