I am a technology lawyer working in the south east of England, and this blog is intended to take a look at the legal issues surrounding one of the key trends in how information technology is used in business today: the move “into the cloud”, away from locally-installed software, data and systems towards hosted services accessed over the network.

Topics this blog is intended to cover include:

  • How to ensure that the legal and contractual issues are properly addressed in the move to networked technology. For example, “Software as a Service” (SaaS) contracts are often expressed in terms of “granting a licence” rather than “providing a service”, which can cause problems for both the supplier and the buyer. Business continuity issues are also less well-developed than for conventional software, with traditional “escrow” arrangements being of little practical use for hosted services.
  • The impact that “pervasive networking” has on existing business models (both positive and negative) and the opportunities it provides for new models to develop.
  • Issues surrounding “open content” (such as open APIs, Creative Commons licensing and free/open-source software).
  • Data protection and the effective use and management of data held by organisations.

If you would like more information about any of these matters then please contact me.

About Cripps LLP

Cripps LLP is a leading regional law firm based in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, in the south-east of England. We are ranked as a “regional heavyweight” by Legal 500, and our clients include a wide range of plcs, financial institutions, private companies, local and national government, charities and individuals.

I work in the firm’s corporate division, consisting of ten partners and twenty other lawyers, and described by Legal 500 as “responsive, efficient and competent” and “a real asset to clients”.