Peter Wainman

| Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1223 222408
Fax: +(44)(0)1223 222591

What can I do for you?

I am a technology lawyer and I specialise in IT law and data protection. I can typically be found drafting and negotiating IT contracts, from major IT outsourcing projects for public sector bodies and PLCs to standard “software as a service” terms for early-stage technology businesses.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

As an IT specialist, I act for a wide range of clients who need my support in different ways. On major projects, I often work alongside experienced IT professionals who expect me to ensure that contractual documents are clear and robust, lead on key negotiations and advise on risk. For growing technology businesses, I often provide guidance on current approaches to IT contracting and how the latest developments in the sector affect them. Many of my clients rely on my judgement in assessing data protection risks, based on over ten years of experience.

A couple of recent successes illustrate how I fit in. I recently advised University Hospitals of Leicester on a £600 million IT outsourcing project. I worked alongside the UHL project team during the procurement process that led to the appointment of IBM as "managed business partner". I led the Mills & Reeve team during the project, advised on the application of procurement laws and took responsibility for agreeing the contract with IBM. We had fantastic feedback from the client and the project received national coverage.

I advise a wide range of high-growth IT businesses. For example, I have worked with Cambridge-based software company Redgate for several years. Redgate's software is used by developers at high-profile businesses around the world. We have worked together on Redgate's standard terms and I have advised on negotiations with Redgate's key customers. Our strong relationship with Redgate is built on a shared culture, reflected in both companies being regularly ranked in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For.

What do others say?

The Legal 500 said that I am "personable, knowledgeable" and Chambers UK commented on the "depth of [my] ... IT sector knowledge". One client told Chambers UK that I am "extremely knowledgeable, not just on UK data protection but across the spectrum of EU data protection matters". I was particularly proud of comments about my team made by clients in Chambers UK: one said "they have always given great commercial advice, their client service is always responsive and their turnaround times prompt and efficient" and another "first-class legal brains with common sense, and they're really nice people."

What else should you know?

I regularly attend events held by the Society for Computers and Law and by techUK to keep up to speed with the latest in IT law. I write for our blog Technology Legal Update. I also contributed to two books: Blogging and Other Social Media and the Law Society’s Data Protection Handbook.

You can find me on LinkedIn.