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John McKinlay

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John heads DLA Piper's UK Intellectual Property and Technology practice. John advises a range of businesses and public sector organisations on contractual, technology, and intellectual property matters. His core practice is negotiating commercial, outsourcing and technology contracts. He advises clients in a range of industries, most commonly financial services and public sector, and regularly advises on projects, which involve working across a number of international jurisdictions.


McGrigor Donald, trainee to associate 1994-2003 (qualified 1996); DLA Piper, partner, 2003 to date.


Board Member of ScotlandIS; Society for Computers and Law; Law Society of Scotland; Law Society of England and Wales.


Balwearie High School, Kirkcaldy; University of Edinburgh (1993 LLB (hons); 1999 Diploma in legal Practice); admitted as a solicitor with the Law Society of Scotland; solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.


Golf, tennis, running.

Scotland: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

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John McKinlay - DLA Piper Scotland LLP

Within: IT and telecoms

DLA Piper Scotland LLP¬†is noted for its work on major IT, outsourcing and data projects across a range of sectors. Practice head John McKinlay¬†is described as ‚Äėvery good‚Äô,¬†while¬†Ross McKean¬†represented Goldman Sachs in negotiations with Google in relation to its global Data Processing and Security Terms. The group currently leads on competitive procurement for Viridian Group, which involves parallel negotiations with a number of significant software vendors in relation to a payment procurement system. It is also assisting Scottish Water with the re-procurement of its core IT and telecoms infrastructure. Legal director Ishbel MacPherson¬†has particular expertise in technology transfer matters. Senior associate John McGonagle¬†is recommended for his experience in complex IT outsourcing deals.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

DLA Piper Scotland LLP is marked out by its transactional and advisory IP practice, but it also handles contentious matters for a variety of corporates. Highlights for practice head, John McKinlay, include advising Merlin Entertainments, which instructs the firm on all of its IP matters, on image rights for Madame Tussauds; licensing issues for CBeebies Hotel; IP licenses for theme park attractions such as Peppa Pig World; and multiple branding, advertising clearance and commercial IP issues. The firm is also sole legal adviser to Heineken UK and assisted it with a range of e-commerce deals and commercial contracts involving the use of IP rights, in addition to the management of its trade mark portfolio, including opposition and infringement claims. In another highlight, Alastair Drummond is representing the Football Association Premier League in interdictions against Scottish businesses showing the overseas broadcast of English Premier League matches on the basis of copyright infringement. Other clients include Skyscanner and Underbelly.

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