Technology

Technology is driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Technology is a key driver for change, and rapid developments often outpace the speed at which governments and other regulators can understand, respond to, and legislate for, innovation. Our expert lawyers have an impressive track record of supporting clients navigate the digital revolution, acting for businesses leading in the development and deployment of disruptive technologies and innovative business models.

In today's digital world, you may find yourself being the 'first' in your market to encounter a certain issue, or you may encounter an issue that simply does not have a straightforward solution, or one at all. We recognise that you need lawyers who are forward-thinking and are able to foresee future changes and challenges before they materialise. We can help you, and we are always looking to create meaningful and collaborative partnerships with our clients.

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Stephenson Harwood's technology team provide a full range of legal services to businesses involved in the technology sector. We act for a range of clients, from established technology companies to new-age start-ups disrupting the market with new innovative ideas, and businesses in traditional (non-tech) sectors that are looking to undergo a digital transformation of their business operations. We provide support on the whole product and business lifecycle, providing market insight from a unique legal perspective.

Our experts understand the technology sector, both in terms of the underlying technology products and the market trends and practice, and deliver high-quality and pragmatic legal advice.

Our expertise includes: 

  • helping our clients digitize the way they offer their services; 
  • setting up online platforms (whether payment-related, trading-related, or otherwise);
  • advising on the regulatory frameworks for blockchain, crypto-currencies and other virtual assets; 
  • advising on investment transactions relating to targets in the technology sector (or where technology elements comprise a core part of the value of the target); 
  • advising on personal data, cyber security and cyber infrastructure; 
  • advising on disputes over intellectual property rights relating to various forms of technology; 
  • advising on the procurement of large-scale IT infrastructure; and 
  • advising on the legality of new disruptive technologies that might not at all be regulated, such as the use of AI and machine learning. 

Our multi-disciplinary teams have experience in more than one facet of technology and law and we are always able to put together a highly specialised team to align with your business requirements and the issues involved.

"Stephenson Harwood does good work and has good-quality lawyers."

Chambers UK 2022 – Information Technology

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