IT and telecoms in Wales

Acuity Law

Rachelle Sellek heads up the newly configured commercial and technology group at Acuity Law, which provides a comprehensive service to supply and end user-side IT and telecoms companies across a broad range of regulatory, contractual and commercial matters impacting their businesses. The firm is noted for its 'entrepreneurial approach' on behalf of clients, and in addition to its well-established Acuity Counsel subscription service, also recently launched Acuity DataGuard, enabling clients to carry out an audit of their data collection and processing activities. The firm's coverage within the fintech and telecoms space, in particular, was greatly enhanced by the arrival in September 2020 of Karl Foster , following his role as general counsel at Indigo Group. Rehman Noormohamed joined Fieldfisher in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rachelle Sellek

Other key lawyers:

Karl Foster; Phil Pugh; Natalie Jones; Lowri Morgan Macdonald

Testimonials

‘The firm displays an entrepreneurial approach.’

Key clients

IQE Plc

IAAPS Ltd

Creditsafe Business Solutions Limited

Aqualisa Products Limited

W2 Global Data

Licentia Group Ltd

Alesi Surgical Limited

Newport Wafer Fab Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising IQE Plc in respect of its entry into a number of research collaboration and consortium agreements with various third parties including universities, automotive companies and technology companies.
  • Advising the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University of Bath, on its operating model for its first year of operation.
  • Advised Licentia Group in connection with the sale of its subsidiary company, myHSM Ltd, (which is a global provider of payment hardware security modules), to Utimaco IS GMBH, a worldwide supplier of professional cyber security solutions.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by Matthew GoughEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team regularly advises customers and suppliers on IT commercial contracts relating to software development, cloud computing and outsourcing. Gough is also adept at advising on work at the intersection of IT and financial services, including on behalf of fintech companies, as well as traditional financial instiutions adopting new technologies. Newly promoted partner Eve England is the other core member of the team and has an excellent reputation in the market advising clients seeking to digitise their services and operating models, as well as in relation to consumer law issues concomitant to the increasing use of online sales channels.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:

Eve England; Joanna Hooper

Key clients

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Pollen Street Capital Limited

Schools Software Solutions Limited

Scansource Europe

British Gas

Admiral Insurance

The National Grid

Work highlights

  • Representing Thames Water on a variety of IT contracts, with leading IT suppliers, in connection with software development, cloud and outsourcing.
  • Advising Pollen Street Capital Limited on the IT due diligence aspects of its acquisition of a number of fintech businesses, including various foreign currency exchange companies.
  • Reviewing and amending software licences for training tools hosted and maintained by Schools Software Solutions on its website and advising on the impacts of the GDPR.

Geldards LLP

Under the steady guidance of ‘trusted advisor‘ Justin HarringtonGeldards LLP has established itself as a go-to-practice for clients on their most important and transformative IT-related commercial and procurement matters. Much of this work is for public sector and financial services clients and is thereby subject to strict regulatory considerations regarding procurement processes.

Practice head(s):

Justin Harrington

Testimonials

‘What Justin Harrington doesn’t know about technology, outsourcing, data protection and IP isn’t worth knowing. One of our most trusted advisers.’

Capital Law Limited

Headed by Maria CogginsCapital Law Limited's two-partner team provides a 'fantastic service and good practical legal advice' to clients across the spectrum of their IT-related needs, including on the commercial contractual arrangements to facilitate large IT projects, as well as on software development, licensing and managed service solutions. Senior associate Christopher Coughlan is an 'excellent contract lawyer' and is particularly appreciated for his work within the fintech and insurtech sectors, areas that the firm is able to provide added value by dint of Rachel Hillier's wide-ranging financial services regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):

Maria Coggins

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Hillier; Chris Coughlan; Kellsey Logue; Carrie Gwyther

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and exhibits a customer-focused culture.’

The team provides a fantastic service and good practical legal advice.’

‘Chris Coughlan is an excellent contract lawyer and is great in difficult client negotiations.’

‘Chris Coughlan is able to articulate complex legislation very simply, he can quickly and easily assess the scenarios we put to him and help us make informed decisions based on the explanations provided.’

Key clients

ITC Global Security Limited

The Royal Mint Limited

Hectare Agritech Limited

Smart Green Shipping Alliance Limited

Equine Register Limited

TXO Systems Limited

Veezu Holdings Limited

Sero Group

Vortex IoT Limited

Myunidays Limited and UNiDAYS Inc

Smart Solutions (Recruitment) Limited

Clicksco Digital (UK) Limited

Internal Results Limited

Sprout.ai Limited (formerly BlockClaim Limited)

Extracover Limited t/a Zego

Venari Security Limited

Work highlights

  • Advise ITC Global Security Limited, a London-based cyber security specialist, on their customer and supplier contracts, data protection and risk.
  • Advise the Sero Group on all legal aspects of their smart energy projects including working on one of the world’s first true net zero carbon housing developments.
  • Advise Vortex IoT, a provider of air quality monitoring sensors, rail optical sensors, integrated smart parking systems and a proprietary mesh network, as they lead a consortium which includes BT/EE and National Express for the West Midlands 5G and Transport for West Midlands Pioneer Revolutionary New Transport Projects.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

The ‘friendly and approachable’ technology sector team at Harrison Clark Rickerbys has hit the ground running since the opening of the Cardiff office in 2020 and has picked up some notable mandates for Wales-based clients, as well as those outside the region. This success is largely down to the superb reputation that ‘knowledgeable and commercially astute‘ team head Nicola McNeely has across a range of IT and fintech-related matters, including as it relates to blockchain.

Practice head(s):

Nicola McNeely

Other key lawyers:

David Beynon

Testimonials

‘The outstanding Cardiff team is friendly, approachable and always happy to support where required.’

‘I cannot recommend Nicola McNeely highly enough – she is knowledgeable and commercially astute.’

‘‘David Beynon exhibits a commercial and pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Symec Technologies Limited

allpay Limited

Insource Limited

Digital Swiss Gold

Qbase Data Services

ProspectSoft Limited

Muddy Boots Software Limited

Delta XML

SD Worx

Circle IT Solutions Limited

RSM Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Provide on-site secondment and support to in-house counsel of allpay Limited on commercial and IT contracts and training on developments in the payments sector including blockchain, PSD2 and Open Banking.
  • Providing legal and regulatory advice to Digital Swiss Gold regarding the technology, the issues relating thereto and their options for launch in India and other territories.
  • Working on part time secondment 1-2 days a week to support the directors and their teams of Symec Technologies Limited in delivering high value mobile asset management services to corporates across the UK and wider.

RDP Law

Although it does handle some broader IT and IP contract-related advice, RDP Law's sweet-spot is in relation to advising on data protection and cyber security. The firm's reputation in this area is largely down to Kerry Beynon , who is regularly sought out in a local and national context to provide compliance advice/training, as well as being brought in by clients to minimise the fall out following any potential data breach.

Practice head(s):

Kerry Beynon