UK

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

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

What the team is known for Non-contentious IT practice, working with user and supplier clients across the UK. Offers expertise in cloud computing and projects matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Extensive knowledge and great personality to go with it. They had lots of enthusiasm." 

Work highlights Advised Sensus on the UK government smart gas and electricity metering roll-out project. 

Assisted CreditCall with online payments issues, advertisement licensing and bank agreements for its CardEase mobile payment solution.

Notable practitioners 

Firm chairman Mark Lomas heads the IT/IP department and regularly advises on software development contracts and licensing agreements. One client says: "He's absolutely fantastic, with great knowledge. He made the process very clear and logical. "

Garry Mackay is the firm's head of commercial services. He acts on large-scale projects and maintenance agreements. Clients regard him as "sensible and straightforward to work with."

Significant clients Age UK Enterprises, Computer Sciences International, Pro-Direct Sport, London Borough of Ealing, CrowdCube.

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Public sector-focused firm advising on IT services procurement matters. Acts on IT outsourcing, software licensing and data protection.

Notable practitioners

Martin Carroll is a key contact.

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

What the team is known for Large non-contentious IT practice, working on high-value legal and commercial matters. Noted for its expertise in retail, the public sector and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They work very well at flagging up issues and they are efficient."

Work highlights Assisted Kingfisher Information Technology Services with a number of IT issues, including negotiating a wide area network agreement with BT.

Advised the Post Office on varying a supply agreement with 3MCogent.

Notable practitioners  

Gareth Jones advises on commercial contract matters in the IT space, including software licensing. He has significant experience of acting for public sector clients. 

Significant clients Virgin Management, Highways Agency, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance,  Ark Schools.

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

What the team is known for Specialises in website design, development and e-commerce, acting for digital agencies and technology suppliers. Acts for suppliers and users on software licensing, contracts and disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have the knack of making even the most complex things simple. They're good at breaking it down and explaining it."

"We want solicitors who will give us pragmatism. BPE have understood that."

Work highlights Assisted SuperGroup with regulatory requirements and a new software as a service agreement.

Advised Asis Solutions on drafting an SAP cloud software agreement.  

Notable practitioners 

Iain Garfield is the head of the commercial and litigation department. He advises SME clients on commercial contracts and IT disputes. Clients say: "He's very quick and responsive, and his advice is on the money. It's absolutely amazing what he knows."

Significant clients M and M Direct, Jelf Group, Innov8ive Software, AGD Systems, Atec Security, Motor Cycle Industry Association.

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

What the team is known for Advises on major IT transactional matters including outsourcings. Regularly instructed on multi-jurisdictional projects. Clients include suppliers, developers and users. 

Work highlights Assisted Selex with the procurement of a payroll system to be rolled out nationwide.

Advised Nationwide Building Society on the renewal of its outsourced IT payment processing contract.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Dunlop heads the IT group and is particularly noted for outsourcing matters. "He has huge experience and a wealth of knowledge. He is extremely commercially minded," says one client.

Significant clients  Coca-Cola HBC, Thomson Reuters, Cobham, RAC, Genel Energy.

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

What the team is known for Noted for its expertise in healthcare sector IT procurement and outsourcing. Also handles significant transactional issues for commercial clients, typically on the purchaser side. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"DAC Beachcroft not only understand what we need to do, but can see things from our perspective and become part of the team."

"They have the expertise. They are safe hands for any level of complexity and any scale of deal."

Work highlights Advised East Sussex County Council on a £30 million procurement project for a unified voice and data centre.

Acted for radiology information system provider Healthcare Software Systems on IT contracts with NHS bodies.

Notable practitioners 

Helen Simpson acts for NHS bodies and suppliers of software to the healthcare sector on transactional matters. Clients regard her as "very bright and straight to the point."

Alan Pratt leads the TMT group. He typically advises purchasers on software transactions and IT outsourcings. Clients say: "He is particularly good at understanding what the client's issue is, putting himself in our shoes and making sure we're protected in the right way."

Significant clients Fidelity, UDG Healthcare, Vertex, AXA, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Cheltenham

What the team is known for Acts for purchasers on non-contentious IT matters, including transactions, licensing and outsourcings. Clients include national retailers, energy sector operators and media companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very pragmatic and always looking for what is best for the client. They consider what is important to achieve commercial objectives and thus deliver balanced legal advice."

