IT and telecoms in South East

Blake Morgan LLP

Elisabeth Bell, Alison Patten-Hall and Jill Bainbridge form the leadership trio at Blake Morgan LLP, where the team advises both emerging and established tech companies, particularly those intersecting with healthcare, on a wide range of issues, as well handling telecoms infrastructure work. Simon Staples ‘stands out‘ for his expertise in advising on M&A, private equity, and fundraising. Recommended especially for his employment expertise in the IT sector comes Rajiv Joshi, who regularly advises HCL Technologies on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Bell; Alison Patten-Hall; Jill Bainbridge

Other key lawyers:

Rajiv Joshi; Simon Staples; Rob Jeffries; Tim Coles; Michael Colledge; Ben Evans

Testimonials

‘The team at Blake Morgan works really well with us to get to the advice quickly and at a price we can afford. I like the way the staff works well at all levels.’

‘Simon Staples stands out in our relationship.’

Key clients

Digital Space Group Limited

HTEC Limited

NHS England

IBM United Kingdom LTD

Druva Europe Ltd

Nokia

Wiggle CRC

Utilita Energy Limited

Juriba Limited

Boom Holdings Limited

Velocys

NTT Security UK Limited

West Coast Group

GB Bank Limited

Advanced Thinking Systems Limited

Met Police

eFlorist Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Digital Space Limited and supporting the commercial director on a range of supplier and customer agreements.
  • Advising HiSpeed on incorporation of the company and IP ownership and protection.
  • Advising Wiggle CRC on contracts, data governance, dispute management, and trade marks.

Boyes Turner

A go-to firm for software-related issues as well as its general IT practice, Boyes Turner handles both local and international matters, and has an extensive data protection offering. Practice head Mark Blunden frequently leads the EMEA projects of large international tech companies such as the firm’s representation of Culligan International. Complementary to Blunden, Kate Eavis advises on venture capital and M&A transactions in the IT space, whereas Rowan Turrall is an experienced litigator, handling disputes. Highly active associate Helen Dobson brings first-hand experience in the telecoms sector to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Kate Eavis; Rowan Turrall; Helen Dobson; Amir Kousari

Key clients

Wind River

Volta Trucks

AND Digital

Virtualstock

Tryzens

Culligan International

Spamhaus Technology

Redstor

Electric Miles

Pivot Digital Health

Work highlights

  • Supporting Wind River Systems Inc. in-house counsel in contract negotiations to license its Linux-based technology to telecoms clients in the UK and Finland.
  • Advising Virtualstock on a framework agreement with Travis Perkins.
  • Advising Culligan International on the procurement of its global financial systems to interface with its existing SAP systems.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP is characterized by a practice ingrained in the tech industry and with an international angle, handling commercial contracts, digital transformations, corporate investments, regulatory, and contentious matters. The leadership team consists of Peter Sheppard, an experienced litigator, Sara Valentine, who acts for digital business companies, and Greg Leyshon, a specialist in private equity and venture capital. Additionally recommended for his expertise in private equity transactions in the telecoms sector comes Mike Freer.

Practice head(s):

Sara Valentine; Peter Sheppard; Greg Leyshon

Other key lawyers:

Mike Freer; Rob Hayes

Key clients

gohenry

Focus Group

Xeretec

Windsor Telecom

Moteefe

TiVo Corporation

Wireless Logic Limited

Onecom

Southern Communications

Management team of Babble

Redwood/ Content Guru

Pinnaca

G3 Comms

9Group

Management team of Wavenet

Excell Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for the managers of CIPHR on the terms of the reinvestment of its shares on its sale to ECI at £107m.
  • Advised the majority shareholders of Excell Group on the sale to Wavenet.
  • Advising AppleLearn and its directors and investors on a dispute relating to shareholder issues, directors’ duties, and alleged contractual breaches.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Business-driven and pragmatic‘, Joanne Vengadesan , an expert in contracts and data protection, leads Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s non-contentious IT practice which has a strong fintech offering, an international scope, and advises on cutting-edge matters, including AI and blockchain. Associate Oliver Kidd is another specialist for contractual matters and data protection and in a recent highlight led the team in advising cryptocurrency-exchange platform Coinpass on agreements and FCA compliance.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Vengadesan

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Kidd; Fiona Rodgers; Dan Lovett; Nora Pook

Testimonials

‘Responsive, diverse, and wide expertise.’

