Information Technology & Outsourcing

The speed of change in the technology sector in recent years has been extraordinary. Whether you use, develop, or provide technology, it is more important than ever to obtain commercial legal advice.

Our Services

With proven expertise in IT and with a team of leading IP/IT practitioners, we offer clients guidance on all aspects of IT contracts including:

  • IT procurement
  • Outsourcing
  • Managed service arrangements
  • Hardware purchases and sale
  • Software development
  • Software licensing
  • Software and hardware support and maintenance
  • Cloud computing (including software as a service)
  • Software distribution/reseller arrangements
  • Escrow agreements
  • Domain name issues including disputes
  • Encryption and cryptography issues
  • Intellectual property issues of IT
  • Website contracts including terms and conditions, privacy policies, cookie policies

We have also acted for a number of organisations, both multinational and UK-based, in the areas of internet and intranet usage which have each had issues around unauthorised access to their systems and security incidents. We have excellent connections with leading IT forensic businesses who can assist us in dealing with such matters as required.


The businesses and organisations we work with include:

  • Scottish Government
  • Kames Capital plc
  • JPI Media
  • Aperta Limited
  • Dacoll Group
  • Vascutek Limited
  • IIZUKA Limited
  • Scottish Opera
  • W H Malcolm Limited
  • Johnstons of Elgin
  • Scottish Salmon Company
  • Equator (Scotland) Limited
  • ‘MacRoberts’ IT & telecoms team provided support and assistance on all aspects of our IT contracts. The team was highly experienced in this area of law and really understood the details of our complex requirements.’

    Legal 500
  • ‘Euan Duncan was involved in all matters relating to IT and telecoms and provided first class legal advice. Euan was always on hand to assist wherever possible and was supported by a team of experts.’

    Legal 500
  • "The team have advised us on a variety of matters including complex acquisition projects, commercial contracts and employment law."

    Legal 500
  • "They balance the commercial and legal with ease."

    Legal 500
  • "They provide an excellent service - they are very quick to help and offer advice on quite a spread of disciplines."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "They are receptive, swift-acting and get the nature of what we are working on."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "They are responsive and efficient, and there is a good depth of knowledge within the firm."


    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • MacRoberts LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is noted for its ‘quick turnaround time’ and ability to ‘deal with complex issues in an efficient manner’.

    Legal 500
  • "They are very good and very supportive - it feels like they are an extension of the business."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Let me thank you and your team for your time. Clearly, you present well, show mastery of your subject area and think on your feet."

    Major US Law Firm
  • "Their standards have been excellent - they are responsive and know the legal solutions but also the commercial considerations."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession
  • "Valerie Surgenor is very knowledgeable and always provides top-quality advice. She is a very personable lawyer who is always available and cooperative."

    Chambers UK Guide to the Legal Profession

Technology, Media & Telecoms

With very few areas not impacted by technology, media and telecoms, we remain focused on ensuring we stay ahead of the curve in advising clients of the ever-increasing body of law, regulation and policy affecting the sector.

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