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Gowling WLG (UK) LLP - Information Technology Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Birmingham

What the team is known for Pre-eminent firm that remains a top choice for clients on an array of IT matters, including cloud computing, outsourcing and data privacy. Also regularly sought after for its ability to handle high-stakes contentious matters around software licensing. Works for an impressive roster of clients, ranging from start-ups to FTSE 100 companies in a range of sectors from financial services to retail.

Strengths A client says: "The team were first-class - their client service and relationship management were the outstanding elements, while billing transparency was evident throughout."

Another client appreciates that "as a team, what they have is a clear and detailed understanding of our business."

Work highlights Advised CGI on the negotiation of the Masters Services Agreement, for the provision of a core banking platform to the RBS Group.

Advised Argos in relation to its partnership with eBay to create its 'click and collect' service. Gowling advised on the initial arrangements and have since assisted with the drafting and negotiation of the variations of the agreements.

Significant clients MBNL, Center Parcs, Virtus Data Centres, London Borough of Croydon, Marks & Spencer.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Sally Mewies is well regarded for her strong practice representing both vendors and purchasers. She has an impressive following of clients across a number of sectors, including retail, financial services and the airline industry. Clients describe her as "an exceptional lawyer, both in terms of her technology expertise but also in isolating the pragmatic points that will make a difference to mitigating our risks."

Patrick Arben is head of the firm's IT and outsourcing dispute resolution practice, and is highly regarded for his work on systems integration projects, software licensing and data security. Clients say: "He is very knowledgeable, both commercially and with an understanding of technical matters."

Sarah Sasse brings significant expertise in IT and outsourcing matters, with a focus on work in the public sector ranging from large-scale procurement to commercial contracts. One commentator says: "She is really knowledgeable, very intelligent, down-to-earth and easy to talk to."

Peter Hall is a senior member of the firm's practice and is noted for his work representing clients in the financial services sector. He brings a depth of experience in the full range of IT matters, including software licensing, tech outsourcing and data protection.

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Technology Law Alliance - Information Technology Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Birmingham

What the team is known for Premier firm that specialises in major IT projects and outsourcing contracts for an enviable range of regional, national and international clients. Acts for both suppliers and customers across an array of sectors, with noteworthy experience in the technology and automotive arenas. Particular expertise in complex IT arrangements in relation to cloud computing.

Strengths A source comments: "They've been excellent. They're a really quality outfit and all their lawyers have previous experience of the work we deal with in-house."

A client adds: "They're competitively priced and their knowledge of the sector is excellent because they purely do IT."

Work highlights Advised Webroot in connection with cloud computing arrangements for its global online security business.

Acted for Weetabix on its technology procurement arrangements with a number of technology service providers.

Significant clients Capgemini UK, Jaguar Land Rover, Xoserve, Portal, Peugeot Citroën.

Notable practitioners

Jagvinder Kang comes recommended as an expert in complex IT matters, representing a wide variety of leading clients in outsourcing, e-commerce and IT contracts work. Clients appreciate that "he can speak to businesspeople in a language they understand, which is invaluable when you're dealing with such a high degree of complexity."

Stephen Ollerenshaw is highly respected in the market for his established practice acting for clients on big-ticket outsourcing contracts, including projects both in the UK and Europe. Interviewees appreciate that "he cuts right to the chase and knows what's important."

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Eversheds Sutherland - Information Technology Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Birmingham, Nottingham.

What the team is known for Strong Midlands presence recognised for its expertise in outsourcing, cloud deals and software licensing. Possesses a broad variety of sector expertise, including TMT, retail and energy. Works for an array of impressive clients in both the private and public sectors.

Strengths One interviewee reports: "They're an integral part of our contracting process. They've been very helpful and supportive."

A client adds: "They were superb to work with."

Work highlights Advised Severn Trent on the outsourcing of its communications requirements and assisted with the drafting of terms of the provision of mobile and fixed-line services.

Acted for a global hardware and services provider on the client's retender of its support, development and operate services for its private cloud infrastructure.

Significant clients ARM, Ricoh Europe, Department of Health, National Grid, Experian.