‘Joanne Vengadesan is business-driven and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Spitfire Network Solutions Limited

Paul Mason Consulting Limited

TicketSocket, Inc

Nihilent Limited

Tata Advanced Systems Limited

Algorithm Software Pte Limited

Fenn Night Vision Limited

Coinpass Limited

Wavex Technology Limited

Ubisense Limited

StudentCrowd Limited

Astro Lighting

Oxford Endovascular Limited

Alemba Limited

Rezatec Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ubisense Limited on an exclusive reseller agreement with Rakuten in Japan.
  • Advising Wavex Technology on its contractual and compliance arrangements, including customer MSA reviews,negotiations, supplier/subcontracting arrangements, and data protection.
  • Advising TicketSocket, Inc. on its expansion into UK and European markets, including dealing with data protection requirements.

Shoosmiths LLP

A go-to firm for the automotive industry, Shoosmiths LLP handles a substantial amount of cross-border matters, also for other large players in their respective industries such as Travelodge. In addition to his automotive practice, department head Robin Webb has extensive expertise in advising the financial sector. Sebastian Price expands the firm’s scope by handling transactions in retail, tech, and logistics. The team has recently bolstered its strength in telecoms with the arrival of Edward Smith, former general counsel at Telefonica UK.

Practice head(s):

Robin Webb; Sebastian Price

Other key lawyers:

Edward Smith; Emily Utley; Felicity Forward

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes Benz

Nissan

Renault

Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

Volkswagen Financial Services

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc

Honda

Travelodge

Work highlights

  • Advising Randstad on the procurement of a cloud-based and scalable pay and bill solution from RSM Employer Services Limited.
  • Advising Close Brothers on its move from traditional hardware/software licensing to a consumption-based leasing arrangement.
  • Assisting the client throughout the process of appointing a new supplier for a replacement customer feedback system.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Specialists operating in several highly regulated industries including healthcare and telecoms, the team at Stevens & Bolton LLP handles transactions pertaining to the cutting-edge of technology such as cryptocurrencies, AI, and blockchain. Charles Maurice heads up the department and guides both emerging tech companies and established players through complex negotiations both on the buyer and seller side. A specialist in insurtech, Gary Parnell also leads the firm on new technology matters. Beverley Flynn has extensive expertise in data protection and is the overall head for the firm’s commercial practice group.

Practice head(s):

Charles Maurice

Other key lawyers:

Beverley Flynn; Gary Parnell

Testimonials

‘Very good on IT-related contract wording review, displayed excellent knowledge of the pitfalls and weaknesses.’

‘Charles Maurice was an extremely good and patient guide through a complex negotiation.’

Key clients

Datatonic Ltd

VX Fiber Ltd

Unum Ltd

All Clear

Brightstarr Ltd t/a Unity

D4t4 Solutions Plc

Fuller Smith & Turner Plc

Lit Fibre Group Ltd

SecurMed UK

UST Global Private Ltd

Nintendo UK

Work highlights

  • Advised Datatonic Ltd in connection with its data analytics and AI consulting service offering.
  • Advised VX Fiber Ltd on a range of IT and technology matters, including advising on regulatory requirements.
  • Advised AllClear Ltd on its agreement with Doctor Care Anywhere on the provision of the Doctor Care Anywhere add on service for certain of AllClear’s travel insurance schemes.

White & Black Limited

A specialist tech firm, White & Black Limited advises on technology and corporate matters for tech companies both foreign and domestic, as well as on Big Data and licensing, cyber-security, and commercial contracts. Matt Johnston ‘leads a superb practice‘ and in a recent highlight assisted Tyman with setting up its e-commerce platform. A specialist in cross-border matters, Phil Thompson co-heads the team with Johnston. On the contentious side, clients may rely on established litigator Victoria Wright.

