IT and telecoms in South West

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP has developed a technology-focused team 'peopled by experts', bringing together corporate, commercial and intellectual property lawyers. In addition to corporate transactions and investment issues, the group has experience in the implementation of national projects, as well as in data protection matters. Other areas of expertise include agile software development and blockchain issues. The department is led by corporate lawyer Chris Dyson, who is ably supported by commercial contracts expert Mark Lomas and investment funds specialist Jocelyn OrmondAndy Braithwaite handles intellectual property and IT transactions, and Suzie Miles is the name to note for IT transformation and outsourcing projects, as well as software licensing issues.

Practice head(s):

Chris Dyson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lomas; Jocelyn Ormond; Andy Braithwaite; Suzie Miles; Kaya Elkiner; Brett Lambe; Scott Preece

Testimonials

‘The team has been very collaborative with our organisation to problem-solve where the need has arisen. Their expertise in our industry has enabled us to identify some challenges we may face ahead of time so that we have been well prepared if necessary.’

‘We have felt that working with Ashfords has always given us people rather than a generic organisation to work with. All team members are only a phone call away if something urgent has come up and they go above and beyond to help us turn around on requests quickly.’

‘Peopled by experts who understand business, the issues it faces and the people behind those issues.’

‘All experts with a very good bedside manner, who get to the heart of the issues quickly.’

Key clients

NMI

Notion Capital

Form3

Post Office

Simply Cook

Sparkol

BGF

GoMedia

eConsult Health

Small Robot Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Form3 on its £33m funding round from strategic investors and negotiated, in parallel, enterprise customer agreements with some of the tier 1 banks which were also investing in the company to process payments for them and their customers.
  • Advised Notion Capital on a $68m investment round in Paddle, an SaaS revenue delivery platform, and a $36m investment round in Dixa, a customer support platform.
  • Advised Curtis Banks on its acquisition of fintech company Dunstan Thomas Group Ltd for up to £27.5m.

BPE Solicitors LLP

Technology sector work is central to the 'pragmatic and practical' commercial practice at BPE Solicitors LLP, which is well integrated into Cheltenham's technology and cyber ecosystem. The group has particular expertise in supply arrangement, outsourcing, supply chains and delivery across the lifecycle of IT projects. The team has recently gone through a period of expansion, taking on 'brilliant' fintech expert Sarah Kenshall from Burges Salmon LLP in October 2020 and David Ashcroft, a commercial lawyer with significant expertise in the IT space, from HCR Hewitsons in January 2021. The practice group is led by the 'outstandingEmma Hickson, an outsourcing expert. Robert Bryan is head of the science and technology practice, and is a seasoned commercial contracts and corporate governance lawyer. Iain Garfield leads the broader commercial practice and has experience in software and IT contracts.

Practice head(s):

Emma Hickson

Other key lawyers:

Robert Bryan; David Ashcroft; Iain Garfield; Sarah Kenshall

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and practical counsel. High-quality advice. Rapid responses to queries.

‘The team always demonstrate that they are committed to the client and that they support our needs and agenda.’

Always look beyond the obvious and seek out the clauses of greatest risk or items of concern to our business.

Iain Garfield is very thorough and provides high-quality advice.’

‘Individuals in the team are caring, responsive, helpful and friendly.’

‘Sarah Kenshall is brilliant. She is very pragmatic, and I feel like she has my back and is ready to create a solution instead of quoting law at me or the counterparty.’

‘Emma Hickson is an outstanding lawyer. She knows me and my sector, and provides excellent, timely and pragmatic advice of an extremely high quality.’

Key clients

Anatwine Limited

UCAS

Delta XML

Hieta Technologies Limited

CyNam

Work highlights

  • Advised, co-ordinated and negotiated the re-procurement of UCAS’ extremely complicated IT infrastructure.
  • Providing ongoing legal support to Anatwine Limited, supporting all commercial contracts and SaaS/PaaS terms with both global fashion retailers and global fashion brands.
  • Advised the founders of Plinx on setting up multinational distribution and licensing structures, commercialising the products and enabling deals with some of the largest global construction companies.

