SECTORS

We offer legal advice to clients across a broad range of industries

Technology

The technology sector is the product of disruption and innovation. The distance between the regulators and the regulated seems to widen as quickly as it narrows; while the products and services that technology businesses bring to market define and redefine every aspect of our lives. The detail is important, but so too is the bigger picture.

We advise some of the most exciting technology businesses in the UK as well as a number of businesses outside the UK with a UK presence. Our support enables them to focus on what matters the most: launching new products and services, winning new customers and growing their businesses.

Some of the things we advise clients on include:

> Software development, licensing, hosting and maintenance agreements
> Digital transformation projects
> Procurement and outsourcing of IT systems
> Debt finance and equity investment
> Internet regulation and data protection
> Legal issues relating to AI and machine learning, 3D printing, blockchain and robotics

Sport

Sport isn’t just an enjoyable hobby or a way of keeping fit – it’s big business and, for many, a career. Both on and off the field, the industry has changed dramatically over the past few decades, becoming ever more commercial and regulated.

Our team comprises individuals who are industry recognised leading experts in the regulation and governance of sport. We advise and represent individual players / athletes, teams and governance bodies in individual sports (cycling, rowing and athletics), team sports (football, rugby, tennis, hockey and cricket) and equestrian sports (horse racing).

We support sports governing bodies, agencies, kit suppliers, sponsors, manufacturers and individuals on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including:

> Commercial contracts, including player, merchandising, endorsement and sponsorship agreements
> Anti-doping cases
> Disciplinary hearings and appeals
> Reputation management
> Governance
> Financial regulation and control under the UEFA, Premier League and Football League Financial Fair Play rules
> Rule drafting and constitutional issues for club and regulatory bodies

Digital Health

The convergence of technology and health to improve well-being and the delivery of care is hugely exciting. Innovation in this space is being driven both by disruptive startups and traditional health and social care providers responding to the demands and needs of an ageing society, chronic illnesses and mental health challenges, not to mention ever-decreasing budgets.

Alongside the exciting opportunities this creates, the rise of digital health creates its own unique challenges. We work with some of the most exciting new entrants to the market and our specialist experience enables our clients to successfully navigate this complex legal and regulatory field.

We provide advice on:

> Protecting and licensing intellectual property
> Health privacy, including processing sensitive health data
> Platform and app terms and conditions
> Contracts with healthcare providers
> Regulatory compliance
> Commercial joint ventures and research studies

Life Sciences

Thanks to a large number of research-intensive universities, a long tradition of collaboration between those universities and industry, and the NHS; the UK is a global player on the life sciences stage. And while the UK is home to some of the largest life sciences and pharmaceutical companies in the world, smaller companies play a vital role too: representing an estimated 70% of new all new therapies.

We support businesses in this sector by providing strategic advice on a variety of agreements, projects and transactions in the sector; with particular expertise in the intersection of medicine and technology and the developing regulatory landscape relating to medical cannabis and CBD products.

We provide advice on:

> Intellectual property licensing and technology transfer
> Pharmaceutical manufacture and supply agreements
> Academic and commercial collaborations, joint ventures and spin-offs
> Data sharing for research purposes
> Medical software
> Regulation of medical cannabis and CBD products

Advanced Engineering

With SLHQ being based in the largest cluster of advanced engineering and aerospace companies in the UK, we advise global brands and the local businesses that form part of their supply chains.

We appreciate that constant innovation is vital to competing on the global stage and help our clients and their legal teams to chart their course through any legal issues that could get in the way.

As a team of specialist technology lawyers, we understand the convergence of information and operational technology systems in this sector; including M2M, robotics and software platforms.

We support advanced engineering businesses with:

> Client and supplier-side procurement projects
> Agency, distribution, reseller and other commercial partnership agreements
> Collaborations and joint ventures with academic institutions and industry partners
> Protecting and licensing intellectual property rights
> Open source strategy and compliance programmes
> Strategic mergers and acquisitions

Retail

The last decade was arguably the most turbulent in the history of the retail sector. High street stalwarts fell while online retailers consolidated their market position, driven by a multitude of factors from consumer demand for lower prices, faster delivery and more convenient payment methods; to rising costs and digitisation. And yet this continues to be an exciting sector, with retailers re-thinking the shopping experience for connected consumers across physical and digital channels.

