What our technology solicitors do
Technology now impacts all parts of business. Our technology solicitors are expert legal advisers to both specialist technology companies as well as their partners, customers and users.
We understand the commercial issues involved in tech depend on the services and products involved, which is why we endeavour to understand your niche and its implications. Whether you are a crowdfunded start-up or a large multi-national, our dedicated team of technology specialists are adept at acting for you wherever and whenever technology defines or intersects your organisation.
We provide cost-effective expert advice on a range of contractual, IP and data protection issues that cut across the sector, including:
Legal advice for technology businesses
Our technology solicitors can advise on a broad range of software and technology issues varying from simple agreements to complex high-value deals. In particular, we can advise you on:
- Blockchains and initial coin offerings (ICOs)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Cloud arrangements
- Videogames and apps
- Digital infrastructure and telecommunications
- Digital commerce
- The Internet of Things (IoT)
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning
Some of our solicitors’ previous experience in the technology industry includes:
- Acting for an IT company in relation to a £100m outsourcing contract with a UK central government department, including advising on termination, pursuing a claim in the Technology and Construction court and achieving a settlement following a mediation.
- Services agreements for two major cryptocurrency clients that took account of the specifics of this industry and therefore needed an appreciation of how this market operated and the differences between it and other ordinary commercial business services. One of these was particularly significant to in the industry as they were offering a new service to the wider cryptocurrency market.
- In wearable tech, advising a new company looking to launch a new activity tracker to the market designed to be specific to the healthcare industry, from patent registrations and industry-specific regulations, to consumer trials and putting the legal documentation in place for the operation of the company.
- Acting for a national IT services company on its property portfolio.
Technology solicitors with sector expertise
At Harper James Solicitors, we have historically focused on the tech sector. We advise a number of innovative and growing technology companies, with specialisms in IT and e-commerce.
Our solicitors have all been recruited from top 100 law firms or international businesses, and come with a wealth of experience and expertise in all areas of the technology sector. Our technology team spans several legal practice areas, so whatever legal advice you need, we have a business solicitor with experience advising technology businesses and able to deal with your needs quickly and cost-effectively.
Having originally worked for an IBM spin-out software development house, Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer before qualifying as a solicitor. After four years in Birmingham at Cobbetts and SGH Martinaeu, Rob joins us from regional firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys, where he was head of the intellectual property and technology team. Rob has particular experience working with technology businesses, from crowdfunded start-ups to large multi-nationals, and has over the past 12 years worked in-house for several ISPs and a leading international tech company. As an IP lawyer, whilst predominantly non-contentious – advising clients on protecting and commercialising their exciting tech innovations – Rob has helped IP-rich businesses like Aardman Animations take action against online and offline infringements around the globe.
Adam Kudryl is a Partner and Corporate & Commercial Solicitor at Harper James Solicitors, specialising in strategic investments, acquisitions and sales.View profile
IP & Commercial Technology Partner
Before joining us Rob worked for Santander bank as an IP/brand management lawyer and also at Shakespeare Martineau.View profile
Rana is a commercial solicitor specialising in commercial contracts, data protection and financial services.View profile
Stephen is an experienced corporate lawyer, with a career including time at DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions and private equity work.View profile
Intellectual Property Partner
Having previously worked at top 50 firm, Walker Morris, Lindsay specialises in IP strategy, dispute resolution and IP exploitation.View profile
Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Mark previously worked at Freeths LLP and Nabarro (which became CMS) prior to joining Harper James. His areas of expertise include complex contractual disputes, public procurement challenges, IT/Outsourcing & reputational managementView profile
Dispute Resolution Partner
A former partner in a leading north-west law firm, Michael is one of our business disputes partners specialising in alternative dispute resolution & litigation for complex claims.View profile
As a previous partner at DLA Piper, Sarah comes with a rich pedigree in providing expert commercial services for her clients.View profile
Commercial Property Solicitor
Rachel has advised UK ports, institutional and other investors, occupiers, developers, banks, NHS trusts and local authorities on property.View profile
Partner & Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Ashley is a litigator, arbitrator and mediator with 30 years experience handling UK and international business disputes.View profile
Commercial Property Solicitor
Christen is a commercial property solicitor with over 15 years’ experience across the full spectrum of commercial property transaction types.View profile
Emilia Smith is a commercial solicitor at Harper James, specialising in acquisitions, investments and governance.View profile
Employment Law Solicitor
Sean previously worked for a leading national law firm in the employment team, ranked tier 1 in the Legal 500. He advises employers on all aspects of employment law from TUPE to tribunals.View profile
Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Simon is a very experienced dispute resolution solicitor and has worked in private litigation practice for over 20 years.View profile
Employee Incentives Solicitor
Ian has over 25 years’ experience advising on employee incentive arrangements (including EMI, CSOP, SIP and SAYE plans and growth/hurdle share and phantom equity arrangements).View profile
Our three transparent pricing packages are designed to give you the widest possible access to high-quality legal advice, whatever the size and nature of your business:
Straightforward access to senior solicitors at a competitive rate.
An affordable solution for businesses needing one-off legal support. Receive ‘City’ partner-level expertise at a fraction of ‘City’ prices.
Have legal peace of mind for £189 per month with additional support from £99 per hour.
A monthly subscription legal support package specifically designed for start-ups and smaller businesses.
For businesses requiring 60+ hours of support a year, with prices equivalent to £99 per hour.
Fully account managed quarterly subscription service for businesses with more complex legal needs.