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

Are you a startup? Worried about legal costs?

I offer fixed prices 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. Some of the matters I can help with include:

  • Your business structure and being in the best position to attract investment and obtaining advance clearance that your company is SEIS ready
  • Your standard terms and conditions, tailored to match your specific industry and your product/service to reduce your risk of being sued
  • Reviewing cloud contracts and upwards vendors if you are launching a SaaS product, as well as writing your own terms for your customers
  • Your privacy and data protection policies, which are especially important if you’re processing the data you collect
  • Advice on intellectual property and how to protect and exploit your IP for maximum gain
  • Employment and self-employment contracts for yourselves as company directors and your staff and handbooks/other policies for your employees

I can offer a competitive no obligation fixed price after I assess your situation. What do you have to lose by getting in touch for an informal chat?

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