IT and telecoms in East Anglia

Mills & Reeve LLP

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP is home to a substantial IT practice and its 'pragmatic and collaborative approach is invaluable', according to clients. The firm's work spans major IT projects for central government, landmark healthcare projects for the NHS, large projects in the education sector, and advice on strategic transactions for both established technology businesses and high-growth companies. IT specialist Kevin Calder leads the firm-wide technology and life sciences group, working closely with data protection partner Peter Wainman. Principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones, who is heavily involved in government and health sector projects, 'will go over and beyond to deliver'.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Calder; Peter Wainman

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Burton-Jones; Katy Carson

Testimonials

‘We have worked with Mills & Reeve for many years now and I would say that their knowledge of our business, our preferences and how we work has made them a value part of our team. Our work is often quite fast-paced and Mills & Reeve turn things around quickly for us and have a great understanding of our products and offerings. Everyone at Mills & Reeve I have liaised with have been very personable, available to address my enquiries, knowledgeable or able to put me in touch with either an overseas law firm or colleague who specialises in the concern itself.’

‘Sophie Burton-Jones is incredibly friendly and easy to work with; no question is a stupid one. and Sophie will go over and beyond to deliver items that meet our needs. Sophie will work through the specifics of what needs to be done and we will agree a realistic turnaround. Our experience with Sophie is excellent, she is a big part of our team and as worked closely with me to understand our business needs and changes. Sophie’s strengths are: communication, turnaround, expertise, knowledge and understanding of our business and preferences, but the biggest one for me is that Sophie is very personable.’

‘Mills & Reeve go above and beyond in the provision of their services. They work in partnership with our in-house team and are proactive in assisting us to problem solve rather than simply providing an interpretation of the law. This pragmatic and collaborative approach is invaluable.’

‘We have worked most closely with Kevin Calder and Sophie-Burton Jones. We have been impressed by their depth of experience in healthcare technology matters. They both bring a calm, measured and pragmatic approach to what can be complex and potentially acrimonious scenarios.’

‘We have worked with the team for several years and over that time they have become an extension of our in-house team, providing seamless and valuable support on a range of matters, of varying complexity and value. The client service is excellent – the team is readily available to assist on whatever we send their way, sometimes with very little notice!’

‘Kevin Calder provides fantastic partner support on all our commercial work and offers valuable insights and input on matters as and when necessary.’

‘Katy Carson is great and I really enjoy working with her. She quickly analyses a contract, identifies the key points that need to be resolved, provides clear and pragmatic advice and readily assists in trying to find solutions to any problems that might arise along the way. She helps to keep the momentum on the matter to drive it forward to completion (leading on both negotiations and drafting), and is super efficient, all with a personable style.’

Key clients

Cognizant Worldwide

Redgate Software

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Cambridge Mechatronics

Quixant Plc

Speechmatics

Midwich Group Plc

Formpipe

Siemens Healthcare

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Siemens Healthcare, a leading provider of health technology solutions, on a number of its high value contracts.
  • Advising the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on a critical procurement for a replacement national radio network infrastructure for ship to shore communications with the UK’s Coastguard.
  • Advising listed fintech business PayPoint on IT agreements relating to the disposal of its Romanian business.

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP has an 'approachable and well informed' technology practice that continues to grow its ranks. Andrew Priest, who has a track record spanning 30 years, joined from HCR Hewitsons in summer 2020 and is now co-head of the practice along with IP and technology partner Quentin Golder in Cambridge, corporate partner Mark Gipson in Ipswich and legal director Paul Palik in Norwich. Also in Norwich, legal director Kitty Rosser leads the data protection team. They 'avoid jargon and always give clear and honest advice' to clients in sectors as diverse as financial services, aerospace, social media and security software.

Practice head(s):

Quentin Golder; Mark Gipson; Andrew Priest; Paul Palik

Other key lawyers:

Kitty Rosser

Testimonials

‘Birketts are very engaged as legal advisors and are thorough in their responses. They take the time to understand our priorities and always provide suitable guidance.’

‘The lawyers at Birketts are approachable and well informed. They are easy to contact and easy to talk to, they will avoid jargon and always give clear and honest advice.’

Key clients

Compliancy Services Limited

Rapid DCS Limited

BullGuard Limited

Ista Energy Solutions Limited

The Cambridge Building Society

Verbala Limited

Work highlights

  • Continuing to act for BullGuard, a worldwide leader in internet security software, on all of its worldwide commercial activities.
  • Acted for Ista on multiple arrangements with customers relating to the remote (and digital) management and billing of utilities supplied to property developments.
  • Acting for The Cambridge Building Society on the implementation of a variety of business critical IT related matters.

Taylor Vinters

As a firm, Taylor Vinters in Cambridge has a strong focus on the technology and life sciences sectors, and its work consists of advising innovative businesses and entrepreneurs on the full range of legal matters including corporate transactions, IP and financing, as well as technology-specific projects. Chris Keen leads the emerging companies group, in which partner Tom McGuire is a key partner. It specialises in taking technology companies from start-up to trade sale or IPO. Patrick Farrant leads the international technology group, bringing to bear his vast experience in biotechnology and IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Chris Keen

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Farrant; Tom McGuire

Ashtons Legal

The 'friendly approachable and knowledgeable team' at Ashtons Legal acts for well-established companies and high-growth start-ups in the technology sector, particularly those involved in the automotive and motorsport industries, though it is assists clients involved in the development of emerging technologies such as near-field communications and machine learning. The firm predominantly handles corporate and finance transactions, though it also has in-depth expertise in data protection matters. 'Hugely personable and even-mannered' practice head James Tarling in Norwich 'has an excellent understanding of the tech and engineering sector'.

Practice head(s):

James Tarling

Testimonials

‘A friendly approachable and knowledgeable team of people. Clear understanding of their subject which builds trust quickly, with an emphatic manner of understand your issue or concern. You always feel like you and your issue are important, and not just another job to be done.’

‘Particular positive comment for James Tarling – he has an excellent understanding of the tech and engineering sector. Hugely personable and even-mannered with great depth of expert knowledge.’

Key clients

Ubisend

ServiceTick

Medical Management Systems

Cosworth Group

Digital Fuel Marketing

Thyngs

Sentronics

Work highlights

  • Advising Cosworth on drivetrain technology and engine design, manufacture and supply contracts with major supercar manufacturers.
  • Advised chatbot platform ubisend on its pivot to new remote platform services during lockdown.
  • Advising Medical Management Systems on its licences to international private healthcare providers.

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM is building its technology sector focus by bringing together its IT, telecoms and IP expertise into a single team that acts for software houses, as well as handling technology matters for corporate, education and not-for-profit clients. Corporate partner Alastair Gunn in Peterborough works closely with business and finance specialist Jonathan Reardon  in Cambridge, who joined from Al Tamimi & Company and has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border technology transactions. Senior associate Jamie McConnell handles contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Gunn; Jonathan Reardon; Jamie McConnell

Key clients

IP Sentinel Limited