IT and telecoms in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's IT and telecoms practice gives 'really well informed advice' on all kinds of IT related matters, including those pertaining to crypto technologies, blockchain, apps, software as a service, disruptive technologies, cloud computing and fintech. Further, the team frequently acts on complex and large-scale IT transactions and, if matters turn contentious, the team is able to assist clients in IT disputes. 'Brilliant' Paula Dumbill heads the Nottingham office, is particularly experienced in working on complex IT outsourcing projects and is 'willing to go the extra miles to get the right result' for clients.

Practice head(s):

Paula Dumbill

Other key lawyers:

Joe Davis

Testimonials

‘I am happy to recommend Browne Jacobson as being ahead of the competition – they give really well informed advice and have good knowledge of IT practice.’

‘Paula Dumbill is brilliant and so well organised. Always willing to go the extra miles to get the right result.’

‘Joe Davis is superbly able to address and resolve issues. Outstanding work to support alternative solutions to service credits and charges: relevant and complete suggestions that we could pick up and run with.’

Key clients

PZ Cussons Beauty LLP

Crown Prosecution Service

Branston Limited

University of Hertfordshire

World Class Manufacturer of Motorcycles

Greenwood Academies Trust

Smrt Links Limited

Mace Limited

Euro Car Parts

Itelligence Business Solutions

e-days

Cloud Technology Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised PZ Cussons Beauty LLP, a leading global provider of beauty products, on a digital transformation project to develop and roll out of its ‘direct to consumer’ e-commerce websites.
  • Advised the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on the break-up of major parts of an existing large scale complex IT services contract into various service groups put out to tender to the market.
  • Advised the University of Hertfordshire on the negotiation of the procurement of the university’s new end-to-end IT solution which will have a transformative impact on the student journey.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP advises a broad range of IT clients on all their IT contracts, handles their litigation arising from, among others, outsourcing contracts, and has acted against international heavyweight IT companies on a number of occasions. The team also advises on a broad array of non-contentious matters relating to software and app development, payment systems, cloud based services and IT procurement and more. Matthew Talbot is the practice head and heads up the enforcement work for large, international IT and tech companies. Hannah Steggles and Jenna Bruce frequently act on software development agreements.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Talbot

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Steggles; Jenna Bruce

Key clients

Business Software Alliance (BSA)

Getronics UK Limited

FibreFab Limited

University of Coventry

DeMontfort University

Just Hype Limited

Autodesk Inc.

Internetwork Media Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed as sole representatives in the UK on behalf of the Business Software Alliance Inc. whose members include Microsoft, Siemens, Autodesk and many other software companies.
  • Advised Just Hype Limited in relation to e-commerce strategy including reviewing and advising upon e-commerce agreements.
  • Advised Autodesk Inc, a large UK software company, on protection strategies.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's non-contentious IT practice is headed by Harpreet Sandhu and the contentious IT offering is headed by Emma Ward. The firm advises on all types of non-contentious IT projects, including outsourcing, online sales as well as software development, licensing and maintenance, and brings and defends claims relating to infringement of software rights, confidential information and database rights, as well as on intellectual property infringements that are perpetrated online. The practice has further expertise in GDPR compliance matters and regularly advises at the intersection of IT and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Harpreet Sandhu; Emma Ward

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on all types of contentious and non-contentious IT related matters, including advice on licensing and outsourcing agreements, preparation of escrow agreements for software developers, drafting of terms of use for technology companies as well as advice on transactional matters. The team, headed by Ed Wright, further handles information and communication technology matters, such as e-commerce, procurement and confidentiality as well as related areas including data protection, freedom of information, intellectual property and competition law. Martin Noble has a focus on IT procurement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wright

Other key lawyers:

Martin Noble

Testimonials

‘I am very grateful for the advice given to me about how to progress with our share buyout.’

Key clients

The Mae Deli Limited t/a Deliciously Ella

NMCN plc

Grassroots Football Media Limited

WalkUp

Nemaura Medical Inc./Dermal Diagnostics Limited

Financechain Limited t/a SES

Prime Principle Limited

Skeleton Productions Limited

Mylocummanager UK Limited

PurpleBricks Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Nemaura Medical Inc./Dermal Diagnostics Limited on various queries relating to their proposed new EU and US in-app purchase arrangements, the potentially applicable Apple/Google fees and methods of circumventing such fees, related data protection/GDPR considerations, and preparing appropriate website terms of use.
  • Advised The Mae Deli t/a Deliciously Ella on the existing Deliciously Ella B2C webshop/app terms and conditions, a suitable template sales agency, necessary additional terms and conditions for corporate clients and a updated privacy and cookie policy.
  • Advised WalkUp as it negotiated terms with the owners of Bicester Village to offer its app to retail outlets.

