IT and telecoms in Yorkshire And The Humber
The 'friendly yet professional' IT practice at Addleshaw Goddard is known predominantly for its expertise in high-value IT projects and technology outsourcing deals. The group is instructed by large national private sector corporates and is particularly active in the industrial, retail, health, and financial services sectors. Practice head Michael Lowry focuses on IT procurements, outsourcing projects, data centres, large-scale enterprise licensing work, cloud issues and SaaS arrangements. Other key names to note include Bill Gilliam for IT disputes, Simon Lofthouse, who counts the private health and industrial sectors among his specialisms, and consultant Ian Sampson.
‘Addleshaw Goddard‘s IT and telecoms department is dedicated, knowledgable and flexible.‘
‘The highly capable IT team at Addleshaw Goddard has a good cross-sector knowledge, a personable and engaging team and a well-respected practice.‘
‘Addleshaw Goddard is professional, responsive and intelligent throughout its work.‘
‘Addleshaw Goddard‘s IT and telecoms team takes the time to explain items to its clients using plain English and never makes clients feel stupid for asking questions.’
‘Michael Lowry knows IT and outsourcing like the back of his hand.‘
‘Simon Lofthouse is a very technical lawyer.‘
‘Associate Priscilla Hetherton is bright, hardworking, responsive and knowledgeable. She has a sense of humour and a view of what is practical and what is not.‘
The Marsden Building Society
- Advised The Marsden Building Society on a multi-vendor IT transformation project, which involved outsourcing its IT infrastructure and systems to three providers for its key managed IT and network services.
- Assisted Travelodge with the outsourcing of its network services to Virgin Media Business.
- Acted for Gatenby Sanderson on a master subscription agreement and consultancy services agreement for a new CRM system for its end-to-end recruitment process management.
- Instructed by Travelodge on the renegotiation of its licence for the use of Oracle’s CRM platform.
DLA Piper UK LLP's intellectual property and technology team stands out for its expertise advising government and wider public sector clients and private sector companies on digital transformation projects. The Yorkshire-based group, which spans the firm's Sheffield and Leeds offices, has particular experience across a range of sectors and counts airlines, retailers and financial institutions among its clients. Simon Kenyon and Mark Vipan, who specialise in technology disputes and public sector IT projects respectively, head up the team from Leeds, while outsourcing specialist Amanda Pilkington and litigator Richard Norman jointly lead the team in Sheffield. Other names of note include Leeds-based cyber and data privacy partner Andrew Dyson and James Watson in Sheffield, who focuses on IT and telecoms disputes.
Amanda Pilkington; Simon Kenyon; Richard Norman; Mark Vipan
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Dyson; James Watson
CommVault Systems International BV
ProAct IT Group AB
Allegro Developments GmbH
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Instructed by NHS Digital and numerous NHS bodies to advise on their exit from the Department of Health’s current national contract with BT for voice and data services, and its replacement with a number of contracts for a health and social care network.
- Assisting the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with the phased exit of its back office services from its two primary suppliers in order to move to a multi-sourced model.
- Advised Reckitt Benckiser on all aspects of the outsourcing projects for its global IT systems.
- Assisted William Hill with the commercial arrangements relating to the £270m acquisition of OpenBet by NYX including the protection of William Hill’s rights to license the use of the OpenBet sports platform and continue to drive investment.
- Defended Polycom in commercial court proceedings brought by Ashton Bentley relating to allegations of unpaid royalties and a damages claim for alleged breaches relating to the late launch of Aston Bentley’s products in certain locations.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's technology team has significant experience in handling transactions and high-profile disputes, with particular expertise across the telecoms, media, retail, utilities, financial services and diversified industrial sectors; the group counts local, national and international companies as clients. Nick Stubbs, who splits his time between the Leeds and Manchester offices, and James Hyde head up the non-contentious technology and TMT disputes practices respectively. Principal associate Ed Williams is another name to note for contentious matters.
Nick Stubbs; James Hyde
Other key lawyers:
‘Associate Ed Williams is good for IT litigation.‘
The Co-Operative Bank Plc
Go Plant Fleet Services Limited
Comparex UK Limited
- Assisted Comparex UK with the review and amendment of its standard terms and conditions for the sale of all its IT services, software and hardware.
- Advised Rolls-Royce on the strategic £500m disposal of its marine arm to Norwegian technology group Kongsberg Gruppen.
