IT and e-commerce
Providing legal services in the TMT sector requires technical as well as legal expertise. Through years of experience, we have built up an understanding of what goes on 'under the bonnet', which enables us to understand the specifics of our clients systems quickly and efficiently.
We can draft contracts to technical specifications and, on the disputes side, compare those specifications with system architecture documents to ensure that what was promised is being delivered.
We have a particular understanding of IP issues, as many of the lawyers in our IT, E-commerce and Communications sector team are in our Intellectual Property group.
How we can help you
Our expertise includes:
- Negotiating and drafting: - software development, licensing, support and maintenance agreements; - software and hardware systems installation agreements; - source code escrow agreements; - internet and e-commerce arrangements; and - website hosting, design and maintenance agreements.
- Outsourcing, from individual processes to fully securitised whole-of-business outsourcing. Contract structures the team has dealt with include simple outsourced services, Master Service / Call-Off Contract structures for multi-jurisdictions or multi-site outsourcing, and a securitised off balance sheet structure with associated funding.
- Regulatory issues, including regulation of content for broadcast and telephony services, the regulatory environment of the internet including privacy and data protection, consumer regulation and competition law.
- Dispute Resolution in all areas where we have the non-contentious experience indicated above, and by all methods: litigation – including injunctive relief to prevent use of software – arbitration, mediation and other alternative means of procuring an agreed outcome.
What our clients say
"We were delighted that Collyer Bristow understood our technology immediately and responded quickly. Their input was practical and appropriate and we were delighted with the service." - Akesios Search Analytics
"Our co-operation with Collyer Bristow functioned like clockwork in every detail. Stephen Critchley understood our situation well, and the results of his efforts exceeded our expectations which were and continue to be high." - Sinpotik