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Regulation can struggle to keep pace with changes in the IT sector, and although new developments can offer significant opportunities, they can also create new risks. Specialist legal guidance can minimise this exposure and provide certainty in times of technological change. Whether you are an IT provider or a business using IT, we can protect your interests and position you for future success.

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Industry expertise

We have advised every type of IT company at every stage of development: large, medium and start-up. We have also worked with every type of technology, from mobile and communications to semi-conductors and software, which means you can trust that the advice we give is grounded in real knowledge and experience.

Acting as an extension of your team, we will guide you through the complexities of IT contracts, intellectual property issues and R&D collaborations, as well as corporate matters such as acquisitions, joint ventures and financing. As many of our IT and Communications Lawyers are industry insiders, they understand how the law can be used to your advantage, as well as the quickest ways to achieve success. By getting to know your business swiftly and delivering bespoke advice to meet your commercial objectives, we will help safeguard your business and support your future growth.

Highlights

These are some of our Commercial Team highlights:

  • advising a multinational marketing services business on the procurement of hardware, software and services from Vodafone for a telecoms system upgrade to support its call centre expansion across multiple data centres
  • advising a fast-growing provider of software products in financial markets on a funds trading platform software supply agreement with a European infrastructure provider, covering licensing terms and intellectual property ownership
  • seconding one of our solicitors as general commercial in-house legal counsel to a Fortune 500 multinational diversified technology and industrial company

  • assisting a FTSE 100 company on the negotiation of major deals with the likes of BT, GoIndustry DoveBid, Bottomline Technologies, Orient Capital, Syncapse Corp and CPA Global as well as SaaS with AON, and SaaS for the Yammer social media platform
  • advising entrepreneurs on all steps in the launch of a P2P website business providing domestic storage solutions. It was a ground-breaking offering and we drafted unique terms and conditions for the operation of the business

Expertise

Our expertise in this area encompasses:

  • agreements ancillary to technology transactions including maintenance and support arrangements, acceptance test procedures, integration services, service level agreements, bespoke modifications, confidentiality agreements, escrow arrangements and agreements with software consultants
  • agreements for critical IT systems outsourcing (software, hardware and all associated technology)
  • drafting Software as a Service (SaaS) terms for emerging Cloud services
  • fintech: pulling together our expertise in financial services regulation and tech, we advise a number of solutions providers and financial services businesses. This fast-developing space requires expertise in software, systems, outsourcing, managed services, mobile telecoms, data protection and consumer rights
  • bespoke commissioned technology agreements and intellectual property licences
  • digital commerce: e-commerce, m-commerce, cyber security, data processing, payment, advertising, fulfilment and agreements for the use of online credit card and other payment mechanisms; vendor platforms, big data and artificial intelligence; consumer rights law
  • hosting service agreements
  • joint ventures
  • OEM arrangements

  • product launch and licensing
  • registration and maintenance of domain names and any associated trade marks
  • software procurement agreements
  • standard licence terms
  • subscriber terms and conditions (for business and consumer subscription sites)
  • systems integration
  • technology regulation, including data protection, advertising, distance selling, content acceptability
  • website and mobile app development agreements
  • website linking agreements

Thrings LLP’s team ‘works hard to achieve the desired outcome’, and are ‘exemplary at understanding the client’s risks’, and ‘presents practical solutions’.

Chambers and Partners 2015

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