The commercial and IT team at Clarion assists its impressive client roster of regional, national and international companies with technology-related transactions and disputes. The group acts for public and private sector clients across numerous sectors, including the healthcare, retail and technology industries. Practice head Matthew Hattersley specialises in advising on complex IT projects with David Cunningham, while Simon Young and Dominic Higham handle contentious IT instructions.
‘Clarion has a clear willingness to understand its client’s business, how it works, and what the particular risk areas are. It shows commerciality as to agreeing contracts and getting the job done, rather than dragging a matter out and incurring unnecessary fees; it is very refreshing.‘
‘The partners at Clarion have an active involvement in the day to day legal work and have a desire to get into the detail. The teams are well trained and well supported.‘
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Nobia AB (including Magnet Limited, Rixonway Kitchens Limited, Gower Furniture Ltd, Commodore Kitchens Limited and CIE plc)
Hemingways Marketing Services Limited
Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited
- Acted for Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in a contract dispute against Atos relating to system implementation and service and support issues arising from the Trust’s five-year contract with Atos for the implementation and integration of a patient-care critical system that scans and stores existing patient records electronically.
- Represented InterSystems in a commercial claim alleging delivery issues regarding the client’s implementation and support of a patient records system in a leading hospital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- Advised Hemingways Marketing Services on the role out of a new IT platform that permits Hemingways’ customers to white label and manage their own online gift voucher schemes, a service it supplies to retailers including John Lewis, Harvey Nichols and Ikea.
- Assisted iPortalis with the negotiation of agreements with its IT service providers including Cisco, and advising on the streamlining of its sales and associated terms of business, to enable its sales team to enter into customer agreements without negotiation.
- Advising Asics on a range of IT-related matters including the terms and negotiations of an agreement with Channel Advisor, which acts as a data broker between Asics, its warehouses and various on-line routes to market including Amazon and eBay.
The TMT team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is highlighted for its public sector, healthtech and fintech expertise; it acts for significant healthcare clients on a range of procurement transactions, contracts and disputes, and for financial services providers on large IT projects. The group also counts several telecoms suppliers among its client roster, which it assists with bids to clients in the public sector. Team head Michael Peeters has broad technology, IT and telecoms experience, while Richard Watkinson focuses on national and international systems integration, procurement and outsourcing technology projects. Legal director Emilie Yates is another name to note for IT transactions, particularly for financial services clients. The team benefits from the addition of telecoms expert Luke Maidens, who joined from Shulmans LLP.
City Hospitals Sunderland
British Business Bank plc
Department of Health and Social Care
Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited
Zurich Insurance plc
Yorkshire Building Society
Transport for Greater Manchester
- Advised NHS Digital on the development and implementation of the new NHS App, including the information governance and contractual elements.
- Assisted City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust CHS with the urgent procurement, supply and implementation of an electronic patient record solution at South Tyneside Hospital.
- Advised Ontix on its successful bid to Westminster City Council to upgrade the telecoms infrastructure in public spaces across Westminster, including the capability for enhanced 5G-compatible mobile infrastructure.
- Acted for British Business Bank on its project to procure its fully managed outsourced IT service nationally.
- Assisted Zurich with the renegotiation of its framework agreement with Acturis, a leading software house to the insurance sector in the UK.
The technology team at Walker Morris LLP acts for both providers of software and technology services and customers, including large national and international corporates and blue-chip companies. The group is particularly active in assisting with technology transactions in the financial services, health, energy and public sectors. James Crayton advises clients on a range of commercial IT and technology contracts and heads up the cross-departmental team which includes commercial litigator Malcolm Simpson, corporate and capital markets expert Daniel O’Gorman, and regulatory partners Jeanette Burgess and Andrew Northage.
‘Walker Morris LLP‘s technology team offers excellent availability and response rates with a great commitment to the client relationship.’
Age Partnership Limited
Servelec HSC Limited
Arla Foods Limited
Landis + Gyr
The Phoenix Partnership (Leeds)
Lucozade Ribena Suntory
- Advising Bettson Group on a range of online and e-commerce contracts.
- Advised Arla Foods on the launch of its first e-commerce platform in the UK.
- Assisted Landis+Gyr with contracts relating to the development, manufacture and deployment of current and next generation smart meter technology.
- Acted for Ainscough Crane Hire on its acquisition of a new SaaS enterprise resource planning system.
