Technology

Blake Morgan's national Technology group is recognised as one of the leading technology-focused law firms in the UK.

We have a rich heritage of supporting new and emerging technologies from 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 

We provide a wide range of legal services to technology companies from start-ups to household names and international corporations, protecting their intellectual assets, supporting commercialisation of intellectual property as well as providing specialist transactional legal services and employment advice to support growing businesses. Key areas of service include:

  • All forms of corporate activity ranging from mergers, acquisitions and disposals to raising funds through venture capital, debt and IPOs
  • App development and exploitation
  • Application of Internet of Things (IoT) and associated agreements
  • Big data storage and analysis services
  • Cloud computing solutions
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data protection
  • Disputes, including software and data agreements
  • Ecommerce, including online terms and advertising compliance
  • Impact of regulatory regimes on technology including consumer rights and competition law. 
  • IP protection and commercialisation through licensing
  • IT outsourcing, offshoring and near-shoring
  • Procurement and licensing
  • Robotics
  • Software as a service (“SaaS”), Platform as a service, Infrastructure as a service
  • Tech transfer
  • Telecommunications

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

Clients

Clients come to us and stay with us because we not only understand the technology sector, but also the wide range of industry markets in which our clients operate.

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.

A key differentiator of our team is that we have a complimentary in-depth understanding of both private and public sectors and their structures and drivers to help identify opportunities and potential blockers.

We have a specialist understanding of the health technology market, supported by our NHS expertise spanning everything from policy to providers to commissioners. We work for very innovative automation models for major global medical technology corporations such as Becton Dickinson, Care Fusion and KeyMed.

Publishable clients include:

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

Significant experience 

Examples of recent help we have given to clients include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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