IT and telecoms in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard advises on high-value, business critical IT procurement agreements, outsourcing, and digital transformation projects, working with major financial services, retail, and transport sector clients nationally and internationally. The firm also handles public sector procurement and telecoms infrastructure developments. James Whittaker leads the team, and is a specialist on tech outsourcing, with a particular focus on SAP and Oracle software, while Paul Bentham has a strong record on major systems implementations and cloud systems work. Phil McGough handles global licensing arrangements and IT infrastructure agreements, and director Nadine Waters plays a leading role in complex IT and outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

James Whittaker

Other key lawyers:

Paul Bentham; Phil McGough; Nadine Waters

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

Matalan

Diageo Group Plc

United Utilities

Work highlights

  • Representing CIS General Insurance Limited in its claim against IBM in the Technology and Construction Court (QBD) relating to IBM’s alleged wilful default and wrongful purported termination of its IT implementation and 10 year managed services contract for a new IT operating platform for CISGIL.
  • Advised on the procurement for a replacement Application Management Support provider for the central SAP implementation for a FTSE250 Company.
  • Advising a FTSE 100 company on various matters relating to its strategic global information, digital and technology estate, including the reshaping of its current IT-contracting landscape.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises major national and international clients on cloud computing, complex IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing, procurements, systems integration, and digital transformation projects, with particular strength in the payments and fintech sectors, alongside cross-border work. The team is also known for its prominent public sector practice, working on significant projects in areas such as smart ticketing for transport. Sarah Bell leads the team, focusing on large-scale public and private sector procurement. Lee Brierley advises on major outsourcing and procurement projects, including smart ticketing arrangements, and Stephen Wright is noted for his financial services expertise. Legal directors Paddy Dwyer and Gemma  Cowap specialise in technology contracts and public sector procurement respectively.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Bell

Other key lawyers:

Lee Brierley; Stephen Wright; Paddy Dwyer; Peter Brook; Gemma Cowap

Testimonials

‘The team are very responsive, prompt and helpful.’

‘The main differentiation is I feel they are modern in that they cut to the chase of getting the agreement sorted whilst ensuring the job is done professionally.’

 

Key clients

AO World

Biffa Group

Bodycote

Coach House

DT Automotive Limited

Graham and Brown

Key Group

My Clever Group

Next

Nichols PLC

Orcha Health Limited

Talk Talk

The Co-operative Bank PLC

The Hut Group

Transport for the North

Transparity

Elitele.com plc

HMRC

Geant Vereniging

Work highlights

  • Advised The Hut Group on its agreement to digitally transform home and garden retailer Homebase.
  • Advising Key Group on the strategic renewal and update of its IT infrastructure and managed cloud services arrangements.
  • Advised Transport for the North on its integrated and smart travel innovation procurement.

DWF

DWF takes the lead on large-scale IT and telecoms projects, acting on a national basis for major clients, including international providers. The 'hands on' team also supports clients in major disputes, with Andrew Whalley leading on major telecoms regulatory cases and high-value litigation for household-name clients. The team is led by James Lonsdale, whose expertise spans  IT, telecoms, and outsourcing agreements and other IT contracts, and specialises in financial services and retail sector work. Senior associate Richard Meehan handles procurement contracts for major retailers and logistics providers, and director Catherine Harrison also offers broad expertise across IT and telecoms procurement and outsourcing. Craig Chaplin moved to a non-legal role.

Practice head(s):

James Lonsdale

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Whalley; Richard Meehan; Catherine Harrison

Testimonials

‘DWF have always been extremely helpful. Teams seem to have a very strong relationship and other teams have been linked in to meetings to help resolve issues with short notice. DWF time scales are excellent. ’

‘Depth of knowledge surrounding the sector and an understanding of where the market is heading. Good use of technology and flexible to time constraints.’

‘Keen to collaboratively explore new Markets and innovation, in a progressive and pragmatic way. A balance between maintaining business-wide Compliance, but also providing a dynamic service to new commercial ventures.’

‘Very hands-on and felt like they were just an extension of the in-house team. James Lonsdale, partner, provided excellent service and support and was available when required, sometimes at very unsociable times’

 

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Barrett Steel Limited

ESG Global (Energy) Ltd (formerly Utilisoft Ltd)

Cultureshift Communications Limited

Telefonica UK Limited (O2)

Datamere Software Ltd

Neilson Financial Services Ltd

Lavanda Ventures Ltd.

