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Our disputes team has extensive experience of a wide range of IT disputes in both the public and private sectors, including document-intensive and technically complex project disputes.

We also handle data breaches, including advising on the initial response and containment, notification and third party claims.

Our experienced team prides itself on its commercial approach and utilise all forms of dispute resolution, including adjudication, mediation, expert determination and litigation.

And working with our full-service firm, you will also benefit from support from our commercial experts, helping you assess risk and devise strategies to get projects back on track, transition or exit a contract.

Our experience
  • Acting for a Dutch-based IT service provider on claims arising following a pilot study prior to a company-wide roll-out by a multi-national food producer.
  • Advising a major provider of outsourcing services regarding termination and step-in rights in connection with a major government agency.
  • Acting for a NHS Trust in assessing the cause of delay and a major cost overrun on a key patient administration system and implementing an exit strategy.
  • Acting for an IT service provider in defending claims following a major data breach and resulting ICO investigation.
  • Acting for a software supplier in a claim for copyright infringement arising from the alteration of file structures to assist data migration from a legacy system.
  • Acting for a supplier of website services in defending claims by an on-line retailer following termination of a project to build a new site.
  • Acting for an NHS Trust in relation to alleged breach of Licence claims and threatened termination of key IT services.
  • Acting for an IT service provider to a London law firm and defending claims following a hack and a resulting claim by a property client to recover a significant loss.

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Tim Toomey

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3317

+44 (0)773 802 8207

Email Tim Toomey

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Judy Baker

Partner | IP/IT

+44 (0) 330 137 3439

+44 (0) 784 351 5807

Email Judy Baker

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What people say

  • The Ward Hadaway LLP team comprises specialist partners in a broad range of sector disciplines. Partners are supported by efficient, professional support teams. Client communication at all levels and via all media forms is exceptional. Impressive IT support, especially client collaborative hubs

    Legal 500
  • Connor Simpson-Key has shown openness to our ideas and knowledge of how defendants are likely to respond, where this may not be what the firm are used to dealing with. There seems to be a
    fair amount of oversight and consideration from more than one individual at the firm, for significant decisions. We like this collaborative approach.

    Legal 500
  • My main point of contact is Ian McCombie. I think he has very sound legal judgment and commercial nous. I think he gives clients confidence that he understands their cases fully and can hatch an intelligent strategy to see the case through to the end.

    Legal 500
  • Strong suite of IP Lawyers, who have shown willingness to be flexible to our needs, as a medium-sized business

    Legal 500
  • Ian McCombie – able, engaging and tireless.

    Legal 500
  • High-profile commercial litigators

    Legal 500
  • Tim Toomey- Tim is always very commercially attuned and deals with matters quickly and cost effectively

    Legal 500, client quote
  • Good value service and added extras including bespoke training provided. They offer particularly good value and keep costs proportionate to claim value.

    Legal 500, client quote
  • I mainly work with Judy Baker who has excellent in depth knowledge of data protection law and is also extremely organised and methodical in her approach to responding to queries and issues. Her advice is always very thorough and well thought through whilst also being easy to understand.

    Legal 500, client quote

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