Burges Salmon LLP

The 'reliable and business-focused' technology and communications team at Burges Salmon LLP is best known for advising on the implementation of complex IT projects, with a specialism in outsourcing. Director David Varney's clients include multinational vendors and scale-up providers. In director Lucy Pegler, the team has a specialist in telecoms and IT projects in the transport space, while senior associate Marcus Clayden has developed expertise in advising financial services and energy sector clients. The department is led by the 'very recommendableAndrew Dunlop, an accomplished expert in outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dunlop

Other key lawyers:

David Varney; Lucy Pegler; Marcus Clayden

Testimonials

Very reliable and business focused. A strong grasp of the client’s needs is translated into legal solutions.’

Andrew Dunlop is very recommendable, and not only for outsourcing work. He has a high level of responsiveness that is paired with extensive experience and a good view on the corridors for what is possible in an individual case.

Burges Salmon do genuinely seem to put the client first – they are always responding swiftly with individual absences covered appropriately. They are not precious or sensitive to shifting deadlines, hasty requests or changes in direction, and will flag up cost estimates in advance.’

I’ve been really impressed by Marcus Clayden – he familiarised himself very quickly with a complex and long contract and collaborated well in an objective way with our service provider’s legal team.’

‘A good blend of technical and commercial expertise and legal skills help to make the IT/tech team at Burges Salmon a good partner.’

Key clients

BMI Healthcare

Southern Water PLC

St Modwen Properties PLC

Embark Group PLC

Coca-Cola HBC

BDO LLP

Exeter Friendly Society

FirstGroup PLC

AXA Insurance UK

The National Trust

Work highlights

  • Assisted Exeter Friendly Society with all aspects of a second generation outsourcing/offshoring of IT processes and supporting administration systems to India.
  • Advising Bud Systems on data, business continuity, IP and wider risk management issues.

Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey is noted for advising clients on transformational technology projects and complex licensing, with particular expertise in the fintech, cleantech and retail tech sectors. The group is increasingly active in the internet of things (IoT) sector, with recent experience assisting with technology arrangements. Data protection and GDPR compliance are another important area for the group, with Alexandra Leonidou leading the work in this field. Martin Cuell heads the department. Annalisa Checchi is an expert in software licensing and cloud agreements.

Practice head(s):

Martin Cuell

Other key lawyers:

Annalisa Checchi; Alexandra Leonidou

Key clients

Weston College

Mole Valley Farmers Limited

Audley Travel

Hublsoft Limited

UCheck Limited

Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Limited

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Quilter Business Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised uCheck on a refresh of its suite of B2B terms.
  • Advised Warner Bros. on the development of its terms of engagement with production companies using its De Lane Lea studios.
  • Regularly advising Mole Valley Farmers on technology contracts.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP takes an interdisciplinary approach to IT matters, pulling together experts in commercial law, litigation and corporate transactions. The group advises clients on digital transformations and commercial IT agreements. The team is led by Will Robertson, a commercial lawyer with expertise in procurement, as well as in advising technology companies on new products and services. Tom Harding focuses on commercial transactions, with clients in the digital and e-commerce sectors. Charlie Wedin is a litigator who is often instructed on technology disputes. 'Consistently reliable, personal and available' associate director Eleanor Williams' practice involves negotiating and advising on high-value contractual arrangements for the sale, procurement and development of technology.

Practice head(s):

Will Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Harding; Charlie Wedin; Eleanor Williams

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke have really taken the time to understand how we operate as a wider organisation, an in-house legal team and as individuals. They’ve tailored their approach, including the people they put forward to us to work on matters, in order to ensure we are provided with pragmatic legal advice with practical solutions on ways forward.’

‘You can have a good conversation with them. What you want from an external law firm is people who are an extension of the team. You get this with Osborne Clarke. We have established a trusting relationship.’

