IT and telecoms in South West

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP stands out for its work advising fast-growing technology companies on investment rounds, transactions and commercial agreements. The practice has particular specialisms in the fintech and digital health sectors; it is also increasingly active in the energy space. Elsewhere, the team is instructed by prominent public and private sector clients to handle technology outsourcing agreements. Chris Dyson leads the team and is recognised for his expertise in technology transactions, with Jocelyn Ormond also adept at handling deals involving private equity and venture capital funds. Suzie Miles is the key name to note in IT outsourcing.

Practice head(s):

Chris Dyson

Other key lawyers:

Jocelyn Ormond; Suzie Miles; Andy Braithwaite; Hannah Pettit; Charlotte Kingman; Brett Lambe; Scott Preece

Testimonials

‘Approachable, competent and responsive. Both Suzie Miles and Hannah Petit delivered good quality, valued input.’

‘We have a longstanding relationship with Ashfords and as a result the firm has an excellent understanding of our business operations. When providing advice, the firm adopts a proactive, commercial approach and the fee earners display a good technical knowledge on both commercial and data protection matters.  The advice provided has been clear and pragmatic.’

‘Suzie Miles is our primary partner-level contact. Charlotte Kingman manages the handling of the majority of our requests. Overall we have been very impressed with both Suzie’s and Charlotte’s advice. Both have taken time to understand our business and this is borne out in the advice provided.’

‘The team has worked with us and our wider community over the last few years. They have consistently been willing to go the extra mile to ensure we feel supported and get the advice we need.’

Work highlights

  • Advised fintech company Form3 on its continued growth, including a $160,000,000 strategic investment round led by Goldman Sachs and enterprise customer negotiations with Tier 1 financial institutions and challenger banks.
  • Advised NMI, a leading payment provider, on a broad range of commercial matters including contracts with distributors and merchants in the UK and EU; licensing arrangements, IP and other business matters.
  • Advised digital health company eConsult Health on its acquisition of QDoctor, a video consultation and SMS platform for connecting doctors and patients.

BPE Solicitors LLP

At BPE Solicitors LLP, the IT group is regularly instructed by clients to advise on commercial agreements involving technology, such as outsourcing deals. The team acts for suppliers of technology as well as customers, and is particularly specialised in acting on matters involving public sector and government-funded organisations. Sarah Kenshall leads the team and has a focus on the financial services sector, as well as on agreements involving data sharing arrangements such as data pools. Robert Bryan is another name to note in the team, with experience in acting for publicly-funded science and technology organisations. Data protection specialist Rocio de la Cruz joined from Gowling WLG in September 2021, while Emma Hickson departed the firm in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Kenshall

Other key lawyers:

Robert Bryan; Rocio de la Cruz

Testimonials

‘When working with BPE they really make the effort to fully understand the business requirements, offering sound advice and working collaboratively to ensure that our needs are met. They commit to delivering and deliver on time. Great quality work and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Sarah Kenshall is exceptional. She has a huge amount of sector experience, understands our issues and helps us find solutions. Very impressive!’

Key clients

Pay UK

Rail Delivery Group

HIETA

Plinx Limited

Cynam

Construction Data Limited

Bamboo Technology Group

UCAS

Work highlights

  • Represented Pay UK in respect of a technology platform refresh for its AI-enabled platform, Mule Insights Tactical Solution, that allows participating financial institutions to identify fraudulent transactions within the Faster Payments and BACs systems using data analytics and AI software to analyse BACs and Faster Payments payment transactions. This matter completed in spring 2001.
  • Advising on the Construction Data Trust, expected to be the UK’s first data trust, due to ‘go live’ in spring 2022. CDT aims to transform how construction projects are delivered by leveraging insights by pooling historic data at the industry level.
  • Representing RDG (the representative organisation for the UK’s train operating companies) during 2021 in its negotiations with Transport for London (TfL) to overhaul and further develop the ticketing and payment arrangements underpinning the London integrated transport system.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP is recognised in the South West market for its expertise in technology-related outsourcing agreements, where it acts for both customers and suppliers. Lawyers also provide advice to clients in this sector on the development of new products and associated regulatory and data protection issues. The team has an increasing focus on the financial services sector, where it acts for established companies and start-ups; its expertise in this sector was bolstered in January 2021, when it brought on fintech specialist Martin Cook, who joined from an in-house position. Outsourcing specialist Andrew Dunlop leads the technology and communications group, which made up Cook, Lucy Pegler and David Varney to partner in March 2022. Varney and Pegler are both recognised for their expertise in technology-related transactions for clients including public companies, state bodies and start-ups. 

