• 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.
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What are some of the key changes you have seen in the digital legal space over the past five or so years?

Over the last five years we have seen numerous changes which have all led to changes in  the digital legal space – to name a few:

  • social media is now so popular that it is a fundamental part of a business’ web presence
  • many businesses think ‘mobile first'
  • digital marketing teams have moved from silos to omni-channel and increasingly rely on technology to ensure relevant engagement with their audiences
  • businesses now have a whole host of opportunities to reach a variety of audiences – mobile, social media and video formats as well as traditional media
  • there is broad adoption of cloud solutions by all businesses  
  •  big data has come of age

How has this changed your approach to digital law?

As digital lawyers these changes mean that we need to be able to combine black letter law learning, sometimes in entirely new areas, with creativity. Where we are working on innovative digital products this frequently means that we need to engage with regulators to help guide the regulatory approach. Alongside this, we recognise that to remain relevant to our clients we need to be at the forefront of the emerging legal and technology issues - what was cutting edge know how and IP for us five years ago (think of the legal issues around open source, cloud sourcing and businesses using social media as a channel to market) is no longer cutting edge.

What new legal challenges has mobile created?

It is estimated that more people own mobile phones than toothbrushes – mobile is truly ubiquitous. This has meant that mobile is where much of the growth is happening and where many of the most innovative products and applications are being developed. The legal challenges are driven by the sector. For instance, mobile payment has raised complex issues around e-money and payment services.For us as digital lawyers this has meant that we have had to structure contracts in new ways and deal with legal and regulatory issues such as telecoms, data protection and financial services.  Another example is mobile marketing- the combination of big data, mobile profiling and location has created ‘information gold’ but at the same time a host of privacy issues.  

What are some of the main legal challenges that digital companies turn to companies like Kemp Little to overcome now?

Digital companies turn to us to advice on key transactions and events through their lifetime as well as supporting their day to day operation requirements. To give you some examples; we advise digital businesses on their formation and funding, joint ventures and strategic partnerships, M&A (both roll up acquisitions and their sale), IP strategy, staff incentives, litigation and the contractual and legal relationships with customers and suppliers.To do this we need a deep understanding of the underlying technology, business models and the applicable law and regulation.   

Consumers seem to care more about privacy and the security of their data online now. What challenges does this create for you and your clients?

For our larger technology clients we have seen privacy and data security move up the corporate risk agenda steadily over the last 30 years (it’s been 30 years since the first Data Protection Act came into force in the UK). Fast forward to 2014 – privacy and data security are now a headline makers, individuals have far less tolerance for privacy violations and the loss of their personal data, we now have the right to be forgotten on search, data is ‘information gold’ and a new EU regulation on data privacy is two years away.The new EU regulation is likely to see stronger enforcement (with the power to impose material fines).

Our larger clients are managing these challenges by ensuring that there is proper governance and accountability, business rules specific to data are in place (typically coupled with technology to control use and security of data) and time is being invested in relationships with regulators who deal with privacy and security (often in a number of jurisdictions with different rules applying). We advise on and sometimes audit all of these things.  

While there are and will no doubt continue to be headlines, for the most part businesses are ensuring that individual privacy rights are adhered to. 

Looking forward, what are some tech sectors that you think new legal issues will emerge in? 

The list is growing day by day so I will pick just two.

As an Isaac Asimov fan I have to mention robots. As robots move from the factory to the home and artificial intelligence becomes a reality, it is easy to see new issues arising in terms of product liability, agency and autonomy. 

A more slightly more prosaic example is the ever growing list of technology that is collecting data on us - from smart meters in our home to wearable tech and sensors – it is easy to see legal issues beyond privacy emerging in connection with the access and use of data from this technology.For instance, should access to this data (or the results of analysis of this data) be a condition for the provision of access to certain healthcare service? Should access to this data be a condition for providing life insurance at certain costs? 

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