‘OC provide a personal service. They take time to get to know the client and understand the business.’

‘Eleanor Williams is consistently reliable, personable and available. She is our go-to and we trust her completely.’

I would also single out their strong international network.

Key clients

Dell

Hargreaves Lansdown

EE

KPMG

Miniclip

Bristol Airport

Dassault Systèmes

Western Power Distribution

Barratt Developments PLC

Business Growth Fund

Cornerstone

Church of England

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised Western Power Distribution on various digital transformation projects to drive change and innovation in energy delivery and planning.
  • Advised Vodafone in its defence of, and counterclaim against, a claim by a distributor of sim cards.
  • Advised Barratt Homes on its digital transformation programme, including the renegotiation of its core software licences with Oracle.

TLT

TLT's technology and intellectual property department is best known for its work on transformational IT projects, providing expertise in telecoms, outsourcing, cloud computing and software development and integration. The Bristol-based team has also built a strong fintech and financial services practice, advising on IT regulatory issues. James Touzel, who has experience in running high-stakes strategic projects, leads the practice. Daniel Read focuses on the financial services sector, with growing experience in fintech. Legal director Ed Hayes is an expert in data protection, as is associate Emma Erskine-Fox.

Practice head(s):

James Touzel

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Read; Ed Hayes; Emma Erskine-Fox

Testimonials

‘Expert reading of the context in which the client is operating. Ability to identify the right legal product to get the job done. Builds trust with the client from day one.’

Ed Hayes has been peerless in his support for a complex IT delivery project.

‘TLT have been our lawyers for a number of years, and we really value their expertise in information technology. They have really taken the time and effort to understand the software and services we offer, so we can seek advice from them safe in the knowledge that they are fully aware of the context within which we are operating.

All the lawyers we have worked with are extremely helpful and personable. They don’t use unnecessary jargon and are familiar with both the technical considerations and their legal implications, offering a full-package service to technology firms such as ours.’

‘Emma Erskine-Fox is our main contact and has undertaken most of the work for us on behalf of TLT over the past couple of years. Emma is extremely diligent, very mindful of time constraints and takes an excellent consultative approach: she asks well-chosen questions when assessing the requirement and carefully leads us through the process of finalising what we need. We really appreciate how straightforward she makes this, and her output is always of high quality and clearly explained.

Emma Erskine-Fox is particularly skilled in demystifying GDPR issues and queries and providing sound practical advice on software contracts. I would definitely recommend her as a lawyer.

Key clients

5NINES

J Sainsbury’s PLC

BGL Group (including Comparethemarket.com)

C & J Clark

Imperial Brands PLC

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

WHSmith PLC

Elavon Financial Services DAC

BT

Telegraph Media Group

Sky

Sine Wave Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advising Sine Wave Entertainment on a range of strategic partnerships and contracts with organisations such as Unity Technologies and DAZ 3D in relation to the development, distribution and sales of its public and enterprise virtual reality services and digital content assets.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's IP, technology and data department has an impressively broad practice and is on the UK government's Crown Commercial Service panel. The group also assists the firm's insurance and financial sector clients, providing advice on outsourcing and critical equipment regulation and, increasingly, in relation to fintech issues. In addition to outsourcing work, the team advises technology companies on licensing and issues pertaining to the scaling-up of their businesses. The team is led by commercial IT and technology lawyer Alastair Mitton, who has 'excellent knowledge of all matters relating to technology'. Gareth Jones is an experienced IT procurement specialist. Associate Georgie Morgan-Giles is a commercial lawyer with an increasing presence in the technology space.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Jones; Georgie Morgan-Giles; Niki Asprou

Testimonials

‘Strong on IT outsourcing contracts.’

‘They have a flexible approach and are willing to vary the balance between work carried by the firm and by the in-house team, even within the same matter.

‘We used Womble Bond Dickinson for data-related matters due to their expertise in this niche legal area and the enthusiasm expressed by the staff to get involved and tackle the matters at hand. WBD has also helpfully supported us during a difficult and busy year with seconded staff.’