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dunlop

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Pegler; David Varney; Martin Cook; Marcus Clayden

Testimonials

‘Excellent commercial awareness and user friendly advice. A real commitment to providing targeted legal assistance to tech companies. Top tier understanding of market practice and commercial awareness in the tech sector.’

‘They have strong lawyers and are good to work with.’

‘The team at Burges Salmon is very diligent and the quality of work is always good. They are very responsive and ensure clients are regularly updated. They have excellent technical knowledge.’

‘Good insight and technical expertise.’

‘David Varney has been an invaluable resource and sounding board with his approachable style, solutions focused advice and market knowledge. Has invested time in building trusted relationship with in house legal team.’

‘Andrew Dunlop is a very knowledgeable practitioner in the field of data protection. I would definitely recommend him in this area.’

‘Whilst most law firms are capable of providing good quality legal advice, it is the individual lawyers’ personality that makes them and the firm stand out from others. The lawyers are Burges Salmon are friendly and personable. This combined with their excellent technical knowledge makes them trustworthy and capable of being seen as an extension to the client’s legal team.’

‘Andrew Dunlop is an excellent advisor and trusted by our leadership team.’

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water PLC

St Modwen Properties PLC

Embark Group PLC

Coca Cola HBC

BDO LLP

Exeter Friendly Society

First Rail Holdings Limited (a subsidiary of FirstGroup plc.)

AXA Insurance UK

The National Trust

Grant Harris (founder of IT support and transformation services company Keep IT Simple (KITS))

Shareholders of FlightScope

Work highlights

  • Advising First Rail Holdings (part of FirstGroup plc.) on a number of complex licensing separation arrangements associated with the sale of its US businesses.
  • Advising Grant Harris, the founder of IT support and transformation services company Keep IT Simple (KITS), on its acquisition by AIM-listed The Panoply Holdings plc, a world-class technology group.
  • Acting for the shareholders of FlightScope on its sale to IMG Arena.

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey is highly active in advising on technology outsourcings and licensing agreements, where it acts for both companies procuring tech services as well as the suppliers. Practice head Martin Cuell‘s work in this space includes assisting clients on deals involving emerging areas of technology such as transitions to the cloud, virtual/augmented reality and drones. The team experienced some turnover in 2021, with Alexandra Leonidou departing the firm in December 2021 and Ashley Avery joining from Travers Smith LLP in the same month. Avery brings expertise in data protection to the practice and is also noted for her work in advising the portfolio companies of private equity funds on tech-related commercial agreements. Managing associate Annalisa Checchi is another name to note in the team and is praised for her ability to ‘make even the most complicated of scenarios understandable’.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cuell

Other key lawyers:

Ashley Avery; Annalisa Checchi

Testimonials

‘Annalisa Checchi has been a godsend in the advice she’s has given, nothing is too much trouble, the team always come back to you in a timely manner, and explain in full-terms the best way forward. Annalisa has also been incredibly helpful with finding the right partner in the firm to assist with any additional needs outside of her area of expertise.’

‘Annalisa and her team are ‘human’ they make even the most complicated of scenarios understandable. They always get back to you, which from previous experiences working with other firms is welcoming.’

‘The team brings practical and actionable advice in a concise form, which we really appreciate. They are dependable and always happy to support adjusting to our needs and budget constraints.’

‘Martin Cuell is a very pragmatic and reactive lawyer. He knows the IT industry very well and it really is a pleasure working with him!’

