IT and telecoms in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard acts for purchasers of IT solutions on large-scale projects in the financial services, retail, manufacturing, transport and public sectors. The practice offers expertise in cloud matters, enterprise resource planning, AI and telecoms. Practice head James Whittaker handles technology outsourcing arrangements, with a particular specialism in SAP and Oracle software. Paul Bentham advises on major systems implementations, whereas Phil McGough  deals with global licensing arrangements and IT infrastructure agreements. Legal director Nadine Waters works on complex IT and outsourcing projects. Claire Edwards joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

James Whittaker

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bentham; Phil McGough; Nadine Waters; Claire Edwards


‘Consistently the strongest IT team in the North West, and a significant national player. A leading-edge expertise on the application of AI to legal services, and always delivers on high-profile, complex IT and outsourcing projects.’

‘James Whittaker, Paul Bentham, Phil McGough and Nadine Waters are all fantastic “go-to” lawyers.’

‘Nadine Waters is very practical and pragmatic, ensuring that the key risks to our business are covered, but also not focusing in on low risk points.’

‘The team are down to earth, pragmatic, and focused on risk. They are trusted partners that now know our business, and our approach, very well, which frees up the inhouse legal team’s time. I would definitely recommend them for IT work.’

‘This team is highly responsive and excellent at quickly understanding a business’ culture, strategy and goals.’

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

Reckitt Benckiser plc

Smart DCC Limited (t/a Smart DCC)

Bruntwood Group of companies

PZ Cussons plc

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

ASDA Stores Limited


Diageo Group Plc

United Utilities

Work highlights

  • Acted for CIS General Insurance Limited (CISGIL) in its successful claim against IBM for delay and wrongful termination of a major IT contract for a new IT platform.
  • Advised NFU Mutual on a strategic agreement with Risk Solved Limited for a new SaaS risk management solution and associated hosting and support services.
  • Acted for JDW in an IT dispute with Welcom Digital Limited (WDL), a software provider.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper supports high calibre domestic and international clients on cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, and systems integration matters. The team has particular capabilities in fintech and is well renowned for its public sector practice. Sarah Bell heads up the team, advising key clients on IT-related procurements. Lee Brierley leads the Manchester technology and sourcing department, while the Liverpool-based Peter Brook handles complex IT matters for the public sector. Legal directors Paddy Dwyer and Gemma Cowap bolster the Liverpool office, dealing with technology contracts and procurements and outsourcing projects, respectively. Stephen Wright joined the firm’s general counsel office.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Bell

Other key lawyers:

Lee Brierley; Peter Brook; Paddy Dwyer; Gemma Cowap


‘Our go-to team for legal contract and commercial matters. They have a wide range of expertise and can be relied upon to provide well thought through advice that is relevant to the technology under discussion.’

‘Peter Brook provides high-quality legal advice and brings in colleagues to advise on specific matters where required.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Bentley Motors in respect of its global connected car program, a key component of its strategic digital transformation program.
  • Advised The Hut Group and its e-commerce services division, THG Ingenuity, on a number of high-profile end-to-end service partnership deals with the likes of Homebase, Mondelez International, Nestlé, Proctor & Gamble, PZ Cussons, Swedish Match and its own brands, such as Myprotein and lookfantastic.
  • Advised TalkTalk, MS3 Networks, OneWeb and other telecommunications service providers on a number of long-term services agreements for the supply of fibre products and services across the UK and broadband satellite internet services worldwide.


DWF advises on large complex IT, telecoms and outsourcing projects for clients within the financial services, insurance and retails sectors. The team also acts for a stable roster of IT and telecoms suppliers. James Lonsdale oversees the Manchester office, with expertise spanning IT, telecoms and outsourcing agreements as well as other IT contracts. Andrew Whalley, also leader of the Liverpool dispute resolution team, is recognised for managing telecoms disputes and regulatory matters. Catherine Harrison  and Richard Meehan departed the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

James Lonsdale

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Whalley


‘Andrew Whalley stands out for his strategic guidance and commercial nous.’

‘James Lonsdale is technically very able, has a great technology and BPO subject matter understanding, is commercially savvy and very personable.’

‘James Lonsdale is our main contact and relationship partner. He is great to work with – experienced, knowledgeable and straightforward to deal with.’