‘The team has an excellent understanding of what an in-house legal team values and is always on hand to provide first-class advice and assistance. The team is always responsive and deals with matters on time and within budget.’

What really sets them apart is the time they have spent to understand our business, as well as the way in which we like to contract, which means that their advice and contracts are always tailored. Even if a new member of the team works on our matters, they have already been briefed on what’s important to us and key issues are identified.’

The team is always flexible on fee structures and has been willing to help with short-term capacity issues. This includes making dedicated resource available on secondment and, separately, within their team at competitive rates for particularly busy periods. This has been invaluable during the global pandemic. On a personal level, the team is always a joy to work with and are professional and approachable.’

‘Alastair Mitton has an excellent knowledge of all matters relating to technology. His expertise is invaluable as he understand the products the business is purchasing and how these will be integrated into the business’ IT environment. This means that his advice identifies areas of real importance, allowing us to efficiently manage key risks within the business.’

Work highlights

  • Advising 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.

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP 's ‘agile, knowledgeable, business savvy and pragmatic’ team has notable strength in assisting technology clients in contentious and non-contentious matters, with a particularly active transactional practice. The group also advises end-users on procurement and outsourcing issues. The team is led by the 'brilliantTom Torkar, an expert in IT projects, business transformations and outsourcing whose clients include major corporates and public sector entities. Associate Lois Hinchliffe is a commercial lawyer with expertise in data protection, intellectual property, licensing, consumer rights and supply chain agreements. Senior solicitor Chloe Vernon-Shore increasingly advises clients in the data sector.

Practice head(s):

Tom Torkar

Other key lawyers:

Lois Hinchcliffe; Chloe Vernon-Shore

Testimonials

‘Agile. Knowledgeable. Business savvy. Pragmatic.’

‘Lois Hinchcliffe is an absolute gem.’

‘Tom Torkar is a standout individual. He knows our business so well, is responsive and makes himself available. As well as offering his insight into key legal and commercial negotiating positions, he’s someone I feel like I can learn from in terms of negotiating technique.’

‘Tom Torkar is brilliant to work with. He is diligent, very capable and commercially savvy. He is highly responsive and adaptable, working well with the fast-paced nature of our team. He genuinely gets our business and is therefore able to focus, as appropriate, on issues that truly matter whilst giving the business the protection it needs.’

‘The Michelmores team cover all the areas we need on a day-to-day basis as well as having relationships in international offices which we can tap into as and when required. I like the strong partner involvement on key projects and the staff continuity, which means the time we invest in bringing the team up to speed on the business is not lost and helps facilitate quick turnarounds on new items.’

‘The staff we deal with are all specialists in their areas but there is also a good mix of all-rounders and Chloe Vernon-Shore, who is our initial point of contact, is often able to deal with routine queries herself. However, Chloe will also bring in subject matter specialists as required.’

‘Tom Torkar provides exceptional, timely advice and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘We work really closely with Michelmores and have done so over a number of years. They have a deep knowledge of our business and feel like an internal legal team. They have a good commercial understanding of our business and industry. They are flexible, pragmatic and deliver great quality work. They are also able to bring in insight from other sectors that are relevant and link us in to specialists outside the commercial team, such as the competition law, litigation and employment departments.’

Key clients

Daily Mail and General Trust plc

Tokyo Electron

Gamesys Group plc

LiveScore

Roxor Games

Landmark Information Group Limited

Limitless Technology Limited

Met Office

PPP Taking Care Limited (Axa Health)

Deko (Pay4Later)

Intelsat

Saba

Football Index/Index Data Labs

Seasalt Limited

LifeSearch Limited

DeGould Limited

Landmark Optimus Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Landmark Information Group (part of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc) in respect of its contribution to the build of a ground-breaking energy switching system for Ofgem and its licensee Smart DCC Limited.
  • Acting as a key member of Gamesys’ panel for commercial and technology legal advice, including negotiation of global online game supply agreements and technology agreements.
  • Advised Limitless Technology on the launch and multi-jurisdictional roll-out of its leading enterprise AI and crowd-sourced, customer service SaaS platform, including negotiations with new major customers such as eBay.