Key clients

Weston College

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Property Consortium UK

Welcome Break

UCheck Limited

ERS Transition Limited

OVO Energy

Chivas Brothers International Limited

Audley Travel

Techtronic Industries (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Dwr Cymru Welsh Water on their technology transformation project to move predominantly to a cloud based solution.
  • Advising Audley Travel on their major telephony infrastructure procurement project with Vonage.
  • Advising Property Consortium on its negotiations with the AA to provide a SaaS claims handling portal and claims processing solution (Synergy Cloud) which the AA would use to manage household claims for their customers.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP has a broad IT & Telecoms practice, handling corporate, commercial, regulatory and contentious matters in these sectors. The team is frequently instructed on tech-focused outsourcing transactions, such as digital transformations, while its corporate work focuses on investments into technology start-ups. Practice head Will Robertson is highly active in the procurement space, alongside Tom Harding and associate director Eleanor Williams; Robertson also provides advice to technology clients on the development of new products such as apps. In the telecoms sector, the firm’s property disputes practice offers clients experience in handling litigation before the Upper Tribunal related to the electronic communications code.

Practice head(s):

Will Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Harding; Eleanor Williams

Testimonials

‘I think Osborne Clarke have a great blend, and the right blend, of approachable people who provide quality advice at competitive rates. I enjoy working with them for this reason and appreciate the quality and timeliness of the support they provide.’

‘I’ve worked with Eleanor Williams for a number of years now and always find her to be extremely thoughtful, diligent and professional. She has better recollection of the major contract we worked on together than I do sometimes – and I tend to look at it most weeks! On top of her professional abilities she is also really nice to work with and it is always a pleasure to instruct her as I know I will get good, well thought through, practical advice.’

‘Pragmatic and business oriented focus and understanding. Easy to communicate with. Timely and high quality delivery.’

‘Will Robertson is very responsive and easy to work with. He understands our business and the commercial aspects of different matters. He is very pragmatic and business oriented.’

‘Completely understands our complex data and licensing needs.’

‘Will Robertson – able to answer every complex data question we have ever thrown at him.And found us good solutions to meet our needs.’

‘Osborne Clarke are very good in the IT space as well as being responsive, accurate and friendly.’

Key clients

Dassault Systemes

Zuhlke

Wales & West Utilities

Dell

Bristol Airport

Western Power Distribution

Barratt Developments PLC

EE

Transition Pathway Initiative

KPMG

Superdry

Mulberry

TalkTalk Telecom Group

BT/EE Limited

Vodafone (Group, Vodafone Procurement Company, UK, Group Enterprise)

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

Windsor Telecom

Wavenet

Community Fibre Limited

WPD Telecoms

Work highlights

  • Worked in collaboration with Superdry’s legal team to negotiate a significant contract with Oracle for the provision of a number of Retail Cloud Services to Superdry. These services underpin some of Superdry’s core internal functionalities (eg pricing and forecast management).
  • Advising the Transition Pathway Initiative on a round of growth, including contractual negotiation support.
  • Acted for British Telecommunications Plc to undertake a global audit of its compliance with The Global Network Initiative (GNI) principles. The (GNI) was launched in 2008 to protect and advance privacy and freedom of expression in the ICT sector.

TLT

TLT focuses on technology outsourcing agreements, acting for both vendors and customers on these deals. The practice handles software licensing, transitions to the cloud and the procurement of IT systems, including advising on multi-vendor agreements. Practice head James Touzel and Daniel Read are the two key partners in this area, with Read particularly focused on the highly regulated financial services sector. Ed Hayes handles procurement for public sector bodies, and alongside Emma Erskine-Fox also offers expertise in data and cyber-security. Erskine-Fox frequently works alongside the firm’s London office on data-related matters.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

Dan Read; Ed Hayes; Emma Erskine-Fox

Testimonials

‘TLT have provided, and continue to provide, exemplary service to my team. Their strength is both individual subject matter expertise regarding complex data sharing contracts and institutional depth through collaboration amongst the firm’s partners.’