Key clients

Virgin Media O2

HHGL Limited (trading as Homebase)

Johnson Matthey Plc

JD Sports plc

Workspace plc

Johnson Matthey plc

First Central Insurance

The Salvation Army General Insurance Company

ESG Global (Energy) Ltd

Secure Trust Bank plc

The Veterinary Defence Society Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for O2 in two groundbreaking Court of Appeal cases flowing from the claim for restitution of annual licence fees.
  • Advised Homebase on a range of high-value and/or business-critical IT matters.
  • Advised Secure Trust Bank on two business-critical SaaS contracts relating to its digital banking platform, one with Temenos and HID.


Fieldfisher’s dedicated IT team of specialist technology lawyers handles matters in relation to traditional software and hardware arrangements, agile technology deployments, artificial intelligence, adtech and facial recognition. The firm also focuses on privacy and data protection issues. The practice acts for clients across the technology, professional services, sport, retail, health and rail sectors. Co-heads Rob Sheldon and Sam Jardine are recognised for their national and international work on IT, outsourcing and complex commercial contracts. Senior associate Laura Johnson is another name to note, working on significant privacy matters. Liam Corrigan  departed the practice for an in-house legal role in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rob Sheldon; Sam Jardine

Other key lawyers:

Laura Johnson


‘Sam Jardine is incredibly knowledgeable and very understanding of our industry, he builds relationships and finds solutions.’

‘Sam Jardine is an excellent lawyer, always delivering very clear and commercial advice in a calm and professional manner, but what makes him really stand out is his attitude towards client care.’

‘Rob Sheldon provides expert pragmatic data protection advice.’

‘The team is thorough, pragmatic and listens to the client. They give practical advice, taking into account the client’s commercial considerations.’

‘The Fieldfisher team has excellent knowledge of the law and our sector and combines the two perfectly to provide commercially focuses and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Liverpool Football Club

National Bank of Kuwait (International) plc

Pets at Home

London North Eastern Railway Limited (LNER)

The Zoopla Group of Companies

GB Group plc

Phoenix Healthcare/Numark/Rowlands Pharmacies


UK Biobank


Co-op Group

E Fundamentals

Fresenius Kabi

Iceland Foods Limited

Intercom, Inc

Olympus KeyMed

Sinclair Pharma

Societe Generale Equipment Finance



UD Software Solutions

Work highlights

  • Engaged by Liverpool Football Club to provide critical advice and support on various technology-related matters.
  • Provided global tech & privacy advice to dunnhumby, the data-science subsidiary of Tesco providing services to supermarkets and brand-owners in over 30 countries worldwide.
  • Advised GB Group (GBG), a London-listed digital identity specialist on a range of technology agreements, on both the supplier and the customer side, as well as supporting GBG on important privacy matters.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP handles innovative IT solutions, major procurements, outsourcing, cloud computing contracts and personal data matters for national and international clients. The practice acts for a number of household names in the retail, technology and public sector spaces. Samantha Livesey leads the team, whilst also being head of commercial, and has a particular focus on the retail and consumer, sports and technology and science industries. Associate Stephanie Lees focuses on data protection compliance issues. Claire Edwards departed the firm for Addleshaw Goddard in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Livesey

Other key lawyers:

Claire Edwards; Stephanie Lees


‘Expertise, flexibility and tenacity. A wonderful team to work with who fully understand and work with demanding timetables and deadlines.’

‘Samantha Livesey adds significant value to the work we do together with practical advice and commercial guidanace in addition to an extraordinary attention to detail. I highly recommend her.’

Key clients

Honda Motor Europe Limited

The Body Shop International

World Athletics


Frontier Agriculture Limited

Bandai Namco

The English Golf Union Limited (“EGUL”)


Montagu Evans

University of the Arts

Work highlights

  • Acted for the English Golf Union on his digital transition to a new website.
  • Acted for crop production and grain marketing company Frontier Agriculture on its material new agri-software IT procurements.
  • Advised the University of Arts on its international data protection law compliance program.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP’s tech-orientated clients range from start-ups to brand name global businesses in artificial intelligence technology, computer software games and e-commerce. On the commercial side, Richard Hough leads in Manchester, while Matt Brown oversees matters in Liverpoo. Nik White, a specialist in franchising and data protection and electronic business-related matters, splits his time between the two offices. Colin Bell, who also leads the IP team, regularly acts on data protection issues. Piers Dryden heads up the technology offering.

