Technology Solicitors: Tech as a Service Contracts
"We tried 2 glossy law firms both were very good at the initial introduction.
When it came to crunch the contract was dealt with by junior, lesser experienced employees and as such I got something that was not fit for purposes – leaving me to do the work to correct it and guide them. So, yes, they may have been cheaper than some others, but what about when you add in my time and effort – it turned out to be a false economy.
Our experience with Hall Ellis lawyers was totally different. We got what you’d expect from a focused boutique tech law firm. Tailored technology contracts customised for our business. They knew that we needed something that was not uniform or standard. They fixed what we had and made it work like it should have in the first place.
Now we have a structured contract that we re-use again and again.
Leigh’s tech knowledge is way above your average solicitor. He can focus on the bits that matter rather than try and just understand what I’m talking about. It’s a better way to get tech legal advice.
They got right the first time."
Terms and Conditions Contract: Renovation
"We’re a full-service managed solutions provider. We had been using our old contract for years. It started off well, but became difficult to manage from customer to customer as we grew this led to us having to make fine-tuned adjustments all the time. It was just taking too long to get the contract right for each client.
Since getting our new service provider contract, we’ve seen a reduction of about 30% of the time to get from sale to agreement, along with less friction from the customer with better, broad based protection for the business. The improved efficiency we now achieve in negotiations has been a great investment in our business and client sales."
Reinsurers, Government, Farmers Software Tech product
"We need software developers to do work for us, and advice on setting up our technology-based business. Our tech should shake up the insurance market.
We needed all sorts of legal advice: software development contracts, dodging open source software technology bullets, assessing suitability of open source software for what we want to do, managing intellectual property, structuring investment, best practice when investors come knocking, granting options to interested investors and contracts for deals to be done with suppliers and clients. We can also see what isn’t going to work sooner rather than later.
We’re side-stepping problems that we might have otherwise stepped in later on, and all the hassle that brings. We’re moving forwards fast."
Developing a Software Licensing Business
"I run a popular site that distributes a closed source financial calculations software package.
I needed a software collaboration contract to move towards improving it. It was a complicated arrangement with my new partner. It had to have a series of steps and stages built into it which weren’t normal. It had to be customised.
I was concerned that getting a technology & software licence contract done with all the ins and outs would be a long drawn out process. English isn’t my first language. I was worried it would be too complicated, I wouldn’t understand what I was signing, and I wouldn’t understand what the lawyer was telling me.
The lawyer got it done in the first draft with straight-forward explanations. It was written in easy language and easy to follow. My new partner accepted it first go. No negotiations.
I got the right lawyer for the job first time. I’ve had no messing around and we’ve moved to the next stage."
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