IT and telecoms in South East

Boyes Turner

Reading-based Mark Blunden, who has more than 20 years' experience advising tech clients, heads up the sector team at Boyes Turner, regularly advising on international transactions. The 'pragmatic and practical' team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for companies involved in media monitoring, content sharing, supply chain management and procurement. Key issues surrounding data protection are covered by Bill Gornall-King; these include cyber security threats, ransomware attacks and ensuring that documentation and policies are compliant with GDPR/ICO guidance. Amir Kousari is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Blunden

Other key lawyers:

Bill Gornall-King; Amir Kousari

Testimonials

They understand our business and the pressures of working to very tight timescales, often on limited information. Where required, they are happy to liaise with business contacts directly. The team tries to be cognisant of the wider business issues which might be relevant to a particular problem. A particular strength is around being pragmatic and focusing on key practical risks‘.

Mark Blunden has a calm approach and is always happy to help and support. Nothing is too much to ask, despite ever challenging timescales. I value his supportive, can-do mindset.’

‘Amir Kousari is a safe pair of hands‘.

Key clients

Innovyze

Wind River

Signal Media

Sonos

Infor

Spamhaus

Information Resources Inc

Romax

Virtualstock

Auto Trader Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Innovyze on its innovative solutions deal with Anglian Water (its largest technology enabling deal to a water sector operator).  
  • Advised Sonos on the acquisition of a UK company to acquire key technology.

BDB Pitmans

A range of major IT and telecoms clients are served by the team at BDB Pitmans. Led by commercial litigation specialist Phil Smith, it has a first-rate reputation for the advice it provides to regional enterprises and tech start-ups. This includes expert assistance on procurement and data protection issues in both cyber and digital spaces. On the non-contentious side, legal director Marie Evrard brings substantive experience as a former in-house lawyer, having worked for telecoms companies in both Spain and the UK, allowing the team to offer a broad perspective on a range of commercial contracts issues.

Practice head(s):

Phil Smith

Other key lawyers:

Marie Evrard

Key clients

KAI Computer Services Ltd

Sol-Tec Limited

Oracle Corporation

Cloudsense Inc

Westcoast Ltd

Symantec (t/a Norton Anti-Virus)

SafeToNet

CACI

Zeta Global

Clarify Solution Selling Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Symantec in its intervention in a large Commercial Court dispute between McAfee and DSG Retail Limited.
  • Assisted Sol-Tec with the launch of two new company products, one of which was a Landing Zone for Microsoft Azure.
  • Advised Clarify in a successful contractual claim against MDS Technologies Limited.

Clyde & Co LLP

The 'exceptional' IT & telecoms team at Clyde & Co LLP, which is overseen by tech expert Mark Williamson, is adept at handling both contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in industries such as aviation, construction, energy, as well as the wider firm's core insurance sector. Specifics covered include cloud-based services, online and mobile trading platforms and the sale of insurance products via digital channels. Clients are drawn from a wide variety of sectors, ranging from Russell Group universities and the automotive industry. Legal director Tom Tippett is regularly sought out for his insight into SaaS agreements, telematics, mobile apps and 'disruptive' technologies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Williamson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Tippett

Testimonials

The team are experts in the IT and cyber industry, particularly in the area of service delivery and contracts. I have never had to use another firm as the service I have received from Clyde & Co over the years has been exceptional. I had no concerns in recommending them to my new organisation, who have been equally impressed‘.

Responsive, pragmatic, approachable, good rapport with our business teams, understands the business, innovative‘.

Tom Tippett is excellent in not only providing the knowledge to my needs, but also in other contexts I may not have considered. He is able to explain things clearly to allow me to understand any issues, actions or plans‘.

