Cutting edge advice for creators and users
The technology sector is hugely important in Scotland and our team of technology lawyers represent companies at every stage of development - from entrepreneurial start ups and university spin outs with exciting products to consultancies providing technology services to large corporates who are users or resellers of technology products/services.
Businesses operating in the technology sphere encounter many of the same challenges as those in other sectors, however often the nature of your enterprise requires specialist knowledge of the world in which you operate.
You need specialist legal input from advisers who can combine knowledge of advances in the sector with commercial awareness and solution-driven problem solving. The growth and pace of innovation in the technology sector is rapid and the UK continues to be ahead of the game in particular areas. As legislation changes, it is more important than ever to obtain specialist commercial advice.
Our team brings together a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers with specific knowledge of working with clients in the technology sector. We can advise you on all aspects of your business, including: corporate; investment, banking and fundraising; and a full range of business legal services from employment law to intellectual property.
“Working with Harper Macleod was a pleasure due to the fact that they brought a great deal of prior experience to the table. They could take a considered outlook on critical business decisions, as well as providing pragmatic insights to achieve a great result. We enjoy working with an integrated firm that allow us to tap into different specialities that will enhance our business as we grow.”
From automated contacting processes, through monitoring and identification systems, to building design, financial services, transport, and beyond, the use of artificial intelligence in today's society is becoming ever more persuasive. The development and deployment of AI systems brings with it a wealth of legal considerations, from systems development, through data use and protection, to liability and ownership. Within Harper Macleod we have worked with clients operating in the AI sector, through their entire life cycle. We also act for those procuring and deploying AI driven systems. Advising upon AI has been at the forefront of out practice for over 10 years, not least through our extensive R&D practice area. In addition, we've advised regulators, government and foresighting specialists in this field. If you're thinking about creating or using AI, then get in touch.
Technology businesses are booming in Scotland, which is only set to continue with our ever increasing reliance on technology in our everyday lives. Protecting and commercialising technology at the earliest stage is key to technology businesses' success, and we have therefore learned to be entrepreneurial and innovative in working with our clients to create solutions which work for their technology businesses.
Our technology team has vast experience of working with businesses at all stages of the business life cycle, from start ups through their high growth journeys to international expansion and ultimate exit. Each stage of growth presents its own challenges to your business, and we have the experience to guide businesses through these challenges with our large team of technology law experts.
The fintech industry is key to Scotland's growth strategy. With its strong base in innovation, and recognition that investment (both at a governmental and private level) is key, Scotland is well placed to lead in this area. Through the combined approach of our funding, regulatory, data and information technology practices, we provide a holistic solution to a range of clients in the field. Our lawyers are noted as leaders in the market in the funding arena, and for their ability to grasp complex technological matters and find practical solutions. Through this we know how to support everyone from new starts, high growth companies, established operators and government in their activities. Our client stretch from spin out companies, through entrepreneurs, to challenger banks. To find out how we can help you, get in touch.
Music, film, gaming and the creative arts generally are recognised as key sectors for technology. Innovation takes many forms, from novel content delivery, through micro-payments to loyalty, reward and affiliation mechanisms. These industries are ones which are built upon strong legal rights and obligations, whether they be intellectual property related, concern platform and enabling technologies, or deal in the use of and interactivity between data sources. Rights management, availability and security are paramount. These are sectors which by their nature are cross border. Responsiveness and speed of implementation are cornerstones of these industries. They are also fundamental values in how we operate. To enable your project, top help it grow, and to take it worldwide, speak to the advisors with the knowledge.
Although first generation outsourcing was perhaps perceived simply as a means by which organisations could cut costs the reasons for choosing an outsourcing solution have evolved beyond recognition with technology at the heart of that change. Today that technology doesn't just offer efficiency in service delivery, through behavioural analytic and AI solutions it can offer a far more nuanced and textured interaction with end users/customers that engenders improved engagement by enhancing the customer experience. Outsourcing also brings the opportunity to deliver transformation of businesses, business processes and technology platforms in a way that organisations often cannot project manage through their own internal resources. With over twenty years' experience of outsourcing both nationally and internationally across a range of sectors and acting on the supplier and customer sides we understand outsourcing, we understand the dynamics of outsourcing transactions and how to ensure that those transactions deliver the outcomes that our clients want to achieve.
Working within the life sciences sector, we know what drives business. From the development of new products, through trials and testing, and to sale and supply, we've advised on every stage of taking something new to market. Our expertise and experience in regulatory matters is unmatched in Scotland, and we regularly help manage cross border compliance projects. We have guided some of the largest operators in the sector, listed companies, governments and regulators, funders, and new developers, through a complex and changing landscape. We regularly act for both inward investors to Scotland, those seeking to enter and supply onto the UK and EU markets from abroad. Our disputes practice has successfully dealt with a multitude of issues for clients, defending them with both legal and technical skill, in matters where an understanding of the science is key. If you're already on the market, expanding, or thinking about entering, get in touch.
In the pre Covid-19 world public and third sectors were already under significant budgetary pressure to deliver and better for less. The advent of Covid-19 has only served to increase demands on constrained resources so the importance of IT and ICT to those sectors will only become ever more pressing as the delivery of pubic and third sector services adapts to the new norms. We have many years' experience advising public and third sector clients on IT/ICT contracts and understand well the particular challenges facing those sectors in the current climate as well as the central role played by technology in enabling secure, resilient, efficient, and cost effective working practices.
How we can help
Our specialist team is extremely active in a large number of areas, offering services including:
- Fundraising advice relating to equity investments and bank funding whether that is advising the technology company itself or the private equity or venture capital investor
- Commercial transactions such as outsourcing, large hardware and software procurement exercises and technology supply
- Litigation and dispute resolution
- Regulatory issues including data protection and privacy and data security including Freedom of Information issues
- Ecommerce and internet law
- Intellectual property protection such as trade marks and domain names including exploitation and licensing
- Employment advice including incentivisation of employees