Howard specialises in technology transactions and data protection, with a focus on the financial services and retail sectors. 

Howard is involved in a wide-range of technology transactions, including leading on complex IT outsourcings, supporting M&A deals with specialist advice and providing buyer-side clients with a pragmatic approach to cloud services contracts.  Howard's data protection expertise complements his work on technology transactions and includes advising on general data protection compliance, data processing and data sharing arrangements, cross-border transfers of data and data protection impact assessments. 

Howard has spent 12 months on secondment to a FTSE 250 plc.  During his secondment, Howard supported the business on technology transactions and international projects, whilst also helping out by providing more general commercial contracts advice across a range of matters.

Experience
  • Acting for one of the UK's largest financial advisor networks on the re-contracting of an MSA for IT services with a strategically important supplier, including (i) identifying and discussing key legal and regulatory requirements with senior leadership; (ii) leading negotiation sessions; and (iii) closing the deal within tight deadlines to enable the supplier's focus to remain on service delivery to our client
  • Acting for an established and growing equity release business on a contract allowing our client to migrate from its end of life on-premises equity release software to a cloud-based solution, including (i) development and implementation; (ii) data migration; (iii) service desk; and (iv) support and hosting
  • Advising major international financial institutions on their GDPR compliance programmes, including: (i) GDPR-proof data protection clauses; (ii) the remediation of their third party contracts for compliance with the GDPR; and (iii) carrying out data protection impact assessments
  • Key strategic advice to a FTSE 250 plc on the divestment of its UK business from its wider global business, including (i) high-volume contract reviews and due diligence; (ii) new standalone contracts between the divested entity with key suppliers; and (iii) transitional services agreements for previously shared services, in particular for the cross-jurisdiction phased migration of IT services and infrastructure.