IT and telecoms in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'pragmatic and trusted advice' across the full spectrum of IT and telecoms law. The firm distinguishes itself from other competitors with its strong focus on digital transformation, demonstrating knowledge in data protection, database rights, e-commerce and cloud technology. The firm acts for a range of clients in both the private and public sectors, with key clients including Crown Prosecution Service, Branston and Tech Data. 'Calm and considerate' partner Paula Dumbill heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Paula Dumbill


We’ve worked with other practices that provide sound legal inputs but using the BJ team is like using binoculars after using an eye-glass: you get depth and advice in the round. Because the IT and telecoms practice knows the legal framework AND matches that with knowledge of IT systems they provide pragmatic and trusted advice that addresses our needs (and mindful of our Suppliers’ approach).’

Paula Dumbill – calm and considerate with a brilliant eye for drafting and getting us what we need from our contracts.

Key clients

Crown Prosecution Service

Branston Ltd

Tech Data Limited

Cloud Technology Solutions Limited

Itelligence Business Solutions (UK) Ltd

London Borough of Tower Hamlets


The Doctor’s Laboratory

Work highlights

  • Advising Crown Prosecution Services on the break-up of its existing large scale complex IT services contract into various service groups.
  • Advising The Doctors Laboratory Limited on its reappointment as provider of pathology analytics and facilities services to a major NHS hospital in London, including advising on the procurement process and negotiating two service agreements.
  • Advising Branston Ltd throughout supplier negotiations, contract drafting, consideration of supplier documentation and a two-stage implementation process relating to a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.

Howes Percival LLP

Howes Percival LLP has a strong presence in the IT and telecoms sector, and it handles contentious and non-contentious work for household-name clients. One key client is the Business Software Alliance, for whom the firm advises on issues such as software piracy and IP infringement, among other matters. Elsewhere, the firm handles a broad range of non-contentious matters for clients, including software development and maintenance, as well as outsourcing arrangements. Practice head Matthew Talbot has a strong background in IT litigation.

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

  • Acting as the sole representatives in the UK on behalf of the Business Software Alliance 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.
  • Advising Getronics Services UK on the terms of various IT agreements for the provision of IT services in the course of proposed corporate acquisitions.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited is sought out to advise on outsourcing and IT projects, software development, licensing and maintenance. Harpreet Sandhu heads up the non-contentious IT practice, while Emma Ward leads the contentious IT/IP offering. Sandhu has a high level of expertise in GDPR matters and regularly speaks at events on GDPR compliance.

Practice head(s):

Harpreet Sandhu; Emma Ward

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a high level of expertise in IT and handles contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm has significant expertise in handling matters for clients in the education sector, and it acts for several leading UK universities, including Nottingham University, Exeter University and Warwick University. Elsewhere, the firm has a strong profile among clients in the technology and telecoms sectors; its workload includes advice on acquisitions of telecoms businesses, licensing and outsourcing agreements, drafting contractual suites and terms of use for technology companies. Ed Wright heads up the team's non-contentious practice, while Martin Noble leads the team's contentious offering.

Practice head(s):

Ed Wright; Martin Noble


The Shakespeare Martineau team are great – they’re personable and don’t talk legal language to business people who don’t understand. The approach is very transparent which helps for budgeting, relationships and importantly making progress.’

Key clients

TheCarerooms Ltd


RoadtoHealth Group



Financechain – trading as Software Escrow Solutions



Cognito iQ

Prime Principle

Purpose Media

Skeleton Productions

TMB GeoMarketing


Blacklight Systems

Real Edge

nuon digital

Work highlights

  • Advising TheCarerooms on contractual and commercial issues, including preparing a full suite of suitable contracts and terms for its online portal and different contractual arrangements for company structures.
  • Advising Parcelhub on formalising and streamlining its partnership arrangements.
  • Advising Roadtohealth Group Ltd on the terms of its Healthia joint venture with Incorpore.

BHW Solicitors

BHW Solicitors regularly handles significant software infrastructure projects. In addition, the firm also regularly advises on mergers, acquisitions, restructures and refinancings of software and IT companies. Practice head Matt Worsnop has a strong background in software development. The team is praised for its 'sensible and pragmatic' approach.

Practice head(s):

Matt Worsnop


Sensible and pragmatic in terms of both advice and fees.’

Matt Worsnop is excellent on tech matters.’

Trust, consistency and value.’

Key clients

Lavendon Group / Loxam

Nationwide Platforms Limited

Eclipse Group Solutions Limited

DealTrak Ltd

Vehicle Vision Limited

Atomic Multimedia Consultants Limited

City Computing Limited

Davis Ground IT Services Limited

G Siddons Limited t/a Bikercomm

Loupe Testware Ltd

Switch Networks Ltd


Work highlights

  • Prepared entirely new template Master Services Agreement for Eclipse Group Solutions Limited to use with all its new clients.
  • Prepared entirely new template IT services agreement for Davis Ground IT Solutions Limited to use with all its clients.
  • Prepared entirely new terms and conditions for Atomic Multimedia Consultants Limited to use with all its new clients.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP advises clients on the full range of IT issues including regulatory matters, content creation, protection and exploitation, partnering, financing and corporate development. Michelle Craven-Faulkner leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Craven-Faulkner