Notable practitioners

Charlotte Walker-Osborn has a strong practice representing clients across a diverse range of technology and telecoms contracts. One client says: "She makes a concerted effort to understand my business and the technology behind it, and strives to answer the questions I need answered, not just the ones that I ask outright."

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Shoosmiths LLP - Information Technology Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Birmingham, Nottingham.

What the team is known for Thriving team that draws on a wealth of expertise to handle the complete range of IT matters and represents a fine choice for clients in the financial services, retail and telecoms sectors. Particularly active on the customer side of IT procurement, although increasingly acts on the supplier side also. Noted for its deep bench of solicitors with experience across a wide array of complex IT projects.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "astute, commercial, well priced and adaptable."

Another client adds: "It's been a very good experience. They make us feel like we're an important client for them, and the turnaround time for the work is great."

Work highlights Acted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority on the development of its new IT infrastructure platform, from the procurement process, through advising on transitional arrangements with incumbent providers to drafting contracts with various new providers.

Advised Telefonica O2 on the provision of WiFi communication services to a public sector organisation.

Significant clients British American Tobacco, Volkswagen Group, Molson Coors, BMC Software, The Law Society.

Notable practitioners

Craig Armstrong is respected for his "technical knowledge and his love of IT, as well as the law." He continues to be regarded as a leading force for his work on IT matters in the retail and financial services sectors. One client appreciates that "he made us feel like we were his only client," adding: "In negotiations, he doesn't talk down to people, which helps to make sure a contentious negotiation can proceed in the most optimal way possible."

David Jackson is described by clients as "a consummate professional with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and who is also balanced and commercial." He leads the firm's technology, media and commercial practice, and is noted for his work on outsourcing arrangements. He has particular expertise in the leisure, tourism and telecoms sectors.

Andrew Brennan maintains a broad practice representing clients of various sizes from start-ups to multinational companies, and brings considerable expertise on intellectual property matters and SaaS arrangements.

Nichola Jenkins draws praise from clients, who say: "She always takes control and rallies the troops - she's excellent." She is noted for her knowledge in the manufacturing sector and her ability to handle complex matters involving new and innovative technology.

Joseph Stephenson draws praise for his burgeoning practice, with clients saying: "In terms of bringing him on to projects, it's like having an extension of your own in-house legal team." His practice focuses on transformational projects and outsourcings.

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Browne Jacobson LLP - Information Technology Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Birmingham, Nottingham.

What the team is known for Acts for a wide range of customers and suppliers of technology across a spread of IT matters such as ERP transactions, software development and e-commerce issues. Continues to be highly regarded for its work across a number of sectors, including retail, healthcare and insurance. Significant experience acting for leading clients in the public sector on IT services.

Strengths One interviewee says: "They've been reactive, straightforward to deal with and they don't beat around the bush. It's just candid advice, which is what we want."

A client appreciates that "they have a good range of lawyers and they can always get someone who has the relevant expertise - they always have someone who is ideal for us."

Work highlights Advised the London Borough of Enfield on a number of matters, including the adoption of cloud-based services, the digitisation of its services and the adoption of AI software used to respond to customer queries.

Acted for the Crown Prosecution Service on the break-up of major parts of its existing IT services contract into service groups and advised on the resulting arrangements with the new suppliers for these service groups.

Significant clients Intelligence Business Solutions, The National Trust, National Audit Office, Exel Technology Group, Hiscox Insurance.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Richard Nicholas as "a pragmatic lawyer who always does a good job for his clients." He provides a broad offering with experience across the full range of IT matters, with particular expertise in the use of technology in the education sector.

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Demand for technically aware and commercially astute lawyers, who can deliver innovative solutions to any technology related matter, has never been greater. This is where our IT team can help, providing specialist IT legal advice on software development, procurement of hardware, software and systems, licensing issues, systems integration and rebuilds, IT disputes, e-commerce, mobile devices, outsourcing, cloud computing, data protection and competition.

Our clients are suppliers and customers of hardware, software and telecommunications. All our lawyers have experience of a wide range of projects and are aware of issues that are likely to arise in a negotiation or dispute, and will help to achieve completion or settlement as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.

