South: Law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys appoints head of technology

Nicola McNeely has been appointed as Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ head of technology, giving the law firm’s expertise in the area a new focus.

McNeely not only advises on the legal and regulatory aspects of implementing blockchain technology for enterprise, as well as raising capital through Security Token Offerings, but also works closely with start-up and scale-up disrupters with their market propositions, MVP and growth strategies, as well as with large corporates on new technology adoption.

She has worked on secondment to The Royal Mint on new business and intellectual property, but also for clients in a range of sectors on IT outsourcing agreements, master services agreements and blockchain solutions.

McNeely, who heads a team of 12 working across the firm’s eight offices, said: “Technology touches all areas of our lives now, and it’s important that we, as a firm, are ahead of the curve so that we can support clients who want to use technology to develop their business. Giving businesses the right help to enable them to grow is really important and I love working with entrepreneurial and innovative people.”

Robert Capper, head of sectors for HCR, said: “Nicola’s knowledge and experience in the sector are outstanding. I know that she will bring energy and commitment to the role and I look forward to working with her as she develops her vision and plan for our work in the sector.”

The team draws together formidable experience and expertise in software, IT, intellectual property, corporate funding streams or investments, dispute resolution and contracts, all with a focus on pragmatic, commercial advice and support.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has more than 500 staff and partners based at offices in Worcester, Hereford, Cheltenham, Birmingham, the Wye Valley, the Thames Valley, central London and Cambridge, who provide a complete spectrum of legal services to both business and private clients, regionally and nationwide. The firm also has a number of highly successful teams specialising in individual market sectors, including health and social care, education, technology, agricultural and rural affairs, finance and financial services, defence, security and the forces, and construction.