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Ross Nicol

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Intellectual Property & Technology


Ross is a Partner in the intellectual property and technology team. Ross advises clients upon non-contentious intellectual property and information technology matters, with a focus on commercial arrangements relating to technology creation and exploitation. Ross also advises upon intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions, e-commerce, as well as Data Protection/Freedom of Information compliance and franchising. Ross works with a broad spectrum of clients, from individuals and start up companies through to major UK PLCs, in a variety of sectors, including life sciences, food and drink, financial services and software. Ross spent time on secondment with an international pharmaceutical company. Ross sits on the advisory board of the Scottish Lifesciences Association and is a board member of Random Accomplice theatre company.


Trainee solicitor, Biggart Baillie, qualified 2001. Joined Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2001, partner/member since June 2013. Current directorships: member, Advisory Board of the Scottish Lifesciences Association.


University of Glasgow LLB (Hons) 1998, Dip LP 1999.


Music; theatre; golf.

London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Within: Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Dentons’ data protection and privacy expertise encompasses GDPR implementation mandates, governance issues and global compliance projects including privacy compliance programmes and complex international data transfer projects. The dedicated team acts for a high-profile client roster, which counts John Lewis, Royal Mail, Virgin Atlantic, Aviva and First Data as key examples; it also regularly advises digital media companies on profiling, data analytics, social media, apps and location-based services as well as e-privacy regulations. The group also has experience in cyber risk management and regularly partners with cybersecurity experts to deliver both legal and forensic advice. Newly promoted partner Simon Elliott and Nick Graham jointly lead the department; Elliott has particular expertise in GDPR implementation projects and Graham is also global chair of the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity group. Martin Fanning, Scott Singer and Glasgow-based Ross Nicol are also recommended.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Dentons' Scottish IT practice handles outsourcing matters, system procurements and implementations, e-commerce and data protection advice, and issues pertaining to hosted services. The group also leverages the firm's global network to advise on international matters. Alison Bryce leads the team, which also includes non-contentious IT specialist Ross Nicol and senior associate Julie Brown, who has experience in website compliance and e-commerce issues.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The TMT team at Dentons is particularly strong in the food and drink and life sciences sectors, and recently made new client gains in the public sector and manufacturing industry. The group handles the full range of IP issues spanning trade mark and patent matters, IP litigation and copyright issues. Practice head Alison Bryce is a key name for non-contentious work including licensing deals, IP acquisitions, investments and joint venture; Ross Nicol also handles the IP aspects of transactions, e-commerce issues and data protection work.

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