Hall Of Fame

IT and telecoms in South East

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is regularly sought out by high-profile clients in the education sector including academies, colleges, independent schools, and universities for commercial and technology matters. Alison Patten-Hall in Reading assists IT system distributors and providers with development and licensing agreements in addition to supply terms. Elisabeth Bell is also based in Reading and is adept in health-tech and IT procurement projects, while Michael College in Southampton is noted for his strength in contentious technology matters.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Bell; Alison Patten-Hall; Michael Colledge

Other key lawyers:

Mat Wilson


‘Blake Morgan strive to ensure they are part of the team, understanding the problem to be addressed and working alongside the team to resolve it.’

‘Alison Patten-Hall has subject matter expertise.’

Key clients

NHS England

IBM United Kingdom Ltd

Digital Space Group Limited

HCL Technologies

Boom Holdings

Westcoast Group

Utilita Energy

Met Police

SES Water



Work highlights

  • Advised Digital Space Limited with the full range of technology advice services including contractual arrangements, employment and dispute management.
  • Assisted Wiggle CRC with the full range of technology advice on trademarks, contractual arrangements and dispute management.
  • Advised Audioscenic on equity fundraising.

Boyes Turner

Leveraging its international experience, Boyes Turner supports on both contentious and non-contentious mandates, having been particularly active in data protection and IT law. Sarah Williamson oversees the team and is a specialist within the media and creative industries; she also often works alongside high-profile client, the Guardian. Helen Dobson is knowledgeable of IP rights pertaining to the retail, software, telecoms, and transport sectors. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Reading.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Williamson

Other key lawyers:

Helen Dobson


‘The team has excellent knowledge on open source licensing, source code software licensing and complex OEM arrangements. Several team members have completed secondments in the telco sectors.’

‘Helen Dobson is capable of closing in depth frameworks within the telco sector.’

Key clients

Culligan / Waterlogic Group Companies

Guardian News & Media Ltd

Wind River Systems Inc

Virtualstock Limited

Netmore Group

First Hydrogen Limited

Novatiq Solutions Limited

Higher Concept Software

Lee & Thompson LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Culligan on the agreement for a global ERP software solution across its group companies.
  • Advised on the framework agreement with Yorkshire Water to provide advanced metering infrastructure, LoRaWAN network and data as a service across new housing developments in the Yorkshire region.
  • Advised on commercial terms for technical and go-to-market collaborations using Wind River’s Linux-based software.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Entrusted by global and regional technology companies, Osborne Clarke LLP frequently helms corporate transactions and contentious issues. The team is headed by John Buyers in London, as well as Sara Valentine and Ian McKenzie who are both based in Reading. McKenzie's focuses lies in blockchain and digital assets, while Gregory Barton and Hannah Clarke in the Thames Valley handle commercial matters across the technology and media sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ian McKenzie; John Buyers; Sara Valentine

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Barton; Hannah Clarke


‘Very customer and solutions focused. It goes without saying that it’s an incredibly knowledgeable team, one happy to spend the time required to fully understand the nuances of our industry and our position in it.’

‘Ian McKenzie consistently demonstrates the depth of his technical knowledge and is an astute and very capable negotiator.’

Key clients

CloudFactory International

DocuSign, Inc.



Work highlights

  • Advised a global sports company with launching NFTs and transacting in the metaverse.
  • Advised a leading software company on the level of risk associated with in-app marketing and in-app targeting messages requiring consent in the UK.
  • Advised a leading software company on various aspects of our client’s data protection compliance.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

The ‘excellent team’  Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is led by Reading-based Joanne Vengadesan who often advises clients with GDPR, in addition to their IP portfolios. Oliver Kidd works out of Guildford and his workload features activity in compliance and technology agreements, while Dan Lovett in Reading is also noted for his expertise in data protection mandates.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Vengadesan

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Kidd; Dan Lovett; Nora Pook; Fiona Rodgers; Thomas Kirby


‘Excellent Team.’

‘Penningtons have a very unique value proposition, delivering a world class legal services to SMB’s and startups – I highly recommend Oliver Kidd and his Team.’

Key clients

Lumenisity Limited

SiXworks Ltd

Fable Data Ltd


OneAston UK Limited

IS Research Limited

Flatiron Health Inc.