Notable practitioners 

Matt Johnston leads the Cheltenham team and handles contentious and non-contentious IT matters. Clients appreciate his "ability to analyse issues and distil them in clear and understandable language. He can take a complex issue and be very straightforward and pragmatic."

Tim Walker is known for his pragmatism, his understanding of commercial objectives, and his balanced approach. One client singles out his "clarity of communication, response times and particularly his personality" for praise.

Significant clients Universal Music Group International, Marks & Spencer, Electricity North West, RAC Motoring Services, Mitchells & Butlers.

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

What the team is known for Growing practice, frequently retained on projects matters. Acts for public sector bodies, software and technology suppliers and international corporate clients on outsourcing, IP and telecoms matters.

Work highlights Acted for Agilsys on its agreement with the City of London Corporation to provide a cloud-based managed IT service.

Advised The Met Office on its £165 million procurement strategy for replacing its supercomputer. This involved a competitive dialogue process along with drafting contracts under EU public procurement law.

Notable practitioners  

Rehman Noormohamed is head of department. One client says: "His IT knowledge and commercial background mean he can give a good sense check, offering different options. He's open and engaging, and quick to understand what our requirements are."

Associate Tom Torkar advises on regulatory compliance issues as well as transactional matters. One client describes him as "very responsive to questions," adding: "He always gives good advice in a clear way."

Significant clients Cambium Networks, Landmark Information Group, National Cancer Action Team, University of Plymouth, Torbay Care Trust.

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners 
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Handles both contentious and non-contentious IT work for telecoms clients and major corporates. Noted for its European and international capability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Each time we've used them we've been happy that they've delivered value for money, and I'd always be confident knowing that they're there."

Notable practitioners 

Head of department James Mullock advises on outsourcing and data protection matters. He is noted by sources for his particular expertise and contacts in the Indian market. One client highlights his "commercially aware nature, understanding complex concepts across a range of topics."

Significant clients EE, Mulberry, Cable & Wireless, iGate, Tata Technologies.

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Non-contentious commercial practice, acting on contracts and licensing matters. Clients include telecoms operators, utilities and technology suppliers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I like having continuity with advisers. That gives value for money because they understand the history of our company."

Work highlights Assisted social media start-up Neighbourly with website terms and conditions and standard-form documentation.

Advised Crocus.co.uk on a website services agreement with Waitrose.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Grimley leads the team. Clients praise his "commercial awareness." One source describes him as "a personable, open communicator; a pragmatic lawyer who listens to our needs."

Significant clients Alacrity Foundation, Sift, Blue Speck Financial, Connect IB.

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

What the team is known for Acts for significant technology suppliers and purchasers on procurement deals and outsourcings. Regularly handles large-scale transformational IT projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent, always available and quick to respond, and they keep me updated."

Work highlights Acted for Applied Card Technologies on its provision of smart ticketing services to Transport for Manchester.

Advised The Co-operative Group on IT issues concerning the sale of its Life and Savings business to Royal London Group.

Notable practitioners  

James Touzel is the head of the IT/IP team and noted for his expertise in outsourcing and managed services deals. One client describes him as "excellent; he knows his stuff, he's very easy to work with and responsive." Another interviewee says he is "very good at having a strategic view of what we are trying to achieve. He has a terrific mind and listens extremely well."

Associate Ed Hayes has impressive experience of IT projects matters. One source says he is "friendly and practical, and cuts to the chase when it comes to what really matters," adding: "He helps us prioritise what's really important."

Significant clients Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, EDF Energy, WHSmith, KBC Advanced Technologies, Bristol Community Health. 

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Paul Sampson of SampsonLegal has over 15 years of IP, technology and data protection experience and acts on a range of IT matters.

Rebecca Steer of Steer and Co works with a range of clients on IP, media and technology law. "She's meticulous and very thorough. She always offers up choices and talks you through them," said one interviewee.

An associate at Stephens Scown LLP, Ben Travers mainly acts for software development clients and web designers. Sources say: "He takes time to understand what we are looking for and what we are trying to achieve."

Andrew Braithwaite of Thrings LLP recently advised myHealthPlan on the launch of its technology service for patients managing chronic conditions. One client says he is "excellent - a very experienced, no-nonsense contract lawyer with great IT specialist knowledge."

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

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Eminent Practitioners

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Other Noted Practitioners

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