- Assisted Jet2.com and Jet2holidays with a range of online marketing contracts.
Boutique firm 3volution Limited has particular technology sector expertise and is noted for assisting IT suppliers with drafting and negotiating high-value contracts. The group is frequently instructed by IT and digital sector clients based across the Yorkshire region and also assists IT purchasers. Louise Handley heads up the team and has particular expertise advising on implementation and development projects, software licensing issues and cloud computing work. Other names to note include Heather Simpson, for e-commerce matters, app and systems developments and data protection work, and Sara Ludlam for disputes.
‘Louise Handley knows the IT sector inside out.‘
Nexus Vehicle Management Limited
Cim Logic Limited
The DataShed Limited
Receptive Software Limited
Designer Software LImited
- Advised Nexus on various tender documents, IT and commercial agreements and data protection documents.
- Assisted Cim Logic with the drafting and negotiation of various contracts with large organisations including Dupont and Pall.
- Advised The Data Shed on a master services agreement with a quasi-governmental customer, allowing it to use its innovative data refinery software product in the support and prevention of online gambling.
- Acting for Designer Software on a range of contractual matters including drafting tailored customer terms and conditions for its SaaS offering, which included a data protection agreement, and a service level agreement.
- Advised Redline on various IT agreements including an SaaS agreement for the provision of Redline’s Alert2 software, which provides threat image recognition training.
The commercial team at Irwin Mitchell has particular experience assisting clients with data protection and privacy matters, both in the context of compliance projects and IT contracts, and also has IT litigation expertise. Joanne Bone, who stands out for her data protection specialism, also handles a range of non-contentious IT issues and jointly heads the practice with IP disputes partner Alex Newman.
Joanne Bone; Alex Newman
Mamas & Papas (Holdings) Limited
Strata Homes Limited
Joy Global UK Limited (Part of Komatsu Mining Corp. Group).
- Assisting Lhasa with drafting and negotiating international licensing terms with pharmaceutical companies, and advising on bespoke project agreements.
- Acted for Strata Homes on its GDPR compliance project, which included a data protection audit and advice on new policies and privacy notices.
- Advised Joy Global UK on its GDPR readiness.
- Advising a leading supplier of advanced technology software solutions on its contractual arrangements with its customers, including amendments to existing contracts in order to make them compliant with GDPR.
- Acting for a software developer and service provider in a series of claims against a co-founder, shareholder and former director relating to his operation of a competing software business.
Pinsent Masons LLP's IT team frequently acts for national and multinational clients on a range of commercial matters and disputes. The group is instructed by companies investing in IT and service providers, and has particular experience in the edtech sector. Andrew Masterson and legal director Lisa Harley jointly head up the practice and focus on contentious and non-contentious work respectively. James McBurney has experience handling a range of IT and telecoms disputes.
Andrew Masterson; Lisa Harley
Other key lawyers:
‘Pinsent Masons has in-depth technical knowledge combined with a commercially sensitive approach, taking into account the outcomes for all stakeholders.’
‘James McBurney is sensible, steady, pragmatic and calm with excellent legal and commercial understanding.‘
- Advised a multinational publishing and education company on a commercial contract for a new strategic partnership.
- Assisted an international healthcare group with the negotiation and drafting of a £3m contract for the provision of a crucial medical software package.
- Advised an international home credit and digital provider of consumer finance on the suite of commercial documentation associated with its collaboration with a payment services provider.
- Provided a large pub and hotel company with follow-up advice on the continuing development of a mobile order and pay app.
- Advised a university on a consultancy agreement regarding an IT transformation programme, which involved the legacy transfer of older software code into an oracle database.
Shulmans LLP has telecoms sector and commercial IT expertise and is frequently instructed on a range of property-related telecoms work, regulatory matters and software services contracts for suppliers and customers, particularly in the financial services, travel and health sectors. The group also provides clients with data protection advice in an IT context. Mark Lumley and Emma Roe jointly lead the firms IT group, while property litigator Michael Watson is the key name to note for telecoms work.
Mark Lumley; Emma Roe
Other key lawyers:
‘Shulmans LLP is extremely helpful, knowledgeable and efficient, and provides really good value for money.‘
‘Associate Helen Goldthorpe is pragmatic and very quick in providing a response.‘
London & Zurich Limited
Roxor Group Limited
Better Bathrooms Limited
Curo Transatlantic Limited
- Assisted Roxor Group with its acquisition and integration of digital sales platform business, Better Bathrooms.
