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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Simon Bollans Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2668
M:  Email Simon | Vcard Office:  London

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Guillaume Briant Partner

T:  +33 1 44 15 80 07
M:  Email Guillaume | Vcard Office:  Paris

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Philip Clarke Partner

T:  +971 4407 3907
M:  +971 50 707 3750 Email Philip | Vcard Office:  Dubai

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Melissa Forbes-Miranda Partner

T:  +971 4 407 3904
M:  +971 54 306 6543 Email Melissa | Vcard Office:  Dubai

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Boriana Guimberteau Partner

T:  +33 01 44 15 82 78
M:  +33 6 86 97 40 61 Email Boriana | Vcard Office:  Paris

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Katie Hewson Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2374
M:  Email Katie | Vcard Office:  London

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Katherine Liu Partner

T:  +852 2533 2717
M:  +852 6193 5227 Email Katherine | Vcard Office:  Hong Kong

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Ben Sigler Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2919
M:  +44 7584 237 401 Email Ben | Vcard Office:  London

Latest news & insights

18 Oct 2022

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Regulating critical third parties - the impact on ICT providers

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10 Oct 2022

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30 May 2022

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Melissa Forbes-Miranda joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

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29 Apr 2022

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Cybersecurity risks: Fail to prepare; prepare to fail

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28 Feb 2022

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Commercial and tech update - February 2022

This month’s edition looks at when incorporating terms by reference may not be sufficient, the importance of dealing with timing, how the courts might measure "reasona..

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02 Feb 2022

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Simon Bollans joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its technology practice with the arrival of Simon Bollans as a partner. He joins the firm in London.

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29 Jun 2021

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Commercial and tech update - June 2021

This month’s update looks at two recent High Court decisions which will be useful for those drafting or interpreting contracts, as well as the decision of the CMA to i..

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21 Dec 2020

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Commercial and tech update - December 2020

Welcome to this month’s edition of our commercial and tech update, which covers the interpretation of “goodwill”, guidance for the gaming industry and the need for fai..

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15 Oct 2020

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Commercial and tech update - October 2020

This month’s edition includes guidance for businesses post-Brexit and further clarification on the court’s approach to dealing with fraudulent payments.

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19 Jun 2020

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Commercial and tech update - June 2020

This month’s edition includes significant changes to a supplier’s right to terminate for a customer’s insolvency, as well as a cautionary tale on rectification.

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12 May 2020

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Commercial and tech update - May 2020

This edition features a lot of information and guidance on COVID-19 developments, as well as an interesting find on a force majeure event.

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13 Nov 2019

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Commercial and tech update - November 2019

This edition offers some practical steps that providers of digital services can take in the event of a no-deal, together with a cautionary tale about an automatic emai..

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30 Sep 2019

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Data Protection update - September 2019

Welcome to the September 2019 edition of our Data Protection bulletin, our monthly update on key developments in data protection law.

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26 Sep 2019

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Commercial and tech update - September 2019

This edition includes a helpful update on e-signatures and a challenge to advertisers on gender stereotyping.

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11 Sep 2019

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Guillaume Briant joins Stephenson Harwood as partner

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has expanded its corporate practice with the arrival of partner Guillaume Briant, who joins the firm's Paris office.

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28 Aug 2019

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Data Protection update - August 2019

Welcome to the August 2019 edition of our Data Protection bulletin, our monthly update on key developments in data protection law.

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