Key clients

Chubb

University College London

Motor Insurers’ Bureau

B&Q Limited

Cyber Business Growth Limited

Age UK Enterprises (“AgeCo”)

Motability Operations Limited

ESL Group

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Data protection specialist Joanne Vengadesan, who leads the IT & telecoms team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, is also co-chair of the data protection committee at international tech law association iTech Law. The wider practice's expertise includes structuring and negotiating transactions, data protection for new technologies, international manufacturing agreements, blockchain and artificial intelligence projects. Oliver Kidd is a specialist in IT, technology and outsourcing while Dan Lovett is renowned for his work in complex data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Vengadesan

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Kidd; Dan Lovett

Testimonials

Joanne Vengadesan is smart, focused, with a wide international background that allows her to liaise and connect easily with clients and peers‘.

The team is well organised and partners are always available and responsive‘.

Penningtons Manches Cooper’s IT and telecoms team has strong industry experience which provides excellent and practical advice‘.

Not only do the firm members have superior technical and legal skills, they offer strategic and practical advice taking into account the business interests of the client. The advice is comprehensive and direct‘.

Key clients

Bluepointlondon Limited

Blue City (UK) Limited

Senseye Limited

IRIS Software Group

TicketSocket Inc

Barfoots of Botley

Finance & Leasing Association

Nihilent Ltd

Tata Advanced Systems

Bharat Forge

Work highlights

  • Instructed to review and update documentation regarding BluepointLondon Ltd’s electric vehicle charging scheme. This involved active negotiation with public authorities and private bodies such as supermarkets, car parks and airports.
  • Acted as Bluecity’s primary legal advisor.
  • Assisted Senseye with drafting and negotiating its SaaS agreements and providing advice on open source licensing structures.

Shoosmiths LLP

The IT & telecoms team at Shoosmiths LLP is jointly led by Robin Webb and Sebastian Price, who bring expertise in tech projects and electronic trading. More broadly, the dedicated offering covers multi-jurisdictional issues and regularly acts for clients in the automotive industry, as well as regulatory bodies and various service providers. The firm also serves the  tourism and food sectors, advising on data matters and the procurement of travel management platforms. Andy Pratley is strong in IT transformation and works with clients in the hospitality and financial services industries.

Practice head(s):

Robin Webb; Sebastian Price

Other key lawyers:

Andy Pratley

Testimonials

They are very responsive, have a wide range of capabilities, and can work within tight deadlines. They have been very easy to work with, have a good understanding of our business, give clear concise advise, return calls and make themselves available to assist at very short notice in emergencies‘.

Key clients

Volkswagen Group UK Limited

Close Brothers PLC

Mercedes Benz

Scania Trucks GB

Three Mobile

Honda Motor Europe

Nissan Motors

Travelodge Hotels Limited

Connected Systems Catapult

Peugeot Citroen

Datix Limited

Travelopia Holdings

IMS-Evolve

Renault UK

Hovis

Healthspan

Work highlights

  • Advised VWG on the re-negotiation of its data network arrangements pursuant to which the UK head office and its 700 plus dealers across Audi, Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda  were provided with broadband and other data services.
  • Assisted Nissan Head Quarters in Japan with the implementation of a comprehensive connected telematics-based solution for its automobiles on a global basis.
  • Advised on the tender process for the transformation of the client’s customer data insight capabilities. This focused on the negotiation of contractual terms during a competitive tender process with down selected bidders.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Based in Guildford, Beverley Whittaker leads the IT & telecoms practice at Stevens & Bolton LLP. The team has a consolidated relationship with the University of Surrey’s incubation programme, a support vehicle for technology start-ups, which has helped the firm develop its standing in the software development space. The practice advises clients in both buy and sell capacities, displays expertise in contract drafting and negotiations. Moreover, having increased its work in insurtech, adtech and autotech, the firm is ideally positioned to provide balanced expertise on the latest sector developments. Charles Maurice is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Beverley Whittaker

Other key lawyers:

Charles Maurice

Testimonials

Stevens & Bolton bring in the right resources for the different scopes of legal advice we require, often integrating several disciplines to provide the answers we need.’

