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Technology is key to every business and whilst the rapidly changing face of technology presents opportunities for businesses, it also requires significant management and forethought to protect your interests and handle your technology transactions.
This is where our team is on hand to help. We have significant experience of advising clients on their technology arrangements, including advising on the commercial and complex technical issues involved in such arrangements. We have a wealth of experience in the drafting and negotiation of effective and robust contracts that capture our clients’ commercial objectives, protect their assets, reputation and bottom line and limit their liabilities and risks.
Our technology practice works with high profile clients in both the public and private sectors, and continues to attract some of the world’s leading brands. Our advice ranges from advising on large scale, business critical IT projects, international patent litigation cases and complex, multi-jurisdictional data protection and privacy issues.
High profile projects – we are known for advising on large scale, business critical, technology transactions and disputes, working in close partnership with our clients to deliver a responsive service that achieves our clients’ desired results.
Sector experience – our clients come to us from a range of different sectors, including retail, public sector, corporates, financial services, insurance and health, because they know we can provide a full technology offering tailored to their sector needs.
Specialist teams - we have a dedicated, national team of technology specialists, delivering the breadth of technology offering clients require. We work with high profile clients who trust us to help them identify and protect what are often their key business assets.
Project management – we advise clients on multiple procurements of interdependent IT contracts, taking you through the process step by step.
In-depth familiarity with the court system – we regularly conduct disputes in a variety of forums, including the High Court and Court of Appeal.
International work – well equipped to handle the international aspects of technology work. We quickly and cost effectively instruct and co-ordinate advice through our close relationships with patent and trade mark attorneys, and through Pangea Net, a non-exclusive, international network of independent law firms.
Secondments - Many of the team have spent time on secondment with major international technology focused businesses meaning they are well placed to provide advice from both a supplier and customer perspective.
Healthcare is without doubt one of the most significant areas of growth for big data analytics.
In just nine months the Investigatory Powers Bill has been agreed by both Houses of Parliament and will shortly become law.
Dan Klein of Valtech joins a panel of experts to explore how retailers are using data to deliver a personalised customer experience that has anonymity.
Mark Gleeson joins a panel of retail experts to give his perspective on the opportunities that the EU GDPR will present, and how retailers will use data in the future to understand and interact with their customers.
They have a clear understanding of the underlying technology and how legal matters relate to it, and are very helpful too at keeping us up to date with legislative changes.
They did an excellent job. They were always available, responsive, pragmatic and easy to work with.
Browne Jacobson LLP handled several standout IT projects in 2014, and is a noted name for IT procurement, outsourcing and transactional matters.
Advised on Crown Bioscience Inc’s acquisition of Precos - a leading pre-clinical research and development service provider with a focus on oncology.
Advised a national charity on a critical new IT roll out that involved the replacement of its EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) systems, financial software and related hosting and other services. This was part of a major overhaul of our client’s retail system and involved giving them flexibility on equipment, payment methods and use of mobile devices, as well as extra flexibility in terms of payments. Our advice involved structuring and negotiation of the deal, and the subsequent contract management, co-ordination of different suppliers and ongoing support – covering the whole process and made sure that a consistent process resulted in an agreement giving our client the flexibility and control that it needed.
Advised a national government body on the extension of an existing large scale complex IT services contract covering multiple IT service groups, such as, Data Centre & Hosting Services, Application Management Services, End User Devices, Networks & Telephony and Print Services. We also advised on certain service groups that will need to be removed from the scope of the extended contract prior to expiry, along with the complex pricing and the savings to be made across the service groupings under the restructured contract.
Advised NHS England on its Futures 111 project, including comprehensive corporate, procurement, health and ancillary advice on the reconfiguration and re-procurement of the underlying telephony systems and call-handling for the NHS 111 advice line. We advised on the procurement of the systems and on the government framework, giving NHS England the comfort of having a reliable ongoing service for non-emergency medical advice with robust service levels and remedies for non-performance.
Advising Rapiscan Systems Limited and its parent, OSI Systems Incon patent infringement proceedings brought by American Science & Engineering and, at the same time, a revocation action at the UK Intellectual Property Office relating to one of Rapiscan’s backscatter x-ray detection patents. We were able to instantly provide them with a dedicated team which understands Rapiscan’s commercial and technical objectives, dealing with a dispute that is valued in excess of £10 million, listed with technical difficulty rating of 4, and with a five day trial listed for March 2016.
Acted for our client in proceedings commenced by an individual in respect of alleged copyright infringement in a board game; we acted quickly to ensure that the case was struck out entirely, on the basis that Claimant’s case was based on the misapprehension that copyright could subsist in a mere idea per se and in particular upon the basis that the Claimant’s claim did not disclose any particular copyright work which our client was alleged to infringe, with resulting costs award to our client.
Physical retail spaces are not just 'shops' anymore; barely 46% of consumers felt stores were useful for comparing products. Instead, browsing in a physical store is just one part of an overall consumer experience.
Zynstra, a specialist IT solutions provider, has published a white paper which looks at branch IT solutions for retailers.
The EU Commission has recently published its communication and accompanying Staff Working Document entitled 'Building a European Data Economy'.
Following the judgment in Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd, there is a risk that contractors are in fact workers within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and entitled to the protections that the legislation affords.
With eye-watering financial penalties and the risk of disastrous damage to reputation, are you confident that your systems and processes would withstand the consequences of a breach?
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest.
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