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The ‘excellentPaul Bentham at Addleshaw Goddard has extensive experience of advising both private and public sector clients on major systems implementations and outsourcing projects, ERP implementations, cloud solutions and ICT outsourcing. Phil McGough is described as a ‘rising star’ and James Whittaker, who heads the firm’s national technology and outsourcing practice, is also well regarded. Whittaker regularly assists large listed companies on IT, telecoms and technology solutions procurement matters. The team is renowned for its purchaser-focused advice in both the public and private sectors and for its involvement in some of the most high-profile, high-value IT projects, in addition to its cloud expertise. It is continuing to advise Co-op on various contractual matters relating to its agreement with IBM to build an integrated insurance platform, and is defending Diageo in a claim by SAP (UK) for alleged breach of contract and potential copyright infringement over additional software licensing fees amounting to £55m. Other clients include British Airways and Associated British Foods.

The ‘very commercially aware and responsive’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP provides ‘robust and practical advice’. The team includes a number of ‘highly intelligent and dedicated individuals’, including the ‘extremely brightLee Brierley. For outsourcing matters Stephen Wright is ‘very strong and exceptionally experienced at delivering the most complex IT projects’. The ‘talented’ Sarah Bell advises public and private sectors clients on IT procurements and is also recommended alongside Peter Brook and senior associate Paddy Dwyer, who has been advising on multiple complex IT deals. The practice advises blue-chip domestic and international clients on various matters including cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, ERP/CRM procurement, and Agile procurements. The group advised Conviviality on its procurement of an Oracle J D Edwards ERP Solution and warehouse management system. The team also continues to advise on the SEFT project, a DfT-funded programme to deliver smart ticketing infrastructure and products to the rail network surrounding London. Other major clients include Next and Biffa Group.

DWF fields a team that is ‘particularly strong on client care and provides tailored and client-focused advice’. The ‘excellentJames Lonsdale is praised for providing advice that is ‘on a par with the Magic Circle’. Craig Chaplinvery quickly gets to the heart of complex matters; he has an enviable ability to co-ordinate teams to ensure that the most efficient and effective course of action is taken’. Andrew Whalley’s clients range from SMEs to large multinationals. The team has been instructed by Manchester United to review its IT contracts which involves the review of 137 contracts. In other highlights it advised a major company on its supply to utility companies of software and a managed service in relation to smart metering. Other key clients include Expedia and Serco.

Brabners LLP provides a ‘very responsive and proactive service; it is happy to go the extra mile when needed and provides a very realistic, pragmatic and solutions-driven approach that takes into account all the relevant commercial issues’. The ‘very reliableNik White garners praise for his ‘no-nonsense, professional and knowledgeable’ approach and his ‘great attention to detail’. Matt Brown is able to ‘translate the legals into understandable business language’. Its client base includes businesses specialising in biometric technology, commodity trading software and technology systems for financial market data, in addition to notable expertise acting for companies operating in the computer software games industry. It has been advising the Wayne Rooney Foundation on a range of matters in connection with Wayne Rooney’s testimonial year. It also advised Chase de Vere IFA Group on an IT system upgrade, which involved a variety of business-critical software packages.

Peter Budd at Gateley Plc is ‘extremely bright, efficient and thoroughly understands the tech sector’. He is adept at handling all aspects of non-contentious IT work, especially those relating to data flows, cloud computing and large-scale IT procurements. He has particular expertise in financial services and regularly advises on various regulatory matters as well as major issues surrounding data protection and e-commerce.

The ‘responsive and proactive’ team at Pannone Corporate LLP is headed by the ‘hardworking, technically excellent and motivated’ Amy Chandler. Clients say that they have ‘absolute trust and faith in Amy and the firm to look after our best interests’. The ‘commercial’ Victoria Dolan is recommended and associate Rebecca Lunney is praised for her ‘clear and easy-to-follow advice’. The practice advises on a wide range of IT contracts and disputes involving IT development agreements, software licences, IT support/maintenance agreements and hosting agreements. It also routinely advises on complex data protection issues and provides support on corporate transactions. Highlights included advising Carm Productions on a new virtual Grand National racing game and TV show, and assisting on various contractual matters. Other clients include, Brother International Europe, Steamhaus and new client Pets at Home.

Pinsent Masons LLP has an ‘excellent, very responsive and pragmatic team’ that is ‘always one step ahead on each transaction’. Samantha Livesey is ‘very knowledgeable’ and legal director Claire Edwards has ‘the knack of making complex matters sound simple, which allows her clients to focus on the commercials’. It is adept at running major technology projects and has a strong digital and online practice. The team has also been advising both private and public sector clients on how to respond to cybersecurity breaches. Highlights included acting for Celtic Football Club on a number of key IT contracts and mobile application procurements, and advising on the telecoms acquisition by Metronet (backed by Livingbridge private equity) of M247 Limited (an internet infrastructure and web hosting provider).

