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IT and telecoms in North West

Addleshaw Goddard

Clients hail Addleshaw Goddard as ‘continuing to lead TMT in the North West’. The team is geared towards providing purchaser-focused advice for both public and private sector clients with particular expertise in telecoms, ICT enabled outsourcing, ERP and cloud computing. Practice head Paul Bentham is ‘probably the best non-contentious IT and outsourcing lawyer in the North West’ while James Whittakerhas extremely broad expertise in commercial, IT, outsourcing contracts and advice’. Another key name is Phil McGough, praised for his ‘consistently thorough professional service’; his expertise encompasses system development and implementation, IT infrastructure agreements and global licensing arrangements. The financial services and fast moving consumer goods industries are both core areas of focus for the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Bentham

Other key lawyers:

James Whittaker; Phil McGough


‘An extremely strong team, they continue to lead TMT in the North West by a country mile.’

‘Paul Bentham is probably the best non-contentious IP, IT and outsourcing lawyer in the North West, with extensive experience in both private and public sector deals.’

‘James Whittaker has an extremely broad range of expertise in commercial, IT, outsourcing contracts and advice. He is unfailingly pragmatic and retains a cool and calm head in difficult times. Focused on getting the deal done.’

‘Phil McGough is a real rising star. He is a great technician with a cutting-edge focus on the application of AI to legal practice and processes.’

‘Nadine Waters is a go-to adviser for a huge range of clients – they tend to love her no-nonsense style and commitment to achieving client objectives.’

‘I find the team at Addleshaw Goddard to be highly professional and simple to work with. They balance the requirements of providing legal advice with the a pragmatism that works for a family owned business such as ours. The firm is multi-faceted and has provided advise across a spectrum of areas. In my experience, to have a specialist team under one roof is fairly unique.’

‘There are a couple of standout people from my perception. Phil McGough provides a consistently thorough and detailed level of professional advice. That said his ability to explain complex issues and put them in context is helpful for those not employed in the legal industry. Harriet Powell has driven a number of key initiatives forward in relation to projects over the last two years which have professionalised our approach to contracting. Both Phil and Harriet have the ability to explain legal jargon in a way that an audience can understand and then make an informed decision on.’

Key clients

The Co-operative Group Limited

Reckitt Benckiser plc

J Sainsbury’s plc

Bruntwood Group of companies

PZ Cussons plc

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

London Gateway Port Limited



United Utilities

Work highlights

  • Advised PZ Cussons on the procurement of a new global network installation and multi-year provision of the network on a managed service basis.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's team works with clients across a broad spectrum of industries including the financial services, manufacturing and industrial sectors. Its expertise is notably wide-reaching, encompassing cloud computing, IT outsourcing and insourcing, ERP/CRM procurements and systems integration. Sarah Bell leads the regional practice which also demonstrates prowess in respect of payment and fintech matters, project management, data protection and privacy compliance. Lee Brierley is a star name for IT outsourcing and procurement while Stephen Wright frequently acts for public sector clients.  Niche expertise is also held in relation to agile procurements and smart ticketing projects.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Bell

Key clients

AO World

Biffa Group

Cabinet Office

Coach House

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DT Automotive Limited


Globe Union

Graham and Brown


Key Retirement Group


Mitre Finch Holdings Limited

Mobysoft Limited

NCC Group


Orcha Health Limited

Saudi Telecom Company

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Talk Talk

The Co-operative Bank PLC

The Hut Group

Transport for the North

Verna Group International

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for the North in respect of its multi modal account based smart ticketing programme.
  • Continuing to act on some of HM Government’s most high-profile IT related projects, with combined deal values of circa £5bn.
  • Advising The Co-operative Bank on the renewal, revision and extension of a key strategic and operational contract with Capita plc pursuant to which Capita runs the Bank’s mortgage servicing operations and supports the Bank’s digital transformation.


Craig Chaplin, practice head of DWF, is widely considered a market leader for IT, telecoms and technology-focused outsourcing and infrastructure projects. He notably acts for Manchester United, advising the club on a variety of matters including a master services agreements with a major supplier in relation to the provision of payment processing services. James Lonsdale is another key member of the team; he works on a wide range of IT and telecoms contracts. The team is also well-versed in disputes and actively represents clients from the financial services, insurance and retail industries, among others.

