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Richard Nicholas

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Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Commercial team, business services group.


Richard, partner in the firm's technology team, is based in the Birmingham office and specialises in technology-based agreements. 

His work involves advising on and negotiating outsourcing, software development, distribution, telecommunications, and support services from both supplier and customer perspective as well as advice on emerging technologies and data protection implications of issues such as moving to the cloud, implementing a new solution, and making sure that clients are aware of (and avoid) issues that can derail a successful technology project.

He has a particular interest in technology in the education sector and works with the firm's education team on “Ed-Tech” development for schools, universities and the vocation training sector. 

Richard also gives training and runs workshops for in-house counsel and others who wish to keep up to date with the latest developments in commercial and technology law.


Trained Wragge & Co LLP; qualified into technology team 2000; solicitor; associate in technology team; Browne Jacobson, established and built technology practice in Birmingham office, 2006; partner 2009, having built up a practice based upon practical advice and the needs of in-house counsel.




Society of Computers and Law.


Universite de Lyon III (1995 Diplome d'Etudes Universitaires Francais (DEUF) French Law); University of Essex (1996 LLB Hons Law and French Law); College of Law (1997 PG Dip LPC); University of Nottingham (2008 PG Dip Commercial Intellectual Property).


Squash, bringing up children.

East Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

Within: Corporate and commercial: Nottingham and Derby

Regional heavyweight Browne Jacobson LLP has considerable strength in  in both corporate and commercial matters. On the corporate side, the practice's expertise covers international acquisitions and disposals, acting for management teams and private equity houses in private equity transactions, and assisting small to large local businesses with high-profile transactions. It also has a strong track record in corporate reorganisations. The intellectual property and IT sectors are core areas of focus of the commercial practice, with the recent arrival of Selina Hinchliffe from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP bolstering the group’s transactional intellectual property offering. While the team’s experience spans a wide range of sectors, it has especially strong expertise in the public and healthcare sectors. Gavin Cummings, head of business services, and corporate partner Richard Cox jointly head the practice. In a recent highlight, Cox led the team acting for the sellers on the secondary buyout of Addo Food Group, backed by LDC and Fullbrook Thorpe Investments. In another highlight, involving cross-border issues between England and Spain, a team under the leadership of Nigel Blackwell advised the members of Catalyst Corporate Finance Group on the sale of their interests in the group to Alantra Partners. On the commercial side, Paula Dumbill and Birmingham-based practitioner Richard Nicholas assisted Triumph Motorcycles with its worldwide dealer template agreement, which involved co-ordinating local law expertise in seventeen different jurisdictions. Health expert Oliver Pritchard, finance specialist Mark Hughes and data protection expert Helena Wootton are also noted. Other clients include The National Trust, Albumedix and Eurocell.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Birmingham-based Richard Nicholas is a key figure for Browne Jacobson LLP , with expertise in outsourcing and software development agreements. He recently assisted Manchester Underwriting Management on the procurement of its new IT system and advised The National Trust on its CRM and EPOS systems.

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