The Stevens & Bolton team have been highly responsive to a wide variety of complex business law issues and have worked closely with us to ensure they fully understand the instructions we are giving to modify how they advise on legal issues. They have been instrumental in helping us actively manage our German supplier through some complex commercial issues‘.

Key clients

Unum

UST

SecurMed UK

Belron International

Thursdays (UK), trading as TGI Fridays UK

Digilog

Qatar Insurance Company

Fadata

Moteefe Yes

Viadex Global

Work highlights

  • Acted for Unum on the launch, in partnership with Square Health, of a new app-based service providing employees with fast, simple, remote access to GPs and health support
  • Advised Belron on a range of group-wide, operational IT projects, including with suppliers such as Oracle and Google.
  • Acted for TGI Fridays on a range of IT implementations, including the negotiation of Master Services Agreements with CDW and Elementsuite for various technology and software services.

White & Black Limited

Specialist technology firm White & Black Limited has ateam of sector experts to cover all key practice areas. For IT & telecoms, the firm advises clients on big data, GDPR, data protection and e-privacy. Team leads Phil Thompson and the 'clear, insightful and pragmatic' Matt Johnston cover issues such as outsourcing and commercial contracts, as well as the licensing and exploitation of proprietary interests. Clients are drawn from across the globe (with a notable emphasis on Japanese businesses) including industries such as insurance and leisure.

Practice head(s):

Phil Thompson; Matt Johnston

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable in the niche market of IT and associated contracts/law‘.

Very commercial and practical advice‘.

My dealings have always been with Matt Johnston, but on the occasions Matt’s colleagues have been involved, they have always been quick to respond and are very professional and knowledgeable‘.

Matt Johnson has a wealth of experience that assists above the merely legal aspects of IT outsourcing and helps get quickly to the main issues. He is also very approachable and has an fast turnaround time, coupled with a high commercial awareness rather than sticking on purely “legal” points.

Matt Johnston is a great communicator and can distil the technical/legal into understandable messages. He is also highly regarded by IT specialists (non-legal) as he can “speak their language”. Great responsiveness and commitment, energy and drive‘.

Matt Johnston is technically brilliant and yet able to explain complex concepts to everyone at the table. His drafting is clear and full, yet concise. Often self imposed, tight deadlines are always achieved. Cost estimates are maintained, updated and there is never any surprise‘.

Matt Johnston is an exceptional lawyer. He always adopts exactly the right tone with internal and external clients and manages to perfectly balance core legal protection requirements with the commercial demands of a deal‘.

Matt Johnston is always our go-to lawyer for TMT related matters. He’s clear, insightful and pragmatic‘.

Key clients

Electricity North West Limited

Mitchells & Butlers Leisure Retail Limited

A-Plan Insurance

Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited

Healthcode Limited

Gobsmack Holdings Limited

Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories BV

MatchesFashion Limited

Concha Y Toro

Virgin Active Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised ENWL on the replacement of its main IT outsourcing arrangement (from a single-source to a multi-source model).
  • Advised MABLR in relation to the transition of its point of sale hosting solution to a replacement supplier.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The IT & telecoms offering at transatlantic firm Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP caters for a broad range of businesses across the digital, fintech, and public sectors, and in 2019 launched its new new WBD Accelerate initiative, as part of an effort to sharpen the firm's focus on fast-growth tech businesses. The team is led nationally by Alastair Mitton in Bristol, while in Southampton, associate Howard Duckworth is particularly known for outsourcing work in the financial services industry, and has begun to play a lead role on much of the team's most important work.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:

Howard Duckworth; Ian Holden; Andrew Parsons

Testimonials

They’ve been great for us due to having UK and US partners. We are a US based business operating in the UK and so that connection has been essential in our legal support‘.

Womble Bond Dickinson has a tailored service package for start-ups like ours and this has enabled a refreshing commercial approach and practice by  the team. Their fee quotes are accurate, fair and reasonable; the team is responsive, accessible and helpful‘.

