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MacRoberts LLP

Living Wage
Work 0141 303 1100
Fax 0141 332 8886
Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow

Valerie Surgenor

Work 0141 303 1241
MacRoberts LLP

Work Department

IP, Technology, and Commercial




Val advises clients in the areas of IP, technology & commercial, compliance & regulatory and charities & the third sector.

Drafting all manner of commercial contracts across many industry sectors she has a specialism in IT and IP related matters. With an in-depth understanding of IP & IT law, Val has a particular interest in information management and cybersecurity.

In her Compliance and Regulatory role she provides clients with advice on compliance with, in particular, the UK Bribery Act & the Data Protection Act, regularly delivering face to face workshop based training across many industry sectors. 

With her special interest in the Medical Device sector, she regularly advises on contractual matters including clinical trial and research agreements; in and out licensing arrangements; royalty agreements; consultancy and proctor arrangements; data sharing and related privacy issues; OEM and other supply agreements; collaboration agreements and NDA’s.

Val is head of our charities & third sector group and sits on the board of a major Scottish charity.


University of Strathclyde
LLM, Information Technology and Telecommunications Law

University of Strathclyde
Dip LP

University of Strathclyde
LLB, Law

Scotland: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

MacRoberts LLP acts for a wide range of clients, including international charities, social enterprises, trusts and SCIOs, primarily advising on regulatory matters such as data protection, safeguarding and equal pay obligations. The team has further expertise with all contract related matters, and also regularly carries out data audits for clients. Practice head Valerie Surgenor is noted for her expertise advising charities on fundraising procedures and requirements and works regularly with the UK Fundraising Regulator. Senior solicitor Jozanne Bainbridge has extensive regulatory auditing and reporting experience and expertise in the area of governance.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

MacRoberts LLP is particularly noted for its work for the Scottish government and related public sector bodies, regularly handling high-value IT projects. The team, led by David Gourlay, also acts on matters including cloud computing, software licensing, data protection and cybersecurity, e-commerce and open-source software issues and advises on privacy and data security work. Gourlay is singled out for his IT procurement and outsourcing expertise, Valerie Surgenor regularly assists with software licensing, cybersecurity and social media matters; and Euan Duncan has experience in the technology, media and digital sectors.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

MacRoberts LLP's expertise encompasses trade marks, patents and copyrights with substantial experience in cross-border disputes and licensing matters in the IT and technology space. The team also has notable sector knowledge with the food and drink, charities, manufacturing, media, life sciences and energy industries being key examples. David Gourlay leads the group and has particular expertise in brand and trade mark protection work and software-related matters; Euan Duncan leads the food and drink sector group, and Valerie Surgenor focuses on the third sector.

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