Technology, IT, Software and Digital - MLP Law

Technology, IT, Software and Digital

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Where Tech Meets Legal Expertise

Welcome to mlplaw where exceptional services is our commitment.

Our highly experienced commercial law specialists will work with you to achieve your successful outcome with exceptional care. We are jargon-free and doggedly commercial in our approach. We put ourselves in your shoes and provide specialist, practical pro-active support and advice at every stage always focussed on achieving your successful outcome.

Whatever the size of your business or the sectors in which you operate, navigating the complexity of commercial law issues that impact your business can be challenging.

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Our services include:

E-commerce legal advice

Selling online brings a host of legal considerations, including a complex landscape of online regulations. E-tailers need to ensure they are fully compliant.

We can assist you with:

  • Website terms of sale;
  • User Agreements / Website terms of use;
  • Privacy Policies;
  • Data Protection (GDPR) and policies;
  • Licensing; and
  • Compliance and Regulatory guidance.
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Cloud and Subscription services (PaaS, IaaS)

Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) form a layered framework: SaaS for direct consumer access, PaaS for application frameworks, and IaaS for hardware support. As traditional software shifts to cloud-based models, corresponding contracts need to address the unique legal aspects of cloud computing.

PaaS agreements, govern the use of platforms where SaaS applications are developed and hosted. PaaS equips developers with tools for creating, testing, hosting, and maintaining SaaS applications. While PaaS agreements are more technical, they cover essential functions like application hosting, development, testing, deployment environments, and integrated services such as database integration, security, and storage.

IaaS agreements, also known as “hardware as a service” contracts, enable consumers to outsource their hardware requirements to IaaS providers. These providers connect their physical data storage centres or processors to the cloud, with all equipment owned, maintained, and housed by the IaaS supplier. End users access the hardware through the cloud for their operational needs.

We can assist you with:

  • Drafting and reviewing tailored agreements;
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation;
  • Compliance and Regulatory guidance;
  • Negotiation Support;
  • Dispute Resolution;
  • Intellectual Property Protection;
  • Service Level Agreements;
  • Data Security and Privacy Compliance (GDPR); and
  • 9. International Considerations.
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Software Licensing

Software licences facilitate the secure delivery of software services to users. A software license agreement allows users to install and use the software on their own local devices or servers.

A tailored and well drafted Software Licence is crucial for setting clear expectations and minimising disputes.

We can assist you with:

  • Drafting tailored agreements;
  • Compliance and Regulatory guidance;
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation;
  • Negotiation support;
  • Maintenance Agreements;
  • Intellectual Property Protection; and
  • Dispute resolution.
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Research and Development, Joint Ventures and Collaboration

We can provide valuable assistance in various aspects of Research and Development (R&D), Joint Ventures (JVs), and Collaboration efforts.

We can assist you with:

  1. Legal Structuring: we can assist in structuring R&D projects, JVs, and collaborations by determining the appropriate legal entity, such as a partnership, joint venture, or collaboration agreement, to achieve the company’s objectives while mitigating risks;
  2. Contract Drafting and Review;
  3. Intellectual Property Protection;
  4. Regulatory Compliance;
  5. Risk Assessment and Mitigation;
  6. Dispute Resolution;
  7. Due Diligence; and
  8. Competition law: we can advise on competition law to ensure that R&D collaborations and JVs do not raise any concerns related to anti-competitive behaviour or market dominance.
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Software As A Services (SaaS)

SaaS agreements facilitate the secure delivery of software services to users’ terminals via a pay-per-use model over a network, with processors hosted remotely by the SaaS provider. The key distinction from software licenses is that users aren’t required to host, install, or operate the application from their premises.

A tailored and well drafted SaaS agreement is crucial for setting clear expectations and minimising disputes.

SaaS agreements must comply with various laws and regulations, such as data protection, consumer protection and industry-specific standards.

We can assist you with:

  • Drafting tailored agreements;
  • Compliance and Regulatory guidance;
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation;
  • Negotiation support;
  • Service Level Agreements;
  • End user Licence Agreements (EULA) including clickwrap;
  • Intellectual Property Protection;
  • Data Security and Privacy Compliance (GDPR); and
  • 9. Dispute resolution.
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Software Development

Software development agreements should be tailored to the specific software, client needs, and intended use. They ensure clear expectations, efficient progress, and successful project outcomes. The two main types are traditional waterfall agreements and modern agile agreements.

In a waterfall agreement, development progresses through distinct stages, with each stage completed before the next begins. This method allows for clear early agreement on project scope, minimizing the need for ongoing client involvement and enabling thorough software design from the start.

Agile agreements facilitate collaborative, iterative development, allowing for evolving requirements and solutions. They emphasise adaptive planning, early delivery, and continual improvement, fostering frequent client involvement and a strong sense of ownership throughout the project.

We can assist you with:

  • Drafting and reviewing agreements;
  • Negotiation Support;
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation;
  • Intellectual Property Protection;
  • Compliance and Regulatory guidance;
  • Escrow arrangements; and
  • 7. Dispute Resolution.
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Outsourcing

Outsourcing agreements offer businesses a cost-effective solution to focus on core capabilities. They can be used to engage partners with specific skills for a crucial function or engage services outside of your core operations.

We can assist you with:

  • Drafting and reviewing agreements;
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation;
  • Compliance and Regulatory Guidance;
  • Vendor Selection and Due Diligence;
  • Intellectual Property Protection;
  • Termination and Exit Strategies;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Running a competitive procurement process;
  • Cultural and Jurisdictional Considerations;
  • Relationship management; and
  • Dispute Resolution.
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Regulatory

With the ever-changing nature of technology and delivery, our specialist regulatory solicitors help with a wide range of regulatory issues, including:

  • FCA, Financial Service Regulation and Fintech
  • Country of Origin (including ‘Made in / supplied from the UK’)
  • Data Protection and GDPR
  • Data breach and ICO issues
  • E-commerce and distance selling
  • Ethical trading, including sustainability, working practices, use of goods and services
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Our Approach

All of our highly experienced Employment Law solicitors are Legal 500 recommended leaders in their field, who provide jargon-free, commercial legal advice. We speak to you in plain English and provide specialist, practical and pro-active solutions for your business.

We take the time to understand your business and the challenges you face, enabling us to provide bespoke advice which is tailored to you.

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1. Expertise and Experience

Our Partner-led teams have decades of experience in assisting all types of businesses and business owners in different transactions and offer a first-class experience. We are also a Legal 500 recommended  team.

2. Our Approach

Providing comprehensive business legal services to all shapes and sizes of businesses in a dynamic and interpersonal way, our commitment to you is reliability, flexibility, honesty and transparency.

3. Collaboration

Taking time to understand you and your business and working in tandem with you and in collaboration with other experienced teams within the business (i.e. Employment, Commercial, Property, Disputes) to achieve results in an effective manner.


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