Practice head(s):

Phil Thompson; Matt Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Wright

Testimonials

‘Matt Johnston and Victoria Wright are exceptional black letter lawyers as given, what makes then stand apart is their ability to apply this to real world problems. They do what they say they are going to do, in the time lines given and the fees estimates quoted.’

‘The team has a great capacity to understand similarities and differences between legal framework in the UK and in other jurisdictions, which makes finding common solutions for clients much easier.’

‘Phil Thompson is great. It is very nice to work with him since his communications are clear, pertinent and straightforward, in addition to being a very nice person.’

‘A high level of sector-specific knowledge, exceptional availability and turnaround of work, even on the heavyweight work.’

‘Matt Johnston at White & Black Limited is fantastic. Matt works to a high professional standard, is very approachable and has built a great working relationship with us. Matt is always willing to attend meetings at short notice and is very patient with us. His advice is always timely, transparent and honest and we would not consider instructing anyone else!’

‘A close-knit team that offers partner-led, City-quality advice at a much lower price than London firms. All members of the team are friendly, personable and highly responsive. Particular expertise in private M&A and venture capital transactions – especially for technology companies.’

‘Matt Johnston and Phil Thompson are stand-out commercial lawyers, particularly in relation to IT and data protection. They take a pragmatic approach, but are also technically excellent. Victoria Wright is a very effective and experienced litigator. She’s an exceptional communicator and a reassuring presence for her clients.’

‘Matt Johnston leads a superb practice and is very, very knowledgeable. A delight to work with, great value, very commercially aware and extremely responsive.’

Key clients

Electricity North West Limited

Mitchells & Butlers Leisure Retail Limited

A-Plan Group Limited

Howden Group Holdings Limited

Northumbrian Water Limited

Tyman PLC

Healthcode Limited

Universal Music Group Limited

Electricity North West Property Limited

Dev Clever Holdings PLC

Genesys Cloud Services BV

Work highlights

  • Advising Electricity North West Limited on negotiations with Kelvatek, including specialist advice on cyber security and the three main interlinked agreements.
  • Advised Healthcode on contractual arrangements with M&C Saatchi and in relation to data protection and security.
  • Advising Electricity North West Limited on regulatory issues, including the requirements of the National Innovation Competition governance arrangements and the treatment of intellectual property.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Led out of Bristol by Alastair Mitton, the team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is ‘experienced, capable, and proactive and a delight to work with‘ and employs its expertise in digitization projects, setting up e-commerce platforms, and handling issues arising out of the use of AI. Andrew Parsons handles contentious matters pertaining to software and IT services, whereas Andrew Kimble advises on projects, including outsourcing, e-commerce, and adjacent consumer protection laws. Highly active with a focus on the financial sector, Howard Duckworth counsels clients on projects pertaining to outsourcing, fintech, data protection, and cybersecurity.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Parsons; Andrew Kimble; Sheilah Mackie; Howard Duckworth; Emma Luscombe

Testimonials

‘Sheilah Mackie is tenacious, technically knowledgeable, and thorough.’

‘At every opportunity, I have found the WBD team to be experienced, capable, proactive and a delight to work with. Their collaborative approach to looking after our needs, whilst managing difficult and complex opportunities, complimented with their strong technical knowledge, and understanding of mutual outcomes really does differentiate the practice.’

‘No matter the sector, in my experience it is always people that make the difference and Howard Duckworth and Alastair Mitton are simply a joy to work with. Their easy, approachable style is reassuring, as is their knowledge of the law, and ability to offer practical, outcome-based advice is somewhat unique.’

‘Howard Duckworth has taken the time to understand what is important to us and what we are trying to achieve in IT contracts.’

‘I have found the team quick to understand the issues relevant to us and to steer us away from difficulties.’

‘Alistair Mitton has provided excellent support. Andrew Kimble has been very supportive on some complex data issues and has been very helpful during a difficult year. Emma Luscombe is worthy of special mention for her excellent, knowledgeable and very practical support during a difficult year.’

