Digital Business

innovative and cutting
edge approach

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We work with inspired companies, global businesses working on the cutting edge. We consistently achieve great results for our clients. We advise technology companies and digital telecoms companies as they evolve and deal with challenges in this complex market.

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What We Focus On

Compelling and creative legal advice

At Adams Law, we specialise in providing a custom made service for our clients. We know that the media and communications industry is evolving fast and it is critical that your business stays ahead of social and technological developments in the market. You can tell us exactly the type of service you want and we can deliver outstanding, consistent and industry specific legal services that will significantly enhance your business. By choosing Adams Law as your legal advisers, you will undoubtedly benefit from top quality legal advice and outstanding industry specific knowledge delivered by pragmatic and strategic solicitors.

Innovative and cutting edge approach

Our approach is innovative. We understand technology and the media and communications industry. Our overriding mission is to make legal services easier for you. If we can provide you with our top quality legal advice in the manner that you want it delivered, we can assure you success in your endeavours. So, before giving you advice, let’s sit down and talk about your requirements and your expectations, and we can tell you how we can deliver on those requirements and expectations.

Focused on achieving your business goals

For many businesses, the key decision making factor comes down to the return on investment for your firm. If your goal is to generate more revenue, get more customers, or increase profit margins, we and we can assist you in delivering those goals. We are dedicated to solutions, so whether it is solving a complex litigation matter or representing a media, communications or advertising company in a merger, we know what it takes to deliver on success. Our solicitors are highly proficient and trained in representing artists and media companies.  We also advise clients in relation to music, dance, films, theatre, mobile content, digital technology, internet and television.

Our expertise

We work with technology and media companies that change the world. Many of these companies and individuals are redefining the way we do business and are bringing new technologies to the market never seen before. These technologies take many forms, including, novel data management methods, complex digital platforms and online content delivery.

What are the key areas that we work in?

  • Data protection and intellectual property. We advise our clients on a whole range of issues including complex joint ventures and regulatory issues.
  • Internet and e-commerce. We advise clients in relation a whole host of online issues including cross border e-commerce transactions, cyber-crime, privacy and electronic contracting.
  • Advertising and Marketing Services. We advise our clients in delivering digital advertising contracts, acquiring digital advertising and media companies and working with marketing companies negotiating joint venture agreements.
  • Telecoms.  We advise mobile technology suppliers, mobile phone companies, service providers, technology suppliers on a whole range of commercial contracts and litigation.
  • Interactive Entertainment. We advise clients on interactive entertainment distribution agreements, rebate agreements and supply agreements. We act for the developers of Apps providing interactive entertainment.

Advertising and marketing services

At Adams Law, our solicitors advise on a whole range of issues including brand protection, promotion and advertising law.  We act for global companies and some of the largest brands in the Irish market. Our solicitors have extensive industry led knowledge and expertise in advertising and marketing laws and we provide practical commercial advice that assists you to navigate the legal and regulatory landscape.

Here are some of the areas that we work in:-

  • Advertising and marketing disputes.
  • Compliance with date protection regulation and EU and Irish consumer law legislation.
  • Image rights.
  • All types of commercial agreements including content licensing agreements, digital media agreements and sponsorship agreements.
  • Intellectual property rights for third parties.
  • Ad industry contracts.

Having the right type of legal advice from experienced solicitors who are extremely competent in drafting commercial contracts will help you significantly reduce your business risk. We work in harmony with our clients so that they can develop their brands, manage their reputations, focus in on designing technology that will take them to the top of their industry. We like to listen to our clients and find out what makes their business tick.  We are interested in your success and to that end we like to tailor our service to your requirements. Whether it is regulatory advice that you require or you require a complex commercial dispute to be resolved we have the industry knowledge and solicitors that are conscious of your requirements and the risks involved in high value litigation.

We aim to provide robust legal advice in a cost-effective manner. We advise on all sorts of issues including regulatory rules, blogging, online advertising and social media – the day to day issues that affect your business. We are flexible in our approach, let us know what type of service you expect and we can deliver a focussed legal service based upon your requirements.

We also work with our solicitors working in complimentary fields such as corporate and commercial law, intellectual property law, cross border transactions and advice on telecoms and technology.

FinTech

Overview

The European Commission recently set up its Financial Technology Task Force. Technology, consumer protection and competition regulation plays a vital role in the evolution of FinTech. Businesses will face significant challenges in doing business in the Digital Single Market. There are also significant challenges in laying down the right conditions to support and nurture innovation.