We work with a number of long-established and emerging retail brands, supporting them as they target growth in this most competitive of marketplaces.

We advise clients in the retail sector on:

> E-commerce re-platforming projects
> Contact centre, logistics and distribution outsourcing agreements
> Consumer terms and conditions
> Data protection issues relating to omni-channel programmes
> Agency, distribution and franchising agreements
> Competitions and promotional campaigns

Energy

Sustainability and the environment are issues that are very close to us at SLHQ and we work with some of the leading renewable energy suppliers in the UK. We also work with entrepreneurial businesses that are using technology and data to address the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

The energy sector is fiercely competitive, tightly regulated and has a language all of its own. That’s why it’s important to work with lawyers that understand the challenges of operating in this sector and provide the right advice at the right time.

We support energy businesses with:

> Terms and conditions with retail and business customers
> Advertising and marketing advice on sales promotions
> Commercial and charitable partnership arrangements
> Procurement and outsourcing projects
> Power Purchase (PPA) and Energy Purchase (EPA) agreements
> Renewable energy operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements

Media

The media and entertainment sector – spanning film, gaming, music, publishing and TV – is constantly changing as technology continues to develop at breakneck speed and consumer expectations and habits follow.

From the rise of social media influencers to the explosion of over-the-top streaming services, clients in this sector need lawyers who can not only keep pace with how the market is changing, but how regulation is trying to keep pace too.

We provide advice on:

> Digital content licensing
> Platform terms and conditions
> Commissioning, development and co-production agreements
> Advertising and marketing regulation, including in-game advertising
> Data protection issues affecting media platforms
> Gaming and esports agreements with players, investors and sponsors

Technology

The technology sector is the product of disruption and innovation. The distance between the regulators and the regulated seems to widen as quickly as it narrows; while the products and services that technology businesses bring to market define and redefine every aspect of our lives. The detail is important, but so too is the bigger picture.

We advise some of the most exciting technology businesses in the UK as well as a number of businesses outside the UK with a UK presence. Our support enables them to focus on what matters the most: launching new products and services, winning new customers and growing their businesses.

Some of the things we advise clients on include:

> Software development, licensing, hosting and maintenance agreements
> Digital transformation projects
> Procurement and outsourcing of IT systems
> Debt finance and equity investment
> Internet regulation and data protection
> Legal issues relating to AI and machine learning, 3D printing, blockchain and robotics

Sport

Sport isn’t just an enjoyable hobby or a way of keeping fit – it’s big business and, for many, a career. Both on and off the field, the industry has changed dramatically over the past few decades, becoming ever more commercial and regulated.

Our team comprises individuals who are industry recognised leading experts in the regulation and governance of sport. We advise and represent individual players / athletes, teams and governance bodies in individual sports (cycling, rowing and athletics), team sports (football, rugby, tennis, hockey and cricket) and equestrian sports (horse racing).

We support sports governing bodies, agencies, kit suppliers, sponsors, manufacturers and individuals on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including:

> Commercial contracts, including player, merchandising, endorsement and sponsorship agreements
> Anti-doping cases
> Disciplinary hearings and appeals
> Reputation management
> Governance
> Financial regulation and control under the UEFA, Premier League and Football League Financial Fair Play rules
> Rule drafting and constitutional issues for club and regulatory bodies

Digital Health

The convergence of technology and health to improve well-being and the delivery of care is hugely exciting. Innovation in this space is being driven both by disruptive startups and traditional health and social care providers responding to the demands and needs of an ageing society, chronic illnesses and mental health challenges, not to mention ever-decreasing budgets.

Alongside the exciting opportunities this creates, the rise of digital health creates its own unique challenges. We work with some of the most exciting new entrants to the market and our specialist experience enables our clients to successfully navigate this complex legal and regulatory field.