Thoroughness, forensic attention to detail and availability. Good knowledge of the sector, commercially focused and very easy to deal with in a collaborative manner with non-legal colleagues‘.

Alastair Mitton is very thorough and inspires confidence. We always feel well supported and that the advice is measured. Rapport is good and speed of communication‘.

Alastair Mitton is pragmatic and clearly very experienced in his field. He brings a practical angle to our start-up requirements and balances the need for legal protection with as much simplicity as possible to reflect our brand. He is easy to deal with and makes himself available‘.

Key clients

Historic England/English Heritage

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (“LV=”)

Quilter plc (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

Kingfisher plc/Kingfisher Information Technology Services (UK) Ltd

NHS Digital

Yell.com

G Forces Web Management Limited

Ministry of Justice

B&Q

Scottish Power

Quilter Financial Services Limited (formerly Intrinsic Financial Services Limited)

Vizion Network Limited

Quilter Cheviot

AIG

Carnival plc

Post Office Limited

Birketts LLP

The IT and telecoms team at Birketts LLP, which is led by licensing expert Nigel Thompson, conducts work in areas such as software development, systems integration, network installations and new technology. Catering for clients from the public and private sectors, it has a strong reputation for its work on cloud issues (where it regularly serves banking, media and gaming clients), regularly attracts work from outside the South East region. Andrea Curtis is a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Thompson

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Curtis

Key clients

Commcise Software Limited

Health Enterprise East Limited

Michael Montgomery

Shareholders of MintSoft

Kalibrate Technology Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised client on its SaaS and related contract suite where counterparties were global financial institutions.
  • Advised Michael Montgomery, a founder of the iconic games brand ‘The Bitmap Brothers’, on the sale of the entire IP portfolio to Rebellion Development.
  • Advised on IP issues as part of the sale by the shareholders of an order and warehouse management software solutions provider.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's IT & telecoms team boasts a diverse range of expertise, advising on areas such as the delivery and installation of systems, software development, distribution arrangements and managed services. It can also assist clients with digital marketing technology, an area in which it focuses on social media and the development and deployment of specialist apps. Co-leads Alison Patten-Hall and Susie Dryden are renowned for high value cases and count universities, NHS Trusts and multinationals within their client portfolio. Elisabeth Bell is prominent in nano-tech licensing and virtual reality circles.

Practice head(s):

Alison Patten-Hall; Susie Dryden 

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Bell

Testimonials

In my experience of working with a number of different lawyers, the team at Blake Morgan is first-in-class in every aspect of the work which has been undertaken. Response is fast with relevant backup and is conveyed in a serious but down to earth fashion‘.

Key clients

University of Reading

Artemis IT Solutions

HTEC Y

Cloudhouse Technologies

Osirium Technologies plc

InHealth Limited

NTT Security UK Limited

Sutton and East Surry Water Plc

HCL Technologies UK Limited

IBM United Kingdom

Cubic Corporation

Nokia

Teemill Tech Limited

Work highlights

  • Negotiated commercial agreements for licensing of technology solutions for major customers on behalf of HTEC Limited.
  • Advised on the restructure and reorganisation of NT Security (UK) Limited following its worldwide merger with Dimension Data.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish

The IT & telecoms team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish concentrates on areas such as payment processing, cryptocurrency, digital media and data. On the non-contentious side, it is adept at overseeing M&A deals as well as supporting businesses developing and commercialising software. The firm also handles contentious issues, having acted for major industry clients in various tech disputes. Practice head Pete Kenyon is a software commercialisation expert, while Irfan Baluch brings 'a deep understanding of coding' and Kathryn Rogers specialises in outsourcing and software and hardware procurement.

Practice head(s):

Pete Kenyon

Other key lawyers:

Irfan Baluch; Kathryn Rogers

Testimonials

Great at understanding new technology concepts. This makes them very good at focusing on the main legal issues and delivering outcomes quickly‘.

