UK

Thames Valley

Information Technology


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

Information Technology - Thames Valley

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

What the team is known for Non-contentious practice working with clients and suppliers in the technology and media sectors. Noted for its strength in data management and financial processing systems. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Our experience with various people has been exceptional. We have a very close business relationship with them."

Work highlights Assisted Dun & Bradstreet with the acquisition of financial iDNA software service, including advice on resale rights and issues surrounding IP ownership.

Advised Brandview on the delivery of retail data and analysis to UK retailers, advising on commercial partnerships and its growth into the US market.

Notable practitioners 

Mark Blunden heads the IT department, working with national and international clients on transactions involving outsourcing, licensing and brand protection. Clients regard him as "very commercially minded."

Bill Gornall-King has noted strategic and commercial experience in IT. One client says he gives "very practical and sound advice without legal jargon, making the law easy to understand. "

Significant clients Trader Media Group, Ceridian, Guardian News & Media, Accelya Holding World, Fasthosts. 

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: Swindon

What the team is known for Contentious and non-contentious IT practice with experience in cloud computing, data and software development projects. Noted for its expertise in software development, film and new media.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very efficient in what they do and understand what you want to have done."

"We use them as a sounding board. They offer pragmatic advice and I've found them to very cost-effective."

Work highlights Advised The Foundry Visionmongers on software licensing for the US market.

Assisted Kallidus with software licences and software as a service (SaaS) contracts.

Notable practitioners 

Martin Bazen regularly advises on software licensing matters. Sources describe him as "swift to react, commercially minded and outcome-driven."

Head of department Jeremy Holt has over 30 years of experience in IT. Clients regard him as "straightforward and open. You ask him a question and get a straight answer back every time. "

Significant clients The Association of Optometrists, Pirum Systems, Mindtools, Shopatron, Leading Resolutions.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Milton Keynes

What the team is known for Offers a range of IT and IP technology contracts for clients and suppliers. Noted for its IT support on corporate acquisitions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The overall experience is great. They had a good understanding of what we were doing and the pricing was very fair and straightforward."

Work highlights Assisted Rightmove with management of its IT products and services. This included redrafting its website terms and cookie policy.   

Advised app developer GeniusIn on licensing issues for its GetWaiter! app.

Notable practitioners 

Matthew Holman is a solicitor with understanding of commercial and business IT practice areas, like e-commerce and software development. One client says: "He knows how to translate legal terms into practical examples, in an effective way." 

Significant clients Askgym, Charles Novacroft Direct, Bedfordshire East Multi Academy Trust, Alchemy Worx, Twogether Creative.

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Uxbridge

What the team is known for Handles contentious and transactional IT matters, working with a range of industries. Acts for a wide variety of clients, from SMEs to major enterprises.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Hayes heads the department.

Significant clients Cegedim RX, Future Electronics, Clancy, Renault UK, Ceridian UK.

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

What the team is known for Well-staffed practice acting for digital businesses and media clients on commercial matters. Regularly instructed by SME clients. Also strong on new media issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm took time to understand my business and manage our expectations. They guided us in an effective manner and were good value for money."

Work highlights Acted for Groupon on a range of IT and data protection issues.

Advised Weber-Stephen on the consolidation of its data centres in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Notable practitioners 

Head of department Mark Weston advises on a range of IT and related IP matters for clients including software suppliers. Clients say: "His advice is invaluable."

Significant clients Goop Inc, Defaqto, Raspberry Pi Foundation, mysupermarket.co.uk, GBST Wealth Management, White Clarke Group.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Reading

What the team is known for Specialises in digital business matters. Acts for a number of household-name clients, including media outlets and telecoms operators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It’s a great firm with a strong IT practice and an excellent practice head."

Notable practitioners  

Russell Bowyer heads the technology practice in Reading. He advises on IP matters and commercial contracts. Peers regard him as "incredibly knowledgeable and a nice person to deal with."

Significant clients Adam Phones, Isotrak, Audience Science, Dell, Everything Everywhere, Netflix.

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Oxford 

What the team is known for Advises on strategic issues and business-critical procurement projects. Frequently instructed by both suppliers and end clients on commercial contract negotiation.

Work highlights Advised Eckoh on a hosted services agreement with Capita Customer Management to provide self-service payment systems.

Advised on a managed software and print services agreement project for Fujifilm UK.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Sam De Silva acts on a range of IT and outsourcing mandates. "Sam is always clear in his advice and he takes a commercial view of things," reports one client. 

Significant clients VeriFone, Mastek, Fabergé, RJ Kiln & Co, Triad Retail Media, Williams F1.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Reading

What the team is known for Handles litigation and non-contentious matters. Provides expertise in cloud computing and cybersecurity. Acts for a range of tech start-ups and local clients, as well as large multinational organisations. 

Work highlights Advised Westcoast on its new software as a service business line, including advice on reseller processes and privacy policies.

Assisted Birchman Group with a £5 million project for the integration and support service requirements on a tender for a global retailer.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Clark specialises in IT litigation matters, including software usage disputes and security breaches. Clients praise his calm, focused approach to contentious situations.

Significant clients Easynet Global Services, Humax Electronics, Noble Systems UK, AHK Recruitment, Toshiba TEC UK Imaging.

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Milton Keynes

What the team is known for Handles large system implementation projects for technology suppliers and purchasers. Additional strength in publishing, e-commerce and digital media.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very helpful in tailoring advice to meet our needs and budget."

What's new? Laurence Kaye joins the team.

Work highlights Assisted The Open University with the transfer of its IT teaching website Vital to JISC Alliance, including negotiation of transfer contracts, IP issues, licensing and user agreements.

Advised healthcare sector risk management system developer Datix on a software collaboration agreement in Australia.

Notable practitioners  

Laurence Kaye specialises in digital media issues and e-commerce. One source says: "He's very commercial, he's personable and has a good client following."

Sebastian Price advises on a range of non-contentious IT matters. He has particular experience of outsourcing, licensing and e-commerce issues.

Significant clients Thomas Cook, Hewlett-Packard, VW Group, PaperlinX, BAT.

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Swindon

What the team is known for Acts for software supplier clients on commercial contracts and disputes matters. Also acts for corporates on a range of IT issues.

Work highlights Advised Inzpire on a three-year joint contract with the Royal Jordanian Air Force.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Payne is head of department.

Significant clients Excalibur Communications GB, Edit Concepts, Teleperformance, Chipside, Cognito.

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

What the team is known for Specialist technology boutique. Regularly instructed on cross-border IT projects. Offers particular expertise in data protection, e-privacy and cybersecurity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're better value than London lawyers, responsive, very to the point and no-nonsense."

"They are always willing to help us gets things done. We view them as a partner."

Notable practitioners  

Senior associate Nick Mathys has expertise in large projects and particular experience in the Japanese IT market. Clients consider him "very commercially oriented."

Significant clients Borderlinx Europe, Interactive Intelligence, Vectair Systems, Ability Matters, Focusrite, Rockabox.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

John Warchus is a partner in the Clarkslegal LLP corporate and commercial team, acting for suppliers and users on a range of projects. One client praises his "business-oriented service," adding: "He is concise and knowledgeable of our business."

Andrew Katz of Moorcrofts LLP is recognised for his expertise in open source licensing. One client says he is "good on data protection and an open source licensing expert," adding: "He's immensely knowledgeable."

Foreign Experts

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Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

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Other Noted Firms

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