Infosec K2K Limited

Skyloop Digital Limited

Ubisense Limited

Wavex Technology Limited

Humantold Technology LLC


Mollis Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lumenisity and its shareholders on its acquisition by Microsoft.
  • Advised Wavex Technology Limited on commercial and IT matters.
  • Advised a large IT supply agreement where global financial solutions integrator, OneAston, acted as sub-contractor to a main contractor.

Shoosmiths LLP

Handling a breadth of multi-jurisdictional matters for significant names such as Audi, Mercedes Benz, and Nissan, Shoosmiths LLP is a key port of call for automotive clients. Robin Webb co-leads the team and is knowledgeable of IT outsourcing projects, while Sebastian Price also co-leads the team and has thorough expertise of electronic trading, facilities management and IT systems acquisitions. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Milton Keynes.

Practice head(s):

Robin Webb; Sebastian Price

Other key lawyers:

Matt Ward; Emily Utley

Key clients

Volkswagen Group

Mercedes Benz



Peugeot Citroen Vauxhall

Volkswagen Financial Services

The White Company

Close Brothers Plc



Work highlights

  • Assisted The White Company by negotiating and finalising a contract with SAP for the provision of their entire computer system.
  • Negotiated and finalised a contract with Okta, a provider of authentication services for online logins.
  • Negotiated and finalised a contract with BottomLine, a provider of financial back-end messaging services.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

With activity across the automotive, insurance and healthcare sectors, Stevens & Bolton LLP assists significant clients with outsourcing projects, as well as regulatory matters. Charles Maurice heads the team and is particularly well-versed in Adtech and Fintech. Beverley Flynn helms an assortment of IT supply and procurement contracts, while Gary Parnell is adept in AI and blockchain. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Guildford.

Practice head(s):

Charles Maurice

Other key lawyers:

Gary Parnell


‘The team has provided great legal support to our business across constitutional, public and commercial law.’

‘They are responsive lawyers who deliver a service that is attuned to our business needs.’

‘They deliver on the brief every time. I believe this is because they anticipate what we want and if there is any uncertainty they check before completing the work.’

‘Stevens & Bolton have been a delight to work with. The team have been diligent, reliable, responsive, concise, and friendly. The team excels ahead of competitors at explaining tricky concepts clearly and objectively so that as a client, you never feel lost or confused.’

‘Charles Maurice stood out as key individual in Steven’s & Bolton. Charles helped us sort out our commercial agreements.’

Key clients

Telescope Technology Limited

MultiPass Platforms Ltd

Papa John’s International, Inc,

AEGIS Managing Agency Limited

Lit Fibre Group Ltd

LemonAid Health

VX Fiber Ltd

Nintendo UK

Unum Ltd

All Clear

Work highlights

  • Advised Multipass on the contractual documentation to set up an eMoney platform.
  • Advised Lit Fibre on commercial arrangements associated with its business as a fibre optic telecoms provider including arrangements with businesses and consumers.
  • Advised LemonAid on its establishment in the UK.

White & Black Limited

The technology experts at White & Black Limited routinely assists global clients with cybersecurity, commercial contracts, in addition to domestic technology and telecoms compliance matters. Phil Thompson and Matt Johnston head the team, and the latter has ‘top class knowledge of IT contracts’  in addition to information law. Clive Bramley has over two decades of experience in advising payment service companies. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Oxford.

Practice head(s):

Phil Thompson; Matt Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Clive Bramley


‘Straightforward commercial advice. They over deliver.’

‘They offer an excellent personalised service to myself and my wider team. They quickly get up to speed with projects and are easily integrated in to business / project teams.’

‘Matt Johnston has top class knowledge in respect of IT contracts, is very approachable and has a quick turnaround of work if needed.’

