Firms To Watch: IT and telecoms

Bratby Law is a boutique set up by former Arnold & Porter partner Rob Bratby . It provides legal, regulatory and transactional advice in the telecoms, digital and data sectors.

IT and telecoms in London

DLA Piper

The strength of DLA Piper’s full-service offering in  the technology and telecoms field is demonstrated by its work on leading projects, such as the rollout of Fibre to the Premises and numerous submarine cable projects. Alongside its strong transactional and regulatory work, the firm is also active in prominent TMT disputes. Kit Burden, co-chair of the firm’s global technology sector group, advises both users and suppliers of IT in relation to outsourcing and technology transactions, with a particular focus on the financial services industry. Mike Conradi, co-chair of the international telecoms practice, specialises in the regulatory aspects of major telecoms projects. Ben Forgiel-Jenkins stands out for his expertise in M&A deals involving technology and telecoms companies.

Practice head(s):

Kit Burden; Mike Conradi

Other key lawyers:

Ben Forgiel-Jenkins

Testimonials

‘We have used DLA on three major global IT procurements in as many years. On each occasion the team have impressed not only our internal legal team but also – critically – our internal stakeholders with their industry knowledge, technical competence, diligence, flexibility and willingness to go the extra mile to achieve results.’

‘This is a really strong team of individuals with fantastic depth of experience, knowledge and commercial acumen. The team are friendly, available and pragmatic. The team are respectful of the pressures within a busy in-house team and they work very hard to ensure their advice and support is practical to take forward.’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

NHS/Connecting for Health

DEFRA

HMRC

Standard Chartered Bank

UBS

Aviva

British Airways/IAG

Heineken

HCL Technologies

Microland

Ericsson

CDW

Willis Tower Watson

Amadeus

Work highlights

  • Advising WTW on their $575m global IT services arrangement with ATOS under which ATOS is  transforming and updating WTW’s infrastructure and business experiences, and  assisting WTW in their digital transformation journey to the cloud.
  • Advising Polhem Infra on its acquisition of Telia Carrier, a world-leading provider of backbone connectivity holding one of the top positions in global rankings of companies operating internet backbone networks from its parent company, Telia.
  • Advising Amadeus, the world’s leading travel/aviation technology company, in relation to moving their IT infrastructure into a public cloud model, which will be one of the world’s largest outsourcings to a public cloud solution.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie 's 'first class' team leverages its global footprint to provide comprehensive advice to telecoms and IT clients, covering contentious and non-contentious matters. On the telecoms side, the firm has strong credentials in large-scale transformation projects, such as the roll-out of 5G, network sharing arrangements and information security mandates. In the field of IT law, the team regularly advises clients on the development of cutting-edge products and services, utilising technology such as AI and blockchain; data exploitation matters; outsourcing and procurement arrangements; and IP disputes, including software licensing and copyright claims. Steve Holmes specialises in technology deals, digital transformation projects and outsourcing arrangements. Sue McLean regularly advises clients on the M&A aspects of technology transactions and demonstrates impressive knowledge in the area of fintech, with a particular focus on AI and blockchain projects. Harry Small is highly regarded for his diverse expertise in technology and outsourcing law. Jason Raeburn specialises in high-value IT and software disputes. Associate Charlotte Harrington is recommended for her knowledge of commercial and IT agreements, including supply of goods and services contracts.

Practice head(s):

Steve Holmes

Other key lawyers:

Sue McLean; Harry Small; Jason Raeburn; Charlotte Harrington

Testimonials

‘First class lawyers with real commercial savvy.’

‘The team really takes the time to understand clients’ individual needs and risk profiles.’

‘Global in nature – they seamlessly coordinate across multiple jurisdictions where needed. They also have a sound understanding of the TMT sector and the issues clients within it face.’ 

‘Jason Raeburn is fast becoming one of my trusted advisers. He has a solid understanding of IP laws and the issues facing clients in the TMT sector, and he draws on both to provide practical, risk-calibrated solutions to difficult problems.’

‘Steve Holmes was a real pleasure to work with. Invaluable help, pragmatic advice and willingness to be inventive. Fantastic response/turnaround times, really pragmatic, and all with a great sense of humour.’

Key clients

esure

Finbourne

Google

MagicLab

OneFamily

R3

3 (Hutchison 3G UK Limited)

Tik Tok

COLT

Samsung

ViaSat

Zayo

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP utilises its strength in technology law, financial services regulation and telecommunications, in addition to its excellent commercial disputes practice, to provide clients with a cohesive offering. The team has advised numerous clients in relation to the roll-out of 5G, digital transformation projects and the application of emerging forms of technology, among other areas. On the contentious side, the team stands out for its leading role in major patent disputes. Ronald Hendrikx advises clients on IT and telecoms projects, with a particular focus on projects involving the use of technology on a nationwide basis to improve public services, such as the adoption of smart metering in Britain. Mark Leach specialises in outsourcing transactions, acting for both customers and suppliers. Graeme Maguire has a strong reputation in international projects and transactions in the telecoms and technology sectors, including M&A and project finance. Roger Bickerstaff is well-versed in all types of software agreements, in addition to boasting a wealth of experience in procurement processes. Ian Edwards is another key member of the firm's technology practice. Senior associate Stephanie Lopes stands out for her experience advising clients on the issues which arise in relation to the monetisation of data, particularly in the context of AI and big data initiatives. 

Practice head(s):

Ronald Hendrikx; Mark Leach

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Maguire; Roger Bickerstaff; Ian Edwards; Stephanie Lopes

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive, broad knowledge across our very unusual business area. Able to deal effectively with small ad hoc requests and provide more strategic input to commercial discussions.’

‘Mark Leach is always available with advice and guidance for the rest of the team.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge of the TMT industry and are quick to assemble teams with sector specific knowledge working across different time zones, while still appearing as one integrated team.’

‘Excellent sector knowledge and technical expertise delivered in a thoroughly pragmatic way.’

‘Ian Edwards – collaboration, flexibility, relationship building, clarity of advice, business awareness and focus.’ 

Key clients

Nokia

Nandos

TKMaxx

Microbit

Docusign

Equinix, Inc

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP strengthened its contentious IT offering with the hire of Robert Graham in 2020, bolstering its contentious offering. On the disputes side, the team possesses particular strength in patent litigation involving well-known multinationals such as Philips. On the non-contentious side, the team demonstrates impressive expertise in cutting-edge IT projects - including cybersecurity, AI, fintech and healthtech initiatives, major data protection mandates and outsourcing deals. Toby Crick combines his transactional and regulatory expertise to support telecoms companies with outsourcing transactions and other business critical arrangements. Mark Watts, who holds a PhD in Computer Science, is a leading IT specialist. Myles Jelf leads the firm's technology litigation practice and has a particular focus on antitrust and IP disputes. Angela Fouracre is a core member of the IT disputes team. Anna Cook is known for counselling users and suppliers of IT systems on risk management, confidentiality, copyright and licensing matters. Adrian Sim stands out for his expertise in financial services projects.

Practice head(s):

Toby Crick; Myles Jelf; Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:

Angela Fouracre; Anna Cook; Adrian Sim

Testimonials

‘Bristows is probably the best TMT/IP firm in the UK – especially in the IT and telecoms area – having been involved throughout the entire development of FRAND-based litigation in the UK over the last 15 years. Its exceptionally capable, almost exclusively dual-qualified (science/engineering and law) lawyers at both the partner and associate level are second to none in terms of capability and experience – leading to small but exceptionally well focused and engaged teams who deliver a top-rate service.

‘Myles Jelf is an exceptional individual: his technical background enables him to grasp even the most complex aspects of the underlying technology straight away and bring real insight to the development of the technical case – coupling this with years of UK-focused litigation with direct involvement in almost all of the leading IT and telecoms technical and FRAND cases throughout the development of the sector in the UK enables him to deliver the very best service to some of the world’s largest telecoms and IT companies.’

‘Toby Crick provides great advice and support on commercial matters and likewise Anna Cook from a contentious perspective. Both are genuinely interested in our sector and what we do which makes a big difference.’

‘All very approachable, give quick and to the point advice. Just pleasant to work with to support our business operations.’

‘Anna Cook is an excellent lawyer and has first rate technical skills and knowledge. However what makes her stand out is her approach and attitude. She is always very accessible and responsive but also always a joy to work with as her approach is supportive, friendly and positive. It is no surprise she has a very loyal client base.’

‘Angela Fouracre is positive, easy to work with and very client focused. These traits, combined with her formidable legal and technical skills, give her an advantage over her peers.’ 

Key clients

Samsung

ZTE

myGaru

IPCom

Ofcom

Vorboss

University of Cambridge/Light Blue Fibre

Google

Philips N.V

Capgemini

Juniper Networks

Dixons Carphone

IBM

Amazon Web Services

Uniface

British Airways

Quant Network

Dropbox

Sony

Cray Supercomputers

The Guardian

Work highlights

  • Represented ZTE, a leading Chinese telecommunications company, in patent  proceedings brought by Conversant, including a UK Supreme Court case in 2020 in which the client brought a FRAND jurisdiction challenge against Conversant.
  • Represented IPCOM in a case against Vodafone regarding SEP and FRAND licensing in relation to 4G standards.
  • Advising Oxehealth  on a range of software-as-a-service contracts with its key customers, including large NHS Trusts.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP has market-leading expertise in major transactions in the telecoms sector, in addition to strength in competition litigation, global risk management, IP law and public listings involving IT companies. Highlights over the review period include advising Telefonica on the merger of O2 with Liberty Global's Virgin Media. Practice head André Duminy  focuses on M&A and carve out and separation projects in the technology sector; he is also active in fintech and insurtech matters, including investments and fundraising. Jennifer Mbaluto, who co-heads the firm's East Africa practice, specialises in advising clients investing in emerging technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Andre Duminy (Head of UK TMT Group)

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Mbaluto

Testimonials

‘In the competition and telecom regulation field, the firm have a world class team led by outstanding partners and associates’ 

‘CC works as a single team worldwide. We have walked together through the biggest ever deal in the UK telecoms market. The team had lawyers from different offices and of different nationalities but we worked as a seamless team sharing objectives and working culture. The team is led by the outstanding partners and associates.’ 

Key clients

Africell

Allegro

Cellnex Telecom

Delivery Hero

EE

Epic Games

G.Network Communications

LZ Labs

Panasonic

Sitecore

Spotify

Telefonica

Tencent

The Hut Group

Volvo Cars

WEX Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising Telefónica on its 50:50 joint venture with Liberty Global to combine their UK operations O2 and Virgin Media, in a deal valued at £31 billion.
  • Advising Cellnex Telecom, Europe’s leading operator of wireless telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructures, on the acquisition of the European telecommunications tower assets of CK Hutchison Holdings for €10 billion.
  • Advising The Hut Group on its IPO on the London Stock Exchange, which raised £1.88 billion and valued the business at £5.4 billion.

