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Science & Industry

The UK is one of the world’s most innovative economies and a global leader in science and research. Our Science and Industry team supports universities, non-departmental public bodies, and those institutions that support and fund innovation.

Many years of collective experience collaborating with some of the UK’s most innovative organisations means that we understand the environments in which our clients operate. We advise most of the UK’s STEM’s fund providers and support many of the UK’s faster growing STEM companies.

We are one of a couple of law firms advising the Open Data Institute on the creation and operation of Data Trusts and are leaders in the field of ‘information sharing’. Data protection legislation is not always seen as a building block towards a free flowing of data, but it can be just that when the right foundations are put in place.  

BPE's Technology team has considerable experience assisting clients in all these areas. As well as this, the team has extensive experience in working with universities and research facilities, life sciences and with data trusts, specialist knowledge that has been gained by working as in-house counsel and driven by a passion for helping clients to invest in knowledge leadership and technology practices. Our pragmatic and commercial lawyers are experts in the vast and rapidly growing technology sector, and work with clients to achieve their goals.

Corporate Governance

We appreciate that high quality corporate governance helps to underpin long-term company performance.

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State Aid

We regularly act for actual or alleged recipients of State aid, awarding authorities and public bodies.

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Public Procurement

We are able to help you to choose your procurement route, advise on running the tender process, prepare contract notices, review and advise on PQQ and ITT documents, drafting tender documents, deal with challenges and review and challenge the process.

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Relationships with Public Funders

We are experienced in dealing with the particular sensitivities often attached to maintaining effective relationships with Government departments and other public funding bodies.

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Data Protection

We advise on a comprehensive range of data protection law.

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Freedom of Information

We mainly advise on how best to respond to receipt of Freedom of Information requests.

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Big, Open, Linked and Meta Data

Our Innovation team distinguish themselves through their fundamental understanding of the fast changing approaches that are being taken towards data sets.

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Intellectual Property

Working in an environment where knowledge is all powerful, the ability to identify what can be protected and the most appropriate methods for doing so in the sector(s) in which a client operates is, our clients tell us, very valuable.

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Confidentiality Issues

We protect employers against misuse of software, data and other materials where issues of breach of confidence and breach of contract also arise.

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Corporate Finance

We provide valuable advice to our clients in relation to their corporate finance, advising on the buying and selling of their technology assets and capital investments.

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