Certas Energy UK Limited

Wincanton Plc

Neuven Solutions Limited

Santander Consumer (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • RepresentingTelefonica in defending a substantial claim  in the Commercial Courtfor specific performance and declaratory relief pursuant to a contract entered into between Telefonica and Qustodio Technologies S.L.U.
  • Advised Neilson Financial Services Ltd on its partnership with GoCompare.
  • Advising ESG on all of its contracts in relation to its supply to utility companies of software and related managed services in relation to both Smart and Dumb Meters.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher offers specialist expertise in technology-related work, with innovation and privacy matters forming a core part of the team’s offering. The firm acts for technology companies, and businesses in the professional services, health, and retail sectors, handling software and hardware arrangements, privacy, data protection, and matters relating to AI and facial recognition. Practice heads Rob Sheldon and Sam Jardine are noted for their national and international work on outsourcing, commercial contracts, and major digital transformation projects on behalf of blue-chip clients. Senior associates Liam Corrigan and Laura Johnson specialise in procurement and operational privacy matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Rob Sheldon; Sam Jardine

Other key lawyers:

Liam Corrigan; Laura Johnson; Phillip Lee

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely experienced and very commercial and when necessary can draw on expertise from other teams such as the privacy team.’

‘Rob Sheldon is excellent. He always goes above and beyond to provide just what I am looking for. He’s very communicative and I always know where I am up to both in terms of the work and when it will be delivered and the fees. ’

‘I have had excellent experience of working with the data protection practice in the Fieldfisher TMT team. There is a strong bench of experts and a good international network that can readily support our business in meeting cross-border challenges that often arise in this area. ’

‘Phil Lee is a data protection expert who combines depth of knowledge with pragmatism. He is adept at conveying esoteric subject matters with clarity and offering practical solutions that address the complex realities of a multinational client.’

Laura Johnson is highly motivated and dedicated with great technical expertise and problem solving skills.

‘We have loved working with the team at Fieldfisher. They are extremely knowledgeable, however the advice they provide is also pragmatic and commercial.  Whilst specialist legal knowledge is very important, it’s the application of that knowledge in a collaborative way that helps to resolve practical problems which is so important. We really feel like they are an extension of our team. ’

‘Sam Jardine – Sam is a fantastic business partner and ensures that all of the work that his team support us with is carried out to the highest standard. He is thoughtful, pragmatic and supportive, and is someone I have come to regard as a friend as well as a strategic advisor.’

‘The team are really responsive and take a sensible approach to billing. They have introduced many concepts and services to assist with data protection compliance.’

‘Rob Sheldon is extremely pragmatic, takes time to understand our business and provides tailored practical, commercial advice.’

‘Fieldfisher provides a very practical approach to negotiating complex commercial contracts. Counsel takes the time to explain and propose various options to help resolve difficult provisions. They communicate well and are very responsive.’

‘Sam Jardine is very responsive and has a strong understanding of the applicable law for the jurisdiction in which he assisted me. He quickly followed up with opposing counsel, and tried and drive the negotiation to resolution.’

 

Key clients

Altro / Autoglym

BBC Children in Need

Co-op Group

DB Cargo and DB Systel (part of the Deutsche Bahn Group)

dunnhumby (Tesco’s data-science subsidiary)

E Fundamentals

Fresenius Kabi

GB Group plc

Iceland Foods Limited

Intercom, Inc

Liverpool Football Club

London North Eastern Railway

Olympus KeyMed

Onthebeach.com

Pets at Home / Vets4Pets

Phoenix Healthcare / Numark / Rowlands Pharmacies

Sinclair Pharma

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Teacherly

Trilliant

UD Software Solutions

UKBiobank

Work highlights

  • Advising dunnhumby on major technology contracts and projects, as well as privacy compliance, including the recent launch of their industry-leading Model Lab data analytics platform.
  • Advising GB Group plc across  numerous technology agreements, on both the supplier and the customer side, as well as supporting GB Group on privacy and Brexit-related matters.
  • Advised  Pets at Home on an intense period of digital transformation between March and September 2020, including assistance on strategic deals with key suppliers of technology used to facilitate Pets at Home’s e-commerce business and in-store consumer transactions.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on commercial IT and data protection issues for a wide range of national and international clients, including major names within the automotive industry, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing, with a strong record in IT procurement and digital transformation projects. The team is led by Claire Edwards, who has a notable profile within information law issues, and heads up the IT practice globally, working with major clients on business-critical projects, alongside Samantha Livesey, an experienced commercial practitioner with notable expertise in retail, advanced technology, and sports sector work. Senior associate Rif Kapadi specialises in data and privacy.

