Legal services

  • Brand protection & management
  • Commercial contracts
  • Corporate governance
  • Data protection & privacy
  • Employment law
  • Intellectual Property protection
  • Investment & financing
  • Joint ventures
  • Licensing agreements
  • Litigation & dispute resolution 
  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Regulatory & compliance issues
  • Share options
  • Spin-outs & start-ups
  • Venture capital investment

Sector expertise

The rapid growth in the number of digital companies engaged with MacRoberts has underlined our status as a world leader in technology excellence. Both the UK and the Scottish Government express their firm support for this sector, recognising the potential for job creation and seeing it as a key part of the nation’s economic growth strategy.

It is therefore important to have a team of advisers who understand these challenges and the specific needs of their clients. We have experts who understand not only the law but also many of the technologies which our clients need to use. Our expert knowledge spans the full range of legal services for the sector and we take the time to understand your business, your business drivers and risks and reflect these in the commercial advice we provide. We offer sensible commercial and practical advice based on our knowledge and experience.

Our dedicated and flexible team anticipate and respond to relevant business factors, identify key legal and commercial issues, fix and meet deadlines and search for innovative and cost-effective solutions. We have a formidable reputation in the legal and commercial markets and are regularly instructed in complex, high profile matters. We pride ourselves on our diverse, resourceful and highly competent team – who have substantial commercial as well as legal experience – and our pragmatic and commercial approach to clients and their businesses.

“The technology sector is one of MacRoberts’ key strengths and our knowledge of tech and IP is unrivalled – we’re real tech geeks at heart.”

Alan Kelly, Head of Technology, Media & Telecoms

Scotland has a long-established reputation for creativity, innovation and forward thinking, and MacRoberts’ lawyers are no exception. The rapid development of the digital economy in recent years has created a vibrant and ever-changing Technology, Media & Telecoms (TMT) sector, which has brought its fair share of legal challenges. MacRoberts has met these challenges time and time again, providing effective solutions for clients and contributing to digital excellence in Scotland, and the rest of the UK.

What sets us apart is our commitment to understanding fully the sector in which our clients operate.

The rapid growth in the number of digital companies has proved our status as a world leader in technology excellence.

Our lawyers not only understand the law, but are passionate about learning more about the technologies their clients use and keeping abreast of legal developments which may affect them.

We understand that in the modern world, there are very few areas not impacted by technology, media and telecoms. As a result, 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. Our commercial approach to the TMT sector means we are always looking forward, anticipating legal issues before they happen.

Key contacts

Alan Kelly, Partner

Alan Kelly - MacRoberts LLP

Against a background of 20 years’ experience of advising clients in a broad range of Scottish and English corporate transactions, Alan’s workload continues to be very deal orientated with an increasing focus on the TMT sector. On a daily basis, Alan advises clients on joint ventures, business acquisitions and disposals (including all forms of management buy-outs and management buy-ins), start ups, equity investment and general corporate governance matters.

David Flint, Senior Partner

David specialises in all aspects of non-contentious intellectual property, with particular emphasis on computer-related contracts and issues. He is recognised as a leading expert in intellectual property law, computer/IT law and European law and advises on data protection matters and all types of commercial contract, particularly those with an international element or requiring cross-disciplinary expertise.

Euan Duncan, Partner

Euan Duncan - MacRoberts LLP

Euan acts as a problem solver and creative innovator for businesses. He specialises in helping businesses protect and drive value from their intellectual property, particularly through licensing structures. Euan tutors on Intellectual Property and Commercial Contracts at the University of Strathclyde Law School and is a director of the Scottish Society for Computer and Law and a member of the SCL media board.

David Gourlay, Partner

David advises on intellectual property, information technology, information management law and all types of commercial contract. His particular specialties are in advising on outsourcing arrangements, IT procurement, brand protection, data protection, data security and freedom of information compliance.

Val Surgenor, Partner

Val has over 15 years’ experience in advising on data protection. Primarily involved in non-contentious IP and information technology, she advises on a wide range of commercial matters, including commercial contracts, patents, trademarks, design rights, copyright and other intellectual property licensing, transfer, commercialisation and protection of IP, computer technology contracts, including hosting and cloud arrangements, and commercial agreements.

Our Work

Our passion for the TMT sector is reflected in our links to the sector, participation in the community and partnership with innovative clients.

The businesses and organisations we work with include government bodies, investment management services, media companies, life sciences companies, arts organisations, food manufacturers, digital agencies and construction companies. We work in the TMT sector, but we also contribute to its development for the benefit of our clients.

  • Acting for a computer support company in its contract with CGI as part of Edinburgh Council’s ICT transformation programme
  • Acting for an award winning creative digital marketing agency
  • Advising on the roll-out of a payment processing solutions company’s licensed cheque imaging software in the Philippines Financial Institutions.
  • Acting for a specialist supplier of information management solutions in relation to the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Reading Room Limited.
  • Drafting and preparing software licensing arrangements and associated agreements for a software technology company’s mobile app.
  • Advising a graphics company in connection with the complex sale/licensing of software.
  • Advising a multimedia company on many legal issues and transactions.



What our clients say about us


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