CMS

CMS has a broad IT and telecoms team in London, with its cross-practice lawyers able to advise across major outsourcing and procurement arrangements, M&A, joint ventures, competition litigation, and various other complex disputes. Clive Gringas handles high-stakes technology litigation and regularly advises US tech companies in relation to the rollout of new products across EMEA. Chris Watson is well-versed in EU competition law, particularly in the context of cross-border transactions. Matthew Bennett is a go-to partner for clients engaged in outsourcing, offshoring and procurement agreements. Sam De Silva specialises in cloud computing, outsourcing, software licensing and various other IT and telecoms projects. In an ongoing highlight, the firm is representing IBM in its defence of a highly complex £130m claim by Co-op Insurance.

Practice head(s):

Clive Gringras; Chris Watson

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Bennett; Sam De Silva

Testimonials

‘Our rating for CMS is entirely positive. We would like to note that CMS is one of the best firms for European TMT and competition regulation. The team provides prompt and high-quality services.’

‘Our impression is that the whole team demonstrates a customer-orientated approach and provides a high quality service.’

‘Very good technical understanding and knowledge together with the required legal knowledge.’

‘CMS takes the time to understand our global business and provides options tailored to our budget. TheTMT team is technically brilliant, commercially astute, stacked full of industry-thought leaders and creative.’

‘Sam De Silva stands out. We value his commercial acumen, technical brilliance, and that he is fearless (he asks the hard questions), forthright and friendly. We always want him on our team.’

Key clients

Facebook

Microsoft

IBM UK (“IBM”)

Behavox

New Balance

Unilever

BP

DZ Bank

Liberty Global

CityFibre

Vivacom

Macquarie Capital

British Telecommunications

Work highlights

  • Representing Microsoft’s Digital Crimes United in two actions: one action involves two companies which it accused of selling unauthorised product licence keys for Microsoft’s most popular programs and the other is against a company committing tech support fraud.
  • Advised BT (Openreach) on the development of a 5-year bespoke contractual agreement covering new ways of working, commercial models, contract simplification and incentivisations.
  • Advised Behavox on obtaining a $100m investment from Softbank.

Dentons

Dentons extensive global network enables it to consistently handle significant, cutting-edge matters across the TMT sector,  acting for public and private sector clients. The team has particular strength in projects utilising emerging forms of technology, such as AI, robotic process automation and blockchain. In addition, it is well-known for assisting clients with cloud migrations, smart energy and digital transformation projects. In a recent highlight, demonstrating the firm’s strength in the public sector, the team advised the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on the procurement of the UK Rural Broadband Project. Dan Burge assists corporate clients with complex IT projects and outsourcing arrangements. Andy Lucas stands out for the depth and breadth of his TMT practice, which includes advising various government departments in relation to their strategic use of technology. Highly active partner Henrietta Baker advises technology start-ups, early stage companies and global players in relation to complex and often innovative IT outsourcing transactions and technology projects.

Practice head(s):

Dan Burge; Andy Lucas

Other key lawyers:

Henrietta Baker

Key clients

Africa Mobile Network

Avis Budget Group

Capita

EDF Energy

Emtelle

Facebook

floLIVE

HM Government, including Transport for London (TfL)

John Lewis Partnership

Lebara

LikeZero

Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)

Oman Future Telecommunications

Ooredoo

Royal Mail Group

Sainsbury’s

Secure Meters

SITAONAIR

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA)

Trustonic

UiPath

Upfield / KKR

Virgin Group

Wella International / KKR

West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC)

Work highlights

  • Advising on all aspects of Wella’s building of its entire global technology and telecoms environment following its separation from former parent Coty covering elements as diverse as digital marketing, cyber-security and worldwide data-comms.
  • Advising Transport for London on the roll-out of 4G connectivity on platforms, stations and tunnel sections of the TfL estate for the first time.
  • Advising Capita in connection with software licensing and cloud service issues and IT / data and IP aspects of a strategic software platform disposal.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is best known for its depth of expertise in the technology sector, which it leverages to assist well-known companies, including major online retailers and digital media giants, with the commercial and regulatory aspects underpinning the development of new products and services.  On the telecoms side, the firm has a fairly active corporate practice. By way of example, the team recently advised Mobile Broadband Network on a series of ten-year deals to support their existing 3G, 4G and 5G requirements until 2030. Robert Shooter advises suppliers and customers in a variety of outsourcing and procurement deals, as well as cloud and “as a service” type arrangements. Paul Barton has over two decades of experience advising clients on IT projects across the public and private sector. James Walsh has notable expertise in network infrastructure projects; Paul Graham has particular strength in major telecoms deals; and John Brunning frequently advises clients on software and licensing deals, network outsourcings and procurement. The practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of Rem Noormohamed from Acuity Law.

Practice head(s):

Robert Shooter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Barton; James Walsh; John Worthy; John Brunning; Rem Noormohamed

Testimonials

‘Know their stuff. Understand their clients. Put this together very well to make it easy for me to do business.’

‘James Walsh is the person I want running the projects day-to-day. Really outstanding team and enjoy working with them.’

Key clients

Liverpool Football Club

Deca Games

Nintendo

Netflix

Freeview

eBay

Peleton Interactive Inc

MBNL

EE

VMware

Work highlights

  • Advising Netflix on a range of regulatory issues affecting digital payments, and their payment gift cards across key European territories.
  • Advising eBay on logistics and payments work including their first click & collect programme and their parcel delivery and parcel labelling contracts.
  • Advising Peloton on its expansion into the UK which has included advising on product manuals, licence agreements, terms of service and membership agreements.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is equally skilled in major IT and telecoms mandates, including M&A transactions, software licensing disputes, cyber and data security matters and cutting-edge projects in the fintech sector. Nick Pantlin has strong credentials in outsourcing arrangements; David Coulling provides assistance to clients with a wide range of technology transactions; Aaron White handles large-scale deals in the telecoms sector; solicitor advocate James Farrell is noted for his work in commercial disputes involving IT clients; Stephen Wisking supports major broadband companies with competition law issues; and Andrew Moir is a true expert in software licensing litigation. Associate Jeremy Purton, who specialises in commercial technology law, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nick Pantlin; James Farrell; Andrew Moir; Aaron White; David Coulling; Stephen Wisking

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Purton

Testimonials

‘This team provides highly analytical, practical and diligent advice in relation to technology, telecoms, IT, data and outsourcing-related issues. The team has the capability to provide excellent advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters. They provide cutting-edge insights to support new businesses and technology coming to market.’

‘Nick Pantlin is incredibly knowledgeable but also proactive, responsive and practical in his thinking. He draws on expansive experience to provide clear advice to suit the size and needs of the particular business. This filters down to the individuals in his team who are all extremely solutions focused, energised and seem to love what they do.’

‘Aaron White -[ partner in corporate practice, specialising in TMT sector.] Aaron has deep expertise in the sector and excellent knowledge of market practice, which is extremely important in commercial negotiations. Practical approach and understanding of the client’s needs distinguish Aaron from many lawyers I have worked with.’

Key clients

ARRIS International plc

Bharti Airtel

BP

BP Pulse

British American Tobacco

Ciena

ClearBank

Comcast

Facebook

Global Switch

Gresham House

Huawei

IBM

IHS Towers

Inchcape

Kismet Capital

Lloyds Banking Group

Ministry of Defence

Orange

OneWeb

Reliance Communications

Shaw Communications

SingTel

Sky

Smartone

Softbank

Standard Chartered Bank

Tata Communications

Telstra

Telefonica UK (O2), Telefonica S.A.

Transport for London

TSB

UBS

VEON

Virgin Media

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised IBM in relation to a substantial High Court (TCC) claim brought by Direct Line, the FTSE 100-listed insurer, against the client.
  • Advised Telefonica on the joint venture which will combine O2 with Liberty Global’s Virgin Media, which counts some six million broadband and TV cable customers together with three million mobile users.
  • Advised Bharti Global Limited, a member of the consortium with the UK Government, on the $1bn acquisition of the OneWeb low earth orbit satellite business in connection with its court-supervised sale process

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is very active in IT and telecoms, demonstrating considerable expertise in data privacy, outsourcing and regulatory mandates, in addition to strength in the emerging areas of fintech, insurtech and digital payments. Sean Murphy leads the firm's technology practice, focusing primarily on cross-border transactions, investments and joint ventures in the fintech sector; Oliver Stacey has a wealth of experience in telecoms transactions throughout the MENA region, Central and Eastern Europe and Africa; James Russell has strong credentials in onshore and offshore outsourcing,  systems procurement and smart contracts. Zayed Al Jamil, who became a partner in 2021, is recommended for his role in outsourcing, blockchain and AI projects.

Practice head(s):

Sean Murphy; Oliver Stacey; James Russell

Other key lawyers:

Zayed al Jamil

Testimonials

‘Zayed Al Jamil was invaluable in helping us complete a complex, challenging contract. He’s intelligent, personable, pragmatic and is able to deal effectively with difficult counterparts. As the chief negotiator, I spent a lot of time with him and because we worked so well together the arrival of the pandemic didn’t really unduly detrimentally affect our ability to close out the negotiations.’

‘Highly professional, approachable partners who are extremely knowledgeable about their areas and/or sectors of expertise.’ 

‘Approachable, responsive, fee conscious, experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘James Russell is a committed, practical lawyer with an immense depth of expertise.’

Key clients

Bolt

Cell C

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank (CACIB)

De Beers

Econet Wireless

Etisalat

Gemcorp Capital

Helios Investment Partners

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Modern Times Group (MTG)

Mubadala Investment Company

Newegg

Orange

Paxos Trust Company, LLC

PayPal Inc.

Post Office

PTCL

Shell Ventures BV

Starling Bank

Telenor

TeliaSonera

TowerShare

Unily

VAKT Global Limited

Veon

Vodacom

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advising the Post Office on a major multi-supplier outsourcing covering telecoms network, IT, service integration and management, the provision of consumer hardware and contact centre services.
  • Advising Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG) on its acquisition of Hutch Games Ltd (Hutch), a leading developer and publisher of free-to-play mobile games focused on the racing genre.
  • Advising Landis+Gyr on its strategic, multi-year partnership with Google to accelerate its transition to the cloud and to co-innovate new products and services. It’s the first partnership of this kind for the energy management industry.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'highly knowledge' team is instructed in leading transactions in the technology sector, which it handles in addition to mega projects, such as the roll-out of 5G. The team is also very well-regarded for its work in public sector-led projects - such as the development of the Test and Trace app - and its reputation for assisting clients responding to cybersecurity attacks. Simon Colvin specialises in TMT transactions and regularly assists clients in the energy, infrastructure and construction industries with the adoption of new forms of transformational technology. Natalie Trainor is recommended for her work in business critical IT and telecoms outsourcing arrangements, software development and licensing. Alison Ross-Eckford specialises in IT projects involving the transition to new suppliers of digital infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Simon Colvin

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Trainor; Alison Ross-Eckford

Testimonials

‘Pinsent Masons is one of the top firms for IT and Telecoms in the UK. They have a very deep team and a clear sector focus. Besides the expertise and sector focus we appreciate the pleasant working atmosphere; they also have a great know-how management system and inform their contacts consistently about new developments.’