Practice head(s):

Craig Chaplin

Other key lawyers:

James Lonsdale; Andrew Whalley

Key clients

Telefonica UK Limited (O2)


Fourth Limited

Manchester United

Marks & Spencer


Serco Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Barrett Steel Limited

City Football Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully acting for O2 in its claim for restitution of annual licence fees paid to Ofcom in respect of wireless telegraphy licences during the period October 2015 to November 2017.
  • Supporting BT with both the negotiation of enterprise contracts together with legal advice relating to new products.
  • Acted for Utiligroup in relation to its supply to utility companies of software and a managed service in relation to Smart Metering.

Pinsent Masons LLP

At Pinsent Masons LLP, the team has expertise in relation to major procurements, outsourcing, SAAS licensing and cloud computing contracts, as well as advising on the development, procurement and licensing of digital platforms. Claire Edwards and Samantha Livesey jointly head the department which has particularly knowledge in the retail, consumer brands, business of sport, financial services and construction sectors. In addition to private sector clients, public sector bodies also rely on the group for responses to cyber security breaches.

Practice head(s):

Claire Edwards; Samantha Livesey

Key clients

Hanson Group plc

Honda Motor Europe Limited

Tesco Stores Limited

The English Football League Limited

The English Golf Union Limited

Sweaty Betty Limited

UP Fitness Limited


The Jockey Club

Lily’s Kitchen

Work highlights

  • Advising Honda Motor Europe in relation to the use of data through its connected vehicles.  The matter is extremely complex and at the fore front of stretching the legislation to allow for innovative technology.
  • Advising England Golf on its procurement of an IT system to role out the new World Handicapping System to golf courses across England.
  • Advising Tesco in relation to the set up of its first contactless stores, the technology behind which will allow customers to end a store, place food into their bag and leave without interacting with a till or checkout.

Brabners LLP

Brabners LLPhas a deep pool of talented lawyer to draw on’. Key names include managing partner Nik White and Matt Brown, who is cited for his ‘great knowledge of commercial IT contracts’; the duo lead the department alongside Colin Bell and Richard Hough. Numerous tech-orientated outfits form the client roster, from start-ups to established brands, touching on commodity trading software, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, video games, apps, e-commerce and technology systems for financial market data. The arrival of Piers Dryden from Ogier has bolstered the team's fintech expertise with other established strengths including music and content licensing and distribution, along with IT-related M&A.


‘Brabners have a deep pool of talented lawyers to draw on so they always seem to have an expert, whatever speciality is required. Good honest ethos – not always recommending a course of action which makes more work for them. After working with them now for nearly 30 years they feel like a branch of our company.’

‘Nik White has a very strong understanding of the subject area and our own contract structures, and good negotiating skills.’

‘Matt Brown has real knowledge of commercial IT contracts.’

Key clients

Sinara Consultants Limited

Rathbones Investment Management

Peel Ports

Applearn Ltd


Yourparkingspace Ltd

Matcher Technologies Limited

Checkprint Limited

Innovative Chat Ltd

Innovation Technology Capital Ltd

Bibliu Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Sinara upon various agreements relating the development of bespoke software solutions and related support agreements.
  • Advised Rathbones Investment Management, a provider of wealth management services on a number of licenses relating to the provision and use of financial data and related software services.
  • Acted for Matcher Technologies Limited in drafting its standard EULA for use with their IVF compliance software. Also advised upon their overseas Reseller arrangements including in the USA and New Zealand amongst others.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Practice head Susan Hall is the key contact at Clarke Willmott LLP. She is hailed as a ‘first-rate lawyer’ who is ‘one of the most experienced in the field’. Her team’s workload includes GDPR, ICT agreements, technology disputes, data protection and data security matters, in addition to related M&A and due diligence. App development in sectors such as health, wellness, fitness and restaurant payment is also a core strength strength, as is the prevention of counterfeiting and piracy.

Practice head(s):

Susan Hall

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Stone


‘In Susan Hall, the team has one of the leading and most experienced lawyers in this field, and all who work under follow her suit of providing excellent legal advice against a background of complete command of the technical detail of the claim. Clients in this field love them because they speak their language.’