‘Ed Hayes makes himself available and is excellent at prioritisation of the number of tasks I pass across. He is realistic with time estimates and this allows me to manage my time effectively as I can rely on his returns being on time. He doesn’t over promise and never under delivers.’

‘Good knowledge of our business and effective resourcing to reduce costs.’

‘Emma Erskine-Fox and Dan Read are recommended Emma in particular stands out for her pragmatic and down to earth approach.’

 

Work highlights

  • Advised boohoo on two extremely high-profile acquisitions: the Debenhams brand and website; and certain brands forming part of the Arcadia group (Dorothy Perkins, Burton and Wallis). TLT has a long-standing relationship with boohoo and advised on the data protection aspects of both acquisitions.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP continues to handle a high volume of instructions involving IT outsourcing transactions. The practice’s ability to act for clients in highly regulated sectors on outsourcing deals is demonstrated by its work for financial services and public sector clients, advising them on transactions involving data centres, transitions to the cloud, application maintenance and development, and cyber security services. Elsewhere, the team is engaged by clients to provide assistance on the launch of new technology products and e-commerce platforms, as well as to provide input on data sharing agreements and M&A deals involving technology companies. Alastair Mitton leads the team and has broad expertise across all these areas of IT. Gareth Jones and associate Georgie Morgan-Giles are also key names in technology procurement.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Jones; Georgie Morgan-Giles; Niki Asprou

Testimonials

‘Alastair Mitton runs a strong IT practice assisted by managing associate Georgie Morgan-Giles. Excellent client service.’

‘Managing associate Georgie Morgan-Giles has excellent technical knowledge, understood our queries and worked diligently and efficiently to turn around a large suite of MSA and SOW documents in good time. Georgie led calls on our behalf, challenging other party to ensure the best outcome. I highly recommend.’

‘WBD’s level of responsiveness is what sets them apart from other law firms. When a matter is urgent to the business, part of our role as in-house lawyers is expectation management. WBD are exemplary at acknowledging receipt of emails instantly (in the majority of instances) with the advice following in short order. WBD are great at scoping out the instructions so the client is completely clear on the output.’

‘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.’

‘Alistair Mitton has provided excellent support and assistance.’

‘The team has fantastic expertise and understand technical concepts easily, which makes instructing them simple and means the outputs are exactly what we need. The team also has an in-depth knowledge of the business and this means we receive advice that’s been thought through and has been tailored to our specific needs. This is invaluable for an inhouse team and takes away a lot of the burden, which is key when outsourcing work.’

‘Alastair Mitton provides us with an excellent service and makes sure his team are on hand whenever needed. His technical expertise on IT related matters makes him stand out. He also takes the time to understand the business to make sure his advice is bespoke and practical. This makes life so much easier for a busy inhouse team and makes Alastair invaluable.’

‘The team advising us provide extremely commercial advice on our supplier contracts. They are able to explain complex legal issues in straightforward terms for the benefit of our operational managers. They are incredibly responsive, pragmatic and, overall, a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

NHS Digital

Post Office Limited

AIG

Coverys

Quilter (previously Old Mutual Wealth)

Ministry of Justice N

NCR Corporation

END. Clothing

LV

Highways Agency

FACTON GmbH

Parkdean Resorts

ScienceLogic

Unicard

Digital Giant

The Modular Analytics Company (TMAC)

Work highlights

  • Working with NHS Digital on an ongoing basis in respect of the terms on which it makes digital tools available to research organisations as part of online research environments hosted by NHS Digital.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP specialises in acting for landowners in agreements and disputes with telecommunications operators. The practice advises on a wide range of matters related to the Electronic Communications Code, assisting clients with the drafting of agreements for leases as well as handling litigation before the Upper Tribunal. Kary Withers, a property litigator, leads the practice; she is supported by Beverley Pike, who focuses on the negotiation of leases and wayleaves, and senior associates Henry Russell and Aimee Davies, who both specialise in contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Kary Withers

Other key lawyers:

Kary Withers; Beverley Pike; Henry Russell; Aimee Davies

Testimonials

‘We find that the team handling all things telecoms from litigation to transactional matters work extremely well together as a tight unit. Their knowledge of the Telecoms Code across the Team is second to none, not only technically but also commercially – in that they have an excellent understanding of what the other side might be thinking.’