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

Endsleigh Insurance Servies Limited

Patient Billing Limited

Patient Zone Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted Electricity North West Limited in relation to the complete renegotiation of its agreement with Schneider Electric for the supply of ENWL’s network management system.
  • Assisted Mitchells & Butlers in relation to its proposed new merchant acquiring agreement with Barclaycard.
  • Assisted Howden Group Services Limited in relation to its global platform and services arrangement with Novo Idea Software.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP often advises significant domestic retail clients with technology contracts and is well-equipped to handle IT projects on behalf of financial institutions. Alastair Mitton in Bristol is the national head of the team and is knowledgeable of cloud-based solutions, while Howard Duckworth is proficient in fintech and outsourcing. Sheilah Mackie handles data protection and privacy matters pertaining to the use of customer, employee, and third-party data. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Southampton, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Parsons; Howard Duckworth; Sheilah Mackie


‘Howard Duckworth took the time to understand what our project was, he read our technical documents and asked questions to advise us of what legal protections were required.’

‘Howard Duckworth listens to what we as a client want to achieve and helps guide us to the most appropriate solution.’

‘I valued the straightforward and to the point approach that the team took in the advice provided, a special mention to Howard Duckworth for his valuable guidance.’

Key clients


Ann Summers


Carnival Corporation plc


Chemring Group plc

END Clothing

Go Ahead Group plc

Historic England

Kingfisher plc / Kingfisher Information Technology Services

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society / LV

Ministry of Justice

National Farmers’ Union

NCR Corporation

NHS Digital

Post Office Limited

Ordnance Survey

Quilter Cheviot

Quilter Financial Planning

Quilter Investors

Quilter plc

Hurst Point Group

Renewable Energy Systems


Scottish Power

The Modular Analytics Company (TMAC)


Network Limited

Work highlights

Clyde & Co

With a presence across the aviation, construction, insurance as well as retail and logistics sectors, Clyde & Co helms a range of significant technology and data transactions. Mark Williamson leads the team and his practice encompasses data protection, e-commerce, information technology, and intellectual property. Tom Tippett in London is knowledgeable of SaaS and cloud-based solutions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Williamson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Tippett; Claire Davies; James Kramarz; Craig Lightfoot

Key clients

B&Q Limited

University College London

Motability Operations Ltd


Tokio Marine


Work highlights


With expertise in AI, Fintech and Healthtech, Cripps is led by Pete Kenyon who is often engaged in matters concerning the commercialisation of software and online businesses. Kathryn Rogers is knowledgeable of e-commerce, data protection, outsourcing, and SaaS agreements, while Irfan Baluch is proficient in blockchain, cryptocurrency, NFTs and data-protection. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Tunbridge Wells.

Practice head(s):

Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Rogers; Irfan Baluch; Elliot Fry


‘Cripps always ensure that our intellectual property and related rights are adequately protected in contractual documentation when engaging/negotiating with customers and suppliers.’

‘It is very reassuring that Cripps have so much knowledge about us, what we do, why and how we engage and deliver our service. They just seem to ‘get us’ and it is brilliant for us to have access to them when needed.’

‘The team offers comprehensive data protection advice on a range of data protection matters. They are on hand for detailed discussions and drafting, as well as for quick calls to double check a point.’

‘They are experts in UK GDPR and are an important resource for the UK team.’

‘We work with Kathryn Rogers who provides clear and commercial advice.’

Key clients






Risk Solved

Winchester Consulting


Habicus Group / SilverDoor

Flawless Holdings Limited

Berry Gardens Growers Ltd

Chromalloy Gas Turbine, LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Holiday Extras on contracts for their IT-based services from a sales and procurement perspective.
  • Advised RDT on strategic licensing and support issues for their international rollout of a managed service solution.
  • Advised Electroneum on regulatory compliance, commercial and technical issues.


Headed by Henrietta Baker and Sarah Lima in London, Dentons continues to be a key port of call for high-profile clients such as John Lewis Partnership, Network Rail, Royal Mail Group, Sainsbury’s and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Rukia Khatun in Milton Keynes is knowledgeable of migration to cloud-based solutions in addition to software development and procurement.

