IT and telecoms in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard works with an impressive list of technology clients, both nationally and internationally. The firm's UK commercial and technology teams are overseen by Michael Lowry - they handle an assortment of high-profile projects and contentious work for household name brands such as Asda. The core group comprises Simon Lofthouse who advises on large-scale procurement and outsourcing matters; Bill Gilliam, who handles heavyweight litigation, and long-serving consultant Ian Sampson, who remains an active member of the team. The group is skilled in advising on licensing arrangements and commercial contracts for CRM platforms and geospatial technologies. Other standouts in the team include experienced associates James MortCharlotte Marshall and Priscilla Hetherton; all who play key roles in the firm's work on complex and cross-border transactions and outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lowry

Other key lawyers:

Simon Lofthouse; James Mort; Charlotte Marshall; Priscilla Hetherton; Ian Sampson; Bill Gilliam

Testimonials

‘Good specialised knowledge and industry insight.’

‘They give pragmatic advice and offer practical solutions.’

Key clients

The Tenet Group

Skipton Building Society

GeoSLAM Limited

Belmont Green Finance Limited

Venator Materials Plc

High Speed 1

HSBC

Asda Stores Limited

J.D. Williams & Company Limited / N Brown Group Plc

Leeds Beckett University

Work highlights

  • Advised The London Clinic on the first generation outsourcing to Arkphire of IT services including data centre, end user support, software management and network services.
  • Advising Asda on its agreement for mobile network communication services with Vodafone in relation to the Asda Mobile offering.
  • Advising Skipton Building Society on its compliance project in respect of EBA Guidelines for outsourcing arrangements.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s intellectual property and technology practice group has 'watertight knowledge of the industry' and handles a range of transactional mandates and complex outsourcing matters. Based out of Leeds, the group works with a number of global IT companies and is led by co-heads Amanda Pilkington in Sheffield and Mark Vipan in Leeds. Both private and public sector clients engage the team for litigation assistance, which co-heads Simon Kenyon and Richard Norman are the key names for; handling tech disputes and business-critical IT issues. Senior associate James Watson is another name of note.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Pilkington; Simon Kenyon; Richard Norman; Mark Vipan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Dyson; James Watson

Testimonials

‘Amanda Pilkington provides a level of service that is both on point from a black letter law perspective and addresses the commercial and ‘political’ aspects of each engagement. The focus is always on a long-term successful outcome for the commercial endeavour and not on “winning” in the moment.’

‘Simon Kenyon is exceptional – utterly devoted to his clients, providing the highest quality service ’

‘Simon Kenyon is an impressive partner, providing high quality work to clients.’

‘Simon Kenyon is a hugely experienced tech litigator with a solid understanding of IT and outsourcing contracts and what goes wrong with them.’

‘Amanda Pilkington is outstandingly clear in advice and constructive criticism, with a watertight knowledge of procurement law and fabulous commercial aptitude. A joy to deal with and valuable far beyond what could normally be expected of a lawyer. ’

‘The team at DLA Piper provides an excellent service and are very customer-focused. They have a deep understanding of our key business drivers and are skilled at finding a balance between legal andcommercial risk. They see the bigger picture in terms of the benefits that successful programme delivery brings and so are keen to propose advice that protects us as a client but enables us to progress complex matters with our stakeholders.’

‘Mark Vipan has deep knowledge of our industry and the need to deliver complex change programmes in a difficult environment. Extremely approachable and personable, he is seen by our senior management team as a key contributor and sensible voice at senior governance meetings.’

‘Mark Vipan has been a trusted advisor to the organisation for a number of years and continues to provide high quality, extremely valuable advice and guidance and shows a willingness to shift from advisory to more hands on support when needed.’

