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IT & Telecommunications

We advise on all forms of IT and telecoms disputes, including the design and supply of computer systems and telecoms equipment, software copyright, the design and implementation of search engine optimisation systems, database rights and negligence actions for and against designers and consultants.

Our barristers also have broad experience in internet issues. We accept instructions in relation to specialist procedures such as the Nominet dispute resolution procedure.

If IT disputes require urgent action, we are able to put teams in place to deal with emergency applications such as injunctions and disclosure orders.

We also deal with non-contentious issues such as software licensing and drafting terms and conditions for website sales and website use. We understand the needs of our IT clients and our barristers are happy to work in teams with software engineers and other specialists to ensure that the requirements of the particular matter are met.

Our barristers also have a wealth of experience in the technical engineering claims relating to providing IT and telecoms infrastructure.

Media & Entertainment

Hardwicke has specialist knowledge and strength in a wide variety of media and entertainment matters and acts for a wide range of performers, publishers, managers, agents, journalists and other media organisations such as film, television and record companies.

Our barristers advise both claimants and defendants in all types of case with a media element, including: confidentiality, copyright, data protection, privacy, and defamation. We also deal with performers’ rights, moral rights and the protection or exploitation of celebrity image.

The overlap with Hardwicke’s Intellectual Property Team allows us to offer a full service to media clients and we are able to advise on the more technical aspects of media law such as the regulation of media bodies.

Our barristers are also well placed to advise in relation to non-contentious issues, advising on all kinds of agreements.

Our areas of work include: 

  • Confidentiality
  • Copyright
  • Cyber squatting
  • Database rights
  • Data protection
  • Defamation
  • Design and supply of computer systems and telecoms equipment
  • Domain name piracy
  • Image rights of celebrities
  • Licensing agreements
  • Management agreements
  • Merchandising agreements
  • Moral rights
  • Negligence actions for and against designers and consultants
  • Nominet dispute resolution procedure
  • Performers’ rights
  • Privacy
  • Publishing agreements
  • Recording contracts
  • Software copyright
  • Software licensing

Contact us

If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact a member of our Practice Management Team on +44 20 7242 2523 or e-mail practicemanagementteam@hardwicke.co.uk.