Practice head(s):

Claire Edwards; Samantha Livesey

Other key lawyers:

Rif Kapadi

Testimonials

‘A practical, commercially focused team that understands business and the industries their clients are in. The team were able to help us translate the legal requirements and advice into language our inhouse team and operational teams could understand and operationalise. ’

‘The team of lawyers that I work with at Pinsent Masons delivers exceptional value for three main reasons: subject matter expertise on novel legal issues, clear communication, and non-exorbitant billing practices. I have found that Pinsent provides excellent, actionable guidance, and bills for the things that make sense to bill for. Additionally, their work product reflects a strong understanding of what in-house counsel are looking for in terms of legal analysis, scope, and approachability.

‘The individuals I have worked with have been friendly, personable, professional and engaging. Able to represent the interests of the business in negotiations with other parties, to harshly defend and protect our interests during the negotiation.’

‘I believe that the teams strengths include level of knowledge regarding data privacy legislation, ability to quickly grasp unique and complex business models, provide clear instruction and guidance to complex situations and overall provide a positive experience for ourselves and our stakeholders.’

‘We have worked most closely with Claire Edwards over the past 3 years. Claire has been fully invested into the account and relationship and her continued involvement has enabled us to not only deliver a world class solution that has been accepted by the pharmaceutical industry but also respond quickly, clearly and confidently to any and all requests.’

‘Claire is an excellent communicator, she has quickly developed a detailed understanding of our business to provide ongoing support to us and has supported direct client discussions to address questions and challenges raised to reach a mutually acceptable position.’

‘Sam Livesey is a clear leader in her field. She is practical and great communicator.’

‘Claire Edwards is tenacious and her knowledge of IT and Privacy is second to none. Claire speaks the same language as the IT teams which helps a great deal.

Key clients

Honda Motor Europe Limited

Barclays Bank Plc

World Athletics

The Body Shop International

Hanson Group Plc

Barratt Developments PLC

Frontier Agriculture Limited

The Financial Times

The English Golf Union Limited (“EGUL”)

University of the Arts

Work highlights

  • Advising Honda Motor Europe on data protection and electronic privacy issues relating to the client’s connected car services.
  • Advised Frontier Agriculture Limited (JV of Associated British Foods and Cargill PLC) on its procurement from SAP of a new online SAAS solution covering HR, Payroll, Expenses, Learning & Management, Recruitment, Compensation, Personal Development and Communications services.
  • Advising EGUL and the Council of National Golf Unions on the procurement of an on-line solution from New Zealand company Dot Golf Limited for the implementation of the World Handicapping System.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLP has a strong commercial IT offering, with expertise in the tech and innovation sector. Clients range from start-ups to established businesses in video games, virtual reality, AI, and e-commerce. The team is led by managing partner Nik White, who has great experience in commercial contracts and data protection work. Richard Hough is a specialist in regulatory issues, particularly within the healthcare sector; commercial head and outsourcing-focused Matt Brown, and Colin Bell, who also heads up the firm's IP team, including commercial licensing and litigation are also key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Nik White; Richard Hough; Colin Bell; Matt Brown

Testimonials

‘I value intellectual depth and seasoned judgement from the lawyers I seek to work with. Thinking in the round without jumping to conclusions, and being prepared to think innovatively without trying to put issues in a box for a quick fix and a bill.’

 Colin Bell is a good thinker, that’s why he is a go-to contact.’