- Advised a leading payment services provider on all the launch of a complex white-labelled service for new banking fintech providers.
- Advised a multinational software house on its contractual arrangements relating to the UK.
- Providing support to a specialist leisure software business in respect of a critical data breach engagement.
The IT-focused group at Ward Hadaway is recognised for its representation of IT product and service providers across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The group has also been particularly active assisting with data protection matters, including GDPR compliance projects. Gareth Yates, who handles a range of IT and IP matters, and Bill Goodwin, who focuses on assisting customers and suppliers with the development, licensing and implementation of IT systems, jointly lead the team.
Gareth Yates; Bill Goodwin
‘The IT team at Ward Hadaway has a good understanding of how particular pieces of work fit in the context of clients’ wider business.‘
‘The personable and pragmatic IT practice at Ward Hadaway conducts difficult negotiations in a robust manner but with humility rather than any unnecessary posturing, knowing when to change tack to get to the same end goal.‘
‘Gareth Yates provides excellent tech savvy legal advice and always focuses on presenting commercially viable advice in a format that’s understandable to the business as well as the in-house legal team.‘
‘Bill Goodwin focuses on the key issues and is rigorous in his approach to them; he also knows how to strike the balance between adding value to a project and leaving clients to progress with negotiations or drafting where appropriate.‘
Technology Services Group
Manheim / Cox Automotive
- Assisted Whocanfixmycar.com with a range of matters, including intellectual property and data protection advice, drafting consumer facing terms and conditions, and providing due diligence for a number of investment rounds.
- Acted for Kcom on reviewing, drafting and negotiating a range of contracts, including IT services and maintenance agreements.
- Advised Yorkshire Housing on its GDPR compliance including a review of its third party contracts.
The digital team at Berwins frequently assists technology sector clients with a range of commercial contracts and is developing a focus on SaaS agreements; it is also increasingly handling a range of complex cross-border transactions. Practice head Paul Berwin has significant experience assisting software and other technology companies, from Yorkshire-based start-ups to multinational companies.
Trimble UK Limited
Gap Systems Limited
Anthony Hodges Consulting Limited
Digits Industries Limited
Enjoy Digital Limited
TwentySix Digital Limited
- Instructed by Trimble UK to advise on a range of contracts and negotiations with multiple third parties including international motor manufacturers, local authorities, government departments, banks and professional services companies.
- Advised on Gap Systems’ technology contracts and the subsequent multimillion-dollar sale of Yorkshire-based packaging management specialist Gap Systems to Loftware.
- Acted for TwentySix Digital on the review and streamlining of its contracts.
- Assisted EkkoSense with the revision of its existing agreements to reflect the issues arising from the sale of SaaS.
- Advised MyLabs on the development of licencing agreements for its products.
McCormicks attracts instructions from IT and telecoms sector companies and clients (largely in the sport, media and entertainment sectors) that are investing in technology. Jon Healey heads up the practice and has experience advising technology sector clients with IP exploitation work, software licensing agreements and other corporate and commercial matters.
Welcome to Harrogate Limited (T/A Visit Harrogate)
National Pharmacy Association
The Rookery Project Limited (trading as Azzuu)
Eden Telecom Limited
Gareth Harris 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)
- Instructed to advise Welcome to Harrogate on all IT matters and recently assisted with the engagement of a specialist software developer to develop an e-tourism platform.
- Assisted The Rookery Project with licence agreements relating to new bespoke software targeted at the sports and publishing industries.
- Instructed by Corrado’s to advise on contractual matters including the review of its website terms and the negotiation of a marketing services agreement with a law firm.
- Representing InTechnology in a claim against Legal Document Management.
- Acted for Eden Telecom on the preparation of a suite of contracts for it’s customer relationships.
The commercial, IT and IP team at Mills & Reeve LLP has particular experience advising central government, education sector and healthcare sector clients on IT projects; it also assists growing technology businesses. The group is jointly led by commercial lawyer Martin Priestley and IP specialist Mark Pearce, who splits his time between the Leeds and Cambridge offices.
Martin Priestley; Mark Pearce
Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Premia Solutions Limited
University of York
University of Leeds
University of Surrey
WH Ireland Limited
- Instructed by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency on its major procurement project to source a replacement for the existing radio network infrastructure.