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP's 'passionate and dedicated' IT and telecoms practice has developed a niche in representing landowners in cases against major telecoms companies concerning the placement of masts, leveraging significant expertise in telecoms law. The lawyers also advise on the commercial and contractual side of IT and communications. The group in Bristol is led by property litigator Kary Withers, who 'has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the telecoms field' and is often supported by Beverley Pike.

Practice head(s):

Kary Withers

Other key lawyers:

Beverley Pike; Aimee Davies

Testimonials

Working in a male-dominated industry, it is fantastic to work with women who are knowledgeable, passionate and dedicated to client goals and the swift and comprehensive resolution of issues.

I have been struck with how passionate and dedicated the team are at Clarke Willmott, especially Kary Withers. I have worked with her on a number of different matters and she is knowledgeable and supportive, and also proactive in her advice and dealings with cases and the dissemination of information to the sector.’

I would rate CW as one of the leading firms in the country dealing with telecoms-property disputes for landowners. From the work I have done with them, I can see they attract a broad range of work and have been involved in some of the leading cases under the new telecoms code.’

Kary Withers has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the telecoms field, both of the legal landscape and the practical matters and pitfalls that landowners need to have in mind in this technical area. She is also a lawyer who knows how to get things done and get them done effectively and efficiently. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Clarke Willmott have detailed knowledge and experience in the new telecoms code, and are able to provide pragmatic advice to clients and agents alike.’

Kary Withers has both experience and knowledge in litigation matters regarding the telecoms code. Her no-nonsense approach and clear delivery of facts make her a go-to solicitor.’

A knowledgeable and experienced team which is active in an esoteric area of law.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the landowner in the case of CTIL Ltd v London & Quadrant Housing Trust, which determined the terms (including value) for a rooftop mast site in Central London.
  • Advising Abri on arrangements for the purchase of cloud-based people development software products.
  • Acting for the second landowner in the case of EE Limited and Hutchison 3G UK Limited v Edelwind Limited and Secretary of State for Housing Communities.

Roxburgh Milkins Limited

Roxburgh Milkins Limited is a boutique providing the full range of services to companies in the technology sector. Members of the 'highly experienced, knowledgeable and pragmatic' team are often called upon in an external in-house counsel capacity, advising on day-to-day corporate and commercial issues. The group also has significant expertise in data protection and privacy issues, handled by solicitor Carl Spencer-Spear. The commercial department is led by Ian Grimley, who is an intellectual property lawyer advising providers and users of technology. Charles Van Der Lande is a corporate lawyer focusing on scale-up tech sector businesses. Solicitor Helen Naylor's practice includes contract management and data protection audits.

Practice head(s):

Ian Grimley

Other key lawyers:

Charles van der Lande; Carl Spencer-Spear; Helen Naylor

Testimonials

‘A small, friendly, responsive practice.’

‘On the commercial side, Ian Grimley is great – he understands the key elements of our business and is generally quick and responsive. I have an excellent relationship with him and trust him.’

‘A highly experienced, knowledgeable, pragmatic and client supportive team. Always accessible and willing to listen and offer advice. Fees are competitive compared to larger peers and always represent excellent value for money. I would have no hesitation in recommending them for corporate and commercial work.’

‘They work as an excellent, supportive team and are well led by their partners.’

‘Pragmatic advice communicated clearly and openly.’

‘I value their ability to get to the heart of an issue and to help me think pragmatically about the best way to proceed.’

So far I have only had the experience of seeing Ian Grimley in action but was impressed as he was clearly experienced and knew how to protect his client’s position without any silly point-scoring.’

