Stuart James

Stuart James

Partner

Stuart is a partner in our Intellectual Property & Technology practice in Birmingham. He advises on a wide range of commercial and IT contracts, including major distribution, logistics, outsourcing, shared services and joint ventures.

He has particular expertise in advising on the procurement and supply of IT systems and IT outsourcing arrangements as well as website and software development, hosting and licensing, software as a service (SAAS), open source software, cloud computing, e-commerce and data security matters. In addition, he drafts and advises clients on contracts for the supply and procurement of goods and services of all types, including specialist supplies to utilities, manufacturing businesses, recycling schemes, retailers, healthcare providers, the defence industry and IT suppliers.

Stuart is a member of the Society for Computers & Law and also works as a supervisor and advisor at the Birmingham Legal Advice Clinic, part of the LawWorks charity group, providing a drop-in centre for free legal advice on simple debt, benefits and consumer issues to people in the West Midlands.

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IT Experience

  • Advising National Grid on the acquisition of a new IT system to provide business critical electricity balancing services to the UK electricity grid.
  • Drafting and advising a fast-growing provider of advanced converged networks and infrastructure solutions on its contract for the supply and support of IT and telecoms network infrastructure to a key client. The networks provided included a mix of systems sourced predominantly from Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent.
  • Advising Focus Solutions Group Plc on a £10 million contract for the supply of its multichannel distribution software solution to a major international bank.The work included advising on issues arising from the use of open source software, ownership and use of developed IPR, and solution delivery and acceptance as well as ongoing support and maintenance services.
  • Drafting and advising a software supplier on its standard solution supply terms and on the use of open source software with its own proprietary solutions, includingadvising on GPL, Lesser GPL and Apache open source licences.
  • Advising Ricardo plc on the negotiation of contracts for the acquisition and implementation of an SAP based ERP solution to be rolled out to its group worldwide.
  • Advising an international retailer on contracts with BT for the acquisition and implementation of new telecoms networks and on contracts with numerous IT solutions providers for the supply of hosting services and business critical IT systems.
  • Advising and AIM listed software supplier on contracts for the supply, licensing and support of its point of sale and back office accounting software packages to key customers in the retail and leisure sectors, including customers such as YO! Sushi, Merlin Entertainments and Pret a Manger.

Utilities Experience

  • Advising National Grid on a wide range of automatic meter reading projects relating to the preparation for and roll-out of smart meter reading services in the UK gas and electricity sectors, both for industrial and domestic use.
  • Advising E.ON on various metering contracts and on issues relating to the roll-out of smart metering both to its own domestic customers and in its capacity as a supplier of independent meter reading services.
  • Drafting and advising the successful bidder on IT, intellectual property and liability limitation aspects of their contracts for the management and operation of the Sellafield Nuclear Site, including ensuring that key intellectual property of each of the three consortium members backing the bid could be used within the project but without the risk of this being licensed more widely for use elsewhere.

General Commercial Experience

  • Drafting and advising a commercial property developer a long-term contract for the management and operation of a rail freight terminal, including advising on associated connection agreements and contracts with users of the terminal.
  • Advising a regional development agency on the establishment and operation of a £40 million manufacturing technology centre. The work included drafting contracts with the various members/investors that took into account the different interests of each of the parties, particularly in relation to intellectual property, whilst remaining compliant with state aid and competition law.
  • Drafting and advising HCA International (one of the world’s leading private healthcare providers) on their contract with University College Hospital London for the establishment and operation of a joint venture with the NHS trust for the establishment operation of a new specialist cancer treatment unit. The project was the first partnership of its type between the NHS and a private healthcare provider and we have continued to advise HCA as the unit has expanded.
  • Advising Valpak, one of the UK’s largest waste recycling schemes on all aspects of the operation of its Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment take-back scheme, including advising on liabilities of Valpak’s members under the WEEE Regulations.
  • Advising a major retailer on contracts for merchant card services with an annual transaction value of over £500 million as well as advising the retailer on all legal aspects of its gift and insurance card schemes
  • Advising a leading supermarket and a premier league football club on the terms of their online stores and websites including drafting online terms of trade, advising on website compliance issues and on the terms of their website hosting and procurement contracts to fulfil orders accepted on-line and use of mobile sites and app downloads.

Education

  • Nottingham Law School, Law Degree, 1998
  • University of Oxford, M.A., 1995

Admissions

  • England and Wales, 2000
  • Recognized as a leading individual by Chambers UK 2016
  • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Corporate and commercial; IT & Telecoms; Intellectual Property
  • Recommended in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 UK.
  • Listed as a leading individual in the 2011 edition of The Legal 500 UK.

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