Practice head(s):

Nik White; Richard Hough; Colin Bell ; Matt Brown; Piers Dryden


‘Very good understanding of commercial realities of software contracts.’

‘Matt Brown has done excellent work drafting software contracts for us.’

Key clients

AirAngel Limited

Alpha Vet International Ltd

Applearn Limited

Bibliu Limited

British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)

C21 Creative Communications Limited

Chargepoint Technology Limited

Checkprint Limited

DLRT Limited

Eocito Ltd

EPG Business Ltd T/A Epic risk Management

Evidential Limited

Gas Tag Ltd

GoLingo Limited

Hospital Compare Ltd

HR Healthcare Limited

Innovation Technology Capital Ltd

Innovative Chat Ltd

James Hall & Company Limited (NW Spar Franchise Operator)

L10N Media pte Ltd

Lucid Games Limited

Matcher Technologies Limited

Myshoots Limited

Peel Ports

Peepl Limited

Personnel Checks Limited

Rathbones Investment Management

Sinara Consultants Limited

Takepayments Ltd

Tall Group of Companies

vTime Limited

Webcare Group Limited

Yourparkingspace Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Applearn International Limited, a Manchester-headquartered software provider in relation to a financing from Silicon Valley Bank and Maven Equity Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.
  • Advised Httpool Holdings UK Limited and its parent company, Aleph Internet Media Services LLC, on the acquisition of 86% of Connect Ads DMCC, a digital media company based in UAE from A15.
  • Advised Personnel Checks Limited on the process of transforming its entire service delivery from an offline delivery method to a bespoke SaaS Platform.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP handles matters across the IT and telecoms space, encompassing fintech, information society services and specialist software development. The practice specialises in data protection and data security matters and also advises clients in the construction, transport and housing sectors on ICT projects. Roy Crozier is another key member of the team, while Andrew Stone handles technology and software contracts and IT disputes.

Practice head(s):

Susan Hall

Other key lawyers:

Roy Crozier; Andrew Stone


‘Showed an excellent understanding of my business, which is unique and non-standard.’

‘Andrew Stone has great command of the technology sector and an unrivalled attention to the detail.’

Key clients

The Berkeley Group Holdings plc

Auga Technologies Limited

Informed Solutions Limited

Otep Technologies Limited

Xpertrule Limited

Lumi Technologies Limited

Denis Ferranti Group Limited

Jonple Limited

Digital Devices Limited

OVO Energy and SSE energy


Work highlights

  • Acted for Otep Technologies Limited and Richard Harris in a claim brought by Hewlett Packard Group in the High Court, in which the damages claimed by HPE amount to over £2m for the alleged supply of parallel imported goods into the EEA.
  • Advised Informed Solutions on the legal issues surrounding the Clean Air Zone digital infrastructure, in particular provided advice in relation to sub-contracting structures for the infrastructure.
  • Carried out strategic reviews of new partnering arrangements for longstanding client Xpertrule Ltd.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Pannone Corporate LLP handles a wide range of IT matters, including IT systems development and implementation, SaaS, SLAs, outsourcing, and data privacy compliance. The practice acts for various IT software, technology and application providers as well as e-commerce businesses. Amy Chandler leads the non-contentious IT team, advising on IT-related contracts and projects. Co-head David Brown oversees the IT litigation team, while Paul Jonson offers expertise in IT and software-related disputes, specifically in dealing with issues relating to delayed delivery projects.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jonson


‘I have experienced working together with Amy Chandler as pleasant, delivering clear and useful feedback and quality advice.’

‘The team’s strength lies in efficiently making complex matters understandable and providing practical tools to achieve the desired goal.’

Key clients

K3 Business Technology Group plc

Brother International Europe Limited

Represent Clothing Limited

UKROEd Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers Limited

Naveo Commerce Group

eSales Limited

Miss Kick

Caters News Agency

Work highlights

  • Advised a metaverse investment platform from an IP perspective in connection with its $8m share acquisition of a market leader in the development of digital games and experiences, including for Roblox, metaverse, Minecraft and Core.
  • Advised ResponseTap from an IT and data perspective on the disposal of the company to Infinity Tracking.
  • Advised a Building Society on a number of key IT agreements.