‘Alastair Mitton provides efficient, effective, and high-quality legal advice in a commercially-focused way. He is solutions-driven and always finds the time to brainstorm tricky or complex matters in a highly logical and articulate way. I find that Howard Duckworth demonstrates similar qualities to Alastair and they are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

AIG / American Insurance Group

Ann Summers

B&Q

Carnival Corporation plc

Carpetright

Chemring

END. Clothing

Go Ahead Group plc

Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage)

Kingfisher plc / Kingfisher Information Technology Services

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society / LV

London South Eastern Railway (trading as Southeastern)

Ministry of Justice

National Farmers’ Union

NCR Corporation

NHS Digital

Post Office Limited

Ordnance Survey

Quilter Cheviot

Quilter Financial Services (formerly known as Intrinsic)

Quilter Investors

Quilter plc (formerly known as Old Mutual Wealth / Skandia)

Hurst Point Group

ScienceLogic

Scottish Power

The Modular Analytics Company (TMAC)

Unicard

Vizion Network Limited

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP advises software houses and tech companies in the public, private, and charities sectors on a variety of matters, particularly to platforms and cloud-based solutions. Key names include associate Claire Hunt who predominantly handles commercial contracts.

Other key lawyers:

Claire Hunt

Testimonials

‘The Birketts practice as a team has shown its uniqueness in its fairness of billing practices. They are very precise and thoughtful in preparation of their scoping letters and we are never surprised about the bills with respect to time spent working on our matters. This is also a result of periodic and unsolicited updates on time billed to date.’

Key clients

Commcise Software Limited

Compliancy Services Limited

Rapid DCS

Kalibrate Technology Group

Policing Solutions Group

My Compliance Centre Limited

VST Global Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Commcise Software Limited on SaaS agreements with several multinational financial institutions for cloud-based commission management and wallet share software solutions.
  • Assisted Rapid DCS Limited to settle a suite of documents, including SaaS agreements and associated policies.
  • Advised Compliance Centre Limited on IP chain of ownership documentation and contract negotiation support in settling SaaS agreements.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co advises companies operating in various sectors on IT matters, including aviation, insurance, retail, financial services, as well as trade and energy. Practice head Mark Williamson ‘knows the law inside out and isn’t afraid to take a pragmatic position‘ when advising on tech, data, privacy, e-commerce, and digital outsourcing. Additionally, Tom Tippett comes recommended for his expertise in SaaS and cloud-based solutions. The firm recently merged with BLM.

Practice head(s):

Mark Williamson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Tippett; Craig Lightfoot

Testimonials

‘The team is able to deliver the result with a limited input from the client. Our meetings usually are not lengthy and when we receive the drafts, we are almost always happy with the product produced. They also come back with usual comments for further improvements or alternatives.’

‘Tom Tippett was handling our matters, and he has a strong commercial mindset for the IT sector. We always appreciate his ability to bring up the potential issues that we would not otherwise foresee and include in our contract.’

‘Excellent, pragmatic and quick advice.’

‘Mark Williamson is a great partner. He knows the law inside out and isn’t afraid to take a pragmatic position. He provides timely advice and is well trusted.’

‘Trust and integrity, I can contact this company and am assured that with their service delivery, attention to detail, they can support me in dealing with high-risk situations, general advice, guidance and assist me in dealing with issues of a sensitive nature all within a timely response. They inspire me with confidence.’

‘Very professional, commercial, and adaptable.’

‘Tom Tippett’s strategic overview ensured that all of the contracts hung together and assisted in managing the inter-dependencies between each for the life of the contracts. Craig Lightfoot has supported on a critical project and I have found his attention to detail, calm approach, and manner has brought about significant positive results.’

Key clients

B&Q Limited

University College of London

Motability Operations Ltd

Eurosoft

Tokio Marine

Chubb

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing legal advice to B&Q on a variety of matters.
  • Advising University College London on technology and data-related arrangements.
  • Advising Motability Operations Limited on its move to a digital customer journey.