Key clients

Atos

CBRE

Tata Communications

HCL

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Placing Platform Limited

Provenir Inc

WNS Global Services

Manx Telecom Limited

Government of Jersey

Work highlights

  • Advising the UK Government on its high-profile national Covid-19 track and trace app and supporting underpining infrastructure, including the crucial privacy and data protection and IT aspects; preparation of key documentation ahead of the app’s national launch.
  • Representing PPL in relation to disputes relating to a digital platform provided by Ebix Europe Limited to PPL for the placing of insurance risk by electronic means in the Lloyd’s of London Insurance market.
  • Advising the Government of Jersey on its largest IT procurement, a major technology and business transformation project to establish modern and effective enabling functions.

Clarion

Leeds firm Clarion is engaged by regional corporate clients and public bodies on a wide range of non-contentious matters, including outsourcing arrangements, software service agreements, public sector IT projects and franchising negotiations. Matthew Hattersley heads up the commercial and IT teams, while Dominic Higham leads on the contentious side, advising on commercial litigation and outsourcing disputes. David Cunningham leads the technology group and advises both public and private sector clients on telecommunications.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hattersley; Dominic Higham

Other key lawyers:

David Cunningham

Key clients

InterSystems Corporation.

Vocalink Limited (Mastercard)

Redcentric plc

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK

ASICS

Card Factory plc

Hemingways Marketing Services Limited

Nichols plc

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies Denmark

Work highlights

  • Advised InterSystems Corporation on a renewal bid to NHS Wales for laboratory information management services; a service at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic response.
  • Advised Card Factory on implementing a new SAP electronic resource planning solution, the system that underpins the day-to-day operational and also strategic planning of the business.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has an excellent track record in the IT and telecoms arena and is highlighted by clients for its 'strength in depth at a range of levels'. The firm works with clients from a range of sectors, from financial services to local government, advising on outsourcing, IT projects and procurement work. Overseen by Michael Peeters, other key contacts include Richard Watkinson.

Practice head(s):

Michael Peeters

Other key lawyers:

Richard Watkinson

Testimonials

‘Richard Watkinson’s immediate grasp of what we were trying to do and genuine interest in getting it done to the highest standard was apparent from day one.’

‘The team offers strength in depth at a range of levels – from partner through to junior lawyers and so there is scope to get support at the right price point without sacrificing quality. We work in a heavily regulated area that requires a particular mindset and approach and so you need to have individuals with the right experience available.’

‘What makes DAC Beachcroft unique is the expertise around financial services and insurance connected to other areas such as IT and data protection. it has been a pleasure working with DAC Beachcroft. They have taken the time to know our company, people and products and have been able to provide us with the right support at the right level and cost. ’

‘Really superb team with a great wealth of experience.’

‘Richard Watkinson is a great lawyer and thoroughly nice man to deal with. Richard is like an extension to our team and can be relied upon to deal with any matters that we throw at him. He is a trusted and valued member of the DACB team and we really rate him as a lawyer.’

‘Michael Peeters is a brilliant lawyer with a wealth of TMT experience. He is known in the industry in our region for being one of the best TMT lawyers.’

‘The very professional solid team at DAC Beachcroft have been incredibly helpful during the past year. The department has experienced and hard-working members at all grades. Requests for help or support are handled quickly and efficiently with the goal of providing practical support.’

‘Michael Peeters provides calm, capable and comprehensive support.’

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Yorkshire technology team is based in Leeds, and works in tandem with the wider firm's national practice to handle large-scale commercial outsourcing projects, contracts and telecoms agreements. Jointly managed by Nick Stubbs, the group's litigation offering is headed by co-head James Hyde, and handles a significant amount of contentious work for global clients operating across the retail, financial services and manufacturing sectors. Director Edward Williams focuses on IT disputes and public procurement work, often concerning data security breaches and PFI issues. James Ruane is another key member of the team and advises on data privacy.

Practice head(s):

Nick Stubbs; James Hyde

Other key lawyers:

James Ruane; Edward Williams

Testimonials

‘They really understand our requirements and the impact upon the business of agreements we enter. Their focus on inclusivity and diversity is apparent.’

