Hi! My name is Zarek.

I’m a specialist technology lawyer.

Who I am

I’m not your average solicitor.
  • I have over 13 years’ experience as a commercial and corporate lawyer in London.
  • I’m a geek at heart and have had a deep understanding of the tech industry since the early 90s. I won’t need a translator to understand what your business or your tech team does.
  • I’ve advised over 200 technology startups on a huge range of matters since starting this in 2013. Since then I’ve specialised in two things:
    1. advising startups utilising specialised and emerging technologies on how to raise funds, and
    2. advising startups on how to scale, structure and run their businesses effectively while minimising risk and liability.
  • My fees are almost always fixed and at more competitive rates than those of my counterparts in large London firms.
  • I always make a sincere effort to get to know you, your team, and your business. You are passionate about what you do, and I will be too.




My love for technology

I’ve watched technology change the world over the last 25 years. It’s a part of my life. I’ve dabbled in digital graphics, software development, photography and building custom IT hardware.

When I was growing up, MS-Dos 3.0 was all the rage but GUIs were the new big thing. I remember the first time I used GEM Paint and was amazed at how I could draw, erase, cut and copy. I knew this was the way that things were heading, and I knew I had to stay on top of every digital development.

Over the years I learnt how to code, first in QBasic, then pascal, then Tcl and C++. I learnt how to use Photoshop, the difference between bitmaps and vectors, how to composite images and create new worlds inside my computer. At the same time, I watched the Internet grow from a bunch of closed networks like Compuserve and AOL to the sprawling web. I strived to learn how to use newsgroups, IRC, unix systems and of course, HTML, CSS, php and JavaScript. I still actively dabble in software development and have built tools which I use to assist me in my day job.

As IT systems and software started to develop, it was clear that there was no going back. AI, machine learning and VR are the next great big things. Now I’m just waiting for someone to ask me to incorporate a company with Skynet in its name.

So why did I become a lawyer?

Being a lawyer allows me to deal with every kind of new technology, whether it’s online or offline, a new gadget or a new IT system. I appreciate that developments in technology are only possible with the right support networks and whether you like it or not, lawyers will always need to be involved when it comes to pioneering technology. I know that if I was developing the next big thing, I’d want an adviser who understands what I talk about.

There’s no other job in the world that puts you at the forefront of technology like this. I write the non-disclosure agreements from which new social networks are born. I help broker the deals when Internet giants acquire small startups. I negotiate the contracts when you supply innovative new SaaS solutions to the old school incumbents. Without lawyers like me, the tech industry would never have seen this growth.

All new technology is developed by people, and I love working with people. I love to understand their problems and come up with solutions. There’s always a solution.

But the biggest reason? I love working with people who are passionate about what they do. There’s more to life than money. I want to help change the world. Just like you do.

What I do

The startup lifecycle

  • Every year I take on mentoring roles for a few select early stage startups that I’m keen to see develop but that may not have funds to pay for legal or business consultancy services. In exchange for mentoring I may ask for a small percentage of your company’s equity.
  • In 2018, I’m most interested in those utilising artificial intelligence and machine learning and focusing on groundbreaking natural language processing, but I’m also open to anything which is just plain awesome.
  • As a mentor I can offer critical advice and questions about your product, as well as helping you develop it from an idea into a viable commercial business. I’ve helped mentored startups concisely and effectively explain their value propositions, develop commercially viable apps, negotiate trial periods and memorandums of understanding with potential partners, negotiate funding and investment and prepare for private and public launches. I also have a pretty broad network I’ve built up over the years, and I’m happy to make introductions where appropriate.
  • If you are interested in having me mentor you please get in touch using the form below with as much information about you and your startup as possible, but please know that I can’t mentor everyone, and given the volume of enquiries I receive I will not be able to respond to all of them. So please, dress to impress… or something.
Specialised & emerging technologies

  • Artificial intelligence and data science. Advice on practical implementations and deployment of AI, machine and deep learning tools, whether delivered directly to a client via an API or cloud, installed on-site or via your own consultancy service offering.
  • Blockchain and cryptocurrency Building an app or service that uses the blockchain? Smart contracts? Thinking about an ICO? Wish you could talk to someone else who knows what you’re talking about?
  • Cybersecurity and cybercrime. Developed pen testing tools? Or are you providing white hat services? Even if your business isn’t directly involved in the cybersecurity world, are you prepared for cybercrimes and threats against you?
  • Data protection and GDPR preparation. With the new rules set to come into force in May 2018, are you ready? I can assist with identifying the areas you need to focus on and the practical steps you need to think about taking to ensure you are compliant in time.
  • Fintech / Insurtech / *tech. Building a B2B product which aims to service the incumbents? I can advise on the viability of the product, trial periods and MOUs, pricing strategies, system integration and installation and advise on any regulatory requirements that might apply.
  • Virtual and augmented reality. VR applications are just applications, but there is a world of emerging tech within them. Would you be liable if someone broke a bone while playing your VR FPS? Maybe you’re thinking of taking existing real world products and incorporating them into your AR worlds, but where does IP licensing come into play? If your app is collecting data from users’ HMDs do you have permission to use it properly? I can help you figure it all out.

