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Browne Jacobson LLP  acts for both private and public sector clients on a broad gamut of mandates, from complex IT transactions such as hardware and software procurement to outsourcing arrangements, cloud computing matters, data protection advice and crypto technologies. The group is particularly active for clients specialising in fintech and disruptive technologies, but also assists clients from the firm’s key sectors in education, health, financial services, insurance, retail, construction and energy. Paula Dumbill   is the main practitioner in the Nottingham office, with key data protection support coming from Helena Wootton  and Selina Hinchliffe  adding expertise in licensing and outsourcing agreements. Dumbill recently acted alongside the London-based Anthony Nagle  for the Crown Prosecution Service on the procurement of applications support and hosting services as well as the integration, aligment and management of such services with the Crown Prosecution Service’s internal systems. The National Trust, Thorntons and Hiscox are also clients. Mark Snelgrove joined Potter Clarkson LLP.

The ‘excellent’, ‘responsive’ and ‘pragmatic’ team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is recommended for ‘the depth and extensive breadth of its knowledge’. The group has particular experience in public sector IT outsourcing projects, but also acts for private sector clients. Both department head Nick Blane and newly promoted partner Ash Woodcock   regularly advise central government departments and their agencies, local government bodies, clients from the education sector and policing institutions. On the outsourcing front, the practice acted for Sellafield on a complex IT outsourcing agreement involving two procurement packages, comprising one package for day-to-day IT requirements and one package for the IT requirements of one-off projects. In other work, Blane advised Highways England on the procurement and agreement drafting aspects of its National Roadside Telecommunications Service 2 project regarding the telecommunications systems used to connect motorway electronic signage, cameras, speed sensors and smart motorway systems to traffic control centres. Other clients include Experian, the Department of Health and The Insolvency Service.

Outsourcing and IT projects are key areas of expertise at Nelsons Solicitors Limited , particularly in the technology sector, but the group is also adept at advising on software development agreements, licencing and maintenance agreements, and instructions from the e-commerce sector. Data protection law is another string to the team’s bow, with advice on General Data Protection Regulation compliance in especially high demand. Newly promoted partner Harpreet Sandhu took over the lead of the practice from the now retired Jim Carter, while Emma Ward, who also recently made partner, took over the lead on the contentious side from Steward Vandermark, who now acts as the firm’s CEO.

Active in both contentious and non-contentious work, Shakespeare Martineau LLP ’s ‘excellent’ department demonstrates strong sector expertise in the education, technology and telecoms sectors. The group’s spectrum of expertise ranges from the IT aspects of corporate transactions to licensing, outsourcing and escrow agreements. On the regulatory side, the team shows strength in data protection, procurement and freedom of information mandates. Ed Wright, whose specialisms include information and communications technology, heads the practice. Dispute resolution expert Martin Noble has particular experience in procurement-related litigation. In a recent major highlight, Wright led in advising CareRooms on contractual and commercial issues surrounding its online scheme offering private accommodation for patients following minor surgery. In other work, Wright guided Parcelhub on the terms of a strategic partnering template agreement, including a reseller agreement regarding the client’s software-predicated logistics system. Kagool joined Datalink Electronics, Skeleton Productions and Cognito iQ on the client list.

BHW Solicitors specialises in advising on software infrastructure projects and IT contracts, but also assists clients with the IT aspects of mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. Data centre leases are another core area of expertise. Practice head Matt Worsnop, who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and electronic systems engineer, is especially adept at assisting with licencing agreements, website and App development agreements and IT project tenders. With support from corporate and commercial expert Ed Nurse, Worsnop advised DealTrak on updating its subscription agreements with the car brokers and dealers using DealTrak’s software platform in order to reflect the client’s updated pricing model. In another highlight the team assisted Performance Networks with the drafting of consolidated terms and conditions for its internet services, network and wifi infrastructure, telephony and ‘captive portal’ wifi services. Lavendon Group, Nationwide Platforms and Eclipse Group Solutions are also on the client list.

Howes Percival LLP ’s contentious practice handles IT contract disputes and infringement actions in relation to intellectual property rights in IT products, while on the non-contentious front the firm's expertise spans software development, licence and support agreements, agreements in relation to the procurement, and installation and maintenance of hardware, including agreements for turnkey solutions. Practice head Matthew Talbot and associate Jenna Bruce are the main practitioners in the region, with director Hannah Steggles providing key support in data protection and domain name instructions. In addition to assisting the Business Software Alliance with a large number of software infringement actions, the practice also advised Retail Assist on a number of IT transactions. Getronics Services UK mandated the group to assist with the terms of IT service agreements in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions. Other clients include Global Reach Technology, FibreFab and the Crown Commercial Service.

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