We provide advice on:

> Protecting and licensing intellectual property
> Health privacy, including processing sensitive health data
> Platform and app terms and conditions
> Contracts with healthcare providers
> Regulatory compliance
> Commercial joint ventures and research studies

Life Sciences

Thanks to a large number of research-intensive universities, a long tradition of collaboration between those universities and industry, and the NHS; the UK is a global player on the life sciences stage. And while the UK is home to some of the largest life sciences and pharmaceutical companies in the world, smaller companies play a vital role too: representing an estimated 70% of new all new therapies.

We support businesses in this sector by providing strategic advice on a variety of agreements, projects and transactions in the sector; with particular expertise in the intersection of medicine and technology and the developing regulatory landscape relating to medical cannabis and CBD products.

We provide advice on:

> Intellectual property licensing and technology transfer
> Pharmaceutical manufacture and supply agreements
> Academic and commercial collaborations, joint ventures and spin-offs
> Data sharing for research purposes
> Digital health platforms and medical software
> Regulation of medical cannabis and CBD products

Energy

Sustainability and the environment are issues that are very close to us at SLHQ and we work with some of the leading renewable energy suppliers in the UK. We also work with entrepreneurial businesses that are using technology and data to address the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

The energy sector is fiercely competitive, tightly regulated and has a language all of its own. That’s why it’s important to work with lawyers that understand the challenges of operating in this sector and provide the right advice at the right time.

We support energy businesses with:

> Terms and conditions with retail and business customers
> Advertising and marketing advice on sales promotions
> Commercial and charitable partnership arrangements
> Procurement and outsourcing projects
> Power Purchase (PPA) and Energy Purchase (EPA) agreements
> Renewable energy operation and maintenance (O&M) agreements

Retail

The last decade was arguably the most turbulent in the history of the retail sector. High street stalwarts fell while online retailers consolidated their market position, driven by a multitude of factors from consumer demand for lower prices, faster delivery and more convenient payment methods; to rising costs and digitisation. And yet this continues to be an exciting sector, with retailers re-thinking the shopping experience for connected consumers across physical and digital channels.

We work with a number of long-established and emerging retail brands, supporting them as they target growth in this most competitive of marketplaces.

We advise clients in the retail sector on:

> E-commerce re-platforming projects
> Contact centre, logistics and distribution outsourcing agreements
> Consumer terms and conditions
> Data protection issues relating to omni-channel programmes
> Agency, distribution and franchising agreements
> Competitions and promotional campaigns

Advanced Engineering

With SLHQ being based in the largest cluster of advanced engineering and aerospace companies in the UK, we advise global brands and the local businesses that form part of their supply chains.

We appreciate that constant innovation is vital to competing on the global stage and help our clients and their legal teams to chart their course through any legal issues that could get in the way.

As a team of specialist technology lawyers, we understand the convergence of information and operational technology systems in this sector; including M2M, robotics and software platforms.

We support advanced engineering businesses with:

> Client and supplier-side procurement projects
> Agency, distribution, reseller and other commercial partnership agreements
> Collaborations and joint ventures with academic institutions and industry partners
> Protecting and licensing intellectual property rights
> Open source strategy and compliance programmes
> Strategic mergers and acquisitions

Media

The media and entertainment sector – spanning film, gaming, music, publishing and TV – is constantly changing as technology continues to develop at breakneck speed and consumer expectations and habits follow.

From the rise of social media influencers to the explosion of over-the-top streaming services, clients in this sector need lawyers who can not only keep pace with how the market is changing, but how regulation is trying to keep pace too.

We provide advice on:

> Digital content licensing
> Platform terms and conditions
> Commissioning, development and co-production agreements
> Advertising and marketing regulation, including in-game advertising
> Data protection issues affecting media platforms
> Gaming and esports agreements with players, investors and sponsors

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Contact Us 

T: 0117 244 0056
E: hello@stephenson.law

Address:
Desklodge House, Redcliffe Way
Bristol, BS1 6NL

Find us on LinkedIn and Instagram

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