Steve advises various clients — particularly those in the technology, communications and media industries — on non-contentious matters, including technology, outsourcing, e-commerce and the distribution of content using new technology. He has recently advised companies entering into a broad range of major services agreements in the financial services, professional services, communications, energy, retail and media sectors. These agreements included systems integration, applications development and maintenance, information technology outsourcing, F&A outsourcing, call centre and network outsourcing deals. He is also well-versed in the legal and IP aspects of music, computer games, sponsorship, publishing and sports rights deals.
Representative Legal Matters
- Advised a global audit firm in relation to the licensing and implementation of a global SAP system to replace its finance system.
- Advised a leading UK broadcaster in relation to its finance technology transformation programme, which included licensing and implementation of the Oracle e-Business suite-based processes.
- Advised a UK mobile network operator on a range of technology procurement and sourcing deals, including software licensing, IT support, application development and maintenance services and LTE equipment.
- Advised a UK media company on the procurement of software, equipment and services to develop a new video-on-demand contract.
- Advised on a deal for the provision of application development and maintenance services across 12 countries in the CRM and billing domain.
- Advised on a deal for the provision of application deployment services by the UK government using the competitive dialogue procedure.
- Advised on the outsourcing of finance and accounting services for a customer with operations in more than 50 countries.
- Advised an MVNO in the re-negotiation of its network agreement with a mobile network operator.
- Advised a mobile network operator on their agreements with advertising agencies for placement of advertising and celebrity endorsement rights.
- Advised a social network on issues relating to gaming, marketing and the use of virtual currency.
- England & Wales~United Kingdom (1998)
- King's College London, UK (Diploma Copyright and Related Rights) (1999)
- College of Law, Chester (L.P.C.) (1995)
- Cambridge University (Robinson College) (Law Degree) (1994)
Steve has spoken and written extensively on issues including: content licensing for new technology, mobile TV, IPTV, copyright levies, implementation of the Copyright Directive, 3G sports and music rights, payment on the Internet, digital signatures, actions against peer-to-peer networks, copyright in photographs, developments in DRM technology, user generated content and intermediary liability.