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:
- What they are
- How and why they work
- What should be included
- How to put them in place
- How to overcome the key challenges
- What the IT (separate from the contract) actually means.
Background to an IT contract (pre-contract preparations)
Understanding enough about IT to work with IT contracts – Part 1
Understanding enough about IT to work with IT contracts – Part 2
Exclusion and limitation clauses
Etymology of an IT project: Group exercise
3 centuries of IT contracts
20C Warranties and clauses: 19th century to 21st century
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
Mr Mark Weston,
Mark Weston is a partner at Hill Dickinson having joined the firm on 1st February 2016 as Head of Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Commercial (London). Mark joined the firm 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, electronic commerce and on-line services 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 franchising) 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 is Chairman of the Society for Computers & Law (North London and Home Counties Region), Chairman of the Intellectual Property Interest Group of Lawnet and is a premier member of the Eurojuris Intellectual Property Panel. Mark writes various books on his specialist topics and is an editor and contributor of 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 seminar is designed for representatives from both IT suppliers and users/buyers, including:
- In house lawyers
- Contract managers
- Procurement managers
- IT directors and managers
- Private practice lawyers and IT consultants
The Rembrandt Hotel
11 Thurloe Place
Opposite V&A Museum.
Nearest underground station: South Kensington.