Ross Nicol > Dentons > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

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

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

Leveraging its robust international network of offices and sector specialists, Dentons is rated by clients for its ‘excellent‘ approach across the full gamut of IT contracts and projects. Practice head Alison Bryce is well regarded for her capabilities in IT procurement and outsourcing arrangements, routinely working with leading international banks and retail chains on new payment systems and fraud screening mechanisms. Ross Nicol ’s wide-ranging commercial focus sees him working with clients from the worlds of retail, life sciences and financial services on licensing, distribution, and contract matters. Senior associate John McGonagle works on large-scale procurement and outsourcing projects for both domestic and foreign heavyweights. All named lawyers are based in Glasgow.

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

Helmed by the ‘excellent’ Alison BryceDentons is widely regarded by a host of coporate clients for its capabilites in high-value transactional and advisory IP mandates, working across the worlds of retail, consumer goods, energy, life sciences, fintech, and media. Bryce attracts broad market acclaim on account of her fluency in IP, IT and commercial contract matters, ranging from data protection to e-commerce and outsourcing. Ross Nicol‘s non-contentious focus encompasses various commercial arrangements related to technology creation and commercialisation, with recent engagements including big-ticket sales in the automotive and med-tech sectors. Senior associate John McGonagle is noted for his expertise in procurement. All named lawyers are based in Glasgow.