‘Kary Withers, even now as a Managing Partner, still leads the Telecoms team excellently. Kary is often on calls to coordinate others in the team and to deliver sage advice. Aimee Davies and Henry Russell are excellent litigators providing straight forward and sensible practical advice. Beverley Pike appears to do most of the transactional work speeding up the process very efficiently. Beverley is someone who is astute at spotting and successful in pushing back on inappropriate or unreasonable terms.’

‘My company has used Clarke Willmott for the past 5 years. Their responsiveness to my requests is always quick and I never get the feeling that they are prioritising other clients over us. Their breadth and depth of knowledge across the industry in which my company specialises is unrivalled in my experience and I never feel the need to look elsewhere.’

‘We work with Kary Withers and her team in the Bristol office of Clarke Willmott. Their advice on all matters relating to the Telecoms industry again, is unrivalled and I would never go anywhere else.’

‘This is the first time I have dealt with telecoms and the whole team have been very patient in explaining the processes to me multiple times. We have had countless calls, emails and advice notes and nothing has been too much trouble.’

‘Henry Russell and Kary Withers have been great to work with – extremely patient. They have both been able to explain the options to me in layman’s terms which has helped my understanding a lot more. Their knowledge and expertise has really helped broaden my understanding.’

‘The practice has a strength in a relatively esoteric area of law which many other practices do not have. This is backed by a full service, property law team to ensure comprehensive expert advice.’

‘Kary Withers and Aimee Davies are always on hand to provide a speedy response when needed.’

Key clients

L&Q Group

NG Devco (Orion Capital)

Lidl UK

Mapeley Estates

Pinnacle Towers

Eris Media Solutions

The Guinness Partnership

The Peabody Trust

Tradeweb Limited

Startech.com Limited

Sovereign Housing Association

Southern Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for London & Quadrant in the leading case Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited v London & Quadrant Housing Trust, dealing with the terms that should be imposed on a site provider under the Code, and continue to advise on the implementation of the agreement and subsequent claims for compensation.
  • Secured the removal of telecoms operators from the rooftop of the BT Building in St Paul’s, London to enable a multi-million-pound redevelopment to proceed.
  • Acted for Southern Housing to secure the removal of telecommunications operators from a multi-million-pound site in Southwark, London.

Michelmores LLP

The ‘pragmatic, approachable and flexible’ team at Michelmores LLP advises clients in the technology sector on the entire business lifecycle, from early-stage investments through to eventual exits from the business. The group is particularly engaged in commercial matters, such as advising the vendors in outsourcing transactions on the drafting of contracts. Tom Torkar leads the team and has expertise across corporate and commercial transactions in this space; he wins praise from clients for being ‘very commercially minded but also great on the details’. Senior associate Chloe Vernon-Shore also has well-rounded commercial and corporate expertise in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Tom Torkar

Other key lawyers:

Chloe Vernon-Shore; Philippa Collison; Justin Barrow

Testimonials

‘The Michelmores team takes an interest in client’s business needs and responds accordingly.’

‘We greatly appreciate the support offered by Tom Torkar and his team. They are the firm we use most regularly for our day to day commercial contractual work. Highly capable and generally super responsive.’

‘Tom Torkar is our go to external counsel for commercial contracts work. We really enjoy working with Tom – he is very commercially minded but also great on the details. He has developed very strong relationships both with in-house lawyers and people in the business, and has built up an in-depth knowledge of our business, and our different models, which makes working with him a joy.’

‘The Michelmores Commercial team are commercially pragmatic, approachable and flexible. They have a deep understanding of our sector and the relevant experience of our company and the legal agreements we have in place. We work closely with them and treat them as an extension of our business.’

