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
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Reading

What the team is known for Growing international practice. Sees plenty of instructions concerning cloud computing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "A reputable firm; I consider it to be an IT power in the region."

Work highlights Advised Guardian News on a distribution deal with content delivery specialists Outbrain.

Worked with Trade Media Group on an agreement with Car Loan 4 U for the provision of a white-label finance comparison service for TMG's Auto Trader website.

Notable practitioners  

Dual barrister-solicitor Mark Blunden is "incredibly sound and pragmatic," with a widely admired international practice. He helps clients with a variety of issues surrounding commercialisation, such as licensing.

Bill Gornall-King is a specialist in non-contentious IP matters, particularly on transactional matters. He has a substantial practice in the USA.

Significant clients Moreover Technologies, Intelligence Squared, Wolfson Microelectronics, Panasonic, Basis Technology.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Swindon

What the team is known for Wide non-contentious expertise across the range of IT matters, with particular specialisms in big data and cloud computing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "Clark Holt has a refreshing understanding of the commercial aspects of what I am asking for. There is a speed of response, and an appreciation of what is important for the running of our business."

Commercial awareness: "Clark Holt brings a healthy dose of commercial realism into its advice. Members have some appreciation that businesses need to do what is expedient and not try to solve an abstract legal nuance."

Pragmatic advice: "I appreciate the high level of due diligence in the work completed, the team's pragmatism and its ability to identify potential threats that most normal law firms would struggle to pick up."

Work highlights Continues to work with e-learning software company Kallidus on all its contractual matters.

Continues to advise The Foundry Visionmongers on issues around software licensing as well as tie-ups.

Notable practitioners  

Name partner Jeremy Holt in an experienced non-contentious IT lawyer. Sources appreciate that he "is approachable and adept at solving complex legal issues in a pragmatic way that a business can implement." In addition, he is "very focused, a great communicator and easy to get a hold of."

Martin Bazen is an expert on commercial work, and is the lead partner for the firm's work for Kallidus on its contractual issues. Clients note that "his approach is always professional and with a friendly manner." The source continues, saying that his "advice is always clear, even if not what I always want to hear."

Significant clients Skipworth Engelhardt Asset Management Strategists, MindTools, Arkivum, Shopatron, The Ark.

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

What the team is known for Strong contentious practice with extensive experience in working on large and complex cases.

Work highlights Successfully defended Duradiamond against a multimillion-pound claim for breach of confidence and copyright infringement.

Continues to act for Ceridian on a case concerning the abandonment of an outsourcing contract with Somerfield.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Lewis is the key contact here.

Significant clients Sony Europe, Renault Retail, In Practice Systems, Cegedim, Clancy.

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

What the team is known for Particularly focused on working with digital businesses. Also handles a variety of different contentious IP matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Most impressive: The team is aware of the business considerations and is not only 'strictly legal'."

Work highlights Acts for Groupon on all of its IT issues, including data protection.

Acts for Hamerville Media Group on claims both for and against the client arising from its stable of magazines.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Weston focuses his practice on the non-contentious side of IT. Clients appreciate working with him "because he is business-oriented, extremely smart and an excellent adviser." He is lead partner for the firm's work for Groupon.

Significant clients RTL, Defaqto, mysupermarket.co.uk, Playboy, Imagination Technologies.

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

What the team is known for Part of a leading UK IT practice. Strong international connections and client relationships, some by virtue of an office in Silicon Valley. Large-scale project advisory work as well as an admirable contentious practice. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team is very good. They are responsive as well as flexible, depending on our needs. They are easy to deal with, but most importantly they listen to us and they took the time to really get to know us."

Work highlights Advised telecoms provider EE on the commercial aspects of its recently launched online film store, EE Film.

Advised Marks & Spencer on its outsourcing arrangements for its contract centre services.

Notable practitioners  

The "very friendly and very knowledgeable" Russell Bowyer provides "sensible and pragmatic advice." Clients particularly appreciate that "he focuses on what is really important" and isn't too focused on "getting tied up in dotting the i's and crossing the t's."

Significant clients Dell, Expansys, Netflix, The Book People, Virgin Media.

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Oxford

What the team is known for Large practice with international scope. Particular focus on working with US-based clients looking to expand into the UK and Europe. Expertise ranges from IT contracts and software licensing through to cloud computing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Manches delivers highly thorough work in a timely manner. They are happy to firmly represent their client's position in negotiations."

Cost-effectiveness: "We are very pleased with the high quality of advice we receive from Manches, and I am satisfied that I am receiving good advice whilst satisfying my financial requirements."

Work highlights Advised Eckoh on a renegotiation of its services agreement with Vue Cinemas.

Advised DANTE on a framework agreement involving the introduction and support of a variety of different equipment for the AfricaConnect Project.

Notable practitioners  

The "very experienced and knowledgeable" Sam De Silva is an expert on non-contentious IT matters and is particularly noted for his "expert knowledge in IT procurement." Clients appreciate that he "pays attention to the detail and is robust in his advice and in discussions," as well as praising his "understanding of the industry and its players."

Significant clients Fujifilm, International Financial Data Services, DX Group, Williams F1, Oxford University Press.

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

What the team is known for Particular expertise working with commercial contracts. Growing reputation for its work on cyber security issues, particularly in contracts.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Outstanding. Members have an eye for detail." 

Work highlights Advised ComTrade Group on a software development, licensing and support agreement with Genting Alderney.

Acted for IT solutions firm CACI on its purchase of the entire issued stock capital from the founders and employee shareholders of Tomorrow Communications.

Notable practitioners  

Tim Clark is a highly regarded dispute resolution specialist best known for his work on issues around corporate transactions.

Significant clients WestCoast, Humax Elecetronics, Cohort, 2e2, Easynet.

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

What the team is known for Strong focus on large-scale IT projects. Clients range from start-ups right through to major FTSE companies. Significant experience helping clients with dispute resolution.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "A strong group with real expertise on a variety of IT matters." 

What's new? Laurence Kaye merged his eponymous legal practice with Shoosmiths in April 2013, bringing with him his expertise in e-commerce and digital media matters as well as two assistants.

Work highlights Advised Paperlinx on the development of a new system for the print industry, involving the drafting of licence agreements as well as general IT advice.

Continues to advise health authority software provider Datix on a variety of software-related issues.

Notable practitioners  

Sebastian Price counts some of the biggest names in corporate Britain amongst his clients. Clients say he "has a grasp of what we were trying to achieve, and is able to guide us successfully in complicated situations." In the words of one client, he is "pragmatic, and gives me one page of advice rather than 30 pages."

Recent arrival Laurence Kaye is an expert on e-commerce issues. He has particular expertise helping his largely media-based clients with a variety of issues.

Significant clients British Gas, Henkel, Mattel, Associated British Foods, Calor.

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

What the team is known for Boutique corporate and technology practice. Specialist expertise in cloud computing matters, encompassing licensing and IT security.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity of advice: "The firm's advice is comprehensive, and the contracts produced are very readable."

Notable practitioners  

Phil Thompson heads the team.

Significant clients Photobox, Trading Games, AMS Insurance Services, Gear4, Data Certainty.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

John Warchus of Clarkslegal LLP maintains a broad non-contentious IT practice and is lauded as "a leader in his field" by grateful clients. Sources describe him as "excellent and hugely knowledgeable."

Andrew Katz of Moorcrofts LLP is an expert on all aspects of open source software, and has a stable of clients that extends across the globe.

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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