Information Technology

Lawyers in our multi-disciplinary technology practice understand the particular challenges facing those involved in the technology sector. We advise on the full range of technology, e-commerce, digital and data related matters, including:

  • commercial technology arrangements from global technology outsourcings, strategic IT procurement programs and cloud solutions to traditional software, development, licensing and maintenance agreements
  • e-commerce strategies, law and regulation
  • IP related technology issues
  • data analytics and data monetisation
  • competition issues arising in the technology sector
  • data protection and information (including cyber) security matters both pre and post breach
  • corporate mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions which require specialist IT input or have significant risk or value drivers associated with technology
  • technology, IP and data issues arising in the Fintech sector
  • tax and financing matters, including advising on the tax implications of complex global outsourcings
  • technology disputes, both before any formal dispute has arisen and after proceedings have been issued

We also provide leading technology clients with a wide range of legal services ranging from sector specific advice to competition, corporate, tax and financing matters.

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Our key experience includes advising:

Royal Mail on a major, strategically important, transformational IT and outsourcing project which covers the full scope of Royal Mail's IT procurement transactions over 3+ years (including in relation to service integration, infrastructure, application development and application management).

CSR, a leading global designer and developer of silicon chips and software, on a mobile phone connectivity and location technology licensing deal with Samsung.

Vodafone on an agreement with Wirecard in relation to the creation, implementation and operation of technical mobile payment processes as well as issuing virtual and co-branded Visa cards
esure on the technology aspects of the acquisition of the remaining 50% of Gocompare.com Holdings Limited (Gocompare).

Ladbrokes on a major strategic sourcing project regarding Ladbrokes' IT step-change programme. This has included providing strategic advice across a number of interdependent procurements, as well as multiple negotiations with a range of IT and telecommunication suppliers.

Homeserve on a major IT procurement to replace certain bespoke legacy systems. We also advised Homeserve on various software licensing and maintenance arrangements for the underlying software.

YTL Communications on the conclusion of an agreement to license and develop patented technology and software owned by Sezmi Corporation to build the world's first wireless hybrid broadcast - broadband TV and internet content delivery platform using the 4G wireless broadband telecommunications network (WiMAX) being rolled out by YTL across Malaysia.

HM Treasury, working closely with HM Treasury Legal Advisers, on various issues relating to the banking reform, including on the restructuring of Northern Rock into two entities, consisting of a new savings and mortgage bank and an asset management company.

FirstGroup, the UK's leading bus and rail operator, on their licence and support arrangements with SAP. These formed part of the services provided under FirstGroup's wider IT and Telecoms multi-sourcing arrangements.

Global Infrastructure Partners, an independent $5.64 billion investment fund, on its agreement with BAA Airports Limited to acquire London Gatwick Airport. This required specialist IT advice as it involved separating out many shared IT systems and services and drafting and negotiating a long-term and complex Transitional Services Agreement.

Ericsson in connection with its managed services partnership with Hutchison 3G UK which appoints Ericsson the exclusive manager of the H3G network and its IT infrastructure in the UK.

Carillion on a key, strategic, second generation IT and business process outsourcing to Wipro, an Indian listed entity, to replace its outsourcing arrangements with Accenture (on which we also advised).