They really pick up the issues quickly and respond back with pragmatic and comprehensive advice. They know their stuff and act as true trusted advisers. I know they are always working for me to get the best result for my business‘.

Cripps Pemberton Greenish stands out for their breadth of experience in a range of sectors, up to date knowledge and practical solutions for their clients. Cripps Pemberton Greenish has always ensured to ask the right and relevant questions; along with providing clear and concise advice‘.

Efficient understanding of issues, proactive and innovative ways of tackling problems. Approachable and astute‘.

They are very easy to talk to, make complicated issues simple and easier to understand. I also know they will get back to me very fast when I need them. They have demonstrated real expertise in their field which has helped me tremendously‘.

Pete Kenyon is approachable, well experienced, quick to answer questions and provide advice, knowledgeable and practical‘.

Irfan Baluch is a key contact for us. The ‘go-to’ person when we need advice. Excellent lawyer: pragmatic, innovative and trusted‘.

Irfan Baluch is a lawyer with deep understanding of coding; this gives him a greater appreciation for his tech clients and allows him to get to navigate the legal issues with an added perspective other lawyers don’t always have‘.

Key clients

Harrow School Enterprises Limited

RDT

Electroneum

Optomany

PixitMedia

Park-IT

Deltatre

Holiday Extras

Khipu Networks

Adept Technology Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Harrow School’s subsidiary company, Harrow School Enterprises Limited, on its contract negotiations with Pearson Education Limited. This relates to the launch of a new online school.
  • Assisted Electroneum with the drafting of user terms and conditions for its blockchain-based services (and provide ongoing regulatory and compliance advice on the status of cryptoassets).
  • Advised Optomany on multiple high value customer contracts relating to the licencing of its card payment processing technology.

Dentons

Dentons' South East IT & telecoms offering is led by senior associate Nick Harrison in Milton Keynes. Providing assistance to domestic and international clients (notably the Middle East), the team has substantive experience in the media and retail sectors. Specifically, it has worked on behalf of Sainsbury's, John Lewis Partnership and Argos. Counsel Chris White is recommended for re-contracting issues.

Practice head(s):

Nick Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Chris White

Key clients

Network Rail

Sainsbury’s

Argos

John Lewis Partnership

Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales

Sharjah Islamic Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Sainsbury’s on agreement with NCR for the supply and maintenance of business critical hardware.
  • Advised Network Rail on its Brighton Main Line Connectivity Project.
  • Advised Sharjah Islamic Bank on its software licence and maintenance agreement for ATMs with Computer Network Systems (CNS).

DMH Stallard LLP

Brighton-based Tim Ashdown and John Yates in Gatwick oversee the IT and telecoms team at DMH Stallard LLP. Respectively, they handle contentious and non-contentious work with a general emphasis on contractual matters and M&A. Other areas covered include firmware, software, IR35 compliance and cloud compatibility. In addition, the firm provides managed services agreements for the manufacturing and travel sectors. Clients can also benefit from the firm's experience in data protection where it deals with confidentiality and cyber security concerns. Debbie Venn is recommended for cases featuring support and maintenance issues.

Practice head(s):

Tim Ashdown; John Yates

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Venn

Testimonials

Great team with good experience and strong leader in Tim Ashdown. Able to advise from startup to PLC . Have the sector and trade experience on the team. No other regional firm really has their depth or experience‘.

They have taken the time to get to know the business on multiple levels; our market, our pressure points, our culture and structure‘.

They understand business and provide pragmatic, considered guidance and valued opinion‘.

Tim Ashdown is very knowledgeable and a good communicator‘.

Debbie Venn is a stand-out figure in the TMT space, seeks to add value to each instruction. Importantly for our business, she is not a fence-sitter and happy to offer a strong opinion where necessary‘.