 

Key clients

Alpha Vet International Ltd

Applearn Ltd

Bibliu Limited

British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC)

Chargepoint Technology Limited

Checkprint Limited

Coleen Rooney

DLRT Limited

Eocito Ltd

EPG Business Ltd T/A Epic risk Management

Evidential Limited

Fatsoma

Gas Tag Ltd

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

Parcel2go.com

Peel Ports

Rathbones Investment Management

Sinara Consultants Limited

Takepayments Ltd

Tall Group of Companies

vTime Limited

Webcare Group Limited

Yourparkingspace Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Lucid Games on a deal with Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited which saw Lucid become one of a select few UK-based companies to sign up with Sony to develop exclusive titles for the new PlayStation 5 games console following its launch.
  • Advised Alphavet on contractual documentation for the development of an online digital conference and exhibition with the capacity to build, integrate and display 3D stands for exhibitors.
  • Advised on and prepared e-commerce terms and conditions for a new app and web-based shopping experience

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP advises software developers, website solutions providers, brand owners, businesses, and public sector organisations on data protection, large-scale IT acquisitions and outsourcings, and service agreements. The team is led by corporate lawyer Ed Foulkes and national practice head Susan Hall.

Practice head(s):

Ed Foulkes; Susan Hall

Testimonials

‘The sector leaders – unrivalled experience and understanding of all aspects of the industry to which they bring exceptional legal knowledge and (importantly) tactical nous.’

‘Susan Hall – simply fantastic – her command of varying technological and IT subject matters together with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant law and unrivalled experience of this area makes her the go to lawyer. All delivered with a light touch and in a manner that engages all who deal with her.’

 

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc strengthened its North West IT offering with the hire of Andrew Rankin from DAC Beachcroft LLP in April 2020, adding significant expertise in a range of non-contentious technology matters, most notably in systems integration and outsourcing projects. Rankin joins a team co-led by the experienced Peter Budd, who acts for blue-chip and public sector clients on IT and service-related matters, as well as regulatory issues relating to data protection. Clients include major national businesses in areas including gaming, aerospace, and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Peter Budd; Andrew Rankin

Other key lawyers:

Leanne Grindrod

Testimonials

Gateley Legal consistently provide the quality of service, flexibility and support that is tailored to align to our business requirements and timescales. Each engagement, whether it be a large multi-million pound contract or a small administrative legal matter, begins with Gateley gaining a clear understanding of the business need, timescales, objectives and resourcing in order for them to be in a position to deliver the required services. As importantly, Gateley will identify potential risks to the outcome or timescales and, where feasible, provide potential mitigation options.

Each of the individuals we have engaged from Gateley have provided excellent service, are knowledgeable in their respective fields and demonstrated tremendous flexibility. Where client facing engagements are required the Gateley team consistently represent us to the highest standard. Internally, Gateley are seen as an extension of our Corporate legal team due to the quality of service and professionalism they evidence. Andrew Rankin is the lead Gateley partner for our engagement and his personal commitment, flexibility and results based focus make him stand out from the crowd every time.

Great team, highly supportive and responsive. Andrew Rankin and Leanne Grindrod provided exceptional advice with several supply agreements.

Key clients

Allscripts Healthcare IT

Wacoal EMEA

Virtalis

Gauselmann Group – Blueprint Operations, Regal Gaming,

Blueprint Technologies

McBride PLC

Peppermint Technologies

Churchill Group

Barratt Developments

AppCheck

Sorted

Bullhorn International

Work highlights

  • Advised Blueprint Technologies on the terms of a game licence and services agreement.
  • Advised Allscripts on its client contracts for its delivery of electronic patient record systems or EPR systems.
  • Advising Virtalis on the terms of its master customer agreement.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Pannone Corporate LLP advises on commercial IT contracts and disputes, including development and software agreements, PaaS, and outsourcing, alongside data protection and intellectual property matters. Sector focuses include e-commerce, software development, and financial services. The team is led by Amy Chandler, who advises on non-contentious commercial IT issues, alongside David Brown, who takes the lead on contentious matters and litigation. Paul Jonson is an experienced practitioner, who specialises in disputes arising from the implementation, delivery and licensing of IT systems.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler; David Brown

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jonson; Tim Hamilton

Testimonials

‘The team are very experienced and showed this throughout the project. Attentive, personal and always available for advice and guidance. As a small client the team treated us just as they would a large corporate, which is what I expected and although these should not be unique qualities in my experience of other firms, its certainly rare.’

‘Amy Chandler was the Partner on several projects and showed a wealth of experience and understanding of the market and customer behaviour to enable us to develop a contract that was fair and represented both parties.’

‘The team’s strength is within understanding how modern software as a service products are built and operate and forming commercial agreements related to it. I could talk technically with the team and they understand how it fit together and how it impacted the documents, and also advised based upon industry best practice.’