Cripps

Cripps is led by Pete Kenyon and advises emerging companies on cutting-edge matters such as NFTs, AI-based solutions, and cryptocurrencies as well as handling data protection issues and outsourcing. Kenyon is a specialist in commercializing software and issues arising out of online business models. He is supported by Kathryn Rogers who has expensive expertise in data protection and privacy regulations. A team leader in this aspect is associate Elliot Fry, who in a recent highlight advised Deltatre on the licensing of its its proprietary software platforms.

Practice head(s):

Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Rogers; Elliot Fry; Irfan Baluch

Testimonials

‘Deliver a great mix of practical/commercial thought processes to achieve our desired outcomes.’

‘Both Elliot Fry and Pete Kenyon ensure they spend time defining what final state ‘success’ would look like – through deeply understanding our business and viewpoints of our customers.’

‘The team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish gives excellent advice on complex matters within tight deadlines. They are incredibly responsive and very often respond sooner than the deadlines we give. It is not – this is what the law is, do with it what you want. It is always targeted to our business and how our business should interpret the law.’

‘Elliot Fry and Kathryn Rogers are both excellent they work very well together or individually. The standard of work remains high and both are equally responsive.’

Key clients

Alphastream

OSTC Ltd

Deltatre

HiiRoc

Electroneum

StoneX Financial

Risk Solved

Winchester Consulting

Nikec

Tahora

Work highlights

  • Advising Alphastream on a range of issues relating to the commercialization of its artificial intelligence hyper-personalisation platform into the banking and finance sector.
  • Advising Hiiroc on its negotiations with energy companies to commercialize its technology which produces fuel grade hydrogen from various sources, including waste products from the gas industry.
  • Advising Electroneum on the evolution and restructuring of their AnyTask platform which aims to enable low-income individuals to participate in the digital economy.

Dentons

Dentons assists household names such as Royal Mail, Sainsburys, and John Lewis on their IT procurement and relevant contractual agreements. The team is led by Nick Harrison, renowned for his legal-IT know-how in the retail and sports sectors Harrison works closely with associate Rukia Khatun, who primarily handles cloud-based solutions, software development and procurement, and focuses on advising emerging companies.

Practice head(s):

Nick Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Kimberley Langford; Rukia Khatun; Esther Rusling

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Mail Group on its procurement of critical communication services (core communication services and handheld devices).
  • Advised Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited (Sainsbury’s) on its agreement with NCR for the licence of operating software for its self-service checkouts.
  • Advised Sharjah Islamic Bank on its agreement with Netlink for the licence of OutSystems’ low code platform to enhance its digital banking services.

DMH Stallard LLP

Led by Tim Ashdown on the contentious side and John Yates on the non-contentious, DMH Stallard LLP has established its practice with a focus on GDPR, IT contracting, privacy, data protection, M&A, and relating disputes. Debbie Venn handles the entire range of contracts arising in the IT sector and has a particular affinity for its intersection with the travel industry. With the arrival of several associates the firm has recently seen strong organic growth.

Practice head(s):

Tim Ashdown; John Yates

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Venn; Robert Ganpatsingh; Rebecca Leeves; Josie Appleyard

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and diverse team. Easy to find the right expert to help and support the legal needs. From different shareholder agreements to employment law, SLAs to bespoke contract arrangements.’

‘Debbie Venn, she’s just exceptional! She’s able to distil and deliver complex convoluted framework agreements in a simple clear way that helps everyone involved to understand the key points easily and well detailed.’

‘Highly experienced people.’

‘I’ve found their commercial skills to be a real value added.’

‘Just great service; in terms of communication and delivery. Great turnaround as well in very challenging circumstances.’

‘Debbie Venn and Rebecca Leaves.’

Key clients

Ampito Ltd

Motoring and Leisure Services Ltd

Canon UK Ltd and Canon Europe Ltd

BestAtDigital Ltd

15below Ltd

WPM Education Ltd / WPM Group Ltd / WPM Payment Security Services Ltd

Sunrise Software Ltd

OpenCapacity

Extech Technology Ltd

F3 Systems Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Canon UK on the sale/lease of its printing equipment, sub-contracting, TUPE, staffing, and data protection.
  • Advising BestatDigital on all its contractual and data protection matters, preparing template documents for use with customers, suppliers and consultants.
  • Advising WPM on its payment service provider agreement, including data protection, IT security policies, retention processes, and service provider contracts.

