Technology and Innovation Group

The Technology and Innovation Group at Harrison Clark Rickerbys is a cross-disciplinary group of solicitors that advise a number of the world’s largest corporations, as well as bespoke technology companies and ground-breaking start ups, across the technology and innovation sector.

Particularly focusing on information technology, intellectual property, e-commerce and data protection (both non-contentious and contentious), the Technology and Innovation Group is able to assist and navigate clients through the entire life cycle of the wide variety of matters that clients may encounter in this fast changing sector.

The Technology and Innovation Group is made up of lawyers that have qualified and trained at some of the leading law firms in the UK as well as talented and exceptional home-grown lawyers from Harrison Clark Rickerbys. Consisting of leading individuals in their fields, all with a particular specialism across their practice areas in technology and innovation, the Technology and Innovation Group acts on a number of high-profile and complex matters in the sector and some client comments include:

Matt Johnston “is knowledgeable, pragmatic and thorough” (Chambers and Partners) and Matt and his colleagues “have proven to be invaluable on all of the technology deals that we have worked together on” (client reference).

The Technology and Innovation Group’s primary areas of work include:

Information Technology
Intellectual Property
Data Protection

We are ranked as Tier 1 for Information Technology in the 2015 Chambers and Partners rankings- the ‘guide to the worlds best lawyers’.

The team acts for purchasers on non-contentious IT matters, including transactions, licensing and outsourcings. Clients include national retailers, energy sector operators and media companies. The team is very pragmatic and always looking for what is best for the client. They consider what is important to achieve commercial objectives and thus deliver balanced legal advice.

Matt Johnston leads the Cheltenham team and handles contentious and non-contentious IT matters. Clients appreciate his “ability to analyse issues and distil them in clear and understandable language. He can take a complex issue and be very straightforward and pragmatic.”

Tim Walker is known for his pragmatism, his understanding of commercial objectives, and his balanced approach. One client singles out his “clarity of communication, response times and particularly his personality” for praise.

Chambers and Partners rankings

Ranked by Legal 500 in the South West and ranked as ‘Tier 1’ by Chambers and Partners in Cheltenham and surrounds, the Technology and Innovation Group has a proven track record across these specialist areas with experts that are well placed to assist your business. Matt Johnston and Tim Walker are rated as “notable practitioners” by Chambers and Partners.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys is ‘very commercial and understands business drivers’. The firm advises on bespoke software development and off-the-peg acquisitions. Co-department head Matt Johnston is recommended for data protection. Clients include Reed Elsevier and Universal Music.

The Legal 500 UK Rankings