‘We worked with Tim Hamilton who firstly is clearly incredibly experienced and is able to communicate that experience directly or as advice very well and in an easy-to-understand way so you understand, are aware of the risks enabling you to make the right decisions.’

‘Fantastic customer service, with a great understanding of our business and what is important to us.’

‘Very responsive, with a great knowledge of the issues relating to technology and data. Always looking to find the best outcome for our business.’

‘The Pannone team are super-responsive, friendly and extremely capable. I would have no hesitation in recommending the commercial and litigation teams who posses an impressive breadth of experience between them and are the best firm I have found outside of London. ’

‘The team are responsive, understand our business and give effective support and advice.’

Key clients

Boohoo.com UK Limited

Brother International Europe Limited

International Game Technology plc (IGT)

Renold plc

K3 Business Technology Group plc

Caters News Agency

UKROEd Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers Limited

ResponseTap Limited

MirrorWeb Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising UK ROEd on a contract for the procurement of a new managed services provider for the hosting and support of a business critical IT system.
  • Advising a building society on contracts for the implementation, hosting and ongoing managed services for core IT infrastructure and IT systems.
  • Advising a global manufacturer on an IaaS agreement for some of its critical business applications, including migration from existing systems.

TLT

TLT specialises in fintech and payment techology, with notable expertise in complex areas such as payment platforms, financial services regulation, and open banking. The team also handles a number of IT outsourcing, procurement, and collaboration matters. Clients include major banks and public sector organisations, with the firm working on a national basis. David Gardner is the key name in the Manchester office, specialising in fintech and financial services work for strategic clients, and regularly contributes to thought leadership on the subject.

Practice head(s):

David Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Noline Matemara

Testimonials

‘Working in a niche area of Financial services the team really took time to understand the regulatory environment we worked within, where our services fell outside of the normal FCA rules (through the cracks in regulation) and how best to proceed in a compliant manner.’

‘The ability to have a good conversation with them, to really understand the problems we would like to solve. They really wanted to understand the business we operated to allow them to provide the best advice. They always asked the right, and very relevant questions, they were also very personable.  David Gardner and Noline Matemara both worked exceptionally well to provide ideal outcomes for ourselves.’

‘We have an excellent working relationship, They are personable, approachable, professional and work well with all our team members.’

 

Key clients

TSB Bank

The Co-operative Bank

United Trust Bank

Yorkshire Building Society

Elavon Financial Service DAC

Checkout.com

Raisin UK

AccountScore

Boohoo.com

Brother UK Limited

Texecom Limited

Government Legal Department

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) – The London Metropolitan Police

London & Quadrant Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Boohoo.com on two transactions to acquire high street names Debenhams and from Arcadia group the Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Burton brands from administrators.
  • Advised a government legal department 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.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP advises public and private sector clients on major IT procurement projects, commercial contracts, and data protection matters. The team works with healthcare providers, software developers, video game studios, and insurers. Practice heads Victoria Robertson and Sean Crotty specialise in commercial IT and data work respectively, both advising major clients. Sarah Walton handles transactions and corporate finance matters for tech-focused clients, and managing partner John Schorah remains heavily involved in the video games sector, working with growth clients and established businesses.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Robertson; Sean Crotty

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Walton; John Schorah

Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Royal Mail Group

Capita

Strategic North

Insurance Fraud Bureau

Apadmi Limited

Playground Games Limited

Surrey and Sussex Police

British Transport Police

Cybertill Limited

ANS Group Limited

PHD Equity

Mercato Limited

The Open University

Liverpool Media Academy Ltd

Chiesi Ltd

Sovini Group Ltd

Liverpool Airport

Rutland County Council

Genesis Cancer Care

BJSS Ltd

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

Manchester Metropolitan University

Cyberscout LLC

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

RealityMine

BareRock Risk Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Insurance Fraud Bureau on the procurement of the IT services element an insurance industry-wide insurance fraud register database.
  • Advised the Open University on the procurement of a new and venture-changing ‘University in a box’ IT solution.
  • Advising BTP on its procurement of managed network services under the Crown Commercial Service’s Managed Network Services framework.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP combines its existing strength in the healthcare and insurance sectors with notable work on behalf of US technology suppliers operating in the UK, alongside advising public sector bodies on procurement and digital transformation. Harald Loeffler represents clients in contentious matters, primarily high-value IT disputes. Richard Watkinson divides his time between Leeds and Manchester, and specialises in systems integration, procurement and outsourcing technology projects both in the UK and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Richard Watkinson; Harald Loeffler

Other key lawyers:

Chris Air

Testimonials

‘The team at DACB really take the time to understand the business and problem you’re trying to solve to offer tailored, suitable advice in return. They are clearly experts in their field and no problem is to big to support you on. The team are a delight to deal with. ’

‘The team are always incredibly open and honest which in turn provides appropriate advice and solutions to any challenges.’