‘Nick Stubbs really understands our requirements and the impact upon the business of agreements we enter in to.’

Key clients

Rolls-Royce plc

Rugby League World Cup 2021

DXC Technology

HSBC

Go Plant Fleet Services Limited

Anglo American

Work highlights

  • Obtained an urgent injunction in the High Court for a DXC subsidiary, Entserv UK, which preserved the client’s sensitive and critical data against threats of deletion by the providers of EntServ’s expenses solution.
  • Advising Rugby League World Cup 2021 on all its contracting arrangements associated with delivery of the tournament, many of which have crucial IT elements.

Walker Morris LLP

The technology and digital practice group at Leeds firm Walker Morris LLP is headed by Sally Mewies; the team works with a range of major providers of software and technology services. The group handles a significant amount of complex contractual work, licensing deals, and cloud and SaaS contracts. James Crayton acts for both public and private sector clients on a wide range of technology matters, including IT outsourcings, whilst associate Malcolm Simpson is a key name for commercial disputes. Jeanette Burgess advises on data security work and information law. AI and blockchain matters also feature in the firm's workload.

Practice head(s):

Sally Mewies

Other key lawyers:

James Crayton; Malcolm Simpson; Jeanette Burgess

Testimonials

‘Walker Morris clearly have all the ability and experience you would expect from a top-tier firm. What makes them stand out from the crowd is their culture that is very much focused on client service. Walker Morris have taken the time to understand our business so that their advice always has relevance and context. Their approach hits the right balance between quality and pragmatism and this leads to transactions being progressed efficiently.’

‘Walker Morris have ensured that we have had great continuity in staff across all their disciplines. This has helped ensure quality and consistency for many years. The culture of the firm means that all individuals possess the same values and all have provided great service.’

‘The team show great strength in depth, seamlessly calling on other elements of the firm for specialist advice. This makes for a great user experience. They are open to and innovative around approach to billing and staffing to ensure that budgets and demand is managed properly.’

‘James Crayton is a great leader. His focus on getting all of his team to spend time on secondment in-house is refreshing and is a key differentiator.’

‘Dedicated, responsive, pragmatic, energetic and approachable – we get a great service at a great price from Walker Morris.’

‘Sally Mewies stands out as an exceptional TMT lawyer and hands-on partner, with vast TMT experience, deep knowledge of her clients and a real dedication to them. The business has complete confidence in her judgment and commerciality and knows that she always has its best interests at heart. We see her as part of our business, as a partner who never lets us down, is always available, never loses energy, speaks wisdom and truth and knows all the stakeholders, personalities and politics. On top of that she is super astute, good humoured, fun and very straightforward to deal with. We have known Sally for many years and more recently have got to know James Crayton and been really impressed by him too. Together they make a great team.’

‘Sally Mewies is a star. Down to earth and very experienced. Best IT lawyer I have come across.’

Key clients

Chipotle

JustGo Technologies

Gutteridge Haskins & Davey Limited

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

The Salford Valve Company Limited

Betsson Services Limited

AFC Bournemouth

Amscreen

Work highlights

  • Advised Chipotle on delivery partner agreements with Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats.
  • Advised Tottenham Hotspur in respect of preparation of new terms and conditions for its primary retail website.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s team in Leeds is jointly led by disputes partner James McBurney and legal director Lisa Harley , who handles non-contentious matters. The team has strength across the higher education and technology sectors, and advises on cloud-based procurement, service agreements and technology agreements. The team is able to leverage its national offices across London and Glasgow to handle large regional mandates.