‘The team ensured they fully understood our business, strategies and approach to risk. The advice was always of a high technical standard and commercial. They embedded themselves very effectively with our negotiating team and key stakeholders.’

Very business focused, highly knowledgeable. Deliver on time. Agile in moving with their clients in how to support most optimally.’ 

Key clients

Google

Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport

Ministry of Justice

Department of Health

On Tower UK

Axa

Aegon

The National Employment Savings Trust Corporation

The Post Office

Open Identity Exchange

Capgemini

Fujitsu

Hiscox

Direct Line Group

Dixons Carphone

Legal & General

Aviva

ING Bank NV / Yolt Group

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in connection with various telecommunications projects, including the £1bn Shared Rural Network initiative.
  • Advised The National Employment Savings Trust on a £1.5bn procurement and negotiation of a new long term technology deal to make ‘future fit’ systems that support the retirement savings of over 8 million citizens in the UK.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May has a strong presence in the technology sector, where it provides full-service advice covering corporate transactions, international data compliance, outsourcing and procurement, antitrust law and the development of new products and services. In addition, the team launched Regulating Digital in January 2021, a cross-disciplinary group providing holistic advice to TMT companies in relation to the complex legal and regulatory aspects of data, data privacy, IP and competition. Rob Sumroy has expertise in commercial licensing, procurement and the commercial and regulatory aspects underpinning the development of new forms of technology, such as AI and blockchain products. David Ives stands out for his expertise in private and public sector-led technology projects, in which he tends to provide advice on outsourcing, software licensing and corporate transactions. Victoria MacDuff specialises in the commercial aspects of technology and telecoms projects. Duncan Blaikie specialises in procurement and licensing agreements, particularly those involving fintech and cybersecurity clients. Associate Oliver Howley is recommended for his niche in robotics and AI.

Practice head(s):

Rob Sumroy

Other key lawyers:

David Ives; Victoria MacDuff; Duncan Blaikie

Testimonials

‘Rob Sumroy is an extremely experienced partner in the technology practice.’ 

Key clients

Standard Chartered plc

Orient Overseas

Cabinet Office

ARM Limited

Vodafone plc

A Plastic Free Planet Limited

Richemont

Google

Klarna Bank AB

DeepMind Technologies

Interserve

Ericsson

Ashurst

Ashurst focuses primarily on assisting clients with the corporate and commercial aspects of major technology and telecoms projects. It is also well-known for its expertise in competition litigation, IP law and the regulatory aspects of complex initiatives in the field. Nick Elverston leads the firm's Digital Economy Transactions group, handling high-profile telecommunications transactions on a multijurisdictional basis. Amanda Hale is another core member of the digital economy team, with a particular focus on strategic infrastructure and service arrangements, alliances and joint ventures. Christopher Bates is a key member of the IT team, with a strong track record of advising clients on major procurements and outsourcing transactions. David Futter stands out for assisting government departments on the procurement of critical infrastructure for the development of new products and services.

Practice head(s):

Nick Elverston; Amanda Hale; Christopher Bates

Other key lawyers:

David Futter

Testimonials

‘This team is one of the most concentrated group of TMT experts I’ve ever worked with. Every member of the team brings expertise and depth. They also continuously look to be at the forefront of new technology projects and they’re comfortable providing legal advice and analysis in uncharted waters (e.g., cryptocurrency, AI and machine learning).’

‘Christopher Bates is one of the most commercial-minded lawyers. He is laser focused on helping clients achieve their business outcomes while providing expert analysis and legal advice. He is tireless when it comes to meeting and exceeding client expectations and the work product he (and his team) provide is always crisp and on-point.’ 

‘Nick Elverston has unparalleled experience in the telco space and he is an expert in both the legal and technical business of telco projects. He isn’t afraid of taking on big ideas and is always looking for new solutions to legal challenges. Many lawyers are uncomfortable in circumstances that they haven’t seen before but Nick embraces new challenges in a way that is really refreshing.’

‘The team from Ashurst has been a delight to work with, bringing a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience, while ensuring continual communication.’

Key clients

Arenko Cleantech

British Business Bank plc

John Laing

Komainu Holdings

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Macquarie Capital

McLaren Group

Monument Bank

Ascential

Asto Digital (part of Santander UK)

Babcock International Group plc

BAI Communications

BRC Global Standards

Brookfield Infrastructure

China General Nuclear Power Corporation

Digital Colony

DXC

Facebook

Goldman Sachs

Google

Grosvenor Limited

HM Government/UK Treasury

Hyperoptic

National Express

NEX

NM Rothschild

Nomura International PLC

Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs (acting through the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development)

Sopra Steria Limited

State Street Bank & Trust Company

TalkTalk

Telxius Telecom S.A.

Three (Hutchison3G UK Limited)

Virgin Media

WorldPay

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Work highlights

  • Advised Facebook Inc. on the the world’s largest sub-sea cable rollout which will triple telecoms capacity in Africa, involving detailed telecommunications expertise.
  • Advised the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the design, implementation and operation of the technology platform and managed services for outsourced administration of the UK’s suite of Coronavirus emergency loan schemes.
  • Advised Aveva Group on a £2.8bn rights issue undertaken in connection with the acquisition by AVEVA of OSIsoft, LLC, a global leader in real-time industrial data software and services.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team excels in terms of advising clients on all aspects of data centre projects. It is also well-regarded for its role in IT outsourcing and M&A transactions, in addition to its wealth of experience in the fintech sector, where it assists clients with the development of new payments technology and e-commerce platforms. 'Able negotiator' Mark Bailey specialises in IT contracting, data centre operation and cloud computing. Megan Paul, who co-heads the practice alongside Mark, handles commercial agreements and corporate transactions in the technology sector. Senior associate Caroline Young is noted for her role in major digital transformation projects, where she assists clients with technology and procurement arrangements. Associate Chris Ingram is another standout practitioner, with a particular focus on drafting commercial contracts for TMT companies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Bailey; Megan Paul

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Young; Chris Ingram

Testimonials

‘CRS put a lot of effort into getting to know their clients’ businesses and are also very keen to support beyond the day to day work, for example by delivering dedicated training sessions.’

‘Chris Ingram – very responsive, collaborative and quick to deliver.’ 

‘Good commercial understanding of our needs as a start-up. Clear communication and quick to respond. Making the legal aspects easy to understand and focusing on the salient issues rather than getting bogged down in all the detail . Strong negotiating skills that reflect our brand.’

‘Good profile and connections within the data centre sector.’

‘Mark Bailey is a very knowledgeable and experienced commercial lawyer who has deep experience of a range of data centre related contracts and is a very able negotiator.’

Key clients

Oncam Global

Bowers & Wilkins

Biomini

BSO Network Solutions

CNL Software

QuodOrbis

Caffè Nero

HelloFresh

discoverIE Group plc

Parser Digital

Content+Cloud

Nike

Value Retail

ITV

Coinbase

Whitespace Software

Pure Data Centres

Zenium Technology Partners

Swiss Post Solutions

1Spatial plc

Global Cloud Xchange

Cloudhouse Technologies

The International Tennis Federation

Acora Holdings

Transense Technologies

Farfetch

Work highlights

  • Advising Nike on its tech agreements, ranging from software development to the integration of AI and augmented reality into the consumer journey, as well as advising on several digital transformation projects and a global e-commerce project with Worldpay.
  • Advising 1Spatial across the full lifecycle of transactions, from tender submission through to contract negotiation and signature, often assisting with subcontracting solutions.
  • Advised Amber Infrastructure on their investment into a new Baltic region data centre platform, Greenergy Data Centers OÜ.

Cooley (UK) LLP

With a strong focus on the technology sector, Cooley (UK) LLP specialises in commercial transactions, fundraising rounds and investments. It is also well-equipped to advise clients on GDPR compliance, procurement, licensing and joint ventures, particularly in relation to the use of innovative technology such as fintech, insurtech and medtech. Chris Coulter leads the team, and boasts a wealth of experience in technology, IP, data and cybersecurity law. Associate Amy Collins is also a key name to note, given her work for a variety of start-ups and growth stage companies in relation to all of their regulatory and commercial matters.  Leo Spicer-Phelps stands out for his strength in data privacy and software licensing mandates.

Practice head(s):

Chris Coulter

Other key lawyers:

Amy Collins

Testimonials

‘The team at Cooley have been incredibly collaborative. It always feel like they put the time into really understanding our business and work as a real partner to deliver what we’re looking for. The team are so knowledgeable but they combine that with great communication, I never doubt that they understand the problem and that I can trust their approach.’

‘Amy Collins consistently goes the extra mile for her clients and provides very high quality drafting and well reasoned arguments to support her negotiations.’

‘They really care about your business and often think about the implications of decisions far beyond the legal area. They are incredibly commercially minded. They are very responsive and can turn work around that always matches the required timescale.’

‘Chris Coulter has been remarkably caring about our business and has gone far beyond our expectations in terms of accommodating our legal needs and financial ability. Chris is very commercially minded and has provided outstanding legal and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Babylon Healthcare Services Limited

Be For Beauty

Bottomline Technologies Limited

Lumeon

DocuSign

Elliptic Enterprises Limited

FaceApp, Inc.

Gravity Sketch

Humio

Kheiron Medical Technologies

National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society Limited

NerdWallet

Nuvo Prime

ShieldPay

Snap

Splice Machines Inc.

Snyk

Vault Platform

Universal Quantum Ltd

Wippit Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Danish  Humio on a global OEM agreement with IBM Corporation, whereby IBM will include Humio in the IBM Edge ecosystem, and the IBM Cloud.
  • Advised Snyk in relation to three separate matters in the past year, including its $200m Series D financing, which made them the UK’s latest unicorn, with a valuation in excess of $2.5bn.
  • Advised Universal Quantum on the negotiation and preparation of a Collaboration Agreement relating to the development, standardisation and commercialisation of quantum computers.

Deloitte Legal

Deloitte Legal acquired legacy Kemp Little in February 2021, consolidating its position in the market. The team has a strong track record in conventional areas of IT law, such as e-commerce, systems integration and software development, and emerging areas, including AI, blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Emma Wright advises national and international telecoms clients on their customer and wholesale arrangements, in addition to gaining instructions from clients in the cybersecurity space to handle highly sensitive, strategic projects. Paul Hinton specialises in advising financial services companies on IT projects involving the licensing and use of market data and electronic trading platforms. Andrew Joint stands out for his role in projects utilising AI, robotic process automation and cloud technologies.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hinton; Emma Wright

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Joint

Testimonials

‘Emma Wright – serious depth and breadth of tech/ digital transformation. Emma has a very strategic view on tech policy and government priorities, meaning she is at the top of her game.’ 

