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.
Legal Update – the slow death of LIBOR and its proposed replacement
Legal Update – the slow death of LIBOR and its proposed replacement

On 27 July 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”), announced that by the end of 2021, the FCA will not use its legal powers to compel or persuade banks to submit to LIBOR as they are not comfortable in doing so where there are only a few eligible term borrowing transactions by large banks.

The end to “smash-and-grab” adjudication?
The end to “smash-and-grab” adjudication?

A key feature of statutory payment mechanism is a requirement for employers to issue payment notices & pay less notices if monies are to be withheld from a contractor.

BBC's Come Home and family breakdown
BBC's Come Home and family breakdown

I have just finished watching the lovely Christopher Eccleston on BBC iPlayer’s Come Home (#spoileralert in case you haven’t seen it yet). It’s about a family where, rather unusually, the mother leaves the marriage, her home and most shockingly, her children.

When is “stand-by time”, working time?
When is “stand-by time”, working time?

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given a Judgement in Ville de Nivelles v Matzak on whether stand-by time constitutes working time under the Working Time Directives.

The colour purple
The colour purple

Epilepsy is most commonly diagnosed in children and in people over 65. According to the Epilepsy Society “there are over 60 million people with epilepsy in the UK, so around 1 in 100 people.”

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