Practice head(s):

James McBurney; Lisa Harley

Key clients

The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest)

Work highlights

  • Engaged by The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) to advise on all stages and aspects of the procurement process from the setting of the procurement strategy, the development of the procurement documents and draft contract, and the competitive dialogue through to contract award.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP’s IT and telecoms team advises Yorkshire-based, national, and international corporates and public sector clients on IT outsourcing projects, SaaS agreements and other types of service agreements. Led by commercial tech and outsourcing specialist Alex Kirkhope, the 'well-coordinated and professional' team is made up of a strong base of experienced associates; Jennifer Clarke, who advises on major public procurement work, and Lauren Midgley who handles international data-transfer matters for global clients and transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Alex Kirkhope

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Clarke; Lauren Midgley 

Testimonials

‘The team is well coordinated and works very efficiently.’

‘They respond quickly to queries and provide comprehensive advice.’

‘The team at Shoosmiths provide clear unambiguous advice that is offered in a timely fashion and with little equivocation. The team respond flexibly and are available almost immediately when required The team are able to convey complex legal issues in an understandable language and combine this with a personable approach The team are a pleasure to work with’

‘Technical issues in particular relating to an IP question were dealt with very clearly, quickly and with well defined advice and guidance.’

‘The team are a huge support to our business. I can’t speak highly enough of their professionalism, knowledge and communication.’

‘Both Alex Kirkhope and Lauren Midgley are fantastic at what they do. They are always willing to go above and beyond where requested, and are fantastic at helping us navigate often challenging and complex contract discussions.’

Key clients

Twenty7Tec Group Limited

Honda Motor Europe

The Civil Nuclear Constabulary

Vodat International Limited

St Andrews Pharmaceutical Technology

Iliad Solutions Ltd

Portakabin Limited

Zatori Limited

Skylark Control Ltd

Rightlander Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading UK supermarket in relation to its £20m automated warehouse contract arrangements.
  • Advised global automotive manufacturer Honda on a range of technology transactions, including a project to deliver a content platform delivering dynamic data in relation to electronic vehicle charging stations to its customers.
  • Advised Twenty7Tec on numerous software integration projects for its SaaS-based mortgage application platform with major financial institutions, including Virgin Money, Skipton Building Society and Aldermore Bank.

Ward Hadaway LLP

Ward Hadaway has notabel experience handling both contentious and non-contentious work for both public and private sector IT and telecoms clients. The group, led by Bill Goodwin, advises on large-scale projects, international deals for IT suppliers, and complex software licensing negotiations. Alex Shiel is the primary IP/IT contact for commercial agreements, technology licences, and disputes. Data protection matters are dealt with by Judy Baker.

Practice head(s):

Bill Goodwin

Other key lawyers:

Alex Shiel; Judy Baker

Key clients

SAP

KCOM PLC

Hisense

Sterling Technology

Netpremacy

WhoCanFixMyCar.Com

Eurocamp

Forfusion

Communisis

Rinedata

Work highlights

  • Advising on high-value transactions for Netpremacy, including deals with clients ranging from Monzo to Morrisons and Ovo Energy.

3volution Limited

Leeds-based commercial boutique 3volution Limited advises both suppliers and purchasers of IT services; firm co-founder Louise Handley is the key name for IT and telecoms clients. The group has an IP and data protection interface to its work and handles domain name disputes, IP litigation matters, and cloud-based outsourcing issues. Sara Ludlam works with clients ranging from start-ups to international companies.

Practice head(s):

Louise Handley

Other key lawyers:

Sara Ludlam

Work highlights

  • Acting for Chevin Technology, a company that has specialised in expert engineering design services for field-programmable gate arrays since 2000.
  • Advising Elements Technology Platforms Limited  in its spin-out from Leeds University.

Berwins

Berwins' Harrogate based team is engaged by local and national clients for advice on IT and technology contracts and licensing agreements. Led by Paul Berwin, the team advises on business-critical IT issues for medium-sized technology start-ups and corporates. Associate Sam Crich is highlighted for his commercial advisory work to digital clients. The team also handles some cross-border work covering jurisdictions including Israel and Estonia.

