Blake Morgan is recognised as delivering pragmatic commercial IT Contract advice
Blake Morgan’s national group deliver effective commercial IT contracts. We identify legal and business risks to enable our clients to develop and support appropriate legal and operational arrangements to effectively minimise business risks and promote and sell their commercial solution.
Our expert IT lawyers have a rich heritage supporting new and emerging technologies including IT security, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomous vehicles; we have worked with companies from start-up through growth and acquisition to listing on AIM. We have the expertise and scale to provide informed, proactive advice to help businesses to thrive in this dynamic sector.
Main Areas Of Practice
Our experienced lawyers support our clients to understand the legal risks associated with IT contracts and enable them to effectively negotiate suitable contract terms:
App Development and exploitation
Our Commercial IT Contracts team works with developers to ensure that their app is structured in the right way to manage risks within the service that they are offering, and advise on compliance risks including user term, privacy notices and cookie information.
Buying Hardware and Software Solutions including licensing
Our expert legal advisors act for both customers and suppliers procuring a range of IT hardware, software and services, advising on the legal risks, negotiating to ensure that those risks are effectively managed between supplier and customer, whether a complex IT outsourcing or simple hardware or software purchase, and associated licensing terms including SAAS models of service provision.
We advise on appropriate terms for licensing software security products and increasingly managed security services.
Our IT legal experts are experienced in data licensing whether for internal use or onward incorporation as part of a client's business offering to its customers.
We provide advice on e-commerce arrangements, including online terms and advertising compliance, and consumer rights, as well as explaining issues relating to data collection, use and sharing when handling personal data via e-commerce platforms to ensure compliance with GDPR requirements.
Managed IT Services
We are experienced in drafting and negotiating simple and complex managed service contracts to cover delivery of a range of design, hosting, implementation and security services.
IT Platforms and Data Licensing
We advise on the structure, legal frameworks and risks of establishing an IT platform to underpin a commercial opportunity. We draft and negotiate commercial IT contract terms for the supply, hosting and maintenance and support of platforms.
We work with clients from small start-ups to established businesses and multinational businesses, as well as charities and public sector bodies, supporting them to identify and manage IT contract risks.
A key differentiator of our team is our complementary in-depth understanding of both private and public sectors and various industry sectors (including healthcare, data licensing, fintech, financial services and recruitment), their structures and drivers to help identify opportunities and potential blockers.
We recently supported an international client to negotiate IT contracts with suppliers and customers for a data licensing service where our client was buying in data from a third party and selling on, repackaged, to its own customers.
We are supporting an international business to negotiate IT contracts necessary to migrate its data hosting services to a new supplier, including designing its data management requirements and technical support for the data hosting to ensure availability and reliability.
We are advising a public sector client on legal issues arising in the creation of a digital exchange as well as negotiating contracts for the supply of an IT platform (hardware, software and services) to host data to meet the client's expectations.
Awards and Accolades
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