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Technology & communications

A great IT practice: a mid-sized firm which punches above its weight in TMT.
Chambers UK

Technology and communications procurements are no longer just the concern of IT directors. New technologies and the move to cloud based solutions are increasingly influencing boardroom decisions on growth and competitiveness.

We understand that these projects require the technical, commercial and legal teams to work hand-in-glove, each having an understanding of each others' priorities. It's not just an ideal; it’s the basis on which our practice has developed.

We're one of the leading IT practices in the UK with rankings in Chambers UK and Legal 500, which are annual independent guides to the legal sector driven by client feedback.

Our team of specialists act for both suppliers and customers of IT and communications systems and services across various sectors including technology, media and telecomms, retail & consumer goods, financial services, leisure and public sector. 

We know the business risks associated with deals and how to best use performance incentives and other contractual mechanisms to allocate responsibility in a way that adds value. The team works closely with our clients’ internal teams to deliver projects against these technical and commercial realities.

Clients look to us to advise on technology development and licensing. This includes OEM/VAR and similar distribution arrangements, ICT procurement, outsourcing, managed service and cloud based solutions, e-commerce, social media and data privacy.

In 2015, we became the sole legal partner for the first Founder Institute 2015 training programme in London, supporting new, idea-stage entrepreneurs launch technology companies from scratch. To find out more visit the Founder Institute's website.

Highlights

  • Advising a global fashion retailer on the procurement of a global e-commerce platform, including the software supply and second line support agreement for the software platform and a system integration and implementation framework agreement.
  • Advising WHSmith on the UK-wide arrangements for the installation and support of self-service checkouts.
  • Advising ACT on delivering smart-ticket technology and services to transport providers in key UK cities, including as sub-contractor on large public sector infrastructure projects.
  • Advising a global FMCG provider on worldwide HR IT outsourcing and cloud service provision.

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