IT & Commercial Technology

Maximise the effectiveness of technology across your business, as a provider or end user, with commercially astute legal advice from our specialist commercial technology and IT solicitors.

Whether you’re updating company-wide software, developing a video game, or undertaking ground breaking research, we’ll take the complexity out of the related legal matters so you can get back to business. We’ll help you protect your IP rights, manage your contractual relationships, safeguard sensitive information, support innovative product development, and at all times, keep you compliant.

Protect your interests with sound advice from commercial technology solicitors

We recognise that development in commercial technology and IT is rapid, so circumstances and projects can change quickly. Our IT solicitors possess the expertise and resources to anticipate and react to your needs and can offer you cost-effective advice on a variety of issues, including:

  • SaaS agreements: We can provide you with a comprehensive legal review of the terms of the agreement, conducting thorough due diligence of the provider to ensure you’re protected and getting the very best out of the relationship.
  • Cloud services agreements: We’ll carefully negotiate and draft your agreement, detailing service levels, obligations, and your right to terminate, also making sure you comply with the platform providers’ requirements while minimising risk to your business.
  • Software licensing and end user licensing: We’ll carefully draft your license agreements so that you successfully prevent abuses of your software, keep control over its use, limit your liabilities and, put terms in place that will protect your business and suit your future plans.
  • Procurement: Whatever software, hardware or systems you need to introduce to your business, we can review any boilerplate agreements you’ve been presented with by your supplier and make sure that the necessary adaptations are made to terms so that you get exactly what you require.
  • Outsourcing: We’ll ensure that any established outsourcing agreements are carefully reviewed and adapted and that any early stage negotiations with a new provider are fit for purpose, while also considering exit provisions, such as the right to step in, should the supplier be unable to perform.
  • Technological research and development and collaboration agreements: We can produce an agreement that clearly defines each party’s obligations, limitations, and ownership so that roles are clearly defined, helping you avoid costly disputes later on.
  • Protecting and commercialising your intellectual property: Our intellectual property specialists will provide a clear route to protect your IP, and where appropriate, uncover the right opportunities to commercialise assets to benefit your business.
  • Cybersecurity: By assessing potential risk to your business, we’ll help you put the right cyber resilience protocols in place, build incident response plans, and make sure you comply with the relevant legislation.
  • Data protection: Our specialists will ensure your processes align with current data protection law and GDPR, with comprehensive audits, staff training, and data breach prevention and management.
  • Video game and app development: From development agreements, to intellectual property considerations, distribution agreements, and regulatory compliance, we can support you at every stage in video game or app development, so that you protect your assets, safely distribute your product, and abide by current regulations.
  • Fintech: We’ll guide you through the regulatory minefield that you’ll have to navigate as part of the Fintech sector, helping you manage risk effectively, taking a wider view of your business so that we can also support you with the accompanying data protection, intellectual property, and contractual considerations as you scale.
  • Ecommerce and Distance selling regulations: Whether it’s via phone, mail or online transactions, we’ll ensure you comply with The Consumer Rights Act and have the right terms and conditions in place to protect you.

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Legal support commercialising new technologies with carefully drafted contracts

We can also help with the drafting and reviewing of all commercial contracts required for your tech business to progress:

  • IT contracts and agreements
  • Distribution agreements and reseller agreements
  • Enterprise agreements
  • Sub-contracting agreements
  • Affiliate agreements
  • Professional service agreements including transformations, installations, and migrations
  • Managed service agreements including break/fix and service desk agreements
  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements
  • Escrow agreements
  • Heads of terms/memoranda of understanding
  • Privacy policies
  • Software and hardware development agreements
  • Terms of business
  • Website audits, hosting, development, and terms agreements

Why work with a specialist commercial tech and IT solicitor?

If you’re in the business of developing a product or service that is not yet seen elsewhere or will undoubtedly see commercial competition, it’s worth investing heavily in its protection. Our IP specialists will be able to advise you on the best course of action when it comes to protecting your assets, and beyond that, will also advise you on the best way to commercialise your technology, taking your business to that next level.

Relying on third party providers means putting an element of your business in their hands. Whether that’s IT systems, data storage, or working with developers, you need to ascertain obligations and levels of responsibility to protect your business. Our commercial technology experts will give you peace of mind, knowing that they have your best interests and objectives in mind throughout all commercial negotiations.

Through careful consideration of your current processes, risk assessment, and application of legislation, we can ensure that you comply with regulations in your sector. From refining your data storage procedures, to limiting your liability as part of commercial negotiations, and helping you protect innovative products – our aim is to reduce the risk of sanctions that could disrupt your business.

The last thing you want slowing you down is having to decipher your obligations when it comes to regulatory and legislative compliance. We have the experience to make sure you comply with the regulations that apply to your business, so that you can spend more time successfully managing it.

Who we help: Fast-growing technology companies

We work with software companies, video game developers, ISPs, fintech, biotech companies, and leading international tech businesses. Our team of commercial technology lawyers are expert legal advisers to growing technology companies and have particular experience in the fields of IT, telecommunications, energy and utilities, and e-commerce, with a large number of our clients operating in these sectors.

Why choose Harper James Solicitors?

Our commercial technology lawyers’ expertise spans several legal practice areas, so whatever legal advice you need, we have a solicitor with experience advising technology businesses, able to deal with your needs quickly and cost-effectively.

We advise on protecting and commercialising technology innovations and taking action against online and offline infringements around the world. And we specialise in supporting start-ups and scale-ups. Our aim is to partner with ambitious businesses that would normally find legal support inaccessible and provide them with the legal guidance they need to advance. Our integrated services also mean that you won’t just have the technology team to guide you. With our unique subscription pricing model, you’ll also be able to access our other legal services when you need them.

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Pricing plans

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:

City

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.

Enterprise

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.

On-Demand

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.

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A national law firm

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

Floor 2, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
Stirling House, Cambridge Innovation Park, Denny End Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9QE
10 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5HP
13th Floor, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QG
2-5 Velocity Tower, 1 St Mary’s Square, Sheffield, S1 4LP

Our other locations

Immeuble Danica B, 21, avenue Georges Pompidou, Lyon Cedex 03, Lyon, 69486