Information Technology (IT) and Software
Our IT Law solicitors based at Tonbridge and Sevenoaks have built a niche in the IT sector, and particularly software, over a number of years.
The team is recognised in Chambers & Partners UK under Information Technology and in the Legal 500 under IT and Telecoms.
Our specialist Information technology law lawyers appreciate the importance of Intellectual Property protection in the negotiation of contractual arrangements in the IT sector.
We can assist in the full negotiation stages of all relevant IT contracts, whether it is the provision and licensing of existing technology, acquiring or selling technology or in the development of new technology. We can deal with the renegotiation and renewal stages and, where necessary, the dispute resolution, mediation and litigation stages (depending on what is required). This fully assimilated service offering provides a cost-effective full service solution to our clients. Having dealt with a myriad of major customers and suppliers, often large multi-national corporations, and their lawyers, we can direct our clients on industry practice and what the common acceptable areas are.
Our lawyers are also experienced in the employment issues that sometime come with IT contracts, particularly on outsourcing and related issues of when key employees are used in the contractual relationship.
In respect of the software industry particularly, our everyday lives revolve around it. We act for software houses, platform providers and other looking to license total solutions, APIs and other tools (SDKs) throughout their lifecycle, from start-up (or acquisition) to exit.
We have particular experience in:
- software and mobile app development
- systems integration and other turnkey arrangements
- facilities management and other managed services
- smart card and token management, including EMV compliant cards
- near field communications (NFC) devices and the role of trusted service managers (TSM) with them
- cloud based solutions and other online software solutions
- integration with CCTV
Our clients are not only local to us in the South East (in Kent, the other Home Counties and London) but also throughout the UK and internationally as well with the team often working on cross-border agreements, particularly with regard to software contracts between Europe and the USA and Canada as well as the Middle East. Where necessary, we can work closely with local counsel, particularly, through our network of international lawyers, Alliance of Business Lawyers, where we can procure the best contacts and expertise.
The Corporate Commercial and IP team also acts in respect of corporate and other commercials areas for our IT and software clients and, particularly the team has sold and purchased businesses for clients in the sector, as well as being involved in start-ups and equity investments into them.
IT and software form an integral part of our Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice area and, as explained above, is related to our Intellectual Property practice area where there is often a considerable amount of crossover.