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Overview

Emerging technology is disrupting traditional models of service delivery and communications. Our multi-disciplinary team of technology lawyers are adept at providing pragmatic advice, client service and legal solutions that meet the technology sector challenges of development and deployment. We have particular expertise in the context of highly regulated sectors such as financial services, transport, energy and telecoms.

Our technology commercial lawyers advise on the technology transaction and licensing agreements needed to underpin and commercialise the next generation technologies. Our regulatory lawyers provide regulatory advice on the evolving UK legislative framework and the compliance requirements of technology companies delivering into highly regulated sectors. Our corporate lawyers advise on domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, equity investments and joint ventures in the technology & communications sector.

Areas of focus:

Our technology law expertise includes the following:

  • Fintech
  • Virtualisation and digital content
  • Big data
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Internet of things
  • Cloud computing
  • Cyber and security
  • Robotics
  • Blockchain
  • Smart contracts
  • 5G fibre roll outs
  • Wireless developments
  • Network sharing
  • Spectrum

These technologies are coming together to deliver innovative and flexible models which are revolutionising the way technology is delivered and consumed.

Experience

We are one of a couple of law firms (the other being Norton Rose Fulbright) collaborating with R3CEV (leading a global consortium of financial institutions) on the development of smart contract templates using blockchain technology.

Participating in VENTURER, an Innovate UK-funded research project investigating the public acceptance of driverless cars and two other driverless cars projects. We were involved in supporting AXA in the development of a legal and insurance liability regime for connected and autonomous vehicles and involved in establishing the legislative framework that will enable progress in proliferation of driverless cars and smart infrastructure.

Advising RAC on its development of connected car telematics solutions to support its insurance, fleet management and breakdown services.

Advising ULTra (BAA subsidiary) on the arrangements for the international commercialisation and licensing of intellectual property for software-controlled driverless pods, including at Heathrow Airport terminal 5.

Represented the Faster Payments Scheme (the central infrastructure operator for internet and telephone banking) to set up the Mule Insights Tactical Solution (MITS): an Artificial Intelligence-enabled platform for participating financial institutions to trace fraud through the Faster Payment System using data analytics and artificial intelligence software. This is an important interim tactical solution driven by the Joint Fraud Task Force set up by the Home Secretary to counter, amongst other things, authorised push payment fraud and the increasing phenomena of ‘money mules’ where individuals permit their bank accounts to be used to transfer proceeds of crime.

Engaged with the FCA and Bank of England on their exploration of model driven, machine executable regulatory reporting. This is an important technological and regulatory development in the marketplace with potential cost and efficiency savings for all regulated persons who are required to file regulatory reports.

Advising an early innovator on its commercial technology operations utilising Open Banking. (Open Banking is driven by the Payments Services Directive II and the CMA's requirement for the big banks to open up their transaction data to licensed aggregators and solution providers).

Advising healthcare and protection insurance provider The Exeter (Exeter Friendly Society Ltd) on two deals in 2016, namely the design and implementation of a new software platform, and separately a business process outsourcing (BPO) to AXA PPP comprising the outsourcing of its claims administration and clinical management services.

Advising Royal London – the UK's largest mutual life and pensions company – on its IT infrastructure outsourcing to Steria.

Advising NYSE blue-chip Thomson Reuters on its US$150 million outsourcing of IT services to IBM covering North and South America, and on its US$100m outsourcing of IT services to HP in Asia.

Advising Cobham PLC on the global outsourcing to CSC of its Oracle enterprise resource planning platform spanning 27 sites in Europe, the US and South America (we previously advised on the implementation of the Oracle ERP solution).

Advising US media company and owner of the Discovery Channel on new channel and brand launches in the UK and managing its UK trade mark portfolio. We have also advised on media and regulatory issues, such as geo-blocking.

Advised a famous brand on its programmatic ad-serving operations with a well-known ad-tech platform, including advice on the regulatory implications of programmatic ad-serving.

Meet the team
Andrew Dunlop

Andrew Dunlop Partner

  • Head of Outsourcing
  • Head of Technology
  • Head of Data Protection
Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management
Helen Scott-Lawler

Helen Scott-Lawler Partner

  • Commercial
  • Intellectual Property and Media
  • Sport
Sarah Kenshall 1

Sarah Kenshall Director

  • Technology
  • Fintech
  • Telecoms

What others say...

The calibre of Burges Salmon is obviously very strong. They all worked very well together, it was always clear who was doing what
Chambers UK 2018

Key contact

Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management

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