Computers in the form of mobiles, laptops, tablets and other mobile devices mixed with the internet, the "cloud" and social media are integral to our individual modern lives. They are equally indispensable to our businesses and government in their various forms. The value of data (business and personal) is becoming increasingly recognised and with it the requirement to retain appropriate control of it, use it effectively and protect it.

We have been advising on the law and practice relating to this world of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for over 15 years. We work on a cross-departmental team to get the right balance of ICT expertise and the knowledge and understanding we have of the commercial and legal environment in which our clients operate.

We recognise that, whilst investment in ICT services and goods can vary from thousands of pounds to over a million pounds, the value of the overall contract does not always reflect the potential harm to the customer if those services do not work as expected. We therefore seek to tailor our advice, and costs for that advice, to the significance of the service to you, balanced against your budget for it.

Our areas of ICT-related work include:

  • master agreements for the design, installation and support of more complex ICT systems software and hardware systems;
  • the creation, use and protection of ICT-related intellectual property; 
  • software and website licensing and development agreements;
  • internet trading, including website compliance, marketing compliance, distance selling and online contracting and consumer law and data protection compliance;
  • ICT outsourcing, hosting and “as a service” or subscription-based arrangements;
  • the control and regulation of data and information, including data protection, freedom of information, investigatory powers (Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 regime) and confidentiality;
  • the relationship between EU procurement law and ICT projects;
  • staff and employment matters; and
  • management of consequences of data and other confidentiality breaches and resolution of disputes.
We have been recognised for the work we do
Holidays – are they all wrapped up?
Holidays – are they all wrapped up?

A recent ECJ case has concluded that statutory holiday entitlement will not automatically be lost at the end of a holiday year unless the employer has “diligently” bought it to the worker’s attention.

Appealing planning permission refusals
Appealing planning permission refusals

A recent study revealed that only 65% of appeals were allowed in cases where councillors refused planning permission despite planning officers’ recommendation for approval.

Strong Chambers UK 2019 Performance
Strong Chambers UK 2019 Performance

Anthony Collins Solicitors once again performed well once again in the latest 2019 Chambers UK publication across a range of sectors including several ranked lawyers.

Legal 500 2018 rankings announced
Legal 500 2018 rankings announced

With the announcement of the latest Legal 500 rankings, Anthony Collins Solicitors once again showcases leading individuals and next-generation lawyers across its sectors.

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