Digital business

Penningtons Manches is recognised for its strength in the technology sector.

The Legal 500

As a technology-focused law firm, we are well placed to support organisations in all areas of digital business. We provide informed, cost-effective advice in plain English - from sounding-board support to full contract negotiation.

Our portfolio of clients, ranging from SMEs to global businesses, includes, on the supply side, start-up app developers, established digital brands, creative agencies, e-learning platforms, data analytics providers and cloud services providers and, on the customer side, multi-channel retailers, B2B service providers and educational institutions.

The team’s areas of expertise encompass content development agreements, contracts to support digital infrastructure, consumer-facing contracts, corporate funding and acquisitions, intellectual property, data protection, e-commerce and consumer regulation, enforcement in relation to online IP infringement and competition law, for example the legality of online trading restrictions.  

We have a genuine interest in, and understanding of, the fast-moving digital business sector. Our involvement with tech start-ups through organisations such as Tech London Advocates, Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK), and the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Programme helps us to keep up to date with the latest technology trends and market developments. Through regular visits to clients and contacts, we are also well connected in and around the Palo Alto / Silicon Valley community.

Whether you are considering a Hadoop implementation to leverage your organisation’s data or procuring a creative apps developer to enhance your retail brand, our lawyers can help you to manage risks appropriately.

We offer expert advice on:

  • cloud services contracts (eg IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
  • software/app/content developer agreements
  • services agreements with digital creative agencies
  • application licensing and support
  • seed, VC and subsequent corporate funding and acquisitions
  • data protection and information security
  • intellectual property protection, licensing and enforcement
  • e-commerce regulation and consumer law
  • employment and immigration
  • competition law issues

Recent work highlights

Healthcare app on iOS

Acting for a rapidly growing and high profile start-up in relation to its innovative surgical simulation app. We advised on the company’s VC funding, on the roll-out of the app and on employment, immigration and trade mark matters.


Digital creative agency

Advising on a framework agreement with our client’s PR/communications agency client to provide white-label digital products for major brands, including interactive advertising, promotional games and Facebook apps.


Data warehouse and analytics provider

Representing a major healthcare analytics provider on various contracts to support the business model, including data warehouse and application hosting, third party application licensing and support and bespoke application development.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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