• At Kemp Little, we are known for our ability to serve the very particular needs of a large but diverse technology client base. Our hands-on industry know-how makes us a good fit with many of the world's biggest technology and digital media businesses, yet means we are equally relevant to companies with a technology bias, in sectors such as professional services, financial services, retail, travel and healthcare.
  • Kemp Little specialises in the technology and digital media sectors and provides a range of legal services that are crucial to fast-moving, innovative businesses.Our blend of sector awareness, technical excellence and responsiveness, means we are regularly ranked as a leading firm by directories such as Legal 500, Chambers and PLC Which Lawyer. Our practice areas cover a wide range of legal issues and advice.
  • Our Commercial Technology team has established itself as one of the strongest in the UK. We are ranked in Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and PLC Which Lawyer, with four of our partners recommended.
  • Our team provides practical and commercial advice founded on years of experience and technical know-how to technology and digital media companies that need to be alert to the rules and regulations of competition law.
  • Our Corporate Practice has a reputation for delivering sound legal advice, backed up with extensive industry experience and credentials, to get the best results from technology and digital media transactions.
  • In the fast-changing world of employment law our clients need practical, commercial and cost-effective advice. They get this from our team of employment law professionals.
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  • We work alongside companies, many with disruptive technologies, that seek funding, as well as with the venture capital firms, institutional investors and corporate ventures that want to invest in exciting business opportunities.
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  • With a service that is commercial and responsive to our clients’ needs, you will find our tax advice easy to understand, cost-effective and geared towards maximising your tax benefits.
  • At Kemp Little, we advise clients in diverse sectors where technology is fundamental to the ongoing success of their businesses.They include companies that provide technology as a service and businesses where the use of technology is key to their business model, enabling them to bring their product or service to market.
  • We bring our commercial understanding of digital business models, our legal expertise and our reputation for delivering high quality, cost-effective services to this dynamic sector.
  • Acting for market leaders and market changers within the media industry, we combine in-depth knowledge of the structural technology that underpins content delivery and the impact of digitisation on the rights of producers and consumers.
  • We understand the risks facing this sector and work with our clients to conquer those challenges. Testimony to our success is the continued growth in our team of professionals and the clients we serve.
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  • For clients operating in the online sector, our teams are structured to meet their commercial, financing, M&A, competition and regulatory, employment and intellectual property legal needs.
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  • Our clients trust us to apply our solutions and know-how to help them make the best use of technology in structuring deals, mitigating key risks to their businesses and in achieving their commercial objectives.
  • We have extensive experience of advising customers and suppliers in the retail sector on technology development, licensing and supply projects, and in advising on all aspects of procurement and online operations.
  • Our legal professionals work alongside social media providers and users in relation to the commercial, privacy, data, advertising, intellectual property, employment and corporate issues that arise in this dynamic sector.
  • Our years of working alongside diverse software clients have given us an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of the software marketplace, market practice and alternative negotiating strategies.
  • Working with direct providers of travel services, including aggregators, facilitators and suppliers of transport and technology, our team has developed a unique specialist knowledge of the sector
  • Your life as an entrepreneur is full of daily challenges as you seek to grow your business. One of the key strengths of our firm is that we understand these challenges.
  • Kemp Little is trusted by some of the world’s leading luxury brands and some of the most innovative e-commerce retailers changing the face of the industry.
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Improving the UK's digital infrastructure: public funding for fibre and 5G

On 23 November 2016 Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the Autumn Statement where his announcements included improvements to the nation’s digital infrastructure. The announcement comes amidst sentiments that the UK has fallen behind other countries with respect to the availability of high speed internet services.

The Autumn Statement announced the creation of a new National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) which will target four areas: digital communications, housing, transport and R&D. The NPIF will spend £23 billion on these four areas by 2022. In respect of digital infrastructure, Hammond stated that “[o]ur future transport, business and lifestyle needs will require world class digital infrastructure to underpin them”. Of the NPIF’s £23 billion, £740 million will be targeted towards two main objectives: encouraging the private sector to implement full-fibre connections and supporting trials of mobile 5G.

First, of the £740 million, £400 million is part of the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund to fund the extension of fibre networks to more areas across the UK over the next four years. Fibre networks are faster and more reliable than traditional copper internet cables and the work envisioned is to extend the networks directly to people's houses, rather than, as is currently the case, to a local connection point from which copper cables connect to the house causing the speed to slow down.  Fibre-optic cables extending to homes directly is called “full fibre” or Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) and avoids the slower copper cables entirely. The intention if for the £400 million to be matched by private investment.  Smaller providers will be able to borrow from this fund so as to provide a competitive service.

A set of tax breaks will be available for internet providers for five years starting 1 April 2017 when the Government will provide a new 100% business rates relief for new full-fibre infrastructure.  The hope is to help smaller businesses by reducing the cost of fibre and thereby supporting extension to more areas. The intention is also to provide funding to local areas to support investment in a larger full-fibre network across the UK. On 29 December 2016 the Government opened a call for evidence seeking views on how public funding can be better used to encourage further and faster deployment of full-fibre broadband networks.[1] The review is set to close on 31 January 2017.

Second, the Government is aiming to provide funding for fibre and 5G trials.  5G stands for fifth generation and is expected to be rolled out in 2020. It will greatly increase download speeds and is expected to provide connections for up to a million mobile internet users per square kilometer. 5G will also allow the use of much higher quantities of data enabling for instance streaming of high-definition media on mobile devices without Wi-Fi. Research into 5G also seeks to improve support for the internet of things (IOT). Additional details are expected in due course, with confirmation of the allocation at Budget 2017. 

The overall goal is to bring faster and more reliable internet access across the UK, boost the next generation of mobile connectivity, and keep the UK at the forefront of the development of IOT.

With reliable, fast internet service now considered a basic expectation and many feeling that the UK has lagged behind other countries in terms of speed and connectivity, the announcement of public funding being earmarked to tackle these problems can only be seen as welcome. The coming years will show how the extension, including by smaller industry players, work out, how successful the tax incentives are, and what the results of the 5G trials are.  What can at this stage be surmised is that the Chancellor acknowledges that the UK’s digital infrastructure needs upgrading and has a keen desire to stimulate improvements, which in turn shows an appreciation by the Government of just how essential access high speed broadband really is.

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Emma Wright