Key clients

Motoring & Leisure Services Limited

15below Limited

Canon UK Limited

Hadean Super Computing Ltd

Black and Callow Limited

Ampito Limited

Friday Media Group

CVR Global

Seker Limited

Sunrise Software Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading provider of technology solutions  in respect of both contentious and non-contentious issues. This included contracts, framework agreements, IP ownership, GDPRs and compliance with modern slavery legislation.
  • Assisted one of the UK’s leading providers of digital cameras and printers on a wide range of contractual and licensing matters. This included multi-million pound framework agreements and GCloud arrangements.
  • Acted for a membership club on both contentious and non-contentious matters. This featured a range of IT contracts including the provision of new software and hosting platform arrangements.

Irwin Mitchell

With a track record of work on high-value tech, outsourcing and commercial matters, the IT & telecoms team at Irwin Mitchell is led by outsourcing specialist Stuart Padgham. Advising clients in the financial and professional services industries, it deals in areas such as data privacy, AdTech, real-time bidding and device fingerprinting. Overflow issues are also catered for with the firm regularly supporting in-house teams at a variety of mid-to-large corporates. Daniel Hedley, who has a focus on contracts and compliance, is known for his experience with media firms. Chris Bridges is similarly recommended for the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hedley; Chris Bridges

Testimonials

Dan Hedley and his colleagues offer an excellent service‘.

Rock solid understanding of the subject matter that is relevant to us – very good business acumen, which helps a lot when closing a deal‘.

Dan Hedley is really on top of his subject and is always a pleasure to work with as he understands the commercial imperatives I work under as an in-house lawyer. Can’t recommend highly enough‘.

Key clients

LzLabs

Nuffield Health

Saga plc

Moorcrofts LLP

Andrew Katz, an expert in open source licensing, heads the IT & telecoms team at Moorcrofts LLP in Marlow. Katz is a fellow of the Free Software Foundation Europe and has a professional background in software engineering. More broadly, the team provides assistance on strategy, licensing, acquisitions and fundraising. The team has worked with a number of global institutions, supporting various major product launches. In addition, the firm is notable for its status as an 'outsourced legal support service' for Silicon Valley companies pursuing EMEA deals. Tim Astley is strong in regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katz

Other key lawyers:

Tim Astley

Testimonials

They understand our business and can almost read my mind – there are times I sound vague to myself when describing what I want to achieve but they seem to pick up on the threads and patch my requirements together‘.

Key clients

App Annie Inc

PagerDuty Inc

Graphaware Limited

Mintec Limited

Payara Services Limited

AskDoc Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised App Annie in over 25 separate deals from NDA through negotiation and drafting of contracts.
  • Advised PagerDuty in respect of over 20 separate European deals, from negotiating to drafting contracts, typically concluded with large well-known international companies.
  • Advised Graphaware on the legal framework for their new flagship product “Hume” in the application of intellectual property rights to the output of machine learning algorithms.

Moore Barlow

Commercial tech specialist John Warchus heads the IT & telecoms team at Moore Barlow, formed by the merger earlier this year of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins. Known for his track record of work with manufacturing and engineering clients, he also regularly assists tech start-ups. More broadly, the the firm is recognised for its work in telematics, cyber security, software development and analytics. The firm is also increasingly advising clients on IP protection, limitation of liability and the manufacture of complex devices. A member of the IT and IP Law Group Europe, it also features outsourcing and electronic tracking expert Dorothy Agnew. Of counsel Laurie Heizler is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

John Warchus

Other key lawyers:

Dorothy Agnew; Laurie Heizler

Testimonials

Moore Barlow are the preferred suppliers of legal support to our cluster of incubating startups. They offer a unique, pain free, can-do solution based service with the client at the heart of the activity. Whenever we have asked, whatever we have asked, Moore Barlow have responded positively, effectively and efficiently delivering what needs to be done when it needs doing. A great team of professionals who are people focused‘.

A sound and clever non-City firm that don’t oversell and solves the problem. A joy to work with‘.

