Firm Profile > Technology Law Alliance > London, England

Technology Law Alliance
7 STRATFORD PLACE
LONDON
W1C 1AY
England

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Boutique firm Technology Law Alliance is noted for handling complex IT projects for suppliers and buyers of outsourced services, and has substantial experience in the insurance and financial services sectors. Practice head Jeremy Newton handles IT contracts and complex outsourcing arrangements, while Gavin Wakefield is recognised for his financial, energy and public sector knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Newton

Other key lawyers:

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Technology Law Alliance is a well-regarded specialist technology outsourcing firm with an impressive client base which includes major UK and international entertainment giants, as well as outsourcing companies. Practice co-head Jagvinder Kang, 'an excellent practitioner' works in tandem with fellow co-head Stephen Ollerenshaw, who specialises in IT outsourcing and software matters.

Practice head(s):

Jagvinder Kang; Stephen Ollerenshaw

Testimonials

‘A specialist technology outsourcing firm with top quality lawyers.’

‘Jagvinder Kang is an excellent practitioner. Highly skilled in all technical aspects of his craft, he is tenacious and will not bow to pressure when facing pressure from large corporate tactics.’

‘They grasp the facts extremely quickly and focus on the most important factors for our business, with a long term view to avoid pitfalls in future years.’

‘The firm’s strength in areas such as IP, data regulations, licencing have all been invaluable to us when negotiating with some of the world’s largest commercial sports organisations.’

‘Jagvinder Kang has managed us through the changing data landscape with great skill, intelligence, care and sensitivity to our situation.’

Key clients

Capgemini UK

Warner Bros

ODEON Cinemas

Weetabix

Draycir

Port@l Limited

Wesleyan

Webroot

Probrand Limited

Boditrax

The firm: Technology Law Alliance was founded in January 2003 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: TLA 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: TLA 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: TLA 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 TechPack, which is a member-only service for UK technology start-ups consisting of a ‘tool kit’ of useful briefing notes and standard form documents. TLA also advises 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

Photo Name Position Profile
 Jeremy Newton  photo Jeremy Newton Jeremy is a director of Technology Law Alliance, a leading specialist IT…
 Shazanna Safdar-Karim  photo Shazanna Safdar-Karim Shazanna is an experienced IP and general commercial lawyer.  She has advised…
 Gavin Wakefield  photo Gavin Wakefield Gavin is a director of Technology Law Alliance and advises technology suppliers…
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 6