Sheilah advises across day-to-day and complex technology, commercial, franchising and data protection matters, both domestic and international, with particular expertise in the defence, banking, insurance administration, university and retail sectors. She also works with public sector clients.

Sheilah works extensively on technology projects for customers and suppliers including outsourcing and procurement, software development and licensing, cloud, OSS and AI issues, industrial and academic collaborations, app development, ecommerce and other general TMT matters. She is adept at co-ordinating legal and SME input from multiple jurisdictions and guiding project teams to coherent resolutions.

In parallel, Sheilah advises on compliance with relevant data protection and privacy laws in the use of customer, employee and third party data and the deployment of cookies and similar technology in day-to-day work and large-scale cloud and outsourcing deals.

She advises on a wide range of commercial contracts, frameworks, T&Cs and BPOs and on the impact of relevant regulatory regimes on them e.g. competition law, advertising codes and consumer requirements, and sector specific contracting methods such as DEFCONs. Sheilah is also a recognised franchising expert, providing advice on the full range of issues faced by franchisors, franchisees, industry bodies and consultants.

She is skilled at delivering training for a variety of audiences, as well as understanding the needs of in-house lawyers and their internal clients having worked in-house for several years at both BAE Systems and the University of Southampton prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson in May 2020.

Sheilah is a member of the Society for Computers and Law.


Examples of experience include advising:

  • Global investment bank – negotiation of multiple IT and business process outsourcing projects up to c. £500m in value, many requiring legal input and management across several years and the management of legal and SME input from multiple jurisdictions, covering development, maintenance and global roll-out of new back office systems, renewal and re-platforming of telephony trading systems, replacement of MFDs, procurement of development, test and automation services, and procurement of recruitment services and publication subscriptions. Handing data protection and regulatory requirements in conjunction with the bank's in-house specialists
  • Supplier of IT migration project management tools – acting for a global developer of software designed to revolutionize the management of enterprise IT transformation projects, negotiating numerous supply and consultancy contracts, framework agreements, EULAs, data security addendums, reseller agreements and development licences with a range of multinational, governmental and professional service customers, along with preparing and updating standard internal contract templates
  • British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company - responsible for the provision of IP and technology law expertise across the Maritime, Australian and US Programmes business units, as well as strategic UK university engagements, primarily in relation to MOD and CCS contracts, RFPs and frameworks e.g. DOS3 / DOS4 but also in relation to university collaborations, technology bolt-ons, international projects, sponsorship arrangements, commercialisation of software, software development kits, application of law to AI, OSS use, marking regimes, shared service projects, IP strategy and management plans
  • Leading global insurer - on the re-platforming of their UK and European broker policy administration system and insurer e-trade solution, and on the development and licensing of a global trade credit management system
  • Leading South Coast independent, regional co-operative – providing on-going advice to a co-op on their own convenience store franchise network including preparing standard form franchise and related agreements and advising on franchisee issues, as well as negotiation of the contractual arrangements for their international coffee shop franchises being operated as a franchisee, along with other assorted commercial agreements.

“Great subject knowledge, commercial acumen and client relationship-building ability.” 

Chambers 2017 - A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016

“She is a very shrewd, commercial lawyer who is easy to work with.” 

Chambers UK - A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016

“Understands business needs and provides advice in such a way that agreements are legally robust yet in line with clients’ goals.” 

The Legal 500 UK 2016

“Sheilah Mackie is ‘tenacious', with ‘a great eye for detail'."

The Legal 500 UK 2014