IT and telecoms in Wales

Acuity Law

The ‘trusted and experienced’ team at Acuity Law provides ‘intelligent and practical advice’ to supply and end user-side IT and telecoms companies across the spectrum of regulatory, contractual and commercial matters impacting their businesses. Rachelle Sellek  displays ‘a rare combination of commercial pragmatism and keen attention to detail’ traits which are deployed to good effect across a range of complex data-related transactions and commercial contractual work. Sellek co-heads the commercial and technology team alongside Declan Goodwin , who adds strength to the firm following his arrival in January 2022 from Vistra Corporate Law. In addition to traditional fee-earning work, clients can choose to access several membership services, with the firm’s recently launched Acuity Data Assist a particularly compelling product, offering as it does a  tailored audit to highlight any gaps in clients’ data compliance processes and to identify the key risks faced.

Other key lawyers:

Phil Pugh; Natalie Jones

Testimonials

A highly trusted and experienced team who can always be relied upon to provide intelligent and practical advice, on what can often be highly complex and fast-moving data-related transactions.’

‘Rachelle Sellek has a rare combination of commercial pragmatism and keen attention to detail, and always answers queries with highly experienced insight and a calm manner. This makes her a reassuring presence on complex transactions.’

Key clients

Jane IT Systems Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Swansea-based software developer, Jane IT Systems Limited, on the sale of their business to Juniper Education Holdings Limited, a provider of tailored software, training and professional services to schools and learning organisations.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strong credentials in the market for advising a primarily UK/international client base across a range of IT-related commercial contracts work, including outsourcing agreements and software development. The team, which is led by Matthew Gough, has a particularly strong reputation in the financial services/fintech space and as well as providing advice on standalone issues relating to regulation and data privacy, also often provides IT-related due diligence pursuant to financial services M&A handled by the firm. Eve England  is also a key member of the team and regularly advises clients on their digitisation strategies.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Gough

Other key lawyers:

Eve England; Joanna Hooper

Testimonials

Matthew Gough and Eve England are brilliant – they know their stuff and always hold their own against anyone we put them up against.’

Key clients

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Pollen Street Capital Limited

Schools Software Solutions Limited

Scansource Europe

Specialist Risk Group

Admiral Insurance

The National Grid

Work highlights

    Geldards LLP

    Led by the 'brilliant' Justin Harrington , Geldards LLP has richly deserved its market leading reputation as a result of many years' involvement for public and private sector clients on their most important and transformative IT-related commercial and procurement matters. Harrington has 'exceptional knowledge and understanding of technical IT matters' and is, according to one client, 'miles ahead of most others locally and nationally.'

    Practice head(s):

    Justin Harrington

    Other key lawyers:

    Hayley Lewis

    Testimonials

    Justin Harrington – a brilliant lawyer and brilliant bloke. We love working with Justin – his legal knowledge, experience and negotiation style always gives us an amazing advantage over our opponents. He is brilliant, and miles ahead of most others locally and nationally.’

    What makes Justin Harrington stand out is his exceptional knowledge and understanding of technical IT matters. He has been helping us on a large IT services contract, and he is completely able to speak the language of my IT project manager.’

    Work highlights

      Capital Law Limited

      Led by Maria Coggins , Capital Law Limited regularly advises clients on IT-related matters, including on the commercial contractual arrangements to facilitate large IT projects, as well as on software development, licensing and managed service solutions. Senior associate Chris Coughlan  understands the 'the nuances and vagaries of technologies and how this can be mitigated through legal documentation matters' and has successfully grown the firm's offering for technology clients since he joined in 2019.

      Practice head(s):

      Maria Coggins

      Testimonials

      Chris Coughlan is a great force for good in cutting through standard contracting and legal documents and making them fit for purpose for fast changing and emerging technology commercials. He understands the nuances and vagaries of technologies and how this can be mitigated through legal documentation matters.’

      Key clients

      ITC Global Security Limited

      Marshmallow Financial Services Limited

      MMX Communications 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

      Halo Hands Limited (T/A Mooply)

      Inbenta Technologies Inc.

      Work highlights

      • Advising London-based cyber security specialist ITC Global Security Limited on a range of matters, including helping them negotiate and secure new partnerships with key partners enabling the implementation of new technologies to clients across a number of sectors, helping improve cyber resilience and protection.
      • Advised MMX Communications (an industry-leading provider of telecom network design, build & support solutions), in respect of a new agreement with a leading provider of end-to-end telecom services.
      • Continue to advise Sero Group, including in respect of one of the world’s first ‘true net zero carbon’ housing developments and the development of a technology platform, the ‘building passport’.

      Harrison Clark Rickerbys

      Headed by Nicola McNeely and strengthened by the arrival of David Beynon from Geldards LLP in September 2021, Harrison Clark Rickerbys continues to gain market penetration since the establishment of its Cardiff office in 2020. Although the team does handle its fair share of IT/tech-related commercial contracts work (including advice on outsourcing agreements and software development), it has, however, undoubtedly gained most acclaim as a result of McNeely’s market leading reputation advising on blockchain and NFT matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Nicola McNeely

      Other key lawyers:

      David Beynon

      Testimonials

      Nicola McNeely is that partner in charge of my affairs and I cannot speak highly enough about her technical expertise in a number of complex fields and those of her team.’

      Key clients

      allpay Limited

      sa.global

      Insource Limited

      Digital Asset Services Limited

      QPQ Group

      Bipsync UK

      Wolfberry Cyber Security

      Digital Swiss Gold USA

      Amber Enterprise Group Limited

      Tessitura Network, Inc.

      Work highlights

      • Advising sa.global on a range of IT matters, including complex intragroup and third-party reselling terms, master services agreements (IT professional services); support and managed services, data privacy (group), collaboration agreements.
      • Advising QPQ Group Limited on complex legal contracting requirements and drafting and negotiating all of their contracts in the UK, Ireland, US, Switzerland.
      • Advising Tessitura Network, Inc. across a range of commercial, technology and licencing related matters.