IT and telecoms in East Anglia

Mills & Reeve LLP

The information technology practice at Mills & Reeve LLP handles a busy workload that includes major IT projects for central government and healthcare providers, as well as handling a range of matters for established technology businesses, regulators and charities. Kevin Calder leads the firm-wide technology and life sciences sector group and frequently acts for government departments in major IT projects. He is also the first point of contact for clients such as Cambridge Mechatronics. Peter Wainman leads the health technology sector group and also acts as relationship partner for key technology company clients including Arm. Associate Sophie Burton-Jones leads the delivery of projects for clients such as Redgate Software.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Calder; Peter Wainman

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Burton-Jones

Key clients

Arm

Department of Health

Redgate Software

General Dental Council

Cambridge Mechatronics

Financial Conduct Authority

Niche Health

Health and Social Care Northern Ireland

HM Land Registry

Feedback plc

Work highlights

  • Continues to act for Arm on key IT contracts, working closely with the in-house legal team and IT team; in 2018, as well as a large volume of ongoing contract support, our input has included working on the negotiations to implement a new consultancy services framework to provide global support to Arm.
  • The team has been advising this designer of mobile phone camera technology for many years, having previously negotiated some of the business’s key customer contracts including licences for patented technology for inclusion in the latest smart phones.
  • the firm were appointed in 2018 following a competitive tendering exercise to be the external legal advisers to HM Land Registry; our work has included advising on the contract for the development and implementation of an HR, procurement and finance system for use nationally.
  • Continue to advise this successful software business on a major project to redevelop its EULA and customer terms; key contracts with high profile customers; the acquisition of software businesses.
  • Advised the GDC on a procurement for an IT system relating to their move to new premises in Birmingham.

Birketts LLP

The Birketts LLP IT practice operates out of all four of the firm's offices and acts for clients both in East Anglia and further afield. It is part of the technology practice led from Cambridge by Quentin Golder, which acts for clients ranging from small owner-managed businesses through to large listed companies in the financial services, social media, security software and aerospace industries. Golder specialises in IT and IP matters for companies involved in the digital economy. Corporate partner Mark Gipson in Ipswich, senior associate Paul Palik in Norwich, who handles IT matters including SaaS and software licensing transactions, and Kitty Rosser are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Quentin Golder

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gipson; Paul Palik; Kitty Rosser

Key clients

BullGuard Ltd

Apolitical Ltd

PSI International Ltd

S16 Ltd

Blancco Technology Group plc

Kalibrate Technology Group plc

Farthest Gate Ltd

Ista Energy Ltd

Pie Mapping Ltd

Bose Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for BullGuard on all IT and commercial matters; recent work includes implementation of a white label VPN SaaS platform.
  • Acting on multiple contracts for the supply of metering and billing/data services.
  • Acting for Apolitical on all legal matters relating to the provision of their online platform.
  • Acting for the Company, and its UK Subsidiary, in relation to multiple contracts involving the provision of online assessment and examination services, both within the UK and abroad, primarily to the public sector, on a SaaS basis.
  • Acting for the Company in relation to negotiation and drafting of the terms relating to the development and implementation of digital interactive experiences for customers (involving both hardware and software) as part of the development of a flagship Regent Street store.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in Cambridge draws on an experienced team of corporate, IT and IP lawyers to handle complex projects for both national businesses, including financial institutions, and high-growth companies based in the technology hub of Cambridge. Transactional technology lawyer and practice head Simon Crossley. He is a key member of the firm's national life sciences practice and an expert in regulatory matters and IT commercialisation projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Crossley

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Toutoungi

Hewitsons

The IT practice at Hewitsons acts for suppliers to and purchasers of IT services across a broad range of IT businesses, advises on on EU Framework Programme contracts in IT fields, handles data protection compliance issues and data security breaches for IT and technology companies, and deals with matters of software development, licensing, distribution and support. It also has niche expertise in IT and business process outsourcing. Practice head Andrew Priest handles IT outsourcings and technology licensing deals in the public and private sector, and consultant Bill Thatcher has nearly 30 years' experience in IP and IT transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Priest

Other key lawyers:

Bill Thatcher

Work highlights

  • The firmadvised on a complex software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreement with a very large and very well-known customer in the global drinks market.

Taylor Vinters

Taylor Vinters has a strong technology focus and it acts for numerous high-growth and multinational technology companies based in the Cambridge area. Practice head Tom McGuire is highly regarded for his sector expertise and is the lead partner in the firm's Growth team, which specialises in taking technology companies from start-up to trade sale or IPO, particularly concentrating on protecting and exploiting intellectual property to create value. Partner Chris Keen also plays a key role in that practice.

Practice head(s):

Tom McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Chris Keen

Ashtons Legal

Ashtons Legal joins the ranking due to partner James Tarling's growing workload for clients in the technology sector. Tarling has more than 20 years’ experience in data protection and information law, and he also acts for companies in the automotive and motorsport industries and for clients providing IT services in the public and private healthcare sectors. Among his clients are start-ups and high-profile established businesses providing new technologies such as machine learning and near-field communications.

Practice head(s):

James Tarling

Key clients

Cosworth Group

Ubisend

Thyngs

Medical Management Systems

Digital Fuel Marketing

Cambridge Building Society

GB Inspections

Bowmonk

Cambridge Satchel Company

Content Consultants

Sentronics

Work highlights

  • Advising Ubisend, a leading provider of AI powered chatbots and other AI technologies, on its key contracts, including machine learning and reseller agreements.
  • Advising Thyngs Ltd in relation to various equity investment transactions including an oversubscribed crowdfunding fundraising via Crowdcube.
  • Advising a leading provider of electronic healthcare management systems on drafting negotiating bespoke contracts with key customers; software licensing issues; data protection compliance.
  • Advising Digital Fuel Marketing, an international digital marketing agency, on its contracts for its affiliate marketing networks, data protection compliance, and master services agreement for digital marketing.

Greenwoods GRM

Corporate partner David Woods leads the IT and telecoms practice group at Greenwoods GRM in Cambridge, which grew its client base of technology companies and software houses in 2018 and continued to advise its many corporate clients on issues such as data privacy and software as a service (SaaS) delivery. Woods frequently provides advice on digital and online matters, as well as traditional software development and licensing arrangements. Litigation associate Jamie McConnell also handles a growing caseload of technology-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Woods

Testimonials

“I think this team’s strength is its adapability. This team was willing to jump into a fight and help me at very short notice.”

“Jamie McConnell is a listener and a thinker. He can view problems from different perspectives and has the ability to ‘forward think’. This helps him prepare for most situations.”

Key clients

Data Interchange Plc

Red Fish Systems Ltd

The Retail Data Partnership Limited