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DLA Piper UK LLP - Information Technology Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Birmingham

What the team is known for Noted for its work on large-scale IT matters both domestically and internationally. Frequently advises major clients in the financial services and insurance sectors, acting for both customers and suppliers. Significant experience on ERP projects.

Strengths One client appreciates that "they've got the largest footprint, so if we have a big issue that we need to seek advice on, they can get that advice very quickly in the countries that it's needed in."

Another source states: "The DLA team went above and beyond the expectations. They were exemplary."

Work highlights Advised Sunhotels on the provision of IT services to support the Thomas Cook third-party hotel accommodation booking system.

Advising Serco on the outsourcing of the support, application development and maintenance services for Serco's SAP systems.

Significant clients Allied Irish Banks, Crawford & Company, Dignity Funerals, FM Global, Lloyds Banking Group.

Notable practitioners

Gareth Stokes leads the intellectual property and technology team in Birmingham, and is regularly retained by clients for his expertise in technology and outsourcing matters. One satisfied client reports: "He very quickly got to grips with what our commercial imperatives were and could see where we could be flexible and where we should hold firm."

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Pinsent Masons - Information Technology Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Birmingham

What the team is known for A fine track record in business-critical IT projects for a range of emerging technology, public sector and FTSE 100 clients. Well known for its strengths in data privacy, outsourcing and product development projects. Frequently works with clients in a number of industries, including manufacturing and financial services.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very flexible, very responsive and the quality of the work was very high."

Work highlights Acted for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire on the procurement process to find a private sector supplier to deliver its IT services.

Assisted the University of Birmingham in connection with its IT regeneration project. This involved replacing its existing IT systems with a fully integrated finance, HR and payroll suite.

Significant clients The Financial Times, Node 4, Balfour Beatty, Milbrook Group.

Notable practitioners

Clare Francis is a key contact.

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Wright Hassall LLP - Information Technology Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Leamington Spa

What the team is known for Strong technology and outsourcing team which acts for a number of high-profile technology suppliers in both the public and private sectors. Routinely sought after for its strengths in IT procurement and contract disputes, and also noted for its expertise in IT systems implementation. Regularly acts for clients in the technology, energy and telecoms sectors.

Strengths A source says: "They've been very good because of their responsiveness at very short notice, and they are always able to get us someone to work with us."

Work highlights Assisted Redware with a number of commercial arrangements such as reseller, application development and SaaS agreements.

Advised Cloudview on a contract with a supplier of security services to care home providers.

Significant clients EOS Electrical Optical Systems, Board MIT, Webmoco, Extra Technology, Q Associates.

Notable practitioners

Lindsay Ellis comes recommended for his broad IT practice advising on contracts and outsourcing arrangements. Clients say: "Lindsay is technically extremely competent and combines it with a balanced commercial approach."

Christine Jackson acts for clients on a diverse range of IT matters, including SaaS arrangements, procurement projects and e-commerce issues. A client highlights her negotiation skills, saying: "She was dedicated yet forceful, and she got the weight just right. It was nice to know she was in my corner."

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Band 1

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Craig Armstrong is respected for his "technical knowledge and his love of IT, as well as the law." He continues to be regarded as a leading force for his work on IT matters in the retail and financial services sectors. One client appreciates that "he made us feel like we were his only client," adding: "In negotiations, he doesn't talk down to people, which helps to make sure a contentious negotiation can proceed in the most optimal way possible."

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Band 1

Technology Law Alliance

From the Chambers UK guide

Jagvinder Kang comes recommended as an expert in complex IT matters, representing a wide variety of leading clients in outsourcing, e-commerce and IT contracts work. Clients appreciate that "he can speak to businesspeople in a language they understand, which is invaluable when you're dealing with such a high degree of complexity."