‘Susan Hall is simply the best. A first-rate lawyer who has a command of every aspect of the technology in the claim. She is a fighter who commands the respect of all who engage with her, especially clients. She has seen and done everything in this area.’

‘Andrew Stone is an excellent technical and detail man. He knows the case backwards such that no opponent gets the edge over or better of him.’

Key clients

The Berkeley Group Holdings plc

wejo Limited

Informed Solutions Limited

Denis Ferranti Meters Limited

MiX Telematics Europe Limited

Auga Technologies Limited

Orona Limited

Organix Brands Limited

Xpertrule Limited

Omnibus Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Berkeley Group Holdings plc who are investing in a modular construction factory which will be heavily automate. The team is handling the negotiation and redrafting of all the associated ICT contracts, with parties including Oracle.
  • Acting for Denis Ferranti Group on a wide range of matters, including contractual and disputes with parties such as overseas navies, the MoD and large multinational organisations.
  • Carrying out a lot of work for Informed Solutions Limited, a specialist geographical information systems/big data consultancy company which was in 2018 awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation.


Fieldfisher's team is known for its ‘strength in depth in the tech and data protection area’; the practice's core strengths cover software and hardware arrangements, outsourcing contracts, agile technology deployments, privacy projects and cybersecurity. Developing technologies such as artificial intelligence and facial recognition are also a focus for the group ,which is headed by the ‘excellentRob Sheldon and Sam Jardine. Senior associate Liam Corrigan is developing a strong reputation for his handling of IT procurements and implementation projects. Sports, health, professional services and data technology fall within the group’s specialist sectors.

Practice head(s):

Rob Sheldon; Sam Jardine

Other key lawyers:

Liam Corrigan


‘Quick to respond and pragmatic’.

‘Rob Sheldon is very pragmatic in the advice he gives. He understands the client and our appetite to risk and advises appropriately.’

‘The Fieldfisher TMT team provides pragmatic, commercial, risk-focused advice. They are very responsive, and proactive in relation to the identification of risks and issues. They have broad experience across a wide range of TMT contracts, and in-depth knowledge of the rail sector, in relation to TMT and more generally.’

‘Sam Jardine is technically very competent, firm but calm in negotiations, and always very approachable and good-natured. He is very thorough, delivers what and when he says he will, and always presents advice in a way that is easy to understand and can be shared directly with non-lawyer colleagues.’

‘Liam Corrigan is very commercial and pragmatic.’

‘A desire to really understand our business. They effectively operate as an extension to our team. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Rob Sheldon always makes time, delivers pragmatic, commercial advice. Understands the pressures of in house lawyers and does what he can to make our life easier.

‘Sound legal advice combined with a real understanding of the real life commercial pressures.’

Key clients



Babylon Healthcare

BBC Children in Need

British Cycling

Colour-Fit (a member of the ‘Hero’ fitness & wellbeing group)


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

dunnhumby (Tesco’s data-science subsidiary)

Engage Solutions

Fortnum & Mason plc

Godiva Chocolatier

Iceland Foods Limited

Intercom Inc.

Liverpool Football Club

London North Eastern Railway

MDS Global Limited

Olympus KeyMed

Pets at Home / Vets4Pets

Shaping Cloud

Smart DCC

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Solicitors Regulation Authority


UD Software Solutions

Well Pharmacies (Bestway Panacea)

Young Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Advising dunnhumby on the achievement of a variety of strategic objectives including their contract transformation programme, negotiation of a wide variety of technology procurement contracts, entry into new markets and deal support on contracts with Foodstuffs.
  • Engaged by Liverpool Football Club to advise on the expansion and consolidation of its suite of fan-facing applications and systems into one ‘omni channel’ system (‘FanConnect’) including providing for a tender-based contracting structure for multiple service providers across a wide-ranging suite of B2C services and systems, international service provision and negotiation and drafting and negotiating for international privacy compliance.
  • Advised London North Eastern Railway on the procurement of a mobile software application including purchasing and ticketing of rail journeys, account management functionality, and personalisation from Softwire Technology Limited.

Pannone Corporate LLP

Under the leadership of Amy Chandler, the team at Pannone Corporate LLP is engaged for a broad array of IT contract work, including disputes, with specific examples including development, implementation, data centre, hosing and support and maintenance agreements. Further key expertise is held in relation to data protection, software as a service, software licenses and outsourcing with clients including e-commerce businesses and providers of IT hardware and software, technology and applications.

Practice head(s):

Amy Chandler

Other key lawyers:

Paul Jonson; David Brown

Key clients UK Limited

Brother International Europe Limited


SMG Europe

UKROEd Limited

NG Bailey

K3 Business Technology Group plc

Marlborough Fund Managers Limited

MirrorWeb Limited

Caters News Agency Limited

Iceland Foods Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising UKROEd on a contract for the procurement of a hosted infrastructure and managed service for a key business system for the National Driver Offender Retraining scheme.
  • Advising Brother on a managed print service agreement and other IT related agreements and on data protection.
  • Advising a housing provider on a contract for the procurement of an infrastructure as a service.


Hailed as being ‘at the bleeding edge of legal tech sector developments’, TLT has a focus on clients in the financial services, retail, digital, fintech and payments sectors. Led by Bristol-based James Touzel and the ‘very experienced and knowledgeableDavid Gardner, the team routinely acts on regulatory matters, outsourcing, business-critical IT projects, open banking, cloud services and software development, among others.

Practice head(s):

David Gardner; James Touzel


‘As a practice, they appear to be at the bleeding edge of legal tech sector developments, a particular area of interest for in-house lawyers.’

‘David Gardner is a very experienced and knowledgeable technology lawyer. He would be my default go-to for any complex technology contract. He is professional, meticulous, yet outcome driven.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank Plc including Barclaycard

Yorkshire Building Society

Elavon Financial Services DAC

Texecom Limited

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

Government Legal Department

Royal Museums Greenwich

Bertram Nursery Group

Weightmans LLP

At Weightmans LLP, the client roster ranges from niche software providers to major studios, NHS bodies and major insurance organisations. The team has recently been active on a wealth of major IT services procurements and also handles matters such as GDPR compliance, data protection and strategic dataflow contractual frameworks. The video game industry is a sector where the department, led by Sean Crotty, is well-versed; its work on that front includes funding, development agreements, acquisitions, disposals and publishing-related instructions.

Practice head(s):

Sean Crotty


‘I have had the pleasure of working with a number of members of the Weightmans team. I am a startup entrepreneur with a limited budget, but the service I’ve received from the solicitors I’ve worked with makes me feel like I’m punching above my weight in terms of the quality of work they produce. I feel secure in the work they’ve done for me, and in the knowledge that whenever my solicitor needs to query something with someone more senior, they can, and they will come back to me on it quickly.’


Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Royal Mail Group


Lexis Nexis

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


St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

Manchester Metropolitan University

Work highlights

  • After advising upon the procurement of the IT services element of the project, the team advised The Insurance Fraud Bureau on the management and use of an insurance industry-wide insurance fraud register database, which will be a key asset in the fight against c. £3bn worth of fraud per annum.
  • Advising British Transport Police on its procurement of managed network services under the Crown Commercial Service’s Managed Network Services framework.
  • Advising The Open University on the procurement of a new and venture-changing ‘University in a box’ IT solution – an open procurement process followed by the appointment of iTelligence as the service provider.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Clients of DAC Beachcroft LLPappreciate the strength in depth and responsiveness’ of the team. Among its chief areas of expertise are technology procurement, contracting and disputes in the healthcare sector, acting for US-based software suppliers on their UK activities and providing IT-focused advice to insurance companies. Leeds-based Michael Peeters heads the department with Harald Loeffler and Jan Levinson among the key names in the North West. The department is also experienced in respect of IT and outsourcing disputes and includes legal director Andrew Rankin, an expert in systems integration and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Michael Peeters


‘I appreciate the strength in depth, the responsiveness and the personal interactions I have with everyone across the team.’

‘We view Chris Air as an extension of the team and he has been very supportive on a range of commercially challenging matters.’

Key clients

Allscripts IT Healthcare

Bullhorn International

NHS Professionals

Churchill Contract Solutions

EMIS Health

Wellbeing Software Group

TeleTracking Technologies, Inc

Transport for Greater Manchester

Nirvana Intelligent Systems


CDS Computer Design Systems



Work highlights

  • Advised Bullhorn in respect of a deal to provide their software as a service CRM platform to an international recruitment business.
  • Advised and supported Corero in relation to a software distribution partner agreement with Nuvias Group Limited.
  • Advised EMIS Health on the terms of the NHS GP IT Futures framework and its appointment as a supplier.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP's team has specific expertise of smart grids, digital infrastructure and telecoms-related matters, advising on legal strategy, compliance and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Fitzgibbon

Key clients

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Aberdeenshire Council

Broadway Partners Ltd

The Highland Council

Bridge Fibre Limited

Telcom Networks Limited

FarrPoint Limited

Cubeultra Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised on Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s successful bid to fund the rollout of full fibre connectivity in the region. The advice includes strategy relating to telecoms/broadband commercial models, state aid and procurement strategy.
  • Advising The Highland Council in respect of its application for Wave 2 funding under the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s (DCMS) Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) programme.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers capabilities in outsourcing, licensing, procurement, software contracts and data security expertise, among others. Sectors of expertise include energy, financial services and industrial.

Gateley Plc

Lawyers at Gateley Plc are ‘always professional, with clear expertise’. Peter Budd is the name to note in the North West, with experience in advising on blockchain, dark web and machine learning matters in addition to day-to-day transactions relating to SaaS, PaaS and data centres. Other fronts of specialisation include BAU IT procurement affairs, financial services regulation and cloud computing.

Practice head(s):

Simon Pigden

Other key lawyers:

Peter Budd


‘No matter who I speak with at Gateley, I have always been incredibly impressed with their alacrity to deal with situations and always professional with clear expertise.’

‘Absolute stars at Gateley include Charles Glaskie, Leigh Whittaker, Tom Hughes and Nicola Richardson.  They know what they’re talking about and do it with a smile and quickly.’

Key clients

McBride plc

Lookers plc

Barratt Developments

Working on Wellbeing

Sorted Group Limited

L Marks Limited

Wacoal EMEA Limited

Gnatta Limited

AppCheck Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Working on Wellbeing on a technology-led service to a major provider of occupational health services.
  • Acting for Gnatta Limited on the provision of a SaaS service to one of the largest online retailers.
  • Acting for an energy sector client on the procurement of D365 for Field Operations from Microsoft.

Mills & Reeve LLP

At Mills & Reeve LLP, practice head Paul Knight's practice focuses on software licensing and development, data security and GDPR, as well as new technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. HealthTech and EdTech are key sectors for the group, which is also well-regarded for automation matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Knight

Key clients

British Council

BBC Children in Need

Alan Turing Institute

Information Commissioner’s Office

Odeon Cinemas Group

Cantarus Limited


Turbosteam Limited

Patient Platform Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the British Council on procurement and implementation of new IT and telecoms solutions worldwide.
  • Advising Patient Platform – part of the EMIS Group – on rollout of a new healthcare booking and payment service via the Patient Access app.
  • Advising the Information Commissioner’s Office on its outsourcing of the Telephone Preference Service.

Myerson Solicitors LLP

Clients of Myerson Solicitors LLP include individuals, OMBs, SMEs and PLCs who rely on the team for advice on software development and licensing agreements, cloud computing, technology transfer agreements, outsourcing and data protection law. Led by Carla Murray, the team has a particular focus on fintech and regtech matters and is also well-regarded for its work on open source software, namely restriction and licensing issues.

Practice head(s):

Carla Murray

Other key lawyers:

Philip Ball; Scott Sands

Key clients

CDL Group

Styles & Wood Limited

Keewau Limited

Rimini Systems Limited

Zebraware Limited


Click-Eat Limited

dotcentric Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a vendor of data ETL software, in relation to their general software licensing requiremetns.  
  • Advising Dotcentric Limited, a London-based software and website development on their contracts, including the re-platforming ecommerce websites to Episerver.
  • Advising Cheshire Datasystems Limited, an insurance software provider, on its new data supply service offering for home insurance providers.