Codified Legal > London, England > Firm Profile
Codified Legal Offices
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Codified Legal > The Legal 500 RankingsCodified Legal focuses on major IT projects and outsourcing contracts, as well as procurements and contract negotiations. Its client roster includes technology providers and users, major corporates, and charities. Jeremy Newton co-heads the practice; he predominately has expertise in IT and outsourcing projects, but also deals with commercial contracts, e-commerce issues and data protection mandates. Fellow co-leader of the team Gavin Wakefield advises users and suppliers of technology on their contractual matters, and consultant Mark Curtis has a well-established IT practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘A boutique firm with experience in some of the largest transactions in the industry. Incredibly client-focused, they understand the business challenges as well as the legal aspects and quickly become core members of any team. Superb value for the quality of their knowledge and application.’
‘Codified is a legal practice made up of ex in-house technology lawyers, so they know what is important in-house and hence can take a pragmatic approach to negotiations. We receive Magic Circle law firm like expertise at a fraction of the cost.’
‘Major sector experience and specialism. The team are seasoned practitioners in their specialist areas which provides a client with a very high level of confidence.’
‘Codified Legal is a specialist IT practice and a first point of call for IT contracts advice and data protection law.’
‘Very responsive and technically sound, approachable and direct in advice, and holistic in giving their advice and guidance with context and perspective in new environments. Excellent value for work.’
‘Jeremy Newton is a first port of call with Codified legal for things IT and with data protection issues. Accessible and very responsive with his advice and always with context and perspective. Jeremy is a trusted source for advice in technical IT areas.’
‘Jeremy Newton is outstanding. He is a very experienced, pragmatic technology lawyer with a great personality who feels like a natural extension of the client’s in-house team.’
‘Gavin Wakefield is an exceptional deal lawyer.’
Apollo Syndicate Management
The Kennel Club
Spirent Communication plc
Meta Team Limited
- Advised Hitachi Vantara on a major contract to provide outsourced IT and professional services to a Scandinavian IT services company.
- Advised Ipsos MORI on the development of new contracts to support its emerging data sciences business.
- Advised Spirent Communications on the Subscription Service contract for a new service line known as GNSS Foresight, which uses high-definition maps and precision orbital modelling to support aviation and automotive applications.
‘The partners (and owners) of this unique firm are true experts in their field. They are passionate and knowledgeable about IT law and are in a class of their own.’
‘Stephen Ollerenshaw is a superb lawyer, who is tenacious and a true expert, yet approachable and easy to work with.’
- Advised Broadridge, a global Fintech leader, on contracts for software and outsourced services with major banks and other financial institutions based in the UK and throughout the world.
- Advised EPAM Systems Inc., a NYSE-listed IT development company, on a multi-million pound contract for the provision of software development and consultancy services to a major European bank.
- Advised Sitenna, a Silicon Valley backed cloud software provider, on UK subscription terms for its platform and on privacy matters.
Codified Legal > Firm Profile
The firm: Codified Legal was founded in January 2003 (originally under the name Technology Law Alliance), with the aim of providing high-quality, cost-effective legal advice in its core areas of IT contracts, outsourcing, data protection and e-commerce. As a true niche practice, clients appreciate the level of direct partner involvement, and the firm is now ranked as one of the leading specialist law firms by both The Legal 500 and Chambers.
The firm’s client list encompasses both service providers and customer organisations. On the service provider side, it advises the entire spectrum of business from start-ups to ‘Tier 1’ global suppliers, and works on some of the biggest outsourcing deals in the United Kingdom. On the customer side, the firm provides advice on IT and outsourcing contracts to organisations in a wide range of sectors, including asset management and financial services, automotive, insurance, entertainment, retail, pharmaceuticals, energy and logistics.
The firm has a reputation for giving practical advice, and maintaining a friendly and collaborative negotiating style. Most of its people have worked either as in-house lawyers or on long-term secondments with in-house legal teams, so it understands the importance of concentrating on the goal of getting contracts to signature, as opposed to focusing on legal minutiae and point-scoring.
Types of work undertaken
IT contracts: Codified Legal advises on the full range of IT contracts, from simple software licences through to major IT systems procurements. The firm is at the forefront of innovations in the technology sector, such as the movement to Software as a Service contracts, cloud computing and contracts for the development of mobile apps.
Outsourcing: Codified Legal has advised service providers and customers on hundreds of outsourcing projects, from traditional IT outsourcing deals (eg for data centres, storage, support or development services) through to broader business process outsourcing (BPO) contracts for functions like finance and administration, HR and payroll, often with an offshore or international dimension.
Data protection: privacy and data protection issues are increasingly high on the corporate agenda, and the firm has extensive experience of helping companies negotiate the pitfalls of data protection law, both in the context of outsourcing and offshoring negotiations, and more generally in their day-to-day operations.
E-commerce: Codified Legal helps a range of companies with the legal issues associated with their e-commerce activities, from household names looking to augment traditional business with online activities to innovative pure-play e-commerce start-ups. It has particular expertise in online terms and conditions, website compliance and data protection issues.
Start-ups and company law: the firm offers a tailored service for start-up businesses, called the Codified Tech Hub, to support entrepreneurs and innovative new businesses. The service uses senior business lawyers with demonstrable experience at partner and board level, who can advise on the initial set-up of your business, provide cost-effective support as it matures through organic growth or acquisition, and deal with the legal aspects of a disposal or other exit. We also advise mature IT businesses on company law matters and corporate transactions, including company formations, general company law compliance and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, management buy-outs and buy-ins, restructuring, joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements.
Other offices: Birmingham
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