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Band 1

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "outstanding" Sally Mewies is well regarded for her strong practice representing both vendors and purchasers. She has an impressive following of clients across a number of sectors, including retail, financial services and the airline industry. Clients describe her as "an exceptional lawyer, both in terms of her technology expertise but also in isolating the pragmatic points that will make a difference to mitigating our risks."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Stephen Ollerenshaw

Technology Law Alliance

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Ollerenshaw is highly respected in the market for his established practice acting for clients on big-ticket outsourcing contracts, including projects both in the UK and Europe. Interviewees appreciate that "he cuts right to the chase and knows what's important."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Jackson is described by clients as "a consummate professional with a wealth of knowledge and experience, and who is also balanced and commercial." He leads the firm's technology, media and commercial practice, and is noted for his work on outsourcing arrangements. He has particular expertise in the leisure, tourism and telecoms sectors.

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Band 2

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Jones of Squire Patton Boggs is recommended for his expertise in complex IT outsourcing contracts for suppliers and users. A client says: "He is very proactive and has excellent, wide knowledge - a real value-added adviser."

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Band 2

Browne Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources describe Richard Nicholas as "a pragmatic lawyer who always does a good job for his clients." He provides a broad offering with experience across the full range of IT matters, with particular expertise in the use of technology in the education sector.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Charlotte Walker-Osborn

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Charlotte Walker-Osborn has a strong practice representing clients across a diverse range of technology and telecoms contracts. One client says: "She makes a concerted effort to understand my business and the technology behind it, and strives to answer the questions I need answered, not just the ones that I ask outright."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Patrick Arben is head of the firm's IT and outsourcing dispute resolution practice, and is highly regarded for his work on systems integration projects, software licensing and data security. Clients say: "He is very knowledgeable, both commercially and with an understanding of technical matters."

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Band 3

Wright Hassall LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lindsay Ellis comes recommended for his broad IT practice advising on contracts and outsourcing arrangements. Clients say: "Lindsay is technically extremely competent and combines it with a balanced commercial approach."

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Band 3

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Sasse brings significant expertise in IT and outsourcing matters, with a focus on work in the public sector ranging from large-scale procurement to commercial contracts. One commentator says: "She is really knowledgeable, very intelligent, down-to-earth and easy to talk to."

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Band 4

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Brennan maintains a broad practice representing clients of various sizes from start-ups to multinational companies, and brings considerable expertise on intellectual property matters and SaaS arrangements.

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Band 4

Drayson Law Limited

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles Drayson of Drayson Law Limited is noted for his work across the spectrum of IT issues and posesses particular expertise in software development and cloud computing.

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Band 4

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Hall is a senior member of the firm's practice and is noted for his work representing clients in the financial services sector. He brings a depth of experience in the full range of IT matters, including software licensing, tech outsourcing and data protection.

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Band 4

Shakespeare Martineau

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Hartshorn of Shakespeare Martineau is widely recognised for his work representing clients in both the public and private sectors on major IT projects and procurements. He maintains a strong following of clients ranging from SMEs to international companies.

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Band 4

Christine Jackson

Wright Hassall LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Christine Jackson acts for clients on a diverse range of IT matters, including SaaS arrangements, procurement projects and e-commerce issues. A client highlights her negotiation skills, saying: "She was dedicated yet forceful, and she got the weight just right. It was nice to know she was in my corner."

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Band 4

Squire Patton Boggs

From the Chambers UK guide

Stuart James of Squire Patton Boggs has a strong reputation for his work representing clients across a diverse range of IT matters and advises on systems implementation in the healthcare, financial services and retail sectors. One interviewee states: "You could just tell that he knew exactly what was going on and what was required. He was always thinking a step ahead."

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Band 4

DLA Piper UK LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gareth Stokes leads the intellectual property and technology team in Birmingham, and is regularly retained by clients for his expertise in technology and outsourcing matters. One satisfied client reports: "He very quickly got to grips with what our commercial imperatives were and could see where we could be flexible and where we should hold firm."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nichola Jenkins draws praise from clients, who say: "She always takes control and rallies the troops - she's excellent." She is noted for her knowledge in the manufacturing sector and her ability to handle complex matters involving new and innovative technology.

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Associates to watch

Joseph Stephenson

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Joseph Stephenson draws praise for his burgeoning practice, with clients saying: "In terms of bringing him on to projects, it's like having an extension of your own in-house legal team." His practice focuses on transformational projects and outsourcings.

^ See whole ranking table