Irwin Mitchell

Focused on IT procurement and data protection, Irwin Mitchell handles matters for professional services, IT, and media companies. Particularly proficient in AdTech, Daniel Hedley undertakes data privacy, open source licensing, and general IT contractual work. Stuart Padgham heads the firm’s national commercial practice, including the IT team, and as such leads the department on technology outsourcing matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hedley; Chris Bridges

Testimonials

‘Business acumen, in-depth technological understanding and pragmatism, that gives their client requirements the highest priority. Very good team work and collaboration.’

‘Understanding of our business and business needs is pretty exceptional.’

‘Strong, capable lawyers who are responsive, efficient, and diligent.’

‘Daniel Hedley – sharp as a tack and knowledgeable in his field. Good to work with. Chris Bridges – very capable and a rising star. Good, motivated team that works hard and is thorough and responsive.’

Key clients

LzLabs GmbH

BuzzFeed, Inc.

Saga plc

Nuffield Health

Global Freight Solutions

Moorcrofts LLP

Moorcrofts LLP offers a deep understanding of cloud access rights, neighbouring rights, and an exceptionally strong open source licence practice. Heavy-hitting practitioner Andrew Katz leads the team and advises clients on open source and open hardware licensing, tech law, and IP. As such, he provides ongoing advice to Payara Services in respect of its open source software licences and data protection. On this and other matters, Katz works closely with Tim Astley who advises on a broad range of IT matters, but has a specialism in open data and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katz

Other key lawyers:

Tim Astley

Testimonials

‘Very strong commercial awareness combined with legal skills. Always provides a pragmatic approach.’

‘They have a very good understanding of our business and the structure of our commercial agreements which enables them to respond quickly and effectively to our requests.’

Key clients

Graphaware

PagerDuty Inc.

MintecLimited

Payara Services Limited

Mathematical Market Research

Biz2Mobile Limited

Genle Ltd trading as “GoToGroup”

Inixion Limited

Grantify

Work highlights

  • Advised Graphaware on the IP and legal framework for their new flagship product “Hume”.
  • Providing ongoing advice to PagerDuty Inc. on European deals and on document templates.
  • Advised Biz2Mobile Limited on agreements covering the expansion of sales channels and compliance to the OpenChain ISO standard.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow is adding a growing Fintech and AI offering to its IT practice, including software development and outsourcing, licensing, and data analytics. Former litigator turned contractual lawyer, department head John Warchus advises on agreements relating to IT and IP. Dorothy Agnew operates on the cutting-edge of technology, focusing on contractual structures for new to market technologies, with particular expertise in telematics and electronic tracking technologies. They have recently been joined by Quintin Farley from Herrington Carmichael LLP, who broadens the firm’s contractual and data protection offering.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Sarah Crookall; Quintin Farley

Testimonials

‘John Warchus is our point guy at MB and he is an exceptional adviser to our business. John blew it out of the water and showed supreme intelligence.’

‘It’s the combination of response times, the reduced fee retainer, the level of integrity, the consistency of service, and the ease of doing business. We have no problem with recommending MB to anyone, including Legal 500!’

‘They have overall diverse skills across the sectors so it’s like a one stop shop.’

‘John Warchus is involved in every piece of our technical legal requirements.’

‘John Warchus is a knowledgeable, amenable, and thoughtful lawyer. He was very pleasant to work across from and works in a collegiate and collaborative spirit.’

Key clients

Smartlogic Semaphore Inc.

MyWorkPapers Limited

Eliga Services Limited

Crave Interactive Limited

BTCSoftware Limited

Red Maple Technologies Limited

NAK Consulting Services Limited

IPO/WebTMS

In-Tech Group

Hidalgo/Equivital

SQLI Group

Essential Information Group Limited

NetPay Solutions Limited

Tyrewatch.com Limited/IT5 Holdings Limited

Cobweb Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Eliga Services on a licence for a new open banking platform and FCA authorisations.
  • Drafting new standard terms for MyWorkpapers Limited, a SaaS accountancy product competing with Xero.
  • Advising an IT service provider on a long-term multi-million pound platform licence with associated services and resale rights.