- Advised Premia Solutions on data protection compliance issues relating to its new online insurance product, ‘Look After My Car’.
- Acted for Egton Medical Information Systems on data protection compliance and confidentiality matters relating to the use of blockchain technology to connect patients with their data.
- Advised the shareholders of Bytemark on the sale of Bytemark Holdings to Iomart Group.
Percy Crow Davis & Co
Boutique practice Percy Crow Davis & Co has an impressive client roster of IT suppliers and acquirers of IT systems including large corporate, plcs and public sector organisations. Dai Davis has significant experience advising on a range of non-contentious matters in the sector.
Lead Advisory Company
Inbox Insight Limited
Retail Express Limited
TÜV SÜD Limited
- Advised a Caribbean government on the acquisition of a new IT system.
- Assisted The Lead Advisory Company with an update of trading terms and conditions.
- Advised on the establishment of a national discount card system, which included drafting terms and conditions with different stakeholders and advising on complex data protection issues.
- Advised a software supplier on a software licence to a large UK hospital.
- Acted for an insurance sector client on IT system acquisitions.
Rollits LLP is instructed on a range of non-contentious IT matters includng drafting software licences and procurement contracts, data protection advice and breaches. The group's client roster spans providers and acquirers of IT services and notably includes clients in the healthcare, education and charity sectors. Keith Benton, who focuses on IP and IT work, is experienced in advising clients on their move to cloud-based solutions.
Family Fund Trading Limited
William Jackson Food Group
The Retreat, York
The Consortium Academy Trust
Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust
Giacom World Networks
Hull City Tigers
Leeds City College
J. R. Rix & Sons
- Advised Family Fund and its trading subsidiary on a number of fulfillment-based agreements with major suppliers including Argos Retail, AO Retail and Haven Holidays.
- Assisted Giacom with its contractual documentation for the resale of several third party cloud services.
- Assisted The Retreat, York with a supply agreement for IT support and network connectivity services to Schön Klinik, following the sale of its inpatient eating disorder and personality disorder services to Schön.
- Advised Orovia Group on its budget planning software and HR software agreements.
- Advised an academy trust on a new cloud-based student data analytics tool.
The commercial team at Schofield Sweeney handles a range of IT sector mandates for service providers and their customers, including software licensing work, procurements and GDPR compliance advice. Practice head Luisa D’Alessandro assists clients with IT-related projects and strategic advice. Recently promoted partner Karen Crutchley is also instructed by companies acquiring IT services.
Other key lawyers:
Shearings Group Limited
Instem LSS Limited
High Seat Limited
Optima Energy Systems Limited
Connection Seating Limited
Claritas Solutions Limited
Sanderson Group Plc
- Advised Shearings Group on a major software procurement project including the review, amendment and negotiation of a framework agreement with Comtec (Europe) for the provision of IT services.
- Assisted Instem LSS with updates to all key commercial sales agreements.
- Advised Claritas Solutions on its policies and procedures regarding GDPR compliance.
- Advised Optima Energy Systems on a range of commercial agreements and software licenses, and GDPR compliance.
- Assisted Connection Seating with GDPR issues relating to its website operations.
Shoosmiths LLP's commercial TMT practice assists clients with technology, data privacy and procurement matters. The group is developing particular expertise in advising public bodies and technology businesses on smart city solutions. In addition to expertise in infrastructure projects, practice head Alex Kirkhope has notable experience in the financial services, retail, automotive and healthcare sectors. Other names to note include JP Buckley for data and privacy work and senior associate Jennifer Clarke for public procurement and state aid mandates.
Future Cities Catapult
Twenty7Tec Group Ltd
South West Grid for Learning
Iliad Solutions Ltd
Swissport UK and Ireland
Honda Motor Europe Ltd
The Training Room
- Acted for a luxury retailer on its five-year outsourcing of IT services and consultancy support to IBM.
- Assisted the government-funded organisation, Future Cities Catapult, with the contractual and procurement aspects of the SynchroniCity Project, a European Commission-funded €3m open call process to deliver technology innovation in city design and infrastructure.
- Advised Twenty7Tec on a range of matters relating to its innovative mortgage brokering technology solutions.
- Instructed by Iliad Solutions to handle a range of contractual matters relating to its payment services solutions.
- Acted for The Training Room on its strategic collaboration with global Indian IT service provider Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on the use and roll out of TCS’ iON Digital Learning Hub.