TLT offers specialist knowledge in fintech and payments to clients across the financial services, retail and leisure and public sectors. The national technology team combines the work from the firm’s Manchester, Bristol and London offices. David Gardner leads the Manchester practice, advising clients on technology-driven procurement, outsourcing and digital transformation matters. Senior associates Adam Pickavant and Grace Roddie are further key members of the team, with the latter recognised for handling data protection compliance issues for large-scale businesses.

Practice head(s):

David Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Adam Pickavant; Grace Roddie

Work highlights

    Weightmans LLP

    Weightmans LLP is instructed by vendors and purchasers of software systems within the private and public sectors, including niche software providers, major video games, NHS bodies, insurance organisations and police authorities. The Manchester-based Sean Crotty leads the team and is recognised for his expertise in data protection. Sarah Walton, also head of the firm’s national corporate, commercial and wills, trusts & estates teams, handles corporate finance matters for technology companies from the Liverpool office. John Schorah is noted for his work within the video games industry. Victoria Robertson departed the firm in April 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Sean Crotty

    Other key lawyers:

    Sarah Walton; John Schorah

    Key clients

    Apadmi Limited

    Insurance Fraud Bureau

    Swissport GB Limited

    West of England Combined Authority

    The Open University

    The shareholders of Frontier Telecom Ltd

    Mercarto Limited

    British Transport Police

    DSW Ventures

    Surrey and Sussex Police

    Oak Engage Limited

    PW Whisper

    Side (UK) Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Apadmi on a contract matters with their clients for the development of digital solutions, in particular mobile app development, UX/UI design and system integration.
    • Advised a major public body in relation to Department for Transport funded project to provide a Future Transport Zone, including the creation of a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Solution which will essentially be a public transport app.
    • Advised a world leading global airline and transport logistics provider in relation to a major Data Protection compliance and contractual nexus project regarding the handling and processing of sensitive customer information.

    DAC Beachcroft LLP

    DAC Beachcroft LLP handles contentious and non-contentious technology matters as well as data protection issues for clients within the healthcare and insurance sectors. The team also acts for digital technology suppliers. Richard Watkinson, who splits his time between the Leeds and Manchester offices, focuses on systems integration, procurement and outsourcing technology projects. Harald Loeffler specialises in complex and often high-value IT disputes. Senior associate Chris Air advises on non-contentious technology cases.

    Practice head(s):

    Michael Peeters

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Watkinson; Harald Loefller; Chris Air


    ‘Always willing to help and understand what you’re trying to achieve in a personable, understanding fashion.’

    ‘Chris Air always stands out for me, his understanding of intricate topics and ability to relay them in a way that you understand is really impressive.’

    ‘I have always found the DAC Beachcroft team to be knowledgeable, well versed with our business and industry, responsive and providing excellent advice and service .’

    ‘In particular, I would single out Chris Air, who provides that thorough, thoughtful analysis and commercial suggestions.’

    ‘The DACB team have  particular strengths in SaaS agreements in one to many and bespoke models and advising on complex data protection issues and asks.’

    ‘Chris Air’s understanding of our business, supported by excellent technical ability, provides us with a really important resource that we can rely on to take direct instruction from the business freeing up time for our legal team.’

    ‘Richard Watkinson brings all his experience and know how to both provide both sound legal advice and a well-managed and resourced service.’

    ‘DAC Beachcroft team provides an excellent service. The team always seems to have the right expertise and resources to meet our needs.’

    Key clients

    Alcidion UK Limited

    Rinicom Limited

    Allscripts Healthcare IT UK Limited

    CDS Computer Design Systems Limited

    Titus Learning Limited

    Altro Limited

    NHS Professionals


    Information Commissioners’ Office


    Work highlights

    • Advised DataCamp on a GDPR compliance project.
    • Supported EMIS’ AI division with a complex project involving analysing GP data.
    • Defended a large software development claim by Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

    Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

    Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles technology contracts, cloud computing procurements and agile software development agreements for clients in the energy, retail, utilities and financial services industries. Practice head Tom Bridgford and Richard Jones,who also leads the firm’s international payment services group, focus on regulatory issues within the financial services arena. Richard Hill was promoted to partnership in May 2021, specialising in large-scale technology outsourcing arrangements, cloud deals, software contracts and data security matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Tom Bridgford

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Jones; Richard Hill

    Key clients



    Smiths Business Information Services Limited

    Lookers plc

    Anglo American

    Smiths Group plc

    Work highlights

      Hill Dickinson LLP

      Hill Dickinson LLP's technology practice is led from the London office by Mark Weston. In the North West the key names key names are Manchester-based commercial, TMT and IP head Mark Fitzgibbon and Liverpool-based commercial litigator Paul Walsh who advises corporate clients on IT, outsourcing, technology and telecoms disputes.