Practice head(s):

Henrietta Baker; Sarah Lima

Other key lawyers:

Rukia Khatun; Pardeep Jagpal

Key clients

Avis Budget Group

Essential Living Limited

Fronius UK Limited

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

John Lewis Partnership

Royal Mail Group

Sainsbury’s Group

Sharjah Islamic Bank

SMC Industrial Automation

Solifi Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Mail Group on drafting and negotiations its terms with a software developer who will design, engineer and develop software to support the RMG platform and data services teams.
  • Advised Essential Living on its project to bring online a new website over 2022.
  • Advised Avis in developing a framework for managing data privacy risk across their licensee network.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP is particularly well-versed in cyber security, data protection, e-commerce, as well as SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS arrangements. Tim Ashdown in Brighton heads the contentious sphere and is seasoned before the High Court. On the non-contentious side, John Yates is based in Gatwick and handles data protection issues, while Rebecca Leeves and Debbie Venn in Brighton are noted for their expertise of the travel sector.

Practice head(s):

Tim Ashdown; John Yates

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Leeves; Debbie Venn; Victoria Watt; Jay Barnett


‘DMH have responded to every query quickly, completely and with added value. In every review of documentation, the team ensure they leveraged their extensive industry knowledge to guide us to better and stronger terms wherever possible. DMH Stallard are my first point of reference in any new agreement negotiation.’

‘I have solely engaged with Debbie Venn who is exceptional, her speed of response, patience in explain legal complexities and obvious subject matter knowledge has been invaluable. I consider her to be a critical member of my extended virtual team, and won’t hesitate to engage with the team on any legal matters.’

‘What makes Debbie Venn stand out is her grasp of commercial aspects.’

Key clients


Alawco Ltd

Aspen Pumps Ltd

Canon UK Ltd

OpenCapacity Ltd

15below Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised ITIM Ltd on complex IT managed services framework contracts.
  • Advised METTR Technologies Ltd on IP ownership issues and the technical structure of its online platform.
  • Advised Roja Parfums Holdings Ltd on complex contract structures for sale and protection of their products.

Moorcrofts LLP

Moorcrofts LLP thrives in cloud access rights, IP, IT outsourcing projects and open-source license compliance. Andrew Katz leads the team and, with over three decades of experience, provides the team with thorough expertise in technology law. Tim Astley is knowledgeable of computer, telecommunications and regulatory law. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Marlow.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katz

Other key lawyers:

Tim Astley


‘A very good mix of commercial awareness and legal implementation.’

‘Professional and easy to work with.’

Key clients



PagerDuty Inc.

Distribution Technology Limited

Payara Services Limited

Mathematical Market Research

Camunda Services AG

Linked Data Benchmark Council

Transport 2 (UK) Limited

Biz2Mobile Limited

Genle Ltd


Vault Sentinel Limited

Open Forum Europe, Fraunhofer Institute


GÉANT Vereniging

Work highlights

  • Advised Graphaware on the intellectual property and legal framework for their new flagship product “Hume”.
  • Advised PagerDuty Inc. on localised template documents.
  • Advised Biz2Mobile on agreements covering the expansion of sales channels and compliance to the OpenChain ISO standard.

Moore Barlow

Recently developing its AI and Fintech client roster, Moore Barlow’s core strengths include cybersecurity, SaaS contracts and software licensing. John Warchus leads the team from Guildford and acts for clients across the IT, software, and telematics sectors, while Dorothy Agnew in Southampton is knowledgeable of structuring contracts for technology projects. Belinda Walters is also based in Southampton and joined the team from Gardner Leader LLP in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Belinda Walters


‘Approachable, versatile and a non nonsense approach.’

‘Dorothy Agnew has been exceptional at providing me with IP/legal advice, she also drafted a strong collaboration agreement between myself and a clinical research organisation.’

‘Dorothy Agnew was able to answer all of my queries and provide recommendations that have gone to steer my direction of travel in my innovation journey as an entrepreneur.’

‘John Warchus has always given good advice to us in a prompt manner.’

Key clients

Kallidus Limited

The Binney Group

Southern Communications

Symetrica Security Limited

Eliga Services Limited

Bishop Fox Limited

4Com Group Limited

Minesoft Limited


Applied Driving Techniques

MyWorkpapers Limited

Crave Interactive Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Kallidus Limited on the drafting and negotiation of its SaaS contracts with its customers supporting the global revenue sales team of the company.
  • Assisted Eliga Services Limited with gaining a licence for its Open Banking platform and related IT issues and agreement.
  • Acted for Symetrica Security Limited in relation to the licensing of its analysis and X-ray viewer software.