Practice head(s):

Paul Berwin

Other key lawyers:

Sam Crich

Testimonials

‘Their expertise in digital marketing legal requirements is good. Their hands-on experience has demonstrated a good understanding of the challenges we as a digital marketing organisation have and their expert level knowledge has helped improve our legal standing. ’

‘Paul Berwin has provided expert legal knowledge and advice around contracts and branding disputes. He was professional and considered in his approach.

‘Sam Crich has facilitated the development of our legal documentation and demonstrated a detailed understanding of our requirements. ’

‘In every interaction with the Berwins TMT team, I’ve felt fully supported. Their knowledge is second to none and they treat every client the same, whether a startup with just an idea or an international tech firm.’

‘Paul Berwin is a key figure within the Leeds tech sector, known for not only looking after his own clients but also contributing to the wider sector.’

‘Berwins is a unique offering due to its specialisation in technology law and its responsiveness to client requests. We have quite frequently provided instructions requesting a very short turn around time and received a good quality response within the desired time frame. ’

‘Paul Berwin stands out for his willingness to take on matters at short notice and provide a good quality response within desired timeframes. He and Sam Crich are responsive, personable and provide good quality outcomes. ’

Sam Crich is a particular star, incredible knowledge and desire to get the job done right. His input is always welcomed. ’

Key clients

Sandstone Technology UK

Ai Abacus

Askew Brook

Champion Health Limited

Continuity Logic

IData

Elementary Digital

Anthony Hodges Consulting

Trimble UK Limited

Intuitive BI

Work highlights

  • Advising the UK arm of NASDAQ listed US corporation Trimble Inc on commercial contracts.
  • For Elementary Digital Ltd, created an entirely new set of documents and agreements to support the future work and development of the business.

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin Mitchell, the Yorkshire IT team sits within the national practice and advises an array of domestic and international clients; including public and private sector bodies on matters including data protection and GDPR compliance. The group is jointly overseen by Alex Newman and Joanne Bone, and handles both non-contentious and contentious work, including IT disputes.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Bone; Alex Newman

McCormicks

McCormicks works with a number of sports, media and entertainment clients, advising them on a range of matters including copyright, trademarks, and other contentious work. Practice head James Towler is the key name.

Practice head(s):

James Towler

Key clients

Welcome to Harrogate Limited (T/A Visit Harrogate)

National Pharmacy Association

The Rookery Project Limited (trading as Azzuu)

Corrado’s Ltd

Eden Telecom Limited

InTechnology PLC

Gareth Harris and Gareth Harris Limited

(AQ) Limited

Love Layla Designs Limited

The Premier League

The Premier League Charitable Fund

InTechnology WiFi Limited

The Isthmian Football League Ltd (trading as the Bostik League)

Leeds United FC

Rudding Park

Harrogate Town FC

Eden Telecom Ltd

Frontier Enterprises Limited

Responsible Gaming Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising regional leisure and business tourism body Visit Harrogate in relation to the engagement of a specialist software developer who developed an E-tourism platform.
  • Instructed by telecommunications company InTechnology PLC in relation a claim against Legal Document Management Limited.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP’s commercial IT practice group has strength across the education and healthcare sector and is frequently instructed on large national procurement matters. Overseen by education sector co-head Martin Priestley and IP specialist Mark Pearce, the group handles a range of outsourcing and commercial projects for technology clients, as well as advising on data-sharing agreements for higher educational institutions. Alex Kenworthy is the key corporate contact.

Practice head(s):

Martin Priestley; Mark Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kenworthy

Key clients

Maritime & Coastguard Agency

Premia Solutions Limited

University of York

University of Leeds

University of Surrey

Bytemark Limited

WH Ireland Limited

Bango Plc

Nottingham Trent University

Leeds Beckett University

Work highlights

  • Advised the Maritime and Coastguard Agency on a major procurement project which led to the appointment of telent Technology Services to build and maintain a modern and resilient fibre-based radio network under a 10 year £170m+ contract.
  • Advised technology business Global Graphics PLC on its acquisition of HYBRID Software Group from Congra Software for €80m.
  • Acted for digital payment services provider PayPoint PLC on its acquisition of secure digital voucher specialist i-movo Holdings Limited.

