Understand IT contracts and their complexities to ensure you draft watertight agreements and manage the risks effectively
All those involved in IT transactions need to understand the trends and industry ‘norms’. A tough commercial environment means you need to guarantee you are getting the best terms available and the best deal for your company or clients.This course has been specifically designed to engage both IT supplier and users of IT to develop their understanding of the structure and content of IT contracts:
This seminar is designed for representatives from both IT suppliers and users/buyers, including:
Background to an IT contract (pre-contract preparations)
Understanding enough about IT to work with IT contracts
Exclusion and limitation clauses
Etymology of an IT project: Project planning
Etymology of an IT project: Waterfall software development and waterfall development contracts
Three centuries of IT contracts
Copyright and database rights
Outsourcing and IT services contracts
Entire agreement clauses in IT contracts
Problems with IT contracts
Limitation exclusion and limitation – A practical exercise
Third party rights in IT contracts
The firm is on the panel of a number of national and international organisations and regularly competes against many of the City firms. In recent months they have been able to win a number of panel reviews against City firms.
• Carrs Milling Industries • Co-operative Group • CRH Group • Elstree Film Studios • Halewood International • Health Education England • Iceland Foods • Johnson & Johnson plc • Lavinia Corporation • Lloyds Bank • National Express • Odeon Cinemas • Peel Group • Stobart Group • United Utilities plc • Zeneca Group.
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Mark Weston is a partner at Hill Dickinson LLP where he is Head of Information Technology Law, Intellectual Property Law and Commercial Law (London). Mark joined the firm in 2016 from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP where for 12 years he was a partner and Head of the Commercial, Intellectual Property and Information Technology Group, before which he spent several years at Baker McKenzie. Mark’s practice covers both non-contentious and contentious matters in all areas of commercial law, intellectual property law, information technology law, Internet, digital and privacy/data law. He specialises in commercial and tech issues.
He has extensive experience in-house, having been seconded in the past to Hewlett Packard and new technology companies. His practice covers all sorts of commercial areas (including distribution, agency, franchising, sales and marketing strategies, advice and documentation) as well as extensive IT niches including advising clients regarding hardware and software issues (including SaaS, cloud, development, licensing, maintenance and distribution), solutions for and methods of transacting on the Internet, electronic commerce including B2B, B2C and B2G, S-commerce and M-commerce, social media, strategies to minimise or maximise liability and carry out compliance audits, outsourcing, facilities management, procurement, company IT policies and data protection (privacy) issues. He also has experience in IT litigation (and different alternative dispute resolution techniques).
Mark writes various books on his specialist topics and is an editor and contributor to several publications and articles and lectures at numerous commercial, IP and IT-related conferences and training programmes.
Finally, Mark appears regularly on BBC1 (usually providing advice on-screen to BBC Watchdog) and also on Sky News as a legal commentator.
This course qualifies for the following CPD programmes: