IT and telecoms in Northern Ireland

Arthur Cox Belfast

Arthur Cox Belfast handles the full range of ICT matters, advising public and private sector clients on local and cross-border IT projects. The team is particularly well known for its large client base of government departments, local authorities and other public bodies, thanks in part to its specialism in public procurement. William Curry, who has advised on some of the largest IT projects in the region over the last year, and firm chairman Alan Taylor jointly lead the practice. The highly experienced Paul McBride is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

William Curry; Alan Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Paul McBride

Testimonials

The team are excellent listeners, they get all the details and thoroughly go through everything, then form their ideas of the best way forward. They are extremely knowledgeable.’

William Curry is extremely approachable and nothing is too much trouble. I would highly recommend him to any company.’

Key clients

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

PowerNI

Department of Finance (LPS)

Foods Connected Ltd

W & R Barnett Limited

Probit Consulting Ltd

Concentrix

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Authority

Invest NI

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs on its implementation of a new IT system for recording and tracking the movements and health of food animals in Northern Ireland
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in relation to its IT Futures project to replace its current IT systems with new and up-to-date systems
  • Advising the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on the continued use of various third-party software used by the client following the termination of a strategic ICT services partnership with Belfast Telecommunications PLC
  • Advising the Department of Finance (Land and Property Services) on all aspects of the LPS Nova programme, which involves a number of procurement projects to digitally transform the LPS’s functions and services
  • Advising Probit on preparing a template software development agreement

Carson McDowell

Carson McDowell advises on contentious and non-contentious IT matters, including the negotiation of software licensing agreements and ICT managed services contracts, the development of bespoke software solutions, and the implications of GDPR. The team's clients include foreign companies with IT support operations in the region, large IT operators and local IT sector start-ups, and it also has a growing cyber security client base. The highly regarded Dawn McKnight co-leads the team with joint corporate head Neasa Quigley.

Practice head(s):

Dawn McKnight; Neasa Quigley

Key clients

Atto Partners

ISDM Solutions Limited

Ansec IA

Xilinx Inc

Modern Democracy Limited

Raptor Photonics

AirPOS

Nihon Cyber

Cover.net

Acidy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisting Atto by modifying its current contracts, advising on its obligations under GDPR regulations, and advising on the appropriate form of a hosting agreement to manage risk
  • Advising ISDM Solutions on global agreements, such as a services agreement with Intercept Pharma Europe for the provision of audio/visual solutions
  • Advising Belfast International Airport in relation to the procurement of aviation security services, which involved securing the continued right to use existing software incorporated into the technology at the airport
  • Advising Ulster University on all tech-related matters and on the technology spin-outs of Innovation Ulster Limited, as well as IT-related supply arrangements
  • Advising Modern Democracy Limited, a company which specialises in the development of polling software, on drafting a software licence agreement to use with various government bodies

A&L Goodbody

A&L Goodbody covers contentious and non-contentious IT matters. Its growing client base includes leading local technology companies and a number of international businesses, thanks in part to its close connection to its San Francisco office. The team, which advises on technology start-ups, fundraising, joint ventures, M&A, technology investment and contracts for services, is jointly led by the experienced Mark Thompson and Brendan Fox. Associate Jonathan Hacking is recommended for his GDPR expertise.

Practice head(s):

Brendan Fox; Mark Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hacking

Key clients

Irish Football Association

Energia

LoyalBee

Sandhills East

Axial 3D

Beautiful Bundle

BrainWaveBank

Neurovalens

3fivetwo Healthcare

RotaPal

Vetoquinol

Power NI

Work highlights

  • Advising the Irish Football Association on its new outsourced IT player registration database
  • Advising Energia on drafting a suite of new IT documentation and an IT agreement governing the client’s requirements for a new product management portal
  • Advising LoyalBe on a number of different documents to govern the use of its app, which allows customers to earn loyalty points by using their bank card at participating retailers
  • Advising Automated Intelligence on an agreement with Sainsbury’s Bank in relation to providing IT-related services to the bank’s online banking platform
  • Advising Axial 3D on a services agreement with Tallahassee Medical Centre in Florida, which involved the licensing of the client’s 3D medical printing technology

Forde Campbell LLC

Boutique IT, IP and media firm Forde Campbell LLC advises on the full range of IT matters, with specialist expertise spanning ICT services contracts, open source software, dark web information sourcing, software code development and cloud services provision. The team has a particular focus on advising local start-ups, but also acts for Republic of Ireland and US companies. Practice head Rory Campbell draws on his experience in corporate and finance law, while director Katey Dixon specialises in data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Rory Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Katey Dixon

Key clients

Novosco Limited

Acuris Group (formerly Mergermarket) Limited

Neueda Limited

In Your Element Limited

Medicinall Ltd.

Electronic Document Management Consultancy Limited

Onesource Virtual (UK) Limited

Flax & Teal Limited

Fluent Technology Limited

Redgrove Companies Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Novosco on the negotiation of a contract to manage IT infrastructure and support services to a major English NHS trust
  • Advising Acuris on its ongoing contracts with software developers and digital content providers which provide functionality and content to support the client’s products
  • Advising Neueda on its software and service supply contracts, including a software licence and services framework agreement with Sage Trader LLC in California
  • Advising In Your Element Limited on negotiating software integration and partnership agreements
  • Advising Medicinall Limited on managing relationships with developers in order to maximise the value of the product created to allow for growth and prepare for acquisitions

Tughans

Tughans counts a number of major Northern Irish companies and public sector bodies among its clients, and is particularly active advising local and international technology companies. The team advises on early-stage investment, M&A, outsourcing and infrastructure projects, and has particular expertise in procurement. Adrian O’Connell, who specialises in data protection and contract agreements, and Patrick Brown head the non-contentious and contentious sides of the practice, respectively. Ciara Lagan and John McGuckian advise on corporate transactions in the technology and telecoms spheres.

Practice head(s):

Adrian O’Connell; Patrick Brown

Other key lawyers:

Ciara Lagan; John McGuckian

Testimonials

‘Tughans is professional and responsive and its advice is very good.’

‘Ciara Lagan and director Paul O’Brien provide sound advice, respond on a timely basis and are completely professional in their approach.’

Key clients

Invest Northern Ireland

Business Growth Fund (BGF)

Kernel Capital

Fusion Antibodies plc

Auditcomply

B-Secur Limited

Titan IC Systems

Export Technologies

Monaghan Mushrooms

OCO Global

Camlin Technologies

PropertyPal.com Limited

LimeGreenTangerine Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a large Northern Irish food and grocery distribution business on the procurement and implementation of a group-wide HR system
  • Advising a large local animal feed manufacturer on its enterprise-wide deployment of EPR and CRM software
  • Advising technology company Titan IC Systems on the negotiation of IP licensing deals with a number of companies for the implementation of the client’s technology into their next generation networks and cloud offerings
  • Advising Trax Trader on preparing a whole suite of documentation in respect of its new online platform for the sale of used machinery and plant across the UK and Ireland
  • Advising property listing platform PropertyPal.com Ltd on a series of updates to its suite of contractual documentation, including drafting new GDPR-compliant privacy policies and developing new terms for website hosting services

Mills Selig

Mills Selig acts for some of Northern Ireland's leading businesses and technology advisory groups, as well as investors into the local technology sector; it also advises domestic technology start-ups on matters such as early-stage investment. The team also advises on M&A transactions in the technology sector and software licensing and related matters. Following the departure of Kathryn Walls to an in-house role, the team is led by litigator Emma Hunt, who specialises in social media law, and head of corporate Chris Guy.

Practice head(s):

Chris Guy; Emma Hunt

Testimonials

The team is pragmatic, commercial and highly skilled. They understand our business very well and their advice is practical, clear and client focused.

Key clients

First Derivatives plc

Novosco Limited

Crescent Capital III LP

Decom Engineering Limited

Mycardiapp Limited

Ampliphae Limited

Stormharvester Limited

Sussd Limited

Automated Intelligence Systems Limited

One Million Steps Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising First Derivatives plc on licensing its underlying software to the companies in which it invests
  • Advising First Derivatives in its acquisition of the remaining shareholding in Silicon Valley company KX Systems Inc
  • Advising Locum Match on drafting and negotiating a software platform development and licensing agreement
  • Advising Limitless Digital Solutions on drafting bespoke technology licence terms and conditions for its in-store analytics product
  • Advising Stormharvester on a significant second funding round from a local institutional investor supported by angel investors to develop its weather prediction technology