Information Technology CV

Telephone: 07785 771 721

E-mail: daidavis@iee.org

Dai is a Technology Lawyer.  He read Physics at Keble College, Oxford and took a Masters Degree in Computing Science at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne before qualifying as a Solicitor.  He is a qualified Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.  Dai is an active member of the Society for Computers and Law in the United Kingdom and has been Chairman of its Northern Branch and a member of the Council of that Society.  Dai has consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession.

Having been national head of Intellectual Property Law and later national head of Information Technology law at Eversheds for a number of years, Dai is now the principal in his own law practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co Ltd.  He is based primarily in Leeds and London.

Dai advises clients on intellectual property, computer and technology law including such topical matters as E-Commerce IT Security and Cloud Computing issues.  He is primarily a non-contentious lawyer, specialising in advising on commercial agreements relating to software and technology products, including outsourcing agreements and web-related contracts.  He also has considerable experience advising public bodies on data protection and freedom of information issues.

A third “super specialism” that Dai has practised for over two decades is what can most easily be described as high-tech product safety.  This involves advising on such technical legal matters as the law relating to CE Marking as well as advising on the practicalities of product safety and product recall.  In the latter area Dai has considerable experience in the area of crisis management.

Dai has been the convenor of the International Electro-technical Committee TC56 – Legal Advisory Working Group (IEC TC56 being the organisation which is responsible for drafting international maintainability and dependability standards).  He therefore has considerable exposure to the drafting, interpretation and legal effect of standards.  He has detailed experience on advising on the interaction between standards and the law, particularly in the area of CE Marking.

Dai is a regular conference speaker and contributor to legal and technology journals.  For the last decade, he has been a Council Member of the Licensing Executives Society of the United Kingdom, a body of professionals dealing in intellectual property licensing.  Dai is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Summary of Experience in Information Technology related Matters

  • Advising many companies involved in the supply of information technology on a wide range of contracts and disputes.  Preparing and negotiating development agreements, standard terms and conditions and co-venturing arrangements.  Clients include Admiral, Arrk, Athium, Audiotag Systems, Ciphertext, CSE International, Discount Licensing, Environmental Quality Squared, Fountain Court Chambers, Freedom Digital, Gaist, ICM Computer Group, Information Junction, Intervoice Brite, Logica, Maximum Network Solutions, Moore Stephens, Morningstar, Nexor, Pangora, Postdox, Safe Technology, Singlepoint Holdings, Skynet Technologies Network, Strategic Systems International and WXXT.
  • Acting for the buyers of large computer systems and outsourced IT solutions.  Clients whom he has helped with such acquisitions include companies such as Acceleris Marketing Communications, Action for Employment, Allianz, Bank of Ireland, Dana, David McLean Homes. DC Leisure, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Empire Online, Hays Chemicals, IFI-Rapidrop, Ingersoll-Rand, Interchange and Consort Hotels (who trade as “Best Western”), Kelloggs, McCarthy & Stone, NTP, Osta, Price Forbes, Priory Homes Provident Insurance, Rackham Housefloors, St. George, Siemens AG, Skipton Building Society, S R Gent, Triumph Motorcycles, Vision Express, Vivendi Group and Zurich Insurance.
  • Advising internet trading companies such as Bradwell IT, Chromocyte, Easyetrader, FC Deli, Garden Capital, Lead Advisory Company, Sputnik, Useful Students and Virtual College.
  • Advising charities such as Diabetes UK, PETA, RNLI, RSPCA and RSPB in the acquisition of IT systems and in the area of data protection.
  • Advising public sector clients on IT procurement, Data Protection and Freedom of Information matters including Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Borough of Macclesfield, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (formerly Department of Trade and Industry), Calderdale Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Isle of Man Government, London Borough of Sutton, North West Leicestershire District Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Renaissance South Yorkshire.  Also advising numerous private companies on Data Protection and Freedom of Information matters.
  • Advising numerous companies on web-related contracts and disputes including breaches of confidence, copyright infringement, defamation issues, domain name disputes, e-mail disclaimers and privacy statements.
  • Dai is a regular paid lecturer on Information Technology matters.  He gives approximately 30 lectures a year.  He has presented to numerous organisations, including British Computer Society, Central Law Training, College of Law, Croner, Federation Against Software Theft, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Intellect (formerly the Computer Software and Services Association), International Bar Association, Interactive Business Events, Licensing Executives Society, MBL, MTS Information Transfer, Safety Critical Software Club, Society for Computers and Law and York University.
  • He has also written and had published over 30 articles in this area, including for magazines such as Approval, Butterworths Tolley Health & Safety Update, Compliance Engineering, Computer Weekly, Computing, Croner, HouseBuilder, IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Review, International Federation of Computer Law Associations, ISACA, ISSA, Motor Transport, Plant & Works Engineering, Privacy Laws & Business Retail Technology, Municipal Journal Risk Technology, Safety Critical Systems Club Newsletter and The Register.  He has chapters included in several published books including The Yearbook of Law Computers & Technology, Safety Aspects of Computer Control, Legal Implications of the Millennium Bug and The Responsible Software Engineer.

Seminars

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