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"Declan Goodwin has been a star. He understands our business, is proactive, very knowledgeable and hardworking."

The whole team at Acuity is solutions-focused and extremely collaborative. They provide sound, pragmatic advice that relates to our business. They always go the extra mile and are fast and responsive.

Declan Goodwin

Recent Work

Declan is Lead Partner for our Commercial & Technology team. He has significant experience in advising clients in the technology sector and works with prominent clients in a range of industries on strategic IT-based projects.

He is a specialist in advising fast growth early-stage tech companies as well as well-known global tech organisations, and supports non-technology clients undertaking software development projects, such as Bright Network and The Trade Centre UK, guiding them through the process of capturing IP and assignment of licensing arrangements.

Declan has substantial expertise in transactional/commercial IP matters, and he has advised market leaders such as Wealthify, Portman Dental Care, and Guru Systems on strategic technology projects and transactions with the aim of capturing, commercialising and protecting IP. He regularly advises on copyright-based issues involving software, technology, e-commerce and the internet, often involving complex SaaS platforms. Declan also assists clients with exploiting their patent portfolios, as well as working with brands and sports organisations on sponsorship arrangements.

Prior to his arrival at Acuity, Declan headed the commercial and regulatory team at Vistra Corporate Law, assisting global (often tech) clients with expanding into the UK and Europe. He was a senior associate at a global law firm, where he handled big-ticket IT- and IP-based projects for household name clients in the tech sector and beyond.

  • Commercial contracts, including sale and purchase agreements, agency, distribution and franchising
  • Software and technology contracts
  • Commercialisation of intellectual property
  • Data protection
  • Outsourcing arrangements
  • Negotiating a perpetual software licence for a UK software developer with a US customer
  • Negotiating the terms of an energy meter hardware supply agreements and accompanying SaaS contracts with national utility companies
  • Delivering training to a global car manufacturer’s legal team and advising on standard terms for vehicle subscriptions
  • Providing complex data protection advice to a medical device company relating to anonymising personal health data
  • Advising a large Middle Eastern telecommunications company regarding GDPR compliance
  • Acting for a Qatari serial franchisee operating in excess of one hundred food and beverage franchises in London and the Middle East
  • Providing commercial and intellectual property advice for the purpose of the formation of a South East Asia Joint Venture company in the marketing industry
  • Providing a general counsel type service to a UK premium spirit brand, including advising on international distribution agreements
  • Declan is Recommended by The Legal 500
  • The Commercial & Technology Team is ranked in Tier 1 by The Legal 500
  • The Corporate Team is ranked in Tier 1 by The Legal 500
  • The Corporate Team is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers and Partners
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