John Warchus reflects everything a good legal relationship should have. His can-do attitude, unfazed approach and solution-focused delivery makes it a pleasure to know him and work with him. The basic attitude to client/lawyer relationships exhibited by Moore Barlow and delivered by John make this firm head and shoulders above the competition‘.

John Warchus manages work gently and steadily, with a keen eye on cost‘.

Key clients

Transparity Under

IPO/WebTMS

Sparkbox

Wheely-Safe

Hambrand

Core

Trevor Wood Under

Westmont Hub Under

Crave

NAK

Work highlights

  • Advised Wunelli Ltd on a complex variation to a business process outsourcing agreement with a UK insurance broker.
  • Advised Wheely-Safe Limited with a patented tyre monitoring system in relation to a high-value, strategic agreement with Michelin Tyres.
  • Assisted AO Mobile on a complex telecommunications agreement with O2 to enable AOMobile to offer its customers a wider choice of O2 products and services.

Osborne Clarke

The IT & telecoms team at Osborne Clarke has a distinguished reputation for both contentious and non-contentious matters, including software development and partner integration agreements for domestic and multinational clients. Particular specialisms include corporate transactions, private equity investment, commercial contracts, master services agreements and digital transformation projects. In addition, its regulatory, litigation and arbitration work benefits from the wider firm's network of international offices, including a base in Silicon Valley. Anna Williams is recommended for advice on AdTech and digital marketing, John Byers for managed services and SaaS agreements, Sara Valentine for cross-border deals and Greg Leyshon for private equity, growth and venture transactions.

Practice head(s):

Anna Williams; John Byers; Sara Valentine; Greg Leyshon

Testimonials

It is a classic good quality national law firm. The quality of the advice and work is excellent‘.

This team gives clear, simple, pragmatic advice, always considering what the business’ requirements are. They have taken time to understand our risk appetite so that their advice is on point. We particularly appreciate that any advice is provided in a clear way so that it does not need to be translated into non legal language for the business‘.

Key clients

LDC (client for 21 years)

Davies Group Limited

Uniphar plc (client for 10 years)

Xeretec (client for 5 years)

Redwood Technologies/Content Guru (client for 13 years)

Xerox (client for 13 years)

Highland Europe

Rush Hair Group

Business Growth Fund

Wood Group

BDO

Huntswood

Saint-Gobain

GoCardless

Grosvenor Casinos

Clayden Law

Situated in the Thames Valley's 'Technology Corridor', the IT and telecoms team at Clayden Law is recognised for its work on SaaS agreements and cloud services. In addition, with its substantive data privacy and cybersecurity expertise, the firm has established itself in the dynamic fintech market. Catering for both providers and resellers, its client base is primarily sourced from regional technology (or technology-enabled) organisations. Founder Piers Clayden is a specialist in issues impacting life sciences, publishing and new media companies. Hannah Kirby is recommended for her knowledge of supply of service contracts.

Practice head(s):

Piers Clayden

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Kirby

Testimonials

Commercially astute providing practical advice. Very proactive in keeping the in-house team informed of timings and costs‘.

The firm specialises in information technology, data privacy and cybersecurity law, and as they are experts in these areas, they have provided us with excellent advice for data privacy and GDPR procedures and policies‘.

We deal with Piers Cladyen and he provides us with an excellent service, very sound and practical advice, is very responsive and is very personable‘.

Hannah Kirby – very competent, thorough, able to outline the law clearly yet recognising the need to provide practical commercial advice. Am glad she is on my team‘.