Key clients

Concirrus

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KETS Quantum Security

One Big Circle

DCActiv

Pax2Pay

Contracts Advance

Babble

Peak-Ryzex

GL Education Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Concirrus (creator of Quest, an artificial intelligence insurance software platform) on new and existing contracts for its various insurance customers, which include Hiscox, Markel and Marsh.
  • Advising Kudo (a new kind of insurtech) ahead of its spring 2021 launch by negotiating contracts with key third-party tech providers.
  • Advised KETS Quantum Security on its Innovate UK applications and agreements, its entry into the Thales accelerator and numerous collaboration agreements.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law‘s ‘responsive and knowledgeable‘ technology team has expertise in IT contracts and data protection issues, assisting a wide variety of start-ups and SMEs. Areas of specialism include affiliate agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure issues, distance selling, privacy policies and software licensing. Key names include the ‘creative and impressive‘ Jessica Bent, an outsourcing expert, and Charlie White, who focuses on commercial contracts and intellectual property.

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Bent; Charlie White

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely professional and service is always to a very high standard. Having a team of specialists is highly beneficial and means we are always directed to the best individual for the type of enquiry we have.’

They always provide a highly professional and high-quality service.’

Very responsive and knowledgeable, down to earth and pragmatic.’

Jessica Bent is very approachable, very creative and impressive.’

Key clients

Adam Matthew Digital Limited

Smart Recruiters Inc

Coconut Collaborative Ltd

Bitmap Books Ltd

The Ideas Network Public Relations Limited

Applicable Ltd

MediaClash Ltd

FluoretiQ Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Smart Recruiters on its acquisition of JobPal, which included reviewing JobPal’s data protection regime.
  • Advising longstanding client The Coconut Collaborative on its data protection compliance.
  • Advised the Ideas Network Public Relations Limited, a London-based PR agency, on influencer agreements which Ideas Network puts in place on behalf of its clients, including e-commerce websites and telecoms providers.

Pritchetts Law

Pritchetts Law is a TMT boutique with 'excellent specialist knowledge' of data protection and privacy issues. Clients include corporates and charities across a range of sectors. While 'hugely knowledgeable' founding partner Stephanie Pritchett leads on data protection issues, Ben Wootton specialises in commercial contracts, often acting as an external in-house counsel.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Pritchett; Ben Wootton

Other key lawyers:

Al Goodwin

Testimonials

‘A very friendly, collaborative team who know each other well and work together seamlessly. All experienced and experts in their fields.’

‘Stephanie Pritchett is hugely knowledgeable and commands great respect in data protection circles. She is able to help plot paths through a regularly changing regulatory environment seamlessly and with real confidence.’

‘Excellent specialist knowledge of data protection. Great client service.’

‘Stephanie Pritchett is a real pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable, friendly and highly practical in her approach.’

‘As a niche data protection law practice, we consider Pritchetts Law LLP to be unique.

‘Our main relationship is with Ben Wootton. Ben’s in-depth knowledge and analytical skills in relation to complex data protection law matters and drafting are excellent, as are his response times and ability to work flexibly to provide the support we need, when we need it. He delivers his advice in an easy-to-understand, client-friendly manner and is able to identify what is important to us commercially and practically (versus theoretical law).

‘The best compliment I can pay Pritchetts is that they feel like an extension of my team – they are incredibly accessible and very client friendly. As a specialist practice, they have a flexibility in approach which is less common in the largest firms.’

‘They may be a smaller firm in terms of the number of personnel but there is no compromise in the level of expertise which they provide compared with large national and international firms. They are incredibly good at what they do but their expertise is combined with an intimacy and personal interest in their clients.’

Key clients

The UPP group of companies

Unison

Northumbrian Water Limited

The Ceuta group of companies

Link Maker Systems Limited

The National Foundation for Educational Research

Symmetry Limited

1HQ Limited

Ralutech Limited

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise UPP on a large-scale GDPR compliance programme across its complex corporate group structure, in addition to advising regularly on its contractual arrangements with its many university business partners and on data protection impact assessments across the group.
  • Advised the Ceuta group on its contractual arrangements with numerous business partners, as well as in relation to data protection compliance across its entire group of companies.
  • Advised Ralutech on its app (known as The Island), which facilitates social connections among individuals, including creating an entire suite of documents for Ralutech to contract with clients and provide its cloud-based app to end users.

