Hi! My name is Zarek.

I’m a technology lawyer.

Authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (no. 599017).

Who I am

I’m an independent, forward thinking solicitor specialised in advising the technology industry. Oh, and I love tech as much as you do.

This is why I'm different

  • I’m technology obsessed with over 25 years of knowledge and experience with the tech industry. You can talk to me like a CTO.
  • I’m a corporate lawyer with over 10 years of practical experience being involved in all kinds of matters ranging from advising startups and established companies on corporate matters to listings on AIM and the LSE.
  • I’m personable and I don’t spend my life in a suit or stuck behind a desk. I’ll make a sincere effort to get to know you and your business.
  • I’ll explain the law to you in a clear and concise way and only bring up the stuff that’s relevant to your business and your goals.
  • I’m independent and don’t have to deal with any of the bureaucracy of working in a large firm. I don’t get bogged down with billable hours and I won’t charge you to phone me. You always deal with me directly.
  • I’m an advocate of price transparency and I’ll work with fixed fees wherever the scope of my work is clearly defined from the outset.

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I’m a fully qualified solicitor authorised and regulated by the SRA. You will get the same level of service and protection from me as you would from any other UK law firm.

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.

As IT systems and software started to develop, it was clear that there was no going back. I kept remembering the playground chats I used to have about Skynet taking over the world, and while I hold no fear for our robot overlords, I know that this industry is the future.

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 IT hardware. 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 to expect when you instruct me

What I do

Technology and corporate law
Recent tech work

Technology and corporate law

Recent tech work

  • Advised on a partner’s early exit from an LLP which had a £400,000 facility agreement which the remaining partners did not want disturbed.
  • Drafted standard terms and conditions, AUPs, privacy and cookie policies for a new online shopping portal.
  • Acted for a website developer who was awarded its first large scale job and needed a specific website development and hosting agreement.
  • Advised on the incorporation and structure for a fintech startup which required detailed analysis of the application of the relevant financial services regulations.
  • Advised an angel investor on an investment of £100,000 into a 2 year old web and app development agency which included undertaking detailed due diligence and ironing out of numerous conditions before the deal could be completed.
  • Drafted a complex copyright licence for an independent software developer with payment of £50,000q contingent on a future event taking place.
  • Drafted and negotiated an IT system supply contract for a school.
  • Drafted and negotiated a share purchase agreement for a medium sized company acquiring a competitor for £500,000.
  • Prepared a cloud services agreement for a new website selling software as a service.
  • Drafted and negotiated a framework agreement for the development of a new web application.
  • Negotiated a game development agreement on behalf of a digital product publisher.

Are you a startup? Worried about legal costs?

I offer fixed price packages for new technology companies, so that you can concentrate on getting your product or service up and running without worrying about your legal costs spiralling out of control. Making sure that you have these matters in order from the start means you'll be a more attractive proposition to potential investors, and you won't have to worry about someone running off with your code. You can contact me whenever you like for a chat or advice and there will be no hidden surprises.

You won't get a deal like this from any other specialist tech lawyer in the UK!

Advice specific to your ideas
£ fixedplus VAT
  • Most suitable for startups dealing with complex IP, data, financial services, banking or other regulated matters
  • A time unlimited meeting, online chat, telephone or Skype conversation where we identify any legal or regulatory issues which your startup may be facing
  • A detailed letter of advice outlining your duties under the relevant law, as well as how to approach them in order to get your ideas off the ground
  • Preparation of any documents which you’ll need to get going
  • We’ll agree a fixed price once we go through your ideas in depth
Standard terms & conditions
£800plus VAT
  • Most suitable for startups providing goods or services (including access to software!) to the public
  • A time unlimited meeting, online chat, telephone or Skype conversation where we go through the mechanics of your business to understand your needs and identify any risks
  • A detailed letter of advice outlining your specific obligations and requirements under UK consumer law, so you understand this aspect of your business
  • Preparation of fully customised standard terms & conditions for your website, product or service
  • Preparation of fully customised AUP, privacy and cookie policies for your website
  • Ongoing updates to your standard terms where there are any significant changes in the law

Have a question? I’ll get back to you asap.