South West

Information Technology

Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Information Technology - South West


Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol, Exeter

What the team is known for Comprehensive IT offering, encompassing outsourcing, procurement and implementation projects.  

Work highlights Advised North Yorkshire County Council on procurement contracts for a major project to roll out next-generation broadband in remote districts of the county.

Continuing advice to market-leading mobile payment service provider CreditCall on a range of commercial contracts and regulatory issues.

Notable practitioners  

Garry Mackay heads the firm's commercial services practice and is esteemed for his work in software development, licensing, outsourcing and support services agreements, often for large cross-border projects.

Mark Lomas is rated for his "highly commercially aware" approach to IT matters. He heads the firm's IT and IP practices. and handles complex, multi-jurisdictional projects with a focus on energy and utilities clients.

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Handles sophisticated technology service and outsourcing agreements. Particularly well known for its work on behalf of public bodies and local authorities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Bevan Brittan is strong in public procurement." 

Notable practitioners  

Martin Carroll is a key contact.  

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Broad technology group with a superb client list. Particularly strong with contracts for retailers.

What's new? In May 2013, Bond Pearce merged with Dickinson Dees to become Bond Dickinson. 

Work highlights Part of an interdepartmental team advising the Post Office on a major front-office services agreement with the DVLA involving biometric data capture hardware.

Advised Old Mutual on IT separation aspects of the disposal of businesses in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Notable practitioners

Gareth Jones heads the commercial and IT practices in Bristol. He is particularly sought after by public sector organisations embarking on major infrastructure and procurement projects.

Significant clients AIG, The Crown Estate, Kingfisher, New Look Retailers Group, Royal Mail Group.  

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Regional firm with a truly national presence. Capacity and experience to handle large and complicated technology mandates.  

Work highlights Advised GDF SUEZ on a high-value cross-border outsourcing project.

Advised automotive distributor and retailer Inchcape on a joint venture with SAP to develop resource planning software, as well as an offshoring agreement with Tata Consultancy Services of India regarding software development and implementation services.

Notable practitioners 

The "eminently capable" Andrew Dunlop heads the firm's IT department and so supervises many of its most complex projects. He is considered by sources to be "very pragmatic" and "easy to deal with." 

Significant clients Coca-Cola Hellenic, BMI Healthcare, Genel Energy, Standard Chartered Bank, Thomson Reuters.

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Solid reputation for its handling of IT and outsourcing matters. Clients include household names in insurance and telecommunications.

Notable practitioners

Helen Simpson advises customers and suppliers on a wide range of technology and outsourcing transactions, and has specialist expertise in IT in public procurement and software IP rights.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Acts for large corporate customers as well as software suppliers. Specialist e-commerce expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The team has an understanding of my big picture and it proposes ideas to me in a commercial way."

What's new? Rickerbys merged with Harrison Clark in April 2013 to become Harrison Clark Rickerbys, deepening the combined firm's IT offering.

Work highlights Providing ongoing support to British ISP Namesco in relation to cloud infrastructure, platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) agreements with its customers.

Notable practitioners

Tim Walker is a accomplished commercial lawyer with years of experience in IT and e-commerce transactions behind him. He often advises overseas law firms on deals coming in part or entirely under English law.

Matt Johnston joins from the Harrison Clark side of the firm, and provides non-contentious and transactional advice to a number of large corporate clients. Clients say he is "knowledgeable, pragmatic and thorough." 

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Exeter

What the team is known for A leading South-West IT practice advising regional and national clients, as well as overseas companies investing in IT infrastructure in the UK.

Work highlights Advised Somerset County Council and its constituent local authorities on their part in the Department of Culture, Media & Sport's next-generation broadband roll-out.

Advised Agilisys on its successful tender to provide enterprise resource planning services to Bristol City Council.

Notable practitioners  

Rehman Noormohamed heads the IT practice and has a background as an electronic and communications engineer. He advises a number of overseas companies on UK-based and international technology matters.

Tom Torkar impresses sources with his sophisticated work on domestic and international IT transactions. He also has deep knowledge of regulatory matters concerning digital content.

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Technology-focused firm advising on high-value data privacy and IT systems projects, often with an international dimension. Home to a strong India-oriented practice and maintains close links with its Silicon Valley office in Palo Alto.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The lawyers are highly valued, trusted and professional advisers to our businesses who add a great deal of value through the quality, efficiency and strength of the advice they provide us."

Technical ability: "OC's contentious advice is always well pitched."

What's new? Emily Jones was promoted to the partnership in May 2013.

Work highlights Advised Everything Everywhere on preparation for the launch of its 4G network late in 2012, and on several high-value customer agreements.

Advised Tech Mahindra on a number of transactional and contentious matters.

Notable practitioners 

James Mullock heads up the firm's privacy team and is also a linchpin of its relationships with major Indian consultancy firms. Commentators say he "is very responsive and attuned to customer’s needs." 

Emily Jones is now a partner, and leads strategic IT and outsourcing transactions for some of the firm's key clients, including retail giant Marks & Spencer. She is also expert in data security issues.

Significant clients Ark Continuity, Dell, Everything Everywhere, Mulberry, Tata Technologies.

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Varied IT practice serving clients in publishing, telecoms, utilities and emerging technology businesses. Strong on IP, software development and data privacy matters.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Grimley is widely respected for his corporate and commercial work in the technology sector. He advises small start-up companies as well as established corporate entities on a range of transactional matters.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Part of one of the UK's leading TMT practices. Advises on large and high-value contracts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "A great IT practice: a mid-sized firm which punches above its weight in TMT."

Work highlights Advised EDF Energy on the procurement of a virtual private network which will transmit data securely within the company and to outside parties.

Notable practitioners

James Touzel has "done a fantastic job leading their IT practice" and is "simply a superb IT lawyer," according to sources. He is particularly well known for his handling of high-value public procurement projects and digital media matters.  

Significant clients The Co-operative Group, The Mayor's Office for Policing & Crime, WHSmith, EDF Energy, Savills.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Edmund Probert of Probert Legal left Foot Anstey to run his own boutique practice in early 2013. He is consistently lauded for the quality of his work, client service and "amazing IT knowledge." 

Paul Sampson of SampsonLegal advises on the negotiation of IT system implementation, procurement and outsourcing contracts large and small, and has acted for central government departments, financial institutions and blue-chip corporates. Sources say he is also an "excellent trainer with a national client base in data protection."

Rebecca Steer of Steer and Co spans IT and digital media work, and has specialist knowledge of semiconductor products and open-source hosting. One client said she is "brilliant - I can't recommend her highly enough." 

Ben Travers of Stephens Scown LLP in Exeter is rapidly making a name for himself for his work in technology and IP matters. Clients say he "explains complex matters in a friendly but direct manner and suggests sensible ways forward."

Andrew Braithwaite of Thrings LLP is widely respected for his "efficient, commercial and concise" approach to technology law. As well as commercial IT transactions, he also acts for investors in technology and IP-rich businesses.

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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