A technology lawyer of some 40 years’ experience, Richard has seen the IT industry from all sides - as an in-house lawyer with two substantial UK based systems houses, a lawyer in City of London practice and now as the head of his own practice offering legal services to IT companies large and small as well as acting as mediator and arbitrator in IT disputes.
Over the course of his career, Richard has been involved in some of the largest IT litigation and transactions and now gets involved in particular with Cloud contracting. When Richard set up his own private practice, the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession described him as a “leader in his field” and as “good news on the most complex of matters”.
Richard is a well known IT lawyer, having served two years as Chair of the Society for Computers & Law and is currently serving as Chair of the Legal Affairs Group at techUK. He has been a regular speaker at conferences both in the UK and internationally and has been providing training for over ten years: his annual lecture on Contract Law Developments attracting hundreds of attendees every year.
I found the Contract Law course very useful. The course highlighted that all employees are able to impact the ability of the business to protect itself from legal challenges, not just those who negotiate the original contracts. Directors, managers, project teams, sales teams and operations managers particularly within SMEs would greatly benefit from attending this course. Highly recommended.
Michelle Hulse - Head of Finance, Securestorm Ltd
I work with contracts on a daily basis, and this course has given me a more thorough understanding of the basics of English contract law. Richard Stephens is incredibly experienced and pitches this course at just the right level and tempo.
David Shaw - Mapping Specialist, Paragon Software Systems plc
I have been on many courses since university but this was the best course I have ever been on.
Commercial manager - attending a similar in-house seminar
Richard's seminar was, in truth, a master class. Absolutely superb. Rich in content and delivered with humour too. Well done Richard. Only problem.......it gets me thinking about all those exclusion clauses, indemnities etc. etc. Ah well.
Private practice lawyer - after attending the speaker's annual contracts update for the Society for Computers & Law
The contract law course was concise, well-structured and clear. It was exhilarating to have covered so much in so short a time. Attention was usefully drawn to the points of most relevance to commercial practitioners who did not have the benefit of a legal background.
Josh Berle, Government Sales Director, VocaLink Limited
An engaging and very interactive course offering a one-of-a-kind look at contracts within the context of the information technology landscape. Richard is an approachable and user-friendly presenter and the course is well worth attending for professionals involved in the contract negotiation process.
Laura Poole, Bid & Contracts Advisor - Iken Business Ltd
The training class was slick and insightful; with knowledge gained being directly applicable to a working environment. Richard has an outstanding understanding of the subject matter, but it was his ability to construct and communicate a well-paced, digestible and inclusive course that I was truly thankful for.
Graeme Lea - General Dynamics
A great course, well presented and aimed at the manager with no specific law training. Would recommend as an introduction to the pitfalls and simple mitigations to prevent contract disaster.
Chris Eldridge - Director of Operations, Mayden