Adams Law have been working in the innovation and technology space for some time now, and we understand the challenges for many businesses in relation to expertise and scale when it comes to new technologies in the FinTech space.

The types of areas that we are working in are:-

  • Data protection and consumer rights.
  • Mobile payments.
  • Electronic payments.
  • App and software development.
  • Cloud and telecoms.
  • Emerging FinTech companies.
  • Regulatory and compliance issues.

Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in the technology industry and digital arena. We are used to partnering businesses that focus in on innovation. There is a balance between innovation and giving businesses the space to adapt to changes in the market. We take a lateral approach towards FinTech in our firm and our solicitors can draw on experience from many sectors and from complimentary departments in our firm. We know how to speak your language as we have the experience of working in the technology and financial services sector for many years. It is important that as financial institutions learn how to work digital innovation into their business models that the partner with a solicitor’s firm that has the expertise and sector knowledge to help them achieve their goals – at Adams Law we answer the difficult questions, we guide you through the regulation and help you deliver results.

FinTech innovation has no borders and of course many of the transactions that your business will encounter will involve cross-border aspects. We have vast experience in cross-border transactions and understand the types of issues that regularly pose issues for businesses in the FinTech space, let Adams Law guide you through those issues.

We work with financial institutions and innovative developers and advise on a whole range of issues such as crowdfunding, trading platforms, cyber-security and privacy, payment services, outsourcing, and regulation.

Who do we act for? Financial institutions, investors, technology businesses and start-ups.

Interactive entertainment

Overview

The video gaming sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Irish market. There has been a surge of Interactive Entertainment companies raising venture capital in the Irish market from both private investment houses and state sponsored institutions. Our solicitors are aware of the latest trends and developments in the market and have an innate ability to react quickly and effectively to those trends.

We act for well known, global technology companies, specialist entertainment and gaming companies and start-ups. The type of legal services we provide are as follows:-

  • Data protection and privacy.
  • Online gaming.
  • Mobile gaming.
  • Platform agreements.
  • Distribution agreements.
  • User licence agreements.
  • Development agreements.
  • Venture capital advice.
  • Domain names, trademarks and brands.

Our solicitors advise in relation to all areas of interactive entertainment and technology. We bring to the table outstanding market knowledge of strategies used by technology companies, the opportunities and threats that emerging companies have to effectively deal with.  Our solicitors are straight talking, innovative experts that know how deals are structured and who can guide you through complex commercial transactions. We also provide complimentary advice in areas such as corporate and commercial law, intellectual property, data protection and venture capital.

Our solicitors provide outstanding legal support to developers, publishers and professionals operating within the gaming and interactive entertainment sectors.

If you are drafting or negotiating commercial agreements or developing, acquiring or licensing intellectual property, we are here to provide you advice in relation to all your intellectual property needs.

Internet and e-commerce

Overview

The internet is the framework within which online business is conducted. Some have called it “The Death of a Salesman” as we see a move away from traditional ways of conducting business, for example salesmen calling on suppliers or consumers purchasing consumables on the high street. The way we do business has changed forever and will continue to change in the future. New technology and innovative ways of doing business will dominate our lives for the foreseeable future. Social media is a significant part of our daily life.

We advise clients in relation to a whole range of matters including international and cross-border transactional activity, regulatory issues, business structures and models and risk factors affecting your business. We also advise start-ups in relation to business structure, venture capital, content delivery, intellectual property rights and data protection. Our solicitors provide pragmatic, solution based advice that assist businesses navigate their way through the complex world of e-commerce.

We regularly advise clients on:

  • Data and consumer protection issues
  • Software licences
  • Marketing and distribution agreements
  • Website development agreements and contracts
  • User agreements
  • Website content and Intellectual Property
  • Distance selling regulations
  • Hosting agreements
  • Internet defamation disputes

A growing area in the internet and e-commerce domain is litigation in relation to defamation and privacy. Our solicitors have dealt with a number of high profile cases relating to information that was published online. As solicitors, we are constantly dealing with online defamation issues for clients. Defamatory comments can cause significant loss and damage to both individuals and businesses. One of the key areas that we have expertise in is dealing with the removal of defamatory information on clients from websites. It is critical, from a damage limitation perspective to have the defamatory comments removed from a website fast and without the need to litigate the matter in Court. We understand that sometimes the defamatory comment or information is of such a serious nature that the only way to have the offending material removed is to go to Court. We look to find the best strategy that suits you, depending on your particular circumstances and the gravity of the matter.

