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Technology

Technology

Uncertainty. Innovation. Opportunity.

Callum Sinclair

UK-wide (and Scotland is no exception) Brexit has raised many uncertainties – never well received in this typically cautious arena.  Possible loss of passporting rights – which facilitate the operation of UK businesses across Europe without the need to establish a separate subsidiary – is the hottest topic.  To establish a new sub in another country is not insurmountable but should this prove necessary businesses will face significant practical, and costly, issues – the need to transfer assets from one entity to another is a complex regulatory process.  The extent to which th

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Accelerating Growth Towards A Smaller World The Smart Way

Margaret Bochel

Literary critic and writer Cyril Connolly once said “No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.”   And yet the Edinburgh and South East Scotland (ESES) City Region Deal clearly articulates an aspiration for growth; the clue being in its branding “Accelerating Growth”.  But are the two incompatible?

The ESES City Region Deal is an ambitious bid, particularly in terms of its focus on, amongst other things, infrastructure investment, including digital connectivity.

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The Gig Economy

“Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate.

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Smarten Up! Why Embracing Smart Cities Concepts Is Good For Your Business

Maggie Bochel

Why Smart Cities?

Smart Cities are a reaction to the increasing concentration of the world’s population in urban areas resulting in a collision with eco-systems.  Although accounting for just over 50% of the world’s population, urban areas account for more than 75% of the consumption of non-renewable resources and three quarters of global pollution.

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Opportunities And Challenges In IT For Financial Services

Change has never happened this fast before, and it will never be this slow again...

It is fair to say that the Financial sector has seen some massive changes in the use of IT over the last few years, but with the explosion of Fintech and the continued uptake in use of the cloud, we are poised to see some substantial further changes over the next few years – including the adoption of artificial intelligence, robo advice, blockchain and open banking.

Drivers for Change?

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How Law Transforms Technology

When I was young, technology always excited me. I vividly remember the excitement of Christmas morning opening gifts of the latest games console or gadget. Technology has moved on so much since the early nineties, but those early days triggered a continued interest in transformative technology.

Ideas that change the way we work and socialise still excite me and that is why I wanted to forge a career in technology law. I relish meeting clients who have identified an idea that could fundamentally change the “way things are done”.

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From Telephones To Smart Technology

Louisa Boyack, Senior Solicitor

Scotland again seems to be making a splash in the technology world, impressively housing two of the world’s 152 technology ‘unicorns’ (technology firms whose valuation has exceeded $1bn): Skyscanner and FanDuel, along with a technology sector that has enjoyed a growth rate of 43.4% over the past five years, far exceeding the UK average.

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Device Mesh, Imagination And The Law

Callum Sinclair, Head of Technology

Only imagination limits the opportunities available from our rapidly connected world. It’s hard to think of a household product or work device that could not have some benefit from being connected to another application via the internet of things (IoT), which adapts based on data from another source.

Unsurprisingly, Gartner identified that the number-one strategic technology trend for 2016 would be the so-called device mesh: the ever-expanding set of end points that people can use to find information and communicate online.

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"Bite-Size" Legal Predictions on Brexit And The Tech Sector (Part 2)

Callum Sinclair, Head of Technology

Thanks to all those who viewed Part 1 of my Brexit and the Tech Sector update (which you can find here).

As promised, this Part 2 covers impact of Brexit on existing and future contracts, and some typical clauses which could be affected.

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“Bite-Size” Legal Predictions On Brexit And The Tech Sector (Part 1)

  • The tech sector will not be heavily affected – there might be a bit of a slowdown whilst uncertainty endures, but the UK and US lead the world on tech innovation and that’s unlikely to change even if a few businesses do relocate (though there’s no evidence yet of that happening in numbers and I don’t believe it will). The tech community is generally very adaptable and agile.
  • Technology transformation and related projects opportunities are likely to arise from re-locating or restructuring of businesses or parts of them (e.g.

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