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King's technology practice includes commercial, data privacy and IP law experts. The group is led by Dan Meadon-Bower and includes drone law expert Philip Banks-Welsh.

Practice head(s):

Dan Meadon-Bower

Other key lawyers:

Philip Banks-Welsh; Charlotte Ebbutt

Steer & Co

Praised for its 'excellent, cohesive teamwork', Bristol-based TMT sector boutique Steer & Co has an impressive array of clients in the emerging technologies sector. Founding partner Rebecca Steer is an expert in data and security issues, and has experience in advising on all aspects of commercial, contractual and business issues for SME technology clients.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Steer

Testimonials

‘The team I dealt with were professional and efficient. Rebecca Steer was calm and collected – she walked me through a stressful situation, explaining every step of the way. Her explanations were clear and easy for me to comprehend, which allowed me to focus on the end result.’

‘Excellent, cohesive teamwork on the part of Steer.’

‘Very smart, great experience, thorough, helpful, easy to talk to and work with.’

‘Rebecca Steer really seems to know our industry well, which is very reassuring.’

‘We use Steer & Co as if they were our in-house lawyers. The relationship is longstanding and we benefit from a deep understanding of what we do from a technical innovation standpoint, coupled with excellent commercial knowledge of how we draft our legal terms and agreements to protect our IP and effectively manage our risks.’

‘Rebecca Steer is knowledgeable about our technology and equally aware of the technology sector, such that she is able to bring wise counsel to our commercial considerations.’

Rebecca Steer was of great assistance and was happy to give the time to ensure I was fully up to speed with a couple of complex legal matters.

Key clients

Graphcore

XMOS

Moortec

We Predict

Great State

Vvast

Firehaus

Calvium

Dengro

Lobster Pictures

Work highlights

  • Advised Graphcore on its collaboration and new service offering with Cirrascale Cloud Services to enable Cirrascale to offer bare metal IPU cloud services which incorporate Graphcore AI technology for on-premises customer applications on a pay-as-you-go basis.
  • Advised XMOS on the release of its core AI software tools on a public basis.
  • Advised Moortec on the potential options for licensing its embedded chip monitoring technology on an “all you can eat” model and royalty basis and to standardise these options for a range of its customers.

Stephens Scown LLP

Stephens Scown LLP is most noted for its work for software developers, advising on a diverse range of issues, including incorporation and open-source content distribution. The group also has expertise in advising IT businesses and non-IT companies on the implementation of IT projects, assisting with development and licensing issues, IT contracts and managed outsourcing agreements. Ben Travers heads the practice and is an experienced IT and IP lawyer. 'Knowledgeable and diligent' senior associate Thomas Chartres-Moore specialises in IT contracts, while fellow senior associate Kathryn Heath is an expert in data protection and data transfer issues.

Practice head(s):

Ben Travers

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Chartres-Moore; Kathryn Heath

Testimonials

‘Stephens Scown seems a very outward-facing practice that participates in, and supports, many local business community initiatives – even in the last year they have continued to be part of the process, working through Zoom, offering masterclasses and online advice. Everything they have done has been positive and helpful.’

‘Tom Chartres-Moore always approached the work in a knowledgeable and diligent way, and with a realistic and sensible approach, identifying when to stand firm on points and when to compromise. The biggest positive I can say is that he always made everything understandable, which for a non-legal person is really important and valuable. The outcome and documentation Tom delivered were always of the highest quality and we were delighted with this work and would recommend him wholeheartedly.’

Thrings LLP

Thrings LLP is known for advising start-ups and medium-sized technology companies on contractual issues, negotiations and disputes. The group is led by IT procurement project expert Kate Westbrook.

Practice head(s):

Kate Westbrook