‘A rare combination of strategic thinking, business awareness, industry knowledge and deep legal experience.’

‘A very thorough, competent and thoughtful team who provide a professional, consistent service to me as the client. They work hard to balance my somewhat chaotic and ever-changing needs with clear and concise advice. They are super pragmatic too, always thinking about how to make our company function better, and how to use their services more effectively for higher quality work. Emma Wright is a star, and she has a fantastic team around her.’

Latham & Watkins

With particular experience in the technology sector, Latham & Watkins handles data and payments projects, in addition to fintech, insurtech and cloud-related matters. Andrew Moyle, who co-leads the team, assists clients with technology, IP and commercial transactions. Fellow practice head Gail Crawford specialises in helping clients with complex data privacy and security matters, as well as licensing and exploiting various forms of disruptive technology. Christian McDermott is also a core member of the team. 

Practice head(s):

Andrew Moyle; Gail Crawford

Other key lawyers:

Christian McDermott

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, technically capable lawyers with sufficient expertise and depth to handle very complex transactions.’

‘Christian McDermott is very capable; able to explain complex matters clearly and identifying issues far in advance.’

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP advises well-known clients across the spectrum of IT and telecoms, including major telecoms operators, financial sponsors, governments and regulators. Although the firm has a broad offering, it is best known for supporting clients with large transactions and high-profile litigation. Richard Cumbley, global head of the TMT practice, has over 20 years of experience in IT procurement and outsourcing. Iain Fenn is a standout practitioner due to his work in major digital transformation projects, while corporate partner David Martin deserves mention for his role on behalf of investors, buyers and sellers in major telecoms transactions. Julian Cunningham-Day is another key member of the team, with a strong reputation in digital infrastructure transactions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cumbley; Iain Fenn; David Martin

Other key lawyers:

Julian Cunningham-Day

Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of sector particularities and strong commitment to providing first rate service across every client engagement.’

‘David Martin remains one of my most trusted advisors. He is always available for his clients and always provides valuable insight into a situation. I appreciate his commercial approach to M&A and will continue to turn to him as my primary legal advisor in Europe.’

‘Great at providing the resources when required to push through a strategically important contract within tight timescales.’

Key clients

Arqiva

Vodafone

Helios Towers

CK Hutchison

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Oaktree Capital Management

I Squared Capital

Digital Realty

Digital Colony Partners

Actis

Work highlights

  • Advised Truu on the development and licensing of a digital passport to enable National Health Service staff across the UK to be redeployed swiftly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised I Squared Capital on its purchase of the infrastructure division of GTT Communications Inc., a leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, for $2.15bn.
  • Advised CK Hutchison, the Hong Kong based conglomerate, on the €10bn sale of its large portfolio of telecommunications towers assets in Europe to Cellnex, the Spanish telecoms infrastructure company.

Morrison Foerster

With a roster of technology clients ranging from established players to start-ups, Morrison Foerster focuses on the corporate and regulatory aspects of projects utilising technology such as AI, cloud computing and blockchain. In addition, the team has a strong pro bono practice, which assists NGOs with a wide range of matters, including IP agreements and the adoption of new technology. Alistair Maughan leads the team, advising clients on outsourcing transactions, licensing agreements and sales contracts. Maughan is also well-regarded for his focus on emerging areas of technology, such as robotic process automation and e-commerce. Associates Mercedes Samavi and Sana Ashcroft  are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Mercedes Samavi; Sana Ashcroft

Testimonials

‘I have worked closely with Alistair Maughan and have experienced outstanding legal advice and fast responses in all aspects of our collaboration. His legal advice is excellent and it is complemented by his exemplary commercial insight, where Alistair leaves anyone else behind! He provides exceptional and elegant guidance throughout our projects.’

‘Strategic thinkers with an ability to see the big picture and hone in on the key details. Helping us with complex contracting issues.’ 

‘The firm’s data privacy team provides valuable and pragmatic data privacy advice and has assumed the role of quasi-in house counsel for these matters.’

‘Morrison & Foerster provides exceptional all round support for our technology scale-up. They really understand the technology space and emerging technologies such as AI and AR, and the full spectrum of law that is necessary to support our business. Their M&A team is also exceptionally competent.’

‘Sana Ashcroft is the associate who does most of our commercial work, and really understands our business. She is thorough, but provides very clear and easy to understand guidance and contracts to support us.’

‘Mercedes Samavi is an exceptional support on regulatory matters.’

‘Exceptional combination of legal know-how and commercial acumen. No issue too small for their time. Exceptional knowledge of the wider market/sector. Exceptional experience in negotiations.’

Key clients

Candide

UPS

Infobip

Imerys

Loyalty Juggernaut

Ubitricity

Smart Communications

ChainThat

Randstad

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP has a historically strong technology practice, which it leverages to advise clients in relation to the application of AI, cloud based solutions and payment projects, to name just a few core areas of expertise. In addition, the team has a burgeoning telecoms practice, which focuses on assisting major players, infrastructure providers and customers with their commercial and corporate arrangements. With over 25 years' experience in the sector, John Buyers boasts particular strength in IT and outsourcing transactions and the development of AI solutions. Fellow practice head Mark Taylor stands out for his strong working knowledge of fintech law, not to mention his expertise in data protection, outsourcing and cybersecurity mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Buyers; Mark Taylor

Testimonials

‘The team are very commercially astute and excellent at understanding the business requirements and legal risks, providing pragmatic, commercial advice.’

‘The team has strong subject matter expertise in supporting cloud services,  and outsourcing type arrangements. They are also very skilled in terms of data privacy and security counseling that arises with these types of arrangements, which enables them to provide end-to-end services for companies looking to sell or buy these types of services.’

‘John Buyers  – practical, direct and uncluttered in his approach.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the industry and regulatory issues, as well as the legal issues. Partner engagement on every issues.’

‘Very strong payments team and good outsourcing practice within the financial services industry.’

Key clients

Vodafone (Client since 2001)

EE (Client since 2011)

ClearBank

Yahoo/Oath

Pivigo Limited

KPMG LLP (Client since 2013)

Wirecard (Client for more than 6 years)

BDO LLP

Accelya

Essensys

Work highlights

  • Advised Vodafone on its negotiations to secure a five-year exclusive mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partnership with Asda Mobile.
  • Advised BDO LLP on the integration of voice telephony services (provided by supplier 8*8, Inc.) into its UK wide Microsoft Teams application.
  • Advised Accelya on the licensing of an AI enabled fraud detection system from Nethone.

RPC

RPC stands out for its expertise in business critical outsourcing projects across numerous industries, including insurance, healthcare, financial services and technology. In addition, the firm is well-regarded for its expertise in litigation around outsourced services, in which it acts for major digital media companies, public sector bodies and retailers, among other clients. In a recent highlight, the team advised two NHS teaching hospitals on the outsourcing of their pathology services, with an estimated value of over £1.5bn. Mark Crichard leads the firm's technology and outsourcing practice, whereas Jeremy Drew  heads up the commercial TMT practice. Charles Buckworth is another key partner, known for handling IT,  outsourcing and data projects in the financial services industry.

Practice head(s):

Mark Crichard; Jeremy Drew

Other key lawyers:

Charles Buckworth

Key clients

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

Link Scheme Ltd and Link Scheme Holdings Ltd

eClerx Services Limited

International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (IFRS)

British Veterinary Association

McArthurGlen Group

Google Inc

WNS Global Services

Facebook

Royal & Sun Alliance

Work highlights

  • Advising King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust on their tender for and the negotiations of contracts for the outsourcing of all of their pathology and laboratory services.
  • Assisted Link Scheme with its tender process for the outsourced provision of ATM switching and settlement services.
  • Advising eClerx, a listed IT and BPO service provider based in India, on all of their global customer services/outsourcing contracts.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons advises a broad spectrum of TMT clients, including major telecoms companies and start-ups, in relation to the regulatory and transactional aspects of their operations. It is also well-regarded for its contentious practice in the telecoms sector, which includes handling patent litigation and breach of contract claims, often with a cross-border element. Practice head Alexander Brown assists a diverse range of clients with outsourcing, data protection matters and commercial contracts. James Cotter  is often instructed in IT projects utilising emerging forms of technology, such as smart meters and electronic trading platforms. Jayne Bentham is recommended for her commercial litigation practice, which focuses primarily on the IT and telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):

Alex Brown

Other key lawyers:

James Cotter; Jayne Bentham

Testimonials

‘Excellent level of support and engagement. Able to work effectively with the business without in-house legal guidance and keep fees at the agreed levels. Focused on getting the solution for the client and delivering on time. Able to challenge client assumptions in a collaborative manner.’

‘Alex Brown – Pragmatic, knowledgeable and focused on the solutions.’

‘I appreciate their thoughtfulness, responsiveness, willingness to engage in new subject matter areas, attention to detail, pragmatism and intellect.’

Key clients

Huawei Technologies

Telefonica UK (O2)

BT

Samsung

Huawei

Apple

Oppo

Dyson

Xioami

Skype

TalkTalk

Truphone

VEON

Virgin Media

Monzo

Revolut

Coinbase

Funding Circle

Honeywell

Flex

OnePlus

DJI

TCL

Equinix

Work highlights

  • Advised Huawei on data protection and security matters including in relation to 5G security related legislation
  • Advised O2 on a number of transformational IT procurement and outsourcing contracts.
  • Advised Swisscom, the Swiss government-owned telecom and broadband company, on its issuance of a €500m green bond.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs advises clients across the spectrum of IT and telecoms, demonstrating particular strength in M&A transactions. Andrew Wilkinson, who leads the firm's IP and technology EMEA group, advises major suppliers and users of technology on various matters, encompassing cloud arrangements, system design, build and implementation and outsourcing. Francesco Liberatore specialises in competition law, assisting TMT clients with merger control due diligence and filings, investigations brought by regulators and compliance issues. Senior associate James Pearson stands out for his expertise in IT contracts involving biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Warren Phelops, who specialises in IP and technology law, joined the firm from K&L Gates LLP in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Liberatore (Communications Regulation) Andrew Wilkinson (Intellectual Property and Technology)

Other key lawyers:

James Pearson; Warren Phelops

Testimonials

‘A strong team, made excellent by the presence of Francesco Liberatore.’

‘Francesco Liberatore is particularly superb – great to work with and has a real in-depth knowledge of telecoms law and practice.’

‘Combination of antitrust and telecoms expertise. The team is always available and quick when needed.’