      Practice head(s):

      Mark Weston; Mark Fitzgibbon

      Other key lawyers:

      Paul Walsh

      Key clients

      365 Health and Wellbeing Limited and Mr John Smith

      Block Asset Management Ltd

      Work highlights

        Mills & Reeve LLP

        Mills & Reeve LLP advises on matters across the IT sector, including health-tech, ed-tech, and data security. Practice head Paul Knight handles data protection issues around new technologies, including blockchain and artificial intelligence. Senior associate Charlotte Lewis focuses on the healthcare sector, while fellow senior associate Sarah Whyman deals with data protection and technology licensing arrangements for IT providers.

        Practice head(s):

        Paul Knight

        Other key lawyers:

        Sarah Whyman; Charlotte Lewis


        ‘Paul Knight is our main point of contact. His advice is clear and concise and his client care is exceptional. He is a great commercial negotiator who understands our requirements and the need to maintain strong customer relations whilst ensuring that we protect our own position properly.’

        Key clients

        UK Research and Innovation

        British Council

        Cantarus Limited

        Podium Analytics

        National General Insurance Co. (NAGICO) N.V.

        Wellola Limited

        PHOENIX Group

        Turbostream Limited

        ODEON Cinemas

        VetPartners Limited

        Work highlights

        • Advised UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on the collaboration agreements with IBM for the creation of the new £210m Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation, and research and development projects using innovative AI and quantum technology.
        • Advised Podium Analytics, a charity founded by Ron Dennis CBE which officially launched at 10 Downing Street in September 2021 on data protection compliance relating to the sports-related injury data repository it is creating to aid research into youth sports injury.
        • Advised NAGICO, the largest privately-owned insurance company in the Caribbean, on a business critical multi-million $ software implementation and subscription deal.

        Myerson Solicitors LLP

        Myerson Solicitors LLP acts for a diverse range of clients in relation to matters concerning software licencing, SaaS and platform agreements, apps and other cloud services. Carla Murray heads the team, focusing on technology regulations, fintech and cloud-based solutions, and large-scale software implementations. The practice has been bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Richard Meehan from DWF in 2022.

        Practice head(s):

        Carla Murray

        Other key lawyers:

        Richard Meehan


        ‘Carla Murray is skilled in technology related-contracts and goes that extra mile to understand the risks and business aspirations.’

        ‘Carla Murray is excellent and probably the most proficient legal counsel I have worked with. Her knowledge of the tech sector is second to none.’

        Key clients

        Reverse Rett

        Burnley Savings & Loans Limited

        Ironmarket Group Limited

        The Creative Corporation & Band Theme

        TJC UK & Ireland Group

        Elastic Care Limited

        Rimini Systems Limited

        Matillion Limited

        CDL Group


        Work highlights

          Shoosmiths LLP

          Shoosmiths LLP handles a wide range of IT and telecoms work for clients, encompassing data processing, cloud, SaaS, and connectivity projects. Other key areas of focus for the team include agile development and systems implementation and the procurement of IT services by financial services clients. Luke Stubbs leads the practice, with expertise in payment services technology and fintech. Co-head Richard Millington specialises in business-critical media and commercial rights projects within the telecoms sector.

          Practice head(s):

          Luke Stubbs; Richard Millington

          Key clients

          Zip Payments


          Paymentology (part of the Saltpay group)

          Roadchef Limited

          ABN AMRO

          Rhodes Consulting Limited

          Derwent Estates

          Work highlights

          • Advised Zip, a global challenger e-commerce Buy – Now – Pay – Later provider, on the full range of its business agreements and arrangements in the UK, including strategic e-commerce merchant and platform integrations and procurement of data services.
          • Advised international bank ABN AMRO on the creation of a series of intra-group services agreements to support their structure post-Brexit and covering a range of IT and technology services.
          • Advised Paymentology (part of the Saltpay group) on its contracts for the provision of its API based payment transaction management platform (including to a Middle East bank).