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 a variety of clients on tech matters. 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 work on a fixed fee basis wherever possible.
  • I am based in London and am happy to take meetings, but I work best over the Internet. Like you!

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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 I do

How I work

1. Send me your enquiry

I’ll go through it in detail and request additional information where required.

I’ll be happy to speak to you on the phone or meet you if necessary – for no charge, of course.

2. I'll provide fixed fee quotes in writing

Once I have enough details to assess your situation I’ll prepare a fixed fee quote for each piece of work you need me to carry out.

  • My fixed fee quotes are not calculated by reference to an hourly rate, which allows me to be far more competitive than other lawyers and firms.
  • Instead, I take 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 deal.
  • If I need to incur other costs on your behalf in carrying out your piece of work, for example Companies House or bank transfer fees, these need to be paid in addition to my fixed fee. I always ask for your permission before incurring any significant costs.

To confirm this all and explain the next steps, I’ll send you a letter explaining exactly what work needs to be carried out to reach your goals, with fixed fee quotes for each piece of work. My letter will explain the terms of our relationship so there are no nasty surprises for you later.

3. You pay me in full

Fixed really means fixed. You pay my full fee plus VAT up front for each piece of work you would like me to carry out, and nothing more – regardless of what is involved.

In some circumstances I might agree to defer payment, for example where someone is investing into your business. I’ll let you know if this is something I can do after assessing your situation.

The bottom line is that 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!

4. I start work

I’ll start working on your matter straight away!

I work alone, so I’ll be the only person you deal with. I respond to emails quickly. I don’t take on work unless I have the capacity to do it – this enables me to provide an efficient and high quality service for my clients. I’ve not had a dissatisfied client yet, and I’m going to try my best to keep it that way.

Remember, I don’t limit myself to giving legal advice: I have experience of running both tech and non-tech businesses so I will always think about the commercial impact of what you want to do, in the context of the law. It’s like having your own in-house lawyer…

Examples of recent fixed quotes

These are some examples of recent fixed fee quotes. Please don’t rely on them as everyone’s situation is different, but they will give you an idea of how much certain tasks might cost.

  • Advising on compliance with the VAT MOSS scheme for a digital marketplace based in the UK: £600
  • Preparing investment documentation for a small startup going through a seed round of £80k: £1200
  • Drafting a contract for the acceptable use of an API: £600
  • Advising a startup p2p lender on business structure and drafting the required documents: £2200
  • Drafting standard terms of use for an online estate agency: £800
  • Advising a startup on becoming an FCA authorised payment institution and handling the application: £3200
  • Drafting co-founder and startup documents for a new mobile app: £800
  • Incorporating a new company and applying for SEIS advance assurance: £200
  • Advising a managed services provider on migration to cloud services: £3800
  • Advising on and negotiating the sale of a small business to a larger competitor: £4500
  • Drafting a basic share purchase agreement: £600
  • Drafting and negotiating a software development agreement on behalf of a customer: £800
  • Advising on a trademark, carrying out searches and applying for UK and EU wide registration: £300
  • Advising an angel investor on a £150k SEIS investment into a startup, including drafting all documents, negotiation and legal due diligence: £3500

These quotes all exclude VAT and disbursements.

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