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Browne Jacobson LLP’s client roster includes entities from both the private and public sectors, encompassing industries such as financial services, insurance, retail, health, energy and construction. London-based Declan Cushley leads the department, which also runs a dedicated legal support programme for start-up companies. His team is well-regarded for high-profile outsourcing transactions, while other areas of specialist knowledge include fintech projects, disruptive technologies, data protection, crypto technologies and cloud computing matters.

Practice head(s):Declan Cushley;

Other key lawyers:Paula Dumbill; Selina Hinchliffe;

Key Clients

Crown Prosecution Service

Manchester Underwriting Management

The National Trust

Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Limited

Metro Bank plc

Copley Scientific Limited

FMD IT Limited

Branston Limited

The Salvation Army Trustee Company

Red Box Recorders

Work highlights

  • Acted for Green Room Retail Design Limited on the creation of two precedent framework agreements for the business: one general framework agreement for the purchase of goods and services from third party providers, and another that concerned the purchase of digital services.
  • Advising a global manufacturer and distributor of water heating systems in its defence of a claim by IBM for under-licensing.
  • Instructed by Red Box Recorders Limited to negotiate and draft several large IT outsourcing agreements and commercial supply agreements.
  • Advising FMD IT Limited on the implementation of its new software system which has been specifically developed to enable pharmacies and wholesale businesses to be fully compliant with the upcoming EU Falsified Medicines Directive
  • Supporting Branston Limited from the beginning of a major business transformation project to implement an ERP system.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, practice head Nick Blane is a go-to for a wide variety of commercial IT contracts, including system development, e-commerce, management arrangements, data protection, outsourcing, procurement and supply. In addition to serving the private sector, the firm also acts for many public sector clients, including central government departments, local government, policing institution and education bodies.

Practice head(s):Nick Blane;

Other key lawyers:Ash Woodcock;

The ‘incredibly responsive’ practice at Howes Percival LLP is renowned for its delivering of ‘client-focused solutions’. On the contentious front, areas of particular experience include IT contract disputes, IP infringements and acting on threats to suspend the provision of vital services. Key strengths in the non-contentious sphere span software development, maintenance and licensing, app development and outsourcing agreements, as well as data protection and security issues. Matthew Talbot heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Matthew Talbot;

Other key lawyers:James Howarth; Jennna Bruce;


'Both Matthew Talbot and Jenna Bruce offer excellent advice and are always willing to accommodate. It\s also a real pleasure to talk to them and engage with them'.


Key Clients

Business Software Alliance, Inc. (“BSA”)

Global Reach Technology Limited

Getronics UK Limited

Retail Assist Limited

FibreFab Limited

University of Coventry

Rodericks Dental

Autodesk Inc.

Internetwork Media Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed as sole representatives in the UK on behalf of the BSA whose members include Microsoft, Adobe, Siemens, Autodesk to act against UK based companies who are not properly licensed when using the software of its members.
  • Advising the client in relation to numerous IT transactions throughout the year dealing with household names on the other side.
  • Advising the client on the terms of various IT agreements for the provision of IT services in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions.
  • Advising Getronics on the terms of various IT agreements for the provision of IT services in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited excels in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Leading the contentious practice is Emma Ward, who assists clients with all aspects of software-related claims, including copyright, breach of confidence and database rights. On the non-contentious side, key contact Harpreet Sandhu handles outsourcing and IT projects, licensing and maintenance, software development, ownership, online sales, data protection compliance and IP-related matters.

Practice head(s):Emma Ward; Harpreet Sandhu;

Work highlights

  • Advised the software developer client on GDPR compliance with respect to data transfers to India under its ‘software as a service’ licensing documents and acted for the client in a claim for infringement of copyright, database rights, breach of confidence and contract in the High Court.
  • Advised the client on a software assignment acquiring ownership of software from a former partner.
  • Advises software developer client in claim for infringement of the copyright in its software.
  • Advised client on ownership of copyright in software created prior to joining their employer but subsequently utilised by the employer.
  • Advised client on copyright infringement and breach of database rights, arising out of breach of NDA.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP handles contentious and non-contentious matters for East Midlands-based clients on both a national and international scale. Ed Wright and Martin Noble jointly lead the department, which distinguishes itself in sectors such as education, telecoms and technology. Its diverse workload includes telecom business acquisitions, the preparation of escrow agreements for software developers, and licensing and outsourcing agreements. The firm also has a growing reputation in relation to the drafting of contractual suites and terms of use for technology companies.

Practice head(s):Ed Wright; Martin Noble;


'An excellent understanding of the sector and requirements within this area. Easy to work with. Provides practical and easily useable advice'.

'Knowledgeable group with a strong service focus. Enjoyable to work with'.


Key Clients






Financechain - trading as Software Escrow Solutions



Cognito iQ

Prime Principle

Purpose Media

Skeleton Production

TMB GeoMarketing


Black Light Systems

Real Edge

Work highlights

  • Advising TheCarerooms on contractual and commercial issues.
  • Advising Parcelhub on strategic partnering template agreement to cover all third-party arrangements.
  • Advising roadtohealth Group Limited on contractual and commercial issues.
  • Assisting Ecommonsense with preparing suitable terms and conditions/contractual arrangements governing supply of software solution and related services.
  • Assisting Mylocummanager with preparing suitable terms and conditions governing online service access and use.

Hailed by clients for its ‘good understanding of IT contractual matters’, BHW Solicitors’ department is led by the ‘knowledgeableMatt Worsnop. Its specialist areas include software and licensing agreements, IT project tenders, software infrastructure projects, website development and app agreements. Other pillars of the practice are M&A, restructures and refinancings of software and IT companies. Mandates from the virtual reality and app industries are on the increase.

Practice head(s):Matt Worsnop;




Key Clients

Lavendon Group / Loxam

Nationwide Platforms Limited

VR Simulation Systems Ltd

Eclipse Group Solutions Limited

DealTrak Ltd

Earlybird Technologies Limited

Workvine Limited

Twin3 Limited

BestPath Limited

Vehicle Vision Limited

Work highlights

  • Prepared new template agreement for VR Simulation Systems Ltd for use with all new clients.
  • Prepared new template development for Twin3 Limited for use with all new clients.
  • Advised a client on a SaaS agreement
  • Advised a client on the terms of a draft reseller agreement.

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