‘Always available, the team bring a wide range of expertise and knowledge to deal with any scenario in a prompt and collaborative way. ’

‘Chris Air is certainly one to watch with expertise and ability that belies his years. He has a genuine understanding of our business and brings this with him when providing advice and delivering drafting.’

Richard Watkinson brings all his experience to high pressure situations showing a cool, calm and collected approach to solution based advice and problem solving.

‘The team offers strength in depth at a range of levels – from partner through to junior lawyers and so there is scope to get support at the right price point without sacrificing quality. We work in a heavily regulated area that requires a particular mindset and approach and so you need to have individuals with the right experience available.’

‘Client commitment from the team we work with has been second to none – always happy to go above and beyond to provide the support required within the timescales necessary.’

‘Always ready to explain fully in layman’s terms should an explanation be required. Also all solicitors are extremely amenable.’

 

Key clients

Alcidion UK Limited

Rinicom Limited

Allscripts Healthcare IT UK Limited

Bullhorn

Rinicare Limited

Altro Limited

NHS Professionals

Information Commissioners’ Office

EMIS

Work highlights

  • Advised EMIS on a project with AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford relating to use of data and IT systems for a COVID 19 antibody trial.
  • Advised Alcidion on a project relating to the provision of their cloud hosted Miya Precision AI based solution in an NHS Trust.
  • Advised ICO on its regulatory Sandbox, in particular advising on complex data protection issues relating to participants in the Sandbox, who were trialling artificial intelligence, facial recognition technology and other complex, innovative technologies.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises major companies in the retail, automotive, and financial services sector on IT procurement, cloud computing, and digital transformation matters, as well as working with tech-focused clients on an array of commercial and transactional issues. Of particular note is the firm's work in the fintech space, with practice heads Tom Bridgford and Richard Jones offering particular expertise on financial services regulatory issues within the sector.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bridgford; Richard Jones

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hill

Testimonials

‘Richard Hill – very personable and easy to work with.’

‘From an operational perspective, the team were open to a flexible billing arrangement that made sense given our current situation. This was supported by a pragmatic and effective balance between Partner and Associate input.’

The team demonstrated a good understanding of the fundamentals of SaaS licensing and were quick to adapt this to our offering. This included handling some quite specific and detailed issues around our pricing structure, which the team (of their own volition) reworked and improved after their initial proposal. They could have easily left things as they were, as the initial proposal was totally satisfactory. The team’s desire to truly find the best solution for us was hugely helpful.

Key clients

Smiths Business Information Services Limited

Cobham

Santander

Yum! Brands

Lookers plc

Anglo American

Rolls-Royce

Daisy Communications Limited

AstraZenecaUK

Work highlights

  • Advising Smith’s Business Information on a wide range of technology contracts.
  • Advising Daisy Group Holdings  on the sale of Digital Wholesale Solutions Limited to Inflexion Private Equity Partners.
  • Advised DWS on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Project Seattle Topco Limited.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Focused on the telecoms sector, Hill Dickinson LLP advises national and international public sector bodies and broadband companies on digital infrastructure issues, including regulatory compliance and commercial agreements, financing, and large-scale projects. Mark Fitzgibbon is head of commercial, TMT and IP.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon

Key clients

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Government of St Helena

The Welsh Government

Broadway Partners Limited/Monmouthshire Broadband Limited

Cardiff Capital Region (CCR)

Cybermoor Services Limited

Cardiff City Council

Work highlights

  • Advised the GMCA’s successful bid to fund the transformational roll out of full fibre connectivity in the region.
  • Advised SHG on its procurement of a communication provider, the procurement strategy, commenting on draft Communication Policy and drafting Licence Heads of Terms.
  • Advising a consortium on the Innovative National 5G Programme in Wales.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP advises a range of national companies and public sector organisations on matters such as data protection, software licensing, and digital transformation projects. The team is led by Paul Knight, who specialises in commercial IT and GDPR advice, as well as innovative AI and blockchain matters. Senior associates Sarah Whyman and Charlotte Lewis are also key players, with noted capabilities in technology licensing and healthcare sector projects respectively.

