IT and telecoms in East Anglia

Mills & Reeve LLP

The Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve LLP has a large team of IT specialists handling complex and business-critical work across a huge range of sectors. It handles major IT projects for central government, works with both established and high-growth technology companies, and acts for non-departmental public bodies, regulators and charities on strategic IT projects. It also handles major projects for clients in the healthcare and education sectors. Kevin Calder and Peter Wainman lead the four-partner practice, in which principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones plays a key role.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Calder;  Peter Wainman

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Burton-Jones

Testimonials

‘Mills & Reeve work very closely with our business, they understand how we work and what our constraints are. The biggest strengths are that they understand our business model and practices, which mean they can align with our needs easily and we have a effortless business relationship.  Mills & Reeve have been able to support us on a range of matters and they are a great team to work with.’

‘Mills & Reeve are very responsive, available for calls, customer meetings and their turnaround time is excellent, which meets the needs of the fast-paced industry that we work in.’

‘Sophie Burton-Jones is very personal, compassionate and knowledgeable about all aspects of contract law, also I and my team really enjoy working with her.’

 

Key clients

Cognizant

Department of Health

Redgate Software

Gearset Limited

Cambridge Mechatronics

Frontier Development

Bosch

Health and Social Care Northern Ireland

Speechmatics

Feedback plc

Work highlights

  • Advising healthcare IT and equipment supplier Siemens Healthcare on its tender submissions to public bodies for multimillion-pound contract opportunities and resulting contract negotiations.
  • Advised UK Research and Innovation on the £79m procurement of a supercomputer from Cray for use by researchers and academics across the UK.
  • Advising leading mailroom technology supplier Neopost on the negotiation of its key contract with Royal Mail/Parcelforce.

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP has an IT practice that acts for clients ranging in size from small owner-managed businesses to large listed companies, both in East Anglia and nationally. Quentin Golder in Cambridge leads the technology group, with partner Mark Gipson in Ipswich and senior associate Paul Palik in Norwich also playing key roles. The group has particular experience in financial services, social media, security software and aerospace industries, though its work encompasses a diverse range of industry sectors. Senior associate Kitty Rosser in Norwich leads the firm's busy data protection team.

Practice head(s):

Quentin Golder;  Mark Gipson

Other key lawyers:

Paul Palik; Kitty Rosser

Key clients

BullGuard Ltd

Ista Energy Ltd

Infopoint Ltd

NIAB

My Job Matcher Ltd

Farthest Gate Ltd

Community Sparx Ltd

Kalibrate Technology Group Plc

PSI International Holdings Ltd

Pathfindr Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting on retainer for BullGuard Ltd in all commercial and IT-related matters, including software development and licensing agreements, reseller and agency agreements, website terms and conditions, end user terms, data protection advice and distribution.
  • Acting for Ista Energy Services Limited, which provides utility metering and billing services via a cloud platform, in customer service agreements for various real estate developments involving large numbers of sites.
  • Acting for Infopoint Ltd in drafting a development and services agreement for a SaaS Platform providing taxi dispatch services.

Hewitsons

Hewitsons in Cambridge provides 'excellent client service, responsiveness and cost-effectiveness, as well as industry knowledge and expertise', says a client. The firm has veteran lawyers who are well-versed in IT and contract law, and who advise global IT companies as well as those based in the local technology hub. They act for suppliers and purchasers of IT services on compliance, software development, licensing, distribution, contracts, outsourcing and much more. Andrew Priest and Bill Thatcher have each been dealing with non-contentious IP and IT matters for 30 years. Clients praise Thatcher's 'responsiveness, sophistication, practicality and deft negotiation skills'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Priest

Other key lawyers:

Bill Thatcher

Testimonials

Excellent client service, responsiveness, appreciation for business considerations and cost-effectiveness, as well as industry knowledge and expertise.

Our contacts at Hewitsons LLP feel like natural extensions of our in-house team. Their advice is sophisticated but practical; timely but unhurried. We rely on them for more than just commercial support; we often turn to them for recommendations and general advice about industry trends or new developments.

More than an accomplished legal adviser, Bill Thatcher is a resource for the development of our company’s business practices, a sounding board for our new ideas and, in many ways, a mentor to our in-house team. His responsiveness, sophistication, practicality and deft negotiation skills make Bill an invaluable part of our team.

Taylor Vinters

Taylor Vinters in Cambridge has a strong focus on the technology sector and it acts for numerous high-growth and multinational companies based in the Cambridge area. Head of the emerging companies practice Tom McGuire and key partner Chris Keen are highly regarded for their sector expertise. They specialise in assisting technology companies with moving from start-up to trade sale or IPO.

Practice head(s):

Tom McGuire

Other key lawyers:

Chris Keen

Ashtons Legal

Ashtons Legal acts for a broad range of established companies operating nationally and internationally, as well as for innovative and entrepreneurial high-growth start-ups. Its key areas of focus are the automotive and motorsport industry, to which its clients provide IT. It also handles technology transactions in the public and private healthcare sectors. Lead partner James Tarling in Norwich advises many local businesses on corporate transactions, but has a particular focus on high-growth technology companies.

Practice head(s):

James Tarling

Key clients

Cosworth

Ubisend

Thyngs

Medical Management Systems

ServiceTick

Footij

Work highlights

  • Advising Cosworth on various agreements relating to the development and exploitation of technology and related intellectual property for use in the automotive and motorsport markets. This included advising on multimillion-pound engine design, development and supply agreements.
  • Advising Ubisend on its key contracts, including bespoke software development incorporating its proprietary machine learning algorithms, and the roll-out of its white label partnering platform, which re-sells its technology.
  • Advises Thyngs on its contracts for NFC and tap-and-scan QR reader technologies.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 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. Led from London, the practice has a highly skilled partner in Cambridge, Simon Crossley, who 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

Greenwoods GRM

Greenwoods GRM has a growing number of clients in the technology sector, to which it provides support in corporate and contentious matters. Corporate partner David Woods, who splits his time between Cambridge and Peterborough, has a long track record of transactions in this sector. The disputes team, notably senior associate Jamie McConnell in Peterborough, handles a growing volume of technology-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

David Woods

Other key lawyers:

Jamie McConnell

Key clients

Synantix Limited

Data Interchange PLC

The Retail Data Partnership Ltd

Red Fish Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a technology and consulting company on a major software and services provision contract with Barclays Bank.
  • Acting for a logistics software writer in a complex dispute with a purported licensee.