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The ‚Äėcommercial‚Äô, ‚Äėpractical‚Äô and ‚Äėhelpful‚Äô Gowling WLG¬†has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious work in this space, with a strong emphasis on areas such as cloud computing, e-commerce, data protection and privacy. Sally Mewies¬†heads the practice and is highly skilled in advising on technology contracts. She recently assisted Flybe on its contract with Amadeus IT regarding mission critical passenger services systems services. She is supported by Director Richard Smith¬†, who is experienced in handling outsourcing and commercial arrangements. Commercial litigator Patrick Arben¬†has notable expertise in outsourcing and IT disputes, whereas Sarah Sasse¬†focuses on non-contentious matters pertaining to IT and outsourcing. Director Helen Davenport¬†is also an expert in contentious issues in this sector, with experience in both litigation and ADR. Corporate partners Balijit Chohan¬†and David Brennan¬†also work on technology-related matters.

Shoosmiths LLP¬†‚Äô multi-disciplined practice represents clients such as¬†Volkswagen, Molson Coors and McDonalds. Craig Armstrong¬†¬†co-leads the TMT Group and is ‚Äėoutstanding in negotiation meetings‚Äô, ‚Äėvery efficient in his working methods‚Äô and ‚Äėvery good at translating technical legal points in a way that allows the business to decide whether to make a commercial decision‚Äô. He recently advised Aldermore Bank on its outsourcing to Newcastle Strategic Solutions. Co-head David Jackson¬† focuses on procurement and outsourcing matters. He recently advised the Solicitors Regulation Authority on its digital transformation strategy and Telef√≥nica on outsourcing its finance and accounting operations to India. Also recommended is senior associate Joe Stephenson¬†, who is experienced in handling outsourcing and digital transformation projects.

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Technology Law Alliance¬†¬†is a specialist technology firm that is ‚Äėsuccinct in its responses‚Äô and ‚Äėextremely thorough‚Äô. Jagvinder Kang¬†co-heads the team, with notable expertise in outsourcing, e-commerce and IT contracts. He recently advised Warner Bros on its IT arrangements, and also has Webroot and Wesleyan as clients. Fellow practice head Stephen Ollerenshaw¬†focuses on high-profile outsourcing matters and recently advised Capgemini UK on delivering Oracle implementation services to a consortium of UK police and emergency services. He also assisted Draycir with software licenses and SaaS agreements.

DLA Piper UK LLP¬† is known for its ‚Äėoutstanding lawyers with a depth of industry knowledge‚Äô. Gareth Stokes¬† heads the practice and recently¬†advised Serco on outsourcing its finance and accounting operations. He also assisted National Grid with negotiating its new SAP based HR system and worked with Allied Irish Banks on restructuring its IT infrastructure agreements with Wipro. Jen Dale¬†¬†has recently been promoted to legal director, with notable expertise in IT and telecoms-related agreements in the financial services sector.

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†is headed by Charlotte Walker-Osborn¬† who specialises in non-contentious matters, with notable expertise in outsourcing, artificial intelligence and procurement matters. She recently advised Honda Motor Europe on its connected car offering across EMEA, assisted Ricoh Europe on its private cloud relating to critical business systems and worked with the John Lewis Partnership on its day to day technology contracts. ¬†Other key individuals include: principal associate Ben McLeod¬†, who is an expert in technology agreements; and privacy and technology specialist¬†Gayle McFarlane¬†. Toyota, Cadent Gas and Smiths Group are also key clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong focus on the manufacturing sector, with clients that include Balfour Beatty, Centrica and The Financial Times. Andrew Hornigold co-heads the practice and has a notable skillset in transactional matters. He recently advised Sage on its purchase of Fairsail, including the related technology agreements. Fellow practice head Clare Francis focuses on commercial matters, and regularly works on technology agreements.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP¬†work on both contentious and non-contenious IT matters as well as data protection matters. ¬†Andrew Hartshorn¬†heads the team and advises on IT contracts in both the public and private sector. He recently advised the University of Nottingham on the procurement of its student management intranet system. Sophie Saman¬†is ‚Äėan experienced litigator‚Äô and ‚Äėis able to get right to the heart of a case at the outset‚Äô. Barry Jarvis¬†and Martin Noble¬† similarly focus on contentious matters in this space. Uddalak Datta¬†and Stewart Argo¬†¬†are also recommended.

The ‚Äėdeep thinking‚Äô and ‚Äėhighly commercial‚Äô Squire Patton Boggs¬† is particularly active in outsourcing, procurement, digital transformation and cross border matters. The team has been significantly strengthened with the addition of¬†Simon Jones¬†, who formerly headed the technology practice in Leeds and has notable expertise in contractual matters. He recently advised Maplin Electronics on contractual matters. Another key figure is¬†¬†Stuart James¬†, who ‚Äėreally adds value‚Äô and ‚Äėalways discusses the ‚Äúwhat ifs‚ÄĚ‚Äô. He recently advised Firedrake Consulting on its IT contracts with a major retail bank as well as Veolia on renewing its IT arrangements with Advanced Manufacturing Control Systems. Senior associate Sam Tibbetts¬† is also experienced in contractual matters.

Wright Hassall LLP s skillset in this space includes advising on procurements, outsourcing and contractual matters,. Practice head Lindsay Ellis focuses on procurements and outsourcings, and recently advised Q Associates on the procurement of additional hardware and IT implementation of technology for a defence sector intelligence provider. Christine Jackson advises on licensing arrangements and software development, and assisted EOS Electrical Optical Systems with its commercial contracts. She also worked with Cloudview (UK) Limited on a business contract and data processing agreement. Pete Maguire  is another key figure, with a strong expertise in handling outsourcing and commercial contracts.

Birmingham-based Richard Nicholas is a key figure for Browne Jacobson LLP , with expertise in outsourcing and software development agreements. He recently assisted Manchester Underwriting Management on the procurement of its new IT system and advised The National Trust on its CRM and EPOS systems.

Irwin Mitchell is led by Sarah Riding, who is an expert in technology deals. She recently advised the Canal and River Trust on an IT contract and assisted Restore Scan with its outsourcing arrangements. She is assisted by Charlotte Avery, who is an expert in IT and data protection matters.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a particular focus on the automotive, engineering, education and healthcare sectors with clients that include MERIT Vanguard, SilverRail Technologies and Patients Know Best. Kevin Calder co-heads the practice and has strong expertise in dealing with public sector bodies on technology-related matters. He advised The British Library on the procurement of its new system that handles its digital archive. Fellow practice head Peter Wainman is an expert in IT and data protection issues. Jayne Hussey advised Elster Metering on its IT arrangements and on changes to data protection law. She also assisted De Montfort University with a complex SAP software agreement. Alasdair Poore also works heavily in the public sector on procurement matters.

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