Practice head(s):

Paul Knight

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Whyman; Charlotte Lewis

Key clients

British Council

Cantarus Limited

EMIS

ODEON Cinemas Group

PHOENIX Group

Royal Institute of British Architects

UK Research and Innovation

Zen Internet

Work highlights

  • Advising the British Council on its procurement of multiple new technology solutions.
  • Advising FIFA on the application of data protection law to its proposed reforms of the football transfer system.
  • Advising ODEON on major IT contracts, including data centre co-location and data analytics.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Myerson Solicitors LLP advises corporate clients on a diverse range of matters, including software development and licensing agreements, data protection, and outsourcing contracts, with notable capabilities in the establishment of e-commerce platforms and operational issues relating to COVID-19 testing. Fintech and technology regulations are key areas of strength. Carla Murray leads the department, focusing on non-contentious and commercial matters, particularly regulatory technology and IT contracts.

Practice head(s):

Carla Murray

Testimonials

‘It struck me that Myerson have a very collaborative approach, both within the firm and toward the client in order to solve the client’s needs. There were several occasions where advice was double checked or the best approach sought from colleagues within the firm giving a sense that the firm operates cohesively and is able to use its range of specialisms to good effect.’

‘An abundance of care and tact. Even when addressing potentially delicate matters, things were sensitively handled, I was kept very much in the loop and got the sense that a collective effort was made to look beyond the immediate requirements of the brief to safeguard the smooth running of affairs into the future. All of this was presently honestly, fairly and without pressure.’

‘The team are very approachable, flexible and above all else they know what they are doing.’

 

Key clients

Machine Compare.com Limited

Almond School of Design Ltd

Rimini Systems Limited

Matillion Limited

CDL Group Limited

dotcentric Limited

Customs Connect Limited

Zebraware Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising leading marketplace provider on its platform terms and conditions and drafting a suite of marketplace terms and conditions for listing, selling and purchasing products via the marketplace.
  • Advising new start up Fit2Fly Test Limited on its e-commerce terms and conditions for the supply of COVID-19 19 home test kits as part of a plethora of measures being rolled out across the country in the fight against the spread of the virus and variants. The test kits are provided for home tests to be taken prior to flying with the option of purchasing further test kits for immediate use upon arrival back in the UK as part of the government “Test to release” services.
  • Advising a variety of businesses on their e-commerce offering including drafting terms and conditions for the supply of goods, services and digital content via websites and other platforms, privacy notices and cookies policies.

Shoosmiths LLP

The arrival of practice head Luke Stubbs from DLA Piper has significantly strengthened Shoosmiths LLP's IT offering, with Stubbs bringing particular expertise in fintech and e-commerce issues, including financial services regulatory issues and the establishment of e-commerce platforms. The team also advises clients on major public procurement projects, commercial agreements, and digital transformation, with regular national mandates led by Richard Millington, who focuses on commercial IT matters. Senior associate Rachel Whalebone specialises in data protection and privacy and outsourcing work.

Practice head(s):

Luke Stubbs

Other key lawyers:

Richard Millington; Rachel Whalebone

Testimonials

‘Shoosmiths have been very forward thinking in how they engage with our organisation and clients and have made it really straightforward to access the right expertise within the firm. Shoosmiths’ suite of products including legal knowhow training and seminars and legaltech products add real value to the work that they do.’

‘We’ve worked closely with Luke Stubbs in recent years and he has played a key role in developing Greater Manchester’s FinTech sector. He has worked with a number of our FinTech clients to advise them on establishing and growing in the UK and around regulatory matters and has been hugely supportive of the work that we do and has received great feedback from clients. Luke is a real expert in his field and is a key partner for the work that we do.’

Key clients

Zip Payments

Cellnex

Gaist

Marstons Plc

Global Switch

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellnex Telecom on major public telecoms projects, including work with TFL.
  • Advising Zip Payments on its establishment in the UK.
  • Advised a car auctions body and an e-commerce provider in relation to the establishment of what will be the UK’s largest and fully digital used car ecommerce site.