Technology disputes

Technology disputes happen. Projects may become distressed, run over budget, or be significantly delayed. Hardware can go wrong, and software can fail, or fail to deliver. Data can be lost, corrupt or privacy lost. Licensing or funding of new technologies can run into difficulty. Termination may be contemplated, and a new deal or new supplier required.

Dispute management in these instances requires a broad team of technology lawyers working hand in hand with litigation experts. Early intervention, contract management, and dispute escalation skills are needed, and an understanding of the technical and commercial drivers.

We advise on scope redefinition, termination, injunctive relief, new procurement strategies, database protection & extraction, overselling claims, and consumer recalls. We work on expert determinations, arbitrations, adjudications and litigation and can assist when suppliers go through insolvency.

Our award winning IP team can also assist in online infringement issues and ISP defences, online and computer fraud, and domain names issues.

Our experience includes:

  • Expert determination and then project reset regarding a failing £40m IT transition and transformation project.
  • ICC arbitration concerning implementation of software distribution channel in eticketing infrastructure and IT services deal.
  • Recovering and preventing coding appropriation by former employees and trade secret protection strategies.
  • Multiparty arbitration concerning hardware design and human interface issues and defective implementation claims.
  • Coordinating strategic advice concerning litigation exposure on EU software roll out plans.
  • Arbitration concerning European and CIS distribution of laser scanning software and hardware.
  • Global technology recall giving rise to arbitration proceedings in Hong Kong, The Hague and London.
  • Defence of civil antitrust damages claims regarding cartelised global supply of technology hardware.
  • Defending claims concerning performance and supply of fingerprint recognition hardware and software technologies.