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Technology has become increasingly important in business, used internally to streamline processes and outward facing to enhance users’ experiences, present a professional image and promote the business. Over the past few years it has become very sophisticated, which has resulted in many complex legal issues arising in the areas of intellectual property, ownership and contract. Ensuring you get specialist legal advice to help you exploit the technology and associated rights and reduce your risks is of vital importance.

  • Amanda Mehlin
      • 01689 887808
      • 07880 555561
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  • Andrew Wright
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      • 07876 453033
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  • Jill Lawton
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      • 07787 228007
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Our technology team will work with your business to help you protect and exploit your technology and intellectual property, to acquire intellectual property (by in-licence or assignment) and procure the supply of systems, applications and infrastructures. Headed by Andrew Wright the team advises amongst other things on:

Data protection and Freedom of Information

  • Privacy policies
  • Direct marketing (opt-ins and opt-outs)
  • Procedures for processing data in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1988
  • The Data Protection Act 1988 and associated implications/obligations for businesses
  • Contracts for processing personal data in and outside the EEA
  • Audits
  • Subject access requests
  • Information requests
  • Disclosure requirements


  • The legal aspects of setting up business on-line
  • ISP and hosting agreements
  • Distance selling regulations and E-Commerce regulations
  • Privacy policies and data collection
  • Contract formation
  • Domain name transfers and disputes
  • Trade mark infringement/passing off actions
  • Copyright infringement
  • Design rights infringement
  • Website development agreements
  • Assignments of websites and associated rights
  • Rights in websites
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Internet and email policies
  • Direct marketing by email
  • Terms and conditions for e-commerce services


  • Software development agreements
  • Software licence and support/maintenance agreements
  • Professional services agreements
  • Intellectual property in software
  • Assignments of rights in software
  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Supply agreements
  • Escrow agreements
  • SaaS agreements
  • Distribution, VAR and OEM agreements
  • IP and confidence
  • Advice regarding the protection and exploitation of copyright, trade marks, patents, registered designs and unregistered design rights
  • Assignments of intellectual property (partial and full)
  • In- and out-licences of intellectual property
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Licences of know-how
  • Database rights
  • R&D agreements
  • Collaboration agreements
  • Clinical trials agreements
  • Manufacturing agreements
  • Publishing agreements