Mark Neale > Freeths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Freeths LLP
3RD FLOOR, THE COLMORE BUILDING
20 COLMORE CIRCUS, QUEENSWAY
BIRMINGHAM
B4 6AT
England

Work Department

Mark is a highly experienced solicitor, specialising in IT contract drafting and negotiating, as well as supporting litigators with respect of the IT aspects of claims brought in the IT field.

His experience covers advising on a wide range of IT arrangements, from large scale IT projects (such as hardware/maintenance supply and outsourcings) to complex and often unique IT arrangements (including unusual SaaS delivery methods).

Mark has worked with a number of SaaS subscribers looking to protect themselves from insolvency issues relating to SaaS providers. He has worked with suppliers, clients and infrastructure providers to achieve pragmatic and viable solutions which are not common in the market.

Mark has extensive in-house experience (working within major organisations purchasing IT solutions and hardware), allowing for a very commercial/practical approach in advising his clients.

Position

Partner

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham

Freeths LLP has dedicated departments for both commercial and corporate matters; Lee Clifford, a private equity specialist, oversees the former while IT and data expert, Mark Neale, fronts the latter. The corporate team handles a varied caseload which consists of M&A, MBO and MBI, private equity and transactional due diligence matters in addition to corporate restructurings and reorganisations. As for Neale’s practice, his team is proficient in the full array of commercial contract affairs, particularly those pertaining to the retail, transport and logistics, construction, manufacturing, drinks, hospitality and leisure industries. Kirstin Roberts is ‘an absolute stand-out’, supplying the team with a first-rate knowledge of the waste and sustainability sector.

West Midlands > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Freeths LLP is well placed to advise clients across a broad spectrum of industries on outsourcing projects, cloud computing issues and GDPR work. Mark Neale, who is the firm’s national head of IT and data, has a wealth of experience in traditional and emerging technology projects, including cross-border procurement strategies and M&A involving the transfer of data and IT systems. Among the associate pool, Matthew Johnson is a standout name, with particular strength in data protection mandates.