We have a number of clients where the internet forms the primary aspect of their business and many companies that offer complimentary services to the internet and e-commerce industry, including web sales, web agencies, app designers and start-ups, software developers and designers.

Media

Our Services

Leaders in the protection and exploitation of commercial and creative assets.

The media industry is highly competitive and extremely dynamic. We understand that your business needs to be able to react to quickly to changes in the market. At Adams Law, our solicitors have the ability to understand the way you like to do business and to deliver quality media law advice in a targeted and professional manner. We have a wealth of experience across the industry, including television, film and music. We regularly advice advertising businesses, online media companies, broadcasters and management agents, to name but a few.

Here are some of the areas we advise on from day-to-day:-

  • Advertisements & Promotions Broadcasting
  • Copyright Law & Copyright Infringement
  • Digital Rights & Entertainment Law
  • Film Finance  & Film Production
  • Film Transactions & Image Rights Protection
  • Intellectual Property & Rights Internet Law
  • Media Contracts & Media Disputes
  • Media Law & Merchandising Agreements
  • Music Contracts & Music Copyright
  • Online Trading & Performing Rights
  • Publishing Agreements & Recording Contracts
  • TV Production & Web Agreements

We act for a diverse range of media clients operating both on a national and international basis. We look to provide insightful, cutting-edge legal advice and we look to partner you in your business and our goal is to add value to your business.

Technology

Overview

The bedrock of any digital business is technology. We like to focus in on what your goals and objectives are. We also look to help you achieve real commercial advantage.  We have gained significant experience in the technology industry as a result of acting for a broad range of clients, both large and small, who have been developing new and innovative technologies or who have been involved in some of the most complex and revolutionary transactions in the market. We thrive on innovation and our solicitors keep abreast of changes in the regulatory environment, without doubt we know the law and we are very familiar with the industry and we are confident that we can provide you with the cutting-edge advice that you need, in order to allow you focus in on running your business.

Our job is to safeguard your business, we understand the confidential nature of client’s business and the innovative technologies that they develop. Whether it is litigation or a complex commercial transaction that you are involved in, we can advise you in relation to the commercial risks involved and help you develop as strategic plan that deals with any opportunities and threats that you may have to take advantage of or overcome.  Our team of technology solicitors have experience of a diverse range of transactions and also advise on corporate and commercial transactions, intellectual property issues and regulatory issues.

Our services for technology companies include:

  • Distribution agreements
  • Venture capital
  • Data protection
  • Intellectual property exploitation and protection
  • Regulatory issues
  • Licensing and supply agreements
  • Litigation
  • IT and outsourcing services

Our solicitors work across practice areas providing advice to clients that are doing business globally. We act for start-ups, mid-sized companies and global ventures. Our clients are businesses that create and develop technology and also those that use technology developed by others. We are ultimately focussed on protecting your business interests and ensuring that you safely get to exploit the market by ensuring that you comply with regulatory requirements.

Telecoms

Overview

We act for telecoms operators, mobile service providers and technology suppliers both nationally and internationally. We advise on a broad range of telecoms related matters including commercial contracts, major transactional matters, regulatory issues and infrastructural issues. Our solicitors continually monitor developments and innovation in the telecoms market. We provide transactional and regulatory advice in relation to competition law, compliance, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital.

Here are some of the matters that we advise our clients on:-

  • The Communications Acts
  • Competition issues
  • Consumer issues
  • Intellectual Property licensing
  • Telecomms disputes
  • Premium rate services
  • Internet services
  • Data protection
  • Cyber crime
  • Mobile payments

We are involved in both advising clients on a day to day basis in relation to their business issues. We are also involved in complex litigation involving telecoms businesses. We provide a broad range of services to telecoms firms and we understand that telecoms business is evolving all of the time and that requires legal advice from solicitors that are leaders in the industry and provide insightful, pragmatic advice to clients – Adams Law we know how to adapt and to change in accordance with our clients’ requirements.

Telecoms is a highly regulated sector and we provide practical regulatory advice that helps our clients make the correct decisions for their business. In addition, we are extremely experienced in dealing with High Court, Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court telecoms disputes. If it is possible to reduce the risk of expensive litigation we will work with you to find alternative solutions to resolve the dispute early, so that you do not jeopardise your business. We also know when it is appropriate to turn up the heat and to litigate matters where, after considering fully the risks involved, you believe that it is the right decision for your business. We like to focus in on strategy and ensure that we work with you in order to find the best and most cost efficient solution for your business.

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Lisa Webb

Senior Associate

lwebb@adamslaw.ie