‘Tom Torkar is excellent, with deep knowledge of the sector and organisation. Tom is engaged, approachable and always gives a commercial view to allow us to decide on risks and ways forward. Chloe Vernon-Shore is the lead senior associate and is excellent in her approach and in managing the workload with the team. We also regularly receive excellent work from Philippa Collison and Justin Barrow.’

Key clients

Daily Mail and General Trust plc

Landmark Information Group Limited

Gamesys Group plc

LiveScore Group Limited

Roxor Games

Limitless Technology Limited

Natural Capital Research Limited

Searchflow Limited

LifeSearch Limited

Deko (Pay4Later)

Role Mapper Technologies Limited

Intelsat

Saba

PPP Taking Care Limited (Axa Health)

Seasalt Limited

DeGould Limited

Landmark Optimus Limited

Evexia

Work highlights

  • Advised Landmark Information Group (part of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc) in respect the disposal of Landmark’s strategic modelling and insurance business and its Landmarks Solutions business which offers high-end systems build and integration to a range of customers including Department for Culture Media and Sport and Ofgem.
  • Serving on Gamesys’ panel for commercial and technology legal advice, including negotiation of global online game supply agreements and technology agreements.
  • Advised Limitless on the launch and multi-jurisdictional roll-out of its leading enterprise AI and crowd-sourced, customer service SaaS platform. This included in respect of negotiations with major customers such as Microsoft, Ebay, Unilever, L’Oreal, Nissan and Sage.

Roxburgh Milkins Limited

At Roxburgh Milkins Limited, the technology team predominantly acts for SMEs and tech startups, providing them with broad corporate and commercial advice. The practice is regularly instructed on funding rounds, while its commercial work includes advising on customer terms and conditions as well as on agreements covering research, supply and distribution. Practice head Ian Grimley specialises in advising on intellectual property matters related to technology, and Charles Van Der Lande offers expertise in corporate transactions involving the tech sector. Solicitor Carl Spencer-Spear is also highly active on commercial tech matters.

Practice head(s):

Ian Grimley

Other key lawyers:

Charles Van Der Lande; Carl Spencer-Spear; Helen Naylor; Laura Guest

Testimonials

‘Roxburgh Milkins have been the ideal partner for us as we build out our product. We worked with Roxburgh because of a personal recommendation from a similar SAAS company and value their expertise in putting together contracts in the trading space and their experience in getting deals over the line with large financial counterparties. I think what makes Roxburgh unique is the close relationships with clients, their flexibility and the fact they really look to understand what you are trying to achieve.’

‘Ian Grimley understands the space we work in and has worked with us on bringing each customer onboard. He has been very responsive and able to help deal with the numerous back and forth requests during contract negotiations and has provided us with excellent advice throughout. Carl Spencer-Spear turned everything around exceptionally quickly for us, based on some fairly complex requirements and worked seamlessly with our existing deal.’

‘This practice is pretty unique in its friendly, entrepreneurial nature. Really practical and experienced advice, from a firm which was itself a start-up and now an admired scale-up. Not at all “lawyerly”.’

‘Ian Grimley is very well known as an IT/IP lawyer in the South-West tech sector, but attracts clients from London. Carl Spencer-Spear has developed into a very efficient lawyer. On a related note, Charles van der Lande in the corporate team is a hugely experienced individual. Having been round the block so many times, he always reduces situations to the practical. Laura Guest is a hard-working and dependable.’

‘Timeliness. For a start-up, this is key. They can turn things around quite quickly. Again, they’re efficient in the task.’

‘Ian Grimley, Charles Van Der Lande and Laura Guest offer concise service, expertise in the field, take responsibility, can use wider team when they need to.’

‘Committed business partners that we trust and recommend to other Fintech startups.’

‘Charles Van der Lande is a key advisor on funding activities and our lead lawyer. Ian Grimley offers expert advice on commercial contracts. Laura Guest has excellent turn around. Helen Naylor provides excellent support.’

