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Browne Jacobson LLP has a solid track record of acting for clients in private and public sectors, handling large-scale technology projects, drafting outsourcing agreements and implementing new technologies. It also advises technology companies and start-ups on corporate matters such as maintaining IT infrastructure after structural changes and developing e-commerce platforms. The client base includes The National Trust, EPC United Kingdom, Exel Technology Group and Hiscox Insurance. Paula Dumbill is part of a team assisting the Crown Prosecution Service with the separation of service groups from an existing large-scale IT services contract. Mark Snelgrove is also recommended.

The ‘great’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘strong legal and industry knowledge’, and handles matters ranging from licensing and outsourcing agreements to the procurement, implementation and development of new IT projects. The firm has a solid track record in advising public bodies on outsourcing contracts with private companies. Practice head Nick Blane and principal associate Ash Woodcock assisted Sunderland City Council with the £250m competitive dialogue procurement process for the development and distribution of new information and communication technology services to the council and other public sector entities. Woodcock also advised the London Borough of Harrow on a private sector partnership for the redesign and enhancement of its social care software. Other highlights saw Blane acting for Highways Englands on the National Roadside Telecommunications Service 2 project and assisting the Standards and Testing Agency with the outsourcing agreements for the operation of National Curriculum tests and assessments in England. The Department of Health is also a client.

Stewart Vandermark and Jim Carter head the department at Nelsons Solicitors Limited, which advises private domestic and international companies on their cross-border technology projects. Data protection is another aspect of the practice, where the team handles data security breaches, provides regulatory advice and designs risk-management strategies. On the contentious side, it also represents clients in related copyright and trade mark misappropriation disputes. Work highlights included advising a software company on the licensing and data protection aspects of its product development, and assisting a client in technology sector on a major outsourcing deal and related litigation. Karen Harrison left for Knights Professional Services Limited and Nick McDonald joined Potter Clarkson LLP.

BHW Solicitors is a ‘trusted business partner’, praised for its ‘strength in depth’ and for delivering ‘consistently high-quality service and advice’. The workload includes negotiating and drafting software licensing agreements and supply contracts, handling arrangements with third-party software vendors, and designing compliance strategies and risk-management policies. Matt Worsnop advised the shareholders of Farrington Business Group on the share disposal to Townley Network Solutions, and assisted Masters Allen with alteration of its terms and conditions for the VehicleVision product for customers domestically and abroad. Other clients are Lavendon Group, Creative Software Solutions and DealTrak.

Geldards LLP’ team is led by Michelle Craven-Faulkner, who advises clients on contractual matters surrounding technology and engineering projects as well as pertaining to intellectual property. The group also assists companies with franchising agreements, data protection and licensing. E-commerce and various aspects of software and app development are another area of focus.

The ‘always responsive’ group at Howes Percival LLP combines ‘commercial pragmatism’ with a ‘breadth of knowledge and expertise’, advising large technology companies on a commercial matters. Work highlights saw the team handling IT contractual matters and software licensing for GlobalReach Technology, managing IT services supply agreements for Getronics Services UK in light of proposed acquisitions, and designing contractual framework for IT services delivered by Tellja domestically and internationally. It is also advising members of the Business Software Alliance, including Microsoft, Adobe, Siemens and Autodesk, on contractual breaches related to various software packages. Matthew Talbot heads the practice.

Martin Noble and Ed Wright jointly lead the practice at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, which acts for clients in the education, technology and telecoms sectors, among others, such as Vodafone, Maintel, National Grid, University of Warwick. The team is experienced in matters including acquisitions of telecoms businesses, preparation of escrow agreements for software developers, and advising on licensing and outsourcing agreements. It also has a track record of drafting contractual suites and terms of use for technology companies, including corresponding risk management advice.

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