How I work

1. Before getting in touch

I’m currently only taking on the following work:

Service Standard fee
Consultation for early stage startups £300
Equity investments of at least £500k 1.5% of amount raised
Specialised commercial work Tailored quote

Fees exclude VAT. I receive a high number of enquiries so unfortunately I’m not usually able to respond to any which fall outside of these categories.

2. Send me your enquiry

Please be as detailed as you can about your circumstances and needs and don’t forget to attach any relevant files so that I can assess what needs to be done properly.

My confidentiality obligations as a solicitor extend to potential clients as well as current ones (so there’s no need to send me an NDA). If you’re particularly worried about security, you are welcome to use my public key (below) to send me an encrypted email.

3. I'll provide a tailored quote

If your work is something I can take on, I’ll quote for each piece of work you need me to carry out. If you ask me to carry out multiple piece of work at the same time, you’ll get a 10% discount across everything.

Regulated legal services are provided through techlawyer Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the SRA. Fees for legal services are calculated by taking into account how complex your enquiry is, how quickly it needs to be dealt with, whether any third parties need to be involved and if relevant, the value of the contract or investment. All quotes exclude VAT and disbursements. Non regulated legal services (e.g. mentoring) may be provided through a separate entity or in my personal capacity.

To confirm this all and explain the next steps, I’ll send you a letter confirming our arrangement and explaining exactly what work needs to be carried out to reach your goals, with confirmation of my fees. At this point, I’ll also send you my standard terms, which you’ll need to agree to in order for me to proceed.

4. You pay me up front

In most cases, when I am providing regulated legal services, you will be asked pay the agreed fee plus VAT in full up front, although when handling higher value investments, I usually ask for a certain amount up front with the balance payable on completion of the investment. Once you’ve made payment of my fee, your place in line will be reserved.

In any case, fixed === fixed. You pay me for the work you would like me to carry out, and nothing more – regardless of what is involved. You can contact me whenever you like without worrying about running up a bill, and I am certain to get paid on time. Everyone is happy!

5. I start work

I’ll start working on your matter as soon as I can, and of course, if it’s something which needs to be prioritised, it will be. I aim to get initial drafts out within a week or two of starting work, but again, this depends on each job – so don’t hold me to it. The upside is that I will always give you an indication of when something will be done, rather than just leaving you hanging.

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What my clients say

We have worked with Zarek on our recent funding rounds. He has been a brilliant and trusted antidote to the larger law firms operating on behalf of our investors. I would happily recommend him to anyone in need of practical, cost effective legal advice.

Becky Downing CEO, buzzmove.com.

Zarek drafted our complex SaaS terms and came up with solutions to keep our contractual complexity low while giving us enough flexibility to cater for the specific needs of our on-premise customers. He took the time to genuinely understand what we do, answers all questions no matter how trivial, is 100% reliable, sticks to timelines and never needs chasing. An absolute pleasure to work with.

Bjoern Stiel Founder, pathio.com

Zarek advised us on our seed investment round. Working with him was simple and efficient. The structure and fees were transparent and he was easily reachable by email or phone. I believe having him involved significantly reduced the time it took to get the round closed. I’d highly recommend his services to any serious startup.

Ryan Shaw CEO, vapeshoreditch.com


We have worked with Zarek for about a year now and are delighted with his work. Our company is a fast-growing startup breaking info unfamiliar territory requiring delicate legal safeguards. He is timely and thinks around the actual problem instead of being a cookie cutter. He also adapted well to our way of working – it often feels like we have our own legal department! We would highly recommend working with him.

Sajeev Shanmuganandarajah CEO, medify.co.uk

I approached Zarek as I wanted a lawyer who knows startups and technology and could be our first point of contact when it comes to any legal tasks that we face when building our tech startup. He has been extremely helpful and is always available to talk through our concerns and help us find a solution. He is also great to work with and he gives us fixed fees for his work which is extremely useful for any startup.

Heidi Lindvall CEO, storygami.co

We are engineers. Our customers ask us to price their jobs before giving us their custom. We ask for a clear specification, and if necessary we help our customers build one, which we then use together with our knowledge and professional judgement to give our price. We do not always get the job. Imagine my delight to find Zarek saying up front that he works in the same way. Working with him has been easy and timely. His explanations are straightforward and logical. We work from our laptops wherever we are. Low overheads, functional, effective and friendly. I like that.

Rory Carter Chairman, compotech.com

What to expect when you instruct me