Ross Nicol > Dentons > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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Intellectual Property & Technology


Ross is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology team, having joined the Firm in 2001. Ross advises clients on non-contentious intellectual property and information technology matters, with a focus on commercial arrangements relating to technology creation and exploitation. Ross also advises on intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions, e-commerce, Data Protection/Freedom of Information compliance and franchising. Ross works with a broad spectrum of clients, from individuals and start up companies through to major UK PLCs, in a variety of sectors, including food and beverage, financial services and software. Ross also spent time on secondment with an international pharmaceutical company.


Trainee solicitor, Biggart Baillie, qualified 2001. Joined Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in 2001, partner/member since June 2013. Current directorships: member, Advisory Board of the Scottish Lifesciences Association.


University of Glasgow LLB (Hons) 1998, Dip LP 1999.


Music; theatre; golf.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising

Dentons acts for a range of top international brands, leveraging its global network to assist with cross-border franchising arrangements. Key areas of work for the team include data privacy, commercial contracts, competition, compliance and disputes. Babette Märzheuser-Wood (who works across the firm’s London, Warsaw and Düsseldorf offices) advises on international franchising, area development and master franchise agreements. Anna Copeman is recommended for trade marks, franchising and brand licensing work. Ross Nicol handles non-contentious IP and IT matters. Tim Constable is a name to note for franchise disputes.

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment

Dentons’ media and entertainment practice, which is led by Ross Nicol, leverages the firm’s international network to advise clients across a range of media spaces. Key areas of focus include media-related disputes, regulatory issues, M&A transactions, data protection matters and IP issues.

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

Particularly active in non-contentious IP issues, Dentons regularly advises clients on the IP aspects of M&A deals, guides clients through IP audits, assists with IP licensing and commercialisation issues, and aids with IP protection as well as broader IP strategies. Working in close collaboration with the firm’s global offices, the local group is headed up by the ‘extremely intelligent, very commercial‘ Alison Bryce, an accredited IP law specialist. Ross Nicol is mainly instructed on IP-related matters by household clients in the life sciences, financial services, food and drink, and technology sectors.

Scotland > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

As part of the firm’s vast international network, the Scottish practice at Dentons, which is overseen by Alison Bryce, advises predominantly large multinational corporations on the full gamut of information technology agreements and projects. Key pillars of the group include IT software, hardware and systems procurement mandates, IT outsourcings, technology licensing issues, e-commerce matters and data protection work. Other practitioners to note are IP expert Ross Nicol and senior associate Julie Brown, who regularly handles technology-based contracts, including software licences and service level agreements.