Technology and outsourcing

“Blake Morgan has experience on procurement issues for some of the largest IT and technology projects in Wales. ”

The Legal 500 UK 2015

“Blake Morgan were on point from the very start and fully supportive. I'd definitely recommend them, on both a personal and a professional basis.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
Blake Morgan's Technology and Outsourcing group is ranked across the South East, in London and in Wales for its excellent, commercially-focused service and industry knowledge.

Main areas of practice 

We are technology-focused lawyers who help clients achieve their commercial objectives.  We advise across the whole range of technology and outsourcing including:

  • Cloud computing
  • App development and exploitation
  • Business process outsourcing 
  • Software as a service, Platform as a service, Infrastructure as a service
  • Software and technology procurement
  • Ecommerce advice
  • IT outsourcing, offshoring and near-shoring
  • Telecommunications
  • Data protection
  • Big data
  • Cybersecurity
  • Tech transfer
  • Impact of regulatory regimes on technology including consumer rights and competition law. 

Through our international networks including euroITcounsel and TAGLaw, we have a global reach through equally specialist technology lawyers.

We are particularly well known for our work in the financial services and fintech sector, recruitment and resourcing, devolved government and the public sector in Wales, and in supporting growing technology businesses through our work in Tech City in London, and with the software, cybersecurity and technology ventures community in Oxford and the South East.

Clients

We act for technology-rich businesses in London, the South East, Wales and internationally, ranging from fast growing start-ups and investors into emerging and established tech businesses, to established players, leading charities and major corporates. We have acted for many of our clients over a number of years as trusted advisers. 

Clients come to us and stick with us because we understand their businesses and the technology sector, always seeking to solve issues rather than creating them.  Our clients include:

  • IBM United Kingdom
  • Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia)
  • Universe Group plc
  • Gresham Computing plc
  • Cubic Corporation
  • 4GEN
  • International Financial Data Services
  • Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories
  • CSC Computer Sciences
  • Philips Electronics
  • Advanced Computer Software Group
  • Apollo Fire Detectors
  • Caretower plc
  • Flight Data Services
  • Forbidden Technologies
  • Osirium Technologies plc
  • Oxbotica

and a number of major banks and financial institutions, utility companies, professional service consultancies, software developers, public and government bodies and educational institutions, online auction houses and data management businesses.

Significant experience 

Examples of recent help we have given to clients include:

  • Acting for a major global investment bank on the outsourcing of business processes to India and China, and advising on IT outsourcings to India and within the UK.  The value of each transaction varied from £10 million to £75 million.
  • Acting for IBM in successfully defending a claim by the London Borough of Southwark concerning the supply and implementation of an MDM system which Southwark alleged was not of satisfactory quality and unfit for purpose, along with a number of other high value disputes.
  • Acting for both buyer and guarantor in respect of Cubic Corporation's acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Vocality International Limited (a leading provider of embedded technology that unifies communications platforms), including its subsidiaries, most notably in the USA.
  • Advising one of the world's leading flight data analysis providers in relation to a collaboration and data sharing agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for a solution to be delivered jointly using Flight Data Services' web-based POLARIS platform.
  • Advising Oxbotica on demonstration and production licences in the exciting field of autonomous vehicles in discussions with a number of motor manufacturers, as well as advising on the involvement in a number of UK Government sponsored projects looking at the use of autonomous vehicles on UK roads.
  • Working with a start up with an innovative automated IT test solution for corporates and its patent attorneys, to apply for a patent for the technology and then negotiating a distribution agreement with a leading global IT supplier as well as advising on its cloud terms.
  • Acting for a market-leading software supplier to airlines for baggage handling and renegotiating their contract with a major budget airline customer.
  • Advising a leading insurer on its procurement of telematics software and hardware to go into insured drivers' vehicles, to link to an app and to access a telematics system.
  • Advising one of the largest IT companies in the world in respect of a technology refresh under a major MOD outsourcing contract.
  • Advising ATG Media (a leading specialist e-commerce platform) in connection with its acquisition of US company Bidspotter, where we worked alongside our client's US counsel.
  • Advising a new UK bank on a mortgage administration outsourcing – this included working with our financial services regulatory team on SYSC and FCA requirements.
  • Using the competitive dialogue procedure, advising on the largest superfast broadband infrastructure project in Europe in 2012.
  • Using the competitive dialogue procedure, advising on the roll out of payment cards, including the associated payment card system for the entire Welsh public sector.
  • Advising on the first distributed super computer system in Europe, procured under the competitive dialogue procedure, together with subsequent upgrades to it.
  • Advising NWIS, the Welsh equivalent of UK Government’s Connecting for Health, in respect of several major projects rolling out IT and communications systems across the NHS in Wales.

Additional expertise

We also advise on complex transborder and online privacy issues and regularly advise on consumer-related issues such as online terms and advertising compliance.

“I've been very happy - they provide good legal advice in a commercial context.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

“Blake Morgan LLP has a premier IT and outsourcing practice.”

The Legal 500 UK 2014

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