Clayden Law

Clayden Law demonstrates ‘exceptional industry knowledge‘, particularly in EdTech and advises on data protection, cybersecurity, and commercial matters, including digital content licensing, IP and provides notary public services for international transactions. Clients may benefit from department head Piers Clayden‘s complementary expertise in the fields of publishing and new media alongside his IT practice, which spans SaaS agreements and data privacy issues.

Practice head(s):

Piers Clayden

Other key lawyers:

Anna Clayden; Hannah Kirby; Louisa Taylor

Testimonials

‘The approach is friendly, collaborative (with lots of patience to explain concepts to us, as well understand our point of view), but most of all knowledgeable and quick to act when urgent deadlines suddenly appear. I was also extremely appreciative to experience what happens when something falls outside of their area of expertise. They reached out to their network and found us the right partner to work with in that area as well.’

‘The 2 individuals at the company who I had the most time with both exhibited different styles that gave me confidence in both their knowledge and having our best interests at heart.’

‘Exceptional industry knowledge and truly understands what the problem is we are trying to solve. They look at things from a business and operational standpoint and not just a legal precedent. They will always ensure that they think of potential risks, scenarios and events that may occur and add in coverage. They are a rare firm that looks at the operational, logistical and commercial needs of contracts and SLA documents as opposed to what are the legal implications.’

‘Value for money and understanding of what is required for certain documents. There is a lot of common sense and understanding of the market.’

‘The team displayed a good understanding of our sector. I found them very responsive and they displayed clarity of thinking and clear explanation of scenarios which builds confidence for those of us not in the legal profession.’

‘Louisa Taylor really impressed us with a deep understanding of our sector and that made the conversations so much easier, she was super quick to cotton on to what we needed and when we gave feedback she was able to assimilate it and implement changes accordingly.’

‘Very friendly, to the point, extremely knowledgeable with practical delivery.’

‘Hannah Kirby is excellent.’

Key clients

Viewpoint

openblend

Sirenum

Classlist

ELT Songs/planetpop

Speik

Culture15

The Digital College

Clinchd

Airbox

Work highlights

  • Providing Sirenum with ongoing legal support in relation to corporate and commercial work.
  • Assisting Planet Pop with new investment, market channels, and the development of its own platform.
  • Supporting Culture15 with the development of a standard end user SaaS agreement, two types of reseller/partner agreements, and data protection.

EMW Law LLP

EMW Law LLP advises companies such as Suzuki and Rightmove on their tech contracts and data protection compliance, areas of specialism for team leader Matthew Holman. He works closely with recent hire Aiden Dunning who leverages his extensive in-house experience gained in the financial, media, and tech sectors to advise owner-managed and private equity-backed companies on commercial and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Holman

Other key lawyers:

Aiden Dunning; Hans Schumann; Tariq Sayfoo

Key clients

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

Suzuki GB plc

Rightmove plc

BFS Group Ltd t/a Bidfood

Santander UK plc

Aerospace Technology Institute

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts Ltd

MHA MacIntyre Hudson LLP

Avara Foods Ltd

Cognita Schools Ltd

Work highlights

  • Retained by Rightmove to provide support and assistance with general commercial matters and GDPR-compliance.
  • Retained by The Motor Insurers’ Bureau to advise on commercial, technology and data protection matters.
  • Providing ongoing support and advice to Suzuki in relation to technology contracts, data protection matters, and GDPR-compliance.

Paris Smith LLP

Tech SMEs entrust Paris Smith LLP to handle matters pertaining to data protection, e-commerce, and corporate transactions and restructurings. In addition to her IT expertise, clients may rely on practice head Laura Trapnell‘s proficiency in IP law. She regularly employs both in service of emerging tech companies.