Key clients

Concirrus

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KETS Quantum Security

One Big Circle

EnSilica

Pax2Pay

VQ Comms

Babble

Peak Technologies

Dynisma

Work highlights

  • Advised Concirrus (InsurTech) on customer contracts, service and data agreements for their artificial intelligence insurance software platform.
  • Advised TransFICC (FinTech solution for low-latency trading) on various customer agreements as well as supporting their funding rounds with our corporate team.
  • Advised Dynisma on commercial terms (with Ferrari in particular), ensuring their unique driving simulation technology intellectual property is protected.

Keystone Law

At Keystone Law, the ‘agile and responsive’ team advises clients in the technology sector on the drafting of agreements with suppliers and customers. Charlie White and Jessica Bent are among the key names; they provide advice to clients on data protection issues such as the international transfer of data.

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Bent; Charlie White

Testimonials

‘Very experienced in the sector, agile and responsive to client priorities.’

‘Jessica Bent is very knowledgeable about the sector, down-to-earth and pragmatic. Very focused on getting a good outcome for clients.’

 

Key clients

Adam Matthew Digital Limited

Anglia Home Furnishings Limited

Bath Spa University

Bitmap Books Ltd

FluoretiQ Limited

Icon Scientific Limited

Marine Conservation Society

MediaClash Limited

Mytton Williams Ltd

Neptune (Europe) Ltd

Nevaya Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Adam Matthew Digital on data protection issues as they relate to its customer licensing agreements.
  • Advised The Coconut Collaborative on data protection matters.

Pritchetts Law

TMT boutique Pritchetts Law has a specialism in data protection and privacy, providing comprehensive advice to clients in the technology sector and beyond on these issues. The team assists clients in drafting commercial contracts with customers and other businesses and in ensuring that these documents comply with data protection regulations. The practice also frequently advises on regulatory issues surrounding internal data flows and international data transfers. Stephanie Pritchett and Ben Wootton jointly lead the Bristol-based team, with Wootton also based in the firm’s London office. Both are valued by their clients as ‘excellent communicators and quick responders’.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Pritchett; Ben Wootton

Other key lawyers:

Al Goodwin

Testimonials

‘The team at Pritchetts Law are all technically excellent, professional and brilliant to work with, but the best part of working with them, is that they listen to what you need and provide you with clear and relevant advice and solutions.’

‘Highly knowledgeable and personable practice of skilled individuals with great experience on both sides of the private practice/in-house arenas.’

‘As a niche data protection law firm, we consider the firm to be unique. We receive dedicated partner attention.’

‘The USP that Pritchetts possess is that the team comprises highly experienced and expert individuals focused in this area of law. In working with them for a number of years I have not found others with this complete complement of skills, services and solutions.’

‘Stephanie Pritchett and Ben Wootton are both excellent communicators and quick responders, very willing to find time at short notice to talk through any queries or issues regardless of their (obviously busy) caseload. Both were consistently up to date with the matter which ensured continuity of service when one was unavailable.’

‘Ben Wootton’s specialist knowledge, analytical and drafting skills in relation to complex data protection law issues are excellent, as are his response times and ability to work flexibly to provide the support we need, when we need it.’

‘Stephanie Pritchett and Ben Wootton stand out amongst their peers through their exceptional knowledge – not only of the law, but in how to apply it across the full range of complex situations clients face, by providing commercially valuable solutions.’

‘Stephanie Pritchett has huge knowledge depth on all things data privacy related in the UK and EU. Ben Wootton has extensive in-house experience bringing a real commercial understanding to discussions.’    

 

 

Key clients

Yeo Valley Farms (Production) Limited

The Ceuta group of companies

Symmetry Limited

The UPP group of companies

Link Maker Systems Limited

Northumbrian Water Limited

National Foundation for Educational Research

The DataRobot group of companies (numerous)

PDP Companies Limited

The AXA Health group of companies

Breast Cancer Now

Scammell & Nyland Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Yeo Valley on its understanding of the data that it collects, drafting detailed privacy notices, responding to data subject access requests and implementing new processes to manage future individual rights requests.
  • Advised VSI, on compliant use of individual actors’ personal data and voice recordings, international data sharing with its numerous group companies, TV and movie production contracts, and on arrangements with international business partners.
  • Advised DataRobot on compliant data-sharing arrangements among its complex network of international group companies, data use on its AI platform, its master services arrangements with its customers, and compliant collection and use of employee data related to Covid-19.

