Technology & Communications
Few industries evolve more quickly than technology and communications, so protecting proprietary data and innovations, securing skilled staff, maximising contractual relationships and exploiting brand assets are critically important.
Our specialist technology team has a proven track record across all operational and strategic areas of our clients’ businesses, supporting some of the most celebrated global brands in the sector as well as innovative startups with the Cube by Lewis Silkin – our dedicated legal support for the unique challenges faced by startups, founders and investors. Our job is to help the players stay ahead of the game, providing legal and commercial advice which is as focused and forward-thinking as they are.
Technology and communications is a core sector for us, so we continue to invest heavily to ensure we provide market leading legal advice that helps our clients to stay at the cutting edge. Our specialists regularly advise on technology transactions ranging from cloud solutions, cross-border digital regulation, content sharing, managed services and outsourcing, to data protection, cyber security and public and private fundraising, as well as the employment, and intellectual property issues that keep our clients’ businesses running smoothly.
You can view our latest two Technology blog posts below and our full blog here.
On-demand programme services – who is now subject to Ofcom’s ODPS Rules?15 September 2021
On-demand programme services (ODPS) have been regulated for many years now, but since November 2020 the definition of an ODPS has been significantly extended. Guidance issued by Ofcom in September 2021 clarifies who has to notify, and who, therefore, will be regulated as an ODPS. No longer is it just “TV-like” services that are regulated.
Record €225 million fine imposed by DPC in WhatsApp transparency decision03 September 2021
The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has imposed a record €225 million fine on WhatsApp Ireland Limited for breaching the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR) transparency obligations “with regard to the provision of information and the transparency of that information to both users and non-users of WhatsApp’s service”, including information about the processing of their data between WhatsApp and other Facebook companies.
COVID-19 advice for corporate occupiers17 June 2021
Commercial tenants – whether occupying offices, retail premises, industrial units or other property - face potentially existential questions arising out of their landlord and tenant relations, how to manage cashflow and outgoings as revenues dry up, premises shut down and uncertainty reigns.
De-risking Digital Business Dreams: James Gill, Victor Timon and Helen Hart write for ICLG - Digital Business Laws and Regulations 202108 June 2021
It is undisputed that the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the pace of digital change. Since then, many consider that at least 10 years' development has taken place. Last year's Guide neatly highlighted five key forces of disruption that are set to transform businesses, including 5G and with it, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Autonomy, Hybridity and Blockchain. These remain highly relevant.
Ireland - Artificial Intelligence Comparative Guide: Victor Timon writes for Mondaq21 April 2021
In this Chapter, Victor describes the current AI environment in Ireland and some of the opportunities and challenges which arise from that.
Lewis Silkin — Wendy Saunders. Timothy Leeson and Michael Anderson comment for New Law Journal15 April 2021
Lewis Silkin has announced the hire of Wendy Saunders—a financial services, markets law and regulation expert—as a legal director. Her addition to the team further bolsters the firm’s financial services offering, as well as provides additional expertise for the technology & communications sector.
Lewis Silkin strengthens financial services offering with specialist hire13 April 2021
Lewis Silkin LLP today announces the hire of Wendy Saunders – a financial services, markets law and regulation expert – as a Legal Director. Her addition to the team further bolsters the firm’s financial services offering, as well as provides additional expertise for the technology & communications sector.