Technology & Digital

Emerging technology is disrupting traditional models of service delivery and communications.

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Our multi-disciplinary team are adept at providing pragmatic advice, client service and affordable legal solutions that meet the technology sectors needs and requirements. Our technology lawyers can support your business, whether you are a new tech start up, or a significant player in the digital landscape.

Our team members work primarily in the commercial, corporate, regulatory and employment departments of the firm, and act for clients including web designers, digital marketing companies, brand agencies, technology companies, media businesses, and a host of other specialist areas.

We support with:

  • Terms and conditions for the provision of digital marketing services and also eCommerce

  • Agreements for the development of software, website, apps and other digital content

  • Licences for the use of software (both on premise and SaaS)

  • Website policies and audits

  • Agreements for software maintenance and support, supply of hardware, tech leasing and hire purchase arrangements and agreements governing the sale of 'digital space' (e.g. advertising and rights)

  • Identifying and protecting intellectual property in digital content

  • Assignments and licences of intellectual property rights

  • Copyright and source code protection in digital content

  • Branding in the digital sector and cross-jurisdictions

  • Advising on and assisting with challenges of the validity of intellectual property rights

  • Domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, equity investments and joint ventures

  • Disposals, exits and exit strategies

  • Corporate and business tax

  • Fintech

  • Escrow

  • Data Protection and compliance

  • Employment and HR support

  • Dispute resolution - advising companies who find themselves involved in disputes whether relating to copyright, software procurement issues or failure to achieve service level agreements

At Forbes Solicitors we help technology and digital businesses at every life stage to protect, comply and succeed in their chosen market.

Technology & Digital FAQs

Which legal documents do I need to place on my website and why?

Terms of website use - these are required to set out the basis upon which a visitor to the site may access and use it. These terms should be used to comply with the website owner's legislative information requirements by making it clear who operates the site and how to contact them. The terms are also an opportunity for a website owner to limit its liability relating to content on the site via the inclusion of disclaimers relating to reliance on that content.

A privacy notice - this is required on a website to notify visitors about how their personal data is collected, used, shared, stored, retained and secured by the website operator. Website privacy notices will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and should therefore include specific details regarding the legal rights exercisable by individuals in respect of their personal data, including the right to be provided with access to it, to ask for it to be erased and to transfer it to a third party provider.

A cookies policy - every website that uses cookies must provide visitors with details of such cookies and the purposes for which they are used. Website owners should ensure that links to cookies policies are prominent when a user lands on a site.

An acceptable use policy (AUP) - this will be required if your website contains functionality which allows visitors to upload comments and/or other materials to the site. The AUP should set out the rules and standards governing those uploads and, if drafted carefully, should assist in excluding the website operator's liability in the event that those uploads are defamatory or breach a third party's intellectual property rights.

E-commerce websites should contain terms and conditions of sale - these need to set out the terms on which goods and/or services are sold via the website. If sales are made to consumers, website operators will be subject to numerous obligations pursuant to the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and associated regulations.

How can you protect your innovation?

If you're in the business of developing a product or service that is not yet seen elsewhere or will undoubtedly see commercial competition, it's worth investing in its protection. Our Intellectual Property team can advise you on the best course of action when it comes to protecting your assets and ensuring you commercialise your technology, taking your business to that next level.

How can you minimise your risks and stay compliant?

Through careful consideration of your current processes, risk assessments, and application of legislation, we can ensure that you comply with regulations in your sector. From refining your data storage procedures, to limiting your liability as part of commercial negotiations, and helping you protect innovative products. We can assist in ensuring you have all the correct legislative and regulatory requirements in place.

What do you need from third parties?

Relying on third party providers means putting an element of your business in their hands. Whether that's IT systems, data storage, or working with developers, you need to ascertain obligations and levels of responsibility to protect your business. We can assist in ensuring you have everything you need in place.

What’s the purpose of an escrow agreement?

Escrow is the use of a third party, which holds an asset or funds before they are transferred from one party to another. The third-party holds the funds until both parties have fulfilled their contractual requirements. An escrow agreement is used for protection when transacting. It allows a party to commence a relationship or transaction with certainty that the other party can fulfil their obligations.

Our dedicated Technology & Digital team

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Partner, Head of Department, Corporate

David Filmer

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Partner and Head of Commercial Employment, Employment & HR

Emma Swan

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Partner and Head of Department, Commercial

John Pickervance

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Partner, Corporate

Nick Hodgson

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