Clayden Law

Clayden Law has a wealth of experience in cybersecurity, digital content licensing and IP matters. Piers Clayden leads the team and is knowledgeable of cloud services and SaaS agreements, while Louisa Taylor has expertise in data protection law. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Oxford.

Practice head(s):

Piers Clayden

Other key lawyers:

Louisa Taylor: Elizabeth Gibbs

Key clients


Open Blend









Work highlights

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

Field Seymour Parkes LLP advises healthcare, online marketplace, and telecoms clients with cybersecurity, GDPR, and terms and conditions. Cathrine Ripley leads the team, while Penelope Garden is seasoned in corporate transactions and Francesca Lombardi deals with a breadth of intellectual property matters. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Reading.

Practice head(s):

Cathrine Ripley

Other key lawyers:

Penelope Garden; Francesca Lombardi; Tom Maple


‘They have a great understanding of specific aims and challenges, aligning the approach with business strategy.’

‘Catherine Ripley was patient, understanding and very knowledgeable, she was prepared to act as the representative of our business against challenging individuals.’

Key clients


Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund

E2e-Assure Limited


Work highlights

  • Advised EM3 on its investment into agri-tech robotics business.
  • Advised the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund on its £500,000 equity investment into award-winning audiobook platform xigxag.
  • Assisted the e2e-assure team in bringing their joint proposition with iomart Hosting Limited to the market.

Paris Smith LLP

Paris Smith LLP is a strong choice for SMEs in the technology sector and the team is geared to handle matters pertaining to GDPR, IT contracts and transactions. Laura Trapnell in Southampton leads the practice and often advises data streaming services, clients in the gaming industry as well as petroleum companies. Crispin Dick is also located in Southampton and assists clients with platform access agreements, software licensing and development. Ryan Mitchell splits his time between Southampton and Winchester, and his recent work highlights include drafting terms and conditions for a range of SaaS platforms.

Practice head(s):

Laura Trapnell

Other key lawyers:

Crispin Dick; Ryan Mitchell


‘Ryan Mitchell has great technical legal knowledge but more than anything, I appreciate the way he simplifies the tasks and is very solution driven plus commercially minded.’

‘Ryan Mitchell is a stand out associate.’

‘Crispin Dick is extremely knowledgeable and always provides practical, timely advice.’

‘Great service – extremely responsive and they take time to understand the needs of our business.’

Key clients

Cansr Clinic.com Limited

Match ID Limited

Smarter Technologies Trading

Work highlights

  • Advised Match ID Limited on the establishment of its UK subsidiary.
  • Assisted Cansr Clinic.com Limited on the market launch of its multidisciplinary software platform.
  • Advised Smarter Technology Trading Limited on a framework agreement with abrdn for the provision of remote smart metering technology and analysis tools.

Trethowans LLP

With a presence in the financial, FMCG as well as logistics sectors, the ‘cohesive team’  Trethowans LLP is geared to advise IT users, companies, and innovative SMEs. Julian Hamblin heads the team from Southampton and is often engaged in online and cloud services, outsourcing, and the development and licensing of software. Sarah Wheadon and Louise Thompson are noted for their expertise in data protection. All of the individuals that have been mentioned are located in Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Julian Hamblin

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Wheadon; Louise Thompson; Jason Riley


‘Julian Hamblin has a great understanding of IT/Digital technology and how it is licenced. Julian has particularly deep knowledge of SAP technology.’

‘Julian Hamblin has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is straightforward to work with and takes his time to explain complex areas to his clients. Julian also has a professional, amenable and pleasant personality – which makes him very easy to work with.’

‘They are clearly a cohesive team that has a collegiate culture. They work very well together and work to a common purpose: ensuring the best for their client.’

Key clients


Britvic plc

Airsys Communications Technology Limited

Kinetic Games Limited

NexGen Cloud Limited

Caspian One Limited

Farm Technologies UK Limited

Stannah Stairlifts Limited

The Army Museums Ogilby Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Limited’s Digital services on an innovative platform for BI and financial reporting.
  • Assisted Caspian One Limited on a large open-banking project.
  • Advised Kinetic Games in connection with all necessary agreements in preparation for the launch Phasmophobia on Xbox and PlayStation formats.