Our Legal Team

Corporate & Commercial Team

Ruth Smith

Consultant Solicitor

01565 652 411


Specialist areas:

  • Software development contracts
  • Intellectual property protection and licensing, including copyright, trade marks, design rights and patents
  • Technology contracts
  • Data protection

About me:

I provide straightforward, practical legal advice focussing on intellectual property, software and technology. Having spent several years as an in-house solicitor for a software development PLC I understand the issues from the client’s perspective and use this in-house experience to provide tailored solutions that meet the client’s needs and are integrated with their overall business requirements.

I am able to assist businesses with all aspects of software development contracts as well as licensing, support and maintenance. I also advise on protecting and exploiting intellectual property.

In addition, I can carry out several types of audits including data protection, internet policies and website to help businesses ensure they are compliant with current legislation.

Key cases:

  • Bidding and negotiating contracts with a major broadcaster for the provision of interactive digital content
  • Negotiating contracts for interactive content to a major book publisher
  • Contracts for the development and licensing of virtual learning environments
  • Successfully advising clients on copyright infringement, achieving an attractive settlement and avoiding litigation

Professional memberships: Law Society

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