Practice head(s):

Laura Trapnell

Other key lawyers:

Crispin Dick; Helen Brown; Christopher Holliss; Emily Sadler

Testimonials

‘The team has a good feel for the commercial needs of a small technology business. They can balance the legal situation with the commercial reality. They are good at working to an agreed budget.’

‘The team continues to provide us with excellent legal advice on our IT/telecoms contracts.’

‘Efficient, competent, and professional legal advice on a range of topics.’

‘They are responsive and straightforward. Laura Trapnell has always been easy to deal with, quick to respond and has given good advice.’

‘Emily Sadler and Ryan Mitchell have been uniformly excellent. The business advice that Paris Smith has offered has been excellent as well.’

Key clients

Loan Market Association

VisitorChat Limited

Quotall Limited

Squalk Limited

British Friendly Society

University of Southampton Science Park

Autofutura Limited

Feefo Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Autofutura Limited in respect of its global customer contracts in connection with its SaaS products for Retail and Fleet valuation.
  • Advising The Website Company on an agile software development agreement for a local website development company.
  • Advising Merchant Technology Marketing on contracts for the provision of website development for the Law Society and Oil Spill Response Services.

Trethowans LLP

Under the leadership of Julian Hamblin , Trethowans LLP is establishing itself in the FMCG and logistics sectors, advising companies on IT and data protection matters. Hamblin handles cutting-edge matters, pertaining to cryptocurrencies and digitization in the heritage sector. Particularly recommended for her growing expertise in data protection comes associate Susie Sanusi.

Practice head(s):

Julian Hamblin

Other key lawyers:

Susie Sanusi

Testimonials

‘A small team, but with a good level of knowledge, and the ability to simplify complex matters and provide pragmatic advice. Very good experiences of working with this team to date.’

‘Julian Hamblin provides excellent detailed advice and has a wealth of knowledge in this field. Susie Sanusi is very capable and her style of advice is very well suited to our business stakeholders.’

‘In-depth knowledge of complex IT agreements.’

‘I have worked closely with Julian Hamblin and Susie Sanusi. They are a great team and provide excellent support, knowledge and availability as a team.’

‘They are both technically astute, assertive when needed in negotiations and pleasant to work with. They are open and friendly, which makes spending time with both of them much easier when tackling tough areas and protracted negotiations.’

‘Julian Hamblin has a wealth of experience and shares his knowledge in a way that encourages dialogue and an understanding of the greater context of the technical legal points. He is patient and takes time to make sure I as a client understand his rationale for his advice. Susie Sanusi is clearly excited about data protection and privacy, it is clear she actively keeps up to date with privacy matters and shares practical context for her advice. They are a commercially savvy and approachable team.’

‘They display strong client empathy and actively seek to understand the client and their aims.’

‘Julian Hamblin – availability and willingness to go the extra distance to resolve problems.’

Key clients

Saint-Gobain (Jewson)

UK Certification Authority for Reinforcing Steels (UK CARES)

Britvic

The Army Museums Ogilby Trust

Kinetic Games Limited

Stannah Stairlifts

Bure Valley Group Limited

Medhurst Communications Limited

Aquaswitch Limited

For the Creators

Work highlights

  • Advising a multi-national building products company in relation to a digital services initiative for suppliers and consumers.
  • Negotiation of a licensing deal with SAP for an international retail group.
  • Advising Bure Valley Group on distributed cloud infrastructure and cryptocurrency mining, including complex regulatory considerations.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

Cathrine Ripley leads the team at Field Seymour Parkes LLP, a former litigator turned commercial contract lawyer with a particular specialism in acting for clients in construction. Under her leadership the team handles hardware and software agreements, cloud computing solutions, outsourcing, and data licensing. Additionally, clients may benefit from expertise in IP and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Cathrine Ripley

Warners Solicitors

Warners Solicitors handles software licensing matters, and practice head Kevin Sullivan is a specialist in advising the FinTech sector on this non-contentious arm of the practice. Russell Brinkhurst  is the key contact for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst

Key clients

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

FSI Global Limited

Beggars Group Limited

Columba Systems Limited

Information Publishing Plc