BHW Solicitors

The IT and telecoms department at BHW Solicitors regularly advises on IT infrastructure projects as well as IT and telecoms contracts for a variety of clients, among others from the automotive and financial sector. Advice on hosting agreements, software as a service, hardware supply agreements, software development and IT tendering projects are all part of the firm's repertoire, which also regularly advises on acquisitions, mergers, re-financing and restructures of IT, telecoms and software companies. Practice head Matt Worsnop 'is a consistently excellent partner to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Matt Worsnop

Testimonials

‘Their understanding of the work we do and the ins and outs of a product we’re exploring launching was super helpful in drafting an agreement which met our needs.’

‘Matt Worsnop was excellent – understood everything we were asking for (including data protection). He was thorough, patient and communicative.’

‘Excellent on technology contract and commercial matters, a fast flexible and positive approach to delivery.’

‘Matt Worsnop is a consistently excellent partner to work with and I mean that in the sense of partnering with us – the client. He is responsive, collaborative, looks for win-win, acts and thinks commercially, and understands technology.’

‘What we found excellent as a small business was the team understood how to turn our high level requirement into the legal documents we needed quickly.’

‘Matt Worsnop stands out for us as he quickly got to an understanding of our business and makes relevant recommendations in the exact context of our business.’

‘I find BHW the most approachable practice that I have dealt with to date. Quick response, good interaction, clarity and delivery are all strong capabilities.’

‘Matt Worsnop is our key contact and continues to be as dedicated and responsive as the first day we used BHW.’

Key clients

Lavendon Group / Loxam

Nationwide Platforms Limited

DealTrak Ltd

Vehicle Vision Limited

Atomic Multimedia Consultants Limited

City Computing Limited

Loupe Testware Ltd

Unicomm Ltd

Forward Action Ltd

Work highlights

  • Prepared entirely new set of terms and conditions for Unicomm Ltd in respect of the unified telecommunications services to be used with Unicomm’s clients.
  • Prepared entirely new SaaS Agreement for Forward Action Ltd for a new SaaS service allowing for the creation of fund raising web pages.
  • Prepared entirely new developer licence for Vehicle Vision International Limited for the client to use with third party software developers wishing to make use of its new API.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP is noted as being a 'down to earth firm with a commercial approach' which acts for a number of software developers and major IT service providers, as well as non-IT businesses wanting to procure specific IT services. Members of the team frequently act as quasi in-house counsel to clients and offer their expertise in software as a service product offerings, software resale structures and preparing bespoke contractual arrangements, among others. Jamie Goldberg heads the practice and is experienced in advising on both IT and IT-adjacent matters, including advice on transactional IT matters.

Practice head(s):

Jamie Goldberg

Testimonials

‘Geldards is a down to earth firm with a commercial approach unlike I have witnessed in other law firms. As an in-house lawyer I require quick and pragmatic advice on key risks and Geldards do that every time.

‘Geldards provide answers rather than sitting on the fence presenting various legal arguments, and as an in-house lawyer, I need quick advice to support an internal decision one way or the other, so this is an extremely important attribute.’

Key clients

Agilitas IT Solutions Limited

Amphitrite Underwriters Limited

AXS Europe Limited

Commify UK limited

Derby County Football Club

East Midlands LawShare

Formidable Media Limited

Halo X-Ray Technologies Limited

Horizon Industries International Limited

National Procurement Service

North West Legal Consortium

Physiolab Technologies Limited

PXtech Limited

Realsense Solutions Limited

Spamhaus Technology Limited

Tebex Limited

XCAM Limited

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to AXS.com in relation to all of its external legal affairs as their quasi-in house resource. Matters included advice in connection with affiliate arrangements with Cover Genius and ticket insurance, StubHub/Viagogo ticket cancellations and secondary ticket resale conditions.
  • Advised Agilitas on a high value Framework Agreement for the provision of IT services to ATOS IT Services UK, together with two related IT services call-off contracts.
  • Ongoing advice to Halo X-Ray on a range of matters, including negotiations on a complex sub-contracting arrangement with a US government body.