Steer & Co

Media, technology and IP boutique Steer & Co continues to provide tech sector clients with wide-ranging commercial advice. The team is regularly consulted for advice on the drafting of supply agreements, master services agreements and customer terms and conditions; it also acts for clients in the development of new products such as apps. Practice head Rebecca Steer has a client base which includes South West, national and international clients, many of whom have long-term relationships with the firm.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Steer

Testimonials

‘We commissioned Steer & Co to overhaul our client and employment contracts, focusing on the needs of digital agencies and the involving practices within the market. The team at Steer & Co were on hand and very responsive when we had client and freelancer feedback on the contracts, implementing changes and helping gain agreement on the new contracts.’

‘Rebecca Steer was an excellent practitioner and gave significant insight into the market and legal practices affecting us as a Digital agency. I’d not hesitiate to recommend Rebecca and her team.’

‘Great knowledge of the software industry and its many issues’

‘The team handles clients such as large corporations as well as start-ups which was very appealing to us as we are a start-up. The firm came highly recommended from my intellectual property lawyers. Steer and Co have been fairly priced with their services and are able to deliver on time with high quality of work. I am very pleased to work with them.’

‘Rebecca is outstanding in what she does, she is approachable, gives sound advice and always remains available whenever I have a question or need guidance on something. Instead of using complex legal jargon Rebecca simplifies the Terms and privacy policy so that anyone reading will be able to understand what we are saying. It has been a pleasure getting to work with her, and I will continue to do so as my company expands across different markets.’

‘Top notch firm. Top notch advice.’

Key clients

Hero Towers Ltd

XMOS

GRAPHCORE

ATOMIC SMASH

HUNBUN

LABLINKS

AERIAN STUDIOS

CURTIS FITCH

DENGRO

GIBE DIGITAL

Work highlights

  • Advising Hero Towers (acquired by Klarna Bank) on over 70 + customer (referred to a brands/merchants) contracts with brands and retailers who licence the use of the Hero virtual shopping online platform and mobile app.
  • Advised XMOS Ltd on the development of bespoke software customisation and supply of XCORE devices to a leading US fitness and exercise company.
  • Working with Great State (E3 Media) and its client, the Royal Navy, on a new project involving the Royal Navy App and Platform designed by Great State.

Stephens Scown LLP

Stephens Scown LLP provides advice to clients on the full range of commercial technology matters, including agreements with customers and other businesses, data protection and the protection and use of intellectual property. Ben Travers leads the team, which made up Tom Chartres-Moore to partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ben Travers

Other key lawyers:

Tom Chartres-Moore

Key clients

Software Solved

Nexus OS

Boston Digital

Bluegrass

Egremont Group Limited

Unity Five Limited

Surveyortech

Work highlights

  • Advised Software Solved on a complete overhaul of their client-facing contracts.
  • Supporting Egremont Group Limited with development and roll out of a new software product.
  • Assisted SurveyorTech with the development of the platform’s end-user licence agreement and the drafting and negotiation of a commercial agreement with an exclusive reseller.

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP head of commercial Kate Westbrook, who specialises in commercial contracts, is also a member of the firm's technology and digital sector group.

Testimonials

‘The team are super helpful, plain speaking and always there and ready to help. They don’t get into legal speak and take a pragmatic approach to ensure clients interested are met.  Great team and great lawyers.’

‘They take the time, no matter the problem, to make sure we understand the law and our position.’

‘Pragmatic and responsive. A natural extension of our in house team.’

‘Kate Westbrook is pragmatic and responsive. A natural and very valued extension of our in house team’

‘Our only contact has been with Kate Westbrook, and I can say that at every juncture she has given clear, rational and well informed advice. Her communication is outstanding, and she delivers on her promises. As a representative for her practice, she is an outstanding ambassador.’