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10 October, 2021 - 22:17 By Tony Quested

Calder’s team dominates for IT and Telecoms work

Mills & Reeve is stand-alone top for IT and Telecoms work in the region with Birketts and Taylor Vinters bracketed in second. 

Ashtons Legal, Greenwoods GRM and HCR Hewitsons share third tier rankings.

Goodwin has Malcolm Bates and Tim Worden in the hall of fame alongside Alasdair Poore of Mills & Reeve and Patrick Farrant of Taylor Vinters.

Birketts, Mills & Reeve and Taylor Vinters each have two lawyers in the list of leading individuals; Birketts has two, Greenwoods and Mills & Reeve one apiece in the quartet of rising stars.

The Legal 500 Guide says that the Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve is home to “a substantial IT practice and its ‘pragmatic and collaborative approach is invaluable’, according to clients. 

“The firm’s work spans major IT projects for central government, landmark healthcare projects for the NHS, large projects in the education sector, and advice on strategic transactions for both established technology businesses and high-growth companies.

“IT specialist Kevin Calder leads the firm-wide technology and life sciences group, working closely with data protection partner Peter Wainman. Principal associate Sophie Burton-Jones, who is heavily involved in government and health sector projects, ‘will go over and beyond to deliver’.”

Birketts is said to have an ‘approachable and well informed’ technology practice that continues to grow its ranks. Andrew Priest, who has a track record spanning 30 years, joined from HCR Hewitsons in summer 2020 and is now co-head of the practice along with IP and technology partner Quentin Golder in Cambridge, corporate partner Mark Gipson in Ipswich and legal director Paul Palik in Norwich. Also in Norwich, legal director Kitty Rosser leads the data protection team. 

Clients say the firm ‘avoids jargon and always give clear and honest advice’ to clients in sectors as diverse as financial services, aerospace, social media and security software.’

The Legal 500 reports that the ‘friendly approachable and knowledgeable team’ at Ashtons Legal acts for well-established companies and high-growth start-ups in the technology sector, particularly those involved in the automotive and motorsport industries, though it assists clients involved in the development of emerging technologies such as near-field communications and machine learning.

“The firm predominantly handles corporate and finance transactions, though it also has in-depth expertise in data protection matters.”

The Guide says that Greenwoods GRM is building its technology sector focus by bringing together its IT, telecoms and IP expertise into a single team that acts for software houses, as well as handling technology matters for corporate, education and not-for-profit clients. 

It adds that corporate partner Alastair Gunn in Peterborough works closely with business and finance specialist Jonathan Reardon in Cambridge, who joined from Al Tamimi & Company and has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border technology transactions. Senior associate Jamie McConnell handles contentious matters.

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