Key clients

Arqiva

Avaya

Clear Channel

Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar

GSMA

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE: AVYA) on the competition, communications regulatory and data privacy aspects of a $500m partnership with RingCentral, Inc.
  • Co-authored, in partnership with consultancies WIK, VVA and LE Europe, an extensive study for the European Commission on the role of state aid for the rapid deployment of broadband networks in the EU.
  • Advising the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain on updates to its licensing regime to take into account advancements in technology and current industry best-practice.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is firmly embedded in the technology sector, providing life cycle advice to clients with a particular focus on investments, fundraising rounds and M&A transactions. Graham Hann, who sits as the head of the UK commercial technology team, specialises in advising fintech clients, payment services and e-commerce businesses on commercial agreements, IT and data matters. Martin Cotterill leads the outsourcing practice, acting for investors and innovative companies throughout the course of major projects. Mark Owen has particular strength in contentious and non-contentious IP law, with a particular focus on the digital media sector. Sian Skelton is recommended for her work for large and small technology companies in relation to commercial contracts and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Graham Hann; Mark Owen; Josef Fusss

Other key lawyers:

Martin Cotterill; Siân Skelton

Testimonials

‘Martin Cotterill is like an extension of the in-house team and his knowledge of the business has helped deliver fantastic support and guidance during a number of projects. Martin was always on hand – regardless of the sometimes unsociable hours.’

Key clients

Thought Machine Group Limited

Oxbotica

Whitehat

Curve

Pusher Limited

Inflexion Private Equity

SciBite

Farfetch UK Limited

Monzo

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard regularly supports clients with financial services transactions and complex regulatory matters arising during the course of major product launches and outsourcing projects. In addition, the firm has a strong contentious practice, representing companies in litigation regarding IT supply contracts, software licensing and data protection matters. Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta, who leads the team, has considerable expertise in IT and outsourcing transactions across the financial services, transport and retail industries. Fiona Ghosh deserves recognition for her comprehensive work in the fintech sector, with a particular focus on digital payments. Nathalie Moreno, who specialises in IT and data protection, joined the firm from Lewis Silkin LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Damon Rosamond-Lanzetta

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Ghosh; Nathalie Moreno; David Berry

Testimonials

‘We found Addleshaw Goddard LLP to be professional and efficient. The changeover from one law firm to this one was smooth. Our contact with their personnel, whether administrative or legal, has been courteous, conscientious and helpful.’

‘Nathalie Moreno  has provided us with valuable advice in navigating this changing legal context, particularly in terms of proprietary data protection issues.’

‘Well connected with counsel and the strength in the team means they can be flexible in terms of resourcing, especially on cases which don’t merit extensive senior involvement.’

Key clients

Volkswagen AG

HSBC UK Bank plc

The British Land Company PLC

SSE Energy Supply Limited

CIS General Insurance Limited

Sy4security Limited

Loyalty Angels Ltd (“Bink”)

Work highlights

  • Advising HSBC Commercial Banking on the development and launch of HSBC Kinetic, a new business banking service with a smart app designed to help businesses manage their finances easier.
  • Acting for CISGIL (from pre action to final hearing) in its successful claim against IBM in the Technology and Construction Court (QBD) in which IBM were held to have unlawfully terminated and repudiated the IT implementation and 10 year managed services contract for a new end to end IT operating platform, as well as responsible for all critical delays to the project.
  • Advising Volkswagen AG on its global joint venture with Ford Motor Company.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP has strength in depth across the spectrum of technology and telecoms law. On the telecoms side, the firm handles corporate transactions, financing arrangements and commercial agreements. On the technology side, the team is well-placed to assist companies with procurement, licensing and outsourcing matters. Tom Levine leads the team, regularly working alongside counsel Andrew Kenning.

Practice head(s):

Tom Levine

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Kenning

Testimonials

‘Encyclopaedic knowledge of the towers/telecoms sector, frequently knowing more than even the business/technical teams but blending this with commercial nous and the ability to explain to those with little or no background knowledge in the sector.’

‘Tom Levine literally knows what will happen and positions that parties will take before they do.’

‘Andrew Kenning – head and shoulders ahead (in terms of knowledge, negotiation and approachability) of every partner in every other firm in this sector.’

‘Great team with superb full TMT capabilities (both on the M&A and very technical/commercial contacts side.’

‘Tom Levine and Andrew Kenning are extremely knowledgeable (including on the technical front) and commercial which facilitates all the deals. Having worked a lot with them, they totally understand the priorities of our business which means they are almost an extension of our team.’

Browne Jacobson LLP

Focusing predominantly on the technology sector, Browne Jacobson LLP specialises in digital transformation projects, IT outsourcing transactions and various related areas, including licensing, software development and systems integration. In addition, the team has a strong presence in IT and outsourcing projects in the public sector, with a particular focus on developments in the areas of healthcare and education. Anthony Nagle leads the IT and outsourcing team, whereas Declan Cushley specialises in IP law, providing advice to clients on brand protection, protection, enforcement and exploitation. Selina Hinchcliffe is recommended for her expertise in IT and IP law, particularly in the education and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Declan Cushley; Anthony Nagle

Other key lawyers:

Selina Hinchcliffe

Testimonials

‘Good understanding of technology IT development companies, and software development generally. Able to grasp the context and details of our requirements quickly.’

‘Effective communication by the team, and willingness to add value to commercial requirements.’

‘The team at Browne Jacobson are easy to work with and have engaged well with commercial and non-commercial colleagues, providing legal options and explaining in laymans terms how different commercial positions may work in practice. They have been timely in their delivery and are able to provide a balanced perspective, sharing how they might advise both yourselves as the buyer or any prospective service provider which helps clients understand the different motivators when negotiating a deal. Overall, a well-rounded team that are reliable and interact appropriately.’

‘Anthony Nagle has led the team well for Browne Jacobson, talking the client through the legal contracting process and introducing high caliber lawyers for niche areas.’

Key clients

Hiscox Insurance

National Audit Office (NAO)

Ascom

Datapath

ThingCo Limited

Umony Limited

Brokertech Limited

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA)

Camelot

Work highlights

  • Advising Hiscox on the initial collaboration agreement between Hiscox and FreeAgent (an accounting software platform operator and licensor) in relation to the IT arrangements required to facilitate insurance distribution arrangements for the provision of Hiscox home insurance products to FreeAgent’s members.
  • Advised ThingCo on a route to market deal with a broker for the sale of the client’s motor vehicle insurance “black box” data analytics solution and related support services.
  • Advised Crown Prosecution Service on the separation of its large-scale complex ICT services contract, which had been granted to a single supplier.

Codified Legal

With a range of clients that includes established technology companies, start-ups, insurance companies and major corporates, Codified Legal frequently provides advice in relation to procurement processes,  outsourcing and IT contracts. Jeremy Newton leads the firm's IT and outsourcing team, however he is also well-placed to advise clients on e-commerce, commercial contracts and data protection matters. Gavin Wakefield, who previously worked at Capgemini, advises both supplies and users of technology on the full scope of their activities.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Newton; Gavin Wakefield

Testimonials

‘The team mainly consists of ex-senior in-house lawyers who focus on providing IT and commercial advice to in-house teams. This means they really understand the issues which are of concern to companies and hence their advice is very focused and pragmatic as a result. Very cost effective for the quality of advice they give.’

‘Very creative and flexible fee arrangements, enabling access to top quality resources at very reasonable rates.’

‘Jeremy Newton really is excellent. Technically brilliant, he knows what’s important and finds solutions but is also very easy going and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Codified Legal are a tight, effective, efficient and very rigorous practice. Their client availability is exceptional. Their knowledge base detailed and relevant. The partners and associates we have worked with are all impressively “on the ball” and responsive. We could not recommend them more highly.’

‘Jeremy Newton – friendly, business focused advice, hugely experienced.’

Key clients

Capgemini UK

Broadridge

Nuveen Asset Management

Spirent Communications

Hitachi Vantara

Nutmeg UK Limited

Be Collective

Voena Fine Art

NetSol Technologies

EPAM Systems

Work highlights

  • Advised Capgemini  on major customer contracts and bids to supply products and services, including a bid to supply IT services to a major UK water utility.
  • Advised Nuveen Asset Management on several key IT and outsourcing contracts, including compliance with regulatory requirements on cloud computing contracts under Luxembourg law.
  • Advised this Spirent Communications on a number of major IT contracts, including a global project to restructure the contracts for their intermediary program which governs the engagement of sales representatives, resellers and distributors across the world.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP specialises in IT and technology matters in the fintech sector, in which it acts for large financial institutions, growth stage companies and start-ups. Simon Gamlin leads the firm's international IT group, advising clients on outsourcing transactions, software licensing, e-commerce projects and various other matters. Simon Cloke leads the firm's telecoms practice, providing full-service advice to clients during technology projects and outsourcing arrangements. Craig Rogers stands out for his expertise in fintech and digital payments law, having advised numerous banks, insurers, payment service providers and other parties involved engaged in innovative projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Gamlin; Simon Cloke

Other key lawyers:

Craig Rogers

Testimonials

‘Responsive, adaptable, client focused, hardworking, patient, enthusiastic.’ 

 

Key clients

Link Asset Services

Kambi Group PLC

CyrusOne

Aon

Covantis

Lewis Silkin

Lewis Silkin LLP has a broad technology law practice, advising investors, fintech companies, tech vendors and digital media clients, among others, in relation to transactional and regulatory matters. James Gill focuses predominantly on assisting clients with the commercial aspects of projects involving AI, data and software development. David Willbe leads the firm’s corporate finance practice, which focuses primarily on the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

James Gill; David Willbe

Testimonials

‘Great team, appropriate staffing at different times, well led, good associates. Good team strengths include strong knowledge of law and thoughtful interplay with the other party.’

‘The IT team at Lewis Silkin were responsive, happy to jump on a call to talk through points and came back with solutions adapted to our business needs. Their work was thorough and they were accessible when further clarification on a challenging subject matter was required.’

‘James Gill was attentive to the needs of the organisation, on hand to discuss queries and followed up to ensure an excellent service was provided.’

Key clients

ASOS

Haysmacintyre

Babylon Health

Facebook

TikTok

BT

TipJar

Howdens

Mercedes Benz

Work highlights

  • Advising Smartr365 on various key technology partner arrangements.
  • Advising Yoti on a joint venture with the Post Office to enable in-branch and online identification, authentication and verification.
  • Advising Mercedes Benz on agile software development, licensing, support and maintenance contracts, and privacy related work

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP is particularly well-known for advising clients in the financial services industry on the application of cutting-edge technology, cloud arrangements and data issues. It is also highly regarded for its fintech and insurtech work, with an emphasis on AI-based projects. Mark Prinsley leads the firm's IP and IT group; Andrew Stewart focuses on commercial arrangements in the technology sector; Richard Page advises TMT companies on corporate transactions, including M&A and private equity investments. Oliver Yaros is also a core member of the team, with a wealth of experience assisting clients in the financial services industry with utility projects, technology outsourcing and IT systems procurement.