TLT’s ‘team works very well together to provide a truly joined-up service’. The ‘extremely thorough’ David Gardner has ‘great attention to detail’ and Stuart Campbell is a ‘very capable tech lawyer who is immensely experienced’. The team is regularly involved in outsourcing, software development, systems integration and other issues such as cloud technology. It has particular expertise in financial services, retail and the public sectors. The team acted for the sole owner of Giacom, a national provider of cloud-based solutions, in a major sale and investment transaction with Lloyds Development Capital. Other clients include a national clearing bank and Bridge Accelerator Limited.

Sean Crotty at Weightmans LLP advises high-profile clients in the private and public sector including Motor Insurers’ Bureau and Derbyshire County Council. The team advised Playground Games on a multimillion-pound video game development, and Gary Jones led the advice on the implementation of a software as a service agreement enabling its client (The University Caterers Organisation) to purchase catering supplies from a vast number of suppliers in the UK through an online procurement portal.

Susan Hall at Clarke Willmott LLP is praised for her ‘very good technical knowledge, which endears her to clients who feel that she speaks their language’. Senior associate Andrew Stone is also singled out for his technical knowledge and his ‘attention to detail’. Hall advises a wide range of clients from government departments to universities and multinationals on major ICT agreements and technology disputes. Her particular strengths lie in data security and data protection as well as legal issues surrounding social media. Highlights included acting for Pentest in its disposal to Secarma. Pentest is a major provider of cyber security and penetration testing services to blue chip commercial and public sector clients.

The ‘very knowledgeable, pragmatic and commercial Harald Loeffler at DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘able to summarise complex issues and get to the root of the problem quickly’. Jan Levinson is also recommended for his contentious work on IT and outsourcing disputes. The team acts for software suppliers including Allscripts IT Healthcare, EMIS Health Secondary Care and Bullhorn International, and advised The Valuation Tribunal Service on all aspects of its procurement and contracting for its primary software application.

Tom Bridgford is recommended at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which was joined by Nick Stubbs from Ward Hadaway. Bridgford has particular expertise in IT procurement and outsourcing projects. His strengths lie in sectors as diverse as technology, franchising, chemicals and hotels/leisure. The team advises on the full spectrum of technology contracts including outsourcings, cloud computing, agile software development agreements and systems supply/integration agreements. Highlights included advising Jerrold Holdings on the drafting and negotiation of an agreement with Mando Group for the supply of consultancy services and software development and the production of digital auction finance services.

Fieldfisher is a ‘firm with a real can-do attitude that delivers an outstanding service with a high degree of business pragmatism and responsiveness’. The ‘solutions-driven and proactive’ Rob Sheldon ‘provides very clear and practical advice and is also extraordinarily good at complicated commercial projects’. He is recommended for his work on IT and outsourcing projects and frequently advises clients on their compliance with privacy law. He is skilled at advising customers and suppliers from a range of sectors such as financial services, insurance and retail. The ‘knowledgeable and experienced’Sam Jardine has the ‘ability to see a problem from her clients’ commercial angle’. He has particular expertise in outsourcings and software-related agreements. Associate Liam Corrigan ‘cuts to the root of the problem and then suggests practical solutions that work’. The ‘commercial team’ is experienced across a variety of sectors such as retail, financial services and energy and counts the Department for Transport, Fortnum & Mason and as clients.

The ‘very practicalMark Fitzgibbon is recommended at Hill Dickinson LLP, which was joined by Paul Walsh, who specialises in IT and telecoms disputes, from DLA Piper UK LLP. Walsh advises clients on all aspects of claims for breach of contract arising from the termination of contracts and telecoms disputes. The group advises on a wide range of IT matters, from IT procurements to software and hardware contracts, as well as handling IT audits, data protection and freedom of information issues. It is assisting Trinity Mirror Group in the spin out of its digital arm businesses.

Kuit Steinart Levy LLP acts for key suppliers and a wide range of customers. The non-contentious team is led by Martin Lewis, who has significant experience acting for FTSE 100 companies, high street retailers and NHS Trusts. The contentious team is headed by Ian Morris with support from Damian Bailey. They have advised on a number of high-value software and database disputes. Other highlights included advising Fanatics (International) on various data protection content issues and, in a multi-jurisdictional matter, providing Cloudfactory with various contractual, data protection and IT strategic advice.

Paul Knight leads the team at Mills & Reeve LLP following his relocation from the firm’s Cambridge office. He ‘listens well, is able to drill down to the salient points and then can provide clients with the service they need rather than what they think they need’. Knight has particular expertise in software licensing and development in addition to data security, with a focus on the educstion and financial services sectors; his clients include the British Council, Higher Education Academy and Crowdsurfer Limited. The firm primarily acts on the purchaser side.

Key figures at Myerson Solicitors LLP include newly promoted partner Carla Murray, who is ‘exceptional’ and has a ‘keen eye for identifying the potential pitfalls in proposed contracts’. The team has ‘proved to be an invaluable partner in assisting in a wide range of commercial contracts by providing a comprehensive and first-rate service’. It advises a range of clients form various industries and has particular experience in licensing software solutions to FCA-regulated sectors (such as insurance and banking). It advised Atlantic Commerce Solutions (a tech start-up that provides online marketplace management services) on the drafting of a set of standard terms and conditions, as well as on its data protection policy.

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