Now headed by Declan Goodwin , following his arrival in January 2022, Acuity Law‘s commercial and technology team has deep and broad experience advising on standalone contractual tech matters, as well as on M&A in the sector. Goodwin is well-versed at advising both well-established IT/tech-based corporates, and fast-growing start-ups, across a range of contractual agreements and on data protection concerns. Rachelle Sellek is also recommended, particularly as it relates to the drafting of outsourcing and software agreements. 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.
IT and telecoms in Wales
Other key lawyers:
Rachelle Sellek; Phil Pugh; Natalie Jones; Adam Munn
Guru Systems Limited
Portman Dental Care
Cardiff International Airport
Trusted Data Solutions Limited
Divergent Technologies Ltd
SPG productions Ltd
W2 Global Data
- Advised Angharad Thomas and Arran Schlosberg on their sale of Divergent Technologies Ltd to US company, Proof Holdings, Inc.
- Acted on the sale of Trusted Data Solutions’ legacy data management business to Kerv.
- Advised NorthRow on the terms of a SaaS agreement between our client and a large international software company that specialises in employee payroll solutions.
Leveraging deep and longstanding contractual expertise among the team’s fee-earners, including in relation to outsourcing and advice on digitisation strategies, as well as drawing upon the efficiencies inherent in the firm’s consultancy arm Konexo, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a very comprehensive service to UK and international clients across a range of tech/IT-related work. Under the guidance of the vastly experienced Matthew Gough, the firm is particularly adept at advising on work at the interface of financial services and technology, both in relation to standalone contractual work, as well as on due diligence pursuant to M&A in the sector (including for core fund client Pollen Street Capital). Eve England is also a key member of the team, whose expertise within the fintech and retail space manifests itself in relation to transactional work, as well as standalone contractual advice – where clients also benefit from her consumer law knowledge, particularly in the context of online sales channels.
Other key lawyers:
Eve England; Joanna Hooper
Thames Water Utilities Limited
Pollen Street Capital Limited
Specialist Risk Group
Multiple UK financial institutions, including clearing banks, asset managers and investment businesses
Multiple retailers, manufacturers and leisure businesses (UK and international)
Led by the 'extremely knowledgeable' Justin Harrington, Geldards LLP has successfully developed a market-leading reputation advising clients on high-profile and complex IT-related commercial and procurement matters. Much of this work has a significant regulatory component, be it in relation to fintech mandates governed by FCA regulations or for public sector clients complying with Public Sector Regulations. Many of the mandates also include aspects of "big data", and the team members are all well-equipped to advise on attendant data protection issues.
‘Justin Harrington is extremely knowledgeable and an expert in his field. He is a brilliant negotiator and someone we fully trust to support our business.’
The IT and technology sector is a fertile source of work for Harrison Clark Rickerbys‘ Cardiff office, and in spite of only being present in the market for just over three years the team has amassed instructions from a number of major clients in the space, attracted to the firm due to its breadth of expertise. Team head Nicola McNeely has been pivotal to the firm’s growing market recognition as a result of her ‘in depth knowledge of the commercial and legal issues arising around technology’, including cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). David Beynon is also recommended and regularly handles IT/outsourcing contractual work for technology-focused service providers that offer disruptive solutions to established industry methods.
Other key lawyers:
David Beynon; Nathan Evans; Wayne Beynon; Raj Pahuja; Stephen Thomas; Ana Kocmut-Saunder
‘I cannot speak highly enough about Nicola McNeely’s technical expertise in a number of complex fields and those of her team.’
‘Nicola McNeely is unique in the market as a female lawyer with an in depth knowledge of the commercial and legal issues arising around technology.’
ITS Software Systems Limited
PureCyber Limited (former Wolfberry Cyber Security)
Digital Swiss Gold USA LLC
Open Medical Limited
Tessitura Network, Inc.
Plan 4 Productions Limited
- Advising sa.global on a range of complex IT matters, including complex intragroup and third-party reselling terms; master services agreements (IT professional services); support and managed services; end user licence agreements; variations; data privacy (group); and collaboration agreements.
- Advising QPQ Group Limited on complex legal contracting requirements and drafting and negotiating all of their contracts in the UK, Ireland, US and Switzerland.
- Advising Tessitura Network, Inc. on a broad range of commercial, technology and licencing related matters.
Spearheaded by Maria Coggins , Capital Law Limited‘s commercial team provides ‘high level legal advice’ to traditional financial services, cyber security specialists and public/third sector clients across a range of contractual matters, including on IT outsourcing, software development and licensing agreements. The team is also accomplished at handling data protection/privacy matters, both from a risk management perspective as well as providing guidance following any breaches – an area that the ‘talented’ Chris Coughlan has significant experience. In addition, Coughlan, who is praised for his ‘solutions focused advice’, has significant commercial contracts expertise for fintech and insurtech clients, as well as leading the firm’s relationship with the University of South Wales’ business incubator, which includes mentoring new technology businesses.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Coughlan; Rachel Hillier; Kellsey Logue; Carrie Gwyther
‘They provide high level legal advice and support to us on range of matters varying in size, complexity and dimensions.’
‘Their advice is easily understood, practical and solution-focused.’
‘Chris Coughlan is a talented lawyer with good technical and practical knowledge that has allowed us to receive solutions focused advice from him.’
ITC Global Security Limited
Marshmallow Financial Services Limited
MMX Communications Limited
Smart Green Shipping Alliance Limited
TXO Systems Limited
Veezu Holdings Limited
Sero Life Limited
Virtus Tech Limited
Smart Solutions (Recruitment) Limited
The Gambling Commission
Extracover Limited t/a Zego
Venari Security Limited
Halo Hands Limited (T/A Mooply)
Inbenta Technologies Inc.
- Providing ITC Global Security Limited with strategic advice in respect of their collaborations and growth plans.
- Supporting the Sero Group with overall projects which includes to be one of the world’s first ‘true net zero carbon’ housing developments and the development of a technology platform, the ‘building passport’.
- Advising TXO Systems Limited on a number of key contracts including key tenders with an Asian telecommunications provider for contracts in Australia and a large contract with a major European telecommunications contract.
Hugh James regularly handles IT-related contract work for UK-wide and international clients in the financial services, utilities, gaming, infrastructure and defence sectors. Team head Aled Walters is at the forefront of much of this, including his ongoing representation of major gaming company, Novomatic, across a range of its commercial matters, including contractual drafting. On the contentious front, Tracey Singlehurst-Ward provides a ‘considered and balanced approach’ across a range of contractual disputes in the TMT sector.
Other key lawyers:
Emily Powell; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward
Computacenter UK plc
Novomatic Netherlands B.V.
Ogi Networks Limited
- Advised by Inspired Entertainment to develop new precedent contracts.
- Advised AP Wireless on a telecoms lease renewal.