June 14, 2022
Cybercrime and Solicitors
Over the past year, there has been a significant increase in cyber-related attacks with solicitors and their clients being specifically targeted for attacks. In light of this, in this piece...
At Lavelle Partners our specialist litigation & dispute resolution solicitors have the skills and experience to handle even the most complex IT, technology, telecoms or outsourcing dispute, across any legal jurisdiction.
This area of law requires a hybrid of skillsets capable of understanding not only the technical aspects of the dispute but also the ability to make sense of often highly complex contracts between a range of parties. Most businesses and organisations enter into contractual relationships with technology providers, whether in relation to networking, telecoms, computing, security, cloud business applications or any other IT related needs. As such, contractual disputes occur all too frequently.
One area of common dispute relates to service level agreements, whereby promised performance targets in relation to service response or resolution times have been routinely breached.
We can assist clients at any stage of a dispute with a technology provider, whether putting the other party on notice regarding performance concerns, entering into alternative dispute resolution (ADR) or formal litigation.
We understand that formal litigation is not always advantageous in contexts whereby the relationship with a third-party IT provider is strategically imperative, and there is no desire to terminate contractual relations. It may be that it has taken considerable time, money and resource to reach a specific point in a joint venture or partnership project, and hence the goal is to purely resolve a specific matter and preserve the relationship. In such cases, ADR can be truly effective.
Our litigation team can also advise in relation to disputes arising from misselling, whereby a technology provider of any type has misrepresented their technical or delivery capabilities. In such situations, you may be seeking to terminate your contract or to find ways to resolve the matter, perhaps by seeking damages for losses.
Lavelle Partners are also able to provide legal guidance in relation to breaches of your IT security, including breaches of data and intellectual property. If an IT provider or information processor (as in the context of the GDPR) has placed data held by your organisation at risk or caused it to be unlawfully acquired through a cyber attack, we can assist you.
For further information regarding IT Disputes in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Partners in confidence on (01) 644 5800.
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