Practice head(s):

Mark Prinsley; Andrew Stewart; Richard Page

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Yaros

Testimonials

‘We appreciate the depth of knowledge displayed by this firm, and its ability to marshal a mixed team which incorporates expertise in the various disciplines required by a specific client situation. Whilst this is not a strength unique to this practice, this firm is impressively adaptable to meet clients’ needs. It is also able to seamlessly call upon the expertise of its international bases when territory-specific insight is required.’

‘In this ICT/IT area we would mention Oliver Yaros, who we consider to be an outstanding individual.’

‘Aside from being savvy about tech matters, they are extremely responsive and deliver a product that is of actual use to the client. They become like an extension of the in-house team. Their fees are extremely reasonable and they are willing to adjust to whatever the client requires.’

Key clients

HSBC

Bank of New York Mellon

Unilever

Previse

T Rowe Price

Pymetrics

Overmore

Grant Thornton

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Corney & Barrow

Work highlights

  • Advising Previse on the legal construct, IP and data privacy rights that support its innovative business model.
  • Advising Overmore on the GDPR-compliant self-service platform it has developed for its customers including on technology issues, data protection and intellectual property rights.
  • Advising Pymetrics, a  US-based AI software developer, in relation to its service offering, a talent matching platform.

Milbank

Milbank is particularly experienced in technology litigation and large-scale projects, in which it provides advice on global IT, licensing and exploitation agreements, M&A, payments infrastructure and various related matters. It is also well-equipped to provide transactional support to telecoms companies, in addition to representing them in complex commercial disputes. Practice head Joel Harrison has amassed considerable experience in data protection and digital transformation mandates throughout the course of his career. Head of litigation Julian Stait stands out for his role in prominent IT disputes up to the Supreme Court. Tom Canning is also a core member of the firm's IT litigation practice. Laurence Jacobs retired in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Joel Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Julian Stait; Tom Canning

Testimonials

‘Good experience in the field and technical knowledge; young and enthusiastic team coupled with greater experience.’

‘Julian Stait – highly experienced and respected litigator.’

‘Joel Harrison is a highly intelligent and knowledgeable partner who provides clear advice on strategic data protection matters. He knows the law inside out and gives an opinion where other lawyers tend to “sit on the fence”.’ 

‘Great team; pragmatic, efficient, at forefront of new law; overall a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Highly recommend Joel Harrison – there is nobody better on privacy issues.’

Key clients

Astellas

Credit Suisse

Direct Line Group

Maxis

SNOMED International

TCS

WPP

Work highlights

  • Advised SNOMED International on the global licensing and exploitation of SNOMED CT, the leading global standard for healthcare IT.
  • Advised EQT portfolio company SUSE on the acquisition of Rancher Labs.
  • Advised OneWeb on its successful exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings after receiving a US$1 billion investment.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP recruited Jagvinder Singh Kang from Codified Legal Limited to lead its practice. With Jagvinder at the helm, the firm is able to provide a cohesive offering in the technology sector, which encompasses handling major procurement processes, data protection mandates and complex IT law matters. Kevin Calder, who co-leads the practice alongside Jagvinder, focuses primarily on public sector-led IT projects.

Practice head(s):

Jagvinder Singh Kang; Kevin Calder

Testimonials

‘Proactive, in-depth advice coupled with a sound understanding of technical issues.’ 

‘Jagvinder Singh Kang – Excellent personal manner and the fact that he is a qualified software engineer comes through in his understanding of and explanation to clients of technical issues in layman terms.’

Key clients

Caesars Entertainment

Financial Conduct Authority

Cognizant

Chartered Banker Institute

Redgate Software

Siemens Healthcare

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Department of Health and Social Care

Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised one of the world’s largest media companies on multi-million-pound mission critical technology procurement arrangements.
  • Advised Health and Social Care Northern Ireland on a landmark IT transformation project (known as Encompass Programme) for the roll-out of a single integrated digital care record for every citizen in Northern Ireland.
  • Advised Guys and ST Thomas NHS Foundation on its high profile procurement of a multi-million pound 10 year contract for a new electronic heath record system.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP specialises in outsourcing transactions across the technology sector. In addition, the team has notable expertise in data protection law. Mike Pierides leads the firm's outsourcing work for such major clients as Fujitsu, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Canada; he is also experienced in hardware and software implementation projects. Timothy Corbett stands out for his role in corporate transactions involving technology companies.

Practice head(s):

Mike Pierides

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Corbett

Testimonials

‘The team have an extensive knowledge and capability to provide timely and relevant support. They are a team of high performing individuals and I have always appreciated their support.’

‘Mike Pierides runs a tight ship and you want him on your side of the table. He is well-respected in the industry as driving a good deal for his clients. I’m happy to have Mike in my corner.’

Key clients

Fujitsu

Equiniti

Royal Bank of Canada

Allvue Systems

Bullhorn, Inc.

Deutsche Bank

Mitsubishi Union First Group (MUFG)

BrightPearl

Oracle Corporation

State Street Corporation

BresMed Health Solutions

Edusoft

Work highlights

  • Advising State Street on a series of mission critical arrangements, including on its new integrated service offering, and its key, global client arrangement with Invesco.
  • Advising Fujitsu on its arrangements with HMRC; the single largest non-military outsourcing arrangement in the UK.
  • Advising RBC on the renegotiation of its $200m agreement with IBM, a regulated financial services transaction involving several jurisdictions including Luxembourg, Canada and the UK.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP handles work ranging from traditional e-procurement and technology compliance mandates to emerging technology matters in the life sciences, digital media and entertainment sectors. The team is co-led by Cynthia O’Donoghue, who specialises in transactions, data and cybersecurity work and innovative technology issues; Gregor Pryor, who has experience in media sector IT work; and Delphine Currie, who is co-chair of the firm’s global corporate group.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Pryor; Cynthia O’Donoghue; Delphine Currie

Testimonials

‘The TMT team at Reed Smith London is very hands on and thorough in its approach. They are able to seamlessly handle global privacy and data-related projects for multinational clients.’

TLT

TLT is best known for its work in the public sector, where it advises government departments on major outsourcing transactions, software projects and procurement processes. It is also a strong firm in the retail and fintech sectors, providing advice on the commercial and regulatory aspects of digital transformation projects, product launches, cybersecurity issues and data breaches. James Touzel, who leads the firm's national technology and IP team, stands out for his work on behalf of public and private sector clients in strategic IT and telecoms projects, often involving the application of innovative technology such as AI. Daniel Lloyd leads the London team, assisting technology clients with corporate and commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel; Daniel Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Juliet Mason

Testimonials

‘Our relationship with TLT is so successful – the firm has real strength in depth.’

‘Trust and confidence in the legal advice provided is absolutely critical. Having that legal advice explained in a really clear and practical way is so important. The firm knows our business in detail and understands our priorities and our issues.’

Key clients

Sagencom

BT

AccountScore

FelineSoft

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

WHSmith PLC

Government Legal Department

BEIS

Metropolitan Police

Police ICT Company

Care Quality Commission

All Studios

Rydon

5NINES Global

Sussex Place Ventures

Essex Police

Dyfed-Powys Police

Softbank Robotics

Work highlights

  • Advising the Metropolitan Police on its major IT outsourcing programme, Pegasus.
  • Advised Government Legal Department and the Home Office on the procurement of specially written software in support of the ESMCP programme to allow control rooms to develop their services on the new emergency services network.
  • Advised Rydon Group Limited on the procurement of a complex range of telephony and associated ICT services from a mid-tier telco.

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP has a diverse practice in the technology sector, advising clients on the buy and sell side of major IT projects, outsourcing transactions and cutting-edge fintech initiatives.  In a recent highlight, the team advised Eggplant on its $330m sale by private equity firm Carlyle Group. Dan Reavill  stands out for his role in technology implementations, outsourcing and software development mandates, acting for IT vendors and buyers in the financial services, manufacturing and retail sectors. Louisa Chambers is recommended for her wealth of experience in IT projects, in which she focused primarily on software licensing and the protection of IP.

Practice head(s):

Dan Reavill

Other key lawyers:

Louisa Chambers; James Longster; Sarah Robinson

Testimonials

‘Potential clients should feel assured that they are getting the best quality advice in the market and can feel protected.’

‘Louisa Chambers – I can rely on her to give me the best advice in a practical way. Always available and makes time for us.’

‘The team has depth and breadth – the service and quality of advice you get is consistent.’

‘Dan Reavill – calm and sensible in his advice and approach, working with us as a team to find solutions and work around blockers. It was a pleasure to work with him. We became a tight, highly effective negotiating team.’

‘James Longster and Sarah Robinson are very responsive and understand commercial realities perfectly.’

‘James Longster and Sarah Robinson have gone out of their way to meet our needs, which has been invaluable. They have been very patient and friendly and have allowed us to leave the details in their hands but take the time to explain everything in terms that we understand. They allow us to feel confident that we are meeting our legal obligations which is extremely valuable to start-ups and young software companies.’

Key clients

Micro Focus International plc (“Micro Focus”)

The Access Group (“Access”)

Monzo

Eggplant

Exclaimer Group

Ambassador Theatre Group (“ATG”)

Document Output Solutions

Flashtalking

Zoopla Property Group

Pay.UK

LoveHolidays

Caffè Nero

Brooks MacDonald

Jensten Group

Pret a Manger (“Pret”)

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Paymentsense

Hewlett Packard

Work highlights

  • Advised Micro Focus, on a ground-breaking deal with Amazon Web Services.
  • Advising The Access Group on both its business critical contractual arrangements and its M&A activity.
  • Advising Pay.UK, the UK’s leading retail payments authority, on the launch of a massive new technology infrastructure platform through which all payment messages in the UK will be exchanged and settled.

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP advises clients across the TMT ecosystem in relation to software licensing, distribution agreements, data protection, IP law and various related areas. Alongside this core offering, the team acts for clients in high-profile litigation. Gordon Moir, who co-leads the team alongside commercial litigator Alan Owens, has over 20 years of experience in IT and telecoms law. Currently, Owens is advising various major telecoms companies in relation to the complex regulatory aspects of large-scale projects, including data protection, retention and transfer matters. David Naylor is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alan Owens; Gordon Moir

Other key lawyers:

David Naylor

Testimonials

‘Gordon Moir: out of the box thinking, readily availability and emphasis on efficient and cost effective provision of services. Gordon has been a standout among the partners I have worked with in my long career’ 

‘The Wiggin team assisted us with a technology dispute. We were grateful for their expertise in handling such a case. They took over the process from another firm and got to grips with the issues quickly.’

‘Alan Owens had good practical experience that he brought to the table and he was able to advise us effectively during the process of our negotiations, whilst ensuring the legal process met our timetable.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable team; always there to help for complex customer questions; tech savvy.’

‘Gordon Moir is one of the most competent partners I have ever worked with. He always keeps his calm and comes up with a solution where others would be stuck debating how to understand the question.’