Key clients

Speik

Agilityworks

M3 (EU)

Cloudfabriq

Kin and Carter PLC

Seagull Scientific

Alfafado

Amberjack

Ixaris

Cortexica

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP undertakes the full spectrum of IT matters for corporate, public and overseas clients. The firm has a strong cross-border practice, acting for clients on investments and projects from and into foreign jurisdictions. It also acts for challenger brands and those seeking to disrupt established markets. Mark O’Halloran heads the practice and handles work including outsourcing, e-commerce solutions, data sharing and licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark O’Halloran

Other key lawyers:

Cathy Kirby

EMW Law LLP

The IT and telecoms team at EMW Law LLP advises clients on a wide range of complex legal issues, encompassing IT outsourcing, tech-licensing covenants, next generation software development, SaaS & PaaS agreements, mobile app development, e-commerce, communications law and acquisitions and disposals. Lead solicitor Matthew Holman specialises in IT, IP and data protection. Tariq Sayfoo is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Holman

Other key lawyers:

Tariq Sayfoo

Key clients

Rightmove plc

Suzuki GB plc

Dallas Burston Ethitronix Limited

Aersospace Technology Institute

Santander UK plc

Work highlights

  • Assisted Rightmove with their acquisition of Van Mildert Landlord and Tenant Protection Limited. The technology and data privacy team provided strategic support.
  • Provide Suzuki GB plc with ongoing support and advice in relation to technology contracts, litigation, employment, data protection matters and GDPR-compliance.
  • Advised Santander on its partnership agreement with the TV presenters Ant & Dec relating to a new advertising campaign by the bank.

Paris Smith LLP

The IT & telecoms team at Paris Smith LLP works with tech SMEs, often helping them with regulatory compliance to ensure that arrangements with third parties contain requisite data protection safeguards. The firm is also known for its ability to handle complex IT separation issues, software development, licensing structures and gaming contracts. Co-leads Crispin Dick and Laura Trapnell have experience serving corporate purchasers and gaming industry clients.

Practice head(s):

Crispin Dick; Laura Trapnell

Key clients

Datwyler Cabling Solutions AG

British Friendly Society Ltd

The Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society Ltd

Beyond Encryption Ltd

Gobel & Partner Ltd

Millbrook Healthcare Ltd

Cobalt Telephone Technologies Ltd

University of Southampton Science

Park Ltd

Visitor Chat Ltd

Mercury 1 Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing the University of Southampton Science Park with regard to the provision of IT infrastructure to its residents.
  • Represented a client in relation to a strategic IT procurement project.
  • Acted for a client in the negotiation and implementation of its company-wide software platform upgrade.

Field Seymour Parkes LLP

The IT & telecoms team at Field Seymour Parkes LLP handles standalone transactions for investment projects and outsourcing arrangements. Key clients are drawn from industries such as hardware, cloud computing, mobile technology and logistics. Practice head Cathrine Ripley is a litigation specialist with substantive experience working for tech sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Cathrine Ripley

Testimonials

‘We are impressed by the quality of advice that we receive from Field Seymour Parkes. Matters are dealt with comprehensively and on a timely basis. We have every confidence in our dealings with the firm and would happily recommend them to other companies’.

‘The team offers knowledge, speed and quality of response. They understand our requirements and involve their colleagues when situations span specialisms’.

Warners Solicitors

The IT & telecoms team at Warners Solicitors advises clients on commercial contract matters, often handling cross-border issues. Russell Brinkhurst has acted for an internationally recognised public relations consultancy and specialises in support and software development. 'First class' team lead Kevin Sullivan handles both contentious and non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Russell Brinkhurst

Testimonials

I have used Warners for over 18 years. It is a City law firm but at out-of-town rates. Good team and always pleasant to work with‘.

Kevin Sullivan is a first-class lawyer – he has excellent domain knowledge and is a pleasure to work with‘.

Key clients

FSI Global Plc

Medaphor Group Plc

Mosaic Smart Data Limited

Rough Trade Retail (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a company (provider of analytical software and services for sell-side banks) and the founder (Matt Hodgson) in respect of Series B investment. This was a $9m fund raising at a pre-money valuation of $37m.
  • Acting for a client (provider of analytical software and services for sell-side banks) in respect of the licensing of its software to Liquidity Edge LLC, an US SEC-registered broker dealer.