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Ross Nicol

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Intellectual Property & Technology


Ross is a Partner in the intellectual property and technology team. Ross advises clients upon non-contentious intellectual property and information technology matters, with a focus on commercial arrangements relating to technology creation and exploitation. Ross also advises upon intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions, e-commerce, as well as 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 life sciences, food and drink, financial services and software. Ross spent time on secondment with an international pharmaceutical company. Ross sits on the advisory board of the Scottish Lifesciences Association and is a board member of Random Accomplice theatre 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.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Dentons' first-rate team includes Martin Fanning, who 'applies a commercial mindset to legal issues'. The group assists clients with the gamut of commercial contracts in areas such as retail, aviation, healthcare and energy, among others.  Scott Singer, and senior associates Tristan Jonckheer and Nicola Harding, who assisted John Lewis Partnership with negotiating a number of major commercial deals in 2017, such as its contractual joint venture with HSBC to provide John Lewis-branded personal loans to customers. On the IT front, Dan Burge and senior associate Henrietta Baker advised EDF Energy on its application maintenance and development arrangements with TCS. Andy Lucas has a strong track record in public sector outsourcing projects, and acts for a number of government departments, including the Home Office and Ministry of Defence. Babette Märzheuser-Wood and Tatiana Kruse are also recommended. The firm expanded its offering in the Scottish market in 2017 by merging with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens; the team now includes Alison Bryce and Ross Nicol, both of whom are based in Glasgow.

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Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms

Dentons is marked out by its contentious IT practice, which focuses on dispute resolution in technology-related matters. The non-contentious team has expertise in IT outsourcing, hosted and online services as well as system procurement and implementation. Team leader Alison Bryce advised Ecometrica on its proprietary Service as a Software (SaaS) agreement and on various data protection compliance issues. Ross Nicol advised The Restaurant Group on all of its IT requirements, including the negotiation of an agreement with Get Grab, which enables pre-ordering of food and drink at airports.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Dentons‚Äô full-service IP practice has particular strength in matters pertaining to the food and drink industry, life sciences and branding, for which it is able to ‚Äėquickly identify key issues in complex situations‚Äô. Practice head Alison Bryce¬†advises UK and international clients on all non-contentious IP matters, such as licensing deals, portfolio acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. She recently assisted Kings Landing with its acquisition of the IP portfolio of Jaeger and QUIZ on all IP and commercial contract aspects of its ¬£200m Alternative Investment Market (AIM) listing. The ‚Äėapproachable‚Äô Ross Nicol¬†advised Stagecoach Group on branding issues arising from its partnership with South Gloucestershire Bus and Coach Company. Alongside Corinne Ward¬†and the ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô Susan Snedden, he advised STV Productions on various matters, including content-related IP and data protection issues and matters concerning a proposed appointment of a new distributor.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Building on the media and entertainment practice at legacy firm Maclay Murray & Spens LLP, Dentons also draws on its international office network to advise multinational corporations on the spectrum of matters relating to film, television, digital, gaming, e-sports, music, publishing and advertising. It also has a strong track record in reputation management. Practice leader Ewan Easton successfully represented BBC Scotland in an application to the High Court to reinstate trial reportage that was posted on twitter, for which consent was subsequently withdrawn by the presiding judge. He is also advising Edinburgh International Festival on contractual agreements with live performing artists, which required a particular focus on broadcasting and copyright issues. Ross Nicol and Susan Snedden are also recommended for their expertise in the intersection between IP and media law.

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