Key clients

Microsoft

Vodafone Group plc

AT&T

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Warner Music UK

Worldpay

DAZN Media Services Limited

Starz Entertainment, LLC

BNET

InstaDeep

Transaction Services Group (TSG)

Playtech plc

Rakuten

Penguin Random House

Ooredoo

IQE plc

Tessian Limited

National Online Self Exclusion Scheme Limited t/a GAMSTOP

Speedcast

Datacore

GOG.com

On Air

Soundmouse

Racecourse Media Group (RMG)

Cervest

Work highlights

  • Advised expert technology consultant InstaDeep in defining its relationship and successfully negotiating service agreements with BioNTech for its use of InstaDeep’s service, DeepChain. DeepChain is an online accelerated protein design and sequencing technology that utilises machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide advancements in the development of vaccines and biopharmaceuticals, including playing a significant role in the development of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Advising online live music start up, On Air,  with its webcasts of live gigs for Tinie Tempah, Arlo Parks, Skepta and more.
  • Advising Ooredoo (Qatar’s leading communications company) with a review of their regulatory agenda across their global operations, looking at regulatory trends as well as models deployed by comparable telecoms operators and the platform operators such as Facebook and Google.

Alden Legal Limited

Alden Legal Limited has impressive credentials in satellite, aeronautical, maritime, terrestrial and sub-sea projects, advising clients on the drafting of relevant legislation, the roll-out of internet broadband, global licensing arrangements and various other matters. Joanne Wheeler leads the team, boasting over 20 years of experience in private practice and in-house experience at the European Space Agency and Ofcom. Toby Ward, Alex Monk and Jason Betteley are also recommended for their expertise in these areas.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Toby Ward; Alex Monk; Jason Betteley

Testimonials

‘Their specialist knowledge of UK and European Space law and regulation combined with access to key space forums enables Alden to provide key insights for decision making.

‘Alden are a fantastic team of experts in the space domain. Their team has a wide range of capabilities and areas of competence, with a brilliant understanding of the sector and the environment around it, both nationally in the UK and internationally.’

‘Joanne Wheeler is an excellent lawyer who understands extremely quickly client needs and concerns and is very well connected in the space sector.’

‘Toby Ward is a real pleasure to work with. He quickly offers pragmatic solutions to specific commercial issues and concerns.’

‘Joanne Wheeler is an incredible leader, lending her extensive experience and influence to all aspects of Alden’s business and using it to enable her employees to deliver the highest quality work.’

‘Stellar knowledge on everything related to space law, satellites and launches. We are a foreign customer for them and seek advice not only for UK matters, but globally. They have unmatched relations with governments in Europe.’

‘Joanne Wheeler is no. 1 in any space related matters in EU. The practice she leads is also very strong and understand commercial aspects very well.’

Key clients

EchoStar Mobile Limited

Intelsat

Iceye Oy

AST & Science LLC

Mangata Networks LLC

Marlink

Spaceport Cornwall

Shetland Space Centre

In-Space Missions Limited

Methera Global Communications Limited

Blue Skies Space Limited

Orbital Micro Systems

Sen Corporation

HiiRoc Limited

AAC Clyde Space

D-Orbit Space Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented EchoStar in its intervention in Case T-245/17 ViaSat v Commission before the European General Court, which was heard in June 2020.
  • Advised Spaceport Cornwall and the Cornwall Council on all of the regulatory and legal requirements for building, licensing and operating a horizontal spaceport in the UK.
  • Advised the UK Space Agency on the government indemnity and third-party liability insurance issues under the new Space Industry Act 2018 and subordinate legislation, and provided comparative analysis of national space laws and regulations around the world, which was quoted in the draft Impact Assessment of the liabilities and insurance provisions under the Space Industry Act 2018.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells focuses primarily on the technology sector, advising both suppliers and customers of IT services on the corporate and regulatory facets of their operations. It is particularly invested in the fintech sector, supporting start-ups and growth stage companies with their business critical transactions. Richard Marke leads the practice, using his wealth of experience in technology law to act for a wide range of clients in the sector, including software/SAAS providers, data wholesalers and hi-tech businesses.

Practice head(s):

Richard Marke

Testimonials

‘They are efficient, focused, trustworthy, smart and very nice.’

 

Key clients

118 Data

Nikon

Mark Roberts Motion Control

Scanmar MarketingQED

DC Square GmbH

Sutherland Global Services

Reliance Bank

Perkbox

Virtuoso IT

Work highlights

  • Acted for CentralNic Group Plc on the acquisition of 6 TLD Companies from Financial Domains Registry Holdings Limited.
  • Advised Reliance Bank on the procurement and development of a client-facing web-based banking platform.
  • Assisted geo-data company Signalbox to develop a licence agreement to use with various third parties and supported their negotiations with a major rail transport booking service.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP specialises in technology transactions, outsourcing, supplier arrangements and commercial agreements. The team is particularly focused on the fintech sector, advising in relation to the corporate transactions supporting the development of blockchain, cryptocurrency and e-commerce products. 'Superb negotiator' Marcus Pearl, who leads the team, has over 20 years of experience in commercial technology contracts and outsourcing law. Associate Louis Wihl and senior associate Ben Wheeler are also recommended for their work in the field.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Pearl

Other key lawyers:

Louis Wihl; Ben Wheeler

Testimonials

‘Marcus Pearl is a superb negotiator who has a very insightful view of the TMT sector and how to construct agreements offering long term value.’

Key clients

DXC Technology Inc.

Tata Consultancy Services

British Telecom Group

Technicolor SA

Royal Mail Group

EDF Energy

MUFG Bank

Paysafe Group

The Clorox Company

Apto Payments

Work highlights

  • Advised Technicolor on the IT aspects of the sale of its post-production business to Streamland Media, for €30m.
  • Advised Clorox on its partnership with e-commerce giant, The Hut Group, prior to the latter’s IPO which was the UK’s biggest technology IPO prior to which this transaction was a key contract to conclude.
  • Advised Dentsu Aegis Network on its global public cloud strategy for 2020 – automation, cost savings and data centre closures.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP handles a range of large-scale IT projects, in which it tends to act for domestic and international companies acquiring business-critical technology. Practice head Andrew Dunlop is particularly well-regarded for his role in IT outsourcing transactions, advising large corporates, financial institutions and technology vendors. Associates David Varney and Lucy Pegler are also core members of the group.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dunlop

Other key lawyers:

David Varney; Lucy Pegler

Testimonials

‘Significant experience in outsourcing as well as in traditional software deals.’ 

‘Andrew Dunlop offers the experience, flexibility and client focus that we need’

 

 

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water PLC

St Modwen Properties PLC

Embark Group PLC

Coca-Cola HBC

BDO LLP

Exeter Friendly Society

FirstGroup PLC

AXA Insurance UK

The National Trust

Work highlights

  • Assisted Exeter Friendly Society in all aspects of a second generation outsourcing/offshoring of IT processes and supporting administration systems to India.
  • Advising longstanding client Bud Systems in relation to the data, business continuity, IP and wider risk management issues which surface during negotiations with critical enterprise customers.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG specialises in contentious and non-contentious technology law, with a particular focus on cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing and licensing. Jocelyn Paulley leads the non-contentious practice, advising clients in the retail and technology sectors in relation to outsourcing arrangements and commercial agreements. Patrick Arben focuses on IT and outsourcing disputes, acting for both customers and providers of technology.

Practice head(s):

Jocelyn Paulley

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Arben

Testimonials

‘They are a reliable and knowledgeable law firm and provide access to specialist lawyers as required.’

‘Strong sector experience at partnership level. Able to see the picture and avoid protracted and expensive negotiation over minutiae.’

‘Jocelyn Paulley is pragmatic, has obvious sector experience and is easy to work with.’

Key clients

Mobile Broadband Networks Limited

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Virtus Data Centres

Smartest Energy

Pret a Manger

LCH (London Clearing House)

GlaxoSmithKline

Metro Bank plc

Xoserve Limited

National Farmers Union Mutual Society Limited

The Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Work highlights

  • Advising Xoserve on its selection of a vendor as its managed security provider and drafting the contract for the appointment.
  • Acting for Virtus on its key customer contracts with its hyperscaler customers, this time taking 45MW of capacity across a number of Virtus’ facilities.
  • Advised Society of Motor Manufacturers on putting together the contractual suite to enable key relationships to function, requiring an understanding of the operational working, data, privacy and potential users of the data.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP is known for advising large and small technology companies in relation to a wide range of transactions, including M&A, investments and fundraising rounds. Sacha Wilson is known for his expertise in adtech, digital marketing, digital media transactions and data privacy matters. Anthony Littner leads the firm's start-up and venture capital groups, focusing primarily on the technology and media sector.

Practice head(s):

Sacha Wilson; Anthony Littner

Other key lawyers:

Tom Macleod

Testimonials

‘Sacha Wilson – outstanding knowledge and understanding of application of GDPR. Most knowledgeable I have found in the market.’

‘Harbottle & Lewis have a deep understanding and expertise in the video games industry and this comes through in their advice which is concise and commercially focused. In addition to this obvious strength, an area where I have sought their expertise quite regularly is in the adtech space. Sacha Wilson’s expertise in this area, both from a practical and legal perspective, has been invaluable.’

Key clients

Expedia

Take Two Interactive

Square Enix

De Beers Group

Tonic Games Group

Havas Media Group

Diageo Plc

Whitehat Jr

Carwow

Sargent-Disc Ltd

Nimax Theatre

Primer API

HyperX (Kingston Technology)

Skymagic

Nissan

Hunter Boots

Work highlights

  • Advising Expedia on a range of commercial and technology matters relating to its online partner products and services.
  • Advised Kingston Technology, a multinational computer technology company, on various commercial and technology agreements, and data queries, relating to ‘HyperX’, its world-renowned brand of gaming peripherals including headsets, keyboards and mice.
  • Advised The Panoply Holdings PLC (The Panoply), on its acquisition of Arthurly Ltd (Arthurly).

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP‘s global team advises on a range of commercial and contentious technology matters, and is also active in the telecoms sector. Peter Watts is known for handling strategic IT projects involving software, rights and data issues.

Practice head(s):

Peter Watts

Kemp IT Law

Kemp IT Law focuses on growth areas in the technology industry, including AI, cloud computing, data law and digital transformation projects. Richard Kemp is well-regarded for his depth of expertise in the technology sector, particularly in terms of his vast knowledge of data protection law. New partner Deirdre Moynihan is another key name to note, and among the firm's associates, Chris Kemp stands out for his involvement in AI projects.

Practice head(s):

Richard Kemp

Other key lawyers:

Deirdre Moynihan; Chris Kemp

Testimonials

‘The service and quality of the advice they provide is unrivalled in my experience. Very thorough yet commercial and they are completely dependable.’

‘Chris Kemp – extremely responsive, thorough and technically very strong. Yet also full of common sense and pragmatism. Nothing is too much trouble. A really nice person too which is a big bonus.’

