TMT and Software Deals
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TMT and Software Deals

Technology today pervades all organisations at a level of business criticality: our clients need our expert support and the legal support 'tool-kit' we offer.

With a team of over 40 lawyers nationally, DAC Beachcroft is one of the largest TMT practices in the UK.

Our private and public sector clients often include household names. We are proud to be the technology lawyers of the UK trade association for the technology sector – techUK ( techUK has more than 900 companies as members which employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. We work closely with technology innovators and disruptors and our FasTec supports creators in PropTech, MedTech, InsurTech and other financial services technology providers.

Our clients choose us for our cost-effective, commercial advice, which helps them save money and gain vital competitive advantage.

What we do

We advise on a broad range of TMT matters. Our team includes IT, regulatory, intellectual property and data protection experts who regularly advise on issues ranging from day-to-day contractual matters to complex special projects. In addition, our corporate finance colleagues are specialists who are able to identify and advise on nuances that are particular to the TMT sector.

Our expertise includes:

  • Technology projects
  • Outsourcing
  • Software licensing, development and maintenance
  • SaaS and cloud services
  • Reseller / distribution and marketing agreements
  • Cyber security
  • Data protection

We are specialists in the licensing and use of software across a range of different sectors. Whether you are a developer, reseller or a user of software, we can help you protect your assets, maximise your returns and minimise your risks. We aren’t baffled by terms like ‘waterfall’, ‘agile’, or ‘scrum’. In fact, we do more than understand and advise on software development methodologies - we use elements of rapid development (e.g. prototyping) in the way that we draft contracts (which is a development project in itself).

Our understanding of and experience in IT systems which drive a range of platforms, including digital media platforms, is very well established in the market, with our team advising on business-critical technology projects for clients who are household names.

What makes us different?

Our people understand the technology that drives our clients, not just from an academic perspective, but also from a practical perspective. Our lawyers share our clients' passion for all things tech.

Our clients include:

  • Technology and media organisations
  • eCommerce businesses
  • Retail businesses
  • Banks and FinTechs
  • Insurance companies
  • Insurance technology innovators
  • Fund managers
  • Central government
  • Government & NHS
  • HealthTech businesses
  • Professional bodies
  • International businesses

What our clients say

‘I have always found the DAC Beachcroft team to be knowledgeable, well versed with our business and industry, responsive and providing excellent advice and service .’
Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition, IT and Telecoms

‘Always willing to help and understand what you’re trying to achieve in a personable, understanding fashion.’
Legal 500 UK 2023 Edition, IT and Telecoms

'What struck me was how responsive they are. We feel like we're their only client.'
Chambers and Partners UK, 2019 Edition, Information Technology, North West

'DAC Beachcroft have an insightful understanding of the sector that we do business in.'
Chambers and Partners UK, 2019 Edition, Information Technology, North West

'DAC Beachcroft provided a valuable service for us and it was executed in a professional and transparent way.'
Chambers and Partners UK, 2019 Edition, Information Technology, Yorkshire

Our Lawyers View All

Our Lawyers - Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan

Partner London - Walbrook

Tim Ryan is a Partner and Head of our national TMT team…

Our Lawyers - Richard Watkinson

Richard Watkinson

Partner Leeds

Richard specialises in technology and commercial matters and transactions…

Our Lawyers - Alan Pratt

Alan Pratt

Partner Bristol

Alan is a partner advising on commercial, technology & data matters…

Our Lawyers - Andrew Allan-Jones

Andrew Allan-Jones

Partner Bristol

Andrew specialises in Intellectual Property, and has a fascination for…

Our Lawyers - Alistair Cooper

Alistair Cooper

Senior Associate London - Walbrook

Alistair specialises in complex technology transactions, commercial…

Our Lawyers - Christopher Air

Christopher Air

Partner Manchester

Chris specialises in non-contentious technology projects, commercial…

Our Lawyers - Kate Loxton

Kate Loxton

Senior Associate Bristol

Kate provides advice on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious…


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