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Martin Sloan

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Brodies LLP

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Partner with more than 10 years’ experience specialising in technology, outsourcing, intellectual property and information law.


Martin advises on contracts for software and IT systems and services (including procurement, development, licensing and implementation) and IT and business process outsourcing.


Martin’s data protection and information law practice covers data protection compliance and advising on data transfers, data sharing and information security. Martin also advises a range of organisations on intellectual property and the exploitation of their intellectual assets.


Martin is particularly known in the market for his work in relation to financial services technology procurement and outsourcing, the use of cloud-based services, and for his work advising a variety of tech-focussed businesses and start-ups.


Joined Brodies LLP in 2002, qualified in 2004 and promoted to Partner in 2014.


Society for Computers and the Law (SCL). Martin is also a member of the SCL’s Editorial Advisory Board.


University of Glasgow – LLB (Hons); Dip.LP.

Scotland: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Within: Corporate and commercial: Edinburgh and Glasgow

Brodies LLP 's team combines 'expertise, knowledge, people skills and attention to detail to ensure that the deal is completed in a timely manner'. Shuna Stirling  leads the group, which includes 'real no-nonsense commercial lawyer' Neil Burgess and Julian Voge. Other names to note include William McIntosh, Derek Stroud (who focuses on the renewable energy and oil services sectors), food and drink group head Eric Galbraith and associate Liz Bruce. The firm handles a broad cross-section of mandates for Scottish, UK and international clients; its varied workload includes acquisitions and disposals, MBOs, joint ventures, restructurings and commercial contracts matters. Illustrative of the firm's excellent record in high-profile and landmark deals, in 2017, Stirling, Roger Cotton and associate Alasdair Dunn acted for Abellio in the sale of a 40% stake in the Greater Anglia rail franchise to Mitsui & Co., and also in new joint venture arrangements between Abellio and Mitsui. Burgess was the lead adviser to City Facilities Management Group on its strategic acquisition of Maintenance Management and Atrium Maintenance France, as part of the client's European expansion plans. McIntosh led a cross-practice team, which assisted Energy Services Group (which is backed by Accel-KKR) with its acquisition of Utiligroup, and with the related funding aspects of the deal. Martin Sloan has particular expertise in technology procurement (particularly in the financial services sector), IT outsourcing and data protection.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Brodies LLP has ‘a strong team of associates who display commendable independence’ and ‘excellent knowledge of the telecoms sector and general market practice’. The practice is co-led by the ‘approachable and friendlyGrant Campbell and ‘insightfulMartin Sloan, who specialise in data protection and outsourcing, respectively. The firm also stands out for its IT litigation practice, with particular experience in English law matters as well as mediation. The group advised Sainsbury’s Bank on the strategic transformation of its insurance business, which centred on a new outsourced technology platform from CDL. It also advised Abellio Scotrail on a managed service arrangement with Cubic Transportation Systems for the provision of enterprise integration and an account-based ticketing service. In another highlight, the group acted for Sykes Enterprises on GDPR compliance matters.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Brodies LLP acts for clients across the media and entertainment sphere on the full spectrum of legal services, including defamation, pre-publication and –broadcast advice, reputation management, privacy issues, FOI requests, and data protection. Practice head and regulatory expert, Christine O’Neill provides holiday and out-of-hours advice to BBC Scotland journalists and current affairs staff. Martin Sloan assisted the Chinese mobile gaming company, Skymoons Interactive, in establishing a UK subsidiary in Edinburgh and continues to advise the client on IP issues, contractual matters, employment and immigration law. Sports expert and managing associate Andy Nolan assisted 77 Management with legal aspects of the Andy Murray Live tennis event, including sponsorship agreements, a venue agreement with SSE Hydro, a broadcasting agreement with Eurosport, a player agreement with Mansour Bahrami and various service agreements. Alan Eccles is noted for his ‘excellent knowledge’ of charity and media law. Tony Jones QC joined the team from BTO Solicitors LLP in June 2018.

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Technology developments: data to remain in the driving seat in 2019

January 2019. By Martin Sloan

2018 was the year when data protection law seemed to be at the heart of many big news stories. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in May, gathering lots of attention in the media, as organisations worked out what they needed to do to prepare. We have also seen the revelations in relation to Cambridge Analytica and Facebook and use of personal data in political campaigning, as well as major cyber attacks on the likes of Carphone Warehouse and British Airways, to name but a few. [Continue Reading]

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