‘Deirdre Moynihan – extremely responsive and a very switched on lawyer who knows and understands the sector well. Technically very strong but also very commercial and practical. A real safe pair of hands. Also a lovely person and always enthusiastic so a joy to deal with.’

‘Along with the specialist knowledge, the team offers an exceptional client engagement from beginning to end.’

‘Richard Kemp and Chris Kemp have provided accurate, timely and friendly counsel to our firm. They went above expectations to deliver the draft agreements and they have been flexible with allocating the time to us.’

‘Deirdre Moynihan and Richard Kemp have expertise matching their counterparts at the top firms but their advice is more pragmatic and business-focused and they are also more responsive.’

Key clients

Accelya

SITA

Clarivate

Huq Industries

Foxtons

ArrowXL

Trowers & Hamlins

Shakespeare Martineau

CCH Tagetik

BRITech

Work highlights

  • Advising Acceley’s General Counsel on arrangements for Accelya to apply machine learning to datasets it receives from airlines to generate insights about air travel.
  • Advised SITA on adding open source and AI related matters.
  • Advised Clarivate’s Web of Science group, providing counsel on a broad range of data law questions.

Preiskel & Co LLP

Preiskel & Co LLP specialises in assisting innovative telecoms clients with all aspects of their operations, including fundraising, commercial agreements and data privacy. Daniel Preiskel leads the telecoms team, using his wealth of experience in the sector to provide cohesive advice to a wide range of clients, including MNOs, resellers and cloud based telephony providers. Ronnie Preiskel is also a core member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Preiskel

Other key lawyers:

Ronnie Preiskel

Testimonials

‘Partner-led transactions, with deep industry knowledge in telecommunications and experience in M&A.’

‘Danny Preiskel – extremely knowledgeable and solution focused.’

‘Preiskel is a reliable firm for all our legal needs. Their commitment to their clients is differential, always doing their best to provide the best service in time and with a personal approach.’

‘Excellent service from Ronnie Preiskel and the team. What I appreciate the most is practical advice and the ability to move documents forward and get the transaction done.’

‘The whole team at Preiskel’s are great people, they are amenable and have really got to know IXCellerate and understand the nuts and bolts of our business. As a specialised tech company they have made time to fully comprehend the corporate structure and advise us on the best way to improve and grow our business.’

Key clients

Ixcellerate

International Mobile Satellite Organisation (IMSO)

NextGen Clearing

Orange Logic

Dubber Corp

Bank of Telecom

TMT Analysis

Tritex

DLocal

Wireless Logic Limited

NTT Applicable

IXAfrica

RouteTrader

Everis

Mellizyme

Elsewhen

Pollenup

Vidya

Bitstamp

Mati (Matilock Inc.)

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood focuses primarily on supporting technology and fintech companies in connection with corporate transactions, software licensing disputes and financial services regulation. Dan Holland leads the team and is regularly assisted by associate Anita Basi, who possesses considerable expertise in IT projects across the technology, financial services and life sciences sectors. Associate David Berry left the practice in May 2021 to join Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):

Dan Holland

Other key lawyers:

Anita Basi

Key clients

UCB Biopharma SRL

Deazy Limited

Seaglass Cloud Technology Limited

Rockpool Investments LLP

Bowmark Capital

Urban Jungle

Civica

Pelican Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Elysian Capital and the management team of the company on the sale of Wellbeing Software to The Citadel Group, a company listed on The Australian Stock Exchange.
  • Advising UCB’s IT team in relation to the management of their technology contracts.
  • Advised Civica on a number of deals including the acquisitions of Infoflex, Parago Software, Agylia, Equiniti HR Solutions and Thelma-EU Limited, trading as Medical Billing and Collection.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises buy and sell side companies in the technology sector, specialising in contract drafting and regulatory negotiations. Alongside this, the firm is heavily invested in supporting insurtech and fintech companies throughout their life cycle. Beverley Flynn is best known for drafting IT supply and procurement contracts; she is also experienced in data protection.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Flynn

Testimonials

‘Stevens & Bolton have a strong understanding of the detail in negotiating commercial agreements with IT suppliers in the European arena. They have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the forms of contract, the other partners’ negotiating positions and advised on how to enable our business to gain the most optimal commercial agreements. Their legal advice has enabled us to make significant savings as a result of their expertise.’

‘Beverley Flynn stands out as a partner with an excellent understanding of commercial agreements.’

Key clients

NEP Group Inc.

Zest Technology Limited

Belron International

HUB Financial Solutions Limited

HUGHUB

SecurMed UK

Unum Limited

VX Fiber Limited

Bakkavor Group plc

Zenitech Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Zest Technology on all of its client contracts in relation to the licensing and support of Zest’s cutting-edge employee benefits platform.
  • Advised VX Fiber on its roll out of FTTP open access networks in the UK.  
  • Advised Unum on its contractual arrangements with Square Health Limited in respect of the GP Health App provided by Square Health to Unum, known as Help@hand.

Waterfront Solicitors LLP

Focusing on the technology sector, Waterfront Solicitors LLP provides clients with contentious and non-contentious advice, spanning corporate transactions, software license agreements and various other matters. Alison Berryman's work in the technology sector covers data protection, commercial contracts and negotiations against industry regulators. Jean-Marc Pettigrew is another key partner in the technology space, with a particular focus on fintech, regtech and traveltech.

Practice head(s):

Alison Berryman

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Marc Pettigrew

Testimonials

‘We had previously used a firm that is more generalist and continue to use them for corporate work, but did not find that they had sufficient experience (or interest) to work with us on the technology contracts and data protection matters that we needed assistance with. Alison and the team have exceptional knowledge of the tech sector. They are very quick to understand the legal requirements of our business, spotting issues that we didn’t realise we had and providing practical solutions. Their experience has been a valuable asset to our business and we look forward to working with Alison as we grow.’

‘Alison is brilliant at answering the questions we didn’t realise we needed to ask! She thinks around the issues and identifies gaps in our processes, patiently walking through the legal requirements with different stakeholders within the business. As a business that is just moving out of start-up phase and starting to win significant contracts with large organisations, we are very grateful to have someone who knows the industry and will take the time to set us off on the right foot.’

Key clients

ActiveViam Limited

AlfaPeople

Anana Limited

Be the Brand Experience Ltd

Biobeats Limited

Cubica Technology Ltd

FolioMetrics Ltd

Fundapps Ltd

Homemade Digital Ltd

Iforium Ltd

Leversys Ltd

React News Limited

Redbox Digital Ltd

RNA Analytics Ltd

Smart CIC Global Services SARL

Travel Centric Technology Ltd

Valtech Limited

Vigil AI Ltd

Waste Creative Limited

Zeelo Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Valtech in negotiating agreements with London North Eastern Railway (LNER) in respect of a major digital transformation project.
  • Advised the shareholders of Anana Limited on their sale to Horizon Capital-backed Sabio Limited in September 2020.
  • Advised FundApps on software licence and support agreements, data protection compliance and general contract disputes.

Blake Morgan LLP

With a particular focus on the technology sector, Blake Morgan LLP is regularly retained by clients from start-ups to multinationals to assist with financial services and IP issues. In addition, the firm has a strong data protection practice. Simon Stokes advises clients on outsourcing arrangements, data protection and software licensing; he is also well-regarded for supporting clients with technology transactions. Associate Charles Mallows is also a core member of the team, having worked on secondment for IBM and Deutsche Bank.

Practice head(s):

Simon Stokes

Other key lawyers:

Charles Mallows

Testimonials

‘Simon Stokes brought a commercial attitude alongside his excellent data IP knowledge. The outcome was as good as we could have hoped for.’

Key clients

Wiggle Limited

STS Payments

TEG MJR

Etrading Software

Work highlights

  • Advised Wiggle regarding the outsourcing of the company’s paid search activity to an international third party supplier.
  • Advising card payment software provider STS Payments on projects with major payment providers.
  • Advised TEG MJR in relation to technology and e-commerce matters.

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP advises clients across the technology ecosystem in relation to all aspects of their operations, including complex transactions and commercial contracts. Tom Torkar leads the team, specialising in IT projects, outsourcing, e-commerce, software licensing and data protection. Charles Courtenay, who previously worked at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles, focuses on IT and IP litigation, in addition to handling contract disputes in relation to software and finance matters. Senior associate Freya Lemon has a broad technology practice, encompassing IT law, gaming, e-commerce and IP.

Practice head(s):

Tom Torkar

Other key lawyers:

Charles Courtenay; Freya Lemon

Testimonials

‘Tom Torkar has an incredible depth of knowledge across a range of issues and sectors. He is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent team, very responsive and commercially pragmatic. Deliver great quality work in a timely manner.’

 

 

Key clients

Daily Mail and General Trust plc

Landmark Information Group Limited

Limitless Technology Limited

Tokyo Electron Limited

Anzo Group Limited

Gamesys Group plc

Intelsat

Yopa Property Limited

Met Office

PPP Taking Care Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Landmark Information Group in respect of its contribution to the build of a groundbreaking energy switching system for Ofgem and its licensee Smart DCC Limited.
  • Advised Gamesys Group on the negotiation of global online game supply agreements and technology agreements.
  • Advised Limitless on the launch and multi-jurisdictional roll-out of its leading enterprise AI and crowd-sourced, customer service SaaS platform.

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP has a well-rounded technology practice, best known for its expertise in cloud computing, data protection and IP law. Frank Jennings, who leads the team in London, advises companies acquiring and selling IT services in relation to data security, technology contracts and outsourcing arrangements. John Woodhouse, based in London, advises owner-managed companies throughout their life cycle.

Practice head(s):

Frank Jennings

Other key lawyers:

John Woodhouse

Testimonials

‘Creative, thoughtful and commercially grounded advice. Clear ability to come up with legally sound suggestions that balance risk and commercial reality.’ 

‘Frank  Jennings has an in-depth knowledge of both our company and our industry and we have worked successfully with him for a number of years on a wide variety of IT related service and product contracts.’

‘The key person who we deal with is Frank Jennings, who is always very responsive and approachable.’

‘Insightful, always deliver on time, transparency around billing, knowledgeable and proactive.’

‘Frank Jennings is extremely responsive in terms of managing the ongoing pipeline of work. Very efficient in his processing of output and billing, very transparent and articulate.’

Key clients

Efficio Limited

DSMN8

Matrix

Competitive Capabilities International

Henry Schein

Kokoro

RedCompass

Highdorn

Secondmind

Turnkey Computer Technology

Xstrahl

EyeTech

Ebix Europe Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Turnkey Computer Technology on their suite of commercial / tech agreements as they adjust their on-premise software for insolvency practitioners to a cloud / SaaS version.
  • Advised Secondmind – specialists in machine learning and gaussian processes to help build better, more efficient engines or to streamline logistics – in their contractual arrangements with their clients including Mazda and Singapore Airlines.
  • Assisted CCi on the drafting of their contracts with their clients during their expansion in Europe and winning of new clients for the licensing of their flagship improvement solution, TRACC.