Percy Crow Davis & Co

At Percy Crow Davis & Co, the group is headed by specialist Dai Davis who enjoys a national and international reputation spanning more than 30 years. The team acts for both technology suppliers and purchasers on non-contentious matters including transactional mandates, and complex licensing arrangements. Noted for his 'rigourous academic background' Davis leverages his engineering knowledge to advise on safety critical systems.

Practice head(s):

Dai Davis

Testimonials

‘Dai Davis has a rigorous academic background in the natural sciences and a good understanding of technology, combined with 30 years of experience in this area of law.’

Key clients

Discount-Licensing Limited

Lead Advisory Company

MVine Limited

Inbox Insight Limited

Inflecto Systems

Operabit SRL

Retail Express Limited

Sarova Hotels

Cadaptor Solutions Limited

TÜV SÜD Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Discount-Licensing Limited on the legality of the purchase and sale of previously licensed software in numerous transactions.
  • Advising The Lead Advisory Company Limited on various trading terms, most for use on contracts formed on the internet; others where contracts are entered into directly with agents.
  • Advised One of the world’s 50 largest companies on drafting and negotiating IT procurement contracts.

Rollits LLP

At Hull's Rollits LLP, the practice is active in the cloud services, healthcare, education and charities sectors in particular, and advises on complex contracts, procurement work, and licensing agreements. Key contacts include practice head Keith Benton and James Peel, who advises on privacy policies.

Practice head(s):

Keith Benton

Other key lawyers:

James Peel

Key clients

J. R. Rix & Sons

The Retreat, York

Hallite Seals International Limited

Family Fund Trust

Family Fund Business Services

The Consortium Academy Trust

Giacom World Networks

Hull City Tigers

Leeds City College

The Skills Network

Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice to the J.R. Rix Group in connection with its new Expensemate online expense management platform.
  • Advised Giacom World Networks in respect of its agreement with KCOM for Giacom to provide Microsoft cloud-based solutions for KCOM’s business customers.
  • Advised a major education provider in respect of its agreements to provide outsourced IT support services to other public sector organisations.

Schofield Sweeney

Schofield Sweeney's IT practice works closely with its dispute resolution group on a number of IT-related litigation matters and licensing agreements. Practice head Karen Crutchley has over a decade of experience across the information technology space and is recommended for e-commerce and data protection work. She is supported by commercial contact Elizabeth Tovey.

Practice head(s):

Karen Crutchley

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Tovey

Testimonials

‘The way the team at Schofield Sweeney work with our in-house team of lawyers is exceptional and allows us to bring our own knowledge to bear on the work, but then combine that with their unique expertise that is the key attribute that allows us to work well with them. They adapt to our requirements and keep good relations with our in-house team, sometimes providing expertise that we don’t have and sometimes providing extra capacity on areas where we have the skills but not always the capacity.’

‘Karen Crutchley’s knowledge of commercial contracting best practice – particularly relating to international software licencing and related matters – is fantastic. ’

‘Excellent knowledge of the IT industry and structuring of software licence agreements. They have the ability to explain these to the client clearly.’

‘Karen Crutchley is always available to walk through questions and also able to pitch responses appropriately for the client’s understanding of the topic.’

Key clients

Claritas Solutions Limited

Greenhous Group Plc

C4X Discovery Holdings plc

EMIS Group Plc

NDL Software Limited

CI Biomass Management Limited

Cubico Group Limited

Campuslife Limited

DFDS Seaways

Advanced Digital Innovation (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Easy Bathrooms on their new e-commerce website
  • Negotiated a software licence for the provision of a software platform, including hosting services, maintenance and support